Monday, February 28, 2011

TALES Youth Storytelling Scholarship – Call for applications

TALES, The Alberta League Encouraging Storytelling is pleased to
announce the launch of the TALES Youth Storytelling Scholarship. Each
year, TALES holds its annual retreat in a location conducive to
meeting and mingling with peers and mentors, story development, and
above all the sharing of story magic in both its raw and polished
form. In 2011 our retreat will be held at Sylvan Lake, where we will
Celebrate Cultural Connections in Storytelling! from the evening of
Friday, April 29 to lunchtime, Sunday, May 1.

There will be two workshops:

1. Yellow Ribbon Dancers, a cultural experience and dance performance
that will forever be in your memory. The workshop will be interactive
and fun for people of all ages.

2. The second workshop is Rotten Calf Skin: Sagas in the Icelandic
Tradition, with a background session to prepare us to share the
telling of an Icelandic Epic at the TALES Retreat of 2012. (Epic tale
yet to be chosen) Facilitator and Storyteller Karen Gummo will
introduce and give an overview of the story with some background
information about Snorri Sturlusson.

There will also be a discussion group, a “walk ‘n’ wonder, and two
story circles where all are invited to participate in the story circle
as tellers and/or listeners. Share a short story about a traditional
food of your family or culture.

The winner of the TALES Youth Storytelling Scholarship will receive:

• a one-year membership in TALES
• free admission to attend the 2011 weekend retreat at Sylvan Lake
• an established storyteller to act as a mentor to provide guidance
and support in getting started as a storyteller

For more information see the TALES website (

Calgary Libraries in Action (CLIA) - Calgary

Come learn about the jobs that you never heard about in library school! Our "unconventional panel" from the library and information professions will speak about what makes their jobs unique, the challenges and opportunities they face in their work, and how they ended where they are today! Ask our panel members questions, mingle and enjoy an informal evening Calgary-area colleagues!

The Cybrarian –Jilliane Yawney
The Information Management and Privacy Advisor –Jeremy Duffin
The Recovering Vendor –Pat Sandercock

Date / Time: Thursday, March 10, 2011 --6:30 -9:00pm
Location: Lougheed House National Historic Site, 707 13 Avenue SW, Calgary
Tickets: $20 members, $28 non-members
RSVP: by Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Alberta Readers' Choice Award

The Champions Are Reading
The Alberta Readers' Choice Award Champions are reading the Top 10 Titles selected by Alberta's Libraries.
Please print off the attached poster and help promote the 10 titles.
You can also go to the ARC Award website for more promotional materials:

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Freedom to Read Week Celebration - Calgary

In celebration of the annual Freedom to Read week celebrated across Canada, and on behalf of the Calgary Freedom to Read Week Committee, I would like to extend an invitation to you to attend the annual celebration to be held on Thursday February 24th at 7 p.m. at the Sir Winston Churchill High School Theatre (8665 Nose Hill Dr NW).

The celebration includes a reading of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, student work celebrated as the students answer Who Chooses What You Read?, and presentation of the 2011 Freedom of Expression Award to Mayor Naheed Nenshi.

Please feel free to contact Allison Inglis for more information

Upcoming Research Colloquia at the University of Alberta - Edmonton

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

Dr. Osmar R. Zaïane, Department of Computing Science, University of Alberta

“Information Network Analysis: Applications and Challenges"

Wednesday, March 9, 2011
2-09 Rutherford South, University of Alberta

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

Dennis Kedney Speaking to ELLA - Edmonton

Dennis Edney will speak about the Omar Khadr trial and appearing before an international court. Dennis is originally from Dundee, Scotland and is a criminal defence lawyer. He has been involved in many high profile cases and recently with Omar Khadr. He has received many awards which include : the National Pro Bono Award and the Human Rights Medal awarded by the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia. He was also the keynote speaker on behalf of Amnesty International at Trinity College in Dublin and has lectured extensively throughout North America.
Please come and listen to what will be a very lively and interesting discussion!
Where: Barristers' Lounge, 2nd Floor South Law Courts Building
When: Thursday, February 24, Noon - 1 pm.
Cost: $10 Members, $15 Non-Members.
As always the fee includes lunch. Please RSVP to Davyd Atwood by Monday, Feb. 21.

AALT Conference 2011 - Edmonton

Get Connected @ AALT Conference 2011

This year’s theme is all about connecting with others professionally, socially, online and in-person. We hope you will join with us to:
  • Meet with friends old and new
  • Learn about social tools and technologies
  • Improve connections with users and colleagues
  • And so much more!
Where: Mayfield Inn and Suites Edmonton, AB

When: Thursday, May 26th – Sunday, May 29th

Check out sessions, pricing and more on the Conference website

If you have any questions about AALT 2011 please email conference

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Alberta Association of Academic Libraries Spring Meeting - Calgary

This is just a reminder that the Spring Meeting for the Alberta
Association of Academic Libraries (AAAL) is approaching. Please reserve
a spot in your calendar.

The AAAL Spring Meeting & Symposium.

DATE: 2011 April 14, Thursday
LOCATION: Ambrose University College - 150 Ambrose Circle SW, Calgary,

Monday, February 14, 2011

NAHLA Continuing Education Session: Expert PubMed Searching - Edmonton

Seeking to enhance and improve your PubMed search skills? Through demo and hands-on practice, this session will provide instruction on features of the PubMed search engine that aid in the execution of comprehensive searches of this database, including: identification and effective use of MeSH, field searching, limits, Clinical Queries, Special Queries, MyNCBI, and providing links to PubMed records and searches. The opportunity will be available to discuss any ‘problem’ areas participants may have experienced in searching the PubMed interface.

Instructor: Linda Slater, John W. Scott Health Sciences Library

When: Friday, March 4th, 1:00-4:30

Where: Corbett Hall, 2-11, University of Alberta

Cost: $10 for NAHLA Members; $35 for Non-Members. Payable at the session. (Memberships will be available at the event - $25.00 regular membership; $12.00 for students. )

Online registration for this event is available at:

After-Hours Tour of the Art Gallery of Alberta - Edmonton

Join us for an after-hours tour of the new Art Gallery of Alberta. We’ll be getting a personalized tour of the new building with exhibition highlights.

The current exhibitions are Walter J Phillips: Water & Woods and BRIAN JUNGEN.

Date: Thursday, March 3rd at 7:15 pm
Location: Art Gallery of Alberta, #2 Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton, AB (more info)
Admission is 12.50 (with a discount of %25 due to exhibition changeover) for GELA members
Admission is 12.50 (with a discount of %25 due to exhibition changeover) + 10.00 for non-members
RSVP by Monday Feb 28, 2011
Please visit our website or Facebook page for more information, or contact me if you have any questions.

Call for Proposals Netspeed 2011: The Human Side of Technology - Calgary

Are you using technology in a way that makes life better in the library community? Tell us about it!

Please take a few moments to respond to the attached call for proposals for Netspeed 2011: The Human Side of Technology, October 19-21, in Calgary, Alberta.

This year Netspeed explores the human side of technology by going beyond bits and bytes to focus on how technology makes life easier, improves service, helps meet customer demands, provides more and better choices, improves access to resources, and connects people in new and interesting ways.

Share with us your successes and your not-quite-successes. It doesn’t matter if your project is complete – your experience will benefit others. Proposals for pre-conference sessions are also welcome, as are suggestions for speakers and topics.

The closing date for proposals is February 18, 2011. We look forward to seeing you in Calgary!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Nominate a Librarian as a Superhero

Here is a call to nominate a Librarian as a Superhero!

Do you know of any excellent librarians who deserve recognition for
their incredible work? Maybe someone who has helped provide youth and
educators with important books and other resources regarding LGBTQ
matters or who has made sure that the library is a safe space for all
students, including LGBTQ-identified ones and youth with LGBTQ
parents? If so, submit them to the Librarian Superhero Contest being
put on right now by Gale (a publisher and a research organization).

The link to the website is:

Please distribute!

Nominate a Queer Librarian near you!

ALC 2011 Registration Now Open

Registration for Alberta Library Conference 2011 is now open!

Here are some important dates and deadlines for ALC:

  • the early bird member registration fee of $195 ends March 12
  • the regular member registration fee of $235 is available from March 13 to April 15
  • registrations made after April 15 and on-site will be charged $420. Online registrations are not accepted after April 25 and must be made on-site.
  • the cancellation deadline for accommodations at Jasper Park Lodge is March 24. Cancellations made after March 24 are subject to a cancellation fee equal to one night's room package.

For more information and to register for ALC 2011, visit

Registration questions should be directed to

Research Colloquium - School of Library and Information Studies, Edmonton

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

Dr. Eleni Stroulia, Department of Computing Science, University of Alberta

"The Personal Web"
Dr. Stroulia will review the evolution of systems on the web and share the recent research work on four collaborative/social systems, and a social query language designed to express the types of questions that users (and applications) may want to answer in the context of such systems.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011
2-09 Rutherford South, University of Alberta

Monday, February 7, 2011

NEOS Miniconference - Edmonton

Grant MacEwan University is hosting the annual NEOS Miniconference on Friday, June 10, 2011 at the Robbins Centre.

We invite members of the library community to participate in one (or both) of the following ways:
1- Submit a session proposal: Include the name and contact information of the presenter/s along with a brief (one or two sentence) description of your proposed session.

2- Nominate a topic AND speaker for a session: Include the potential presenter's name and contact information and a brief (one or two sentence) description of the session topic.

We welcome proposals and nominations relevant to all aspects of libraries and library work that will be of interest to the NEOS community. Sessions run for an hour and fifteen minutes.

Please send proposals and nominations to Andrea Wilson at Please submit nominations and proposals by March 4, 2011.

Freedom to Read Week Talk - Calgary

Dr. Ann Curry (University of Alberta) will be giving a talk about intellectual freedom, the ability to “access [all] expressions of knowledge, creativity and intellectual activity, and to express thoughts publicly.” Her talk centres on her research into various aspects of “censorship by shouting down” also known as the “heckler’s veto” in law. The talk ties this phenomenon to the latest developments in social media, and gives examples of how the heckler’s veto has played out on Canadian university and college campuses.

The event will take place at Mount Royal University in EA 1031 (Moot Court) on Friday, February 25th from 10-11:30 am.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Archives Society of Alberta Workshop and Institute - Edmonton & Calgary

There are two upcoming education opportunites offered by the Archives Society of Alberta that may be of interest to some subscribers.
On March 18, 2011, the ASA is offering the workshop "Social Media for Archives" at the Provincial Archives of Alberta in Edmonton. Presented by Braden Cannon, the course will discuss social media and its uses in archival settings. The workshop is aimed at small- to medium-sized institutions with minimal budgets can use social media to improve access to holdings. For a full course description, registration deadlines and forms, fees, and other information, please visit the Workshops page at the ASA website:
From May 9-14, 2011, the ASA is presenting its Archives Institute at the University of Calgary. Covering the basics of archival theory and practice, the Institute is an intensive introduction to the work of archivists and archival institutions. For a curriculum outline, registration deadlines and forms, fees, and other information, please visit the Institute page of the ASA website at:
Registration is open for both the workshop and the Institute. If you have any questions, please email

AALT Technician call for submissions

The Journal editors for the Alberta Association of Library Technicians (AALT) have extended the deadline for submissions to the Winter issue of the AALT Technician to
February 15, 2011.

We’re looking for all kinds of articles – programming, technical/technology, book/product reviews etc. If you’ve got something for Freedom to Read week – we want to hear from you!

Additionally: We are running two contests this year for all submissions to the Journal.
1. Each article submitted is entered into a draw for a $25 gift card per issue.
2. All submissions are entered into the Spring issue draw for a FREE 2011 conference registration. The next conference is in Edmonton - May 26 – 29, 2011.

Please submit all ideas, articles and questions to

Canadian Association of Law Libraries Annual Conference - Calgary

What do author and humorist Will Ferguson and dinosaurs have in common? The CALL
Annual Conference! Please come and join us May 15 – 18 in Calgary to invigorate
your practice, reconnect with friends and colleagues, and have a great time! Visit the
conference website and register online. The early bird deadline ends March 1.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

National Research Centre Forum - Vancouver

National Research Centre Forum

Sharing Truth - Creating a National Research Centre on Residential Schools

March 1-3, 2011 at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, Vancouver, BC

Canada’s Residential School system lasted 150 years. Aboriginal families continue to feel its negative impacts today. As part of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s mandate to educate Canadians about Residential schools and their legacy, a National Research Centre will be established.

On behalf of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC), the Commissioners are extending a rare opportunity for attendees to bear witness to the advice, vision and experiences of international colleagues who have worked with Indigenous collections or Truth Commissions.

Those international colleagues include directors of memorial museums and education programs from Chile, Peru, East Timor, Bangladesh; directors of archives advocates such as the National Security Archives, Archivists without Borders and the South African History Archive; participants in documenting human rights abuses in the former Yugoslavia and Sudan; experts in public education programs including the Holocaust; as well as many leading North American Aboriginal experts, including former national chiefs Phil Fontaine and Georges Erasmus. This is a unique opportunity.
Over three days, information will be shared that will help to inform decision making for preserving and archiving survivor statements, as well as materials created and received during the Commission’s work. The discussions had at the Forum will mark the beginning of what will become Canada’s largest permanent collection of oral history of its kind.

When the work of the Commission is complete, we will ensure the whole world hears the truth about residential schools, so that generations to come – Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians alike – will hold to the statement that resonates with all of us: ‘This must never happen again.’ – Justice Murray Sinclair

For more information on the program, speakers and registration please visit .

For more information on the TRC, please visit:

February Research Colloquium at SLIS - Edmonton

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

Jerremie Clyde, MLIS, Associate Librarian, Centre for Arts & Culture: Games and Related Media, University of Calgary

"Development of Games and Related Media Collection at the University of Calgary Library"
The University of Calgary as part of its Centre for Arts and Culture has recently invested in a major games and related media collection. This talk will examine the thinking behind that collection, some of the challenges associated with fitting in to existing library operations, as well as the services associated with it.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011
2-09 Rutherford South, University of Alberta

International Week - Edmonton

International Week 2011 at University of Alberta is beginning tomorrow (Monday, January 31) and will end on Friday, February 4. We've got two sessions specifically on library issues, and another 60+ events about global issues -- all events are free. Check out our program guide here, and see below for information about the library sessions and our keynote address.

Monday, January 31
3:00 PM – 4:00 PMd
Education Centre South 129
Diana Keto and Rod Loyola

Does everyone have fair and equal access to information? In the revealing documentary, Armed with Knowledge, progressive librarians come together to discuss issues and problems with information access for marginalized and newcomer communities. Discover the world of censorship and access through the eyes of your local librarian, and how they fight for your right to information.

Thursday, February 3
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Tory Lecture Theatre 1
Angelica Tarnowski and Kristen Rumohr, Millwoods Branch, Edmonton Public Library; Dr. Toni Samek, School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS)

Community-led philosophy is a recent phenomenon that has come to the Edmonton Public Library; but what is it, really? Librarians from EPL will discuss their responsibilities in ensuring that the library is a welcoming and relevant place for newcomers and members of the multicultural community, and how they look for ways to connect with newcomer youth to meet their library needs. Dr. Toni Samek will also deliver a talk about migration and library issues in the United States, written by Kathleen de la Pena McCook, distinguished university professor at the University of Southern Florida and immigration rights advocate.

Monday, January 31
12:00 NOON - 1:00 PM
Myer Horowitz Theatre, Students' Union Building

Award-winning Aboriginal Canadian author Joseph Boyden (Three Day Road, Through Black Spruce) shares his own insight into some of the journeys undertaken by countless artists over the last century in his talk The Creative Migrant: Chasing the Muse Across Landscapes and Borders. He will host a meet-and-greet and book signing after his lecture.