The International Association of University Libraries (IATUL) invites you to attend the 37th Annual IATUL Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

This year’s theme is Leadership in a Sea of Change, and reflects not only Nova Scotia’s location by the ocean, but also provides the opportunity to share cutting edge experiences and knowledge during this time of continuing change in the world of libraries.
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Monday, June 6 • 14:00 - 15:30
Parallel Session 1A (Collaboration) Collaborating to Navigate the Sea of Change in Science and Health Science Librarianship

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Common trends across academic libraries include partnering with faculty on research teams, engaging dynamically with researchers and providing innovative services to inspire and prepare scholars for an information-centric world. However, a major challenge is having enough librarian capacity to successfully invest in and implement these initiatives. This challenge is being met at the University of Toronto’s Gerstein Science Information Centre (Gerstein Library) through collaboration.  

The Gerstein Library is the largest academic science and health science library within Canada and serves a complex dual role; it is not only a medical library, responsive to the evolving needs of evidence-based health science research, but also a general science library that serves the wider university community and beyond. With ten librarians, seven of whom have liaison responsibilities, there is a bandwidth issue with regards to engaging, innovating, and developing services and resources.  Establishing collaborative partnerships, both internal and external, and a team-based project-management style approach have allowed the Gerstein librarians to:
  • Meet increasing demand for librarian involvement on systematic and scoping reviews, and grant-funded research teams
  •  Provide an innovative 3D printing makerspace and lightboard studio space within the library through its partnership with the Mobile Application Development Lab (MADLab)
  • Host Software Carpentry workshops to develop core scientific computing skills required by researchers 
  • Connect UofT researchers via Cross Collaboration: Speed Networking for Researchers, an event organised for the national Science Literacy Week  
Leadership can be displayed at any level within an organization. By capitalizing on a workplace culture that encourages ‘leading from the middle,’ Gerstein librarians are creating collaborative partnerships which allow the library to offer innovative and dynamic services.

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Heather Cunningham

Heather Cunningham is the Assistant Director for Research and Innovation Services at the Gerstein Science Information Centre, University of Toronto. She is involved in research and engagement initiatives for faculty and students within the health and life sciences with regards to... Read More →
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Vincci Lui

Vincci Lui is a Faculty Liaison & Instruction Librarian for Psychiatry and Public Health at the Gerstein Science Information Centre, University of Toronto. In her other role as Communications & Web Librarian, she develops marketing and outreach initiatives for health and life sciences... Read More →

Monday June 6, 2016 14:00 - 15:30 ADT
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