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Our accomplishments

Individual accomplishments

The University of Waterloo Library is pleased to extol the accomplishments of our staff members:

  • Siu Hong Yu and Jennifer Haas each completed the Ithaka S+R training in the semi-structured interview methodology being used in the multi-site study of research practices of civil and environmental engineering scholars. (Fall 2017)
  • Jackie Stapleton collaborated with School of Public Health and Health Systems researchers on a journal article publication, "Applying systematic review search methods to the grey literature: a case study examining guidelines for school-based breakfast programs in Canada" that describes novel methods for conducting a grey literature systematic search.  The article has been accessed over 5500 times and is in the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric, a tool which measures online attention and activity including Twitter, Facebook, and other social media tools. (Fall 2017)
  • Sarah Brown and Jackie Stapleton offered a new workshop, “Systematic Reviews for Social Science Researchers”, to students. Drawing on their experience as collaborators on systematic review research teams, this workshop outlines systematic review methodology with a focus on social science research questions and information sources.  Registration quickly exceeded capacity and a second workshop is being held this winter. (Fall 2017)
  • Mary Lynne Bartlett is consulting on a fourth year Knowledge Integration thesis for one of the Library Ambassadors. The thesis is exploring how students engage with the Library and will include a recommendation report that will be able to be incorporated into our training, activities, and promotion. (Fall 2017)
  • Kate Mercer published two papers and wrapped up a project where she co-supervised a co-op student. She has been invited to be a mentor & judge for a most recent Hack4Health event.  Kate's two papers are:
  • Caitlin Carter co-authored three chapters in the Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada (AFPC) and Canada Health Infoway’s e-Resource called “Informatics for Pharmacy Students.” This e-Resource is used by the 10 Canadian pharmacy faculties across Canada and it is incorporated into various pharmacy courses, as the content is competency-based.  The e-Resource prepares pharmacy students for providing effective patient care using drug information resources and various communication technologies (e.g. electronic health records).  The content is very interactive and is presented in the form of virtual patients, quizzes, polls, etc., and students are able to download and save certificates of completion after working through each chapter.  In addition, Caitlin is the Continuing Education Coordinator for the Ontario Health Libraries Association (OHLA).  This role involves recruiting and scheduling CE presenters for the members of OHLA.  Caitlin also co-authored an encyclopedia chapter which will be published in Spring 2018 by Elsevier.   The chapter is called “Evidence-based medicine: an overview for pharmacists” and it will be published in the “Encyclopedia of Pharmacy Practice and Clinical Pharmacy” and is in the process of being reviewed. (Fall 2017)

  • Sharon Lamont has been named to the Accessibility Advisory Committee, and will be co-chairing the Excellence Canada People driver working group. (Fall 2017)
  • Eva Dodsworth, as the editor of the journal “Bulletin” for the Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives (ACMLA), published the journal's final print issue in November, 2017; as they move on to a digital version using University of Waterloo’s Open Journal Systems (OJS). Eva spent some time working with William Roy in setting up the online OJS platform. This journal focuses on cartographic and geographic information systems (GIS) content, often contributed by Map and GIS Librarians in Canada, but more recently from the U.S. as well. Eva  also was invited to present a four hour workshop on GIS and GeoWeb technologies to the Rochester Regional Library Counsel (RRLC) in November, 2017. (Fall 2017)
  • Markus Wieland is participating in an ongoing collaboration with the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation (ICCA), which has created new Canadian standards for developing flood-resilient communities; the study of the role of wetlands in mitigating rural flood damage for the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, which their director, Natalia Moudrak, recently used at a UN Disaster Risk Reduction conference in China. Markus also recently became a member of the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE). (Fall 2017)
  • Jenny Hirst became a member of the Continuing Education Working Group's Dashboards and Data Visualization Project for Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL). In addition, Jenny, along with Collections Development and LibExec, conducted an initial assessment of factors that impacted the Library's Collections budget over the past decade.  This was in order to produce a budget program briefing document with key data visualizations for the Deputy Provost. (Fall 2017)

Collective accomplishments

Together, the Library as a whole, has achieved:

  • Collaboration between the Library, the Institute for Computer Research, and faculty members from the School of Computer Science and the Department of History led to the University of Waterloo agreeing to host a Council on Library and Information Resources Postdoctoral Fellow in software curation. (Fall 2017)
  • The Student Engagement Committee put on Library Day to celebrate our patrons. In the past we have celebrated Library Day on Halloween, but this year we decided to shake things up a bit by hosting a fall fair. The fair was very well received by students, faculty, and staff. We had carnival games, prizes, popcorn, apples, and tiddlywinks. (Fall 2017)
  • The Library Ambassadors were invited to be part of the Mascot Parade in October as part of the Mental Health and Wellness walk around campus. Two Ambassadors, Mary Lynne Bartlett, and Scholar the goose walked around Ring Road with our campus community. The Library Ambassadors are also now part of the EDGE certificate program. (Fall 2017).
  • The Student Engagement Committee worked with Campus Police, the Secretariat, Custodial Services, and St. John’s Ambulance to bring therapy dogs into Dana Porter Library for students around mid-terms. 90 students participated over the course of the two day event. (Fall 2017)

  • The Student Engagement Committee recently implemented our newest mascot, Roget Thesaurus, a dinosaur which brings stress relief and humour to students. On his first day Roget sat at the Assignment and Research Help Desk, students were giving it high-fives, taking selfies, and smiling. Staff also got in on the fun and stopped by to take pics and see what Roget was doing. Roget is being shared between Dana Porter, Davis Centre, and Musagetes Library. (Fall 2017)

  • The Geospatial Centre, along with the Faculty of Environment hosted the annual GIS Day event on November 15th in the Geospatial Centre and the Flex Lab. This event included a Geospatial Centre Open House, Lightning Talks, and a Mapathon, where participants mapped and placed 200 buildings in Stratford on the OpenStreetMap online platform. The ‘traditional GIS Day cake’ was served and door prizes, courtesy of Simply Analytics, were given. Approximately 100 visitors attended. (Fall 2017)
  • The Geospatial Centre staff worked with Instructional Technologies and Media Services for a few months over the summer and early Fall term to create a promotional video for the Geospatial Centre. This video is currently being played during our instruction sessions as it summarizes our services very efficiently. (Fall 2017)
  • Official launch and first meeting of the Library Data and Analytics Community of Practice; the CoP currently has a membership of 18 internal staff. (Fall 2017)
  • The Digital Initiatives department on-boarded RAMP (Repository Analytics and Metrics Portal) for UW's Institutional Repository UWSpace.  RAMP is a web service that improves the accuracy of IR analytics by integrating with Google Search Console and Google Analytics to improve the count of file downloads. (Fall 2017)