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Brenda Smith, MA, MLIS

Brenda Smith

Open Education Librarian

Contact

Phone: 250-828-5098
Email: brsmith@tru.ca
Office: Main Library 210

Liaison areas

Architectural and Engineering Technology (ARET)
Open Learning
Philosophy, History, and Political Studies (PHP)

Areas of responsibility

Coordination of Distance, Regional, and Open Learning Library Services
Contact for Open Education Resources (OER) and Open Textbooks
Coordination of Interlibrary Loans
Coordination of Library Video Bookings
Reference Services
Library Instruction

 Publications, presentations and achievements
Presentations and Publications

Daniels, C., Fields, E., and Smith, B. (June 2016). Help - I Want to Be Open!. Conference presentation at the Festival of Learning, Burnaby, BC.

Brander, L., Beyenir, S., Power, H., Williams, L., Smith, B., Madland, C., Flewelling, D., and Kirkey, J. (June 2016). Open Education Working Groups on Campus: Getting Traction. Panel conference presentation at the Festival of Learning, Burnaby, BC.

Smith, B., Fields, E., and Daniels, C. (May 2016). Help - I Want to Be Open!. Conference presentation at the BC Library Conference, Richmond, BC.

Smith, B. (April 2016). Distance Librarians and OERs: Cultivating a Community of Practice to Be More Effective Advocates. Conference presentation at the Distance Learning Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

Miller, R., Smith, B., and Woodward, K. M. (April 2016). Leaning Into ... Open Educational Resources (OERs). Panel conference presentation at the Distance Learning Conference, Pittsburgh, PA. (invited presentation)

Ross, H., Epp, J., Smith, B., and Fields, E. (March 2016). The Role of Support Units in the Use and Creation of Open Textbooks. BCcampus webinar presentation for Open Education Week.

Smith, B., and Jhangiani, R. (February 2016). Improving Access, Pedagogy, and Outcomes with OER. Conference presentation at the TRU Teaching Practices Colloquium. Kamloops, BC.

Lussier, K., Smith, B., and Read, S. (February 2016). Mentoring the Department Chair. Conference presentation at the TRU Teaching Practices Colloquium. Kamloops, BC.

Lussier, K., Smith, B., and Read, S. (February 2016). Mentoring the Department Chair: Creating a Community of Support. Conference presentation at the Academic Chairpersons Conference. Charleston, SC.

Jhangiani, R., Morong, G., Smyrl, S., Smith, B., and DeVries, I. (November 2015). Open Textbooks and Open Educational Resources. Conference presentation at Opening Up TRU. Kamloops, BC.

Daniels, C., Smith, B., and Jhangiani, R. (May 2015). Academic Librarians and OER: Access, Advocacy, and Activism. Conference presentation at the BC Library Conference. Richmond, BC.

Lalonde, C., Belshaw, J., Jhangiani, R, and Smith, B. (May 2015). Building an OPEN Community.  Plenary session panel discussion at TRU Open Learning Faculty Member Workshop. Kamloops, BC.

Haggarty, P. and Smith, B. (October 2014). Evaluating Open Access Journals. Presentation for TRU Library's Open Access Week activities. Kamloops, BC.

Smith, B. and Drolet, J. (May 2014). Immigration and the role of employers: A knowledge synthesis project. Conference Presentation at the National Joint Social Work Conference (Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) and the Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE-ACFTS)) in conjunction with the Congress of Social Sciences and Humanities. Brock University, St. Catherines, ON.

Nilsen, C., and Smith, B. (May 2014). Online Mapping. Preconference workshop presented at the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE) Conference. Kamloops, BC.

Drolet, J., Sampson, T., Burstein, M., Smith, B., Gredling, A., and Pasca, R. (2014). The role of employers in bridging newcomers’ absorption and integration in the Canadian labour market: A knowledge synthesis project. Prepared for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Retrieved from Pathways to Prosperity: Canada website: http://p2pcanada.ca/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2014/03/The-Role-of-Employers-in-Bridging-Newcomers-Absorption-and-Integration-in-the-Canadian-Labour-Market-A-Knowledge-Synthesis-Project.pdf

[Annotator]. Library Services for Distance Learning: Sixth Bibliography. (2013). Association of College and Research Libraries Distance Learning Section. Retrieved from: http://dlssixthbib.wordpress.com/

Gaynor, K., Nilsen, C., Rennie, E., and Smith, B. (February 2010). Teaching Information Literacy, Not How To Find Stuff. Poster session presented at the TRU Teaching Practices Colloquium, Kamloops, BC.

Gaynor, K. and Smith, B. (August 2008). So, What’s In It For Me?  How The TRU Library Can Make Your Job Easier. Conference presentation at the Tech IT Up! Conference. Kamloops, BC.

Gaynor, K. and Smith, B. (August 2007). Because There Is Confusion, There Is The TRU Library Reference Services – Providing Library Research Assistance In An Online World. Conference presentation at the Tech IT Up! Conference. Kamloops, BC.

Gaynor, K. and Smith, B. (August 2006). More Than Dusty Old Books:  Libraries & Technology In The 21st Century. Conference presentation at the Tech IT Up! Conference. Kamloops, BC.

Smith, B. (December 2005). Providing Reference Services to Diverse Populations in a Small University Library. Conference presentation at the Academic Librarians in Public Service (ALPS) Conference. Vancouver, BC.

Selected Achievements

Collaborator, Pathways to Prosperity: Canada.

Collaborator, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Grant. Knowledge Synthesis Grant on Skills Development for Future Needs of the Canadian Labour Market: Immigration, 2013.

  • Principal Investigator: Julie Drolet, Associate Professor, Social Work, University of Calgary (Edmonton, AB); Adjunct Professor, Thompson Rivers University.

Implemented Summon, Serials Solutions' discovery layer system, 2012

Implemented RelaisILL, interlibrary loan management system, 2010

Integrated the former BC Open University's and the University College of the Cariboo's distance library services to create TRU's Distance, Regional, and Open Learning Library Services, 2006-2007

Implemented OpenILL, an open source interlibrary loan management system, 2004

 Committees

Thompson Rivers University, Teaching Practices Colloquium, Co-Chair, 2015
Thompson Rivers University, TRUly United Campaign Committee, Member, 2014
Thompson Rivers University, Budget Committee of Senate, Member, 2015
British Columbia Electronic Library Network, Instructional Working Group, Member, 2013-2014
Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Distance Learning Section Communications Committee, 2014
BCOEL Librarians, Chair Elect, 2016