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
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:

Vote Today:

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

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 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 to find driving directions/ Edmonton Transit Trip Planner. Please contact Mary Jane Bilsland at if you plan to attend.

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

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

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


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

If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at

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,

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.

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 or by email to me at 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:

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:
Open to: Everyone
Cost: Free

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

More information:

Take a moment and reconnect with us:
SAHLA membership form & info:
RSVP: By November 8 to:

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

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

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

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.

LibFu (Library Future) Discussion

November 1-5th the (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:

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.