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!

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.

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.

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.