On July 30, 2021, the Supreme Court of Canada brought an end to one of the longest-running copyright sagas in recent memory when it rendered its judgement in the York University v. Access Copyright case. The case capped the debate around the rights and limits of educational institutions who are reproducing copyrighted material for student use using the “fair dealing” exception as outlined in the Canadian Copyright Act and Supreme Court cases such as CCH v. LSUC.
Our current research project explores the impact of pre-professional LIS work experiences – such as co-op placements, practicums, and job shadowing – on early-career librarians’ career success and satisfaction.
We hope the results of our research will help future LIS students make informed decisions about the pre-professional work experiences available to them. Our results will also help LIS education programs design and evaluate their formal pre-professional career programming.
In the first part of our study, we conducted six in-depth interviews with diverse library and information professionals. We are now embarking on the second phase: an online questionnaire. We are interested to see how the characteristics that interviewees identified as making an experience highly valuable will resonate with respondents.
Read more: Our project blog will post updates about our progress, preliminary findings, and upcoming presentations and publications.
Researcher: Judith Logan, Reference Librarian, University of Toronto; judith.logan [at] utoronto.ca. Research interests: LIS education, mentorship, assessment, emerging technologies and teaching and learning best practices.
Researcher: Sandra Herber, Academic Liaison Librarian, University of Guelph-Humber; sandra.herber [at] guelphhumber.ca. Research interests: library assessment, teaching and learning practices and, of course, LIS education.