Tuesday, October 23, 2012

SAHLA Annual General Meeting

This is an invitation to attend the Southern Alberta Health Libraries Association (SAHLA) Annual General Meeting. If you have ever been interested in health librarianship, here is your opportunity to meet the local community. 

When: Tuesday, October 30
Time: 3 pm – 5 pm
 Place: Room 1459
Health Sciences Library, University of Calgary
Health Sciences Centre, Foothills Medical Centre
3330 Hospital Drive NW
 Please RSVP to sahla.members@gmail.com if you are planning to attend.
 For more information, please contact Helen Lee Robertson, SAHLA President, 2011-2012 at helen.lee.robertson@ucalgary.ca.

Friday, October 12, 2012

AAAL Fall Meeting/Workshop Call for Presentations


The Alberta Association of Academic Libraries (AAAL) workshop committee is once again looking forward to another great afternoon of workshop presentations! There is no theme for the Fall workshop, so please consider presenting for 45 minutes about something fun or engaging that may be happening at your library, or on a topic applicable to academic libraries in our province.

If you are interested in presenting at the upcoming Fall meeting, Thursday, November 22, at Kings University College in Edmonton, please let Lisa
(
ShamchukL@macewan.ca
) know by Friday, November 2. Please provide the title, names of presenters and a short abstract of your proposed presentation.

More Information: http://aaal.engineseven.com/

Netpub at Netspeed, Edmonton 2012

The Greater Edmonton Library Association invites NetSpeed attendees, as well as other members of the greater library community to a casual pub night at the Elephant & Castle in downtown Edmonton on Thursday, October 18th.

Drop by beginning at 6:00 pm to meet up with old friends, make new acquaintances, and debrief after the day's sessions.

Light appetizers will be provided. Elephant & Castle also has a full bar & food menu.

Sponsor: Greater Edmonton Library Association
Date:     Thursday, October 18, 2012
Time:      Beginning at 6:00 pm
Location:   Elephant & Castle, third floor of Edmonton City Centre Shopping Plaza
Directions:   Enter shopping plaza at 102 Avenue and 102 Street, then proceed to the third level. Look for tables with a GELA NetPub sign.

For more information, contact one of GELA's program councillors:

or visit GELA on the web:

Netspeed 2012 - October 18-19 in Edmonton

Netspeed is one of the leading library technology conferences in Canada, highlighting emerging technologies and their applications in today's libraries.

How do you leverage all these technologies to work for your library? Let Netspeed's keynote and session speakers, featuring library and technology leaders, help you keep your library vibrant and relevant to your 21st century community

When: October 18-19, 2012
Where: Crowne Plaza - Chateau Lacombe, Edmonton, Alberta

Further Info and Registration: http://www.thealbertalibrary.ab.ca/netspeed/index.html

Thursday, October 11, 2012

12th annual Augustana information literacy in academic libraries workshop


Theme: Creativity and Student Engagement in Information Literacy

When: Wednesday, November 14 (optional information literacy consultations with Randy and an evening workshop dinner) and Thursday, November 15, 2012 (presentation).

Where: Faith and Life Centre, Augustana Campus, University of Albera, Camrose, Alberta

Target Audience: Reference/instructional librarians, library administrators, teaching faculty, and graduate students in library and information studies.

Register at www.library.ualberta.ca/augustana/infolit/workshop

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Parkland Regional Library Fall Conference

The schedule for Parkland's 2012 Fall Conference, happening on October 1st at the Lacombe Memorial Centre, has been announced.

Register online at http://www.prl.ab.ca/conference-registration or request a paper registration form from Anna Alexander (aalexander@prl.ab.ca) by September 12; the registration fee for non-members is $50.

Friday, June 1, 2012

FLA AGM: Our Famous 5 Minute AGM!

Your Foothills Library Association is hosting a wine-tasting event to celebrate our famously brief Annual General Meeting and the introduction of the 2012-13 Executive Board.

We'd love to have you join us.
  • Location: Memorial Park Library, 1221 2nd St. SW, 2nd floor - MAP
  • Date: Thursday, June 14
  • Time: 6:30pm
  • RSVP Deadline: 5pm, June 11
This event is free to members. Please visit our Events page to RSVP!
http://www.fla.org/home/events

Northern Lights Library System Annual Conference

The 2012 Northern Lights Library System Annual Conference Brochure is now available and online registration is open:  http://www.nlls.ab.ca/download/uploads/documents/0000/6314/Brochure_-_electronic_version.pdf 

Investigate the Possibilities!

Monday, May 28, 2012

2012 Rural Libraries Conference - Registrati​on now open!

Registration for the 2012 Rural Libraries Conference is now open!

This year, the conference takes place on September 20 & 21 at the Grande Prairie Inn in Grande Prairie, AB and features a great line up of sessions for library trustees and school & public library staff. 

Register before July 31 to be entered in our Early Bird prize draw!

For more information, view the attached registration brochure and form, or visit http://www.rurallibrariesconference.com/.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Awards Luncheon for MacEwan Library Technician Marge Gray - June 1, 2012

The Alberta Association of Library Technicians Awards Committee would like to invite friends and colleagues of Marge Gray to join us at the MacEwan University South Campus on Friday, June 1, 2012 where we will be presenting Marge with the prestigious Library Technician Award of Excellence. 

A light luncheon will be provided from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm in Room 102, with the presentation taking place at 1:00 pm.  Come join us in celebrating the contributions of this amazing and well deserving library technician!  

Please RSVP to kimmartin@shaw.ca by Monday, May 28, 2012.

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Location:
Grant MacEwan University
South Campus
Room 102
7319 - 29 Avenue
Edmonton, AB  T6K 2P1 

Parking:
Two surface lots are available. The parking lots are accessed from 29th Avenue. Hourly and daily permits may be purchased from dispensers located in each lot. Free street parking is available along 29th Avenue.
Map: http://www.canpages.ca/page/AB/edmonton/grant-macewan-university-south-campus/3076505.html#mapdirections

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Room to Read Event June 16th - Edmonton

Please join the Edmonton Chapter of Room to Read in the Namaste India Global Yoga Event. 

Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
When: Saturday June 16th
Where: St Paul's United Church
116 St & 76 Ave

Yoga instructor: Maryon McClary

No yoga experience necessary.

Questions can be sent to Christine Brown at edmonton@roomtoread.org
Contact: 780.433.6103

Friday, May 4, 2012

YRL conference registrati​on is open

I'm excited to announce that our online conference registration is open. First browse through our session line-up - at the top you'll see links to both the speaker bios page as well as the online registration page. However, you can also go directly to the registration page (www.eply.com/evolvingminds) and click to open the session descriptions from there.

For your convenience, we have two methods of payment available: cheque or PayPal. If you choose to pay by cheque, you will be emailed an invoice that should be mailed in along with your cheque.

Please note that early bird rates are only available until June 30 and sessions will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

As this is the first year we are trying an online registration system, please don't hesitate to provide me with any feedback. And if you have any questions or concerns, you can contact me by email or phone (780-962-2003 ext 241).

Thanks and I look forward to seeing you in September!
Shannon Edge
Communications Coordinator
780-962-2003 ext 241
sedge@yrl.ab.ca

Yellowhead Regional Library
433 King Street, Box 400
Spruce Grove, AB  T7X 2Y1
http://www.yrl.ab.ca/

1 week to May 10 Edmonton Event - Dessert Reception with Celebrated Edmonton Author Thomas Wharton

Thursday, 10 May 2012
18:30 until 20:30 
10th Floor Lounge, Education South, University of Alberta

Thomas Wharton was already an established author of adult fiction when he decided to venture into the realm of young adult fantasy. His book The Fathomless Fire was published this year and is the second book in his Perilous Realm trilogy.
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/entertainment/Edmonton+author+happy+with+Part+fantasy+series/5992434/story.html

Guests will have the chance to hear Mr. Wharton discuss his latest work, and enjoy a dessert reception, with a selection of cakes, pies, and tortes, tea and coffee.

Due to an unexpected complication, we have altered the original food and beverage arrangements for this event and lowered the ticket prices.

We apologize for this change in plan, and hope that members will still enjoy the event.

Get your tickets at our website: http://gela.ca/?p=568

It pays to buy in advance!
Member Prices (NEW):
Advance: $10
Door: $14
Non-member Price (NEW):
Advance $14
Door: $18

We hope to see you there!

Foothills Library Association - Call for Nominations for Executive Positions

Each year the Foothills Library Association puts out a call for nominations for executive positions.  This year we will be holding an online election for executive positions, with the winners to be presented as a slate for approval at the AGM in June.  The positions, roles and responsibilities are described briefly below.  If you would like to put your name forward for an executive position, or if you have any questions please contact us at flapresident@fla.org. Please contact us by May 30th, 2012 if you would like to nominate yourself for one of the positions described below:

ALL EXECUTIVE MEMBERS:
  • attend monthly or bimonthly meetings;
  • participate in the planning, hosting and attendance at FLA events;
  • work to promote FLA events and initiatives within their institution or community and
  • contribute to the FLAG (FLA Gazette) by writing or soliciting articles on topics of interest to the library community.
For more information: http://www.fla.org/home/call-for-nominations

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Michael Geist Copyright Session at NAIT May 11

NAIT is pleased to welcome Michael Geist on May 11 for a session on copyright issues. 
Friday 11 May 2012
Shaw Theatre, NAIT Main Campus
11762 106 Street Edmonton
9:30am – 12:00pm. (Coffee and tea at 9am).  

Michael Geist is one of Canada’s renowned experts on copyright issues. During this session he will review the basics of copyright law and the various choices available (all rights reserved, Creating Commons, Crown copyright, and open access). He will discuss Bill C-11 which deals with copyright reform, the key provisions in the bill (focusing on education impact) and emerging best practices. He will also discuss global reform. Please join us for this session. There is no charge to attend. To register, contact Lana Bjorkquist at lanab@nait.ca or 780-471-8702.  Visitor parking information: http://www.nait.ca/49823.htm

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Edmonton Law Libraries Association presents Copyright … What’s Going On!

Speaker: Jason Fung, Lawyer with Alberta Justice

Jason is a lawyer with Alberta Justice who works in projects relating to intellectual property, technology, corporate/commercial and internet law. He is a member of the Law Society of Alberta and the Law Society of England and Wales. He has volunteered in the areas of international human rights and environmental law for such organizations as the United Nations Development Programme, Lawyers without Borders and the Centre for International Environmental Law.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012
12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Barrister’s Lounge, 2nd floor
Law Courts Building South
1A Sir Winston Churchill Square

Lunch will be provided | $10/members and $15/non-members

RSVP to laura.lemmens@gov.ab.ca by Friday, April 20th!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Provincial Archives of Alberta Film Night - "Now That We Are Filmmakers" - Friday, April 20, Metro Cinema

Edmonton's Metro Cinema is partnering with the Provincial Archives of Alberta to uncover some cinematic treasures from the past. On Friday, April 20, "Now That We Are Filmmakers" showcases films by and about Alberta women for the PAA’s 27th annual film night. Come and see how they’ve viewed the world, challenged the world and made a world for themselves.

For further information about location, time and admission cost for the presentation, please see the Archives Society of Alberta's blog at http://archivesalberta.wordpress.com/.

Common Space: Creating Community in Public Spaces

Edmonton Public Library - Stanley Milner Branch - Audio-Visual Room
7 Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton, Alberta
April 25, 2012 from 7pm-10:00pm

The Progressive Librarians Guild of Edmonton presents a discussion about asserting the public right to communal spaces. Panelists will explore new and renewed uses of public places including libraries, hackerspaces, and the Occupy movement.

Program and Speakers:

Amanda Wakaruk, MLIS, MES
Amanda is the Government Information Librarian at the University of Alberta and spends too much time thinking about the library as place.

Chasing the Eye of the Storm: Libraries as Refuge
As incubators for civic, intellectual and social engagement, libraries provide important public spaces. This talk will explore how library space is created and re-created to support both solitary and collaborative environments for reflection and learning.

Sam Popowich, MLIS, MA
Sam is the Discovery Systems Librarian at the University of Alberta.

Hackerspaces: The Cathedral vs. The Bazaar
Hackerspaces are places where people with an interest primarily in information technology can get together to socialize and share resources and expertise. They have been called “commons-based peer production” locations in contrast to spaces of traditional production. As such, they provide an interesting example of traditional spaces used to resist capitalist alienation.

Bridget Stirling, MA Candidate, Intercultural and International Communication
A long time human rights advocate, Bridget has worked as a public educator and currently sits on the Alberta NDP’s Women’s Caucus executive.

Occupy: Reclaiming Public Space
The Occupy movement came together through online spaces, but it was realized in the streets and parks of our cities. Through its return to face-to-face interaction, the movement reclaimed and reinvented public places as spaces for radically democratic discourse and action, challenging the ownership of public and publicly-accessed private land and creating a new commons of both space and ideas.

TRENDS Mini Conference

TRENDS Mini Conference will be held this year on May 4th, 2012 at the beautiful Strathcona Public Library (8331 104 Street NW, Edmonton).

Plan to attend from 12 to 4:30 pm for an interesting, diverse program and networking. Lunch and coffee breaks snacks included!

2012 TRENDS Mini Conference Speakers and topics:
Jeanette Buckingham & Morgan Truax: Journal Clubs: Who, What, Why and, Most Importantly, How?
Denise Koufogiannakis & Leah Vanderjagt: Open Access: Current State of the Movement, Challenges, and Opportunities
Sandy Campbell: Identifying Research Opportunities in Your Day-to-Day Work
Shelley Valaire & Trish Paton: Knowledge Management: Librarians in Another Dimension

Cost (includes a wonderful lunch!)
$20: Students
$30: Members
$40: Non-members

To register

Website registration: http://chla-absc.ca/nahla/
Or email: genuis@ualberta.ca

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Melody Burton - Good Boss, Bad Boss: Managing in the age of Dilbert and The Office

Library staff from Edmonton and area libraries are welcome to participate in EPL’s Leader-In-Residence Program through a lecture offered by EPL’s 2012 Leader-in-Residence, Melody Burton. This lecture will take place in the Stanley A. Milner Library theatre from 10 – 11:30 a.m. on April 23, 2012. Please register via email at learning@epl.ca.

Melody Burton - Good Boss, Bad Boss: Managing in the age of Dilbert and The Office

This personal reflection examines the not-so-hilarious task of managing libraries in a time of fiscal restraint, growing demands and an increasingly uncertain publishing environment.

2012 Henry Kreisel Commemorative Lecture

The 2012 Henry Kreisel Commemorative Lecture will be given by award-winning author Lawrence Hill, author of The Book of Negroes. The Lecture is entitled "Burn it: On Banning, Burning, and Other Inspired Responses to Books."

It will take place on Tuesday, 17th April, 2012 at 7.30 pm at the Timms Centre for the Arts. There will be a reception and book signing event to follow. No tickets required (Note: This event is open to the general public).

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Early Bird Registrati​on for WILU 2012 ends April 4

Register for WILU 2012 before April 4 to take advantage of Early Bird rates!

WILU 2012 is hosted by Grant MacEwan University Library in Edmonton, Alberta from May 23-25. Keynotes include Dr. Michael Eisenberg and Adria Vasil.

Program information is available on our website (http://sites.macewan.ca/wilu2012/program).

Register now!
http://sites.macewan.ca/wilu2012/registration/

Pricing:
Full Conference Registration: $325 CDN +5% GST

Early Bird Registration (before April 4, 2012): $275 CDN +5% GST

Student Registration: $ 200 CDN +5% GST

Pre-conference Workshop Registration: $50 CDN +5% GST

One-day Conference Registration: $135 CDN +5% GST

Full conference registration includes a conference bag, access to all sessions, and conference meals.

Dine-Arounds, a longstanding WILU tradition, will take place on the evening of Thursday, May 24. Fees associated with the Dine-Arounds are the responsibility of the delegate.

Registration will close May 7, 2012

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations and Refunds: Refunds for registration fees, less a $25 administrative fee, will be issued by cheque for cancellations made on or before May 7, 2012. If you wish to cancel your registration after May 7th, no refund will be issued, however another individual from your institution may take your place at the conference at no additional cost.

Please contact wilu2012@macewan.ca if you require more information.

The Basics of Systematic Review Searching Workshop - April 12, 2012

The Southern Alberta Health Libraries Association (SAHLA) would like to invite you to a workshop with Linda Slater from the University of Alberta John W. Scott Health Sciences Library on the basics of systematic review searching on Thursday, April 12, 1:00 – 4:30 pm at the University of Calgary Health Sciences Library, room 1460B.

This session will focus on providing participants with the skills required to carry out the type of literature search required for systematic reviews and meta-analyses. By the end of the session, participants will:

1. Understand what information is required, e.g. search question, inclusion/exclusion criteria, in order to plan and carry out systematic review searches.
2. Select appropriate databases and grey literature sources depending on the topic.
3. Plan and execute an exhaustive search on a topic, using Ovid MEDLINE as the demo database.
4. Make appropriate decisions regarding the use of methodological filters.
5. Have an awareness of the options available to manage references.
6. Provide documentation of the search process
7. Be aware of PRESS as a course of peer-review for systematic review searches.

This is a hands-on/demo based workshop aimed at librarians, information professionals and others with knowledge of the principles of searching bibliographic databases, e.g. familiarity with Boolean operators, controlled vocabulary searching and keyword searching.

The workshop is accredited for 3 CHLA/MLA credits. SAHLA is subsidizing the costs of this workshop for its members. For non-members, the workshop will cost $15.

Please register online by April 6 athttp://chla-absc.ca/sahla/register.html

-- Southern Alberta Health Libraries Associationhttp://www.chla-absc.ca/sahla/

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Save the date for GELA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Save the date for GELA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be held on Thursday, April 19, 6pm in the basement Edmonton Room of the Stanley A. Milner Library, 7 Sir Winston Churchill Square.

Your vote is needed! Plan to attend the AGM on April 19th.

This is your chance to meet the new executive, renew your membership, and enjoy refreshments and connect with other GELA members!

Hope to see you there!
More details soon.

Debbie Feisst
GELA Publicity Councillor

Canadian Learning Commons Conference at the U of C

The University of Calgary is pleased to host the Canadian Learning Commons Conference: New Media, New Fluencies and Life Skills Development: Preparing Learners for the 21st Century on May 7-9, 2012.

The pre-conference workshop on May 7, 1:00-430PM is, Assessing the Impact of the Commons on Learning Outcomes, a workshop led by Melinda Scott, George Brown College.

The main conference kicks off on May 8 with two plenary speakers:
Re-Learning the Commons: From Conceptual Overview to Case Study, co-written by Donald Beagle and Barbara Tierney and presented by Barbara Tierney, University of North Caroline, Charlotte.
Common Ground, Divergent Ecosystems: Mediating New Learning in the 21st Century, presented by Margaret Mackey, University of Alberta.

Speakers from Canada, United States and Australia are coming together to present a broad and varied program of interest to librarians, student learning services specialists and anyone who is working in a Learning Commons environment.

For more information on the program please see the master schedule.

Pre-Conference workshop fee is $75.(Canadian funds)
Conference fee is $275.00 (Canadian Funds)
Conference fee includes Conference reception, two continental breakfasts, conference dinner, and two lunches.

For more information and to register www.ucalgary.ca/clcc2012

Open Minds – Open Access - Edmonton

The King’s University College is pleased to invite you to Open Minds – Open Access, a conference focusing on open access materials, digital collections and the emerging world of electronic textbooks. This conference is designed for faculty, copyright officers, and library staff.

· When: Thursday, May 10, 2012
· Where: At The King’s University College, 9125 - 50 Street, Edmonton, Alberta
· Cost: Early Bird Rate: $80 includes three great speakers, breakfast, and hot lunch

Conference web site: http://www.kingsu.ca/library/open_access/sessions.html

Session Topics and Speakers:
The Opportunity Side of Open – presented by Paul Stacey, Director, Curriculum Development, BCcampus
Source Material at the Click of a Mouse – Digital Collections – presented by Steve Schafer, Director of Library Services, Athabasca University
E-Textbooks – Coming Soon to A Bookstore Near You – presented by Paul Wilde, Course Materials Manager at the University of Alberta Bookstores.

Early Bird registration deadline: Wednesday, April 18.
After this date the conference cost is $100.00.

Please forward to everyone at your institution who may find this conference helpful.

Questions? Email us at copyright@kingsu.ca.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Knowledge Management Network Seminar Series - Edmonton

Date: April 17, 2012
Time: 2-4pm
Location: 10155-102 Street, Commerce Place, 4th floor, Room 4XL

Session Title:
Libraries in the 21st Century – An Integral Part of a Knowledge Based Workplace

Session Description:
Significant efforts have taken place to modernize the Alberta library system in order to ensure its relevance to current society, but more importantly for KM purposes, to support the knowledge worker in an increasingly complex work environment. Punch Jackson was at the forefront of this transformation and will share key dimensions of this success journey, along with thoughts and ideas for even newer directions to come. Punch will also discuss his current (volunteer) work with the Leisure Information Network (LIN) and its ongoing efforts toward enhancing knowledge exchange and nurturing collaboration.

Speaker:
Punch Jackson- During his 30 plus years with the Government of Alberta in a variety of management capacities, Punch was known for his commitment to innovation and establishing leading-edge strategic directions. He recently retired as Director of Public Library Services at Alberta Municipal Affairs where he played a leadership role in, connecting libraries to the SuperNet, launching public library marketing campaigns, finalizing the first Community Access Program agreement, and creating electronic performance measures. Punch also helped guide a major provincial consultation process that led to the report, Framework for the Future: Positioning Alberta Libraries for the 21st Century. Among his current volunteer efforts, Punch is on the Board of Directors for the Leisure Information Network.

To register for this seminar, please send an email to Peggy Yeh at peggy.yeh@gov.ab.ca

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Achieve Balance at AALT Conference 2012 - May 3 - 6

Conference Registration is open! Conference Registration is open! Shout it from the rooftops! Tweet it on Twitter! Text it on Facebook!

Let your journey toward Achieving Balance begin by going to www.aalt.org/conference!

Conference Deadlines:
· Early Bird Rate - Ends April 1
· Canmore Radisson (the conference hotel) – Rooms and rates guaranteed until March 19
· AALT Conference Bursary - March 31
· AALT Professional Development Bursary – March 31
· AGM Agenda Items – April 3

Limited sessions are filling up fast so don’t miss out, register TODAY!

See you in Canmore May 3 to 6, 2012!

Marcia and Mel, Conference Chairsconference@aalt.org

A Celebration of Robert Kroetsch in Edmonton, March 16

A Celebration of Robert Kroetsch

an evening of readings and remembrances featuring:

George Bowering
Jenna ButlerJeff Carpenter
Nicole Markotic
Roy Miki
Fred Wah
Thomas Wharton
hosted by Douglas Barbour

Provincial Archives of Alberta (8555 Roper Road)
Friday, March 16, 7:00 p.m.
Free admission and refreshments
All are welcome!

For more information, contact Cathie Crooks:
University of Alberta Press
Ring House 2, Edmonton T6G 2E1
ccrooks@ualberta.ca / (780) 492-5820

Calgary Libraries in Action event - Tomorrow!

The Calgary Libraries in Action event will be happening Thursday, March 15 from 6:30PM to 9:00PM.

The event features a speaker panel and a reception at the historical Lougheed House in downtown Calgary. Our dynamic speaker panel will be discussing their work with untraditional patron groups.

Jim Gray: serving Northern and rural communities
Madelaine Vanderwerff: meeting the needs of users at Alberta Law Libraries
Lauren Bossler: working at West View School at the Calgary Young Offenders Centre
Julie Alati-it: helping users at the Women's Health Knowledge Centre

Please register for the Foothills Library Association event if possible. We will accept at the door registrations as well. To register online please go to http://www.fla.org/home/events

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

NEOS Miniconfer​ence: June 8, 2012!!

We invite you to join us on Friday, June 8, 2012 for the annual NEOS Mini-Conference at the Robbins Centre at Grant MacEwan University.

We invite all NEOS members 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 would be of interest to the NEOS community. Sessions run for an hour and fifteen minutes.

Please send proposals and nominations to Andrea Wilson at andrea.m.wilson@gov.ab.ca . Please submit nominations and proposals by March 19, 2012.

Thanks!
Andrea Wilson Chair, NEOS Continuing Education Committee

Friday, March 2, 2012

Calgary Libraries in Action (CLIA) at Lougheed House

The Foothills Library Association would like to invite you to attend the Calgary Libraries in Action (CLIA) event on March 15th, 6:30PM to 9:00PM at Lougheed House, a beautiful heritage building in downtown Calgary.

Our panel of speakers will discuss their work with untraditional patron groups.

Jim Gray: serving Northern and rural communities
Madelaine Vanderwerff: meeting the needs of users at Alberta Law Libraries
Lauren Bossler: working at West View School at the Calgary Young Offenders Centre
Julie Alati-it: helping users at the Women's Health Knowledge Centre, Health Information Network

Tickets for the event are $20 for FLA members and $30 for non members.

This event will also feature a reception with fantastic hot and cold hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

The registration deadline is March 11 through the FLA events website http://www.fla.org/home/events, onsite registration will be available as well.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Celebrate Freedom to Read Week by attending a FREE discussion with Paula Simons & Greg Hollingshead

Celebrate Freedom to Read Week with the Canadian Literature Centre and the Writers Guild of Alberta as renowned author, Greg Hollingshead, joins his former writing student and Edmonton Journal columnist, Paula Simons, for a conversation on her experiences as a local journalist who has received both acclaim and criticism for her columns. The two literary personalities will also discuss how Freedom to Read Week is connected with freedom of expression and challenges that both novelists and journalists face once their work is published. There will be time for questions and socializing at the end.

Thursday, March 1, 2012 7:00 pm
Law Centre 231/237
University of Alberta

Edmonton Public Library presents War of the Words: Language and Politics

In celebration of Freedom to Read week 2012, Edmonton Public Library presents War of the Words: Language and Politics.

Reports in the corporate media reveal another victim of U.S. imperial policy: language. The use of words is a powerful tool in shaping public opinion. In military briefings repeated by the media, we have "collateral damage" instead... of civilian deaths. Designated enemies are ruled by "hardliners" while we have leaders. They launch "aggressive" wars while we "defend" ourselves. Euphemisms make the bloody reality of war a more palatable sell to the public.

Join EPL in welcoming David Barsamian – award-winning founder, director and host of Alternative Radio, the independent weekly talk radio series heard around the world – to close out Freedom to Read Week 2012.

When: Saturday, March 3, 2012 | 7:00pm

Where: Stanley A. Milner Library Theatre (Basement Level)

More: http://www.epl.ca/freedomtoread and http://on.fb.me/barsamian

Cost: FREE



About David Barsamian

One of America’s most tireless and wide-ranging investigative journalists, David Barsamian has altered the independent media landscape, both with his weekly radio show Alternative Radio—now in its 26th year—and with his books with Noam Chomsky, Eqbal Ahmad, Howard Zinn, Tariq Ali, Arundhati Roy and Edward Said. His latest book of interviews with Noam Chomsky is How the World Works. Barsamian, who was deported from India a few months ago due to his work on Kashmir and other revolts, discusses world affairs, the state of journalism, censorship, the economic crisis and global rebellions.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Calgary Council of Christians and Jews Freedom to Read Event

Join the Calgary Council of Christians and Jews for presentations and a dialogue with Janet Keeping, President, Sheldon Chumir Foundation for Ethics in Leadership and Dr. Kori Street, Director of Programs, USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education. Canadian Delegate, Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Research and Remembrance.
Critical thinking skills are crucial in the struggle against hateful thinking and whether or not Holocaust deniers should be removed from book shelves.
Tickets: $5.00, Students: no charge.
Sunday, March 4, 2012, 2:00 - 5:00 pm,
St. Gerards Church, Social Hall, 8944 Elbow Dr. SW, Calgary, AB
Contact: Please reserve by Friday, March 2, Myron, 403-239-6811
Web: www.cccj-ab.org/coming_up.html

AAAL Spring Meeting

* DATE: Thursday, 2012 April 19
* TIME: 8:30 am - 3:45 pm
* LOCATION: SAIT Polytechnic
* ADDRESS: 1301 - 16 Avenue NW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, T2M 0L4
* MAP: Find SAIT Campus on Google Maps @ http://maps.google.ca/maps?q=1301+-+16+Avenue+NW,+Calgary,+Alberta,+Canada,+T2M+0L4&hl=en&hnear=1301+16+Ave+NW,+Calgary,+Division+No.+6,+Alberta&gl=ca&sqi=2&t=m&z=16&iwloc=ACAMPUS
* CAMPUS MAP: SAIT Main Campus @ http://sait.ca/pages/about/campuses/maincampus/index.shtml or http://www.corpcomtesting.com/map/saitgooglemap.php

PARKING is available for visitors. Permits are valid for day of purchase only, unless otherwise stated. Payment by credit card can be made at any entry and exit terminal. Cash payments are accepted only at one of the four Pay Stations (located in Campus Centre, the P6 Parkade). For more information on visitor parking @ SAIT please contact:

* Tel: 403.210.4494
* Fax: 403.210.4490
* Email: campus.parking@sait.ca

Price information for all SAIT parking lots is available online @ http://sait.ca/studentservices/transportationandparking/Rates_Permits/index.shtml

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Calgary Freedom to Read committee presents David Barsamian

Calgary Public Library is excited to present an evening with David Barsamian, founder of Alternative Radio. Language and Politics: Orwell’s World and Ours.
Friday March 2nd, 7 p.m. at the Dutton Theatre, Central Library. Doors open at 6:30.

FLA Movie Night!

See the classic movie Storm Center and get a tour of the new Taylor Family Digital Library (TFDL) at the University of Calgary.

Storm Center stars Bette Davis as a small town librarian in the 1950s. When the city council demands the removal of a book from her library, she refuses to bow to their pressure despite significant personal cost.

This free event is a great lead-in to Freedom to Read week. Join the Foothills Library Association at:
  • Location: Gallery Hall, Taylor Family Digital Library, University of Calgary (Google Map)
  • Time:
    • Tour the TFDL at 6:30pm
    • Movie at 7:00pm
  • Date: February 21, 2012
  • Cost: Free!
  • RSVP: laurakoltutsky@gmail.com

Drinks and light snacks will be provided.

Parking is available at the University. Check their Visitor Parking page for details and maps.

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

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Invitation to CanLII Meeting – discussion of its past, present and plans

An invitation to a presentation and conversation with Colin Lachance, President and CEO of CanLII.

This is an open session. No RSVP or sign-in required.

Edmonton - Wednesday, February 8

Barrister's Lounge, 2nd Floor, Law Courts Building (South) from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.


Calgary - Thursday, February 9

Suite 1800, 18th Floor, Calgary Courts Centre (North) from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Edmonton Chapter of Room to Read

The Edmonton Chapter of Room to Read is having an informational/organizational meeting on Feb 8th at 7pm in room 1-21 of the Rutherford Library.

Mikai’sto Foundation Fundraising Gala

Mikai’sto Foundation is pleased to announce it will be holding a gala for a new Learner’s Resource Centre/ Campus Facility for Red Crow Community College. Mikai’sto Foundation was established as the fundraising arm of RCCC.

As part of its fund raising and promoting activities for a new Learner’s Resource Centre/Campus Facility Mikai’sto Foundation will be holding its second gala event on March 16, 2012 in Lethbridge, Alberta. The gala will feature First Nations entertainers - contemporary and traditional. Headliners for the event are: Asani, a First Nations awarding winning trio from the Edmonton area; Armond Duck Chief, an up and coming country singer from Siksika, Alberta; J.J. First Charger Junior Hoop Dancers from the Blood Reserve and Carmen Callihou a First Nations Comedian also from Edmonton, Alberta. Completing the musical lineup are entertainers from the Blood Reserve: the Dexter Bruised Head Family, Carrie and Jessica Goodstriker, Martin Heavy Head, Jr. and Tsuwaki Marule who will sing O Canada in Blackfoot.

Red Crow Community College was established as a First Nations educational institute in 1986. The college started as an adult education centre, which offered curriculum courses of two high school courses, University College Educational Preparation Program, one University of Lethbridge course and a study skills component. In the late 1990s, the college established the Kainai Studies department which incorporated uniquely designed courses based upon Blackfoot/Kainai worldviews. Adult upgrading, continuing and community education remain a critical focus of the curriculum. RCCC is accredited by the First Nations’ Accreditation Board, and sponsored into the Alberta Council of Admissions and Transfer, through partnerships with the University of Lethbridge and University of Calgary. RCCC has also developed a fully, functional academic library with over 15,000 items in its collection focusing on First Nations and Native American titles and a Blackfoot special collection. The Resource Centre has also attained membership to numerous library associations in Canada and the USA.

In its 25 year history RCCC has developed from a few courses into a complete post-secondary institute focusing on adult education with courses in Life Skills, Basic Skills, Academic Upgrading, Arts & Science courses, Kainai Studies and partners with other institutes to provide diploma, degree and graduate programs. Our current facilities do not meet our needs. The main campus is located in an old residential school built in 1925.

There are two campuses one on the Blood Reserve and a Satellite Campus located in Lethbridge. There are about 300 students enrolled in its programs. The first fundraising gala event was held in November 2008 in Calgary, Alberta and featured well known environmentalist David Suzuki.

For more information contact Francis First Charger, CEO Mikai’sto Foundation @ 403-737-2400, Ext. 221, email: firstchg@telus.net or Mary Weasel Fat, RCCC Library Coordinator @403-737-2400, Ext. 265, email: mary.weaselfat@gmail.com.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Edmonton Event - GELA Dine-Aroun​d - Friday, Feb 3

Start your year off with a bang: meet up with your GELA colleagues and sample the fare at a great local restaurant on Friday, February 3rd, 2012.

You may have encountered the dine-around concept at conferences. We decided to give it a shot here.

The idea of the dine-around is to organize small groups of GELA members to get out and visit local restaurants. Keeping the groups small ensures a more intimate dinner party experience, where everyone gets to know his or her fellow diners, which hopefully sparks some lively conversation.

It's a great chance for both new and long-time members to make connections and meet new people. Holding the event at multiple restaurants allows members to choose a restaurant that indulges their culinary curiosity and fits their budget.

The selected restaurants for the event are: the Pourhouse Bier Bistro, Blue Chair Café, Narayanni's Gourmet South African Indian Cuisine, and Pampa Brazilian Steakhouse.

If you have any questions, please email John Huck, GELA program councillor, at john.huck@ualberta.ca <mailto:john.huck@ualberta.ca> .
Hope to see you there!

For more information and to RSVP please see http://gela.ca

Date Reminder - AAAL Spring Meeting

Please book your calendars for the AAAL Spring Meeting.

This meeting scheduled for Thursday, 2012 April 19. More details will follow.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Achieving Balance -- AALT Conference May 3-6, 2012

Achieving Balance…quest, journey, lifestyle, change. Whether in work, life, or even collection development, everyone strives to achieve balance. With that in mind, the AALT Conference Committee has decided to focus the 2012 Conference on Achieving Balance.

Come join us May 3rd to 6th 2012 in Canmore, Alberta, a place where the Rocky Mountains demonstrate what balance is all about!

Achieving Balance: AALT Conference 2012 has something for everyone! Start your quest for balance by taking part in the one of the pre-conference sessions being held in Calgary and Edmonton. Then hop on the AALT bus and continue your journey to Canmore where the majestic Rockies and the AALT Conference Committee will be waiting to greet and inspire you!

Conference highlights include:3 top notch keynote speakers – Alberta author Hazel Hutchins, award-winning educator, futurist, researcher, and science journalist Dr. Tom Keenan, and Alberta author/playwright Conni Massing.

27 information packed sessions on topics such as grant writing, aboriginal perspectives in literature, RDA, E-book cataloguing, procrastination, twitter, unique tours, updates on the school library initiative, and much, much more!

Vendor Showcase with company delegates there to answer all your product questions!Saturday Awards Banquet that promises to be an energized and entertaining event starting with tributes to AALT award recipients and retiring MacEwan instructor Tony Fell and finished up by the lively and melodious tones of the renowned Pat Belliveau Quartet featuring Sherry Kennedy. Social events include eye opening morning events, and a unique scavenger hunt where achieving balance is the key to both winning as well as the setting for laughs and camaraderie!

Note: We are arranging a conference bus from Edmonton / Red Deer / Calgary to Canmore if you are interested in taking the bus please contact conference@aalt.org for more information.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions about Achieving Balance: AALT Conference 2012 please email Marcia and Melanie at conference@aalt.org.

See you in Canmore May 3 – 6, 2012!

Conference website coming soon: http://www.regonline.com/aaltconference2012achievingbalance

Upcoming Research Colloquium at SLIS

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

Dr. Margaret Mackey, Professor, School of Library & Information Studies, University of Alberta

"A Grounded View of Children's Reading"

Wednesday, Februrary 8, 20122-09
Rutherford South, University of Alberta
12:00pm-1:00pm

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Edmonton Event - GELA Dine-Aroun​d - Friday, Feb 3

Start your year off with a bang: meet up with your GELA colleagues and sample the fare at a great local restaurant on Friday, February 3rd, 2012.

You may have encountered the dine-around concept at conferences. We decided to give it a shot here.

The idea of the dine-around is to organize small groups of GELA members to get out and visit local restaurants. Keeping the groups small ensures a more intimate dinner party experience, where everyone gets to know his or her fellow diners, which hopefully sparks some lively conversation.

It's a great chance for both new and long-time members to make connections and meet new people. Holding the event at multiple restaurants allows members to choose a restaurant that indulges their culinary curiosity and fits their budget.

The selected restaurants for the event are: the Pourhouse Bier Bistro, Blue Chair Café, Narayanni's Gourmet South African Indian Cuisine, and Pampa Brazilian Steakhouse.

If you have any questions, please email John Huck, GELA program councillor, at john.huck@ualberta.ca <mailto:john.huck%40ualberta.ca> .

Hope to see you there!

For more information and to RSVP please see http://gela.ca <http://gela.ca>

Register to Attend the 2012 Forum for Informatio​n Profession​als

Website registration is now open to attend the 2012 Forum for Information Professionals on Friday, January 27th, at the University of Alberta School of Library and Information Studies.

Please register at http://fip.lissa.ca/main/attend to attend this free one day conference. The cutoff this year will be 165 participants so please register asap! Note that registration is required to attend the lunch and the student presentations but not the morning or afternoon keynote speakers.

We are excited to present this year to the library and information services community, our morning keynotes speakers Marni Harrington and Elizabeth Marshall who will present on Mentoring in Academic Libraries: A Canadian Perspective. Our afternoon keynote speakers, Jeananne Kathol Kirwin, Linda Cameron and Robert Tiessen, will participate in a Copyright Panel Discussion.

Keynote speaker and student presentation information is also available on the website.

The schedule has now been posted!

If you have any questions please contact Senior Co-Chairs, J. Nicole Mullings (jmulling@ualberta.ca) or Tawnia Daughton (tawnia@ualberta.ca).

Edmonton Social Planning Council: Lunch and Learn Series


The Edmonton Social Planning Council invites you to our first Lunch and Learn Series event of the year!

Literacy: Implications For Us All with Jonna Grad and Wendy Peverett, Centre for Family Literacy

Our speakers will discuss the impact thatlower literacy rates have on all aspects of a person's life.They will also talk about programs offered by the Centreto help Albertans improve their literacy skills.


Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

12-1 pm

Audio-Visual Room, Main Floor, Stanley Milner Library (downtown library @ Churchill Square)
Bring your lunch. Feed your mind.

For more information about our Lunch and Learn Series, visit our website, call 780.423.2031x354, or email Stephen MacDonald, Resource Coordinator at stephenm[at]edmontonsocialplanning[dot]ca

Strathcona County Library: Two upcoming lectures on The Art and History of Books.

THE HISTORY OF THE BOOKSUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5

Strathcona County Library welcomes guest lecturer Sarah Mead-Willis, Rare Book Cataloguer at the University of Alberta. Join us from 2 PM – 4PM, for a fascinating illustrated journey through the history of the book.

Tickets are $10, available at the Check Out Desk. For more information, email info@sclibrary.ab.ca, or call 780.410.8600.


HANDMADE BOOKS TODAYSUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12

Strathcona County Library welcomes guest speakers from the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild. Join us from 2 PM – 4PM for a talk about the ancient and beautiful art of handmade books, with a showcase of books created by Guild members.

Tickets are $10, available at the Check Out Desk. For more information, email info@sclibrary.ab.ca, or call 780.410.8600.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

2012 Forum for Information Professionals

Website registration is now open to attend the 2012 Forum for Information Professionals on Friday, January 27th, at the University of Alberta School of Library and Information Studies.

Please register at http://fip.lissa.ca/main/attend to attend this free one day conference. The cutoff this year will be 165 participants so please register asap! Note that registration is required to attend the lunch and the student presentations but not the morning or afternoon keynote speakers.

We are excited to present this year to the library and information services community, our morning keynotes speakers Marni R. Harrington and Elizabeth Marshall who will present on Mentoring in Canadian English Academic Libraries. Our afternoon keynote speakers, Jeananne Kathol Kirwin, Linda Cameron and Robert Tiessen, will participate in a Copyright Panel Discussion.

Keynote speaker and student presentation information is also available on the website. The schedule will be posted to the website soon, so stay tuned!

If you have any questions please contact Senior Co-Chairs, J. Nicole Mullings (jmulling@ualberta.ca) or Tawnia Daughton (tawnia@ualberta.ca).

We hope to see you at FIP 2012!

Research Colloquium: The Importance of Being Earnest: Non-ambiguous Identification of Information Objects

The School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta invites you to attend the following Research Colloquium:Dr. Andreas Strotmann, Senior Researcher, GESIS, Germany
"The Importance of Being Earnest: Non-ambiguous Identification of Information Objects"

When: Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Where: 2-09 Rutherford South, University of Alberta
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm

Winter Institute on Statistical Literacy for Librarians (WISLL) February 22-24, 2012

The University of Alberta Libraries is 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. Seven (7) spots remain and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

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 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, or to register please visit http://wisll.library.ualberta.ca./.
If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at: wisll@mail.library.ualberta.ca.
Nicole DalmerWISLL Coordinator

* Please note that I am in the Data Library at the following times and will respond to your inquiries as soon as possible: Tuesday morning, Wednesday afternoon, Friday all day