Sunday, December 27, 2009

Zoo Lights -- December 29 Calgary Area AALT event

Attention Calgary AALT Members! Join us on December 29th for Zoo Lights at the Calgary Zoo. Bring your family (or just yourself!) and meet up with members of the board and other AALT members. We will meet at the North Gate around 6:30 pm and will begin the light extravaganza at 6:45 pm.

Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for... children. Parking is included!

Visit http://www.calgaryzoo.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=29&Itemid=287 for more information.

Comment to RSVP or send a message to membership@aalt.org.

Hope to see you there!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Special Bylaw Meeting

Please join the Foothills Library Association Special Bylaw Meeting.

This event will be held on Tuesday December 15, 2009.
Time: 7:00pm.
Location: 3508 Underhill Drive NW.

Please RSVP to flarsvp@fla.org by Dec. 11, 2009.
There is no charge for this event.


We know this is a busy time of year, but your support is critical to the future of the FLA.
For your review, here are the revised bylaws we will be voting on. Our current bylaws are here.

Thank you to Jerremie and Rita to for kindly hosting this event.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Health Literacy Symposium with T. Scott Murray

We are pleased to invite you to a very dynamic Lunch Symposium with T. Scott Murray,
one of Canada's leading experts in Literacy. After his talk, Scott will be engaged in conversation
by Janet Lane of Literacy Alberta and Michael Bopp of the Four Worlds Centre for
Development Learning. We hope that this symposium will launch an on-going discussion
in Calgary on an important and timely issue.

We look forward to seeing you at the John Dutton Theatre in the Central Library at
12:00 pm on Monday, November 23rd.

More information on the event can be found at the Calgary Public Library Web site:
http://blog.calgarypubliclibrary.com/blogs/cplnews/archive/2009/11/02/health-literacy-the-whole-community-approach.aspx

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to shauna.may@calgarypubliclibrary.com or
by calling 403-260-2664.

Friday, October 9, 2009

SAHLA AGM and Hollywood Librarian screening

You are invited to attend the:

Southern Alberta Health Libraries Association Annual General Meeting
Thursday, October 29, 2009
6:00-6:45 pm
Library Administration Boardroom, G201, Mount Royal University (on second floor near West Gate entrance)

Refreshments will be provided.

If you are planning to attend the AGM, please RSVP to sahla.members@gmail.com by Friday, October 23.

The meeting will be followed by a screening of the documentary, “Hollywood Librarian" <http://www.hollywoodlibrarian.com/> from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the Mount Royal Library viewing room. Admission is free for SAHLA members and $5 for non-SAHLA members. All proceeds will go to the One Laptop per Child program (http://laptop.org/en/).

Evening parking is available for $4. Details on parking can be found at: http://www.mtroyal.ca/AboutMountRoyal/TransportationParking/ParkingRates/index.htmSeveral Calgary Transit routes also serve the campus.

Elections for the 2009-2010 SAHLA executive will take place at the AGM. Nominations are currently sought for the following positions:
  • Vice-president
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
Nominations may be forwarded to sahla.members@gmail.com prior to the meeting. Nominations will also be accepted from the floor during the meeting.

You will also have the opportunity to renew your annual SAHLA membership at the meeting for $15. Membership forms are available on the SAHLA website: http://www.chla-absc.ca/sahla/

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Cari Merkley, Secretary, at sahla.members@gmail.com.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Open Access Week: Scholarship and Learning in an Open Access Knowledge Environment

Scholarship and Learning in an Open Access Knowledge Environment: What are the Real Opportunities of Open Access?

Friday, October 23, 2009 at 2 PM
Cassio Rooms A and B, MacEwan Student Centre, University of Calgary

In this lively and provocative presentation, Leslie Chan outlines the new possibilities for innovative scholarship through digital and networking technology.

He warns that barriers to participation and uncertainty about career advancement are raising new challenges, and invites us to help design a new Open Access environment.

Leslie Chan is the Director of Bioline International, a nonprofit publishing institute providing an open access platform for peer-reviewed journals from 18 developing countries.

Free admission and refreshments will be provided. Presented by Libraries and Cultural Resources with the generous support from the Students Union and the Vice-President (Research), University of Calgary.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Evolving the Learning Commons: Challenges and Strategies for Academic Engagement

Please join us for this special presentation by Michael Ridley to mark the 10th anniversary of the Information Commons at University of Calgary.

Event Date: Friday, October 2, 2009, 1:00 pm to 2:50 pm
Location: Science Theatres 148 University of Calgary

In celebration of the tenth anniversary of the University of Calgary's Information Commons, Michael Ridley will challenge us to look forward to a broader understanding of services for learners as we prepare to move into our new facility. The opening of the new Learning Commons in the Taylor Family Digital Library will see increased opportunities for collaboration in the provision of support for learning. At the University of Guelph, the Library, Computing and Communications Services, Office of Open Learning, Student Affairs and Teaching Support Services collaborate to support and enhance undergraduate and graduate student learning, writing, research, numeracy, and technology at their Learning Commons.

Following his presentation, Mr. Ridley will be joined on a panel by leaders from University of Calgary for a question and answer session. Our objective is to stimulate discussion of 21st century learning environments, the needs that must be addressed and what each of us can bring to enrich the environment. Panellists from the UofC are: Meg Martin, Vice President Academic, University of Calgary Students Union; Tom Hickerson, Vice-Provost (Libraries and Cultural Resources) and University Librarian; Ann Tierney, Vice-Provost (Students); and, Harold Esche, Chief Information Officer.

Michael Ridley is Chief Information Officer and University Librarian, University of Guelph. Ridley holds degrees from the University of Guelph (BA), the University of New Brunswick (MA) and the University of Toronto (MLS). Previously he held positions at the University of Waterloo and McMaster University.

Ridley has served as President of the Canadian Association for Information Science, President of the Ontario Library Association, member of the Board of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries and Chair of the Ontario Council of University Libraries. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) and the Canadian University Council of Chief Information Officers (CUCCIO).

In 2007 he was named "Academic Librarian of the Year" by the Ontario College and University Library Association (OCULA), a division of the Ontario Library Association (OLA). In 2008 he was awarded the newly renamed Larry Moore OLA Distinquished Service Award from the Ontario Library Association.

All are welcome.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

A Library Evening with Sandra Nelson

The Public Library Services Branch of Alberta Municipal Affairs invites you to a Library Evening with Sandra Nelson.

September 25, 7:00 PM
Calgary Public Library
W.R. Castell Central Library, 616 Macleod Trail SE

Sandra Nelson is a leader in the public library community. She is senior editor of the PLA "For Results" book series, the author of six books in the series, and an authority on the development of planning and management tools for public libraries. Come hear a visionary present her insights into the challenges and opportunities public libraries face today. Sandra's presentation will be followed by a wine and cheese reception. Don't miss this unique opportunity to hear and meet an acclaimed speaker! Alberta public library staff and trustees are invited to this event. Thank you to the Calgary Public Library for their assistance in hosting this event.
RSVP bonnie.gray@gov.ab.ca

Monday, September 21, 2009

Calgary Public Library Foundation Literary Awards 2009

Please join us for the 2009 Calgary Public Library Foundation Literary Awards. The evening begins with a cocktail reception surrounded by specially-produced art interpreting books, reading and literacy. Many of these unique sculptures, paintings, and artworks will be available for sale, benefiting both the artist and the Foundation.

Emmy and Grammy Award winning actor and author LeVar Burton will be the keynote address. LeVar played Kunta Kinte in the landmark mini-series "Roots," Geordi La Forge in "Star Trek: The Next Generation," and was the host of "Reading Rainbow" for 25 years.

The evening will cap off with the Literary Awards, recognizing the best in Alberta's literary community. Prizes will be given for adult fiction, adult non-fiction, child or teen book, and illustration.

Thursday September 24, 2009
Reception: 6:30
Presentations: 8:00pm

Sun Life Plaza
140 Fourth Ave SW
Dress: Business Attire
Tickets $75.00
For information or to purchase tickets, call 403-260-2640 or email foundation@calgarypubliclibrary.com Ticket quantities are limited.

Book Launch - Somebody Else's Money by Warren Elofson

The University of Calgary Press and the Chinook Country Historical Society are co-hosting the launch of Somebody Else's Money: The Walrond Ranch Story, 1883--1907, by Warren Elofson, head of the History Department at the University of Calgary.

The event takes place Tuesday, September 22 starting at 7:30 p.m. at Fort Calgary (750 9th Avenue SE). Free parking. Refreshments provided.

Friday, September 11, 2009

FLA Annual Bubbly Brunch

The Bubbly Brunch is the kick off to FLA's annual fundraising efforts. This year $2.00 from every ticket sold at an FLA event will go to support One Laptop Per Child.

The Bubbly Brunch is also a great chance to catch up with colleagues after the summer at scenic Fort Calgary over a Western style breakfast.

Where: Fort Calgary, 750 9th Ave SW
When: Sunday, September 27, 2009 10:00 am
Tickets:
FLA Members: $28
Non-Members: $35
Please go to the FLA Events page to RSVP before Septmber 24, 2009!

Promotions: Current MLIS and LIT students will get a free FLA membership with their ticket.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The Honourable Lois Hole Lecture Series Presents Alberto Manguel

The Honourable Lois Hole Lecture Series presents
Alberto Manguel
World-renowned author and literary figure


Panel Discussion: Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Alberto and community experts will discuss the renaissance of the book, digital trends, and the influence technology plays on our literary lives.


An Evening With Alberto Manguel: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Alberto will address the important role that libraries, reading, and our collective memories play in our search for meaning.


Tuesday, September 8
John Dutton Theatre
2nd Floor +15 level, Central Library
616 Macleod Trail SE


Register online FREE with your Library card at calgarypubliclibrary.com

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Aboriginal Librarianship Course / Workshop

The School of Library & Information Studies is offering this course/workshop again in Summer term July 3, 4, 5: Friday 6-9pm, Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 9am-12pm in room 3-01 Rutherford South. Please see http://www.slis.ualberta.ca/workshops.cfm for the workshop registration form and syllabus. Register quickly as space is limited.

Aboriginal Librarianship, Resources and Services

Workshop Outline:

DATES OFFERED: July 3, 4, 5, 2009 (13 hours) Friday 6-9pm, Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 9am-12pm

INSTRUCTORS: Reegan Breu, Manager, Information Services, Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources and Marquita Bevans, Systems Librarian, Parkland Regional Library

Course Goal: To provide students with an introduction to the special resources and services that best meet the needs of Canada’s aboriginal population.

Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

1) Discuss the information needs of aboriginal people and how to serve those needs in public and academic libraries

2) Discuss the resources, services, and programming most relevant to the needs of aboriginal children and young adults

3) Describe examples of collection management and library building adaptations that provide a more welcoming environment to aboriginal clientele

4) Discuss the role and importance of community outreach within the aboriginal community and ways to achieve that outreach

Monday, June 15, 2009

Friends of the Provincial Archives of Alberta Society Annual General Meeting

Join the Friends of the Provincial Archives of Alberta Society for its Annual General Meeting next Wednesday, June 17th.

This event will take place at the Provincial Archives (southeast corner of 51st Avenue and 86 Street in Edmonton) at 7 pm. Immediately after the meeting, enjoy light refreshments and a special presentation by local historian and author Ken Tingley on the fascinating history of the Edmonton Transit System (ETS).

This event is free and the general public is welcome to attend. As seating is limited, please RSVP by calling 780-427-1750 by June 15th.

The Friends of the Provincial Archives of Alberta Society is an incorporated, non-profit organization created in 1991 to support the ongoing work of the Provincial Archives of Alberta and to promote the value of preserving records related to the history of Alberta. For membership information, visit http://culture.alberta.ca/archives/friends.aspx

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Famous FLA 5-minute AGM! June 18th!

Foothills Library Association Presents the now world famous 5 minute AGM.

"Get Your Bun On!" Enjoy eating, drinking and library talk at this fun social event.
Where:

* MING
* 520 - 17th Avenue SW

When:

* Thursday, June 18th
* 6:00-9:00pm

Tickets available at the Door:

* MLIS & LIT students: $10.00
* Everyone else: $20.00

Ticket price includes munchies and one drink (your choice of red or white wine, domestic beer or highball).

We are not taking RSVPs or advance payment for this event.

Retirement party / Open House for Rowena Lunn and Karen Labuik

A retirement party and open house will be held for
Rowena Lunn, Director
Karen Labuik, Assistant Director

When: Saturday, June 20 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Where: at Marigold Headquarters 710 – 2nd Street, Strathmore, Alberta

(no personal gifts please)

For more information: 1-800-332-1077
carleep@marigold.ab.ca or sandyw@marigold.ab.ca

Friday, May 22, 2009

SAHLA Library Assessment Workshop

The Southern Alberta Health Libraries Association (SAHLA) would like to invite members of the library community to attend a

Library Assessment Workshop

Monday, June 15, 2009
1:30-4:15 PM
Room 1504/1506

Health Sciences Centre

University of Calgary

3330 Hospital Drive NW
Calgary AB
T2N 4N1

Directions and maps are available at: http://library.ucalgary.ca/branches/hsl/maps-directions

Presenters:

Questionnaire Design: How to Develop a Good Survey by Dr. Lindsay McLaren 1:30-3:00 p.m.

In this workshop, Dr. McLaren will provide a practical introduction to developing questionnaires. She will include suggestions for writing clear questions and ideas for increasing response rates. Participants who are developing their own questionnaires are encouraged to bring them to the session. Dr. McLaren is Assistant Professor and AHFMR Population Health Investigator for the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary.

Building on the Questionnaire: Additional Methods for Studying the Use of Space in Libraries by Francine May 3:30-4:15 p.m.

Francine May, Instructional Librarian at Mount Royal Library, will provide examples of how libraries are using methodologies like seating sweeps to study how users are interacting with library space.

SAHLA members or those interested in joining the organization
are also invited to attend a general meeting prior to the workshop in Health Sciences Centre Room 1504/1506. Lunch will be available from 12:00-12:45. Lunch is by donation - monies collected will be donated to Wellspring Calgary. The SAHLA general meeting will take place from 12:45-1:15.

There is no cost to attend the workshop. Please RSVP by Monday, June 1, by contacting Cari Merkley at
cmerkley@mtroyal.ca or 403-440-5068. Please indicate if you will be present for lunch and the general meeting, or if you will only be attending the workshop.


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Southern Alberta Health Libraries Association

http://www.sahla.org

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Convergence of Knowledge and Culture Series: Educating for Convergence: A New Model

Friday, May 15, 2009
Educating for Convergence: A New Model
Seamus Ross, Dean, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto
3:00 – 4:30 p.m., Husky Oil Great Hall, Rozsa Centre
Refreshments at 3:00 p.m.

Professor Ross will discuss the interplay of education and research in the discipline of information. He will examine how the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information is helping to shape future professional convergence. He is ideally suited to address this type of interdisciplinary development due to his pioneering leadership of the Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute (HATII) at the University of Glasgow.

Professor Ross was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto and began his term in January, 2009. Ross’s research interests include the preservation of cultural heritage and scientific digital objects, humanities informatics and the application of information technology to libraries, museums and archives. In his role in the Faculty of Information, Ross welcomes the opportunity to “contribute to research and teaching in a highly relevant field given society’s reliance on information consumption, a young faculty offering fresh ideas and insights and grad students eager to contribute to society.”

KM 2.0: Social KNowledge Management in Libraries

KM 2.0: Social Knowledge Management in Libraries

“Libraries excel in managing information and knowledge captured in books and documents, but they fail in locating and managing the knowledge potential in the heads of their own people.”

Every library wants to provide the best possible service to its users. But to do so, the organization must make the best use of the knowledge hidden inside the minds of its workers. Sometimes there are issues with the exchange of knowledge between library staff and customers, or between library staff members themselves. The public library in Vlissingen met this challenge head-on by combining the emerging discipline of KM (knowledge management) and social software. Please join Digital Library/Knowledge Manager Karolien Selhorst as she describes this fascinating journey in a live virtual presentation from the Netherlands.

About the presenter: Karolien Selhorst holds two masters degrees and currently works as Digital Library Manager/Knowledge Manager in the public library of Vlissingen (Holland). As an independent consultant, Karolien advises organisations and provides training on knowledge management, change management and Web 2.0 tools. She is chief editor of her own magazine ‘Digitale Bibliotheek’ and a freelance journalist for ‘Intellectueel Kapitaal’, a knowledge management magazine.

When: Thurs. May 21, 2009 from 10:30 AM – 12 noon Mountain time, 12:30 – 2 PM Eastern time, 6:30 – 8 PM Netherlands/CEST.

How to attend: You can attend this virtual program in two different ways:
1. At our bricks and mortar location in downtown Edmonton (Classroom 958, Faculty of Extension, Enterprise Square, 10230 Jasper Ave.) Light refreshments will be served, and no computer setup will be required on the part of participants. The presentation will be viewed in real time on a large classroom projector screen, and attendees will have the opportunity to pose questions. Cost is $15 for CASLIS members, $20 for all others. Doors open on Thurs. May 21 at 10 AM, presentation starts at 10:30.

2. From the convenience of your computer workstation anywhere in the world. You will need a functioning computer sound system to participate. Joining information will be emailed out 24 hours before the presentation. We are using the Elluminate Live system. You can test your computer’s compatibility by doing the “eClass Elluminate Access Check Audio Setup (no password needed)” at the following url:
https://elluminate.srv.ualberta.ca/

Virtual attendees are urged to test their systems well in advance (preferably before registration) to ensure compatibility. Firewalls and computer lock-down schemes may preclude participation. CASLIS will not issue refunds for technical failures of any kind reported less than 24 hours before the event.

Cost is $10 for CASLIS members, $15 for non-members. Registrants from outside Canada should contact Ingrid Dandanell (ingriddandanell@shaw.ca) for special registration and pricing options. Virtual meeting opens on Thurs. May 21 at 10 AM Mountain Time (12 noon Eastern, 18:00 Netherlands/CEST time), presentation starts 30 minutes later.

Monday, April 27, 2009

The Converengence of Knowledge and Culture Speakers Series: Convergence Rocks!

We live in an age of convergence. What does this mean for libraries, archives and museums? Ingrid Parent responds to this question by reviewing her own experiences at Library and Archives Canada, birthplace of what she calls "extreme convergence", as well as other national and international examples of cultural institutions working together in bold new ways. From the Dunhuang Caves to the digital library, discover the exciting synergies that link today's libraries, archives and museums.

Ms. Parent is currently the Assistant Deputy Minister for the Documentary Heritage Collection Sector at Library and Archives Canada (LAC). She is responsible for the development, digitization and the preservation of the Canadian documentary heritage and has a lead role in the development of LAC's digital agenda and the national digital strategy.

In March, 2009, Ms. Parent was appointed as University Librarian at the University of British Columbia for a six-year term. She will assume these duties in July.

Date: Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Time: 10:00 - 11:30am (refreshments at 10:00)

Location: Husky Oil Great Hall, Rozsa Centre, University of Calgary

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

GELA and CASLIS Annual Spring Banquet

GELA (Greater Edmonton Library Association) and CASLIS (Canadian Association of Special Libraries and Information Services) are very excited to be co-hosting our Annual Spring Banquet.

This year's speaker is Eve Poirier, Co-ordinator Library Services at Norquest College.
In 2007, Eve Poirier and members of Canada's Department of Justice's International Legal Programs Group traveled to Juba, Southern Sudan to investigate the feasibility of establishing a legal research library. In Southern Sudan, they consulted with stakeholders to determine need and to develop a framework and timeline for development of a new legal library for this, relatively, new nation. Eve will speak on the myriad of challenges including the extreme heat, obtaining legal resources after 19 years of Sudanese civil war, and dealing with goats in the library. She will also tell us about the solutions that were come to and what she took away from her involvement in working with the legal community in Southern Sudan.

Date: Wednesday, May 6th, 2009.
Drinks and pre-dinner snacks will be available from 5:30 to 6:00.
Dinner will be served at 6:00 pm. A cash bar will be available.

Location: Ernest’s, NAIT Main Campus, 11762 106 St., Edmonton, AB, T5G 2R1 780-471-8676.

Menu: Carved roast beef dinner with horseradish mashed potatoes, fresh bread, salads and fresh vegetables, and dessert. A vegetarian option of Portobello mushroom will be available.
Please let us know if you would prefer the vegetarian option when you RSVP for the event.

RSVP: Please email Liz Fulton Lyne before April 27th, 2009. Don't forget to let Liz know if you would prefer the vegetarian meal option. Payment will be accepted at the door.

Cost: $35 for GELA and CASLIS members. $40 for non-members

GREATER EDMONTON LIBRARY ASSOCIATION ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

GREATER EDMONTON LIBRARY ASSOCIATION
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
6:00 PM
Stanley Milner Library – Room 6-7
Edmonton Public Library

The Greater Edmonton Library Association (GELA) would like to announce its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, April 15 at 6:00 at the Stanley Milner Library, Room 6-7. Election of executive candidates will take place, as will a vote for the proposed bylaw changes. Refreshments will be served.

In the interest of being green, we will not be sending print copies of this announcement unless by request.

You can find the bios for all current candidates, a proxy form if you are unable to attend the AGM in person, and the proposed bylaw changes here. This document is in pdf format.
We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Literary Cocktails with the University of Alberta Press

Literary Cocktails with the University of Alberta Press
~ Creative Non-Fiction ~

Please join the staff of the University of Alberta Press for readings, a glass
of wine and finger foods. It's time to celebrate spring and the end of
semester!
Literary Cocktails, Faculty Club
Wednesday, April 8, 4 to 6 pm
All are welcome.


Featuring UAP Authors:

Daniel Coleman, Writer and Scholar

Roger Epp, Writer and Scholar

Gloria Mehlmann, Educator and Writer

With MC, Carol Holmes, Executive Director of the Writers Guild of Alberta

See You There!
University of Alberta Press Staff

AALT Conference - Early Bird Extended!

The AlbertaAssociation of Library Technicians’
35th Annual Conference
At the Delta EdmontonSouth from April 30, 2009to May 3, 2009.

The Conference Brochure and AGMpackages are now available online.

Check out our page on the AALT website at
http://www.aalt. org/conference/ index.html

Or contact the Conference Co-Chairs directly at
conference@aalt. org

Save the date - Augustana Information Literacy in Academic Libraries Workshop!

9th Annual Augustana Information Literacy in Academic Libraries Workshop!

When:
Thursday, December 3, 2009 (with optional Wednesday, December 2 social event)

Topic:
New Foundations: Building an inquiry-based information literacy agenda

Presenter:
Dr. Ross Todd
Associate Professor
Rutgers University School of Communication, Information, and Library Studies

This year’s workshop will focus on an inquiry-based approach to information literacy, where the end point of instruction is not the mastery of information-handling skills (locating, accessing, and evaluating information), but rather a constructivist approach that emphasizes the development of deep knowledge and understanding. The workshop will also introduce an instructional design approach based on Carol Kuhlthau's Information Search Process model, which provides a conceptual framework for instruction that fosters students' information-to-knowledge journey.

Where:
Augustana Campus Library (University of Alberta Libraries), Camrose, AB, Canada

For updates, watch the listservs, and workshop webpage ( www.augustana.ualberta.ca/library/workshop )

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Research Colloquium - “Biotech in the Popular Press: Examining the Spin"

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


“Biotech in the Popular Press: Examining the Spin"

Timothy Caulfield, Canada Research Chair in Health Law & Policy; Senior Health Scholar, Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research; Professor, Faculty of Law and School of Public Health; Research Director, Health Law Institute

Biotechnology gets an incredible amount of media coverage. It is also a common theme in popular culture, including movies, TV, books and video games. What is the nature of this coverage? Is it accurate? Does it shape or reflect public opinions? Does it impact policy development? This presentation will explore these complex questions in order to describe the important role, and associated policy challenges, associated with popular representations of biotechnology.

When: Friday, March 27, 2009
Where: 3-01 Rutherford South, University of Alberta
Time: 12:00pm­1:00pm

GELA AGM - April 15, 2009

The Greater Edmonton Library Association (GELA) would like to announce its Annual General Meeting, 2009

scheduled for:

Wednesday, April 15 at 6:00 in Stanley Milner Library in room 6-7pm.

Election of executive candidates will take place as will a vote for the proposed bylaw changes. Refreshments will be served.

If you have not yet renewed your GELA membership, you can at www.gela.ca or at the AGM.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

On Lawful Lawlessness: Clemency in Death Penalty Cases

On Lawful Lawlessness: Clemency in Death Penalty Cases

Professor Austin Sarat
William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science
Amherst College

Professor Sarat is a pioneering figure in the development of legal study in the liberal arts, of the humanistic study of law, and of the cultural study of law. He is also an internationally renowned scholar of capital punishment, specializing in efforts to understand its social, political, and cultural significance in the United States.

Friday, March 20
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Room 237
Law Centre
University of Alberta
Free and open to the public
Light refreshments will be provided

This event is sponsored by the Centre for Constitutional Studies, the Department of Political Science, and the Department of Sociology at the University of Alberta

www.law.ualberta.ca/centres/ccs

NAHLA Leading Edge workshop - Evidence-Based Practice in Libraries

NAHLA (Northern Alberta Health Libraries Association)
is pleased to present the second LEADING EDGE workshop of 2009:

Evidence-Based Practice in Libraries

Speaker: Denise Koufogiannakis, Collections and Acquisitions Coordinator, University of Alberta Libraries

Join us as we explore ways to incorporate the evidence into our daily library practice.

Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2009, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Location: Alumni Lounge, Corbett Hall, University of Alberta
Cost: Free for students and NAHLA members, $5 for non members
RSVP: by March 18 to Jessica Knoch (knochj@macewan.ca)

Directions and parking information: http://www.campusmap.ualberta.ca/index.cfm?campus=1&sector=8&feature=102

Friday, March 6, 2009

Calgary Libraries In Action 2009: Taking Care of Business

The Foothills Library Association is proud to present CLIA 2009:

Taking Care of Business: Debating Public versus Business Service Models in Libraries

Join us for lively debate, hot food, cold drinks (cash bar) and good company!

Date: Wednesday, March 11th, 2009
Time: Social time 5:45pm - Debate 6:30pm
Place: The Military Museum, 4520 Crowchild Trail, S.W., Calgary

Visit FLA events to purchase your tickets online

SLIS Brownbag with Stephen Neilly, CRM

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

Stephen Neilly, CRM (Certified Records Manager), President, Information Innovation Inc.

“Exploring Records and Information Management - A Career Perspective"

Steve will share his experiences and views of what the Records and Information Management (RIM) industry offers in terms of government, private sector and consulting careers. Steve will share personal anecdotes that will provide real world insight into the opportunities and pitfalls that a Records Management career can offer.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009
3-01 Rutherford South, University of Alberta
12:00pm­1:00pm

GELA's (it's finally) Spring Get Together

GELA's (it's finally) Spring Get Together

Don't miss this opportunity to network, chat with, and catch up with fellow library and information professionals at GELA's (it's finally) Spring Get Together.

All GELA members, library & information workers, library fans, and fans of librarians are welcome.

Where: Red Star Pub, 10534 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, AB T5J 1Z7
Closest LRT station: Bay
When: Friday March 20th from 5 pm - 10 pm

We look forward to seeing you there.

Questions? Please email Thane Chambers.

SLIS Research Colloquium: “Raising the Phoenix: One Woman's Story of Reviving a Scholarly Journal"

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


Heidi Julien, Associate Professor School of Library & Information Studies, University of Alberta and Editor, Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science (CJILS)


CJILS contributes to the advancement of information and library science in Canada by publishing research papers, scholarly opinion papers, reviews of research, brief communications, and reviews of books and other media. This talk will focus on the joys and challenges of reviving this Canadian gem after a two-year publication lag, and outline plans for the future.


When: Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Where: 3-01 Rutherford South, University of Alberta
Time: 12:15pm­1:15pm

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Information Literacy Symposium

The Alberta Library is pleased to announce that we will be hosting an Information Literacy Symposium in Calgary, Alberta on April 3, 2009. This one-day event will be held at the MacKimmie Library at the University of Calgary.

One of the goals of the Lois Hole Campus Alberta Digital Library Information Literacy and Awareness Committee (LILAC) has been to support and build capacity for library staff to share the expertise already present in our province, to discover what innovative projects are being done, and to create a community of practice around information literacy that will help students and researchers across the province. Join keynote speaker Gordon Coleman and our expert session speakers for and interesting and enriching day.

Information will also be available on the TAL website at:
http://www.thealbertalibrary.ab.ca/symposiums/IL.html

SLIS Research Colloquium

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

Heidi Julien, Associate Professor School of Library & Information Studies, University of Alberta and Editor, Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science (CJILS)

“Raising the Phoenix: One Woman's Story of Reviving a Scholarly Journal"

CJILS contributes to the advancement of information and library science in Canada by publishing research papers, scholarly opinion papers, reviews of research, brief communications, and reviews of books and other media. This talk will focus on the joys and challenges of reviving this Canadian gem after a two-year publication lag, and outline plans for the future.

When: Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Where: 3-01 Rutherford South, University of Alberta
Time: 12:15pm­1:15pm

100 Stories About My Grandmother a GELA Women's Prison Committee film presentation

GELA's Women's Prison Committee is offering a screening of Peter Kingstone's film "100 Stories About My Grandmother"

Please plan to join us at SLIS Room 3-22 at 4:30 PM on Tuesday March 3, 2009.

Artist's Statement (http://www.peterkingstone.com/Grandma.htm)

100 Stories About My Grandmother will use the narratives of male prostitutes to construct a picture of my grandmother, and will thereby deconstruct notions of family and the lives of sex workers.

Society tends to see sex workers as destitute, drug addicted, amoral, disease infected, and lower class. Their real voices are seldom heard. They are most likely to come to our attention when they enter the court system, or if well meaning community or church groups attempt to save them from the perceived perils of sex work. 100 Stories About My Grandmother allows the talked-about to talk; gives a voice to those who have been voiceless. In turn, their narratives are used to build my grandmother's story.

Having sex workers speak for themselves but not about their work is a step towards understanding prostitutes as individuals. Sharing family stories may seem banal, but inviting sex workers to do so becomes a way of including them in a society all too frequently eager to reject them. Sharing stories like these would usually happen only among family and friends. Sharing them with an audience encourages the listener to feel a kinship with a marginalized community - we all have grandmothers.

I know very little about my grandmother; in fact I have no lived experience with her. These 100 stories will be threads in the narrative cloth I weave about my grandmother's life. Audience memories of their own grandmothers will contribute to this weaving - the "My" of the title will refer not only to each individual narrative, nor to my grandmother, but will refer to the former and the latter plus the audience's experiences with their own grandmothers.

The presentation will be followed by a group discussion of the work and the artist's future projects.

Everyone is Welcome!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Librarians Outside the Box - SLIS /SLA Session

The School of Library & Information Studies is pleased to announce the following session:

Librarians Outside the Box

Discuss the benefits, challenges and rewards of working in non-traditional library settings with:

Heather Archibald, Digital Asset Manager, Pattison Outdoor Advertising
Robert Cole, Librarian, EPCOR Water Services
Margaret Law, Associate Director of Libraries, University of Alberta

Co-sponsored by SLIS and the Western Canada Chapter of the Special Libraries Association

Date
Wednesday February 25, 2009
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Location
Henderson Hall, Rutherford South

Banned Books Café

Thursday, February 26, 2009 / 7pm

Celebrate your freedom to read, view, listen, and play during this
year’s Freedom to Read Week!

Join us at the Stanley A. Milner Library as we share passages from
some of our favourite challenged or banned books and discuss thoughts
about censorship, and the meaning behind freedom to read. Participate
in readings and discussions, or just sit back and listen. Plenty of
draws and prizes to be won including the grand prize of a ‘Bag of
Banned Books’!

Everyone is welcome to share excerpts from papers they have written or
projects they have done on intellectual freedom, or read from
challenged books (we will have selections available for you, or you
can bring your own). Other creative suggestions are encouraged!

If you would like to participate, please email Caroline Land at
cland@epl.ca, or just show up on the night!

All are welcome! Plenty of coffee and refreshments to go around.

Don’t forget to visit our website: www.epl.ca/freedom - participate in
our poll or try our online quiz, and win!

Stanley A. Milner Library
7 Sir Winston Churchill Square
T5J 2V4

Monday, February 9, 2009

Toni Samek - Those Free Little Words: Freestyle Talk About Canada's Freedom To Read Week

In celebration of Canadian Freedom to Read Week, Concordia University
College Library and The Greater Edmonton Library Association (GELA) present he following public lecture by award-winning scholar Toni Samek:

THOSE FREE LITTLE WORDS:
FREESTYLE TALK ABOUT CANADA'S FREEDOM TO READ WEEK

Toni is the author of Intellectual Freedom and Social Responsibility in
American Librarianship, 1967-1974 (2001) and Librarianship and Human
Rights: A Twenty-first century guide (2007). She teaches at the University
of Alberta's School of Library and Information Studies.

Time: Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 2:00pm
Location: Concordia Auditorium, Concordia University College,
7128 Ada Boulevard
Cost: GELA members: $10.00; non-members: $20.00

Wine and cheese reception will follow in the
Library Gallery from 3:00 - 5:00pm

Email Myrna Dean at myrna.dean@concordia.ab.ca for information and to register.
Come and celebrate Freedom to Read Week!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Research Colloquia: “The Relationship Between Libraries and Museums: Past and Present"

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


Lianne McTavish, Professor, Department of Art and Design, University of Alberta

“The Relationship Between Libraries and Museums: Past and Present"

This presentation examines the historical conjunction of museums and libraries, tracing how they became distinct organizations, and speculating about their current reunion in digital formats. It will ask colloquium participants to consider the political, structural and practical links between libraries and museums both in the past and today.


When: Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Where: 3-01 Rutherford South, University of Alberta
Time: 12:00pm­1:00pm

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Calgary Libraries In Action 2009: Taking Care of Business

The Foothills Library Association is proud to present CLIA 2009:

Taking Care of Business: Debating Public versus Business Service Models in Libraries

Join us for lively debate, hot food, cold drinks (cash bar) and good company!

Date: Wednesday, March 11th, 2009
Time: Social time 5:45pm - Debate 6:30pm
Place: The Military Museum, 4520 Crowchild Trail, S.W., Calgary

Visit FLA events to purchase your tickets online

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Brown Bag Lunch with Nduka Otiono

Please join the Canadian Literature Centre for another Brown Bag Lunch Reading featuring poet
Nduka Otiono, who will dazzle us with a special musical performance...

Cookies, coffee and tea will be served. The event is free of charge and includes a door prize. For more information, please contact the Canadian Literature Centre at cdnlit@ualberta.ca or 780.492.9505.

Date: Wednesday January 28, 2009
Time: 12 noon
Place: Student Lounge, Arts Building (Old Arts, Convocation Hall
Building), University of Alberta

This event is brought to you in part by the Canada Council for the Arts.)

Nduka Otiono's first book is a short-story collection, The Night Hides with a Knife, which jointly won the ANA/Spectrum Prize. His second book is a poetry collection, Voices in the Rainbow, and was nominated for the ANA/Cadbury Poetry Prize. Love in a Time of Nightmares is the title of his latest book of poems.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Research Colloquium - Thinking about Thinking: Human Cognition and its Pervasiveness in LIS

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


John M. Budd, Professor and Associate Director, School of Information Science & Learning Technologies, University of Missouri-Columbia

“Thinking about Thinking: Human Cognition and its Pervasiveness in LIS"

This event will explore the possibilities for inquiry that includes cognitive processes as they affect, enhance, or impinge upon information seeking, retrieval, and use, the intricacies of information literacy and instruction, and the nature of reading. Work that originates in a variety of fields will be investigated.


When: Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Where: 3-01 Rutherford South, University of Alberta
Time: 12:00pm­1:00pm

From the Front Lines : Teaching at Beijing Normal University

School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta presents:

From the Front Lines : Teaching at Beijing Normal University
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
3-01 Rutherford South
University of Alberta
12-1 pm

Speakers
Heidi Julien, SLIS Associate Professor
and
Margaret Law, SLIS Sessional Instructor and
Associate Director, Learning Services,
University of Alberta Libraries

Heidi and Margaret will share their recent experiences teaching in China.

All are welcome!

A Freestyle Talk on Intellectual Freedom

In celebration of Canadian Freedom to Read Week, Concordia University College Library and the Greater Edmonton Library Association (GELA) present the following public lecture:

Toni Samek
A Freestyle Talk on Intellectual Freedom

Time: Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 2:00pm
Location: Concordia Auditorium, Concordia University College, 7128 Ada Boulevard
Cost: GELA members: $10.00; non-members: $20.00

Wine and cheese reception will follow in the Library Gallery from 3:00 - 5:00pm

More information to follow. In the meantime, email lfultonlyne @ gmail.com to register or for more information.

Monday, January 12, 2009

LEADING EDGE Workshop 2009: Project Management

The Northern Alberta Health Libraries Association (NAHLA) and The Greater Edmonton Library Association (GELA) are pleased to present the first LEADING EDGE workshop of 2009:

Project Management

Are you interested in learning more about project management? Looking for tips on project planning? Time management? Effective communication? If so, then please join us for a presentation by NAIT project management instructor Vincent Capri who will cover these and other topics, including the following: motivating those you work with, priority setting, and working on projects when group members are at a distance.

Date: Wednesday, February 4th, 2009
Time: 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Place: Computer Lab 2-03, Rutherford South, University of Alberta
Price: $10.00 (cookies and juice will be served)
RSVP: Jessica Knoch at knochj@macewan.ca or Liz Fulton Lyne at lizfultonlyne@gmail.com

DON'T MISS THIS GREAT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

SLIS - 23rd Annual Professional Development Day

The Professional Development Day Committee at the School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) at the University of Alberta is pleased to invite you to our 23rd Annual Professional Development Day. This year’s event will be held on Friday, February 6, 2009, starting at 9:30 a.m., and will take place in the Edmonton Room at the Stanley A. Milner Library, 7 Sir Winston Churchill Square. There is no charge for attendance.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Beyond These Four Walls: The Library Has Left the Building.” We are delighted to announce that this year’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Sam Trosow, Associate Professor at the University of Western Ontario jointly appointed to the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Information and Media Studies (FIMS).

Our event will also include various speakers from the greater Edmonton library community, and current SLIS students. We will be hosting a luncheon at the event which will give you the opportunity to network with colleagues and students.

We hope you will be able to attend this annual event. Please RSVP with your name and if you plan to attend the luncheon by January 30, 2009 by registering online here or by sending an email to: pddayslis@gmail.com.

The Edmonton Room is located in the basement of Stanley A. Milner Library and will be open at 9:00 a.m. for registration and coffee, but you are welcome to attend any part of the day that suits your schedule. Further information regarding the day’s itinerary is available on our website. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to e-mail the committee at pddayslis@gmail.com.

Sincerely,
2008-09 Professional Development Day Committee

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Canada's 40th Parliament in Crisis: What Happened, What's Next?

Join faculty from the University of Alberta in a panel discussion addressing the recent political and constitutional turmoil in the House of Commons, as we look toward the next session of Parliament beginning January 26, 2009.

Panelists:
Steve Patten, Department of Political Science
Eric Adams, Faculty of Law
Frédéric Boily, Campus Saint-Jean
James Muir, Department of History and Classics & Faculty of Law
Ken Munro, Department of History and Classics
Thursday, January 22, 2009
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Business Room 4-06
University of Alberta

Free and open to the public.
A light lunch will be served.

This panel is presented by the Centre for Constitutional Studies and the Department of History and Classics.
www.law.ualberta.ca/centres/ccs

Canada's Proposed National Securities Regulator

Professor Cynthia Williams
Osler Chair in Business Law
Osgoode Hall Law School

Thursday, January 15, 2009
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
237 Law Centre
University of Alberta

This lecture is free and open to all.
A light lunch will be served.

Sponsored by the Centre for Constitutional Studies
www.law.ualberta.ca/centres/ccs

Monday, January 5, 2009

Energy and Environment Information Symposium

Registration for the CASLIS Calgary and CASLIS Edmonton Energy and Environment Information Symposium is now open. Please visit the CASLIS Calgary website at www.caslis-calgary.org to sign up and pay online. Deadline for the Early Bird registration is January 6th, 2009. Morning speakers for this event include:

  • Keynote address: Provincial and National Energy/Environment Initiatives - Dr. David Layzell (Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy)
  • Water for Life - Cam Lane (Alberta Environment)
  • Wind Power - Theresa Howland (Bullfrog Power)
  • Sustainable Communities/Renewable Energy - Jesse Row (Pembina Institute)
  • Unconventional Gas - Dean Rokosh (Alberta Geological Survey)

The afternoon schedule of concurrent sessions is available via our registration document which can be found at:
http://www.caslis-calgary.org/?registration

Questions about this event? Feel free to contact any of us below:
Angela Burns (ERCB) - angela.burns@ercb.ca
Laura Lemmens (Alberta Government Library - North Petroleum Plaza Site) - laura.lemmens@gov.ab.ca
Leeanne Morrow (University of Calgary) - leeanne.morrow@ucalgary.ca