Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Netspeed 2011: Call for Proposals

The Alberta Library (TAL) invites proposals for conference sessions at
Netspeed 2011, to be held October 19-21, 2011, in Calgary, AB.

Netspeed is a conference for the library community that highlights new
technologies. Sessions cover a variety of topics including emerging technology
trends, newly implemented technology, tech “how to’s” and the impact all of
these have on the library community. Are you testing out a new technology?
Using an old technology in a new way? Share with us your successes and your
experiments that weren’t quite successes! We’re looking for topics for all levels
of audience, from novice explorer to seasoned programmer, and everything in
between.

Proposals for conference and pre-conference sessions are welcome, as are
suggestions for speakers and topics. All submissions must be received by
February 11, 2011.

Session proposals should include:
* Session title.
* Brief abstract (max 250 words).
* Contact information for all speakers.

Please e-mail session proposals and ideas by February 11, 2011 to
netspeed@thealbertalibrary.ab.ca.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Book Launches - Edmonton & Calgary

The University of Alberta Press invites you to the launch of

Will the Real Alberta Please Stand Up?
by Geo Takach

EDMONTON: Tuesday, January 11
7:30 pm
Provincial Archives of Alberta
8555 Roper Road, Edmonton
RSVP to Duncan.Turner@ualberta.ca

CALGARY: Thursday, January 13
7:30 pm
Pages on Kensington [upstairs]
1135 Kensington Road NW, Calgary
RSVP to Jeff.Carpenter@ualberta.ca

Please join us for a brief but pithy evening of comedy, drama, music (sort of), and some surprising guest appearances. Savour salubrious snacks and share your thoughts on just what is the essence of this astonishing province that we call home!

Geo's new exploration of the soul of Alberta has been hailed as "an extraordinary masterpiece-the words literally leap off the pages." (Lori-Ann Muenzer, Olympic gold medalist)

"Informative and fun; rings true on every page." (Tommy Banks, senator/jazzman)

"An almost mesmerizing exposition of Canada's most misunderstood province--and a good read to boot." (Fil Fraser, cultural Renaissance man)

Canada's first non-rodeo cowboy clown, Bronco Buddy, says, "It hits the nail on the head about what people think
Alberta is, and hits you on the head with what the real Alberta is. It's funny, but it makes you think."

Scholarship, Learning and the Digital Video Game Symposium - Calgary

Libraries and Cultural Resources at the University of Calgary invite you to register for our first game based learning symposium: Scholarship, Learning and the Digital Video Game: An Interactive Media Symposium hosted by the Taylor Family Digital Library February 24th & 25th, 2011. Day One of this symposium is looking at the breadth of game related research and Day Two will build on this with an additional stream looking at issues related to libraries, collections and information literacy.

Visit their blog:
http://www.uofcgamebasedlearning.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Library Association of Alberta Board of Directors Call for Nominations

The Library Association of Alberta strengthens the library community in Alberta by effectively providing responsive member services, advocating for libraries and cooperating with partners.


Contribute to your profession by becoming a Board member of the Library Association of Alberta! You will have an opportunity to influence the direction of the Board and the Association as you work with others to improve the state of libraries in Alberta. You will become familiar with issues affecting libraries of all types. On a personal level, you get to make new friends and contacts.

Yes, there is a time commitment if you become a Board member. LAA holds four day-long meetings a year, plus a shorter one held at the Alberta Library Conference. Board members chair and participate on the Association’s committees, such as: Continuing Education, Member Services, Intellectual Freedom and Advocacy. The work accomplished by these committees benefits the Alberta library community.

This year, there are four positions available:
· First Vice President/President Elect,
· Treasurer, and
· two Director positions

Brief job descriptions for these positions are included on the attached information sheet. If you need more information, please contact one of the current Board members. For the list of current Board members, click here.

If you believe in promoting library and information services in Alberta, we encourage you to become involved on the LAA Board. The deadline for receipt of nominations is January 15, 2011.

GELA Christmas Brunch

Advance registration closes this Wednesday, December 8.

http://www.gela.ca/christmasbrunch.htm

Meet with colleagues and enjoy a delicious meal to celebrate the Holiday season.

Greater Edmonton Library Association (GELA) Christmas Brunch
Saturday, December 11, 2010
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Petroleum Club, 11110-108 St NW Edmonton
Advance Ticket Cost (Prior to Wed Dec 8, 2010!):
$35 (members)
$40 (non-members)

*** Special offer: Advance Brunch Ticket + 2011 GELA Membership: $55 (save up to $15) ***
Our guest speaker for the event is Jocelyn Brown, current Canadian Author's Association Writer-In-Residence and author of The Mitochondrial Curiosities of Marcels 1 to 19. Jocelyn will be talking to us about why Edmonton is an ideal setting for fiction, and has promised to make use of some of her famous sock puppets!

The fabulous menu includes pastry swans filled with herb cheese, carved breast of turkey, eggs florentine, freshly-made omelets, braised swiss steaks, poached salmon hollandaise, griddle cakes, salads, vegetables, croissants and rolls, Canadian and imported cheeses, griddlecakes, french toast, smoked fish, and more...

We are pleased to offer online registration, and payment through PayPal.

Please see the attached files for detailed menu information and/or to register by mail.
-- Jay Jorgensen, on behalf of the GELA Executive
www.gela.ca

Monday, November 29, 2010

LibFu Gaming and Libraries Round Table Discussion - Edmonton

Are you excited about the UofC's upcoming symposium on gaming? The LibFu Cru is!

If you are like us, you are probably excited and impatient, asking: "Do I haaaaaaave to wait until February? I want to discuss gaming and libraries NOW!"

We hear you: you don't have to wait. The LibFu Cru has arranged for a warm-up event inspired by the UofC's symposium: 2 hours of discussion with 5 member of our community who are interested in gaming and in libraries.

The LibFu Gaming and Libraries Round Table Discussion

December 14, 2001
6:30PM to 8:30PM
Smart Classroom, John A. Weir Law Library
University of Alberta Main Campus

Please, join us as we listen to discuss gaming with five enthusiastic and exciting members of our community.

For the first hour, the five participants will have a round-table discussion about games and libraries, motivated by questions from our moderator Marcus Roesner. After the first hour, the discussion will be open to all attendees (OK, maybe we won't even wait a full hour, this is a LibFu event after all... participation is king).

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Joan Donaldson-Yarmey Reading - Calgary

We have an upcoming author reading at the Central Library which we would like to share with the public.

The Only Shadow in the House by Joan Donaldson-Yarmey

Explore Alberta as the author reads from the second book in her Travelling Detective series, featuring travel writer Elizabeth Oliver.


6:00 – 7:30 pm
Thursday, December 9
4th Floor Meeting Room
Central Library

Register online at calgarypubliclibrary.com
or by calling 403-260-2620.

Alberta Reader's Choice Award

Do Your Part!

As an Alberta Librarian, we ask that you help us narrow down our list for the Alberta Readers’ Choice Award

from 30 eligible titles to 10. View a summary of the 30 eligible titles at: http://www.albertareaderschoice.ca/longlist2011.

Vote Today: http://www.albertareaderschoice.ca/librariansvote

Voting will close Friday, December 31st, 2010.

What is the Alberta Readers’ Choice Award?

The Edmonton Public Library (EPL), in partnership with the Book Publishers Association
of Alberta (BPAA) is pleased to present the Alberta Readers’ Choice Award.

The Alberta Readers' Choice Award promotes the works of Alberta authors and publishers, and encourages the
reading public to support literary works published in Alberta.

This new, $10,000 award will be awarded to the author of the winning title and rivals other major national book

awards in Canada, such as the Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour, the Trillium Book Award for Poetry, and the

Governor-General's Literary Award for Fiction.

How It Works

• The BPAA with the Alberta Readers’ Choice working committee will review works published in Alberta in 2010 and establish an initial list of 30 eligible titles.
• Alberta Libraries will vote to help reduce the list to 10 titles.
• A jury of prominent Albertans will review the final list of 10 titles and recommend 5 finalist titles.
• The short list will be released to the public, and Alberta readers will vote for the book of their choice during May 2011.
• The winner of the Alberta Readers' Choice Award will be announced at the BPAA Award Gala in June 2011.

For more information visit www.albertareaderschoice.ca

Speaker at SLIS - Edmonton

Wendy Lu, Academic Librarian
Discussing Academic Libraries in China, using Beijing Normal University
as a sample

Monday, November 29, 2010
2-09 Rutherford South
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Wendy is a graduate of the School of Library & Information Management of Beijing Normal University, and has worked at Beijing Normal University as a Librarian. Her most recent assignment was working with international graduate students.

Open Access Consultations for Library Association of Alberta - Calgary, Edmonton

The Library Association of Alberta would like to solicit input on creating an Open Access policy for the Association and, in the process, help create a common understanding of Open Access amongst our members.

At our 2010 AGM, a motion was made for LAA to explore an Open Access policy.

This motion was passed and was referred to the Governance committee to pursue further.

We are holding several consultations and invite members of the Alberta library community to attend, as well as interested members of local communities. Our first consultation is scheduled for November 23 from 1 to 3pm at Mount Royal University (details attached). To ensure that we have enough room (and food) please respond to Alice Swabey at aswabey@mtroyal.ca no later than November 22 if you plan to attend.

The session will provide general information about what Open Access is, and how it is relevant to libraries, as well offering an opportunity to consult on LAA policy development.

Information will be posted on our website, as well as in the next Letter of the LAA.

Our second consultation will be in Edmonton at the Edmonton Public Library - Stanley Milner (Main) Branch. From 11:00 AM – 12:30, in Room 6-07, members of the LAA Board will be present to discuss and describe Open Access. Visit http://www.epl.ca/about-epl/branches-and-hours/stanley-a-milner-library to find driving directions/ Edmonton Transit Trip Planner. Please contact Mary Jane Bilsland at mjbilsland@epl.ca if you plan to attend.

If you are interested in hosting a consultation please contact me at rreaume@ucalgary.ca and we will see what we can arrange.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Winter Institute on Statistical Literacy for Librarians (WISLL) - Edmonton

WINTER INSTITUTE ON STATISTICAL LITERACY FOR LIBRARIANS (WISLL)

The University of Alberta Library will be hosting its fifth Winter Institute on Statistical Literacy for Librarians from February 23-25, 2011. This training event will provide strategies and skills for finding, evaluating and retrieving online published statistics and will be useful to information professionals working in academic, public and special libraries.

This workshop will not provide instruction about how to conduct analysis or library assessment, although some examples will include the use of data to demonstrate how statistics are produced.

The instructional focus is on making electronic online statistics more accessible as information to librarians and their patrons. The topics to be covered include:

- A framework for thinking about published statistics
- How statistics are derived from data
- The importance of definitions, standards and classifications in understanding statistics
- Using metadata to find statistics
- Knowing how to interpret statistical metadata
- Evaluating statistical sources
- Choosing official and non-official statistical sources
- Tools and strategies for locating statistics
- How to cite online statistics
- Geographical and spatial representation of statistics
- Addressing the challenge of finding statistics for small geographic areas

The conference is restricted to 30 participants on a first-come, first-serve basis. The registration fee is $250, which includes continental breakfast, coffee breaks and lunch.
Because of the limited enrollment, we ask people to pay their registration fee in advance to hold a seat.

Because of limited enrollment, participants in previous workshops are kindly asked not to register in 2011. We appreciate your cooperation.

For more information and to register, visit http://wisll.library.ualberta.ca.

If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at wisll@mail.library.ualberta.ca.

TWEETS, TWITS AND 2.0S, Edmonton Law Libraries Association - Edmonton

Please join us November 29, 2010 for – TWEETS, TWITS AND 2.0S: UTILITY OR FUTILITY? YOU BE THE JUDGE. Speaker: Geoffery Harder, Digital Initiative Coordinator, University of Alberta. Geoff helps lead a wide variety of digital projects related to digitization, digital preservation, web archiving and more.

Where: Barristers Lounge, 2nd floor,
Edmonton Courthouse
12:00 noon
When: Monday November 29, 2010
Cost : $10.00 Members
$15.00 Non-Members

Lunch will be provided ; please RSVP to:
Davyd Atwood, Law
Library Technician,
Alberta Law Libraries,
E-mail: davyd.atwood@gov.ab.ca

Monday, November 15, 2010

GELA Christmas Brunch - Edmonton

On Saturday, December 11, 2010, The Greater Edmonton Library Association is proud to host Jocelyn Brown as the guest speaker at the GELA Christmas brunch.

What: GELA Christmas Brunch
Who: Jocelyn Brown, Canadian Authors Association's writer-in-residence and author of The Mitochondrial Curiosities of Marcels 1 to 19
Where: Petroleum Club
When: Saturday, December 11th, 2010
Time: 11am-1pm

Additional details to follow, closer to the date.

www.gela.ca
www.chbooks.com/catalogue/mitochondrial-curiosities-marcels-1-19

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

GELA November Speaker - Edmonton

The Greater Edmonton Library Association (GELA) is pleased to present our November guest speaker:

Margaret Law
Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at 6:00 pm

Join us Wednesday, November 17 to hear Margaret's presentation, "Better than silence: better public speaking, one step at a time."

Let thy speech be better than silence, or be silent. (Dionysius the Elder)

Glossophobia is the fear of public speaking, something that all of us experience to some extent. Public speaking, however, has become an essential part of many jobs.

This workshop will talk about how to prepare and present a professional speech, and feel comfortable doing it. It will focus on practical tips to help you speak with confidence and ease.

Date: Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Cameron Library, 4th Floor Classroom, University of Alberta
Cost: FREE for GELA members; $10 for non-members

RSVP: through polldaddy at http://bit.ly/bbKp01 or by email to me at jorgensen529@gmail.com by Monday, November 15, 2010.

Southern Alberta Library Conference - Lethbridge

This is a friendly reminder that registration is now open for the 2011 Southern Alberta Library Conference: Put Your Library in the Spotlight.


The Early Bird registration deadline is December, 1 2010, so be sure to register soon!


Please visit the following website to view the program and register:

http://chinookarchregionallibrarysystem.memberlodge.com/

We hope to see you there!

Myrna Kostash Book Launch - Edmonton

You are cordially invited
to the celebration of
Myrna Kostash’s

Book Launch of Prodigal Daughter: A Journey to Byzantium

Introductory remarks, reading, author signing, and refreshments.

Thursday, November 11, 7:00 pm

The ARTery: 9535 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton
All are welcome.

Rudy Wiebe: U of A Press launches his collected short stories - Edmonton

The University of Alberta Press
and Greenwoods’ Bookshoppe present
an evening with
Rudy Wiebe

Book Launch and Fundraiser

Full reading with discussion, refreshments and choral entertainment.

Wednesday, November 10, 7:30 pm

Old Timers’ Cabin: 9430 – 99 Street NW, Edmonton
All are welcome.

Net proceeds go to the Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers
$10 admission or $45 for admission plus book
Tickets at Greenwoods’: 7925 – 104 Street or (780) 439 2005

Christmas and Copyright - Caglary

Rob Tiessen (Head of Access of Services, member of the Canadian Library Association's Copyright Committee) will give a presentation on the current state of copyright in Canada, as well as comment on current and attempts to amend the Copyright Act, and the proposal by Access Copyright for a copyright tariff for post secondary institutions in Canada. This talk with be preceded, followed and supported (or even scaffolded for the education minded) by festive treats, finger foods, and hot beverages. Please come out to not to not only be updated on the current state of this important professional issue but also to share Christmas cheer with your fellow library folk.

Date: Wednsday December 8th
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Cost: $5 for FLA and CASLIS members, $20 for non-members
Location: 3508 Underhill Drive NW (FLA President's Home)

Friday, November 5, 2010

ABCs of E-Books - U of C and SAHLA, Calgary

The University of Calgary Health Sciences Library & the Southern Alberta Health Libraries Association

are sponsoring an MLA Webcast:

ABCs of E-books: Strategies for the Medical Library


Program Objectives

* provide an overview of electronic books management in the health sciences library environment,
* highlight considerations to be made in the purchase of e-books, such as choosing a platform; individual titles versus packages; licensing issues; pricing models; terms of ownership; and site license versus concurrent users, and
* offer a discussion of related management issues for e-book collections, such as cataloging, providing subject lists and title lists, offering federated searching, and collecting usage statistics.



Date & Time: November 10, 2010, 12:00 pm -1:30 pm

Location: Health Sciences Centre, University of Calgary (Room G737) – directions and maps are available at: http://library.ucalgary.ca/branches/hsl/maps-directions
Open to: Everyone
Cost: Free

You are welcome to bring your lunch - SAHLA will be providing dessert.

More information: http://www.mlanet.org/education/distance_ed/ebooks/index.html


Take a moment and reconnect with us:
SAHLA membership form & info:
http://www.chla-absc.ca/sahla/join.html
RSVP: By November 8 to: sahla.memberts@gmail.com

Research Colloquia - School of Library and Information Studies, Edmonton

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

Andrew Keenan, Interactive Designer

“The Affect of Cheating on Player Engagement in Video Games"
Recent innovations in video game design allow players to manipulate play through activities once considered cheating. These subversive play tactics previously appeared in video games as complicated modifications or unintended programming errors. This presentation categorizes, examines and analyzes the inclusion of "cheating" in several popular video games.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010
2-09 Rutherford South, University of Alberta
12:00pm­1:00pm
________________________________________________

Dr. Brooke Sheldon, Visiting Scholar and Lecturer

“Leadership and Library / I-School Graduates: Is Emotional Intelligence the Answer?"
Current reseach indicates that IQ (cognitive) and technical skills represent the threshold competencies that determine whether a person can enter a profession, but these attributes are not predictive of movement into leadership roles. This interactive colloquium proposes a need for research to examine curricula in LIS programs to determine whether known predictive behaviors for leadership are being introduced and developed.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010
2-09 Rutherford South, University of Alberta
12:00pm­1:00pm
________________________________________________

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

"Transferring Evidence into Practice: Examining the Value of Research Summaries"
Critical summaries of research are found in several professional fields including medicine, nursing, and librarianship, with the purpose being to facilitate the transfer of research into practice. But what do research summaries tell us about the quality of the published literature, and how do they impact practitioners?

Wednesday, November 24, 2010
2-09 Rutherford South, University of Alberta
12:00pm­1:00pm

Eggs and Pancaks for the Library - Edmonton

From November 1st - 30th Albert's Family Restaurants in Edmonton are donating a portion of the proceeds from their eggs and pancakes breakfast to the Edmonton Public Library.

http://www.albertsfamilyrestaurants.com/

LibFu (Library Future) Discussion

November 1-5th the LibraryFutures.ca (LibFu) website is hosting the first in a series of Post-NEXT Symposium discussions related to the future of libraries.

This week's discussion question is general: "What about the future makes you scared?"

Clive Maishment, CEO of The Alberta Library, has kicked-off the discussion by providing the first response. Join the conversation and tell us what about the future makes you scared:

http://libfu.ca/content/what-about-future-makes-you-scared

Last week, The Alberta Library released the questions used at the NEXT Symposium to foster open discussion and create innovative thinking about the future. The first two sets of questions

Each week, LibFu will feature one question from the growing list for community discussion. LibFu members can contribute their own "Big Picture" questions for discussion and vote is called each week to determine which question will be feature the following week.
have been posted on the LibFu website, and more will follow.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Alberta Association of Academic Libraries - Fall 2010 Meeting

Thursday, November 18th, 2010
9:00 am – 3:45 pm
Grant MacEwan University – South Campus
7319 - 29 Avenue, Edmonton, AB T6K 2P1

An agenda is forthcoming. But here’s how the afternoon workshop line-up looks so far (workshop descriptions are forthcoming as well).

1:00 - 1:45 pm "Assess This: Considerations for Information Literacy Assessment" (Nancy Goebel, U of A Augustana)

1:45 - 2:15 pm "The Human Library" (Melinda Spears, MacEwan University)

2:15 - 2:30 pm break

2:30 - 3:00 pm "Olds College / High School Library merger" (Robin Minion, Olds College)

3:00 - 4:00 pm Mobile Delivery Panel

-"iPads at MacEwan" (Richard Hayman, MacEwan University)
"Mobile interface at MRU" (Kalen Gibb, Mount Royal University)
-"TRAC app" (Robert Zylstra, MacEwan University)

Friday, October 22, 2010

Wordfest Presents Robert Bateman

Wordfest Presents Robert Bateman
Tuesday October 26 at 7pm
John Dutton Theatre, Calgary Public Library
$12 in advance/ $15 at the door

Robert Bateman, one of Canada's most popular painters give insights into his art and shares his new book, Robert Bateman: New Works

calgarypubliclibrary.com
wordfest.com
EPCOR CENTRE Box Office 403.294.9494

Thanks!

Mia Rushton
Humanities Reference
Calgary Public Library
403-260-2785
mia.rushton@calgarypubliclibrary.com

NEXT: A Library Futures Symposium

Over 200 library community members will come together to help shape the
future of Alberta’s libraries at NEXT: A Library Futures Symposium, October
21 and 22 at the Edmonton Crowne Plaza Hotel – Chateau Lacombe.

Writer and public opinion researcher Michael Adams, President of the
Environics Group, headlines day one speakers who will focus on the
cultural, demographic and economic shifts affecting libraries and
communities in the 21st century. Other speakers include:

· Thomas Frey, Executive Director, DaVinci Institute

· Mike D’Abramo, Strategist, Fresh Squeezed Ideas

· Patricia Graham, Editor-in-Chief, The Vancouver Sun

· R. David Lankes, Director, Information Institute, Syracuse
University.

Building on insights from day one, participants – including public,
post-secondary and school library representatives – will address issues in
small group discussions.

Outcomes for the symposium include articulating a roadmap for libraries
across Alberta, contributing to the vision and strategic planning process
of libraries, and sparking innovation, learning and creativity.

The symposium is presented by The Alberta Library, a consortium of library
community members across the province.

"We are a knowledge-based community, charting a course in an increasingly
information-based society," says Maggie Macdonald, Chair of The Alberta
Library Board. "To continue to be successful, we must build on the
insights, ideas and expertise of our colleagues and stakeholders. The
quality of our engagement with each other will have a lot to do with our
success as individuals, as organizations, and as communities."

Forum for Information Professionals

The Library and Information Studies Student Association is once again putting on the Forum for Information Professionals. Here is some preliminary information so you can pencil it into your calendars (i.e., put into your Outlook/iCal).

DATE: Friday, February 11th, 2011
LOCATION: The University of Alberta's School of Library & Information Studies in Rutherford Library North

Our keynote speakers this year are:

Dr. Melissa Gross of Florida State University will be delivering a talk entitled: "In search of information literacy: How will I know when I’ve found it?"

and

Trish Rosseel of the UBC Digital Tattoo Project will be talking about how you can educate patrons on taking responsibility for protecting their digital identity.

And of course there will be a full slate of student presentations. We are very excited about the program this year, and are certain that all attendees will enjoy the day immensely. Full keynote biographies and abstracts will be available on the website, which is still in development. You can expect more information in December, with registration commencing early in the new year. On behalf of the students at SLIS, we sincerely appreciate your continued support and participation!

Quinn Fletcher & Ali Grotkowski
FIP Committee Senior Co-Chairs
Tawnia Daughton & Eileen Rose
FIP Committee Junior Co-Chairs

Social Justice in the Stacks: Progressive Activism in the Information Professions

A panel discussion hosted by the Edmonton chapter of the Progressive Librarians Guild

Thursday, November 4, 7 PM

Henderson Hall (Rutherford South, University of Alberta, behind LRT station)

Free admission

Social equality issues such as access to information, documentation of society, and free distribution of knowledge are core principles of modern libraries and archives. However, these principles are often de-accentuated in the day-to-day management of libraries and archives and information professionals can find themselves detached from a social justice perspective.

The newly-formed Edmonton chapter of the Progressive Librarians Guild (PLG) is offering a panel discussion that will focus on the intersections between social justice and the information professions. Topics discussed will include academic freedom, professionals as workers, access to archival holdings, representation of marginalized voices, public libraries as sites of contention, and the purpose of the PLG. Speakers include the following (please note that speakers are not appearing on behalf of their respective institutions):

Toni Samek – Professor, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta
Amanda Bird – Librarian, Edmonton Public Library
Braden Cannon – Archivist, Provincial Archives of Alberta/University of Calgary
Raymond Frogner – Archivist, University of Alberta
Rene Georgopalis – Archivist, Musée Héritage Museum and Archives (St. Albert)

The Edmonton PLG invites all information workers and information studies students to come out and participate in this discussion. Hors d’oeuvres provided. For more information, contact Rene Georgopalis at 780-459-1755 x3059 or reneg@artsheritage.ca.

The PLG exists to provide a forum for the open exchange of radical views on library and information issues. For more information on the PLG, please visit the main website at http://libr.org/plg/index.php

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Shhhhh! A Library-Themed Movie Night and Tour of Noise-Reducing Renovations

Join the Foothills Library Association for a free evening of popcorn,
movie-watching and fun! There will be a tour of the recent renovations to
the Mount Royal University Library, followed by a screening of the
Katherine Hepburn/Spencer Tracy classic, Desk Set.Popcorn and sodas will be
provided.

Where: Mount Royal University Library Viewing Room (also newly renovated)

When: Thursday, October 28, 2010 @ 6:30 PM

Parking Information: The most convenient public lot is Lot 8 - Use the East
Gate Entrance and the Library will be on the right. Parking is $4.00 after
4:00 PM and maps can be found at:
http://www.mtroyal.ca/AboutMountRoyal/TransportationParking/ParkingMaps/index.htm

RSVP on the FLA Events page by October 26, 2010 - Limited seats available.

CASLIS Calgary presents Ulla de Stricker

So what do you do - and why do I need you - exactly? Tips on Branding for Information Professionals

October 26th, 2010

Location: Calgary Public Library, Central Library (616 Macleod Trail SE)
Time: 1:00 - 2:30
Cost: $15 per person
Light refreshments will be provided

Visit the CASLIS Calgary website for registration information.
http://www.caslis-calgary.org/

Monday, October 4, 2010

Room To Read-A-Thon - Edmonton and Surrounding Areas

Hey Kids – Join the Yak Pack!


Zak the Yak wants children in Edmonton and surrounding communities to Join the Yak Pack! He is inviting local children to read books during the month of October 2010 and ask family and friends to sponsor their reading.


The Edmonton Chapter of Room to Read is sponsoring a Room to Read-A-Thon during the month of October 2010. Posters and bookmarks promoting the event have been distributed to schools and public libraries in Edmonton, Spruce Grove, St. Albert, Sherwood Park and surrounding communities. Funds raised will be used by Room to Read to buy books for schools in Zambia.


Join the Yak Pack!

The theme for our Read-A-Thon is Join the Yak Pack! The mascot, Zak, is a character in a children's book, Zak the Yak With Books on His Back, recently published by John Wood, founder of Room to Read. The book is a story about a yak who collects and delivers books to children in Nepal.


This event will promote literacy locally and globally - as local children read, their literacy and love of reading will grow, and their reading will benefit children who lack basic reading materials.


Global Storytime Events

Two Global Storytime events are being held in conjunction with the Read-A-Thon. Local celebrities will be on hand to read books published by Room to Read for children in Africa and Asia.



Tues. October 5, 2010, Whitemud Crossing Library, 6:30 p.m.
The Official Launch of the Room to Read-A-Thon


Local musician Emo Leblanc will perform his “Room to Read” song which he composed as a tribute to the Room to Read organization. Readers: Laurie Greenwood, Jim Hole, Michael Phair, Gail De Vos and more...



Thurs. October 7, 2010, Lois Hole Library 6:30 p.m.
Readers: Lynn Mandel, Steve Bondarchuck, Charmaine Hammond and others...



Wrap-Up Party
The Wrap-Up celebration for the Read-A-Thon will be held on:
Sat. Nov. 6th, 2010
1-3 p.m.
Spruce Grove Public Library.
Melcor Cultural Centre
35 - 5 th Ave., Spruce Grove

Join us for stories, pin the tail on a Yak and much more fun!



About Room to Read
Room to Read is an international non-profit working to promote literacy in nine African and Asian countries: Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Laos, Nepal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Zambia. These countries have the highest illiteracy rates in the world.

Room to Read is celebrating its 10th anniversary. In its first decade it has:
- established 10,000 libraries,
- built more than 1100 schools,
- published 433 multilingual children's books,
- provided ongoing scholarships to enable 10,0000 underprivileged girls to attend school.

Additional information:

Get a copy of the Yak Pledge and more information:

*email: roomtoreadedm@yahoo.ca
*www.roomtoread.org/edmonton or our blog,
*yakpack.wordpress.com

Pat Nelson,
Edmonton Chapter, Room to Read
World Change Starts With Educated Children

Research Colloquium - School of Library and Information Studies, Edmonton

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


Brenda Chawner, Senior Lecturer, School of Information Management, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

“New Technologies, New Challenges: Building and Managing Online Identities for Professional (and Personal) Communication"

Librarians and other information professionals are increasingly being encouraged to create, maintain, and negotiate online identities using blogs, microblogging services (e.g. Twitter), and social networking services such as Facebook and LinkedIn. As these online social networks become more pervasive, people in professional positions increasingly find that their networks include family and friends, as well as colleagues. This blend of personal and professional communication provides a way for them to engage with people outside their immediate circles, but it can also blur the boundaries between professional and personal interactions. This presentation will contrast the results of a survey of information professionals’ use of these services in mid-2009 with those of a similar survey carried out in early 2007. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of factors that organizations should consider when implementing a social media policy.

When: Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Where: 2-09 Rutherford South, University of Alberta
Time: 12:00pm­1:00pm

Living Archives on Eugenics in Western Canada - Public Conference, Edmonton

Inaugural Public Conference, October 22 & 23, 2010 - Living Archives
on Eugenics In Western Canada.

Friday October 22
Opening Keynote Address by Professor Douglas Wahlsten -
Eugenics In Alberta: Science and Politics (Telus Centre Room 150
(111 St & 87 Ave)) Doors at 6:30 pm Keynote Address at 7:00 pm.
Reception to follow

Saturday October 23, 2010
At the Stanley Milner Library, basement, Edmonton Room, (Sir Winston
Churchill Square) 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. A full day of talks,
presentations, and performances.

Funded by the Community-University Research Alliance program - SSHRC

Please register by October 14, 2010 for free lunch at:

http://www.whatsorts.net/register/

Disability Accommodations? Dietary Restrictions?

Contact: moyra@ualberta.ca or call 780-248-1211

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

GELA Pub Night: Beers Beyond Bars

GELA Pub Night 2010: Beers Beyond Bars
 
Please join us for this exciting fundraiser, held to support the work of GELA's Prison Library and Reintegration Committee. Tickets are $10 and include a free drink before 10pm and snacks.
 
When: Friday, October 8th 2010 from 6-10 pm (raffle draw at 9pm)
Where: Ceilis's Irish Pub - 10338 109 St NW
What: Raffles (art, restaurant and golf prizes)
Why: Meet other information professionals, and find out more about GELA, LISAA and the Prison Library and Reintegration committee.
 
While we encourage you to reserve advance tickets by emailing Tara (tforman@ualberta.ca), a limited supply will be available for purchase at the door.
 
This event is generously sponsored by GELA and LISAA. For more information:
GELA http://www.gela.ca/
LISAA http://lisaa.ca/
Prison Library and Reintegration Committee http://gelaprison.wordpress.com/

Monday, September 27, 2010

Symposium on Spiritual Heritage

The Symposium on Spiritual Heritage is a free, one-day event that aims to foster
the responsible management of spiritual and religious heritage to ensure the
preservation of a rich historical record for future generations.
This event will be of particular interest to people doing archival research,
genealogy, oral history, or considering archives as a career, particularly in a
faith environment.

Event details:
Saturday, October 16, 2010
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

McDougall United Church
10025 101 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta

Please register by October 9, 2010 by calling McDougall United at (780) 428-1818
or by email at info@mcdougallunited.com.

There is no cost for the event, although participants will have to pay for
parking. The event is easily accessible by transit.

Event website: https://sites.google.com/site/symposiumonspiritualheritage/

Glenbow Archives Film Night

Glenbow Archives Film Night

Join Glembow archivists and host David Finch, well-know Calgary historian, for the first ever Glenbow Archives Film Night. This free event, in celebration of Archives Week 2010 will feature the 1925 silent movie gen Petroleum, Alberta's Newest Industry, as well as amazing film footage of the wildly-spewing Atlantic #3 oil well blowout at Leduc in 1948. Marvel at the ingenious (and not so ingenious!) attempts to cap the well with cement and even chicken feathers! To round out the program, see a selection of Esso service station television commercials from the 1950s, bringing back memories of the "Happy Motoring Song" jingle.



When: Thursday, October 7th at 7:00
Where: Conoco Phillips Theatre
Admission: Free

Brown Bag Lunch with Author Lynn Coady

You are cordially invited to attend a Brown Bag Lunch Reading by critically acclaimed and award-winning author, Lynn Coady.

Cookies, coffee and tea will be served. A door prize will follow. All are welcome!


Date: Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Time: 12 noon

Place: Student Lounge, Arts (& Convocation Hall) Building, University of Alberta

For more information, please contact the Canadian Literature Centre: 780.492.9505 (cdnlit@ualberta.ca).

This literary event is sponsored by the Canada Council for the Arts.

Lynn Coady is a novelist, playwright, short-story writer, editor and journalist, originally from Cape Breton Island, now living in Edmonton. She is the author of the novels Strange Heaven (1998, Goose Lane Editions), Saints of Big Harbour (2003, Doubleday Canada), and, most recently, Mean Boy (2006, Doubleday Canada). She has also published a short story collection, Play the Monster Blind (2000, Doubleday Canada). Coady's journalism nonfiction has appeared in magazines and newspapers across Canada. She has been nominated for the Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction, as well as the Rogers Writers' Trust Award, and is a recipient of the Dartmouth Book Award, The Canadian Authors Association Jubilee Award and the CAA Award for Authors under Thirty. In 2005, she received the Canada Council's Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for an artist in mid-career, and in 2007 she received the Writers Guild of Alberta George Bugnet fiction prize for Mean Boy._

Monday, September 20, 2010

Pages VII - Edmonton

PAGES is a free conference about supporting readers through partnerships. Don't miss out on this exciting free event.

Date: October 15, 2010
Location: Stanley A. Milner Library, Edmonton

More than 200 people attended the first PAGES conference in 2008 to learn about services to readers and to meet with others who work with readers. 100% of them asked for another workshop to be organized, and here it is!

The 2010 workshop will feature keynote speakers Rachel van Riel, Director of Opening the Book, a British program for increasing reader engagement; and Ross Todd, Director of the Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries. Local experts with a broad range of experience in working with different kinds of readers will also make presentations on topics like the media's role in supporting readers, reaching non-mainstream readers, and new ways of looking at literacy.

This year's PAGES event will also include a more in-depth, follow-up Saturday session on October 16, Inspiration Into Action, in which Rachel van Riel will share strategies for implementing a reader-centred approach in libraries.

Please join us! Online registration is now available for both days.
Registration + more information at our website: http://pages.sclibrary.ab.ca/

Thank you,
Jocelyn Badley, Strathcona County Library
PAGES Organizing Committee

Edmonton Law Libraries Association Meeting - Edmonton

ELLA September Meeting : The House of Lords

Where: Boardroom, Fraser Milner Casgrain 2900 Manulife Place (10180 101 St)

When: Tuesday, September 28 at 12:00 noon

Cost: $10 Members, $15 Non-members.

Lunch will be provided; please RSVP to Davyd Atwood no later than Thursday, September 23 so that we can provide an accurate count to the caterer.

If you wish to become a member of the Edmonton Law Libraries Assocations memberships are $25 for the year.

Davyd Atwood
Law Library Technician
Alberta Law Libraries

Alberta Association of Academic Libraries (Formerly AACL) - Alberta

This is just a reminder to reserve a spot in your calendar for the AAAL
General Meeting & Symposium.

DATE: 2010 November 18, Thursday
LOCATION: Edmonton | Grant MacEwan University

More details to follow at a later date.

2010 Librarians Run for the Cure Team - Calgary, Edmonton, Fredericton, Ottawa/Gatineau, Thunder Bay and Toronto

Still thinking of joining the 2010 Librarians Run for the Cure Team? Register now! We have members participating in Calgary, Edmonton, Fredericton, Ottawa/Gatineau, Thunder Bay, and Toronto.

On Sunday, October 3rd, 2010, join us in our 7th year and run or walk as a member of the Librarians Run for the Cure Team. Be the first to start a group at your run site or gather a group from your workplace!

Register here selecting "Join an Existing Team" and search for "Librarians" during the registration process: http://tinyurl.com/2cz4n6j

Can't participate this year but want to support Team fundraising? Search for a "Librarians Run for the Cure" Team member to support here: http://tinyurl.com/264qjod

All library staff and library supporters are welcome to join the Team.

Please contact me with any questions and join our Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=2268208421&ref=ts

Looking forward to another successful year!


Pam Ryan
Librarians Run for the Cure Team Captain

LISAA Celebration Brunch - Edmonton

SLIS grads, current students, professors and library colleagues, please join LISAA for the 2010 Celebration Brunch.

The brunch will be held, September 25th, in Henderson Hall, SLIS, from 11:00am - 1:00pm.

This event is sure to be enjoyable with food, friends and fun. Reconnect with former classmates, hear the latest news from the school and meet new people from the Edmonton library community. We will present the Honorary Alumni award to David Jones and the Distinguished Alumni award to Laurel Tarulli.

Please RSVP to the SLIS office by email at slis@ualberta.ca or by phone at 780-492-4578 by Monday September 20th.

Northern Exposure to Leadership Institute - Yoho National Park

The 11th Northern Exposure to Leadership Institute will be held at Emerald Lake Lodge in Yoho National Park from Dec 2 - 7, 2010. Just a reminder that the October 1 application deadline is fast approaching. Applications for 2011 are also being accepted and sponsoring organizations are encouraged to nominate candidates for both years. Further information can be obtained from the NELI website http://www.ls.ualberta.ca/neli/

Research Colloquium - School of Library and Information Studies, Edmonton

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

Kathleen De Long, Associate University Librarian, University of Alberta

"The Engagement of New Library Professionals in Leadership"

*As new library professionals make the transition from school to work,
they are likely to find opportunities to engage in leadership, either
within teams or in managerial positions. This study examines the
extent of their leadership engagement, which is viewed as their
interest in and willingness to take up leadership roles, as well as
the barriers and opportunities to leadership that they perceive to
exist within the workplace. What is their definition of the concept of
leadership? Furthermore, if they are not presently performing
leadership roles, do they view themselves as future leaders within
their immediate organization or the profession itself?


*When: Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Where: 2-09 Rutherford South, University of Alberta
(Rutherford Library North and South Humanities and Social Sciences)
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

FLA Bubbly Brunch - Calgary

The Bubbly Brunch.

After a long summer away, enjoy a tasty brunch with friends and colleagues catered by Sunterra Market at historic Memorial Park Public Library.

* Price: $25 for members, $30 for non-members
* Date: Sunday, September 26th
* Time: 10:30 AM
* Location: Memorial Park Public Library, 1221 2nd Street SW
* RSVP: by September 22nd

Tours of the library will be offered, beginning at 12 noon.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Calgary Foundations Vital Conversations, September 24

The next Calgary Foundation Vital Conversations event will be held at the Crowfoot Library. The topic of discussion is Leadership and Belonging, with a tie in to the upcoming municipal election. If you would like to attend, please see the information below. Please feel free to forward this invitation to your community and professional contacts.
  • Friday, September 24, 2010
  • 6:00 – 8:00 pm (Calgary – a hotbed for voting & volunteering?)
  • Registration: RSVP rsvp2@thecalgaryfoundation.org or call 403-802-7305

Friday, May 21, 2010

Save the Date! SAHLA presents a "Good Hearted Living" Workshop, June15, 2010

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

Tuesday, June 15, 2010
12:15 PM -2:45 PM
Health Sciences Centre Room 1509
University of Calgary
Health Sciences Centre
3330 Hospital Drive NW
Calgary AB
T2N 4N1

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

Schedule:
12:15 PM –12:45 PM
SAHLA General Meeting
Brown Bag Lunch. Agenda to follow.

1:00 PM –2:45 PM
Good Hearted Living: Gentle Ways to Invite More Humour, Fun and Laughter into our Lives with Holly Minor, MSW

Join us to learn more about stress relieving techniques and using them in the workplace. Holly will go over breathing techniques, mindfulness in the workplace, leaving work at work, non-violent communication, laughter yoga, and living each day with an intention.

Admission is free for SAHLA members; $5 for non-SAHLA members.

Limited space is available.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, June 9 by sending an email to sahla.members@gmail.com.

--
Southern Alberta Health Libraries Association
http://www.chla-absc.ca/sahla/

Thursday, May 20, 2010

World Famous FLA 5 Minute AGM - June 15th

World Famous FLA 5 Minute AGM

The FLA AGM is 5 minutes of voting and hours of fun.

When: June 15th, 2010 at 6:00 pm
Where: Mountain View Bowl #11-3919 Richmond Road SW
Cost: $25 / person. This gets you two games, bowling shoes, snacks and a drink.

Please RSVP by June 10 to flarsvp@fla.org.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

10th Annual Information Literacy Workshop - Save the Date!

10th Annual Information Literacy Workshop - Save the Date!

Announcing the preliminary details for the 10th Annual Augustana Information Literacy in Academic Libraries Workshop!

When
Thursday, December 2, 2010 (with optional Wednesday, December 1 "information literacy advice consultations: assessment or otherwise” one-on-one sessions with Deb, Megan or Lisa and an evening dinner)

Topic
Integrative Programmatic Assessment for Information Literacy

Summary
Student learning is the goal of our information literacy efforts.
Quality instructional design, active learning, and rubrics are elements
of our repertoire and a focus on the classroom is a key component in
building a robust information literacy program. Best practices for
information literacy programs, however, challenge us to look beyond the
single session and consider how our programs articulate within
institutional contexts. Building an integrated approach to program
evaluation will enable us to connect individual student learning
assessments to classroom goals to institutional outcomes. This workshop
will present strategies for considering how the library contributes to
student learning through an institutional framework and connecting
individual assessment efforts to a common framework.

Presenters
Dr. Debra Gilchrist
Dean of Libraries and Institutional Effectiveness for Pierce College

Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe
Vice-President, Association of College and Research Libraries
Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction, University Library

Dr. Megan Oakleaf
Assistant Professor
iSchool, Syracuse University

Where
Augustana Campus Library(University of Alberta Libraries), Camrose, AB, Canada
For updates, watch the listservs, and workshop webpage -- www.library.ualberta.ca/augustana/infolit/workshop/

Save the date and come and celebrate the 10th anniversary with us!

Last chance to register -- Shaping Tomorrow's Metadata with RDA

Last chance to register -- Shaping Tomorrow's Metadata with RDA

Wednesday May 12 is the last chance to register for CLA pre-conferences. Don't miss out, register now!

Join the Technical Services Interest Group (TSIG) in Edmonton on June 2nd to hear our panel of experts talk about the new places where RDA is taking us. We have a stellar line-up of speakers including Tom Delsey who will outline how RDA positions us for the next generation of resource description and resource discovery, and Jennifer Bowen from Rochester who will talk about preparing library metadata for new environments and standards.

The full agenda and list of speakers is on the TSIG wiki http://tsig.wikispaces.com/Pre-conference+2010

This event will not be webcast, we hope to see you there!

Regards,
Marcia Salmon
TSIG Convenor

LOEX of the West 2010 is looking for volunteers!

LOEX of the West 2010 is looking for volunteers!
As many of you know, Mount Royal Library will be hosting the LOEX of the West conference from June 10-12. This is a great opportunity to participate in an international conference about information literacy.

We are currently seeking volunteers for the following positions. If you would like to volunteer , please contact Cari Merkley at cmerkley@mtroyal.ca as soon as possible with the following information:

1. Type of volunteer position(s) that interest you
2. Hour(s) that you are available on June 10, 11, and/or 12.

Volunteers who complete two hours of volunteer time will be entitled to attend one LOEX session of their choice (space permitting). Room monitors will have the opportunity to attend the session they are facilitating, as well as one additional session if they volunteer two hours of their time. Light refreshments will be available.

Volunteer Positions Available

Registration Desk
Your role: To check participants in and provide them with conference information, and to answer general questions about the conference, the campus and Calgary. The desk will be especially busy on Thursday and Friday morning as participants arrive.

We are looking for registration volunteers for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Residence
Your role: To be the friendly face greeting weary travellers as they arrive at the Mount Royal residence to check into their rooms. You may need to answer questions about the conference and to provide directions from the residence to other conference locations (e.g. the Roddy Mah Centre).

We are looking for residence volunteers for Thursday, June from noon to 9 pm. Be prepared to fly solo (although residence staff will be on hand to do the actual room check-in).


Room Monitor (Classroom)
Your role: To facilitate the presentation taking place in the classroom to which you are assigned. This position requires a wee bit of public speaking, as you will be introducing the speaker and thanking them at the end of the presentation. You will also be called upon to help the presenter get the computer workstation and projector up and running, although there will be IT help on hand in case of emergency.

We are looking for volunteers for Friday and Saturday. You do not have to be a registered conference participant to volunteer for this role, and as a bonus you will have the opportunity to attend the conference session you are facilitating for free.


Room Monitor (Lab)
Your role: To facilitate the presentation taking place in the classroom to which you are assigned. This position requires a wee bit of public speaking, as you will be introducing the speaker and thanking them at the end of the presentation. You will also be responsible for helping the presenter get the computer workstation and projector up and running, and to help participants log into their workstations. IT help will be on hand in case of emergency.

We are looking for volunteers for Friday and Saturday. You do not have to
be a registered conference participant to volunteer for this role, and as
a bonus you will have the opportunity to attend the conference session you
are facilitating for free.

Runner
Your role: To be a jack of all trades. Runners will be asked to pitch in
wherever their help is needed. As the name suggests, the job may indeed
involve running (or at least moving swiftly) between venues.

We are looking for runners for Friday and Saturday.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Alberta Readers' Choice Award





VOTING BEGINS MARCH 15th

The Top 5 Titles Are:
  • The Frog Lake Reader by Myrna Kostash, published by NeWest Press championed by the Honourable Tommy Banks
  • The Forgotten Explorer: Samuel Prescott Fay's 1914 Expedition to the Northern Rockies by Samuel Fay, published by Rocky Mountain Books championed by Morris Flewwelling, Red Deer Mayor
  • Fishing for Bacon by Michael Davie, published by NeWest Press championed by Laurie Greenwood, bookstore owner and literacy advocate
  • Bomb Canada and Other Unkind Remarks in the American Media by Chantal Allan, published by AU Press championed by Fil Fraser, former broadcaster and author
  • Buying Cigarettes for the Dog by Stuart Ross, published by Freehand Books championed Simonne Lee, Calgary-based independent bookseller
Choose the winner of Alberta's Biggest Book Award
Check It Out @ : http://www.albertareaderschoice.ca/

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Alberta Readers' Choice Award Names Top 5 Books

The Alberta Readers' Choice (ARC) Award committee is pleased to announce its top five books vying for Alberta's biggest book prize. The $10,000 award rivals other major national book awards in Canada and is presented in partnership by the Edmonton Public Library (EPL) and the Book Publishers Association of Alberta (BPAA). The ARC Award promotes the works of Alberta authors and publishers and encourages the reading public to support literary works published in Alberta. The final phase of the award process culminates in a public vote for the prize of $10,000, awarded to the author, who will be announced at the Book Publishers Association of Alberta Awards Gala on May 14, 2010 in Edmonton.

The ARC Award organizing committee reviewed over 200 submissions published in Alberta and produced a shortlist of 20 for a vote among Alberta libraries. Librarians helped reduce the list to 10 and the final phase saw guest jurors select the top five titles. ARC's five guest jurors will champion one finalist title respectively during the voting process. Jurors have selected the top five titles based on a range of criteria, from readability and literary merit, to potential consumer appeal. Public voting begins March 15 and runs until April 30th.

The top five books are:

  • The Frog Lake Reader by Myrna Kostash: published by NeWest Press; championed by the Honourable Tommy Banks, Senator, musician and long-time broadcaster
  • The Forgotten Explorer: Samuel Prescott Fay's 1914 Expedition to the Northern Rockies by Samuel Fay: published by Rocky Mountain Books; championed by Morris Flewwelling, Red Deer Mayor
  • Fishing for Bacon by Michael Davie: published by NeWest Press; championed by Laurie Greenwood, bookstore owner and literacy advocate
  • Bomb Canada and Other Unkind Remarks in the American Media by Chantal Allan: published by AU Press; championed by Fil Fraser, former broadcaster and author
  • Buying Cigarettes for the Dog by Stuart Ross: published by Freehand Books Championed; Simone Lee, Calgary-based independent bookseller.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Calgary Libraries in Action: Librarians -- in Love with Technology?

Are libraries and librarians too fixated on the latest trends, 2.0s, and techie gadgetry? Have our energies shifted to facebook -ing to the detriment of actual book -ing? Has the virtual library trumped the physical library? Most importantly, why does it matter?

Join us for a lively debate and a hard look at our "relationship issues"!

Our speakers this year are:
  • Kalen Gibb, Mount Royal University
  • Lisa Hardy, Calgary Public Library
  • Phyllis Thornton, Library Services, McCarthy Tetrault
  • Shawna Sadler, University of Calgary
Where:
  • The Military Museums
  • 4520 Crowchild Trail SW
When:
  • Tuesday, March 9th
  • Food & drinks: 6:00pm
  • Debate: 6:30pm
Tickets sold at the door:
  • FLA Members: $25
  • Students: $20
  • Non-members: $30

Please RSVP to flarsvp@fla.org by March 2, 2010

If you have any questions regarding this event, please send an email to flarsvp@fla.org.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Alberta Readers' Choice Award Announces Juror Panel

The Alberta Readers' Choice Award committee is pleased to announce its five jurors: the Honourable Tommy Banks, Senator, musician and longtime broadcaster; well-known Alberta author Fil Fraser; Red Deer Mayor, Morris Flewwelling; independent bookseller, Simone Lee; and bookstore owner and literacy advocate, LaurieGreenwood. The five jurors will select the final five titles from the current top ten list, which were voted on byAlberta librarians. The final list of five will then be subject to a public vote, during March and April, to determine the winner. Each of the jurors has been encouraged to choose a title to champion during the public voting phase. The $10,000 cash award is one of the largest literary awards in Canada and will be announced at the Book Publishers Association of Alberta Awards Gala on May 14, 2010 in Edmonton.

The 10 shortlisted titles as selected by Alberta librarians:
  • The Frog Lake Reader by Myrna Kostash, published by NeWest Press
  • Crossing the Swell by Tori Holmes, published by Rocky Mountain Books
  • In Bed with the Word: Reading, Spirituality, and Cultural Politics by Daniel Coleman,published by University of Alberta Press
  • 100 Years of Anne with an "e": The Centennial Study of Anne of Green Gables Edited by Holly Blackford, published by University of Calgary Press
  • The Forgotten Explorer: Samuel Prescott Fay's 1914 Expedition to the Northern Rockiesby Samuel Fay, published by Rocky Mountain Books
  • The Weekender Effect Hyperdevelopment in Mountain Towns by Robert Sandford, published by Rocky Mountain Books
  • Fishing for Bacon by Michael Davie, published by NeWest Press
  • Bomb Canada and Other Unkind Remarks in the American Media by Chantal Allan, published by AU Press
  • Fifth World Drum by Anna Marie Sewell, published by Frontenac House
  • Buying Cigarettes for the Dog by Stuart Ross, published by Freehand Books
The Alberta Readers' Choice Award is presented by the Edmonton Public Library, in partnership with the Book Publishers Association of Alberta.

Monday, January 11, 2010

SLIS 2010 Forum for Information Professionals

The students of the University of Alberta School of Library & Information Studies are pleased to invite Librarians from the Foothills Library Association to the 2010 Forum for Information Professionals (formerly Professional Development Day).

This one-day conference will be held on Friday, February 5, 2010, at the School of Library & Information Studies (SLIS) on the University ofAlberta campus. The theme of the conference is Back to our Roots: For Foundations, For the Future. Rory Litwin will be the keynote speaker.

Registration is free before January 31st, 2010. Please register through the event webpage at http://www.ualberta.ca/~lissa1/fip/. (Late registrations can be made at the event for $20. Receipts provided.)

Monday, January 4, 2010

Foothills Library Association Travel Grant

Each year, the Foothills Library Association offers funding to its members in the form of a Conference Travel Grant of up to $500.00. The purpose of this grant is to assist those FLA members with limited or no access to funding to attend a library conference related to their work. The grant may be applied to cover conference fees or the cost of accommodation and travel to the conference.

Guidelines, additional information and access to the application form can be found here:
http://www.fla.org/grant.php Members must complete the application form prior to January 31 in order to qualify for funding during the current year.