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:

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 (

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

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

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, 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: - 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:


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 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