Latest Faculty of Information Events
Feb 02
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

A Day of FIAA PD Webinars

140 St. George St.
Room 212 (Dean's Conference Room, 2nd floor)
Toronto, On
M5S 3G6

Once again FIAA is hosting a day of FREE professional development (PD) for alumni where we’ll re-broadcast several OLA Education Institute webinars. Come back to the Bissell building on Saturday, February 2nd to join your colleagues for a day of viewing these sessions together.  A light lunch and snacks will be provided throughout the day.  Feel free to view one, or all of the webinars.

Please note:  there is no cost to registrants, however please RSVP by Thursday, January 31st so we know numbers for lunch & snacks.


Event Details: 
Saturday, February 2nd, 2019, 10am – 4pm, Room 212, Bissell Building, Faculty of Information, 140 St. George Street

10:00 am-11:00 am:      Webinar 1: Bringing the Library Into Service

11:10 am-12:10 pm:      Webinar 2: Accessible Reading Technologies

12:20 pm-1:20 pm:       Webinar 3: Data Literacy 101: Data in Schools

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm:      Webinar 4: AI: Implications for Libraries

2:40 pm – 3:40 pm:      Webinar 5: Information Behaviour in Library Workplaces


Webinar Descriptions: 

Webinar 1: Bringing the Library Into Service

Service learning is an educational approach that relies on combining traditional instruction with meaningful work or service in the community. This approach has become increasingly popular as institutions have discovered the value of having students become engaged citizens in their communities and learn by doing. Unfortunately, these initiatives often forget to include a key player on campus: the library.

Just because the final assessment is not in the form of an essay or a research project, it does not mean students will not need the library’s help. From helping students find information for their service projects to introducing topics such as information democratization and information privilege into the classroom, the library and the librarian can play a pivotal role in the service learning experience. There are plenty of benefits for the library and the librarian as well.

This webinar will explore different tried and true models of support the library can offer these initiatives. The models range in involvement and time commitment to suit librarians in all kinds of environments. From creating research guides and reading lists to in-class workshops and field visits, there is a sustainable way for the library to participate.

Participants will:

– Understand service learning and how it relates to the library.

– Discover different models of service learning support available to librarians and assess their suitability given the librarian’s environment.

– Identify strategies for reaching out to those conducting service learning initiatives.

About the instructor:

Marcela Y. Isuster, McGill University, Montreal. Marcela has been supporting community engagement and service learning at both teaching and research universities for over 5 years.


Webinar 2: Accessible Reading Technologies

People with print disabilities use a variety of mainstream and specialized technologies to read. Understanding these options is important because one size does not fit all, and choice of technology can help empower readers. This webinar will introduce participants to key accessible reading technologies used by library customers with print disabilities such as the various text to speech software options, screen magnification, braille displays, literacy support software, and accessible reading applications for mobile devices. Through screen captures and video, we’ll show these tools in action. We will also provide resources for further information and discuss emerging formats and technologies to watch such as EPUB3, voice assistants and inexpensive braille displays.

Participants will:

1. Understand the names and key features of popular reading technologies used by people with print disabilities

2. Know which formats are suitable for use with each technology

3. Become aware of the technologies expected to become important to readers with print disabilities

4. Receive resources for further learning and reference

About the instructor:

Lindsay Tyler is Senior Manager of the Centre for Equitable Library Access, Canada’s most comprehensive accessible reading service, providing books and other materials to Canadians with print disabilities in the formats of their choice.


Webinar 3: Data Literacy 101: Data in Schools

With the rise of data creation, commercialization, insecurity, and consumption, it’s important that school and academic libraries are responding to these trends in meaningful ways. This presentation aims to offer a holistic framework for library-led data literacy practices that can work in a school setting by engaging with the OLA’s Student Inquiry Process and the Problem, Plan, Data, Analysis, Conclusion (PPDAC) Model from statistical methodology.

A library-led data literacy program for schools would identify and define data literacy, address the data literacy needs of the staff, faculty and students, use evidence from successfully integrated data literacy programs, understand the application of data literacy beyond the school, and inform and reform the tools and models that are supporting data literacy programs. This framework positions library-led data literacy programs in school and academic institutions as an integrated, hands-on, and inquiry-based practice that library professionals can use and adapt to their library to support an overall library-led literacy program.

Participants will:

  • Understand how data literacy can be implemented in a school setting;
  • Have exposure to a flexible and holistic data literacy framework;
  • Gain hands-on tips and tricks at each stage of the framework

About the instructor:

Kasey Whalley is a Library Technician at Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School in Brampton. She is currently finishing her MI(LIS) from the University of Toronto and has centered much of her research and career goals around intersections of data, information, and youth programming.


Webinar 4: AI: Implications for Libraries

What does the world of AI (artificial intelligence) mean for libraries? Can AI replace library services or how can libraries leverage the technology for more streamlined services. From Smart Houses, to Robots, to technology yet to be mainstreamed, this session will cover it all to help you better prepare and plan for the future.

Presenters: Brian Pichman, Evolve Project


Webinar 5: Information Behaviour in Library Workplaces

As the information horizon expands, the ways in which people store, index, search, access, curate, preserve, and use information diversifies. To capture these activities, “information behaviour” engages in a wide range of research in order to understand the human relationship to information. Within library and information science, librarians use information behaviour to better understand library patrons and their information needs. While most research focuses on users, librarians and library stakeholders can also leverage this to negotiate the meaning and context of information in the workplace and to facilitate the successful transfer of information. This session explores 1) information behaviour theories through the works of Siyali Ramamrita Ranganathan, Carol Kuhlthau, Brenda Dervin, Marcia Bates, and other canonical figures; 2) functions and structures in library workplaces; 3) and effects they have on services and quality of work.

Participants will:

  • Develop new or deeper understanding of information behaviour theories
  • Place context and meaning to the information profession and workplace
  • Explore examples of leveraging information behaviour research in the library workplace

Presenter Bios: Lily Yuxi Ren is a reference and instruction librarian at The Hospital for Sick Children. She holds a Master of Information from the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto. In September, she will begin her PhD in Information to pursue studies in information behaviour to better understand how people interact with information.


If you have any questions please contact Jeannie An at

Filed under: