Forward Facing Library: The Future of Reference and Instruction in Academic Libraries

Co-planned by Jennifer Peters and Sarah Forbes w/ assistance from Sandra Dimock

April 26, 2013

Inn on the Twenty – Jordan, ON

Posterized! Poster Sessions

A slang term depicting a play in basketball. In said play, a player dunks the ball over top or in front of another player, making a play so picturesque that it may appear on a poster, hence the term, posterized (from the Urban Dictionary)

Poster Descriptions and Presenter Bios

2-2-Q Feedback:
Assessing Student Learning Across an Information Literacy Program 
Sarah Fedko and Sue Reynolds, University of Toronto Scarborough
2-2-Q Feedback poster
2-2-Q Handout

The D.B. Weldon Library’s Instruction Portfolio:
A Grassroots, Team-Based Approach
Melanie Mills and Kim McPhee, University of Western Ontario


The Targeted LibGuide: A Case for Collaboration
Dany Savard, York University

The Targeted Libguide poster

Hackers in the Library: The 1st Annual Steacie Library Dungeon Hackfest
Sarah Shujah, York University


Chat Reference Best Practices: A Little Goes a Long Way 
Carey Toane, University of Western Ontario

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detailed description

The Startup Library: An Experiment in Execution
M.J. D’Elia, Guelph University

Hook’em with Tweets! Stealth Reference & IL in 140 Characters or Less!
Peter Duerr and Kim Stymest, York University

Hook'em with Tweets! poster

Librarians on YouTube: Library Instruction Videos  WINNER!
Dan Sich and Nazi Torabi, University of Western Ontario

Librarians on YouTube Prezi

Opportunity + Collaboration + Innovation = askON
Matthew Black and Nonna Volodina, MLIS candidates from University of Toronto

Opportunity + Collaboration + Innovation = askON

Data Visualizations as Data and Statistical Literacy Tools
Wendy Traas, MLIS candidate from University of Toronto

Beef Up Your Backchat:
Using Open-Ended Response Systems to Assess Learning
Elizabeth Yates, Brock University

Beef Up Your Backchat digital poster

You’re Teaching, But Are They Learning?
Information Literacy Assessment Tools and Techniques  
Graham Lavender and Joanna Blair, Seneca College

Where Can I Find Contact Information for ERIC? Ask Us!
Shanna Pearson and Lydia Tsai, Seneca College

Building 21st Century Research & Writing Skills Using Online Learning
Denise Smith and Colleen MacKinnon, Brock University

Building 21st Century Research & Writing Skills Using Online Learning

When Life Gives you Lemons, Make Lemonade
Cynthia Williamson, Mohawk College and Lynne Serviss, McMaster University

When Life Gives You Lemons – Make Lemonade!

Birds of a Feather Posters


Is the reference desk dead?






User Experience/Reference


Changing the IL model




Is the reference desk dead?

Button Making

A selection of buttons made at the OCULA Spring Conference 2013

Want to have even more fun making buttons at your library?

The Button Guy is a great resource for everything button related.

We used the 2-1/4″ Tecre button maker and graphic punch (which can be purchased individually or as part of a button making kit) to make the buttons at the conference but he also has equipment/supplies/templates for other sizes.

If you’re feeling lazy or just don’t have the time and want to outsource the production (aka the fun part), he also does custom button orders.

Event Photos