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VRE: Open Source Research Environment

The VRE represents nothing less than a fundamental transformation of the mission of the academic library and will remain a critical component of the core services of the Robertson Library. Academic libraries are facing a juggernaut of change, whether from big deal licensing or large-scale digitization projects such as Google Books, and the more innovative … Continue reading "VRE: Open Source Research Environment"

April 16, 2009


Campus Emergency Management in an Information Age

The direction the University of Windsor has taken in the development of our overall emergency preparedness program has totally transformed our ability to effectively prepare, plan, respond and recover from any emergency. There has been a full cultural shift from the days of the binder on the shelf to a professional model of preparedness that … Continue reading "Campus Emergency Management in an Information Age"

April 16, 2009


BRIDGING THE GAP: MIDDLE MANAGERS GROUP AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA

The forming of the group changed the way Financial Services and Human Resources related with the units and vice versa. It also changed the way all the units related to one another. The result is better relations, better solutions, far more efficiencies, all of which in the end make the institution and its staff work … Continue reading "BRIDGING THE GAP: MIDDLE MANAGERS GROUP AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA"

April 16, 2009


Newton, the on-line Tutor Mark Recording system.

The transformative value is that the users see more possibilities for improving the system and allowing them to work more productively. Users are coming up with more ideas to move information more easily and improve the internal manual processes.   Athabasca University has a unique and complex nature. This is required to provide the learning … Continue reading "Newton, the on-line Tutor Mark Recording system."

April 16, 2009


Concordia University’s innovative large-scale on-site composting system

Working towards sustainability involves mentality changes, and composting has long been seen as an obscure, low-tech and smelly way of dealing with waste. Concordia’s system is showing that composting can be successfully implemented in an urban setting, and it is our hope that this project will help to change the way our society perceives and … Continue reading "Concordia University’s innovative large-scale on-site composting system"

April 16, 2009


Desktop Management Program

The Desktop Management Program resulted in a series of improvements to the quality of services for students and staff, improved productivity, and significant decreases in expenses. With the publicizing of the completed project, several large units at the University have begun implementation of a similar program, recognizing its advantages for both staff and the students … Continue reading "Desktop Management Program"

April 16, 2009


Central Receiving and Mail Services Track and Trace System

The WITS Track & Trace system was first initiated through collaborative meetings with Shipping & Receiving, Mail Services and Information Technology Services (ITS) staff to develop a better receiving process to record incoming shipments and log their final delivery location in order to reduce the frequency of misdirected/missing shipments. Once the staff realized how efficient … Continue reading "Central Receiving and Mail Services Track and Trace System"

April 16, 2008


reSearcher software suite

Through the COPPUL and ELN library consortia, academic libraries and other stakeholders have been actively involved in the reSearcher project from the outset. The impetus for this project came from the realization that many Canadian academic libraries were facing the same challenges with respect to locating and managing information resources. The group agreed that by … Continue reading "reSearcher software suite"

April 16, 2008


Give Me a Room! Online Room Booking at U of T Mississauga

The development process included extensive consultation and pilot-testing with stakeholder groups such as conference services and departmental administrators to ensure that the system would meet their needs. This consultation was critical and resulted in a very intuitive user interface that required almost no training (one half-hour group session) after implementation. Further consultation after implementation (to … Continue reading "Give Me a Room! Online Room Booking at U of T Mississauga"

April 16, 2008


UBC Ecotrek Project: Reducing energy consumption and improve/renew infrastructure through a cost recoverable mechanism

Over the last 3 years, there were more than 550 trades people involved in the construction of Ecotrek. Nearly, every person among the 43,000 faculty, staff and students on campus were affected by the retrofit. They looked at energy, at water, sewage, all the utility inputs and outputs of the university. They looked at personal … Continue reading "UBC Ecotrek Project: Reducing energy consumption and improve/renew infrastructure through a cost recoverable mechanism"

April 16, 2008


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