New Open Access Policy for Research

Announced today Friday February 27, 2015:

Canadians will have free online access to research funded by NSERC, SSHRC and CIHR

Making research results as widely available and accessible as possible is an essential part of advancing knowledge and maximizing the impact of publicly-funded research for Canadians. Increased access to the results of publicly-funded research can spur scientific discovery, enable better international collaboration and coordination of research, enhance the engagement of society and support the economy.

The Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology), today unveiled the new policy as part of a wide-ranging speech on the government's updated Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy in a speech to the Economic Club in Toronto.

The harmonized Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications requires all peer-reviewed journal publications funded by one of the three federal granting agencies to be freely available online within 12 months.

Canada's three federal granting agencies are: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

The policy will require NSERC and SSHRC funded researchers to comply with the policy for all grants awarded May 1, 2015 and onward. The policy will not change current compliance requirements for CIHR funded researchers since a similar policy with the same requirements has been in effect since 2008.

In developing this policy, the three agencies held an online consultation, receiving feedback from over 200 individuals and groups from the research community, institutional libraries, scholarly associations, non-governmental organizations, publishers, and journals.

The granting agencies will continue to work closely with stakeholders to support and facilitate the transition towards greater open access. READ MORE!

Research Guides on Western Libraries Website

Research Guides listed on the Western Libraries website are a good place to start your research. Have a look:

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Top 7: Research Tools to Use When Starting Your Research

There are several research tools that will help you as you define your research interest, narrow your Problem of Practice (POP) to form a research problem and attendant questions, and as you create your Research Portfolio and move through the research process.

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  1. Catalogue

  2. Summon

  3. Research Guides

  4. Research Databases

  5. Western Libraries Website

  6. Education Library Website and Education Library Blog

  7. Social Media: Currently you may not be a fan or consumer of Social Media but many educators are joining, especially Twitter, and creating online communities of practice. Social Media use in education, and especially in educational leadership bears some watching and reflecting).


Top 7: Research Databases for Education

Here are the Top 7 databases to search as you prepare your proposal, literature review and your research portfolio.

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  1. CBCA Education (for Canadian education information)

  2. Dissertations and Theses

  3. Education Research Complete

  4. ERIC

  5. ProQuest Education Journals

  6. Professional Development Collection

  7. PsycINFO

Online Access Available ~ Knowledge Management for School Education

knowledge management for schools.jpgThis book introduces the application of knowledge management (KM) theories, practices, and tools in school organization for sustainable development. Schools in Asia Pacific have long faced a variety of challenges in terms of sustainable development under the education reforms and curriculum reforms to meet the demands of a knowledge society.

Schools are inevitably expected to develop human capital for the knowledge society within the competitive global economy, and to interact with its policy environment and know how to leverage pedagogical knowledge. The high speed of expansion change and expansion of knowledge have dramatically influence the development of flexibility of teacher and school works.

The nature of teacher work becomes increasingly less routine, more analytical, and disruptive yet often come with a sense of urgency and need to be more collaborative.

Teachers not only require data and information, but also knowledge and experience of individual, they also need to collaborative task execution, decision making and problem solving. Helping school leaders and teachers to manage their knowledge and become "know how" to cope with the change is important.

early childhood education in THREE CULTURES.jpgThis book, written by an international team of experienced researchers, investigates unique and dynamic approaches to key issues in policy transformation, curriculum reforms and teacher training in three cultures - China, Japan and the United States - in a globalized world. By examining their respective policy choices and evidence-based practices, the authors show how best to provide for young children based on their needs and interests, and the three countries' strategies for doing so. This book provides the latest information on the rapid developments already underway and further changes to be expected in these diverse cultures.

Online Access Available ~ Emerging Issues in Smart Learning

engagin issues in smart learning.jpgThis book provides an archival forum for researchers, academics, practitioners, and industry professionals interested and/or engaged in the reform of the ways of teaching and learning through advancing current learning environments towards smart learning environments. The contributions of this book are submitted to the International Conference on Smart Learning Environments (ICSLE 2014). The focus of this book is on the interplay of pedagogy, technology and their fusion towards the advancement of smart learning environments. Various components of this interplay include but are not limited to: Pedagogy- learning paradigms, assessment paradigms, social factors, policy; Technology- emerging technologies, innovative uses of mature technologies, adoption, usability, standards, and emerging/new technological paradigms (open educational resources, cloud computing, etc.).

New Service Launched ~ Ask Copyright

Western's newly launched Ask Copyright service is designed to assist Western faculty, staff and students, as well as the community at large, in finding answers to questions about copyright at Western. Give it a try!

3mt_logo01.jpgThe Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a competition for graduate students in which participants present their research and its wider impact in three minutes or less to a panel of non-specialist judges. The challenge is to present complex research in an engaging, accessible and compelling way, using only one slide.

The 3MT® competition provides graduate students with an opportunity to refine skills that can be transferred after graduation to diverse career paths. Distilling research into a clear form, without over-simplifying or making it overly-complex, and highlighting the wider implications of the research are important skills to carry into post-graduate employment and public service.

The competition also enables students to showcase their research to a wider audience, across disciplines within the university and to the broader public. The competition is open to the public, and is advertised within the community. The 3MT® is a unique opportunity to communicate the innovative and significant research undertaken by our graduate students.

This information is from the publisher's website:

Young Children and Family in the Information Age.jpgThis edited book presents the most recent theory, research and practice on information and technology literacy as it relates to the education of young children. Because computers have made it so easy to disseminate information, the amount of available information has grown at an exponential rate, making it impossible for educators to prepare students for the future without teaching them how to be effective information managers and technology users.

Although much has been written about information literacy and technology literacy in secondary education, there is very little published research about these literacies in early childhood education. In 2012 the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children's Media at Saint Vincent College published a position statement on using technology and interactive media as tools in early childhood programs.

This statement recommends more research "to better understand how young children use and learn with technology and interactive media and also to better understand any short- and long-term effects." Many assume that today's young children are "digital natives" with a great understanding of technology. However, children may know how to operate digital technology but be unaware of its dangers or its value to extend their abilities.

This book argues that information and technology literacy include more than just familiarity with the digital environment. They include using technology safely and ethically to demonstrate creativity and innovation; to communicate and collaborate; to conduct research and use information; and to think critically, solve problems and make decisions.

This information is from the publisher's website:

assessing mathematical literacy.jpgAssessing Mathematical Literacy: The PISA Experience describes the design, development, delivery and impact of the mathematics assessment for the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). First, the origins of PISA's concept of mathematical literacy are discussed, highlighting the underlying themes of mathematics as preparation for life after school and mathematical modelling of the real world, and clarifying PISA's position within this part of the mathematics education territory. The PISA mathematics framework is introduced as a significant milestone in the development and dissemination of these ideas. The underlying mathematical competencies on which mathematical literacy so strongly depends are described, along with a scheme to use them in item creation and analysis. The development and implementation of the PISA survey and the consequences for the outcomes are thoroughly discussed. Different kinds of items for both paper-based and computer-based PISA surveys are exemplified by many publicly released items along with details of scoring. The novel survey of the opportunity students have had to learn the mathematics promoted through PISA is explained. The book concludes by surveying international impact. It presents viewpoints of mathematics educators on how PISA and its constituent ideas and methods have influenced teaching and learning practices, curriculum arrangements, assessment practices, and the educational debate more generally in fourteen countries.

It is only a month away until the International Service Learning: Engaging Host Communities Symposium, which will be taking place on Friday, March 27th at Western's Faculty of Education.

This event will bring together an inter-disciplinary, international group of individuals who research and facilitate ISL programs as well as those who host North American ISL students in their communities in Central America. Please be sure to register as soon as possible. (Bonus: The registration fee includes all refreshments and food for the day!)

what really works in special education.jpgAs teachers around the world deal with the challenges of inclusive education, they must find effective ways of enhancing their classroom teaching methods. What Really Works in Special and Inclusive Education presents teachers with a range of evidence-based strategies they can immediately put into practice in their classrooms.

This unique book will be an invaluable resource for educators who may not have the time or the inclination to engage with theory-heavy research, but who wish to ensure that their teaching strategies are up-to-the-minute and proven to be the most effective best practices. Each of the 27 strategies that this book comprises has a substantial research base, a strong theoretical rationale and clear guidelines on their implementation, as well as cautionary advice where necessary.

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teaching information fluency.jpgTeaching Information Fluency describes the skills and dispositions of information fluency adept searchers. Readers will receive in-depth information on what it takes to locate, evaluate, and ethically use digital information.

The book realistically examines the abilities of Internet searchers today in terms of their efficiency and effectiveness in finding online information, evaluating it and using it ethically. Since the majority of people develop these skills on their own, rather than being taught, the strategies they invent may suffice for simple searches, but for more complex tasks, such as those required by academic and professional work, the average person's performance is adequate only about 50% of the time.

The book is laid out in five parts: an introduction to the problem and how search engine improvements are not sufficient to be of real help, speculative searching, investigative searching, ethical use and applications of information fluency. The intent of the book is to provide readers ways to improve their performance as consumers of digital information and to help teachers devise useful ways to integrate information fluency instruction into their teaching, since deliberate instruction is needed to develop fluency.

Since it is unlikely that dedicated class time will be available for such instruction, the approach taken embeds information fluency activities into classroom instruction in language arts, history and science. Numerous model lessons and resources are woven into the fabric of the text, including think-alouds, individual and group search challenges, discussions, assessments and curation.

Faculty Mentor Session: The Sabbatical Leave


Western's Teaching Support Centre (TSC) presents a Faculty Mentor Session for tenured and pre-tenure faculty on:

The Sabbatical Leave

Friday, March 20, 2015
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Teaching Support Centre (TSC)
Room 122, The D. B. Weldon Library

Easy Online Access to Books is Available via the Library Catalogue

Online programs are supported by online resources. The Education Library has been increasing the eBook and online access to books for many years now. You can easily look up titles in the library catalogue and read the books online.

Our collection, supporting all of the programs of the Faculty of Education, is growing every day! We showcase the research electronic resources on this Blog. So, scroll down through this Education Library Blog to take a look at some of the research resources now available to read online through the library catalogue.

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The Robert Macmillan Graduate Research in Education Symposium (GRiES)

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The Robert Macmillan Graduate Research in Education Symposium (GRiES) is an annual event that is organized by graduate students at the Faculty of Education. The theme of this year's event is Research Innovations in Education: Implications for Practice and Learning. This year the event is being celebrated on Wednesday April 1, 2015.

The Symposium provides Western University graduate students the opportunity to share their education-related research with the wider community. Presentation formats include posters, round tables, papers, and creative formats such as song or art. Unable to attend the Symposium in person? As with the previous two years, we are excited to offer Western University graduate student the option to present virtually. Find out MORE!

The Education Library is pleased to again take part in this wonderful event. Look for our Library as Research Partner display!

This research report appears on the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS) website:


Certifying teachers and regulating the teaching profession is emerging as a critical public policy issue-and one that urgently needs addressing in the interests of students as well as taxpayers in Nova Scotia and a few other provinces. Establishing and maintaining professional standards in Canada has, in practice, been delegated to provincial teachers' unions and federations. Nova Scotia demonstrates how that approach can be particularly loose and mostly ineffective, virtually guaranteeing "spotless records" for teachers.

This AIMS' research report asks, "Whatever happened to teaching standards?" and then tackles the question with an analysis of teacher regulation in Nova Scotia compared with best practices in other Canadian provinces.

Paul W. Bennett and Karen Mitchell, a former member of the Ontario College of Teachers Governing Board from 1997 to 2005, provide a revealing look at the absence of regulatory oversight and the feeble enforcement of teaching standards. Utilizing Nova Scotia as an example, the AIMS' policy paper makes the case for adopting a more robust provincial policy regime to ensure the highest teaching standards as well as to weed out underperforming teachers and so-called "bad apples" who pose risks to students.

This information is from the publisher's website:

educational leadership and moral literacy.pngWhat makes a moral person moral? Who decides what morality means? What makes leadership practice moral? In today's schools, what stands as moral leadership? These are questions that reflect the complexity integral to the calculus of human morality, especially in a world that is defined daily by its variant meanings of morality, its acts of immorality.

The school as an educational setting is or should be a decidedly moral center of the society; it is the natural intersect between the family and the multi-dimensional nature of public life. Educational Leadership and Moral Literacy addresses these questions, situating the reader in a conversation that examines the meaning and nature of moral leadership through the lens of moral literacy and the dispositional aims of moral leadership in educational settings. The contributing authors extend an argument that the work of leader educators and practitioners alike must continuously be re-articulated around the dispositional aims aligned with a moral, democratic education. Educators must be concerned with developing the moral, intellectual, and aesthetic dimensions of the educational leader as a "moral person."

This information is from the publisher's website:

mad mothers.jpgWhen a mother kills her child, we call her a bad mother, but, as this book shows, even mothers who intend to do their children harm are not easily categorized as "mad" or "bad." Maternal love is a complex emotion rich with contradictory impulses and desires, and motherhood is a conflicted state in which women constantly renegotiate the needs mother and child, the self and the other.

Applying care ethics philosophy and the work of Emmanuel Levinas, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and Simone de Beauvoir to real-world experiences of motherhood, Sarah LaChance Adams throws the inherent tensions of motherhood into sharp relief, drawing a more nuanced portrait of the mother and child relationship than previously conceived. The maternal example is particularly instructive for ethical theory, highlighting the dynamics of human interdependence while also affirming separate interests. In this book, LaChance Adams particularly focuses on maternal ambivalence and its morally productive role in reinforcing the divergence between oneself and others, helping to recognize the particularities of situation, and negotiating the difference between one's own needs and the desires of others. She ultimately argues maternal filicide is a social problem requiring a collective solution that ethical philosophy and philosophies of care can inform.

This information is from the publisher's website:

sustainable learning.jpgIn an era of globalization, technological innovation, and social transformations, universities face the challenge of training students with the competencies needed to meet the demands of the market and to successfully integrate into today's workforce. Sustainable Learning in Higher Education looks at the university as a dynamic source of essential competencies and explores various skill management models, methodologies and innovations applied by educational institutions around the world.

The demands of today's society represent a major challenge for universities and their teaching staffs. Professors need to adapt their teaching methods to meet these new challenges. For example, universities need to prepare new generations of students with the ability to select, update and use knowledge, rather than processing facts and formulas. Students need to be capable of learning in different contexts and modalities throughout their professional careers and learn to adapt their knowledge to new situations. In response, a conceptual and methodological change has taken place in the university organizational culture and in student curriculums. This book presents a variety of cases and observations on the competencies developed in the curriculums of universities around the world, with the aim to assure that graduates leave fully prepared to face the challenges of the new economy.​​

This information is from the publisher's website:


engaging with student voice in research.jpgThe purpose of Engaging with Student Voice in Research, Education and Community is to interrupt much of the current rhetoric regarding the engagement of children and young people as consultants on the social and pedagogical practices of schooling. It argues that often giving students a voice in schooling is little more than requiring them to legitimate existing practices as a means of enhancing the marketability of the given school. The text does not limit itself to conditions of school education alone, but broadens the horizons to take in students in higher education, as well as young people in their interactions with cultural institutions and the wider community. It sees its mission as having a liberatory, democratic function engaging young people as active and knowledgeable agents in a wide series of social enterprises. It draws upon a range of cases and includes a range of practical examples for practitioners and researchers.

This information is from the publisher's website:

nature of childrens wellbeing.jpgThe Nature of Children's Well-Being: Theory and Practice presents new findings that deal with different facets of the well-being of children and their relevance to the proper treatment of children. The well-being of children is considered against the background of a wide variety of legal, political, medical, educational and familial perspectives. The book addresses diverse issues from a range of disciplinary perspectives using a variety of methods. It has three major sections with the essays in each section loosely organized about a common general theme. The first section focuses on issues concerning the relation between children's well-being and autonomy or agency. The second section deals with child well-being insofar as the limits of parental authority are concerned. The third section has a more applied orientation and addresses a variety of public policy controversies involving the interpretation of children's well-being.

This memo recently went out to all senior administration at Western, and now we taking this opportunity to engage everyone at Western in the newly launched Western Libraries' Strategic Planning Initiative:


FLIP STRATEGIC PLANNING LOGO.jpg It is with great anticipation that we announce that the Western Libraries strategic planning process, FLIP - Future Library in Progress, is officially underway. It is time we create a plan to articulate how we will advance the vision and strategic priorities outline in Western's Strategic Plan, Achieving Excellence on the World Stage.

Over the next three months, we will explore the role of Western Libraries in the 21st century, a time dominated by change and innovation in higher education and research.

We will answer questions like: How can we have a more profound impact on learning and research outcomes? How can we help students to thrive and achieve their potential in the 21st century? And, what will we do to transform the library experience and how our users interact and partner with Western Libraries?

As part of FLIP, our strategic planning process, we will revisit Western Libraries vision for the future and craft our strategic directions and goals. We will establish short and long-term priorities, define what success looks like in the future and determine how we will measure progress and performance.

We will chart our future by engaging and involving library staff and our user communities, including students, researchers and faculty, as well as, campus and community partners.

Led by our Strategic Planning Steering Committee, we will ensure there are ample opportunities to imagine, collaborate, reflect and learn so that we can identify opportunities and priorities for Western Libraries to advance student success, research excellence, community engagement and scholarly communication.

As we move forward on this journey, watch for updates and information on how to get involved and help create Western Libraries' future.

People We Know ~ Lynn Dare

We got this very good news via email this afternoon:

Congratulations to Lynn Dare on her forthcoming article on "Conceptualizing Concurrent Enrollment: Why High-Achieving Students Go For It," to be published in Gifted Child Quarterly. GCQ is the leading journal in gifted education, and a Q1 journal in Education, representing a research impact in the top quartile of journals in its field. Lynn completed this research for her Master's thesis, with Elizabeth Nowicki as her supervisor. For this project, Lynn also won the Dunlop Award for best Canadian Masters thesis in educational psychology. Lynn is now enrolled in the PhD program in Education Studies here at Faculty of Education.

The Leadership Identity Journey takes readers on a breathtaking, all-consuming, transformative journey. leadership identity journey.jpg

The invitation is to think of your life as a journey that follows a mythic path.

By doing so, new possibilities emerge for thinking about leadership identity and preparation, as well as artistic research and the education field. The perspectives described in this book are supported by school leaders' insights into powerful iconic photographs relative to the five mythic life phases: the human condition, trials in life, human triumph, human transformation, and human crossing, with the addition of leadership as a dimension of the life-journey model.

The authors conducted their study using selected photographs framed by the universal mythic framework inspired by mythologist Joseph Campbell.

The Power of Teacher Leaders provides a comprehensive resource for understanding the ways that teacher leaders foster positive change in their schools. Distinct from school administrators, teacher leaders are professionals who remain in the classroom and use their specialized knowledge and skills to improve student achievement, influence others, and build organizational capacity.power of teacher leaders.jpg

Written by leading educational researchers, each chapter of The Power of Teacher Leaders describes a different way that teachers are leading. Moving beyond the question of why teacher leaders are important and how such work is implemented, the contributing scholars to this collection offer a critical examination of the field by presenting original research, case studies, and programs in practice. Topics covered include how teachers become leaders, their wide-ranging leadership roles, and the effects of teacher leadership on student academic success and school communities. A cohesive edited collection, this book demonstrates how teacher leaders play an increasingly active role in the improvement of student learning, teacher professional development, and school climate.

Unmasking School Leadership: A Longitudinal Life History of School Leaders is a longitudinal life history of the lives and work of primary school principals in Ireland. unmasking school leadership.jpg

It provides a unique opportunity to peer inside the realities of leading schools in changing times. In a system that until recently did not prepare principals for the onerous roles and responsibilities, a small system with limited mobility, inter-personal relationships emerge as critical, frequently privileged over professional relationships. Consequently, principals struggle to bring about change, to build trust in order to cultivate a transformative leadership agenda, while several aspects of systemic structures and processes emerge as constraints on leadership capacity building. In the absence of comprehensive leadership portfolio development, classroom teachers, catapulted into the principal's office, tend to be cautious and careful in ways that tend to perpetuate the status quo while putting a premium on the exercise of soft power and an over-reliance on the good will of colleagues. Several of the 'leadership lessons' that emerge from this in-depth analysis concur with an increasing international consensus that due to complexity and increasingly performative policy demands, learning about leadership for all is an absolute necessity. However, care must be taken to avoid overly scripted programmes. Critical to the cultivation of a professionally responsible leadership disposition, rather than capitulation to 'technologies of control,' is professional renewal cultivated through adequate attention to the Zone of Proximal Distance.

Copyright@Western

Researchers ~ Do not struggle with copyright questions or concerns. There is a team of academic professionals (including Academic Librarians) here at Western who can assist you. The Copyright@Western website provides useful information for researchers. Please send any questions about copyright to the email address provided on the Copyright@Western website.

The Education Library Maintains a Strong Social Media Presence

In addition to this Blog, the Education Library maintains active, professional and academic Facebook and Twitter pages forming strong and global online communities of practice with our education and our librarianship colleagues.

eBooks are Available to Read Online through the Library Catalogue

Online programs are supported by online resources. The Education Library has been increasing the eBook and electronic access to books for about three years now. Our collection, supporting all of the programs of the Faculty of Education, is growing every day. We showcase the research electronic resources on this Blog. So, scroll down through this Education Library Blog to take a look at some of the research resources now available to read online through the library catalogue. Scroll-down-benefits.gif

Research Guides ~ Begin Your Research Here!

The Academic Librarians at Western have created Getting Started RESEARCH GUIDES to support almost every research interest on our campus.

You will find these Guides very useful as starting points for your research and when you are writing your research proposal that must include a literature review. Here is a link to the Education Library RESEARCH GUIDES. All Faculty of Education graduate students will benefit from both the Academic and Professional program research guides.

Contact information for Academic Librarians is also provided on the Research Guides. The Academic Librarian for the Faculty of Education is Denise Horoky. You will find Denise's contact information on the guides. Please contact Denise if you have any questions about the research tools provided by Western Libraries, about selection of appropriate keywords for database searching or database searching tips, techniques and strategies.


teaching reflective learning.jpgTeaching Reflective Learning in Higher Education: A Systematic Approach Using Pedagogic Patterns is about understanding the nature and application of reflection in higher education. It provides a theoretical model to guide the implementation of reflective learning and reflective practice across multiple disciplines and international contexts in higher education. The book presents research into the ways in which reflection is both considered and implemented in different ways across different professional disciplines, while maintaining a common purpose to transform and improve learning and/or practice. (This information is from the publisher's website)

Online Access is Available: Change Leadership in Higher Education

We have purchased electronic access to this book so you can read it online. This description information is from the publisher's website:

change leadership in higher education.jpgChange Leadership in Higher Education is a call to action, urging administrators in higher education to get proactive about change. The author applies positive and creative leadership principles to the issue of leading change in higher education, providing a much-needed blueprint for changing the way change happens, and how the system reacts. Readers will examine four different models of change and look at change itself through ten different analytical lenses to highlight the areas where the current approach could be beneficially altered. The book accounts for the nuances in higher education culture and environment, and helps administrators see that change is natural and valuable, and can be addressed in creative and innovative ways

Written by the amazing Anne Lamott.
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Anne Lamott is an American novelist and non-fiction writer. She is also a progressive political activist, public speaker, and writing teacher. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, her nonfiction works are largely autobiographical. Marked by their self-deprecating humor and openness, Lamott's writings cover such subjects as alcoholism, single-motherhood, depression, Christianity and spirituality. (Wikipedia) I have heard Anne speak about her life and read from her books, and it really was an amazing experience.

Lamott has described why she writes:

"I try to write the books I would love to come upon, that are honest, concerned with real lives, human hearts, spiritual transformation, families, secrets, wonder, craziness--and that can make me laugh. When I am reading a book like this, I feel rich and profoundly relieved to be in the presence of someone who will share the truth with me, and throw the lights on a little, and I try to write these kinds of books. Books, for me, are medicine."

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Video: Benefits of Using Citation Management Tools

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Managing a list of references or citations for a written project can be a frustrating and lengthy process. Fortunately, there is a solution. Citation management tools like RefWorks, EndNote, Zotero, and others can help you save time.

Instead of going back to trace all the sources you used in your paper once you are done, citation tools help you manage your bibliographical information while you research. This can save you a lot of time and energy, and better yet, it keeps your citations organized and accessible. FIND OUT MORE!

Citation Management Software Comparison Chart and Quick Start Guides

RefWorks access is ending at Western. However, other citation management software is available. Western Libraries Academic Librarians have developed a comparison chart for three popular systems (EndNote Basic, Mendeley, and Zotero) that all provide a free version, and Quick Start Guides for each of them.

Top 7: Research Tools to Use When Starting Your Research Work

As mentioned at the Faculty of Education Winter EdD Institute held on Saturday February 21, 2015, there are several research tools that will help you as you narrow your Problem of Practice (POP) to form a research problem and attendant questions, and as you create your Research Portfolio and move through the research process.

Here are the top research tools:

  1. Catalogue
  2. Summon
  3. Research Guides
  4. Research Databases
  5. Western Libraries Website
  6. Education Library Website and Education Library Blog
  7. Social Media: Currently you may not be a fan or consumer of Social Media but many educators are joining, especially Twitter, and creating online communities of practice. Social Media use in education, and especially in educational leadership bears some watching and reflecting).



Top 7: Research Databases

As mentioned at the Faculty of Education's One Day Winter Institute for Year One EdD students here are the Top 7 databases to search as you prepare your proposal, literature review and your research portfolio. Please search:

  1. CBCA Education (for Canadian education information)
  2. Dissertations and Theses
  3. Education Research Complete
  4. ERIC
  5. ProQuest Education Journals
  6. Professional Development Collection
  7. PsycINFO


At Saturday's Winter Institute Linda Darling-Hammond's work was mentioned in the context of educational leadership.

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Here is some more information for you:

Short Biography: Linda Darling-Hammond is Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education at Stanford University where she is Faculty Director of the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education. She is a former president of the American Educational Research Association and member of the National Academy of Education as well as the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her research and policy work focus on issues of educational equity, teaching quality, and school reform. She has advised school leaders and policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels. In 2008, she served as director of President Obama's education policy transition team. Her book, The Flat World and Education: How America's Commitment to Equity will Determine our Future, received the coveted Grawemeyer Award in 2012. Among her most recent books are Getting Teacher Evaluation Right: What Really Matters for Effectiveness and Improvement (2013) and Beyond the Bubble Test: How Performance Assessments Support 21st Century Learning (2014). Read more!


And, keep up with Linda's research and writing by reading her BLOG.

Western's Campus Master Plan - Feedback Opportunities

Information about feedback opportunities on Western's Campus Master Plan from Gitta Kulczycki:

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As Western University strives to achieve the goals set out in its strategic plan Achieving Excellence on the World Stage, the University will need to continually develop its unique physical infrastructure to attract the brightest students, faculty and staff from across Canada and around the world.


Education Library's Short "Getting Started" Research Videos

The Academic Librarians at the Faculty of Education created three GETTING STARTED research videos. They are short (4 minutes or less) introductory guides to the research tools. Have a look!

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Western Libraries' RefWorks subscription is ending on August 15, 2015 and the GOOD BYE TO REFWORKS "countdown clock" has been activated!


RefWorks access is ending at Western. However, other citation management software is available. Western Libraries has developed a comparison chart for three popular systems (EndNote Basic, Mendeley, and Zotero) that all provide a free version.

Western Libraries has also provided Quick Start Guides for more information!

The Western Libraries Open Access (OA) Fund was created to provide eligible researchers at Western University with financial assistance for publishing in peer-reviewed open access publications (journals, monographs, and book chapters) that charge a publication fee in exchange for releasing the funded work online for free public access immediately upon publication. The Fund aims to support Western researchers who wish to accelerate knowledge sharing and increase the impact of their research by enabling free online access to their published scholarly works.

Open Access by Peter Suber


Overview of Peter Suber's Book, Open Access:

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The Internet lets us share perfect copies of our work with a worldwide audience at virtually no cost. We take advantage of this revolutionary opportunity when we make our work "open access": digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. Open access is made possible by the Internet and copyright-holder consent, and many authors, musicians, filmmakers, and other creators who depend on royalties are understandably unwilling to give their consent. But for 350 years, scholars have written peer-reviewed journal articles for impact, not for money, and are free to consent to open access without losing revenue.

In this concise introduction, Peter Suber tells us what open access is and isn't, how it benefits authors and readers of research, how we pay for it, how it avoids copyright problems, how it has moved from the periphery to the mainstream, and what its future may hold. Distilling a decade of Suber's influential writing and thinking about open access, this is the indispensable book on the subject for researchers, librarians, administrators, funders, publishers, and policy makers.


Researchers at Western have access to the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) through the Western Libraries website. It is listed in the alphabetical list of DATABASES on the Western Libraries website.

For more information about Open Access, including we recommend reading Peter Suber's Overview of Open Access. Peter Suber is the acknowledged expert on Open Access.

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The Academic Librarians at Western have created GETTING STARTED RESEARCH GUIDES to support almost every research interest on our campus. You will find these Guides very useful.

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ASK: Chat with a Librarian Service

Western Libraries participates in a free and convenient ASK: Chat with a Librarian service with the goal of providing more library services and support online.

Scholarship@Western

Scholarship@Western is a multi-functional portal that collects, showcases, archives, and preserves a variety of materials created or sponsored by The University of Western Ontario community (hereinafter called Western).

It aims to facilitate knowledge sharing and broaden the international recognition of Western's academic excellence by providing open access to Western's intellectual output and professional achievements. It also serves as a platform to support Western's scholarly communication needs and provides an avenue for the compliance of research funding agencies' open access policies.

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Routledge Handbooks Online (RHO) brings together the world's leading scholars to provide a cutting-edge overview of classic and current research and future trends in the Social Sciences and Humanities, while at the same time providing an authoritative guide to theory and method, the key sub-disciplines, and the primary debates of today. Every title within RHO is surrounded with meaningful metadata and abstracts at a chapter level, making it fully searchable and browsable, providing a functionality of greater value to the student and researcher.

RHO is currently listed in the DATABASES BY TITLE list on the Western Libraries website.

Hurry! Do not wait to try it and provide us with feedback because the trial ends on March 12, 2015.

Researchers in the Faculty of Education: Send your feedback to the Education Library's Academic Librarians: Christena McKillop and Denise Horoky. Contact us here!

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Researchers ~ Do not struggle with copyright questions or concerns. There is a team of academic professionals (including academic librarians) here at Western who can assist you. The Copyright@Western website provides useful information for researchers. Please send any questions about copyright to the email address provided on the Copyright@Western website.

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News from CMEC:

Provinces and territories are hard at work on preparations for the 5th International Summit on the Teaching Profession (ISTP 2015), to be held this March 29 and 30 in Banff, Alberta.

ISTP has emerged as one of the most important forums in the world for dialogue on education transformation. Held annually, it brings together education ministers and leaders of teachers' unions and associations from countries and regions with high-performing and rapidly improving education systems to discuss education policy and practice and the teaching profession. Individual teachers, education experts, and a variety of Canadian education stakeholders will also be in attendance.

This is the very first time that the summit will be held in Canada. The Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC), and The Learning Partnership are hosting the event in partnership with OECD and Education International.

The Heat Is On!

The heat has been restored to the Education Library and we will OPEN on Wednesday February 18, 2015 with regularly scheduled hours. Fines will be waived on any books that were due today. Books and other resources can be dropped off in the Education Library's outdoor book drop near the exterior doors of the Education Library. See you tomorrow!

Education Library CLOSED on Tuesday February 17, 2015

The Education Library has no heat and a decision was made at 10:00 am on Tuesday February 17, 2015 to CLOSE for the day.


We are monitoring the situation and we will notify if the Education Library is closed on Wednesday February 18, 2015. Of course, our electronic resources NEVER close so all of our wonderful research resources are still available through our website!


The Research Librarian - Denise Horoky - is still available by email.
Contact info is available here!

ERIC database continues to be problematic

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The ERIC database continues to be problematic. It cannot be the only database you search when looking for information for your literature reviews and assignments as you will miss significant scholarly peer-reviewed journal articles.

You must also search:

1. CBCA Education (for Canadian education information)
2. Dissertations and Theses
3. Education Research Complete
4. ProQuest Education Journals
5. Professional Development Collection
6. PsycINFO

Mary J. Wright University Laboratory School

In case you missed this Western News article:

With the closing of the Mary J. Wright University Laboratory School on June 30, Western Education officials are now working on a new opportunity to benefit children in the London community and to build on the legacy of the school's legendary namesake.

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"I am so thrilled the Faculty of Education has been given a mandate to carry forward the powerful vision of Mary J. Wright, a vision strongly embedded in the belief that early intervention services have the potential to make positive differences in the lives of vulnerable children and families," said Vicki Schwean, dean of Western's Faculty of Education.

The Robert Macmillan Graduate Research in Education Symposium (GRiES)

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The Robert Macmillan Graduate Research in Education Symposium (GRiES) is an annual event that is organized by graduate students at the Faculty of Education. The theme of this year's event is Research Innovations in Education: Implications for Practice and Learning.

The Symposium provides Western University graduate students the opportunity to share their education-related research with the wider community. Presentation formats include posters, round tables, papers, and creative formats such as song or art. Unable to attend the Symposium in person? As with the previous two years, we are excited to offer Western University graduate student the option to present virtually. Find out MORE!

The Education Library is pleased to again take part in this wonderful event. Look for our Library as Research Partner display!

List of Education Research Databases

Looking for research journal articles for your assignments, funding requests, grant applications, literature reviews, annotated bibliographies, thesis proposals, capstone projects and/or upcoming papers?

As a student (online or on-site) at Western University you have online access to hundreds of research databases giving you access to many thousands of online journal articles.

As a Faculty of Education student (online or on-site) you may be most interested in the education-related research databases. Start your literature review in one of these education research databases:

1. CBCA Education (for Canadian/Ontario education related journal articles)

2. Dissertations and Theses

3. ERIC (still some problems with ERIC - use with caution!)

4. Education Research Complete

5. ProQuest Education Journals

6. Professional Development Collection

7. And, for our Counselling/Educational Psychology students: PsycINFO


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Happy Searching!

If you have any questions about searching the research databases please contact your Research and Instructional Services Librarian at the Education Library.

Education Research Complete Database

Designed for educators, researchers, administrators, and those seeking professional development resources, this bibliographic and full-text database covers scholarly research relating to all areas of education.

Comprehensive Coverage: Education Research Complete covers the areas of curriculum instruction, administration, policy, funding, and related social issues. The database provides indexing and abstracts for thousands journals. Topics covered include all levels of education from early childhood to higher education, and all educational specialties, such as multilingual education, health education, and testing. This database also includes full text for hundreds of books and monographs, and full text for numerous education-related conference papers.


You will find Education Research Complete on the Western Libraries alphabetical list of databases.

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Western has an amazing collection of books, journals and electronic resources. However, some time a book or journal will not be available at Western. In that case, you can request the item through our free Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service. The software used is called Rapid Access to Collections by Electronic Requesting or RACER. Instructions for setting up a free RACER account and instructions on using the service are available HERE!

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Success! Ontario Online Institute (OOI) Online Course Fund

This good news was shared with the Western Libraries community by Catherine Steeves via email:

I am very happy to share the news that Western Libraries' Education Library has been successful as a partner and leader in a grant application for the Ontario Online Institute (OOI) Online Course Fund in support of the development of Academic Literacies and Research Skills Learning (ALARS) Modules for graduate students in the social sciences. Although not officially confirmed we anticipate a $75,000 award to support the development of the learning modules.

Melanie Mills was instrumental in this success. She engaged Dr. Elan Paulson from the Faculty of Education to act as the project lead and established a collaborative partnership with the University of Toronto OISE Library and the Education Library of Queen's University in the project. Melanie pulled together a diverse project team of faculty, information technology and instructional design staff, and librarians from across four academic units at three institutions to build a strong proposal. Denise Horoky is also a key contributor to the proposal and a member of the eight person project team. The Teaching Support Centre also contributed to the quality of the application, and its ultimate success, by providing feedback and support to the team.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Paulson, Melanie, and Denise on their success. If you have any questions about the project, I am sure Elan, Melanie and Denise will be thrilled to fill you in.

Catherine Steeves
Vice Provost & Chief Librarian

The Education Library's Academic Librarian is here to help you - in person, online, by phone or by email. For the convenience of our growing number of online students at the Faculty of Education we make it very easy to contact your Academic Librarian online. Here is the contact information.
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The Education Library Maintains a Strong Social Media Presence

In addition to this Blog, the Education Library maintains active, professional and academic Facebook and Twitter pages.
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Routledge Handbooks Online (RHO) brings together the world's leading scholars to provide a cutting-edge overview of classic and current research and future trends in the Social Sciences and Humanities, while at the same time providing an authoritative guide to theory and method, the key sub-disciplines, and the primary debates of today. Every title within RHO is surrounded with meaningful metadata and abstracts at a chapter level, making it fully searchable and browsable, providing a functionality of greater value to the student and researcher.

Hurry! Do not wait to try it and provide us with feedback because the trial ends on March 12, 2015.

Researchers in the Faculty of Education: Send your feedback to the Education Library's Academic Librarians.

ASK: Chat with a Librarian Service

Western Libraries participates in a free ASK: Chat with a Librarian service with the goal of providing more library services and support online.

Gentle Reminder

Just a friendly and gentle reminder that the Education Library and the entire Faculty of Education building is a scent-free working environment.

There are many calls these days, from industry and from universities, for children of all ages to learn to code (as in computer programming). In fact, starting in the Fall of 2014, the new UK curriculum mandated learning to code for all students, starting from grade 1. What does coding for young children look like? How does it link to or support other subject areas? Where does in fit in teaching (in schools and in teacher education) and in research?

FOCUS ON GRADUATE EDUCATION Conference ~ Tuesday February 10, 2015

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and the Teaching Support Centre (TSC) invite you to join us for the FOCUS ON GRADUATE EDUCATION Conference on Tuesday, February 10, 2015. Here is more information and registration!

Focus on Graduate Education Conference

(The conference is open to all faculty members at Western)

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Room 147, University Community Centre (UCC)

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This information is from the publisher's website:


Inspired by the idea of documentation as a valuable tool for making learning visible, pedagogical narration offers an opportunity to move beyond checklists and quick answers to a more complex understanding of how children learn, and how teachers might facilitate and support that learning in innovative ways. The authors use stories they collected during a collaborative study to offer a range of possibilities for alternative childhood pedagogies. Cutting edge, yet practical; detailed in its analysis, yet inspiring, this book is a boon to the field of early childhood and primary education studies.

People We Know ~ Barb MacQuarrie

Such good news came to our email this morning:

Barb MacQuarrie, researcher with the Faculty of Education and community director for the Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children, has joined an elite group of individuals by being appointed to the Order of Ontario.

The appointment is the province's highest official honour. Created in 1986, the Order of Ontario recognizes any current or former long-time resident of Ontario who has demonstrated a high level of individual excellence and achievement in any field benefiting the people of Ontario, or anywhere in the world.

MacQuarrie was given the honour for her tireless advocacy and work in the fields of violence against women, human rights and social justice on a provincial, national and international basis.

"I am honoured and truly humbled to have received such a high commendation," said MacQuarrie. "Though I don't do any of this vitally important work alone - this award belongs to my colleagues, community partners and my family."

MacQuarrie's career in advocacy has spanned more than 30 years. In that time she has worked internationally, advocating for civilians who were threatened by military violence in war-torn regions of the world; spearheaded a number of provincial and national initiatives to raise awareness about domestic violence; and helped pave the way for education and policy changes in the Canadian workforce through leading the largest study of its kind on the effects of domestic violence in the workplace.

"Barb is an accomplished, intelligent, and profoundly compassionate person," said Vicki Schwean, Dean of the Faculty of Education. "Her work has changed the lives of countless numbers of people; we are very privileged to have her as part of our faculty and simply thrilled she has received this outstanding recognition."

The Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, officially appointed MacQuarrie and 25 other appointees to the Order of Ontario yesterday evening at a ceremony at Queen's Park in Toronto.

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This information is from the publisher's website:
Technology and Digital Media in the Early Years offers early childhood teacher educators, professional development providers, and early childhood educators in pre-service, in-service, and continuing education settings a thought-provoking guide to effective, appropriate, and intentional use of technology with young children. This book provides strategies, theoretical frameworks, links to research evidence, descriptions of best practice, and resources to develop essential digital literacy knowledge, skills and experiences for early childhood educators in the digital age.

Technology and Digital Media in the Early Years puts educators right at the intersections of child development, early learning, developmentally appropriate practice, early childhood teaching practices, children's media research, teacher education, and professional development practices. The book is based on current research, promising programs and practices, and a set of best practices for teaching with technology in early childhood education that are based on the NAEYC/FRC Position Statement on Technology and Interactive Media and the Fred Rogers Center Framework for Quality in Children's Digital Media. Pedagogical principles, classroom practices, and teaching strategies are presented in a practical, straightforward way informed by child development theory, developmentally appropriate practice, and research on effective, appropriate, and intentional use of technology in early childhood settings. A companion website (http://teccenter.erikson.edu/tech-in-the-early-years/) provides additional resources and links to further illustrate principles and best practices for teaching and learning in the digital age.


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This information is from the publisher's website:
Writing in Social Spaces addresses the problem of making time and space for writing in academic life and work of the professionals and practitioners who do academic writing'. Even those who want to write, who know how to write well and who have quality publications, report that they cannot find enough time for writing. Many supervisors are unsure about how to help postgraduates improve their writing for thesis and publication. Whilst the problem does presents through concerns with 'time', it is also partly about writing practices, academic identities and lack of motivation.

This book provides a research-based, theorised approach to the skill of writing whilst retaining a link to writing practices and giving immediate yet sustainable solutions to the writing problem.

Using case studies and vignettes of writing in social spaces to illustrate the theory in practice, This book is a valuable resource for academics, scholars, professionals and practitioners, as well as researchers at all stages of their career, and in all disciplines.


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This information is from the publisher's website:
This book presents new findings that deal with different facets of the well-being of children and their relevance to the proper treatment of children. The well-being of children is considered against the background of a wide variety of legal, political, medical, educational and familial perspectives. The book addresses diverse issues from a range of disciplinary perspectives using a variety of methods. It has three major sections with the essays in each section loosely organized about a common general theme. The first section focuses on issues concerning the relation between children's well-being and autonomy or agency. The second section deals with child well-being insofar as the limits of parental authority are concerned. The third section has a more applied orientation and addresses a variety of public policy controversies involving the interpretation of children's well-being.

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This information is from the publisher's website:
The Routledge Handbook of Educational Linguistics provides a comprehensive survey of the core and current language-related issues in educational contexts. Bringing together the expertise and voices of well-established as well as emerging scholars from around the world, the handbook offers over thirty authoritative and critical explorations of methodologies and contexts of educational linguistics, issues of instruction and assessment, and teacher education, as well as coverage of key topics such as advocacy, critical pedagogy, and ethics and politics of research in educational linguistics. Each chapter relates to key issues raised in the respective topic, providing additional historical background, critical discussion, reviews of pertinent research methods, and an assessment of what the future might hold.

This volume embraces multiple, dynamic perspectives and a range of voices in order to move forward in new and productive directions, making The Routledge Handbook of Educational Linguistics an essential volume for any student and researcher interested in the issues surrounding language and education, particularly in multilingual and multicultural settings.

The Western Libraries Open Access (OA) Fund was created to provide eligible researchers at Western University with financial assistance for publishing in peer-reviewed open access publications (journals, monographs, and book chapters) that charge a publication fee in exchange for releasing the funded work online for free public access immediately upon publication. The Fund aims to support Western researchers who wish to accelerate knowledge sharing and increase the impact of their research by enabling free online access to their published scholarly works.

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Western Libraries participates in a free Chat with a Librarian service with the goal of providing more library services and support online.

Reminder ~ Family Day Long Weekend

The Education Library will be CLOSED on Saturday February 14, Sunday February 15 and Monday February 16 to celebrate the Family Day long weekend. Enjoy!

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This information is from the publisher's website:
This accessible text will show students and class teachers how they can enable their pupils to become critical thinkers through the medium of picturebooks. By introducing children to the notion of making-meaning together through thinking and discussion, Roche focuses on carefully chosen picturebooks as a stimulus for discussion, and shows how they can constitute an accessible, multimodal resource for adding to literacy skills, while at the same time developing in pupils a far wider range of literary understanding.

By allowing time for thinking about and digesting the pictures as well as the text, and then engaging pupils in classroom discussion, this book highlights a powerful means of developing children's oral language ability, critical thinking, and visual literacy, while also acting as a rich resource for developing children's literary understanding. Throughout, Roche provides rich data and examples from real classroom practice.

This book also provides an overview of recent international research on doing 'interactive read alouds', on what critical literacy means, on what critical thinking means and on picturebooks themselves.

Lecturers on teacher education courses for early years or primary levels, classroom teachers, pre-service education students, and all those interested in promoting critical engagement and dialogue about literature will find this an engaging and very insightful text

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This information is from the publishers website:
This book presents a collection of thematically focused articles addressing culture-specific features of academic communication, with a particular focus on communication conducted in English as an Additional Language and directed at multicultural audiences. It comprises papers arranged in four sections: Expert writers, Novice writers and readers, Conference participants, and Non-research academic genres. The book explicitly addresses and is centred upon the concept of a research niche understood as a space to be captured and populated, as a temporary location to move or grow out of in the course of individual professional development from novice to expert, and as a space to consciously reach beyond, delimited by one's linguistic, cultural, educational, and geopolitical background. Here the niche is approached as a frame of reference for discussion of what is culture-bound, culture-sensitive, and culture-free in the academic community and its practices.

Attention Researchers ~ Trial of Routledge Handbooks Online (RHO)

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Routledge Handbooks Online (RHO) brings together the world's leading scholars to provide a cutting-edge overview of classic and current research and future trends in the Social Sciences and Humanities, while at the same time providing an authoritative guide to theory and method, the key sub-disciplines, and the primary debates of today. Every title within RHO is surrounded with meaningful metadata and abstracts at a chapter level, making it fully searchable and browsable, providing a functionality of greater value to the student and researcher.

Hurry! Do not wait to try it and provide us with feedback because the trial ends on March 12, 2015. Researchers in the Faculty of Education: Send your feedback to the Education Library's Academic Librarians.

Reminder

Just a friendly reminder that the Education Library and the entire Faculty of Education building is a scent-free working environment.

Bring your laptops...a light lunch will be provided. This free workshop is sponsored by the Faculty of Education and Western's Teaching Support Centre (TSC).

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There are many calls these days, from industry and from universities, for children of all ages to learn to code (as in computer programming). In fact, starting in the Fall of 2014, the new UK curriculum mandated learning to code for all students, starting from grade 1. What does coding for young children look like? How does it link to or support other subject areas? Where does in fit in teaching (in schools and in teacher education) and in research?


This free lunch-and-learn session will offer:

• examples of young children in grades 1-8 using coding to explore mathematics concepts
• brief video interviews with grades 1-8 Ontario teachers who use coding in their teaching
• opportunities to write your own computer program(s) using drag-and-drop code blocks
• an introduction to the concept of computational thinking and its cross-curricular connections
• a discussion of how coding may connect across curriculum areas in schools and in teacher education, and to research


Join us for this FREE session on Monday, February 9, 2015 at 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm in Room1139 at Western's Faculty of Education.

The Art of Educational Leadership: Who You Are Is How You Lead

Educational leaders, take time away from your "to-do's" to invest in yourself as a LEADER. Save the dates for "this interactive professional learning series, facilitated by professional leadership. READ MORE and register today!

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Don't forget about the early bird registration date (this Saturday, January 31, 2015) to get a discount rate for registering for the Friday, March 27, 2015 Symposium on International Service Learning: Engaging Host Communities.

Details about the Symposium, including the link for registration, can be found HERE!

We have speakers from Lesotho, Haiti, Dominican Republic and Nicaragua who will share their experiences and insights about hosting North American university students in their communities. ISL practitioners and researchers will share their case study research and ideas on how to engage ethically with host communities in the 'Global South'.

Good News!

This good news was shared by Catherine Steeves via email:

I am very happy to share the news that Western Libraries' Education Library has been successful as a partner and leader in a grant application for the Ontario Online Institute (OOI) Online Course Fund in support of the development of Academic Literacies and Research Skills Learning (ALARS) Modules for graduate students in the social sciences. Although not officially confirmed we anticipate a $75,000 award to support the development of the learning modules.

Melanie Mills was instrumental in this success. She engaged Dr. Elan Paulson from the Faculty of Education to act as the project lead and established a collaborative partnership with the University of Toronto OISE Library and the Education Library of Queen's University in the project. Melanie pulled together a diverse project team of faculty, information technology and instructional design staff, and librarians from across four academic units at three institutions to build a strong proposal. Denise Horoky is also a key contributor to the proposal and a member of the eight person project team. The Teaching Support Centre also contributed to the quality of the application, and its ultimate success, by providing feedback and support to the team.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Paulson, Melanie, and Denise on their success. If you have any questions about the project, I am sure Elan, Melanie and Denise will be thrilled to fill you in.

Catherine Steeves
Vice Provost & Chief Librarian
Western University

The Librarian is reading...

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Book Summary from the publisher's website:

The rapid development of the Web and Web-based technologies has led to an ongoing redefinition of reference services in academic libraries. A growing diversity of users and the need and possibility for collaboration in delivering reference services bring additional pressures for change. At the same time, there are growing demands for libraries to show accountability and service value. All of these trends have impacted the field and will continue to shape reference and research services. And they have led to a need for increasingly specialized professional competencies and a literature to support them.

In order to reimagine reference service for twenty-first century learning environments, practitioners will need to understand several focal areas of emerging reference. In particular, collaboration with campus partners, diverse student populations, technological innovations, the need for assessment, and new professional competencies, present new challenges and opportunities for creating a twenty-first century learning environment. Librarians must not only understand, but also embrace these emerging reference practices. This edited volume, containing five sections and fourteen chapters, reviews the current state of reference services in academic libraries with an emphasis on innovative developments and future trends. The main theme that runs through the book is the urgent need for inventive, imaginative, and responsive reference and research services. Through literature reviews and case studies, this book provides professionals with a convenient compilation of timely issues and models at comparable institutions. As academic libraries shift from functioning primarily as collections repositories to serving as key players in discovery and knowledge creation, value-added services, such as reference, are even more central to libraries' and universities' changing missions.

Upcoming RICE Presentation at Western's Faculty of Education

The Faculty of Education's RICE (Research in International and Contemporary Education) Group is sponsoring a talk by Vilma Páez Pérez, University of Holguín (Cuba) professor, on the UWO-University of Holguín partnership agreement.

The talk will take place on Thursday, February 5th from 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm in Room 1010.


Please join us! Bring your lunch and learn all about the history, background and future plans for the long-standing partnership agreement between our two universities.

People We Know ~ Ron Hansen and Catharine Dishke Hondzel

Congratulations to Professor Emeritus, Ron Hansen and Catharine Dishke Hondzel, PhD graduate, on their recent publication.

"The Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) has published a new report that examines the development, implementation, and efficacy of the Apprentice Retention Program (ARP), a program developed by Western University and Fanshawe College in collaboration with several other organizations. The ARP comprises 9 hands-on and 2 online workshops on topics including workplace learning, communication, and employer expectations. 26 apprentices receiving in-class training at Fanshawe participated in the study. Most ARP participants agreed that the program provided them with valuable information, especially around employer expectations and budgeting. Participants indicated that they felt they would benefit from additional face-to-face support from Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) employment and training consultants, and that they would appreciate more information on available support services. The authors of the report said that their research indicates a need for multi-faceted interventions to improve retention rates, and that programs should incorporate assistance programs as part of the core curriculum or pre-apprenticeship training offered at PSE institutions.


Read more! HEQCO Summary | Full Report

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For your reading convenience this book is now available to read online through the library catalogue.

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Summary:

With a focus on Canada, this collection provides a historical and current perspective regarding the unionization of academic librarians, an exploration of some of the major labour issues affecting academic librarians in a certified and non-certified union context, as well as case studies relating to the unionization of academic librarians at selected institutions. Topics addressed include the history of academic librarian labour organizing in Canada, academic status, academic freedom, leadership in academic staff associations, collective bargaining, and recent attacks on the rights and occupational interests of academic librarians at Canadian universities. The volume includes a broad representation of academic librarian labour activists from across Canada. Little in the way of documentation exists on academic librarian union activism and participation in Canada and this work will contribute to original research in this area. Serving as both history and handbook it will be of interest to librarians and labour historians alike.


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For your reading and research convenience this book is now available to read online through the library catalogue.

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For your reading and research convenience this book is now available to read online through the library catalogue.

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For your reading and research convenience online access to this book is now available through the library catalogue.



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For your reading and research convenience, The Handbook of LGBT Communities, Crime and Justice, is available to read online through the library catalogue.

Education Research Databases

Looking for research journal articles for your assignments, funding requests, grant applications, literature reviews, annotated bibliographies, thesis proposals, capstone projects and/or upcoming papers?

As a student (online or on-site) at Western University you have online access to hundreds of research databases giving you access to many thousands of online journal articles.

As a Faculty of Education student (online or on-site) you may be most interested in the education-related research databases. Start your literature review in one of these education research databases:

CBCA Education (for Canadian/Ontario education related journal articles)

ERIC

PLEASE NOTE: There are ongoing access problems with the ERIC database. You will miss a significant amount of scholarly journal articles if you are ONLY searching ERIC. You must search the other education databases to complete a thorough literature review. Some PDF documents (e.g., those identified with an ED number) may be temporarily not available in full-text online format - please consult with the Education academic librarian if you need these documents.


Education Research Complete

ProQuest Education Journals

Professional Development Collection

All education graduate students should also use the Dissertations and Theses database for a thorough literature review.

And, for our Counselling/Educational Psychology students: PsycINFO

Happy Searching! If you have any questions about searching the research databases please contact your Research and Instructional Services Librarian at the Education Library.

Education initiative to unify mental-health help for children

Starting in February, the Faculty of Education will begin Phase One of the Single Ceiling initiative, a project designed to put all child-focused mental-health systems under one roof, making it easier for area children to get the help they require.

Organizers hope the initiative ends the practice of moving children from expert to expert.

It's not rare that children get referred to "10, 11 or even more places" until they find the right help, said Vicki Schwean, dean of Western's Faculty of Education. "Putting that into the context of poverty, for example, access for the family becomes significantly reduced. Eventually, people just drop out of the system.

"By default, schools have to provide treatment for the children, but they are not well equipped to do so."

Upcoming Family Day Long Weekend

The Education Library will be CLOSED on Saturday February 14, Sunday February 15 and Monday February 16 to celebrate the Family Day long weekend. Enjoy!

"Scholarship@Western and Open Access: What's in it for me?"

Please join us for an information session about Scholarship@Western and Open Access publishing, by Joanne Paterson, Coordinator, Scholarship@Western and Metadata Management Librarian, Western Libraries.

Publishing in an open access repository gives your research global reach. Wide dissemination of your work can mean more citations and more impact. Getting your scholarly work published is as easy as uploading a paper to a website. Find out how Scholarship@Western can benefit you and how it can help you meet the requirements of funding agencies for open access.


When: Friday, January 30th

Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm (A light lunch will be provided.)
Location: Western's Faculty of Education Community Room (1139)

People We Know: Gavan Watson

Technology has always played a prominent role in Gavan Watson's world.

He remembers his first laptop in 1996, and being immediately drawn to what he could accomplish with the tool. As a PhD student at York University, he created an online learning management tool for the classes he taught. And recently, as an educational developer at the University of Guelph, he utilized technology to support curriculum development and graduate students in their journey to become university educators.

In August 2014, Watson joined Western as the university's first associate director (e-learning). Read MORE!

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Bell today launched the 2015 Bell Let's Talk campaign in support of Canadian mental health, leading up to the fifth annual Bell Let's Talk Day on January 28. National spokesperson Clara Hughes is again leading the campaign to invite all Canadians to talk, text and tweet about mental health and help build a Canada free of the stigma of mental illness.

The Art of Educational Leadership: Who You Are Is How You Lead

Educational leaders, take time away from your "to-do's" to invest in yourself as a LEADER. Save the dates for "this interactive professional learning series, facilitated by professional leadership coaches, is designed to connect research to practice. Keynote Speakers will be Dr. Katina Pollock and Bill Tucker."

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Western Libraries find million ways to educate the world

Western Libraries hit a big milestone at the beginning of the New Year, with the one-millionth download from the Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) hub of the Scholarship@Western repository.

The ETD was designed to provide a free, open-access way for people around the world to view a variety of materials created or endorsed by the Western community. On Jan. 3, the master's thesis of Western graduate Kaylen Wheeler, Representing Game Dialogue as Expressions in First-Order Logic, was accessed and, as close as library staff can tell, became the one-millionth download since the ETD went live in January of 2011. Read more about this remarkable milestone!


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Dissertations and Theses Database

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You have full text and online access to thousands of dissertations and theses through the Dissertations and Theses database. This database is important because it will help you situate your research work within the context of the research work already done in the field. It also helps you answer that all important question: Has anyone written my thesis already?

It is also important because dissertations and theses have robust LITERATURE REVIEWS that you can use to move your own research forward. Always check the REFERENCES section of a relevant thesis in your area to see who they have cited in their paper.

You have access to this database (and 100's of other research databases) from the Western Libraries' website.

When searching the library website from off campus, please first type in your Western Username and Password in the OFF CAMPUS ACCESS link on the Western Libraries website. This will ensure that you have full-text access to all of the online resources!

You will notice a RESEARCH tab at the top of the Western Libraries website.

Hover your cursor on that RESEARCH tab and you will get a list of helpful research resources including a link to all of Western's research DATABASES.

Choose D from the alphabetical list of databases, and then choose Dissertations and Theses from the list.

Happy Searching! If you have any questions about searching the research databases please contact your Research and Instructional Services Librarian at the Education Library.

Western's United Way Announcement on Tuesday January 27, 2015

Campus community members are invited to join President Chakma on Tuesday, January 27, at 11:15 a.m. as we announce our campus community's contribution to this year's United Way campaign. This special announcement is being held in The Wave located in the University Community Centre.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)


Researchers at Western have access to the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) through the Western Libraries website.

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Aims & Scope

The aim of the DOAJ is to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals, thereby promoting their increased usage and impact. The DOAJ aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content. In short, the DOAJ aims to be the one-stop shop for users of open access journals.

Save the Date! "Scholarship@Western & Open Access: What's in it for me?"

Please join us for an information session about Scholarship@Western and Open Access publishing, by Joanne Paterson, Coordinator, Scholarship@Western and Metadata Management Librarian, Western Libraries.

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Publishing in an open access repository gives your research global reach. Wide dissemination of your work can mean more citations and more impact. Getting your scholarly work published is as easy as uploading a paper to a website. Find out how Scholarship@Western can benefit you and how it can help you meet the requirements of funding agencies for open access.


When: Friday, January 30th
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm (A light lunch will be provided.)
Location: Faculty of Education Community Room (1139)


A gathering for educators, administrative and support staff, parents and students

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Date: Tuesday, March 10 - Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Location: Faculty of Education Building, Western University,
1137 Western Rd
London, ON

We will:

- Learn and share about the legacy of residential schools;
- Strengthen relationships between Indigenous and settler people throughout our local communities
- Share strategies for respectful communication and collaboration
- Identify culturally responsive approaches and resources to increase educator's comfort and skill level in teaching about Canada's Indigenous people
- Support teachers with resources to address the newly revised social studies, history and geography curriculum

The ACRL publication Value of Academic Libraries: A Comprehensive Research Review and Report is a review of the quantitative and qualitative literature, methodologies and best practices currently in place for demonstrating the value of academic libraries, developed for ACRL by Megan Oakleaf of the iSchool at Syracuse University. The primary objective of this comprehensive review is to provide academic librarians with a clearer understanding of what research about the performance of academic libraries already exists, where gaps in this research occur, and to identify the most promising best practices and measures correlated to performance. READ MORE!

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Family Day Long Weekend

The Education Library will be CLOSED on Saturday February 14, Sunday February 15 and Monday February 16 to celebrate the Family Day long weekend. Enjoy!

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This journal article, written by Paul Tarc and Luke Beatty, appeared in the Canadian Journal of Education (Volume 35, Issue Number 4, 2012):

Abstract:

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP), created in the field of international schools in the late 1960s, has made considerable in-roads into publicly-funded schooling in many educational jurisdictions of the Anglo-West. Although the IBDP did not enter into the Ontario public system until 1991, there are now forty-four (and growing) publicly-funded schools offering the IBDP in Ontario. With the growth of IBDP schools and the increasing transnational policy presence of IB, academic research on the International Baccalaureate (IB) is emerging, albeit the Ontario context has not yet appeared in the research literature. This paper outlines how the phenomenon of IB is beginning to be used as an object of academic research and describes the geographic diffusion of IB. It then reports on a pilot study aimed to understand students' perceptions on the impacts of the IBDP at one Catholic secondary school in Ontario, particularly around how well the IBDP supports academic development and 'international mindedness.' As with previous studies, most students are quite positive about the IBDP experience, particularly in terms of academic preparation for university. How well the IBDP supported students' 'international mindedness' remains uncertain. This paper concludes with some recommendations for future research.


Chat with a Librarian Service

Western Libraries participates in a Chat with a Librarian service with the goal of providing more library services and support online.

Mental Health and Wellness Support at Western

Mental Health can be defined as "the capacity to feel, think and act in ways that enhance our ability to enjoy life and deal with the challenges we face." (Public Health Agency of Canada)

We have a campus population of over 35,000 people between Western's students, staff and faculty combined, and the prevalence of mental health issues is likely higher than we know. Wellness in mind, body, and spirit are essential to academic success and job performance. The most important things you can do the maintain good mental health, are to pay attention to sleep, exercise and nutrition. Find out more!

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The Ontario Education Research Symposium 2015 Schedule and Speakers list looks fabulous!

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NEW UNESCO REPORT ~ Global Report on Out-of-School Children

Adolescents are twice as likely to be out of school as primary school-age children, according to a new joint report from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics and UNICEF, Fixing the Broken Promise of Education for All: Findings from the Global Initiative on Out-of-School Children.

Funded by the Global Partnership for Education, the report serves as a roadmap to improve data, policies and research to catalyse action to reach the 121 million children and adolescents denied their right to education.

This very interesting presentation was found in Scholarship@Western:

Abstract:

Citation errors and plagiarism are often caused, in part, by a fundamental lack of understanding of the research process. Using my background in applied linguistics, I encouraged my students to take a discourse analysis approach to their sources in order to deepen their understanding of research. In this session, I will give a brief overview of the theoretical background to my project, demonstrate some of the activities I developed, and discuss future research directions. Read more!

The Western Libraries Open Access (OA) Fund was created to provide eligible researchers at Western University with financial assistance for publishing in peer-reviewed open access publications (journals, monographs, and book chapters) that charge a publication fee in exchange for releasing the funded work online for free public access immediately upon publication. The Fund aims to support Western researchers who wish to accelerate knowledge sharing and increase the impact of their research by enabling free online access to their published scholarly works.

NEW! Browse Online Journals using BrowZine

Western Libraries now subscribes to BrowZine, a bookshelf-style app for your iOS or Android mobile device that enable members of the Western community to browse, download, read and monitor many of the library's scholarly journals in a format optimized for a tablet or smartphone.

Items found in BrowZine can be easily synced with Zotero, Mendeley, Dropbox to help keep all of your information together in one place.

BrowZine organizes articles from many of Western Libraries' major ejournals from both major publishers and open access publications. The articles are consolidated into complete journals on a virtual bookshelf. The result is an easy and familiar way to browse, read and monitor scholarly journals across all disciplines.

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Statistics Canada Research Data Centre (RDC) at Western

The Statistics Canada Research Data Centre at Western University, with branch at the University of Windsor, provides access to detailed data for research, promotes the use of data through associated training, and assists in the dissemination of research results. The RDC@Western opened in 2004 and is part of a network of 26 Statistics Canada Research Data Centres and associated Branches in Canadian universities.

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RefWorks Access is Ending at Western University


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RefWorks access is ending at Western. However, other citation management software is available. Western Libraries has developed a comparison chart for three popular systems (EndNote Basic, Mendeley, and Zotero) that all provide a free version. See our Quick Start guides for more information.

This journal article appeared in the July 2014 issue of Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education (Volume 14, Issue Number 3).

Abstract:

The rapid diversification of communities in Ontario has necessitated the provincial government to reevaluate public school curriculums and policies to make schools more inclusive and reflective of its diverse population. This article critically analyzes the content of the latest revised science curricula for Grades 1 to 10 and assesses the degree to which multiculturalism, including antiracism, principles found in provincial equity and inclusive policies are implemented. Though small progress has been made to support multicultural science education in the current compulsory science curricula, very little changes were observed in curriculum expectations, knowledge that students are required to acquire.

Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy

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The Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy (CJEAP) is a peer reviewed online journal based at the Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. All work - submission, review, revision and distribution - is carried out by electronic mail. Any article may be reproduced freely, provided that the author and Journal are credited and copies are not sold.

The Education Library Maintains a Strong Social Media Presence

In addition to this Blog, the Education Library maintains active, professional and academic Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Western Libraries' Digital Delivery service is a free journal article scanning service that is offered to Western faculty, staff and students that delivers the full text of journal articles directly to your desktop! PLEASE NOTE: Only journals with the location STORAGE- Use 'Request Item as seen in the library catalogue are eligible for this service.

Click HERE to learn more (and step-by-step instructions) about this wonderful service!

Education Library's Short "Getting Started" Videos

Ah, winter has arrived with snow and arctic-like temperatures. Hot chocolate now becomes the beverage of choice of many. Before your thoughts turn to skiing, snow shoeing and snowboarding, put on your cozy sweats, pour your favourite beverage, curl up in your comfortable chair and watch ... the Education Library's "Getting Started" videos!

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Copyright@Western

Western University has created a comprehensive copyright information website. All questions about copyright should be directed to the email address found on the Copyright@Western website.

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New Year: New Skype Research Consultation Service

January 2015 will see the introduction of free Skype research consultation sessions with your Academic Librarian (Denise Horoky) at the Education Library. More details will follow shortly so stay tuned!

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OK. OK. It might not be <quite> as exciting as ringing in the new year with champagne and noise-makers but this is still important to us as researchers!

Western Libraries' RefWorks subscription is ending on August 15, 2015 and so the "ReWorks Countdown Clock" has been activated!


Take the time now to decide which citation management software you will use as a replacement for RefWorks and begin the migration of your work well in advance of this deadline.

There are several systems that can help you manage your citations and your collection of article PDFs. This table compares three of the most popular ones, all of which provide a FREE option that is usually good enough for most students and researchers.

Starting Your Research with the Education Research Databases

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Looking for research journal articles for your assignments, funding requests, grant applications, literature reviews, annotated bibliographies, thesis proposals, capstone projects and/or upcoming papers?

As a student (online or on-site) at Western University you have online access to hundreds of research databases giving you access to many thousands of online journal articles.

As a Faculty of Education student (online or on-site) you may be most interested in the education-related research databases. Start your literature review in one of these education research databases:

CBCA Education (for Canadian/Ontario education related journal articles)

ERIC

PLEASE NOTE: There are ongoing access problems with the ERIC database. You will miss a significant amount of scholarly journal articles if you are ONLY searching ERIC. You must search the other education databases to complete a thorough literature review. Some PDF documents (e.g., those identified with an ED number) may be temporarily not available in full-text online format - please consult with the Education academic librarian if you need these documents.


Education Research Complete

ProQuest Education Journals

Professional Development Collection

All education graduate students should also use the Dissertations and Theses database for a thorough literature review. See the next blog entry below for more details!

And, for our Counselling/Educational Psychology students: PsycINFO

Happy Searching! If you have any questions about searching the research databases please contact your Research and Instructional Services Librarian at the Education Library.

Dissertations and Theses Database

You have full text and online access to thousands of dissertations and theses through the Dissertations and Theses database. This database is important because it will help you situate your research work within the context of the research work already done in the field. It also helps you answer that all important question: Has anyone written my thesis already?

It is also important because dissertations and theses have robust LITERATURE REVIEWS that you can use to move your own research forward. Always check the REFERENCES section of a relevant thesis in your area to see who they have cited in their paper.

You have access to this database (and 100's of other research databases) from the Western Libraries' website.

When searching the library website from off campus, please first type in your Western Username and Password in the OFF CAMPUS ACCESS link on the Western Libraries website. This will ensure that you have full-text access to all of the online resources!

You will notice a RESEARCH tab at the top of the Western Libraries website.

Hover your cursor on that RESEARCH tab and you will get a list of helpful research resources including a link to all of Western's research DATABASES.

Choose D from the alphabetical list of databases, and then choose Dissertations and Theses from the list.

Happy Searching! If you have any questions about searching the research databases please contact your Research and Instructional Services Librarian at the Education Library.

Education Research and Instructional Services Librarian

The Education Library's Academic Librarian is here to help you.

For the convenience of our growing number of online students at the Faculty of Education we make it very easy to contact your Academic Librarian online.

Here is the contact information.

Library Research Guides

Library RESEARCH GUIDES are a good place to get started when you are looking for research resources for papers, assignments, or literature reviews. The Education Library has four EDUCATION RESEARCH GUIDES to help you find education-related research resources.

Happy New Year: Ask a Librarian Chat Service has Re-Opened

Western Libraries' Ask a Librarian chat service re-opened TODAY, January 5, 2015, at 10:00. Well rested chat operators are now standing by to answer your questions and the service is FREE!

Happy New Year!

Welcome and Welcome Back! The Education Library is back to our regular Hours of Opening.

The Western Cares Food Drive, in conjunction with the city-wide Business Cares Food Drive in support of the London and Area Food Bank, launched today. This year the campus drive will run from Monday, Dec. 1 to Monday, Dec. 15, 2014.

There many reasons individuals and families access the services of the London and Area Food Bank. Most people only use the food bank as a last resort. In fact, in 2013, 32% of families came to the food bank only once in the year for help.

Thanks to your support, last year Western and its affiliate university colleges combined with a wide variety of local organizations and businesses to collect a record 281,000 lb. of food.

We'd like to beat that this year and your support will be more important than ever. The London and Area Food Bank provides emergency food items for 3,870 families monthly - 42% of them children - and more than 30 other social service agencies in the London area. Usage of the food bank has increased nearly 2% from last year.

Please consider bringing in food donations into work to support this food drive. The Donation box and/or shopping cart will be located in the Faculty of Education's front lobby each day from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Library Catalogue Provides Electronic Access to Books

Christmas Holiday Hours

The Education Library switches over to Holiday Hours of Opening in mid-December with no evening and weekend hours. Check HERE for full details.

The Education Library is closed from Wednesday December 24, 2014 - Sunday January 4, 2015. We re-open on Monday January 5, 2015.

International Computer and Information Literacy Study (ICILS 2013)

News from CMEC:

Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador made the grade in the first-ever administration of the International Computer and Information Literacy Study (ICILS 2013), the results of which were published this morning in Amsterdam.

ICILS 2013 was administered to a random sample of approximately 60,000 Grade 8 students from about 3,300 schools in 20 countries, including two Canadian provinces -- Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador.

This may be on interest to some of you and help build our shared knowledge base in the area of Indigenous education. Instructors might consider sharing this learning opportunity with all their students.

UBC Faculty of Education is delivering a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), a free 6-week course titled Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education that begins on January 27, 2015.

It is facilitated by Dr. Jan Hare. Jan Hare is an Anishinaabe from the M'Chigeeng First Nation. She holds the Faculty of Education's new Professorship in Indigenous Education for Teacher Education at UBC. Her research interests include the social practices of literacy in Aboriginal families, schools and communities. She has a particular interest in Aboriginal early learning and youth issues. She is mentoring doctoral students working on Aboriginal language revitalization and Aboriginal education.

Participants will learn about Indigenous Education through the lens of reconciliation, and will engage with educational leaders and resources that provide direction for how education programs and teaching practices can be modified in order to meaningfully integrate Indigenous knowledge worldviews and pedagogies in classrooms, schools and communities.

Each topic of the 6-week course is structured with: lectures, conversations with Elders and knowledge keepers; dialogues with educators and scholars that inform practice; teaching examples; and curriculum and educational resources

Explore Statistics Canada's new beta site and provide your feedback

Here is a news release invitation to explore Statistics Canada's new beta site and provide feedback about it:


Statistics Canada is testing a new way to organize its statistical information. Our goal is to make sure that our products are user friendly and easy to find on our website.

On behalf of Statistics Canada, I invite you to explore our new beta website. We want to know what you think. You can rate individual pages and give your feedback, or join the online conversation to share your comments in the discussion forum. Your feedback will help us to improve the new website before we officially launch it.

The beta site is a snapshot of Statistics Canada's current site, so its content is limited and data may not be up-to-date. You will also see features that are under construction.

The online consultation runs from November 12 to December 12, 2014.

For more information, please contact Statistics Canada's Statistical Information Services at 1-800-263-1136 or 514-283-8300 (infostats@statcan.gc.ca) or visit the Consulting Canadians web page.

December and Holiday Hours for the Education Library

The Education Library switches over to Holiday Hours of Opening in mid-December with no evening and weekend hours. Check HERE for full details.

The Education Library is closed from Wednesday December 24, 2014 - Sunday January 4, 2015. We re-open on Monday January 5, 2015.

Holiday Hours for the Ask a Librarian Chat Service

Just a reminder that Ask a Librarian chat service will CLOSE for the Winter Break at 5pm on Friday Dec. 12 and will re-open at 10am on January 5, 2015.

News Release:

Western University's Faculty of Education has joined a select group of international academia by becoming part of the first international University Network on Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue, launched by UNESCO and the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations.

Established in 2012, the network is comprised of 12 universities from every United Nations (UN) region of the world. It seeks to help develop active, informed citizens on a global scale by developing and disseminating policies, resources and research on media and information literacy, and by encouraging people to use media and information technologies to participate in discussions in their communities and in communities around the world.

Western is the first Canadian university to join the network and the only one to be represented by its Faculty of Education.

You are cordially invited to this Faculty of Education Presentation:

Presentation Topic: Working together for child and youth mental health: teachers, schools and families

Presenter: Dr. Susan Rodger, Associate Professor & Psychologist, Faculty of Education

Date & Time: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 7:00 pm


Location: Faculty of Education (1137 Western Road), Room 1139 (Community Room)


*Free Parking Will be Available*


Summary of presentation:

The statistics indicate that 1 in 5 Canadian children will experience a mental health disorder, and many more will experience mental health distress. One of the greatest challenges is access to care: only 1 in 5 children who need mental health care will receive it through the health care system. Having good mental health is important for good outcomes at home and at school, and schools and teachers are now on the 'front lines' of mental health. In this session we will talk about some of the challenges and opportunities for schools, teachers and families to work together to support child and youth mental health, and explore the ways in which we can all participate in creating powerful and positive relationships that can help make a difference.

The Librarian is reading...

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Information about Dear Nel: Opening the Circles of Care (Letters to Nel Noddings):

This collection is a moving tribute to Nel Noddings, a fascinating and influential scholar who has contributed greatly to numerous fields, including education, feminism, ethics, and the study of social justice and equity. Dear Nel: Opening the Circles of Care presents contributors from renowned teachers, educators, and activists, such as David Berliner, Jim Garrison, Madeline Grumet, Denis Phillips, William H. Schubert, Barbara Thayer-Bacon, Christina Igoa, Eva Feder Kittay, Riane Eisler, and Sara Ruddick. Each provides a personal tribute to Noddings, highlighting stories of her lived experience and drawing on her writing and teaching. This unique volume includes an interview with Noddings by Lynda Stone that provides historical context for Noddings' work and that imagines possible future spaces for her legacy.

Featuring a personal and engaging format, Dear Nel offers insights, commentary, and reflections on the extraordinary life work of a major scholar. And, most importantly, it will serve to expand the circles of care that is Nel's work.

The CALL NUMBER for this book is LC268.D34 2012 and it can be found in the Education Library's lower level STACKS.


The Changing Nature of Principals' Work Final Report, October, 2014

Western study finds majority of Ontario school principals feel they don't have necessary support

A recent Western University-led study of the work of principals in Ontario's school system has found that while 90 per cent of principals find their positions rewarding and fulfilling, only one third of them feel they have the support and training necessary to do the job to the best of their ability.

The study, led by Katina Pollock from Western's Faculty of Education, examined the daily lives of principals in relation to all elements of their work duties, and involved feedback from more than 1,400 principals. According to Pollock, the results reflect the ways in which the daily work of school principals has evolved to include a number of additional tasks and responsibilities.

"We've found principals are now responsible for taking a greater role in areas such as engagement with increasingly diverse cultural communities, parental engagement, mental health support for teachers and students, and student health and well-being," explains Pollock. "Some of the best instructional specialists in schools are being put into the role of principal, but they need support in these other areas in order to have the greatest likelihood for experiencing success."

Principals identified four main areas of support and skill development in which they feel additional professional learning opportunities would be beneficial: relationship building, instructional leadership, communications skills and mental health and wellness.

Pollock hopes her findings will help provide a clearer understanding of the realities of the role of Ontario's principals and lead to constructive discussions in the province about additional supports that may be implemented to help principals succeed.

"Increased supports for principals will help them to better fulfill their roles as leaders and ultimately lead to an improved education system in Ontario, benefiting the province now and in the future," says Pollock.

The study, The Changing Nature of Principals' Work, was funded by the Ontario Principals' Council.

Teaching Support Centre (TSC) Newsletter

Research in Action: Western Education's Research Report

Western University's Faculty of Education would like to extend a warm welcome to three new researchers and faculty members, Claire Crooks, Isha DeCoito and Shannon Stewart.


This exciting forum, Innovate, Collaborate & Act, is a free event and open to the public TONIGHT Thursday, November 13, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 pm) in the H.B. Beal Secondary School auditorium. Please join us!

The Association of College and Research Libraries' (ACRL) Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education Task Force seeks feedback on the third draft of the association's proposed Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, released on November 12, 2014. Read the document and welcome message highlighting major changes since the June second draft then provide your feedback via an online form by 5pm Central on Friday, December 12, 2014.

Holiday Hours for the Ask a Librarian Chat Service

Just a reminder that Ask a Librarian chat service will CLOSE for the Winter Break at 5pm on Friday Dec. 12 and will re-open at 10am on January 5, 2015.

University graduates with lower levels of literacy and numeracy skills, 2012

This article examines the share of adults aged 25 to 65 with a university degree who were in the lower range for literacy skills, numeracy skills, or both, and the factors most likely to be associated with lower levels of literacy or numeracy among university graduates. In this article, individuals in the lower range for literacy and numeracy are defined as those who scored at level 2 or below (out of 5 levels) in tests administered to survey respondents who participated in the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC). Here is more information from Statistics Canada news release The Daily!


Click here to access the study released today Tuesday November 4, 2014: http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/75-006-x/2014001/article/14094-eng.htm

Dear colleagues:

I am very pleased to let you know that, for the second year in a row, Western has been named one of Canada's Top Employers. The announcement was made this morning in a special supplement in the Globe and Mail newspaper.

We are proud of the teaching, research, scholarship and service that takes place at Western, and grateful to all of those who work together in pursuit of our vision to be a destination of choice for the world's brightest minds seeking the best learning experience.

Western provides employment for more than 13,000 people, and each individual plays an important role in our mission to benefit society through the work we do together, and to graduate global citizens who serve the public good.

Whether you spend your days assisting clients, tending our gardens, providing a great cup of coffee, solving research puzzles with global impact, teaching our students, or ensuring our residences run smoothly, your contributions are important.

Western is a great place to work and study and we will endeavour to continue to attract and retain Canada's finest faculty and staff members. Please join me in celebrating our shared success and this national recognition as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers.

Sincerely,

Amit Chakma

President & Vice-Chancellor

In Solidarity: Academic Librarian Labour Activism and Union Participation in Canada

Summary:

With a focus on Canada, this collection provides a historical and current perspective regarding the unionization of academic librarians, an exploration of some of the major labour issues affecting academic librarians in a certified and non-certified union context, as well as case studies relating to the unionization of academic librarians at selected institutions. Topics addressed include the history of academic librarian labour organizing in Canada, academic status, academic freedom, leadership in academic staff associations, collective bargaining, and recent attacks on the rights and occupational interests of academic librarians at Canadian universities. The volume includes a broad representation of academic librarian labour activists from across Canada. Little in the way of documentation exists on academic librarian union activism and participation in Canada and this work will contribute to original research in this area. Serving as both history and handbook it will be of interest to librarians and labour historians alike.


Save the Date ~ "Let's Talk About Education"

Presentation Topic: Working together for child and youth mental health: teachers, schools and families

Presenter: Dr. Susan Rodger, Associate Professor & Psychologist, Faculty of Education

Date & Time: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Location: Faculty of Education (1137 Western Road), Room 1139 (Community Room) *Free Parking Will be Available *


Summary of presentation:

The statistics indicate that 1 in 5 Canadian children will experience a mental health disorder, and many more will experience mental health distress. One of the greatest challenges is access to care: only 1 in 5 children who need mental health care will receive it through the health care system. Having good mental health is important for good outcomes at home and at school, and schools and teachers are now on the 'front lines' of mental health. In this session we will talk about some of the challenges and opportunities for schools, teachers and families to work together to support child and youth mental health, and explore the ways in which we can all participate in creating powerful and positive relationships that can help make a difference.

People We Know ~ Dr. Luigi Iannacci

Fostering Vibrant School Communities: An Asset Oriented Endeavour

"As a result of my experiences as an elementary school teacher, an educational researcher and a professor of education, it has become clear that fostering school communities requires a paradigm shift in our collective thinking about students, parents/guardians and the community context in which schools are located."


People We Know ~ Dr. Katina Pollock, Dr. Fei Wang and Cameron Hauseman

Dr. Katina Pollock,with Dr. Fei Wang and Cameron Hauseman

Purpose of the Study:
The work of school principals is changing. This research explores what principals do, providing a more accurate picture of school principals' work than any other available research. It examines how school principals approach their work, how they spend their
time, and explores the challenges and possibilities principals' work presents to them. The intended outcomes of this study include:

•A more comprehensive understanding of the changing nature of principals' work.
•A compilation of what contemporary principals actually do in their work.
•An increased awareness of the challenges school principals face in their work.
•A knowledge base to better inform potential principals of what to expect of administrative work.
•New insights to assist the Ontario Principals' Council (OPC) in providing appropriate supports and professional learning opportunities for practicing administrators.

Dissertations and Theses Database

Graduate (Online and on-site) Students: You have full text and online access to thousands of dissertations and theses through the Dissertations and Theses database. This database is important because it will help you situate your work in the context of the work already done in the field. It also helps you answer that all important question: Has anyone written my thesis already?

It is also important because dissertations and theses have robust LITERATURE REVIEWS that you can use to move your own research work forward. Always check the REFERENCES section of a relevant thesis in your area to see who they have cited in their paper.

You have access to this database (and 100's of other research databases) from the Western Libraries' website. When searching the library website from off campus, please first type in your Western Username and Password in the OFF CAMPUS ACCESS link on the Western Libraries website. This will ensure that you have full-text access to all of the online resources!

You will notice a RESEARCH tab at the top of the Western Libraries website.

Hover on that RESEARCH tab and you will get a list of helpful research resources including a link to all of Western's research DATABASES.

Choose D from the alphabetical list of databases, and then choose Dissertations and Theses from the list.

Happy Searching! If you have any questions about searching the research databases please contact the Research and Instructional Services Librarian at the Education Library.

Starting Your Research with the Education Research Databases

Looking for research journal articles for your assignments, funding requests, grant applications, literature reviews, annotated bibliographies, capstone projects and/or upcoming papers?

As a student (online or on-site) at Western University you have online access to hundreds of research databases giving you access to many thousands of online journal articles.

As a Faculty of Education student (online or on-site) you may be most interested in the education-related research databases. Start your literature review in one of these education research databases:

CBCA Education (for Canadian/Ontario education related journal articles)

ERIC (PLEASE NOTE: There are ongoing access problems with the ERIC database. You will miss a significant amount of scholarly journal articles if you are ONLY search ERIC. You must search the other education databases to complete a thorough literature review. Some PDF documents (e.g., those identified with an ED number) may be temporarily not available in full-text online format - please talk to the Education academic librarian if you need these documents.

Education Research Complete

ProQuest Education Journals

Professional Development Collection

All education graduate students should also use the Dissertations and Theses database for a thorough literature review.

And, for our Counselling/Educational Psychology students: PsycINFO

Education Library's Short "Getting Started" Videos

Ah, fall is in the air. Temperatures continue to get cooler. The leaves are changing colours and falling copiously. Delicious Pumpkin Spice lattes are offered everywhere. It is that time of year to put on your cozy sweatshirt, to pour your favourite beverage, to curl up in your comfortable chair and watch ....the Education Library's "Getting Started" videos!

ICYMI ~ Copyright at Western in the news...

...The Western News to be exact. Read all about it!

ERIC database continues to be problematic

The ERIC database continues to be problematic. It cannot be the only database you search when looking for information for your literature reviews and assignments as you will miss many significant scholarly peer-reviewed journal articles.

You must also search:

1. CBCA Education (for Canadian education information)
2. Dissertations and Theses
3. Education Research Complete
4. ProQuest Education Journals
5. Professional Development Collection

EXCITING NEWS ~ Ask A Librarian Chat service is expanding this year and will now support questions in French. This pilot project is made possible through grant funding and a collaboration between the University of Ottawa Library, Laurentian University Library and the Glendon campus library at York University. The service will be called 'Clavardez avec nos bibliothécaires'

People We Know ~ Wayne Martino and Goli Rezai-Rashti

Congratulations to Dr. Wayne Martino and Dr. Goli Rezai-Rashti, Editors of the now up-and-running book series - Routledge Critical Studies in Gender and Sexuality in Education - showcases scholarly work over a wide range of educational topics, contexts and locations within gender and sexuality in education.

The series welcomes theoretically informed scholarship including critical, feminist, queer, trans, postcolonial, and intersectional perspectives, and encourages creative and innovative methodological approaches. Proposals dealing with critical policy analysis, as it relates to gender and sexuality studies in education, are also invited. The series is committed to publishing scholarly monographs, both sole and co-authored, and edited collections.

For more information see the Facebook page for Routledge Critical Studies in Gender and Sexuality in Education.


Additionally, Martino and Rezai-Rashti are working with an editor from Routledge in New York and are in the process of securing book contracts for Routledge from across the globe - very exciting!

After a successful inaugural conference in 2013, King's is hosting its 2014 edition of "Technologies and Pedagogies" with a specific focus on High-Impact Learning. This conference will be held on Thursday October 30, 2014 at "Bessie" Labatt Hall at King's University College. See you there!

For your convenience electronic access to Handbook of LGBT Communities, Crime, and Justice is available through the library catalogue.

Electronic Access Available ~ Critical Topics in Family Therapy

For your convenience electronic access to Critical Topics in Family Therapy is available through the library catalogue.

Electronic access to Participatory Action Research: Theory and Methods for Engaged Inquiry is now available through the library catalogue.

For your convenience print and electronic access is now available through the library catalogue for Synthesizing Qualitative Research: Choosing the Right Approach.

Electronic Access Available ~ Refocusing School Leadership

For your convenience print and electronic access are available through the library catalogue for Robert J. Starratt's book Refocusing School Leadership: Foregrounding Human Development throughout the Work of the School.

For your convenience the Education Library provides print and electronic access to The Sage Handbook of Educational Action Research through the library catalogue.

People We Know ~ Alan Leschied

Western University-led study reveals state of crisis in Canadian foster care system


A new study of foster care in Canada led by a researcher at Western University reveals a shrinking number of foster care providers are available across the country to care for a growing number of children with increasingly complex disorders.

The study, led by Alan Leschied from Western's Faculty of Education, is the single largest review of foster care ever conducted in Canada. With a purpose to better understand the challenges facing the recruitment and retention of foster parents, the two-year study involved input from 941 foster parents representing every province and territory in the country.

The findings showed an overall shortage of available care providers in Canada, as well as a lack of adequate training and support for providers who must often care for foster children with serious mental health issues as a result of trauma, neglect or abuse.

"This report sheds light on the challenges to organizations and foster parents that are charged with caring for an ever-increasing number of children and youth, who are arguably the most vulnerable members of society," explains Leschied, considered one of Canada's leading experts on the subject of foster care. "Recruitment and retention of care providers has become more challenging. Our society asks these people to take on herculean responsibilities, but without adequate support and training to properly support the children for whom they are providing care. This so often becomes overwhelming and is simply not sustainable."

The study, Rescuing a Critical Resource: A Review of the Foster Care Retention and Recruitment Literature and its Relevance in the Canadian Child Welfare Context, was funded by the Child Welfare League of Canada (CWLC) as part of its Every Child Matters initiative. The study was released in Ottawa today at 11 a.m. as part of Foster Family Week, which runs from Oct 19-25.

Results of the study will be made available online at http://www.cwlc.ca/en/projects both as a national report, as well as by individual province and territory.

Leschied anticipates the study will be a catalyst for discussion at the local, provincial and federal level on how to better equip existing foster care providers with knowledge and resources to support children and youth, as well as to develop new strategies for recruitment and retention of foster care givers.

On Saturday October 25, 2014 at 4:30 pm at Museum London the Honourable James K. Bartleman who will be giving a talk entitled, "The Aboriginal Canadian as Outsider" featuring a discussion of his first two novels, As Long as the Rivers Flow (2011) and The Redemption of Oscar Wolf (2013). Bartleman will also discuss his forthcoming novel, Exceptional Circumstances, which deals with international terrorism and will be released by Dundurn next spring, but is now available for pre-order on Amazon. On one level, this third novel is a fast paced story of love and espionage. On another, in the words of one review, "it brings us face to face with crucial current debates about torture, national security, citizenship and standing up for human rights in the post-9/11 world." Here is much more information about this presentation!

This talk is generously sponsored by Indigenous Services at Western University!

Counting down the days until the end of RefWorks at Western

Western Libraries' RefWorks subscription is ending on August 15, 2015 and so the "countdown clock" has been activated! Take the time now to decide which citation management software you will use as a replacement for RefWorks and begin the migration of your work well in advance of this deadline.

As part of our process towards the end of RefWorks at Western, Western Libraries will be disabling RefWorks account creation on December 17, 2014.

Users who have already established RefWorks accounts will continue to be able to use them, but it will not be possible for users to create a new RefWorks accounts after that date.

Replacing RefWorks

As you know Western Libraries is phasing out RefWorks by spring/summer 2015. Regular users of RefWorks have been receiving email messages keeping them appraised of the transition process.

There are several systems that can help you manage your citations and your collection of article PDFs. This table compares three of the most popular ones, all of which provide a FREE option that is usually good enough for most users.


RefWorks Migration Guide

Leaving RefWorks to move to a different citation management system is not complicated, but it can be labour intensive, especially if you have a lot of folders or if you have saved a lot of PDFs into your RefWorks account. We have created a RefWorks Migration Guide to assist you with this process.

News from Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC)

CMEC has just published an Assessment Matters! research note that looks at data from different large-scale assessments to explore the relationship between homework and student achievement.

Assessment Matters! is a series of policy-oriented research notes designed to explore educational issues in Canada and Canadian jurisdictions. The notes are based on the results of international and national assessment programs, including the Pan-Canadian Assessment Program (PCAP), the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), and the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS).

Ask a Librarian Chat Reference Service available at Western

Amazing news especially for all of our online students: Western Libraries participates in an ASK A LIBRARIAN reference chat service. Find out more including hours of availability!

The Librarian is reading...

To celebrate Open Access Week I am re-reading The Access Principle: The Case for Open Access to Research and Scholarship written by John Willinsky (also available at The D. B. Weldon Library and the CALL NUMBER is Z286.O63W55 2006).

Publisher's Summary:

Questions about access to scholarship go back farther than recent debates over subscription prices, rights, and electronic archives suggest. The great libraries of the past--from the fabled collection at Alexandria to the early public libraries of nineteenth-century America--stood as arguments for increasing access. In The Access Principle, John Willinsky describes the latest chapter in this ongoing story--online open access publishing by scholarly journals--and makes a case for open access as a public good.


A commitment to scholarly work, writes Willinsky, carries with it a responsibility to circulate that work as widely as possible: this is the access principle. In the digital age, that responsibility includes exploring new publishing technologies and economic models to improve access to scholarly work. Wide circulation adds value to published work; it is a significant aspect of its claim to be knowledge. The right to know and the right to be known are inextricably mixed. Open access, argues Willinsky, can benefit both a researcher-author working at the best-equipped lab at a leading research university and a teacher struggling to find resources in an impoverished high school.

Willinsky describes different types of access--the New England Journal of Medicine, for example, grants open access to issues six months after initial publication, and First Monday forgoes a print edition and makes its contents immediately accessible at no cost. He discusses the contradictions of copyright law, the reading of research, and the economic viability of open access. He also considers broader themes of public access to knowledge, human rights issues, lessons from publishing history, and "epistemological vanities." The debate over open access, writes Willinsky, raises crucial questions about the place of scholarly work in a larger world--and about the future of knowledge.

Researchers ~ ERIC database continues to be problematic

The ERIC database continues to be problematic. It cannot be the only database you search when looking for information for your literature reviews and assignments as you will miss significant scholarly peer-reviewed journal articles.

You must also search:

1. CBCA Education (for Canadian education information)
2. Dissertations and Theses
3. Education Research Complete
4. ProQuest Education Journals
5. Professional Development Collection

For your convenience print and electronic access are now available through the library catalogue for Robert J. Starratt's book Refocusing School Leadership: Foregrounding Human Development throughout the Work of the School.

How big data is reshaping the future of digital scholarship in Canada

When things seem disorganized, we sometimes like to suggest that the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing. According to Canada's leading funding agencies for digital research, however, the problem may simply be too many hands trying to grapple with too much information.

Recently the Tri-Council Agencies -- along with the Canada Foundation for Innovation and Genome Canada, or TC3+ -- launched a public consultation on what they call "digital scholarship." Research projects that get funded by these agencies could lead to major breakthroughs in user-experience design, gamification and interactive display, but they will all likely generate and collect significant amounts of information. While the IT industry has been filled with excited discussions about the promise and perils of big data, though, the TC3+ are suggesting our research community needs a strategic framework to ensure they make the most of it:

Canada is well placed to both take full advantage of the social and economic potential of the data deluge, and discover new ways of ensuring confidentiality, privacy and the protection of public interests . . . A coordinated approach to policy formulation; personnel training; development of infrastructure and analytical tools; and managing, conserving and providing access to research data would help ensure that Canadians derive greater and more long-term benefit, both socially and economically, from the extensive public investments that are made in research.

People We Know ~ Le Chen

News from Western's Faculty of Education:

As a result of deliberations by the Award judges, I am pleased to announce that Le Chen has been selected as the recipient of the Fall 2014 John Dearness Memorial Graduate Award. The John Dearness Memorial Graduate Award is presented annually to a graduate student in the Faculty of Education whose research investigates an aspect of literacy development. Le was nominated for the John Dearness Memorial Graduate Award by her supervisor, Dr. Shelley Taylor. Dr. Taylor noted:

"For Le's doctoral research, she intends to draw on aspects of academic literacies theory (Lea & Street, 2006) and multiliteracies theory (Kalantzis & Cope, 2012). Specifically, Le will draw on academic literacies theory to investigate discipline-specific aspects of international university students' academic writing. She intends to adopt a multiliteracies lens for its capacity to account for social media and technology as an integral part of the learning process, and to account for interrelationships between academic literacies, language, power and identity negotiation"

My thanks to Judges Drs. Jason Brown, Elizabeth Nowicki, and Paul Tarc for the thoroughness and care exercised as they considered this highly impressive nominee field.


On behalf of the Faculty of Education, congratulations Le!

This journal article appears in the March?April 2014 issue of Online Searcher (Volume 38, Issue Number 2).

Abstract:

During the past 10 years, open access (OA) has moved from the domain of disruptive technology to an increasingly adopted approach to research dissemination. Within the publishing world, OA journals are becoming so widely accepted, even some long-established players are moving OA from the sidelines to the heart of their strategies for the future. The common model which has emerged for many OA Journals, particularly within STEM (Science, Technology Engineering, Mathematics) fields, is via article processing charges or the "author-pays" model. Open access and challenges to the status quo within scholarly publishing have highlighted issues due to using impact factor as a proxy for quality. While individual researchers can choose to publish in OA journals or deposit their manuscripts in OA repositories, the real growth of OA has occurred through mandates at all levels -- by universities, funding agencies, research organizations, regional and national governments.

This journal article appears in the 2014 issue of Australian Academic and Research Libraries (Volume 51, Issue Number 1).

Abstract:

Researchers are experiencing intense pressures to publish and increase research outputs. Recently, many research funders have introduced policies and mandates related to open access, which have contributed to the increasing popularity of open access journals. Dubbed gold open access, open access journals offer researchers another publishing option. However, some publishers with questionable practices and journals of dubious quality have emerged exploiting the 'author pays' open access model and researchers' need to publish. Hence, an ability to publish research outputs through the most appropriate outlet for a particular field is crucial for researchers in order to maximise the impact of their research. This paper argues that scholarly publishing literacy should be treated as an extension of information literacy delivered through a broader research support framework. This paper presents a research librarian's perspective, and draws on literature and the author's practice to illustrate key points.

This journal articles appears in the 2014 issue of Online Information Review (Volume 38, Issue Number 3).

Abstract:

Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to examine academics' awareness of and attitudes towards Wikipedia and Open Access journals for academic publishing to better understand the perceived benefits and challenges of these models. Design/methodology/approach - Bases for analysis include comparison of the models, enumeration of their advantages and disadvantages, and investigation of Wikipedia's web structure in terms of potential for academic publishing. A web survey was administered via department-based invitations and listservs. Findings - The survey results show that: Wikipedia has perceived advantages and challenges in comparison to the Open Access model; the academic researchers' increased familiarity is associated with increased comfort with these models; and the academic researchers' attitudes towards these models are associated with their familiarity, academic environment, and professional status. Research limitations/implications - The major limitation of the study is sample size. The result of a power analysis with GPower shows that authors could only detect big effects in this study at statistical power 0.95. The authors call for larger sample studies that look further into this topic. Originality/value - This study contributes to the increasing interest in adjusting methods of creating and disseminating academic knowledge by providing empirical evidence of the academics' experiences and attitudes towards the Open Access and Wikipedia publishing models. This paper provides a resource for researchers interested in scholarly communication and academic publishing, for research librarians, and for the academic community in general.

Journal Article ~ Disseminating Research with Web CV Hyperlinks

This journal article appears in the August 2014 issue of the Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology (Volume 65, Issue Number 8).

Abstract:

Some curricula vitae (web CVs) of academics on the web, including homepages and publication lists, link to open-access (OA) articles, resources, abstracts in publishers' websites, or academic discussions, helping to disseminate research. To assess how common such practices are and whether they vary by discipline, gender, and country, the authors conducted a large-scale e-mail survey of astronomy and astrophysics, public health, environmental engineering, and philosophy across 15 European countries and analyzed hyperlinks from web CVs of academics. About 60% of the 2,154 survey responses reported having a web CV or something similar, and there were differences between disciplines, genders, and countries. A follow-up outlink analysis of 2,700 web CVs found that a third had at least one outlink to an OA target, typically a public eprint archive or an individual self-archived file. This proportion was considerably higher in astronomy (48%) and philosophy (37%) than in environmental engineering (29%) and public health (21%). There were also differences in linking to publishers' websites, resources, and discussions. Perhaps most important, however, the amount of linking to OA publications seems to be much lower than allowed by publishers and journals, suggesting that many opportunities for disseminating full-text research online are being missed, especially in disciplines without established repositories. Moreover, few academics seem to be exploiting their CVs to link to discussions, resources, or article abstracts, which seems to be another missed opportunity for publicizing research.

Open Access Week is occurring during the week of October 20th - October 26th, 2014. It is in its 7th year and is a global event. It is celebrated everywhere!

Open access (OA) is a principle by which scholarly content is made available online free of charge to users and with minimal copyright and licensing restrictions
Why Open Access?

Open Access seeks to return scholarly publishing to its original purpose: to spread knowledge and allow that knowledge to be built upon. Price barriers should not prevent students (or anyone) from getting access to research they need. Open Access, and the open availability and searchability of scholarly research that it entails, will have a significant positive impact on everything from education to the practice of medicine to the ability of entrepreneurs to innovate. (http://www.righttoresearch.org/learn/whyOA/index.shtml)

Western Libraries and the Graduate Resource Centre in FIMS are hosting a series of Open Access events during Open Access Week: including experts speaking on the Open Access Publication Fund, a movie showcase and a SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) and World Bank Webinar.

People We Know ~ Beryl Cohen

New from Western's Faculty of Education:

We are very pleased to announce that Beryl Cohen has been selected as the 2014 Fall winner of the W.A. Townshend Gold Medal in Education.

The W.A. Townshend Gold Medal in Education is in honour of the Late Bishop Townshend of London, Ontario, and is awarded at each convocation to an M.Ed. student who has achieved the highest academic standing in his/her program of study.

Here are some comments from Beryl regarding her area of research:

With a focus on place-based education, qualitative methods of inquiry, and A/r/tography, this participatory eco-arts based research project called upon students and community members to collaboratively build an art garden. Rich narratives and visual images are interwoven to portray human actions and experiences within the framework of Environmental Inquiry. The community comes to understand their sense of place as they consider their relationship to the natural world, while the researcher seeks to understand her role within the community as an artist/researcher/teacher committed to teaching, learning, and creating as a part of her living inquiry. The a/r/tographer (researcher) shares her inner experiences both visually and textually as she explores how eco-art making can improve her practice, her students participants' understanding, and how experiential learning within an art garden can provide insights about learning.


On behalf of the Faculty of Education, congratulations for this fine achievement, Beryl!

Video: Generation Open - Open Access Week 2014

Let's celebrate Open Access Week (October 20-26) together with this very short informational video called "Generation Open"

Scholarship@Western: Sub-Disciplines in Education

Have a look at Scholarship@Western's Education pages - they are very interesting!

Scholarship@Western: Electronic Theses & Dissertation

This part of Scholarship@Western will be of particular interest to the Faculty of Education's Graduate Students:

Welcome to the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies' Electronic Theses & Dissertation site. These pages are dedicated to help you find all the information you might require in order to format and successfully submit your graduate thesis for examination and publication electronically.

Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) are prepared as text-based PDF files. ETDs can contain non-text elements such as sound, video, and hypertext links. ETDs are available through Scholarship@Western, Western's digital library repository, and also released to the world-wide web with priority in many search engines, enabling scholars worldwide to locate, search, and download Western's ETDs

Scholarship@Western: Online Journals

Scholarship@Western: International Indigenous Policy Journal (IIPJ)

The International Indigenous Policy Journal (IIPJ) is a peer-reviewed, policy-relevant research journal addressing issues pertaining to Indigenous peoples throughout the world. An editorial and advisory board made up of 31 experts in Indigenous issues leads this peer-reviewed journal. Regionally, they represent North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.The International Indigenous Policy Journal is part of the Berkley Electronic Press and DOAJ - Directory of Open Access Journals.


Scholarship@Western: Barriers to Education in Homeless Youth

Solomon, Michelle S., "Barriers to Education in Homeless Youth" (2013). University of Western Ontario - Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository. Paper 1201.
http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/etd/1201

Abstract:

Most homeless youth in Canada have not completed high school. Lack of education is a critical issue that affects pathways to gainful employment, financial security, and positive health. Several risk factors affect their ability to succeed in school; however, there has been limited research in Canada that identifies the most influential factors. This study is a secondary analysis of the Youth Matters in London: Mental Health, Addiction and Homelessness study in London Ontario. It is guided by Bronfenbrenner's ecological theory of human development. The effects of several environmental factors on the academic achievement of 187 homeless youth with mental health and addiction issues were assessed using logistic regression. Results indicated that housing stability was the most significant predictor of academic achievement. This study has implications for affordable, accessible housing and educational program policy that will assist youth with their academic achievement.

Scholarship@Western is a multi-functional portal that collects, showcases, archives, and preserves a variety of materials created or sponsored by The University of Western Ontario community (hereinafter called Western). It aims to facilitate knowledge sharing and broaden the international recognition of Western's academic excellence by providing open access to Western's intellectual output and professional achievements. It also serves as a platform to support Western's scholarly communication needs and provides an avenue for the compliance of research funding agencies' open access policies. Learn more!

Open Access Week ~ October 20 - October 26, 2014

Open Access Week is a global event, now in its 7th year, promoting Open Access as a new norm in scholarship and research. Celebrated everywhere!

IMPORTANT NOTE: ERIC database continues to be problematic

The ERIC database continues to be problematic. It cannot be the only database you search when looking for information for your literature reviews and assignments as you will miss significant scholarly peer-reviewed journal articles.

You must also search:

1. CBCA Education (for Canadian education information)
2. Dissertations and Theses
3. Education Research Complete
4. ProQuest Education Journals
5. Professional Development Collection

Creativity Research Journal

Creativity Research Journal, available through the library catalogue, "publishes high-quality, scholarly research capturing the full range of approaches to the study of creativity--behavioral, clinical, cognitive, crosscultural, developmental, educational, genetic, organizational, psychoanalytic, psychometrics, and social. Interdisciplinary research is also published, as is research within specific domains (e.g., art, science) and research on critical issues (e.g., aesthetics, genius, imagery, imagination, incubation, insight, intuition, metaphor, play, problem finding and solving). Integrative literature reviews and theoretical pieces that appreciate empirical work are extremely welcome, but purely speculative articles are not published. Readers are encouraged to send commentaries, comments, and evaluative book reviews."

"The territories lag their provincial counterparts on education and skills performance due to notable gaps in educational attainment between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples, according to a new How Canada Performs Conference Board of Canada report on education and skills performance in the territories." More information!

Researchers ~ Have you tried the EDUCATION RESEARCH COMPLETE database?

Designed for educators, researchers, administrators, and those seeking professional development resources, this bibliographic and full-text database covers scholarly research relating to all areas of education.

Comprehensive Coverage: Education Research Complete covers the areas of curriculum instruction, administration, policy, funding, and related social issues. The database provides indexing and abstracts for thousands journals. Topics covered include all levels of education from early childhood to higher education, and all educational specialties, such as multilingual education, health education, and testing. This database also includes full text for hundreds of books and monographs, and full text for numerous education-related conference papers.



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