Our accomplishments

Individual accomplishments

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

  • Laura Bredahl and Kari D. Weaver were awarded a 2019 Practicing Librarian category of the Research in Librarianship Grant from CARL’s Strengthening Capacity Committee for their work, Exploring Students’ Information Use through Learner Needs Analysis, in a Canadian STEM context: Towards a collaborative approach to integrated instructional design. (Fall 2019)
  • Kate Mercer and Rachel Figueiredo initiated the Canadian Engineering Education Association (CEEA) Librarians’ Special Interest Group (SIG), and Rachel is chairing the group. Our mandate involves Promoting the effective and ethical exchange, use, and management of information in engineering education through collaboration between librarians, information specialists, educators, students, publishers, and content creators. To date, there are 15 members. (Summer 2019)
  • Kathy Szigeti has been working with the Ecohydrology Research Group and the Polar Data Catalogue to digitize meteorological observations taken from statio­­­ns around the world. The observations were taken during the 1950s to the 1990s and published by the former USSR. Once scanned, the data will be cleaned, go through quality assurance, and prepared in a manner that allows for downloading in a format ready for manipulation, as opposed to an image of the data. (Summer 2019)
  • Mike Chee was the recipient of the H.W. Wilson Graduate Scholarship; awarded annually, when merited, to a student entering a school offering an accredited masters degree in library and information studies. Consideration is given to academic achievement, leadership potential and demonstrated interest in the profession. (Sumer 2019)
  • Kari D Weaver has been appointed as the Chair of the Outreach, Marketing, and User Education Subcommittee of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy Sandbox Committee. (Summer 2019)
  • Jordan Hale completed the GTA Gran Fondo, cycling 137km in five hours and fifty-nine minutes. (Summer 2019)
  • Kari D Weaver published the article A Mixed-Methods Analysis of Community Service Trends in Academic Librarianship with Braegan Abernethy in the journal Collaborative Librarianship. (Summer 2019)
  • Kari D Weaver presented the workshop Developing Outside the Lines: Collaborating to Cultivate a Tool for Assignment Planning with Amy Greene and Valerie Walker of the University of Waterloo Writing and Communication Centre at the 2019 Digital Pedagogy Institute conference. (Summer 2019)
  • Shannon Gordon spoke at the Fall Web of Science Group InCites Forum, at the National Science Foundation. (Summer 2019)
  • Courtney Bremer was appointed to the Chair of the Serials Management Sub-Committee, of the Canadian Research Knowledge Network. (Summer 2019)
  • Caitlin Carter authored an encyclopedia chapter entitled “Evidence-based Medicine: An Overview for Pharmacists” in the Encyclopedia of Pharmacy Practice and Clinical Pharmacy.  (Spring 2019)
  • Courtney Bremer gave a presentation on the library process mapping electronic resource troubleshooting workflow at a Uwaterloo continuous improvement workshop, hosted by Lean at Waterloo. (Spring 2019)
  • Hilary Hung presented at the Staff Conference this year. Her session, entitled "Empower Students & Learn Through The Arts", explored how staff can better empower students in their day-to-day encounters. Attendees participated in arts-based learning activities to: recognize the authority that accompanies their position on campus; identify ways to empower students in their role; practice reframing their interactions and discourse to promote empowering moments. (Spring 2019)

  • Carmen Peters completed her Masters of Information, concentration in Library and Information Science from the University of Toronto.  (Spring 2019)
  • Caitlin Carter collaborated with a UWaterloo Pharmacy faculty member, Dr. Tejal Patel, as well as Sadaf Faisal (graduate student) and Catherine Lee (undergraduate student) on the following two scoping reviews, presented as posters at the OPEN 2019 Summit:

    • Pharmacist activities for persons with intellectual disabilities: a scoping review

    • The usability, acceptability and functionality of smart oral multidose dispensing systems for medication adherence:  a scoping review  (Spring 2019)

  • Kathy Szigeti, along with her colleagues Melissa Cheung, Dylanne Dearborn, Lyne Da Sylva, and Shahira Khair, presented a poster at the 2019 Summit of the Research Data Access & Preservation Association (RDAP), entitled "From the ground up: Building a roadmap of research priorities for a national research data management community". (Spring 2019)
  • Shannon Gordon attended the Canadian Bibliometrics & Research Impact Community (BRIC) Conference in Quebec City and co-presented these sessions:
    • Duimovich, G. & Gordon, S. (May 2019). Research assessment frameworks around the world. Presented at the Canadian Bibliometric & Research Impact Community Conference, Laval University, Quebec City, QC.
    • Pokrajac, P., Mitra, S. K., Demaine, J., Gordon, S. M., & Droog, A. (May 2019). Bibliometrics driving research clusters at the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology. Presented at the Canadian Bibliometric & Research Impact Community Conference, Laval University, Quebec City, QC.  (Spring 2019)
  • Shannon Gordon hase also worked as part of the BRIC Organizing Committee to organize the BRIC2019 conference; this committee includes Deirdre Moore (Natural Resources Canada), Eve Richard (Université Laval), George Duimovich (Carleton University), Jeffrey Demaine, and myself representing Waterloo. (Spring 2019)
  • Kari D. Weaver successfully defended her Ed.D. in Curriculum & Instruction at the University of South Carolina School of Education. Her dissertation was entitled An Exploration of Academic Librarian Self-Efficacy in the Teaching Role: A Canadian Perspective. (Spring 2019)
  • Rachael Lewitzky and Kari D. Weaver presented the lightning talk, “You've Been Accepted! Creating an Instructional Design Intake Process at the University of Waterloo Library” at the 2019 Ontario Library Association Digital Odyssey Conference. (Spring 2019)

  •  Kate Mercer successfully defended her PhD (Communicating health information in primary care: a multidisciplinary exploration of patient, pharmacist, and physician decision-making) at UWaterloo’s School of Pharmacy. (Spring 2019)
  • Kate Mercer, Kari D. Weaver, and Ariel Jocelyn Stables-Kennedy of Western University presented their paper "Understanding Undergraduate Engineering Student Information Access and Needs: Results from a Scoping Review" at the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) 2019 conference. (Spring 2019)
  • Kari D. Weaver, Kate Mercer, and Ariel Jocelyn Stables-Kennedy of Western University presented their paper "Minding the Gaps: Conducting and Using Scoping Reviews in the Library Context" at the American Library Association (ALA) 2019 Annual Conference. (Spring 2019)
  • Rachel Figueiredo presented “Building Support: Findings and Recommendations from Conversations with Civil and Environmental Engineering Researchers at Two Canadian Universities” in collaboration with engineering librarians from the University of Toronto at the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) 2019 conference. (Spring 2019)
  • Alison Hitchens presented with Sharon Murphy (University of Alberta) and Karina McInnis (University of Guelph) on “Research impact: libraries and research administrators working together” at the Canadian Association of Research Administrators (CARA) conference in Montreal, May 2019. (Spring 2019)

  • Alison Hitchens was elected to the Ex Libris Users of North America (ELUNA) Steering Committee for a three-year term beginning May 3, 2019.

  • Mary Lynne Bartlett presented at BCLA on May 10th about Serious Fun. (Spring 2019)

  • Caitlyn Sageman is the new co-chair for Student Engagement.

  • Mary Lynne Bartlett joined the Waterloo Wellness Collaborative Community of Practice.

  • Melanie Hannaford completed the Leadership Essentials course. (Spring 2019)

  • Eva Dodsworth was invited by the Heritage Planner at the MHBC Planning Urban Design and Landscape Architecture company to present a workshop on using Google Earth for historical cartographic research. This group regularly uses the Geospatial Centre's online air photos for heritage planning. (Winter 2019)

  • Sam Gibbon has been accepted as one of two OCUL Resource Sharing representatives on the COPPUL-OCUL-CAUL-BCI Resource Sharing Agreement Working Group.  These are the consortia of academic libraries that cover all the Canadian provinces.  The group has been created to consider questions and make decisions on changes to the Canada-wide Resource Sharing Agreement. (Winter 2019)

  • Ryan Ball, Mary Lynne Bartlett, and Sara Perkins presented the poster Serious Fun: Student engagement = student success at the 2019 OLA Super Conference in Toronto, ON. (Winter 2019)

  • Ben Colussi completed the Leadership Essentials course. (Winter 2019)

  • Ben Colussi and Sarah Martin became co-chairs of the Library's Health, Safety and Wellness Committee. (Winter 2019)

  • Courtney Bremer gave three live presentations while attending the annual Electronic Resources & Libraries conference in Auston, Texas:

    • Process mapping: How it helped one university streamline their eresources troubleshooting workflow and create efficiencies
    • Standards in a ticket based system: How to provide effective customer service for access issues
    • The Librarian, in the link resolver, with Excel: Using VLOOKUP to solve discoverability mysteries (Winter 2019)
  • Jackie Stapleton, Laura Bredahl, and Caitlin Carter presented “Prove It!  Developing Systematic Search Methods for Evidence-Based Librarianship” at the 2019 OLA Super Conference in Toronto, ON. (Winter 2019)
  • Caitlin Carter is serving a second term as Continuing Education Coordinator for the Ontario Health Libraries Association (OHLA). (Winter 2019)

  • Rachel Figueiredo collaborated with the University of Toronto’s Entrepreneurship Librarians to host the second annual in-person meeting for the National Entrepreneurship Librarians (NEL) group in January.  (Winter 2019)

  • Kate Mercer published the following papers in collaboration with SYDE and Pharmacy faculty members:
  • Rachel Figueiredo presented a poster at OLA 2019 to highlight research from the paper she and Carey Toane (University of Toronto) published in 2018, Toward Core Competencies for Entrepreneurship Librarians. (Winter 2019)

  • Larisa Smyk presented at Michigan Academic Library Association's Cataloging/Metadata IG Pop-Up Conference on Batch Editing Tools conference where she earned an XML and RDF-Based Systems certificate from Library Juice Academy. (Winter 2019)

  • Kate Mercer, Kari D. Weaver, and Ariel Stables-Kennedy collaborated on a poster that was presented at OLA 2019 entitled Understanding Undergraduate Engineering Student Information Access and Needs: Results from a Scoping Review. (Winter 2019)
  • Sam Gibbon, Karen Davidson, Ted Harms, Nadeem Lawji, Carmen Peters, Steph Voichita and other Resource Sharing staff from Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University, planned and ran OCUL’s annual RACER Day at the Balsillie School, for resource sharing staff from all OCUL libraries. (Fall 2018)
  • Sue Arruda, Margaret Uhde, Eva Ma and other collections maintenance staff concluded several projects, including spacing the Government Publication collection into the newly renovated section of the 3rd floor and integrating sections of the collection that had been stored in different locations during the renovation. (Fall 2018)
  • Eva Ma delivered a talk on the subject of learning some basic SQL to query large amounts of Excel data, on behalf of the Library Data and Analytics Community of Practice. (Fall 2018)
  • Nadeem Lawji, with Heather Bunnet-Jones, Hilary Hung and Caitlyn Sageman concluded the digitization of French Studies major research papers for inclusion in UWSpace.  (Fall 2018)
  • Steph Voichita and Karen Davidson completed the Leadership Essentials program, and Sarah Martin completed the Leadership Foundations program. (Fall 2018)
  • Steph Voichita and Sandra Keys of the Library Knitting Club organized a Fundraising event for the United Way in November, making connections with several staff from the broader university community. (Fall 2018)
  • Carmen Peters, Sarah Martin and Courtney Bremer delivered two iterations of the Social Art Luncheon to raise funds for the United Way. In addition to raising $140, the luncheon program served a dual purpose of creating a wellness break and team-building opportunity for staff. (Fall 2018)
  • Carmen Peters with the support of numerous individuals, the Communications Team, and the Student Engagement Committee, developed and executed the start of the ‘Art in the Library’ special project. A biannual rotating exhibition of artworks from the University of Waterloo community will be exhibited in the Davis Centre Library until Winter 2020. (Fall 2018)
  • Caitlin Carter, along with UWaterloo Pharmacy faculty Sherilyn Houle, Kelly Grindrod, and Ross Tsuyuki, published a systematic review “Remunerated patient care services and injections by pharmacists: An international update” in the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association. (Fall 2018)

  • Agnes Zientarska-Kayko gave a presentation entitled “Is a 50% Reduction of Government Doc’s Space Possible? - The Curation Weeding Dance” at the 2018 Government Information Day in Toronto. (Fall 2018)

  • An article written by Mary Lynne Bartlett and Sara Perkins was published by the British Columbia Library Association's online, open access, quarterly publication Perspectives.  Entitled "Student Engagement is Serious Fun: Finding our Voice on Campus", the article illustrates our recent efforts toward "student-focused communications and outreach." (Fall 2018)

  • 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. (Fall 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. (Fall 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.  (Fall 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 (Summer 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. (Summer 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). (Summer 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. (Summer 2018)
  • Eva Dodsworth began teaching a course though the online provider Library Juice Academy, entitled Introduction to GIS and GeoWeb Technologies (Summer 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. (Summer 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.” (Summer 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. (Summer 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. (Summer 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. (Summer 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. (Summer 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. (Spring 2018)
  • Alissa Droog represented the University of Waterloo during the CRKN ORCID.ca Update Webinar in June, 2018. (Spring 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. (Spring 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. (Spring 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. (Winter 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. (Winter 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. (Winter 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. (Winter 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. (Fall 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. (Summer 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. (Summer 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. (Summer 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. (Summer 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. (Summer 2017)

  • Sharon Lamont has been named to the Accessibility Advisory Committee, and will be co-chairing the Excellence Canada People driver working group. (Summer 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. (Summer 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). (Summer 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. (Summer 2017)

Collective accomplishments

Together, the Library as a whole, has achieved:

  • Special Collections & Archives, with the assistance of Digital Initiatives, launched a new online research platform; Archives Database.  Available descriptive records can be browsed by thematic area, academic disciplines or via keyword search (basic and advanced options are available), and the hierarchical nature of those descriptions can be viewed using the navigation tree at the top of each fonds or collection page. (Summer 2019)

  • Eva Dodsworth and Markus Wieland attended the GIS-Pro 2019 Conference as hosted by the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA), where they presented on the Geospatial Centre’s Urbanizing Kitchener-Waterloo: A Historical Geospatial Perspective project. (Summer 2019)

  • The sixth annual Digital Pedagogy Institute conference was held at the University of Waterloo, in partnership with Brock University, the University of Guelph, Ryerson University, and the University of Toronto Scarborough Library.  Its organizing committee was chaired by Tim Ireland, and supported by Laura BredahlKathy MacDonaldAgnes Zientarska-Kayko, and many other volunteers.  The conference featured presentations from over 20 institutions, and 163 attendees from over 30 institutions. (Summer 2019)

  • The Geospatial Centre has received a SSHRC grant to fund the project, Urbanizing Kitchener Waterloo: A Historical Geospatial Perspective. This initiative promotes quantitative historical research and facilitates visualization by 1) providing researchers with an online map and database listing one-hundred years’ worth of city directory entries, and advertisements and 2) providing users with a historical narrative related to local residential and commercial urbanization. The grant will cover the costs of hiring undergraduate and graduate students to assist the Geospatial team in geocoding, analyzing and developing an interactive web map. (Spring 2019)

  • The Instructional Design team completed 11 projects spanning various disciplines in the humanities, arts, and sciences; meeting the needs of undergraduate and graduate students and fostering relationships with campus partners, including the Writing and Communications Centre, the Centre for Extended Learning, the Office of Academic Integrity, Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs, and the Student Success Office. (Spring 2019)

  • Student Engagement collaborated with the University of Guelph to broadcast the “Representation in the Queer Community” talk by Pamela Dedman, PhD candidate in Feminist Philosophy at University of Waterloo, on June 14. (Spring 2019)

  • The Davis Reno Sub Team updated the furnishings in Davis! Designed to specifications identified by the students themselves, the 178 new carrels offer optimal individual study options. There are also new, height adjustable chairs for these carrels and the RBC Research Commons, and eight stand up carrels. (Winter 2019)

  • Geospatial Centre staff have worked closely with faculty member Kelley McClinchey this term to provide her Recreation 373 students with new GIS skills so they can incorporate geospatial technology into their term assignment. The students were offered four GIS-related workshops, allowing over 100 students in that course better access and guidance. (Winter 2019)

  • Donations for the Feds Student Food Bank were collected.  Our  generous staff members contributed their time and five very large bags of food and toiletries to the Federation of Students for which they were extremely grateful. The support was ongoing during the collections, and it was great to be able to help our campus community! (Winter 2019)

  • The United Way team of Courtney Bremer, Carmen Peters, Cornelia Tiba, Danielle Farr, Laurie Strome, Mary Lynne Bartlett, Mark Spencer, Sue Martin, Sandra Keys, Sara Perkins, Steph Voichita, and Sarah Martin organized 9 events over the year. We raised a total of $3,393.60 for the United Way, which is the highest amount of any department on campus! (Fall 2018)

  • The Geospatial Centre proudly shared the Kitchener Historical Street Project (1853 - 1992), an ArcGIS Online project showing the City of Kitchener's road network for various decades ranging from 1853 to 1992. This data was derived from digitized copies of old street maps of the city. It is intended to showcase the change in Kitchener's road network over the course of this time frame. (Fall 2018)

  • The Library and History Department combined their efforts to present a lecture entitled Understanding the archived Web as a historical sourceby Niels Brügger of Aarhus University, Denmark. (Fall 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. (Summer 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. (Summer 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 . (Summer 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. (Summer 2018)
  • Using Open Journal Systems provided by the Library, along advice Digital Initiatives staff, the Journal of Integrative Research & Reflection launched in the spring. (Summer 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. (Summer 2018)
  • Student Library Ambassadors interacted with 3500 first-year students during orientation, participating in all faculty events, WaterWho, and the campus life fair. (Summer 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. (Summer 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. (Summer 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. (Summer 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. (Summer 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. (Summer 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. (Summer 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. (Summer 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. (Summer 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. (Winter 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.  (Winter 2018)

  • Various Library staff were quoted in an article, "Library staff recommend books on your tattoos" by The Waterloo Region Record. (Winter 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. (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 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 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. (Fall 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. (Summer 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. (Summer 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. (Summer 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. (Summer 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. (Summer 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. (Summer 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. (Summer 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. (Summer 2017)