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Our accomplishments

Individual accomplishments

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

  • Jordan Hale, in cooperation with colleagues from the University of Toronto Libraries’ Media Commons, launched the Toronto Film Map; showcasing out every film and TV show set (not just filmed) in Toronto, this digital scholarship project utilizes GIS technologies, a number of licensed and open datasets, plenty of historic maps, air photos, and city directories. (Winter 2018)

  • Jackie Stapleton has participated as the information specialist for several research teams within the School of Public Health and Health Systems.  As a result of these collaborations, she is a co-author on “Heart failure management in nursing homes: A scoping literature review”, in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology, and “Gaps in the evidence on population interventions to reduce consumption of sugars: A review of reviews “ in Nutrients. (Winter 2018)

  • Rachel Figueiredo, Jennifer Haas, and Siu Yu completed Waterloo’s report on Research Practices of Civil and Environmental Engineering Scholars at the University of Waterloo, as part of a larger project with Ithaka S+R. The report has been published in UWSpace and shared with the CEE department.  (Winter 2018)

  • Mary Lynne Bartlett and Preethi Rao's article about mental health and the Library Ambassadors, "Promoting Mental Health through Student Engagement: Students Helping Students", was published in Voices: Topics in Canadian Librarianship a publication of Librarianship.ca (Fall 2018)
  • Laura Bredahl and Peter Stirling from the Witer Learning Resource Centre (WLRC) have collaborated with the editor of the “Canadian Journal of Optometry” a publication of the Canadian Association of Optometrists to transfer hosting of the journal to the Open Journal System managed at the UWaterloo Library. This will significantly increase the discoverability of this preeminent Canadian journal. (Fall 2018)
  • Alissa Droog (Library Coop Student from Western’s MLIS program), in collaboration with Laura Bredahl, Peter Stirling and the Graduate Officers at the School of Optometry and Vision Science, implemented a successful ORCID campaign that resulted in 81% of faculty within the school having an ORCID (orcid.org). (Fall 2018)
  • Laura Bredahl, Alissa Droog and Peter Stirling from the Witer Learning Resource Centre (WLRC) were committee members advising a School of Optometry and Vision Science Special Topics Graduate Course that focused on bibliometric analysis of the School’s authors and publications, as well as institutional comparisons. (Fall 2018)
  • Eva Dodsworth began teaching a course though the online provider Library Juice Academy, entitled Introduction to GIS and GeoWeb Technologies (Fall 2018)
  • Jeffery Demaine published an article entitled  “Re-discovering Forgotten Research: Sleeping Beauties at the University of Waterloo” in the Journal of Information Science Theory and Practice. (Fall 2018)
  • The Library’s Copyright Librarian, Lauren Byl, and Academic Integrity Specialist, Caitlin Carter, collaborated with other campus departments on an eCampus Ontario mobile phone application that aims to “enhance student academic integrity knowledge and understanding by employing open access mobile technology with an innovative pedagogical approach.” (Fall 2018)
  • The Entrepreneurship Librarian, Rachel Figueiredo, collaborated with Carey Toane from University of Toronto on research surrounding core competencies for entrepreneurship librarians. The paper, Toward core competencies for entrepreneurship librarians, was published in The Journal of Business and Finance Librarianship. (Fall 2018)
  • The Digital Archivist, Danielle Robichaud, received the Talman Award from the Archives Association of Ontario, specifically for her work in implementing Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Committee. (Fall 2018)
  • The Geospatial Data Librarian, Eva Dodsworth, published the book A Research Guide to Cartographic Resources, navigating the cartographic resources available to researchers, and how to locate and access them. (Fall 2018)
  • The Director of Organization Services, Sharon Lamont, volunteered to serve coffee and collect donations for participating in a Timbit Toss game on Tim Horton’s Camp Day. (Fall 2018)
  • Subject Librarians Jackie Stapleton, Agnes Zientarska-Kayko and Jane Forgay, utilized their subject expertise in public health, government publications and political science information resources to support a request from Dr. David Hammond, faculty member in the School of Public Health and Health Systems.  Dr. Hammond is acting as an expert witness in a court case, worth tens of billions of dollars, in which the provinces are seeking to recover health care costs from tobacco companies in Canada.  Jackie, Agnes and Jane were able to link Dr. Hammond to the Library resources and services needed to ensure his access to archival documents including Canadian government publications, House of Commons debates, CTV National News transcripts, Canadian newspaper articles and more. (Summer 2018)
  • Alissa Droog represented the University of Waterloo during the CRKN ORCID.ca Update Webinar in June, 2018. (Summer 2018)
  • Eva Dodsworth presented her paper, The Transformation of Library Cartographic Collections to GIS Centers and Online Data Repositories, at the seventh International Conference on Cartography and GIS, in Sozopol, Bulgaria. (Summer 2018)
  • Nick Richbell, with colleagues at Wilfrid Laurier University, organised the Archives Association of Ontario’s 2018 Conference along the theme of “Celebrations. The good, the bad, the ugly”. Held over 3 days at Waterloo and Laurier, over 120 attendees were welcomed to the Region in May. The conference would not have been a success without the help of Jessica Blackwell and Danielle Robichaud who both volunteered on the local host committee. (Summer 2018)
  • Kathy Szigeti, along with Ian D. Gordon, Patricia Meindl, and Michael White published a research article “Information Seeking Behaviors, Attitudes, and Choices of Academic Chemists” in Science & Technology Libraries. (Spring 2018)
  • Kari D. Weaver presented the paper "Sociology In Action: A Comparative Study of Embedded Interventions for Improved Research and Writing in the Introduction of Sociological Research Methods", along with her former colleague, Dr. Michelle Petrie, at the Librarian’s Information Literacy Annual Conference (LILAC) in Liverpool, UK. (Spring 2018) 
  • William Roy became a member of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) Open Repositories Working Group, which includes my assignment within this group as leader of the task-group on Standards for IR Usage Data to the list of accomplishments. (Spring 2018)
  • Laura Bredahl presented a poster with American colleague Dede Rios at the 2018 Medical Libraries Association annual meeting “Transforming Clinicians to Published Authors: How Librarians Lead Students in Research and Scholarly Communication” which described the success of the Witer Learning Resource Centre’s series of workshops for graduate students and researchers within the School of Optometry and Vision Science. (Spring 2018)
  • Jenny Hirst in collaboration with the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation (ICCA) has created new Canadian standards for developing flood-resilient communities, a study of the role of wetlands in mitigating rural flood damage; this study wa used at a UN Disaster Risk Reduction conference in China. (Winter 2017)
  • 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:

  • The Library and History Department combined their efforts to present a lecture entitled Understanding the archived Web as a historical sourceby Niel’s Brügger of Aarhus University, Denmark. (Winter 2018)
  • The Library established two working groups to develop a framework for research and digital scholarship services at the library. The groups will use an evidence-based approach to examine existing models, identify researcher needs, and recommend updates to the Library’s research and digital scholarship support services. (Fall 2018)
  • The Witer Learning Resource Centre (WLRC) staff have collaborated with the Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO) to secure a new source of funding and an ongoing commitment from the association to support the Alumni Resources made available from the WLRC for all practicing optometrists who are either UWaterloo Doctor of Optometry Alumni or CAO members. (Fall 2018)
  • At the closing ceremonies of the fifth Digital Pedagogy Institute Conference, at Brock Universtiy, it was announced that the University of Waterloo would host DPI 2019 . (Fall 2018)
  • Bridge to 2020 strategic planning issue papers were supported by 14 Library staff members, who helped by shaping research questions, providing literature review and synthesis for each theme, and sharing expertise in bibliometrics and user experience. (Fall 2018)
  • Using open access software provided by the Library, along advice Digital Initiatives staff, the Journal of Integrative Research & Reflection launched in the spring. (Fall 2018)
  • The Geospatial Centre’s historical military mapping project has been released via Scholars GeoPortal, making them available for viewing and downloading by the general public. (Fall 2018)
  • Student Library Ambassadors interacted with 3500 first-year students during orientation, participating in all faculty events, WaterWho, and the campus life fair. (Fall 2018)
  • Construction has finished at Dana Porter Library. The new user spaces on the third floor include a flexible learning lab, lounge space and more bookable study rooms. (Fall 2018)
  • Regular student feedback sessions have been guiding and refining planned updates to the library space, furniture and signage. Sessions will continue on a bi-weekly basis, expanding our scope to include other aspects of the library user experience. (Fall 2018)
  • The Student Success Office has joined the drop-in services provided by the Writing & Communication Center and the Centre for Career Action, reaching students who may not otherwise access these services. (Fall 2018)
  • Goose Week (July 16 to 20), was a week of passive and active programming, engaging students with Library staff, resources, and promoting wellness. The event was supported by partnerships with Retail Services, Athletics and Recreation and Food Services. (Fall 2018)
  • The Library hosted two staff sessions on staff compensation and performance reviews, ahead of implementing the performance calibration tool in the upcoming performance appraisal process. A working group of managers and staff are drafting documents to clearly outline expected behaviours and provide consistency across departments, in support of this transition. (Fall 2018)
  • Library Data and Analytics Community of Practice has been hosting regular lunch and learn sessions for all staff on the topics of data, analytics and the software and tools that can support our work in these areas. (Fall 2018)
  • Library staff joined others from across campus in the United Way’s March of 1000 Umbrellas to kick-off the annual fundraising campaign in the region. (Fall 2018)
  • The Library partnered with the Registrar’s Office to raise enough money to have a white pine planted between Needles Hall and Dana Porter Library. (Fall 2018)
  • The Library Data and Analytics Community of Practice hosted a viewing of Wrangling Library Data, a live all-day conference that allowed the opportunity to learn from a variety of peers and experts on how to discover more about ourselves and our patrons through our library data.  Throughout the day, we had at least 18 library staff attend, and had several interesting conversations in-between the sessions. (Spring 2018)

  • The Library’s representative on the campus' Teaching and Learning Spaces Committee, organized large student events in Davis Centre with participants from around campus to gain insights on student and faculty perspectives on furnishings for flexible classroom spaces. These events are informing ongoing renovation efforts throughout campus and have provided additional valuable insights for furnishing options in our own active learning space as part of the 3rd floor renovation currently underway.  (Spring 2018)

  • Various Library staff were quoted in an article, "Library staff recommend books on your tattoos" by The Waterloo Region Record. (Spring 2018)
  • Members of the Collections Development department and LibExec participated in an initial assessment of several factors that have impacted the Library's Collections budget over the past decade, in order to produce a budget program briefing document with key data visualizations for the Deputy Provost. (Winter 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. (Winter 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. (Winter 2017)
  • The Digital Initiatives department began the Repository Analytics and Metrics Portal (RAMP) 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. (Winter 2017)
  • 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 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)