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

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

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

Health Sciences Library, McMaster University
905-525-9140, ext. 22728

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 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.