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

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

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

CALGARY: Thursday, January 13
7:30 pm
Pages on Kensington [upstairs]
1135 Kensington Road NW, Calgary

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:

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.

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