York University v. Access Copyright: A huge copyright win for education

On July 30, 2021, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) issued its long-awaited decision in the York University v. Access Copyright case. Access Copyright, the collective that licences copying of published literary works on behalf of creators and publishers in Canada, initiated the lawsuit back in 2013.

There were two main issues in the case:

  1. whether an Access Copyright license is mandatory for post-secondary institutions (this is the fee per FTE student that Langara paid to Access Copyright prior to September 2013), and;
  2. whether York’s fair dealing guidelines, which are akin to Langara’s guidelines, are indeed fair to copyright owners.

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All together now: Building community through student book clubs

The COVID era has challenged us all in ways we couldn’t have anticipated 17+ months ago. In addition to physical, mental, and emotional fatigue, many of our classmates and coworkers report feeling isolated and disconnected from community.

Using graphic novels as a touchstone, Indigenous Education & Services (IES) and Langara Library have been hosting semesterly student book clubs to hold (virtual) space for folks to come together. Continue reading

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Library Instruction continues apace! Time to book for Fall 2021.

With our return to campus and re-opening of the library, your Liaison Librarians are ready to return to in-person workshops along side our excellent virtual services! If you’re planning to have your students gather resources, synthesize information, and ground their analyses in existing research, consider adding a library workshop to your course syllabus!

Throughout the last year and a half, we have been offering synchronous and asynchronous custom workshops, research and resource help guides catered to your assignments, and our existing suite of online tutorials. None of those will go away, but we are excited to add back the possibility of in-person workshops either in the library teaching classrooms (L108 and L216) or in your own classroom. Contact your liaison librarian for more information!

For more information, see the links and guides below.

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Ezproxy New Login Screen – June 1, 2021

Ezproxy will have a new login screen this summer!

Ezproxy is a web proxy server providing off-campus access to library’s licensed resources. Through authentication, legitimate Langara users can access online resources seamlessly as if they are accessing from on-campus. Beginning June 1, the Ezproxy login screen will have a new look!

Students and staff will no longer need to log in with Langara ID. Instead, they will log in with their Langara email account.

The Langara email account allows users to access multiple resources in the campus. These include Office 365 Email, Brightspace, LinkedIn Learning and more. If you have already logged in to any of these resources, you do not need to login again to Ezproxy in the same browser session.

New login screen

Current Langara students and employees should select “Log in with Langara Email account”. When you select this, the following familiar login screen will display if you have not logged in before.

If you have any questions, please contact Philip Wong (philip.wong@langara.ca) or Julie Cole (jcole@langara.ca).

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Library Catalogue Maintenance – June 2, 2021

The Library online catalogue system will be undergoing a software upgrade.

WHEN? Wednesday, June 2, 8am-noon

What is available during this time:

  • borrowing library materials at the Check Out Desk

What are NOT available during this time:

  • searching in the online catalogue (Books & Media search)
  • request and renewal of materials
  • access to your library account

During this time, we recommend searching for materials using the Quick Topic Search on the Library homepage.

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Congratulations to the Winners of the 2021 Open Student Scholar Prize!

In March and April of this year Open Langara and the Library jointly ran the Open Student Scholar Prize for the second time, with great success! The judges were pleasantly surprised to receive almost double the number of submissions from last year, as well as an increase in instructor-nominated projects. Once again it was exciting to see the wide variety of project formats, from multimedia teaching tools to original experiments, the caliber of the work, and the thoughtful statements on Open Education. Prizes were awarded as planned for first, second, and third place, as well as two honourable mentions. All projects can be discovered in the LaIR, Langara’s institutional repository, in the Open Student Scholar Prize collection. Continue reading

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Library Ezproxy Software Upgrade – April 29, 2021

The Library Ezproxy software will be upgraded on April 29, 2021, 7:30 am – 8:30 am.

During this time there will be intermittent interruptions to the access of library online databases and e-resources from off-campus.

If you have any questions please contact Philip Wong (philip.wong@langara.ca), Systems Librarian.

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Time to book instruction for Summer 2021!

While we continue online learning for the summer term, your liaison librarians are still providing information literacy instruction services! They may look a little different than usual, but feel free to reach out to use if you are planning research assignments in the summer term.

You can learn more about our virtual library services and information literacy instruction here:

Some options for online library classes may include:

  • Synchronous session with the librarian over Zoom to offer an interactive information literacy class.
  • Asynchronous learning objects that allow students to walk through the research process that students can watch on their own time.
  • Embed your Library Assignment Guide directly into your Brightspace Course. Instructions on this can be found here:
  • Custom built learning objects that offer subject specific exercises and suggestions for research projects (this will take more lead time)
  • Using the existing online tutorials through Brightspace. More information on that can be found here:
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Library Catalogue Maintenance – April 21,2021

The Library online catalogue system will be down for all day for hardware migration and operating systems upgrade.

WHENWednesday, April 21, 2021, 7 am to 6 pm.

What is available during this time:

  • picking up requested library materials at the Circulation desk (between 8am – 4:30pm)

What are NOT available during this time:

  • searching in the online catalogue (books & media search)
  • request and renewal of materials
  • access to your library account
  • links pointing to catalogued items

During this time, we recommend searching for materials using the Quick Topic Search on the Library homepage.

If you have any questions please feel free to get in touch with the Systems Librarian, Philip Wong (philip.wong@langara.ca).

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2021 Langara Open Student Scholar Prize

We are now accepting submissions for the 2021 Langara Open Student Scholar Prize. This prize, created by the Langara LibraryOpen Langara, and the Langara Institutional Repository (The LaIR), celebrates exemplary work being done by Langara students and offers them the opportunity to share their work in the Langara Institutional Repository (LaIR). View the 2020 winning submissions.

The deadline for submissions is April 19, 2021.

If you are an instructor interested in nominating student work from one of your classes, simply contact the student and let them know you endorse their submission, should they choose to enter the contest, and provide the link to the prize info and submission form.

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