Monday, October 27, 2008

SLIS Research Colloquium

The School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta invites you to attend the following Research Colloquium:

“Building Capacity for Change: Preparing Us and Our Enterprises for New Information Strategies”
Stephen Abram, President of the Special Libraries Association

Expanding our libraries’ capacity to adopt dozens and potentially hundreds of new technologies and web innovations annually is the challenge of our age. Are we able to step up the pace? What are the best and most effective ways to choose the right technologies to test and pilot and which new ones show the greatest promise? How can we position ourselves as the right advisors in our organizations? What is the next generation of the social web? Web 3.0? Google Earth? A mobile world? What are the new rules for placing ourselves as experts and 'in the loop'? Can we really truly compete in this world of free and fast with our slower and considered ways? Can authoritative and authentic information and service win?

When: Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Where: 3-01 Rutherford South, University of Alberta
Time: 12:00pm­ to 1:00pm

Room to Read, Edmonton Chapter Launch

You are invited to an Introduction to Room to Read and the Launch of the Edmonton Chapter.

The New Lois Hole Library
17650 -69 Ave.
Sat. Nov. 22nd, 2008
7:00 p.m.

Special Guest Speaker: Jim Hole, MC: Laurie Greenwood.

For more information or to RSVP: roomtoreadedm@yahoo.ca or 780-481-6308

Room to Read is a nonprofit organization, founded by John Wood, author of Leaving Microsoft to Change the World.

Room to Reads activities include: building libraries and schools, funding scholarships for girls, and publishing children’s books in the local languages of the countries. Since 2001 Room to Read has established more than 5000 libraries, its goal is to establish 10,000 by 2010.

CASLIS Edmonton: SEO - Search Engine Optimization for Librarians

When you Google your library’s website, does it consistently show up on the forty-fifth page? Well, we hope not, but if your search engine ranking is lower than you’d like, then we have just the workshop for you! Please join us as industry experts Melanie Nathan, Alain Saffel and James Klassen walk us through the intricacies of SEO – Search Engine Optimization. Among the topics to be discussed are:
  • SEO Basics – What is SEO, how does it work, what are the benefits?
  • Black Hat (Unethical) SEO Techniques – Why you should steer clear, what penalties you risk.
  • Content Optimization – How original content can bring traffic and rankings in Google.
  • Social Media Marketing – What is Social Media, how can you use it to promote your content?
  • The Role of Librarians – What can we do to increase page and document rankings on our intranets and public websites?
About our presenters: Melanie Nathan is Director of In-House SEO and SEM at STATUSfirm and has over 5 years of hands-on experience in Search Engine Marketing and SEO for websites. Alain Saffel is former Manager at Clearpath SEO and specializes in search engine optimization, web content creation and public relations. James Klassen is Senior Account Manager at Epiar, and specializes in “organic” search (free search results as opposed to paid ones.)

Date:
Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Time:
12:30 - 2:00 p.m. (Catered lunch provided)

Location:
Classroom 2-922 (second floor at rear of facility)
Faculty of Extension, Enterprise Square
10230 Jasper Ave.

Cost:
Students and CASLIS Members: $20.00.
Non-members: $30.00

Deadline:
Registrations must be received by noon, Monday, November 3.
Please note that space cannot be guaranteed until payment is received.
Questions for the speakers can be emailed in advance to CASLIS Program Coordinator John Sinclair at john.sinclair@ualberta.ca

Friday, October 17, 2008

Lecture: Dany Laferriere or, Conquering America through Text and Film

You are cordially invited to attend a lecture titled, Dany Laferriere or, Conquering America through Text and Film, by visiting scholar, Dr. Ursula Moser, Innsbruck University. Refreshments will be provided.

Unconventional, controversial, prolific and immensely talented, Dany Laferrière was born in Haiti, adopted Québec as his new home, and is self-avowedly North American. Laferrière achieved critical fame with his first novel, How to Make Love to a Negro Without Getting Tired and sparked controversy in the United States with the film version of this book. Overall, his work examines Haitian, Quebec and North American society and inter-racial relationships, all of which Laferrière depicts with humour and clarity.

Date: Monday, October 20th
Time: 4pm
Place: Humanities Centre, room L-4 (main floor)

The CLC is also pleased to announce that Dany Laferriere will be in Edmonton this winter to give the 2009 Kreisel Lecture. (Exact date, time and place TBA.) Past Kreisel Lecturers have included Joseph Boyden and Wayne Johnston.

For more information, please contact Dr. Marie Carriere, marie.carriere@ualberta.ca, 780.248.1245.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

NetPub @ Netspeed 2008!

Mark your calendars!!!

The Foothills Library Association (FLA), University of Alberta Library and Information Studies Student Alumni Association (LISSAA) and the Greater Edmonton Library Association (GELA) invite you to this popular social event.


Where: Jekyll & Hyde Pub, 10209 100 Avenue, across the street from the Chateau
Lacombe Crowne Plaza (the conference site).

When: Thursday, October 23rd from 5-7pm


Please join us for refreshments, food and fun!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

SLA - WCC Clagary Event: Stephen Abram - Building Capacity for Change: Preparing Us and Our Enterprises for New Information Strategies

SLA WCC is pleased to present Stephen Abram, President, SLA

Building Capacity for Change: Preparing Us and Our Enterprises for New Information Strategies
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
5:00 - 8:00 pm
Calgary Chamber of Commerce

Your ticket includes the infamous Chamber of Commerce appetizer buffet. There will be a cash bar.
PROGRAM DETAILS
5:00 Registration - cash bar and canapé buffet opens, mingling, eating, drinking
6:00 Stephen Abram’s presentation
7:00 More mingling, eating & drinking
8:00 Wrap-up

THE PRESENTATION
Building Capacity for Change: Preparing Us and Our Enterprises for New Information Strategies
Expanding our libraries’ capacity to adopt dozens and potentially hundreds of new technologies and web innovations annually is the challenge of our age. Are we able to step up the pace? What are the best and most effective ways to choose the right technologies to test and pilot and which new ones show the greatest promise? How can we position ourselves as the right advisors in our organizations? What is the next generation of the social web?; Web 3.0?; Google Earth?; a mobile world? What are the new rules for placing ourselves as experts and 'in the loop'? Can we really truly compete in this world of free and fast with our slower and considered ways? Can authoritative and authentic information and service win?

THE SPEAKER
Stephen Abram, MLS, is the President 2008 of SLA and the past-President of the Canadian Library Association and Vice President Innovation for SirsiDynix and Chief Strategist for the SirsiDynix Institute. He has been VP of Corporate Development for Micromedia ProQuest and Publisher Electronic Information for Thomson. He ran libraries for Suncor, Coopers & Lybrand, Smith Lyons Torrance Stevenson and Mayer and Hay Group. Stephen has been listed by Library Journal as one of their first "Mover and Shakers", the 'key' people influencing the future of libraries and librarianship. He has been awarded SLA's John Cotton Dana Award as well as being a Fellow of the SLA. He was Canadian Special Librarian of the Year and Alumni of the Year for the Faculty of Information Studies at the University of Toronto. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Information Studies. He was President 2002 of the Ontario Library Association as well as sitting on the SLA Board of Directors as Director and Secretary. He gives over 90 international keynote talks annually to library and information industry conferences and writes articles and columns for Information Outlook, Feliciter, Access, Multimedia & Internet @ Schools, and Library Journal. He is the author of ALA Editions' bestselling Out Front with Stephen Abram. His blog, Stephen's Lighthouse, is a popular blog in the library sector.

REGISTRATION
To pay by credit card (preferred), go to our online announcement at http://units.sla.org/chapter/cwcn/programs/programs.shtml and follow the PayPal links.
FEES
$10 for SLA members, students, and those between jobs
$15 for non-members
To pay by cheque, complete the online registration form at http://units.sla.org/chapter/cwcn/programs/regform2004.htmand mail it with your payment (cheque made out to SLA WCC), to:
Pat Sandercock
Regional Sales Manager, Swets
43 West Jensen Place SW
Calgary, Alberta
T3H 5W9

VENUE
The Calgary Chamber of Commerce 100 6 Avenue SW
The chamber is one block from the C-Train Line and should you choose to drive, convenient parking is available at the James Short Parkade
Thank you to our generous program sponsors FPInfomart and ProQuest.
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Pat Sandercock
Calgary Director, SLA Western Canada Chapter


Pat Sandercock, MLS
Regional Sales Manager
Calgary Alberta

Friday, October 3, 2008

SLA - WCC Edmonton Event: Stephen Abram - Building Capacity for Change: Preparing Us and Our Enterprises for New Information Strategies

Join us for an evening of dinner and conversation with
SLA President Stephen Abram
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 from 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Sorrentino's Downtown
10162 - 100 Street


Stephen Abram
HONOURARY GUEST

Stephen Abram, MLS, is President 2008 of the Special Libraries Association and the past-President of the Canadian Library Association. He is Vice President Innovation for SirsiDynix and Chief Strategist for the SirsiDynix Institute. He was Publisher Electronic Information at Thomson after managing several libraries. Stephen was listed by Library Journal as one of the top 50 people influencing the future of libraries. He has received numerous honours and speaks regularly internationally. His columns appear in Information Outlook and Multimedia and Internet @ Schools, OneSource, Feliciter, Access, as well writing for Library Journal. He is the author of ALA Editions' bestselling Out Front with Stephen Abram. His blog, Stephen's Lighthouse, is a popular blog in the library sector.

The Western Canada Chapter of SLA wishes to thank CASLIS-Calgary, CLLG and FLA for their assistance with this special event.

THE TALK
Building Capacity for Change: Preparing Us and Our Enterprises for New Information Strategies
Expanding our libraries’ capacity to adopt dozens and potentially hundreds of new technologies and web innovations annually is the challenge of our age. Are we able to step up the pace? What are the best and most effective ways to choose the right technologies to test and pilot and which new ones show the greatest promise? How can we position ourselves as the right advisors in our organizations? What is the next generation of the social web?; Web 3.0?; Google Earth?; a mobile world? What are the new rules for placing ourselves as experts and 'in the loop'? Can we really truly compete in this world of free and fast with our slower and considered ways? Can authoritative and authentic information and service win?

PROGRAM DETAILS
5:30pm: Registration & Mingling
6:00pm: Dinner starts, more talk/mingling time to follow
8:30pm: Wrap-up


DINNER MENU
Antipasti
Insalata Mista Or Zuppa Del Giorno

Secondi
Chicken Penne Arrabbiate - Penne tossed with chicken in a spicy tomato sauce, fresh herbs and chili flakes
Or
Conchiglie - Pasta shells stuffed with spinach and ricotta salata finished with a porcini mushroom ragù cream jus and shaved parmigiano-reggiano

Guests will pay for their own drinks.

REGISTRATION

$30 for SLA members, students, and those between jobs $35 for non-members. Please send your registration by October 24, 2008.

To pay by cheque, print and complete the Registration Form at http://units.sla.org/chapter/cwcn/programs/regform2004.htm and mail it with your payment to (cheque made out to SLA WCC):

Weiwei Shi
Edmonton Director
4-30Q Cameron Library
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB
T6G 2J8

To pay by secure online credit card payment, Please go to our online announcement at http://units.sla.org/chapter/cwcn/programs/2008/edm1028.shtml
and follow the Paypal links (at the bottom of the page).


Thank you to our sponsors FPInfomart and ProQuest for generously supporting this event.