Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Edmonton Event- GELA Pub Night - Fri, Dec 9

We all know this balmy pre-solstice weather can’t last. So why not plan on some merry-making with your library colleagues to keep warm and join us for a GELA Pub Night?

Attendees will be entered in a draw for a free membership/renewal!

Date: Friday, December 9Time: 5 pm – 7 pm (or as long as members wish to stay)

Where: Elephant & Castle, Edmonton City Centre (3rd floor, next to the movie theatres)

The pub snacks are on GELA!

This would be a great time to renew or purchase your GELA membership for the upcoming year. Members of the GELA executive will be available to give you a hand.

Hope to see you there.

PS - A note about the Christmas brunch: this year, GELA is trying something different and has decided not to hold a Christmas brunch, as it has in past years. Look for a dinner function early in the new year instead.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Origins of Print Culture in the Northwest

Dr. Patricia Demers, Professor, Department of English and Film Studies and Comparative Literature Program, University of Alberta

"The Origins of Print Culture in the Northwest"

When: Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Where: 2-09 Rutherford South, University of Alberta
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm

Although the imprints of early Alberta newspapers have been microfilmed
and digitized, the once widely disseminated texts of the mission press have
dwindled to a precious few with limited circulation. This illustrated talk will
concentrate on the products of the Paris-made Stanhope hand press brought
to Athabasca County by Oblate missionary Émile Grouard in 1877 and his
unstinting efforts throughout his sixty-year ministry to preach and print in
the language of the people. The fact that he crated and transported the press,
fonts, and copper plates to each of his posts underscores his belief in the
medium as a rich source from which inexhaustible floods of light gush forth
(“source fécondes d’où jaillissent, dit-on, des flots de lumière intarissables”).

Monday, November 7, 2011

Southern Alberta Library Conference 2012

The 2012 Southern Alberta Library Conference will take place in Lethbridge at the Coast Hotel & Conference Centre.

To register, or for more information on the conference, please visit: http://chinookarchregionallibrarysystem.memberlodge.com/

Early Bird Registration is available until January 12, 2012.

Please forward this onto any library professionals, volunteers, trustees that you think would be interested in attending. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I hope to see you there!

Kerby Salberg
Consulting Assistant
Chinook Arch Regional Library System
(403)380-1523
ksalberg@chinookarch.ca

Cascade of Knowledge at the 2012 conference of the Canadian Health Libraries Association - June 11-15, Hamilton, ON


We want you!

Please mark your calendars for a Cascade of Knowledge at the 2012 conference of the Canadian Health Libraries Association-Association des Bibliothèques de la Santé du Canada, June 11-15, Hamilton, ON.
Check out our website @ http://chla-absc.ca/2012/

1. We’ve issued a Call for Papers: deadline is Dec. 16. Theme is unrestricted. For info: http://chla-absc.ca/2012/index.php/presentations/information-for-presenters

2.We’re getting social! Join the planning team and our conference mascot, TC Hammer, on:
Facebook: CHLA ABSC 2012 https://www.facebook.com/pages/CHLA-ABSC-2012/251525734899867?ref=ts

Twitter: @chlaabsc12

Linkedin Group: CHLA ABSC 2012 Conference

Cheers,
Elizabeth Yates
Publicity Co-ordinator, CHLA-ABSC 2012
Special Projects

Health Sciences Library, McMaster University
905-525-9140, ext. 22728
yatese@mcmaster.ca


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Open invitation: tour of Edmonton Institute for Women

On behalf of the GELA subcommittee volunteering within the federal women’s prison in Edmonton, we’d like to invite you on a tour of the prison, with an introduction to some of the work we’ve been doing with the library and the women. Spaces are limited, so please confirm your interest by Wednesday, November 2. (apologies for short timeframe).

Over the past few years, the Subcommittee has grown from a group of four librarians to a group of over twenty active volunteers, who organize many projects, such as books clubs, book drives, and borrowing projects. Among these is the Storybook Project, where the volunteers record women reading to their children, and send the recordings, along with the books, to their children.

Tour info:

Friday, November 25th, 8am-10am
Security checks are required; please email Denise at the Alberta Public Interest Research Group (APIRG) to ask about participation and receive security clearance form: volunteer@apirg.org

Site: Edmonton Institution for Women (note: APIRG is organizing some transportation; please talk to Denise if required).

Part of APIRG's program theme: What Does Colonization Look Like Today?, in partnership with Future Librarians for Intellectual Freedom (FLIF) http://flifblog.blogspot.com/, valued community members, and the Greater Edmonton Library Association (GELA) http://gela.ca/.

THE SIXTH WINTER INSTITUTE ON STATISTICAL LITERACY FOR LIBRARIANS (WISLL)

The University of Alberta Libraries will be hosting its sixth Winter Institute on Statistical Literacy for Librarians (WISLL) February 22-24, 2012. 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.

Please note that this workshop will not provide instruction about how to conduct data analysis or library assessments, although some examples will include the use of data to demonstrate how statistics are produced. The instructional focus is on making online statistics more accessible to librarians and their patrons.

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
- Interpreting 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 representations of statistics
- Challenges in finding statistics for small geographic areas

The conference is restricted to 30 participants on a first-come, first-serve basis. The registration fee is $250.00, which includes continental breakfast, coffee breaks and lunch for all three days.
Due to the limited enrolment, we ask people to pay their registration fee within two weeks of completing the online registration form.

For more information please visit http://wisll.library.ualberta.ca. Please note that registration will open November 14, 2011.

If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact Nicole Dalmer, WISLL Coordinator, at: wisll@mail.library.ualberta.ca.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

"Exhibiting Archival Materials" workshop

The ASA is presenting an additional session of the one-day "Exhibiting Archival Materials" workshop. The second session will take place on Saturday, November 5, 2011 at the Provincial Archives of Alberta.

Reviewing issues and principles of preservation related to the use of archival materials in exhibitions, the workshop will discuss paper records of standard and unusual sizes as well as records in other media from the perspectives of choosing materials for exhibit, mounting objects, creating mats for display and storage, choosing framing materials, standards for display, and creating supports. In addition, the workshop will examine how to create reproductions and digital copies for exhibit purposes as well as processes for transferring audiovisual records.

Instructors
The workshop instructors are Alison Freake, Terry O'Riordan, and Christina Abramenko from the Provincial Archives of Alberta.

Location and Registration Information
This additional session of this workshop will be held on Saturday, November 5, 2011 between 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Provincial Archives of Alberta Boardroom, 8555 Roper Road in Edmonton. Workshop enrolment is limited to 16 people.
The workshop fee is $50.00. Please visit the ASA website at http://www.archivesalberta.org/default.asp?V_ITEM_ID=50. for a registration form.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Library Associations Hold event to raise funds For Slave Lake Public Library

Edmonton area library associations are holding a fundraising event on Thursday, November 3rd to support the Rotary Club of Slave Lake Public Library, which was destroyed by the fires that devastated the entire community of Slave Lake.

The event is called Edmonton Supports Slave Lake Public Library.


The library associations organizing this event are:


· Greater Edmonton Library Association (GELA)

· Edmonton Law Libraries Association (ELLA)

· Northern Alberta Health Libraries Association (NAHLA)

· University of Alberta Library and Information Studies Alumni Association (LISAA)

· Alberta Association of Library Technicians (AALT)


University of Alberta Libraries, Edmonton Public Library, and Grant MacEwan University Library are providing financial sponsorship for the event.


Marilyn Cavanaugh, chair of the Slave Lake Regional Library Board Chair, will speak about the experiences of the library as it recovers from the fires that destroyed the library and much of the town of Slave Lake. The library was well loved in the community and had just moved into a new building in 2010.


The ticketed event begins with a reception at 5:00 pm, followed by the guest speaker at 6:00 pm. Tickets are $15 ($12 for students), and are available through the GELA website http://www.gela.ca or at the door.


A portion of each ticket will go towards the reconstruction efforts of the library. Attendees will also have the opportunity to make a personal donation at the event.


The event is being held at Paul Byrne Hall, in the Robbins Health Learning Centre on the MacEwan University City Centre Campus (10910-104 Avenue).


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For more information contact GELA councillor John Huck (contact details given above). GELA website: http://www.gela.ca

Friday, October 7, 2011

Save the date! Rotary Club of Slave Lake Public Library fundraiser

Edmonton library associations GELA, ELLA, NAHLA, LISAA and AALT are partnering to hold a special event on Thursday, November 3rd to raise funds for the Rotary Club of Slave Lake Public Library.

Slave Lake Regional Library Board Chair Marilyn Cavanaugh will make a presentation on the experiences of the library as it recovers from the fires that destroyed the library and much of the town of Slave Lake.

More details will be announced soon.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

WILU 2012 conference announceme​nt

Mark your calendars!!

The WILU 2012 conference will be hosted by Grant MacEwan University, Edmonton, Alberta, from May 23-25, 2012.

The Workshop for Instruction in Library Use (WILU) is an annual conference that highlights the latest the research, education, and innovations in the areas of information literacy, library instruction, and research skills. This is the 41st annual WILU conference.

"We must never lose sight of the values of the past, vigour, thrift, self-resourcefulness, upon which the individual and the nations of the world will stand or fall.”
~ Grant MacEwan (Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, 1966-1974)

Inspired by the words of our namesake, this year the conference theme of “Vigour, Thrift, and Resourcefulness” builds upon Grant MacEwan’s legacy and encourages participants to reflect on how we might ensure sustainable, accountable information literacy programs that build on past successes while embracing growth and change.

Call for Proposals and Registration Information coming soon!

Contact wilu2012@macewan.ca for more information.

Netspeed Early Bird Registrati​on Deadline - September 30


If you've been meaning to register for Netspeed, but haven't gotten there yet, this is your reminder that our early bird deadline is Friday, September 30th! You can check out the most up-to-date program here: http://bit.ly/Netspeed (PDF)

We're also accepting registrations for the Wednesday night Gameapolooza - Participation is free! Take a look at this blog post to see how to register: http://netspeedalberta.blogspot.com/2011/09/gameapolooza-registration.html
NO GAMING EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED!! This is a casual event, so come out and explore the potential for gaming in a relaxed environment.

For another great social event, join our province's professional associations for NetPub! They will be meeting at the King's Head Pub (just across the street from the Carriage House Inn) starting at 5pm on Wednesday night. Unwind, and mingle with library colleagues and friends from across the province in a perfect preamble to Gameapolooza! Drinks and appetizers will be served; this event is hosted and co-sponsored by your professional associations: Alberta Association of Library Technicians, Library and Information Studies Alumni Association, Greater Edmonton Library Association and the Foothills Library Association.


Stacey Bissell, Virtual Reference Librarian
The Alberta Library
Together. One Card. One Click.
www.thealbertalibrary.ab.ca
netspeedalberta.blogspot.com/
t: 780.414.0805 x 225

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Rutherford 60th Anniversar​y

To celebrate the 60th birthday of the Rutherford Library, you’re invited to our Open House Brunch:

Saturday, September 24 9:00am – 11:00 am Rutherford Reading Room, 2nd floor, Rutherford South

Visit anytime during Alumni Weekend to take a self guided tour and view our exhibit looking back at memorable moments over the last 60 years.

For more information, call the Office of the Chief Librarian at 780-492-2659.

RSVP to Donna Brant at donna.brant@ualberta.ca or 780-492-2659
Check out our website: library.ualberta.ca/Rutherford60

ELLA Meeting September 29: Wikis in Libraries


Sona Kothari MacNaughton, Librarian – Learning Designer at Red Deer College will be presenting a session on Wikis in Libraries. Sona has presented on library wikis at both Netspeed and the NEOS Mini-Conference and we welcome her thoughts on using Wikis to share information among library staff. Lunch will be provided.

Secondly, memberships are due. Memberships are $25.00 for the year running September to August. If your fees are not paid by October 31st, 2011, you will removed from the membership list and you will no longer be able to attend member-only events such as the Christmas party. You will be expected to pay the non-member price for other events.

If you know of any new colleagues or co-workers who might be interested in this event and who would not receive this email, please forward this announcement to them.

ELLA September Meeting : Wikis in Libraries

Where: Barristers Lounge, 2nd Floor, Law Courts Building, 1A Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton, Alberta

When: Thursday, September 29th, 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.

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

Please RSVP to me, Laura Lemmens, no later than Friday, September 23rd.

Laura Lemmens BA BEd MLIS
Head Librarian Great West Life Site
Alberta Government Library - Great West Life Site
6th floor, 9920 - 108 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2M4780-415-0351 t.
780-422-0170 f.
laura.lemmens@gov.ab.ca
www.servicelink.gov.ab.ca/libraries/energy

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Netpub: The Human Side of Networking


With the return of Netspeed we are happy to announce the return of Netpub. Unwind, and mingle with library colleagues and friends from across the province at the King’s Head Pub in a perfect preamble to Gameapolooza! Drinks and appetizers will be served; this event is hosted and co-sponsored by your professional associations: Alberta Association of Library Technicians, Library and Information Studies Alumni Association, Greater Edmonton Library Association and the Foothills Library Association.

Date: Wednesday, October 19
Time: 5 - 7 pm

Location: King's Head Pub (directly across the street from the Carriage House).

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

FLA Bubbly Brunch - deadline this Friday!


Time is running out to register for the Bubbly Brunch!

Champagne punch, lovely breakfast and all those faces you haven't seen for awhile....

Renew your membership and buy your brunch in one transaction!

For information and payment go to:

http://www.fla.org/events.php

We hope to see you there!

Sincerely,
The Foothills Library Association Executive

Friday, September 16, 2011

Netspeed Early Bird Registrati​on Deadline - Extended!


The Netspeed Early Bird registration deadline has been extended to Friday, September 30th! If you haven't had a chance to review the program yet and get your registration in, there is still time.

You can download the program from this link: http://bit.ly/Netspeed (PDF)

Stay on top of conference developments via the Netspeed blog: http://netspeedalberta.blogspot.com/

Research Colloquium

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

Sandy Campbell, Public Services Librarian, J.W. Scott Health Sciences Library, University of Alberta

“Creating a Digital Library for a Virtual University - The University of the Arctic"
The University of the Arctic is an international, distributed, consortial post-secondary project, comprised of about 140 institutional members.

When: Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Where: 2-09 Rutherford South, University of Alberta
Time: 12:00pm­1:00pm

LISAA Alumni Celebratio​n Pastry Brunch - Reminder to RSVP by Sept. 19

Mark your calendars! University of Alberta School of Library and Information Studies Alumni - you don't want to miss this!

Library and Information Studies Alumni Association
Celebration Pastry Brunch

Date: Saturday, September 24th

Time: 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Location: Henderson Hall at the School of Library and Information Studies, Rutherford South, University of Alberta

Cost: Free

RSVP: Sophia in the SLIS office at slis@ualberta.ca or 780-492-4578. RSVP by Sept 19th, 2011

We invite you to take in the Rutherford Library 60th Celebration and then join us for our alumni-only Annual Celebration Event. This is a great opportunity to reminisce with faculty and friends, hear the latest news from the School, and meet current and future colleagues. Pastries and coffee will be provided and the Distinguished Alumni Award presented. This event is open to alumni, students, and faculty of the School and their guests.

Thank you,
Dale Storie
LISAA President

Sunshine Summit 2011 - Why Does Open Government Matter

In celebration of Right to Know Week, the Canadian Association of Professional Access and Privacy Administrators is proud to present the Sunshine Summit 2011. This year’s most advanced Open Government conference will explore "Why Does Government Matter" and takes place on Monday, September 26, 2011 in Calgary, Alberta.

This full day event is a unique opportunity to learn about the cumulative impact on privacy and access that will come with recent Federal Government initiatives: the omnibus bill, lawful access, and international initiatives that Canada is involved with such as the Anti Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).

There has been little public attention or opportunity for discussion about these issues and their potential impact — because at least some of these were negotiated in secret. Understanding the issues and their impact on you and your organization is vital to be able to build an effective compliance program or implement operational strategy.


We invite you and the members of your organization to join us for what is sure to be a highly informative, practical and engaging educational experience.

Registered guests may submit relevant questions ahead of time, for the speakers to address during the Sunshine Summit.

The Sunshine Summit is an event you will not want to miss!

Featured Speakers include:
- Janet Keeping, President, Sheldon Chumir Foundation for Ethics in Leadership
- Professor Michael Markwick, Simon Fraser University
- Linda McKay-Panos, Executive Director, Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre
- Superintendent Guy Slater, Calgary Police Service
- Jim Swanson, Partner, Burnet Duckworth Palmer
- Staff Sergeant Craig Coughlan, Calgary Police service Electronic Surveillance Unit

Additional information about the Summit is available at www.capapa.org

Regards,
Sharon Polsky
CAPAPA National Chair

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Netspeed Early Bird Registrati​on Deadline - Sept 18


If you haven't registered yet, the time to get in on Netspeed is now! The early bird deadline of Sept 18 is quickly approaching. Register now to take advantage of our fantastic rates: https://albertalibrary.inviteright.com/netspeed2011

Be sure to check out our updated program, including our new session for C3 "Being Social with Social Media", presented by Jim Dunbar.

Another important date to make note of is Sept 19, the deadline for the conference rates at the Carriage House Inn. Call 1-800-661-9566 and reference "The Alberta Library Netspeed Conference" to book your room.

Want to keep on top of what's happening with Netspeed? Check out our blog at: http://netspeedalberta.blogspot.com/ for more information on Gameapolooza, updates to the program, and much more!

ELLA Meeting September 29: Wikis in Libraries

We have some great events planned for the coming ELLA year!

Our first presentation will be on Thursday, September 29th.

Sona Kothari MacNaughton, Librarian – Learning Designer at Red Deer College will be presenting a session on Wikis in Libraries. Sona has presented on library wikis at both Netspeed and the NEOS Mini-Conference and we welcome her thoughts on using Wikis to share information among library staff.

Secondly, memberships are due. Memberships are $25.00 for the year running September to August. If your fees are not paid by October 31st, 2011, you will removed from the membership list and you will no longer be able to attend member-only events such as the Christmas party. You will be expected to pay the non-member price for other events.

If you know of any new colleagues or co-workers who might be interested in this event and who would not receive this email, please forward this announcement to them.

ELLA September Meeting : Wikis in Libraries

Where: Barristers Lounge, 2nd Floor, Law Courts Building, 1A Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton, Alberta

When: Thursday, September 29th, 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.

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

Please RSVP to me, Laura Lemmens, no later than Friday, September 23rd.

Laura Lemmens BA BEd MLIS
Head Librarian Great West Life Site
Alberta Government Library - Great West Life Site
6th floor, 9920 - 108 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2M4780-415-0351 t.
780-422-0170 f.
laura.lemmens@gov.ab.ca
www.servicelink.gov.ab.ca/libraries/energy

PLG Symposium - Register Today!

Organize & Assemble: The PLG Edmonton Symposium

The Edmonton Chapter of the Progressive Librarians Guild (PLG) invites practitioners, scholars, activists, students, and community members interested in library, archival and allied information services to attend its first Edmonton symposium, Organize and Assemble.


This one-day refereed event will provide an interactive forum for the exploration of contemporary issues of access, equity and social justice as they connect and disconnect from the rhetoric and reality of library and archival studies and services.

The symposium is on Saturday, October 1st from 8:30am – 4:00pm at the Provincial Archives of Alberta, located at 8555 Roper Road.

Registration fees: $30 for information workers; $20 for students and underemployed.
Refreshments and lunch are included in the cost of registration.

Symposium Presentations (abstracts online at http://plgedmonton.blogspot.com/p/symposium.html)

The Canadian Disease: Re-Thinking Libraries/Archives/Museums Convergence. Presented by Braden Cannon, Archivist, Provincial Archives of Alberta/University of Calgary

Lord Save Us From the Et Cetera of the Notaries. Presented by Raymond Frogner, Archivist, British Columbia Archives

LGBTQ – Gender Identity. Presented by Moyra Lang, Project Coordinator, Living Archives on Eugenics in Western Canada, University of Alberta.

Connecting with our Communities: the Community-Led Service Philosophy at Edmonton Public Library. Presented by Kim Bewick and Amanda Bird, Community Librarians at Edmonton Public Library.

Books Behind Bars: Community Development Librarianship in Prison Libraries. Presented by Tanya Driechel (St. Joseph’s College) Moyra Lang, Liz Fulton-Lyne (Manager of Library Operations and Services, Yellowhead Tribal Collage), Kim Bewick (Community Librarian, Edmonton Public Library)

Knowledge Mapping of Social Responsibility in an Information Intensive Society: A Proposed Taxonomy. Presented by Toni Samek (Professor, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta) and Ali Shiri (Associate Professor, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta).

Register online at
http://plgedmonton.blogspot.com/p/symposium.html

Questions? Comments? Accessibility, dietary requirements and other requirements? Email us at plg.edmonton@gmail.com

The Edmonton Chapter of the PLG thanks the Archives Society of Alberta for its sponsorship of the Symposium, and thanks the Provincial Archives of Alberta for sharing its facilities to host this event.

Access 2011 Conference is fast approaching – October 19-22, 2011 in Vancouver, BC


Access 2011 Conference is fast approaching – October 19-22, 2011 in Vancouver, BC.

The discounted hotel rate has been extended to September 19th. After the deadline the price jumps from $169/night to $209/night. We recommend taking advantage of this very reasonable rate. http://access2011.library.ubc.ca/hotel/

The Hackfest is nearing capacity, if you're keen to participate, please register now. Participation isn't limited to folks who can code, anyone is welcome to participate. Also anyone can submit a hackfest project idea. http://access2011.library.ubc.ca/hackfest/

This year's Access Conference features some exciting social events, including a fieldtrip to Vancouver's funky Commercial Drive neighbourhood and also a night out at The Rogue in historic Gastown. http://access2011.library.ubc.ca/social/

Mark Jordan
Access 2011 Organizing Committee

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Bubbly Brunch


Bubbly Brunch is the kick-off to FLA's event season. Join us for refreshing drinks and breakfast buffet.

Meet new colleagues, catch up with old friends and enjoy great food at historic Fort Calgary.

•Date: Sunday, October 2, 2011

•Time: 10:30 am

•Location: Fort Calgary (750 9th Ave SE)

•Cost:
◦Member: $20
◦Member + Membership renewal: $45
◦Non-Member: $28

•RSVP: by September 23, 2011

Visit http://www.fla.org/events.php to purchase tickets online with Paypal.

If you have any questions regarding this event please contact treasurer@fla.org.

Need a membership or want to renew? Go to the Membership page.


CALL FOR PROPOSALS - Southern Alberta Library Conference 2012


The Southern Alberta Library Conference 2012 planning committee is inviting proposals for concurrent sessions for the conference to take place in Lethbridge, March 9-10, 2012.

The theme for the 2012 conference is “Better Together: the Power of Partnerships”.

The planning committee aims to provide a variety of session topics appealing to a wide audience. We invite session proposals that celebrate and highlight the theme of partnerships. We encourage all proposals to consider how the subject matter can be applied to smaller, rural libraries. Proposals on a variety of board development topics are also welcome.

We are also inviting proposals for poster sessions. Has your library developed a unique partnership or innovative program? Want to share but not sure you want to deliver a full 75 minute session? Just create a poster showing what you have done, to be included in our poster session area. Time will be set aside at the conference for delegates to view the posters. It’s a great way to show off your library.

For session proposals, please include the following information:

• Proposed topic / session title

• A brief description of the session content

• Keywords or ‘tags’ to describe the session

• Target audience (s)

• A brief summary of the speaker’s experience with the topic

All concurrent sessions are 75 minutes in length.

To express interest in presenting a poster session, please send an expression of interest including the subject matter to be included on the poster.

Please forward this call to colleagues in your organizations.

Email proposals by September 16, 2011 to:
Terra Plato, Chinook Arch Regional Library System, tplato@chinookarch.ca

AALT Technician Call for Submissions for October/November 2011 issue

GOT WORDS? Share them in the October/November 2011 issue of the AALT Technician!

We want to share your thoughts, ideas and knowledge with the library community at large. Articles can be several pages long or as brief as Twitter feeds (we take those too @ AALTLibraryTech).

Not sure what to write about? Here are some suggestions:

1. What's happening in your library? Whether public, school, academic or It doesn't matter where you work because we think you're AWESOME and you should tell everyone!

2. What are you reading? Watching? Listening to? Koboing?

3. Current issues in library world - things affecting you or others in our library community.

4. RDA cataloguing (Resource and Description Access): what it is, the pros & cons and anything else you want to share about this new system.

5. Anything else you might want to write about! (passing time on slow days, why you really, really love cats, etc.)


Submit your articles to journal@aalt.org by September 20, 2011. Submissions received after September 20th will be consider for the Winter Issue. To view past issues, look here.

We're looking forward to hearing from you!

Library and Information Studies Alumni Association - Celebration Pastry Brunch

Date: Saturday, September 24th

Time: 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Location: Henderson Hall at the School of Library and Information Studies, Rutherford South

Cost: Free


RSVP: Sophia in the SLIS office at slis@ualberta.ca or 780-492-4578.

We invite you to take in the Rutherford Library 60th Celebration and then join us for our alumni-only Annual Celebration Event. This is a great opportunity to reminisce with faculty and friends, hear the latest news from the School, and meet current and future colleagues. Pastries and coffee will be provided and the Distinguished Alumni Award presented.

The event is free for SLIS alumni, but please RSVP by September 14th, 2011 to Sophia in the SLIS office at slis@ualberta.ca or 780-492-4578.

Thank you,

Heather Sentes
LISAA Past President

Parkland Regional Library conference, Libraries Light it Up!


We are delighted to invite you to the Fall 2011 Parkland Regional Library conference, Libraries Light it Up!, happening on October 3 at the Lacombe Memorial Centre.
For more information and conference registration form please visit:
http://www.prl.ab.ca/conference

Karyn Goodwillie
Librarian
Parkland Regional Library
5404 56 Ave, Lacombe, AB T4L 1G1
Phone: 403.782.3850 ext. 222
Fax: 403.782.4650
http://www.prl.ab.ca

Transforming futures: the power of libraries

Sept. 2 is the deadline to register for Transforming futures: the power of libraries. To download the program and registration form, please visit www.yrl.ab.ca/content/conferences-and-workshops.
Please note that parts one and two of Creating a Great Customer Experience are now full, so register soon to be sure you get in to the sessions you want.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call or email me, Shannon Edge, Communications Coordinator, 780-962-2003 ext 241, sedge@yrl.ab.ca

Building the Information Literate University: From Concept to Strategic Change


Thursday, November 17, 2011 (with optional Wednesday, November 16 information literacy consultations with Sheila or Bill and an evening workshop dinner).

NOTE: registration opens Friday, Sept 2 9am (MST)

Sheila Webber and Bill Johnston will outline how conceptualizing an Information Literate University can enable you to demonstrate that information literacy is essential to the success of the whole university.

For updates, watch the listservs, and workshop webpage:
www.library.ualberta.ca/augustana/infolit/workshop

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Northern Lights Library System Conference - Sept 15-17


The deadline to register for the Northern Lights Library System Annual Conference is fast approaching! The brochures is available online: http://www.nlls.ab.ca/document/show/4438 and registration can be completed online as well:
http://www.eventbrite.com/event/1673442311?utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=new_eventv2&utm_term=eventname_text%0D%0A
The conference, Full Speed Ahead: The Library Superhero, is shaping up to be, well, absolutely SUPER! So register now, before September 2nd and be a part of the fabulously fun, professional development experience.

Call for LISAA Newsletter Content

The University of Alberta Library and Information Studies Alumni Association (LISAA) is currently inviting submissions for its fall 2011 newsletter. If you have news or events that you want to share with the alumni community, please send them to president@lisaa.ca. We’d love to hear from you!

Thank you,
Dale Storie
LISAA President
president@lisaa.ca

Librarians Run for the Cure Team

On Sunday, October 2nd, join us in our 8th year by running or walking as a member of the Librarians Run for the Cure Team. To date, we've raised over $140,000 as a National Team. Now is the perfect time for us to represent for Calgary! All library staff and library supporters are welcome. You can register now and choose to pay the registration fee later. If you raise $150 in donations, the $40 registration fee is waived.

We're ready to take your registrations:http://www.runforthecure.com/

Select "Find a Location and Register", choose Calgary, then select "I want to Join a Team". Type "Librarians Run for the Cure" into the Team Name search box and select "Librarians Run for the Cure" under National Team Affiliation.

Keep in mind that you don’t have to run the 5km, you can walk. Or, you can cheer us on from the sidelines. Come on out and then head to the FLA bubbly brunch! Donations are also welcome!

Thank you!
Renee
Calgary Team Captain

Monday, July 25, 2011

Netspeed 2011 Conference - Calgary

One of the constants in today’s society is that technology is continually changing. Alberta libraries have always embraced change and the opportunities presented by new technologies. Netspeed 2011 is your opportunity to get up to speed on the emerging technology issues facing libraries today.

Gaming

Lending games and game systems may stretch the boundaries of library acquisitions and cataloguing, but gaming also offers opportunities to build relationships with new library users and expand programming. Come learn about some of the things you need to consider when incorporating games into your library.

Community engagement

We’re all looking for ways to engage our community and many of this year’s sessions have great ideas that can help you do just that. Web-based tools teens can use to create graphic novels, delivery of information services via text messaging, room bookings using mobile technology and use of video cameras and MP3 players to enhance the customer experience are just a few of the fascinating topics we have lined up for you.

E-books

When it comes to e-books, libraries must address a multitude of factors such as licensing, multiple platforms and devices, whether to lend e-readers with pre-loaded titles, promoting e-book use to a variety of populations, staff training, and circulation logistics. Our sessions will help you explore many of the issues related to e-books so that you can develop workable solutions for your library.

In addition to these emerging issues, Netspeed offers sessions on search engines, virtual library services, digital preservation, wikis, assistive technology and more!

Embrace this opportunity to learn about new technologies and register for Netspeed 2011. For conference updates visit our blog and view the most current program on the Netspeed website.

One week left for early bird rates for YRL conference - Edmonton

July 29 is the last day to take advantage of discounted rates for Transforming futures: the power of libraries, YRL's annual conference taking place on Friday, September 23 at the Edmonton Marriott River Cree Resort.

For more information, or to download registration forms and/or pay online, please visit www.yrl.ab.ca/content/conferences-and-workshops. If you have any questions about registering, please don't hesitate to contact me Shannon Edge (780-962-2003 ext. 241 or sedge@yrl.ab.ca).

Friday, July 22, 2011

T.A.L.E.S. - 2 Professional Development Workshops

T.A.L.E.S. Alberta (The Alberta League Encouraging Storytelling) is hosting 2 Professional Development Workshops on the September 2011 long weekend.

These workshops are part of the 23rd Annual TALES Fort Edmonton Park Storytelling Festival -- "River of Dreams"

Location of workshops - Reed’s Tearoom at Fort Edmonton Park, Edmonton, Alberta

Sean Buvala (from Arizona U.S.A.) will lead both workshops.

Sunday Sept. 4th, 2011-- 8:30am gathering / Workshop 9:00am-Noon
Workshop is “Fidget, Flicker, Finesse: Improve Your Storytelling With Focused Gestures and Movement”

This workshop has been created to benefit storytellers and speakers of all levels of experience. It is excellent for both adult and youth storytellers.

You paint pictures in your audience's imagination with the brush strokes of your gestures and movements. Learn to master gestures and "where you are in the story" to improve your storytelling. Experience "Intentionality", "Three Consonants", "Heavy Hands" and more. This is an active, "never bored" workshop. You will leave this workshop with new skills that you can use immediately at your next presentation to "wow!" your audience.

Objectives
At the end of this session, storytellers will be able:
1. To understand the role of body language, movement and emotional presence in storytelling.
2. To define and utilize the concepts of stage space, object location and personal placement.
3. To develop personal characterizations based on gesture and spatial location and present that for the group.
4. Explore and experience techniques to correct common problem areas with gestures and movement

Monday Sept. 5th, 2011-- 8:30am gathering / Workshop 9:00am-Noon
Workshop is “The Five Keys to Energize Your Artist Marketing”

This workshop is intended for artists who derive (or want to derive) any part of their income from their storytelling work.
* This marketing workshop is also of value to working Artists of all genres!

You must promote your work to survive! Marketing is not a dirty word! In our session, you will experience the five essential tools for marketing your artistry. From "quick fire" to "social media" you will start to develop your niche plan in a time where the old marketing rules almost never apply. Then, work together with your peers to create a sample of one or more of the tools taught.

Objectives
By the end of this session, storytellers will:
1. Experience the need to be always ready to market their work.
2. Learn how marketing is relationship focused and not sales focused.
3. Begin to identify their specific niche.
4. Identify and experience the five main marketing tools for artists.
5. Experience creating one of these tools in a small group.

Advance Registration--A Special Offer to Library Staff

: Receive the T.A.L.E.S. Membership rate of $40.00 each per workshop or both workshops for $75.00 per registrant.
Additional discount offer to Library Staff

: If 5 or more registrants are from one Library System,
there is a reduced price of $5.00 less per workshop for each registrant & therefore a rate of $35.00 each per workshop or both workshops for $70.00.

Registration includes:

1) workshop(s), 2) a free lunch after the workshop(s) - (if your registration is completed by Aug, 19, 2011) and 3) admission to the Fort Edmonton Park grounds for a wonderful afternoon of storytelling.
---FOR WALK-IN REGISTRANTS ADD $5.00 / workshop.

---Upon early registration, invoices can be sent out in advance, when requested.

FOR ALL REGISTRATIONS CONTACT:

T.A.L.E.S. Edmonton email @ talesedmonton@hotmail.com or phone 780-932-4409.
Learn more about our 2 day storytelling festival by visiting the TALES website. Google --T.A.L.E.S. Alberta and view the heading Festivals for more details about the Sun./Mon. morning workshops...Sun./ Mon. (1-5pm) afternoon storytelling sets at 4 venues on the Fort Edmonton Park grounds...the Sunday evening concert at Egge's Barn...and even a story swap Monday afternoon.

We look forward to meeting you at the festival!!

Sincerely,

Debbie Woiken

Festival committee member

T.A.L.E.S. The Alberta League Encouraging Storytelling has operated since 1982 as a non-profit organization promoting the tradition of oral storytelling. We are storytellers, story listeners, writers, interpreters, speakers, entrepreneurs, teachers, curators, librarians, ministers, educators, and parents - anyone who celebrates the art of storytelling! The focus of our work as an organization is to advance education by raising the aesthetic taste of the community through public performances, presentations and workshops in the art of storytelling.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

GELA Streetcar Social Event August 2nd - Calgary

GELA (Greater Edmonton Library Association) is pleased to announce an evening social event on Tuesday, August 2nd: "A Streetcar Named Osaka #247 (or Hannover #601)."

Join us for a sunset excursion over the High Level Bridge aboard an historic streetcar. Once on the bridge, you'll enjoy a unique opportunity to admire the views and chat with fellow GELA members and other guests over wine and nibbles until the sun goes down. Children are welcome to attend.

We invite you to arrive at the Strathcona Streetcar Barn between 7:45 pm and 8:00 pm, when you'll have a chance to visit the Edmonton Radial Rail Society's small museum. At 8:15pm the streetcar will depart for the High Level Bridge, remaining on the bridge until sunset, and returning around 9:30 pm. The streetcar barn is located at the intersection of Gateway Boulevard (103 St) and 84 Ave at the North end of the Strathcona Farmer's Market.

Please send an RSVP to john.huck@ualberta.ca to reserve your spot(s), as the capacity is limited to about 40 people. You may pay for your reserved ticket(s) at the event. Tickets for remaining spots will be available at the event on a first come, first served basis.

For those interested in joining GELA, memberships will be available for purchase at the event.

Ticket prices (includes train fare, nibbles and 1 drink ticket):

  • GELA member: $15
  • non-member: $20

Ticket prices (includes train fare, nibbles and 1 non-alcoholic drink ticket):

  • Children/Teens 5-18: $5
  • Children under 5: free
Facebook page for this event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=221516954552625

Join the 2011 Librarians Run for the Cure Team!

On Sunday, October 2nd, join us in our 8th year by running or walking as a member of the Librarians Run for the Cure Team. To date, we've raised over $140,000 as a National Team. Now is the perfect time to get a group together from your library to participate. All library staff and library supporters are welcome.

You can register now and choose to pay the registration fee later. If you raise $150 in donations, the $40 registration fee is waived.

We're ready to take your 2011 registrations if you plan to participate at the following run sites: Calgary, Edmonton, Kitchener - Waterloo, Niagara Region, Ottawa-Gatineau, Thunder Bay, Toronto, or Windsor: http://www.runforthecure.com/

Select "Find a Location and Register", choose your Run Site, then select "I want to Join a Team". Type "Librarians Run for the Cure" into the Team Name search box and select "Librarians Run for the Cure" under National Team Affiliation.

Please contact Pam Ryan (PRyan@epl.ca) if you'd like to set up a team at another run site.

Call for Session Proposals for Alberta Library Conference 2012

The Alberta Library Conference (ALC) 2012 Planning Committee invites proposals for sessions for next year's conference in Jasper, Alberta, on April 26-29, 2012.

The theme for ALC 2012 is iLibrary: tag… you’re it.

Libraries and Library Boards are forward looking and this theme ties into our sense of play and the technologies that are transforming our services and work. From creating hyperlinks to RFID tagging of collections, and our trends in gaming – in our professional lives, we continue to use innovation in technology, collections (gaming) and services. so that we can continue to be responsive to our communities. We thrive with change and play. Join us for learning and for fun!

Sessions may be of general interest to the library community in Alberta or directed towards the membership of the co-sponsoring organizations: the Alberta Library Trustees Association or the Library Association of Alberta. The committee aims to provide a range of sessions. Proposals of interest to staff and trustees from libraries of all types and sizes are welcome, as well as proposals that are not specific to a particular library type or size.

Please submit session proposals by August 15th, 2011 to: www.albertalibraryconference.com

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

EBLIP6: Valuing Knowledge and Expertise

BLIP6 Conference

The University of Salford is proud to host the sixth Evidence Based
Library and Information Practice (EBLIP6) Conference in Salford, Greater
Manchester, UK, June 27th - June 30th 2011. If you are unable to travel
to Salford, you will still be able to participate remotely in the
highlights and key elements of the programme via Remote@EBLIP6.

This exciting international conference has grown out of an increasing
interest in using the best available evidence in health libraries to
improve library and information practice more generally and this is the
first time that remote participation has been offered.

Remote@EBLIP6

Recognising that many people may want to attend the conference, but may
not be able to travel to Manchester, highlights and key features of
EBLIP6 will be made available via the Internet to registered
Remote@EBLIP6 participants.

http://www.eblip6.salford.ac.uk/programme.php?days=remote


This includes Keynote sessions, Madness sessions and a broad spread of
Parallel sessions taking place in the main conference hall.

You will also be able to participate in "live chat" with other
Remote@EBLIP6 conference delegates and ask questions to presenters
alongside traditional conference delegates in real time. You can either
attend as a remote delegate in real time - or at a time which is
convenient for you (presentations will become available within 24
hours). Technical support will be available throughout the live
sessions and at times specified on the programme.

Further information

EBLIP6: Full details of the conference are available on the conference
website at http://www.eblip6.salford.ac.uk
. Alternatively sign up to follow
conference news via the EBLIP6 Twitter (http://twitter.com/eblip2011)
and on Facebook (http://bit.ly/99EY96 ).

For further queries about Remote@EBLIP6 please email the eblip6 team at
eblip6@salford.ac.uk

For booking queries please email Vicky Beckett at
eblipconf-com@salford.ac.uk

Remote@EBLIP6 programme http://www.eblip6.salford.ac.uk

Alison Brettle & Maria J Grant
EBLIP6 Conference Chairs
University of Salford

Dr Alison Brettle
Lecturer/Information Specialist
Centre for Nursing & Midwifery Research
University of Salford
Room MS190, Mary Seacole Building
Salford
M6 6PU

tel: 0161 295 0447
a.brettle@salford.ac.uk

Around Room to Read's World

Please join the Room to Read Edmonton Chapter for an evening of wine and world cuisine in support of literacy. The event will include wine tasting courtesy of Barefoot Wines, delicious appetizers from Room to Read countries, and an inspiring keynote speaker Crystal Flaman, social entrepreneur, motivational speaker, Ironman athlete, and Room to Read Champion. There will be a silent auction including a Westjet travel voucher and many other great items. We hope to see you there!

Thursday, June 9, 2011
Doors open at 6:30pm
7:00pm to 10:00pm
Ballroom, Sutton Place Hotel - 10235 101 Street, Edmonton
Ticket prices: $55 per person ($25. tax receipt)
www.roomtoread.org/rtrworldedmonton

Friday, May 13, 2011

AALT Get Connected Conference

Come join colleagues and friends at the Mayfield Inn in Edmonton on Saturday, May 28, 2011 as the AALT Get Connected Conference presents a Salute to Volunteers! The banquet will be filled with surprises, flashbacks, laughter, and even a member or two of the AALT paparazzi! Tickets for this star studded evening can be purchased online at http://www.regonline.com/aaltconference2011 for $55.

For more information about the AALT Get Connected Conference or the Salute to Volunteers banquet, visit http://aalt.org/Conference2011 or email conference@aalt.org

Monday, May 9, 2011

GELA/CASLIS Spring Reception

Join us on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 in the Program Room of the Strathcona Branch, Edmonton Public Library at the annual Spring Reception. Meet up with colleagues to celebrate spring and to welcome our featured speaker, Michael Brechtel.

Michael Brechtel will share about the vision for the city that is being realized through the Edmonton Champions project (see link below), and will talk about Edmonton’s next chapter that is being written for this city. Michael will share compelling ideas and how we are shaping Edmonton to be relevant and connected, and how we can become more engaged with our community, right in our city.

Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:15 pm
Location: Edmonton Public Library Strathcona Branch 8331 104 St NW Edmonton AB T6E 4E9

Cost: $15 for members, $22 for non-members/guests of members (cash or cheque payable to GELA)

Catered reception; wine bar will be available (no-host).

RSVP: by Thursday, May 5, 2011 to gelaweb@gela.ca

Please mail cheques to:
GELA
PO Box 11929
Edmonton AB T5J 3L1

CHLA/ABSC 2011

CHLA/ABSC 2011 is extending its early-bird rates for the CE session in Banff and spots are available until May 13. We encourage you to register.

Why is this leadership session special? From a former attendee and current librarian: "The Banff Centre provides an all-encompassing experience that doesn't teach one the latest trends on how to be a better manager or leader; the center creates an environment that allows participants to recognize and build on the many strengths we bring to our work, and our lives in general."
Powerful Expression for Leaders: The Leader's Voice Workshop

Leaders can't just walk the walk, they also have to talk the talk! Great leaders need to be great communicators to inspire and lead others into action. This workshop will use artistic processes to help you to develop a "leader's voice." But great leaders are also great listeners, so we'll also be spending time on the critical connections between voice and good listening. This session employs unconventional, arts-based learning methods to develop your creative leadership voice. Instructor Colin Funk is the Artistic Director of Precipice Theatre in Banff and the Creative Program Director of The Banff Centre's Leadership Learning Lab. He has done extensive work in leadership development.

Register here https://chla-absc.associationsfirst.com/mpower/event/loadevent.action?e=8. Transportation to Banff from Calgary is included.

If you have already sent in your registration and would like to add this workshop, you can still do so by contacting the CHLA/ABSC office at 416.646.1600 or info@chla-absc.ca.

See you in less than a month!!

Jennifer Lee.
Publicity Committee member

Monday, May 2, 2011

WILU 2011 - Regina

Registration closes Monday, May 16th for Workshop for Instruction in Library Use (WILU) 2011 – ‘Learning Under Living Skies’

June 1-3, 2011 in Regina, Saskatchewan

The tri-institutional WILU 2011 Committee from the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST), the University of Regina, and the University of Saskatchewan invites you to the 40th annual WILU Conference.

Over the decades, WILU has grown to encompass all aspects of library instruction and librarians as educators. Traditionally WILU has focused primarily on the academic librarian, however this year we have made an effort to branch out and include school and public librarians in the conversation too.

See the Program line-up: http://www2.uregina.ca/wilu2011/program

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Around the Room to Read World Wine Tasting/Appetizer Fund Raiser - Edmonton

Join the Room to Read Edmonton Chapter for an evening of wine and world cuisine in support of literacy. The event will include wine tasting courtesy of Barefoot Wines, delicious appetizers from Room to Read countries, and an inspiring presentation by Crystal Flaman, social entrepreneur, motivational speaker, Ironman athlete, and Room to Read Champion.

There will also be a silent auction including a Westjet travel voucher and many other great items. Doors open at 6:30pm. We hope to see you there!

Location: Sutton Place Hotel, 10235 101 St. Edmonton AB
Time: 7:00pm-10:00pm
Thursday, June 09, 2011 at 7:00 PM
Tickets: $55. ($25. tax receipt)
Order online: http://www.roomtoread.org/rtrworldedmonton

Alberta Readers' Choice Award announces the Top 5 Titles

The Top 5 titles from the Alberta Readers' Choice Award have been announced. Public voting begins on May 1st.

As you will see in the release, this year’s top five books and their champions are:

• The Grizzly Manifesto by Jeff Gailus (RMB); championed by Ken Chapman, lawyer, social commentator, blogger and one of Alberta Venture Magazine’s 50 Most Influential People of 2010

• Too Bad: Sketches Toward a Self-Portrait by Robert Kroetsch (U of A Press); championed by Kirk Heuser, Edward R. Murrow Award-winning journalist, CBC News Calgary

• Cinco de Mayo: a novel by Michael J. Martineck (Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing); championed by Janet Lane, Executive Director of Literacy Alberta

• Bitter Medicine: A Graphic Memoir of Mental Illness by Clem & Olivier Martini (Freehand Books); championed by John Estacio, award-winning Canadian composer and JUNO nominee

• Letters from the Lost - A Memoir of Discovery by Helen Waldstein Wilkes (AU Press); championed by Sharon Budnarchuk, co-owner of Audrey’s Books in Edmonton


Banners and advertising resources for libraries will soon be made available at http://www.albertareaderschoice.ca/.

GELA/CASLIS Spring Reception - Edmonton

Join us on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 in the Program Room of the Strathcona Branch, Edmonton Public Library at the annual Spring Reception. Meet up with colleagues to celebrate spring and to welcome our featured speaker, Michael Brechtel.

Michael Brechtel will share about the vision for the city that is being realized through the Edmonton Champions project (see link below), and will talk about Edmonton’s next chapter that is being written for this city. Michael will share compelling ideas and how we are shaping Edmonton to be relevant and connected, and how we can become more engaged with our community, right in our city.

Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:15 pm
Location: Edmonton Public Library Strathcona Branch 8331 104 St NW Edmonton

Cost: $15 for members, $22 for non-members/guests of members (cash or cheque payable to GELA)

Catered reception; wine bar will be available (no-host).

RSVP: by Thursday, May 5, 2011 to gelaweb@gela.ca

Thursday, April 21, 2011

CLA 2011 Free Pre-Conference Session: OCLC ARC Meeting and OCLC Canada Symposium - Halifax

While you are gearing up to enjoy this year's Canadian Library Association (CLA) National Conference and Trade Show, you are warmly invited to attend the OCLC Americas Regional Council (ARC) Member Meeting and OCLC Canada Symposium on Transformational Literacy: Life Stages and Libraries, Museums and Archives. This event will take place on May 25, from noon until 5:00 p.m., as a pre-conference session at the World Trade & Convention Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


It promises to be a very exciting program, including guest speakers such as Daniel Boivin (Executive Director, OCLC Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean), Tom Hickerson (Vice Provost, Libraries and Cultural Resources, and University Librarian, University of Calgary), and keynote speaker DeNel Rehberg Sedo (Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University).


This pre-conference session is free and open to all, and lunch will be provided. Please register through CLA Online. Registration will be capped at 150 attendees.


For more information, please visit the OCLC Meeting and Symposium on "Transformational Literacy" webpage.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Canadian Health Libraries Association 2011 Conference Continuing Education - Calgary

This year's CHLA/ABSC conference will be held in Calgary from May 26 to May 30. They have Continuing Education sessions lined up, including a full day workshop developed especially for CHLA/ABSC by the Banff Centre and held at the Banff Centre. The workshop fee includes transportation to and from the Hyatt Regency Calgary and lunch at the Banff Centre.


Powerful Expression for Leaders: The Leader's Voice Workshop

Leaders can’t just walk the walk, they also have to talk the talk! Great leaders need to be great communicators to inspire and lead others into action. This workshop will use artistic processes to help you to develop a “leader’s voice.” But great leaders are also great listeners, so we’ll also be spending time on the critical connections between voice and good listening. This session employs unconventional, arts-based learning methods to develop your creative leadership voice. Instructor Colin Funk is the Artistic Director of Precipice Theatre in Banff and the Creative Program Director of The Banff Centre’s Leadership Learning Lab. He has done extensive work in leadership development.

Transforming Data into Statistics
Thursday, May 26, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Increasingly, health librarians are being asked to locate statistics. Often, all that’s available is raw data that hasn’t been turned into useful statistical figures. Don’t despair – you don’t need a magic wand to transform data into statistics! Join Peter Peller, University of Calgary’s data librarian, as he explains how to use the wizardry of open-source statistical software to extract data from the Canadian Community Health Survey and turn it into statistics your clients can use.


Register from the conference website, http://chla-absc.ca/2011/. If you are already registered for the conference and would like to add this workshop, you can still do so by contacting the CHLA/ABSC office at 416.646.1600 or info@chla-absc.ca. The early bird deadline is April 25.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Greater Edmonton Library Association Annual General Meeting

When: Wednesday, April 13th, 2011, 6:00p.m.
Where: Rm 6-07 of the Stanley Milner (Main) branch of the Edmonton Public Library, Churchill Square
Perks: Vote for your Execs, PD Grant Award announcement, and enjoy refreshments and catch up with others!


Your vote is needed! Plan to attend the AGM on April 13th. This is your chance to meet the new executive, renew your membership, and enjoy refreshments and connect with other GELA members!

The following information are on our website: (to save on paper, reports will *not* be available at the meeting)
  • Exec Bios
  • Proxy Form: If you are unable to attend, please submit your vote via this method

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Education Institute: Readers Advisory Series

Interested in Readers Advisory? The Library Association of Alberta provides member pricing to all members for the Education Institute workshops. You can check out their session information here.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Provincial Archives of Alberta Annual Film Night


Provincial Archives’ Film Night recreates small town Alberta movie house in 1939


On Friday, April 15, the Provincial Archives of Alberta will once again present its annual Film Night with a showcase of rarely seen archival footage from the vaults. This year patrons will purchase a ticket to the past as they experience going to the movies in small town Alberta in 1939.


The playbill includes a typical selection of long and short features audiences would enjoy at the movies in the days before television:


Trigger Fingers – a comedy western featuring Tim McCoy as an undercover FBI agent in a menacing gang of cattle rustlers.


News Parade of the Year - a 1939 newsreel by Castle Film, showing the worrying situation in Europe.


Woodland – a cartoon produced by Terrytoons, creators of Mighty Mouse.


Musical selections - When You Go Up on the Ferris Wheel; Tony Pastor and His Orchestra with That Did it Marie; the Denver Darlings with Mama Don’t Want No Music.


Film Night starts at 8 p.m. at Metro Cinema in the Citadel Theatre, 9828-101A Avenue, Edmonton. Tickets are available at the door only. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. There will be door prizes.


Read more at: http://culture.alberta.ca/paa/eventsandexhibits/default.aspx


NAHLA (Northern Alberta Health Libraries Association) Annual TRENDS Mini-Conference

NAHLA (Northern Alberta Health Libraries Association) Annual TRENDS Mini-Conference, April 8th, Noon-5 pm


Location: Room L-10, Humanities Building, University of Alberta


For more information and to register, see registration details, please go to http://chla-absc.ca/nahla/content/trends-mini-conference-2011.

Workshop for Instruction in Library Use (WILU) 2011 - 'Learning Under Living Skies'

Registration is now open for…


Workshop for Instruction in Library Use (WILU) 2011 – ‘Learning Under Living Skies’ June 1-3, 2011 in Regina, Saskatchewan


The tri-institutional WILU 2011 Committee from the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST), the University of Regina, and the University of Saskatchewan invites you to the 40th annual WILU Conference. We are very pleased and excited to bring WILU to our province – for the first time ever!


Over the decades, WILU has grown to encompass all aspects of library instruction and librarians as educators. Traditionally WILU has focused primarily on the academic librarian, however this year we have made an effort to branch out and include school and public librarians in the conversation too.


See our exciting Program line-up: http://www2.uregina.ca/wilu2011/program


Register by April 15th to take advantage of the Early Bird discount. Another good reason to register early: to book a spot in the Hands-On Workshop sessions – space is limited in these sessions to first come, first served!


Full Conference Registration fees: Early Bird (by April 15th) = $255 Cdn + 5% GST After April 15th = $300 Cdn + 5% GST Single Day Registration fees: $120 Cdn + 5% GST


Registration closes on May 16th


See more registration information and a link to the secure Registration form: http://www2.uregina.ca/wilu2011/registration See information on Accommodations (including the UofR Residence Registration Form): http://www2.uregina.ca/wilu2011/accommodations


The sky looms large over Saskatchewan. It is bold, active and constantly changing – just like learning in libraries. And, as we all know, learning can happen anywhere…the sky’s the limit

Monday, March 21, 2011

Book Lunch

The following invitation is extended to any librarian or library student who wants to attend a book launch for a Chinese-English children’s book entitled Cicadas Singing. It has been jointly published by Gold Mum Publishing and the Confucius Institute in Edmonton. The launch will be held on Sunday April 10, 2011 between 2 and 4 pm at 13750 Woodcroft Avenue in Edmonton (139 St. and 115A Avenue).

If you have questions, please contact: Goldwin McEwan at 780-439-4378, 780-970-5233, or gmcewen@telus.net

Alberta Association of Library Technicians (AALT) 2011 Conference

Early bird registration is opening soon! Take advantage of the discounted rates and register early for Get Connected: AALT 2011 Conference, which will be held this year May 26 to 29 at the Mayfield Inn and Suites in Edmonton, Alberta.

May 2011 will be here before you know it and you don’t want to miss out on the incredible line up of speakers and sessions that Get Connected: AALT 2011 Conference has just for YOU! There is something for everyone from “Videoconferencing in Libraries”, and “Videogame Collections from Start to Finish”, to “Author Visits to Die For”, and “Basic Technology Planning for Small Libraries”.

Are you wondering how to stretch your shrinking library budget? We have sessions that can help you with that! Attend one of these great sessions: “Programming on a Shoestring”, “How to Raise Funds for Books and Everything Else in Today’s World of Shrinking Budgets”, or “In Your Face: Cheap (But Effective) Ways to Marketing Your Library”.

Have we piqued your interest? Well, here are a few more incentives:

-Friday keynote speaker: panelists from GELA’s Prison Library and Reintegration Committee will inform you!

-Saturday keynote speaker: author Darcie Friesen Hossack will entertain you!

-Vendor showcase and door prizes will excite you!

Can’t make the entire conference? No problem! We offer many registration options including single sessions, single day, and of course, the entire conference!

Want to come to the conference but need some financial assistance? Apply for the AALT Conference Bursary. Deadline to apply is March 31, 2011. For an application form visit aalt.org/about/awards.html

Get Connected … planned with YOU in mind!

For more information or to register visit aalt.org/conference

Friday, March 18, 2011

Northern Lights Library System Conference

Northern Lights Library System staff is pleased to announce our Annual Conference, September 15-17, to be held at our headquarters in Elk Point.


Our theme this year is “Full Speed Ahead: The Library Superhero.” We are excited about the sessions and events that are in the works, geared towards finding the superhero in all of us! The full brochure, including registration information, will be available in May, so stay tuned. Check out our flyer, attached.


Hope to see you there!

Current Privacy Issues in Alberta

Current Privacy Issues in Alberta

Speaker: Frank J. Work, Q.C.

Alberta appointed its second Information and Privacy Commissioner, Franklin J. Work, Q.C in 2002. Mr. Work will oversees the access to information and protection of privacy provisions of Alberta's Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act, the Health Information Act (HIA) and the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Mr. Work informs and educates Albertans about the Acts, taking time to listen to concerns, administer constructive advice to public bodies and custodians and investigate potential abuses.

Where: Barrister's Lounge, Law Courts Building

When: Wednesday, March 23, from Noon - 1.

How Much: $10 members and students, $15 non-members.

As always, the cost includes lunch. Please RSVP to Davyd Atwood by Friday, March 18th so we can provide an accurate count to the caterer.

Books Behind Bars documentary screening

The GELA Women's Prison Library and Reintegration Subcommittee and the Edmonton Public Library invite you to attend the screening of Books Behind Bars on March 31 at 7 pm in the Theatre of the Stanley A. Milner Library in downtown Edmonton.

Books Behind Bars is a short documentary film that follows the development and growth of the library, its programs, and the people inside the only multi-level women's prison facility in Western Canada.

Over the past few years, the Subcommittee has grown from a group of four librarians to a group of over twenty active volunteers, who organize many projects, such as books clubs, book drives, and borrowing projects. Among these is the Storybook Project, where the volunteers record women reading to their children, and send the recordings, along with the books, to their children."

A panel discussion will follow the presentation. This event is being held as a fundraiser to support the on-going library projects at the prison and to purchase materials for the prison library - anyone can attend for free but the suggested donation is $10 or whatever you can afford. Other donations will also be gratefully accepted.

For more information about our committee, please check out our blog: http://gelaprison.wordpress.com or join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=161256870595974&ref=mf

Reminder - 2011 AAAL Spring Meeting - RSVP requested

Hello everyone in the Alberta Association of Academic Libraries.

Just a reminder to RSVP - we'd like to have a final count by the end of

next week or early the following week.

We need a head count as to how many people will be attending the spring

AAAL meeting. Please RSVP to Brad Neufeldt

An agenda is forthcoming. If you have anything to be added (information

items or business items) to the agenda please email the information to

Brad Neufeldt brad.neufeldt@stmu.ab.ca.

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The fall meeting will be as follows:

Alberta Association of Academic Libraries Spring 2011 Meeting Thursday,

April 14th, 2011

9:00 am - 3:45 pm

Ambrose University College

150 Ambrose Circle SW, Calgary, AB T3H 0L5

Access 2011: Call for Submissions deadline is March 31

Access 2011 will be held Oct. 19-22 in Vancouver, BC. The theme for this year's conference is "the Library is Open", exploring ideas and initiatives around open data, open standards, open source software, open access publishing, and open archives. We are also open to your ideas, this year inviting calls for submissions.

Tell us about a project you’ve rolled out, show us a prototype, or present a new way of thinking about things. Success stories are great but we’re also interested in near misses – what went wrong and what was learned? We’re after good stories about technology in a manner that challenges, entertains, and inspires discussion.

Not a librarian or from the library field? We’d love to hear how your work benefits libraries in all sectors. We’re also hoping to hear more from public, school or special libraries this year in addition to academic libraries. Sessions range from 30-45 minutes. The final program will be a combination of selected submissions and invited speakers.

http://access2011.library.ubc.ca/program/

Can't wait to read your proposals!

Mark Jordan

Access 2011 Conference Planning Committee

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Alberta Library Conference Early-Bird Registration

Alberta Library Conference 2011 is just six weeks away. Do you think the lake will still be frozen?

The early-bird deadline for registration is Saturday, March 12. After Saturday, registration fees increase from $195 to $235 for LAA and ALTA members. Non-member fees increase from $335 to $375. Join now and save!

The deadline for cancelling your reservation at Jasper Park Lodge without penalty is also looming: March 15. Your credit card will be charged a deposit of one night's accommodation after March 15 and cancellations made after that date will lose the deposit.

We're well on the way to a great conference with over 550 delegates registered, a full trade show and a host of excellent speakers and sessions. Remember to bring your parka, toque, mittens, bathing suit, shorts, sunglasses, skates, skis and golf clubs. Anything can happen in Jasper in the Spring!

Christine Sheppard

Executive Director

Library Association of Alberta

Coordinator, Alberta Library Conference

80 Baker Cres. NW, Calgary, AB T2L 1R4

Phone 403.284.5818

www.albertalibraryconference.com
info@albertalibraryconfrerence.com

Book Launch Invitation

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

4:30 p.m.

Papaschase Room, Faculty Club, University of Alberta

Join editors Lisa M. Given and Gloria Leckie to celebrate.

RSVP to slis@ualberta.ca by April 13.

Refreshments provided

Cash bar

More information available here

Thank you,

School of Library and Information Studies
3-20 Rutherford South
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB T6G 2J4
Ph: (780) 492-4578

Research Colloquia Speakers

Dr. L. James Dempsey, Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta
"Seeking Blackfoot Warrior Art"
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
2-09 Rutherford South, University of Alberta
12:00 - 1:00pm
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Dr. Heidi Julien, School of Library & Information Studies, University of Alberta
"Evidence-based Design of Information Literacy Instruction: Innovation in Pedagogy for the Library and for the MLIS"

Wednesday, March 30, 2011
2-09 Rutherford South, University of Alberta
12:00 - 1:00pm

School of Library and Information Studies
3-20 Rutherford South
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB T6G 2J4
Ph: (780) 492-4578

Research Colloquium at SLIS

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

Dr. Osmar Zaïane, Department of Computing Science, University of Alberta
"Information Network Analysis: Applications and Challenges"

Conventional data is typically considered as a collection of independent observations identically distributed in the space of possible attribute values. In reality data are packed-full with all sorts of relationships themselves maintaining their own attribute values. We introduce social network analysis, illustrate some practical examples drawn from different application domains and examine some work done in this area.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011
2-09 Rutherford South, University of Alberta
12:00pm-1:00pm

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Student Sponsorship for Canadian Health Libraries Association

The Southern Alberta Health Libraries Association (SAHLA) and the Northern Alberta Health Libraries Association (NAHLA) are pleased to sponsor two Alberta library students at the upcoming Canadian Health Libraries Association/Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada Conference, to be held in Calgary, Alberta, from May 26-30, 2011.

The selected students will receive a student registration to attend the CHLA/ABSC 2011 Conference (a value of $65) as well as an annual membership for SAHLA (a value of $15) or NAHLA (a value of $12). This opportunity is only open to current part or full time students registered in a library related program in Alberta. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2011. The selected students will be notified by April 15, 2011.

The application form is available online at
https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?hl=en&pli=1&formkey=dGdFdEFiQkx6VG5nQ2FnX2hweDNwX3c6MQ#gid=0

For more information on the conference, please visit http://www.chla-absc.ca/2011/. Questions on the application form may be directed to Cari Merkley, President, SAHLA, at cmerkley@mtroyal.ca.

SAHLA is a professional association whose aim is to encourage communication and cooperation among libraries that provide health information in Southern Alberta. We provide opportunities for networking and professional development for our members throughout the year, and students are welcome to join at any time. For more information on SAHLA, please visit our website at http://www.chla-absc.ca/sahla/

NAHLA, a chapter of the Canadian Health Libraries Association, exists to provide a forum for networking among librarians, library technicians and others interested in health libraries and health information. Its mission is empowering health information specialists in Northern Alberta to support health care services and research, through leadership, advocacy, networking and education. For more information on NAHLA, please visit our website at http://chla-absc.ca/nahla/