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
FILM: ARMED WITH KNOWLEDGE: THE INTELLECTUAL FREEDOM FIGHTERS
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
OUT OF THE STACKS AND INTO THE COMMUNITY: THE LIBRARY’S APPROACH TO NEWCOMERS
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
THE CREATIVE MIGRANT: CHASING THE MUSE ACROSS LANDSCAPES AND BORDERS
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.