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:


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 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.

Southern Alberta Health Libraries Association

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:

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 ( 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.