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
EPCOR CENTRE Box Office 403.294.9494


Mia Rushton
Humanities Reference
Calgary Public Library

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

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?"


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

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

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

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:

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.

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:

* or our blog,

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:

Disability Accommodations? Dietary Restrictions?

Contact: or call 780-248-1211