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 or 780-471-8702.  Visitor parking information:

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 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

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:
Or email:

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

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).