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.

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 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
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.