Knowing Your Rights: Libraries and Labour


In a time when workloads have never seemed heavier and resources more scarce, many of us feel overworked, under-appreciated, and frustrated. One approach in achieving better work-life balance is becoming empowered through knowledge about the policies, collective agreements, and processes that shape our work. In this hands-on workshop, attendees will have the opportunity to explore the scope of their rights in their workplaces as members (or prospective members) of collective bargaining agents (unions). To gain a deeper, practical understanding of their own workplace context, participants are encouraged to bring a print or digital copy of their own union’s collective agreement. Possible topics to explore include: free speech in the workplace and beyond; code of conduct policies; workload and overtime; access to professional development; performance reviews; job descriptions; and discipline and termination.


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Collaborative Effort: Institutional OER Initiatives Shared and Discussed


Martin Warkentin


Just as the effectiveness of open education resources (OER) depends on collaboration, the effective implementation of institutional OER initiatives also depends on the collaborative efforts of key internal stakeholders: faculty, students, librarians, instructional designers, and administrators.
Libraries have long been recognised as central partners in OER adoption initiatives. In this session delegates will learn how librarians can help to integrate the efforts of other collaborative partners. Four speakers from different BC post-secondary institutions will discuss a number of pertinent OER issues, including: the role of librarians collaborating with students and faculty doing open science and open pedagogy; the faculty perspective on the process of finding, adapting, or creating OER; the place of the open education movement within the broader move towards open; and the importance of OER for our civil society.
Session attendees will learn how librarians can amplify their roles as facilitators, collaborators, creators, and sponsors of information production and use, and how they can anticipate the future directions these processes may take. In essence, the egalitarian and inclusive values espoused by open movements are the values modern libraries have been espousing for decades.
Farhad Dastur, Psychology Department, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Arthur Gill Green, Geography Department, University of British Columbia/Okanagon College
Ken Jeffrey, Graphic Communications Technology, British Columbia Institute of Technology

Regrets: Rajiv Jhangiani, Psychology Department, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

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