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