Monday, April 22, 2013

Access 2013 Call for proposals May 15th deadline

Access 2013 is Access is Canada’s premier library technology conference bringing librarians, technicians, developers, programmers, and managers together to discuss cutting-edge library technologies. Join us in St. John's Newfoundland, September 23-26 for Access 2013!

The theme for Access 2013 is In Context :

As this will be the 20th conference, we’d like to reflect on the way that Access has grown and developed along with our libraries over the past two decades. What have we learned on this long strange trip? What were our triumphs? How have our failures made us wiser? Where will we go next?
We’re looking for proposals that consider:

  • our present context, and the challenges facing our user communities in digital preservation, in data archiving, in alternative publishing models, and in large scale search and discovery and more.
  • the future context. How can we engage with trends like big data, linked data, open access, and interoperable cloud-based services? How can we build agile organizations that can respond quickly to emerging needs?
  • the community context, the potential for new partnerships in digital humanities, in evidence-based practice, in web metadata, in maker/hacker spaces, in online cultural spaces. How can we reach out into non-traditional areas?
  • our administrative context: the rise of interdisciplinarity and internationalization within our universities; new vendor business models; legislative reform around copyright, privacy, and access to information. How can we help to shape our context? How shall we advocate?
This year we want to take advantage of the flexibility of single track conference planning by letting you propose your preferred session length and format. Let us know if you want to do a traditional session, a quick demo, audience participation, storytelling, Pecha Kucha, lightening talks, a panel of experts or something completely different. Be creative. We’ll accept proposals in any format. You choose a length from 5 minutes to 45 minutes. Sessions over 15 minutes will be selected via peer-review.
Please submit proposals to by May 15, 2013.

K r i s t a G o d f r e y        

Web Services Librarian
Queen Elizabeth II Library
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL
A1B 3Y1

Building the Future: New Directions in Library Design

Building the Future: New Directions in Library Design
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
12 – 1 pm

Central Library, John Dutton Theatre
616 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary, AB T2G 2M2

From Helsinki to Calgary, there is a global renaissance in new library buildings. Ken Roberts, library leader, trend-watcher and author of Facing the Future: A Vision Document for British Columbia’s Public Libraries, will discuss how cities around the world are making their libraries – particularly Central libraries – popular and dynamic public spaces that are future proof and relevant to the communities they serve.

No registration required.  
The event will also be live-streamed and archived at

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Reminder: FLA's Calgary Libraries in Action RSVP deadline is April 26th

Calgary Libraries in Action: Wednesday May 1, 2013

Books Behind Bars: A documentary

Your Foothills Library Association presents a screening of the documentary Books Behind Bars with speakers Tanya Driechel and Dawn
Farkas. Books Behind Bars is a short documentary film that follows the development and growth of the library, its programs, and the people
inside the only multi-level women’s prison facility in Western Canada.

We'd love to have you join us. Light snacks and beverages provided.

Location: Memorial Park Library - 1221 2nd Street SW, 2nd floor
Date: Wednesday, May 1
Time: 7:00pm
RSVP Deadline: April 26

Archives Society of Alberta Calgary Workshop registration deadline April 19th, 2013

Have you been assigned the task of caring for the records of an organization? Are you feeling confused as to the best way to tackle your assignment? Perhaps you are interested in the archival profession but want to learn more about what archivists do. The ASA has the solution for you!

The ASA would like to announce that the Archives Institute for 2013 has met minimum enrolment and will be going ahead in Calgary as scheduled.  There are only two weeks remaining to register and space is filling up quickly. The deadline for registration is April 19.

For more information contact the ASA or see this link:

Rene Georgopalis
Executive Director/Archives Advisor
Archives Society of Alberta

Edmonton PLG: Call for course material for Rise with the Ranks workshop

The Edmonton chapter of the Progressive Librarians Guild (PLG) is hosting an intensive,
two-day workshop for information workers in July, 2013 entitled Rise with the Ranks.

The Rise with the Ranks Workshop is predicated on the principle that library and
information workers should not strive to rise from the ranks but rather rise with the ranks,
to paraphrase Eugene Debs. We believe that cooperative, non-hierarchical methods
of organization are essential to the social justice ideals embraced by our profession.
Therefore, the purpose of the Rise with the Ranks Workshop is to:
  • provide a counter to hierarchical, business models of management within the library and information industry;
  • equip participants with the skills and tools needed to affect meaningful change within the industry and wider society;
  • foster a specific worker identity among library and information workers;
  • build a workers’ movement within the library and information industry based on collaboration and solidarity; and
  • encourage the growth of self-management, egalitarianism, and worker empowerment within the library and information industry.
The Edmonton PLG is soliciting submissions for course material suitable for
participatory, workshop settings. Such course material may include workplace/
community organizing, analysis of neo-liberal management models, skill sharing, or
history and theory, among other topics.

For more information or to submit a workshop proposal, please contact the Edmonton
PLG at Deadline for submissions is April 26, 2013.

PLG Edmonton online:
Twitter feed: @PLGedmonton or

Thursday, April 4, 2013

University of Alberta SLIS Alvin Shrader Reception April 17, 2013

Please join us at the School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta for a reception honoring Dr. Alvin Shrader. RSVP at by April 12, 2013.

Wednesday, April 17th 2013 3:00PM to 5:00PM
Henderson Hall, Rutherford South
University of Alberta


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Southern Alberta Charter bus to Jasper

There are still seats available on the charter bus going from Medicine Hat to the Alberta Library Conference in Jasper.

More information about the bus can be found here:

Please contact Dyan at 403-529-0550 ext 100 to reserve your seat!

Petra Mauerhoff, CEO
Shortgrass Library System

Update: GELA AGM now to include short talks on 'new media' - Wed, April 10, 6pm

Your GELA AGM just got better! 

Join us immediately after the meeting for a round of short new media talks by local librarians.

Holly Arnason – Digital Literacy Librarian, Edmonton Public Library
Delivering creative programming with iPad kits.  

Hanne Pearce –  Public Service Assistant, University of Alberta Libraries
Using memes to engage library users while communicating the library's message.
Laura Jean Winton – Customer Experience Intern, Edmonton Public Library
How new media is changing the reading landscape.

Networking and Refreshments – 5:30 pm  
Annual General Meeting – 6:00 pm
New Media Talks – 6:45 pm – 7:30 pm

FLA Calgary Libraries in Action CLIA Event May 1st, 2013

For this year's Calgary Libraries in Action, The Foothills Library Association presents a screening of the documentary Books Behind Bars with speakers Tanya Driechel and Dawn Farkas.

Books Behind Bars is a short documentary film that follows the development and growth of the library, its programs, and the people inside the only multi-level women’s prison facility in Western Canada.

We'd love to have you join us. Light snacks and beverages provided.
Location: Memorial Park Library - 1221 2nd Street SW, 2nd floor
Date: Thursday, May 1
Time: 7:00pm
RSVP Deadline: April 26

Members $20/Non-Members $25. Please visit our Events page for tickets!

For more information about the Books Behind Bars project please use the link below.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

IL PALOOZA at MacEwan University

The first annual IL Palooza will be held at MacEwan University this spring! 

IL Palooza is an information literacy workshop where professional academic librarians from across Alberta will gather and share effective IL strategies.  This friendly, casual event has been created to promote the exchange of ideas and practical approaches to teaching information literacy in order to enable students to identify, locate, evaluate and use information effectively.

IL Palooza will be hosted by MacEwan University, City Centre Campus, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on April 19, 2013.  Registration is free, and a light snack will be provided.  To register and for further information please visit the IL Palooza website:

Don’t delay, registration is limited to 40 people.  We hope to see you there! 

Leah Plouffe
IL Palooza Committee

Greater Edmonton Library Association Annual General Meeting

Please join your friends and colleagues for the Greater Edmonton Library Association (GELA) Annual General Meeting! 

Time and Location

Wednesday April 10th, 2013 at 6:00 pm
Stanley Milner Downtown Library
Edmonton Room (Basement)

** food and beverages will be provided **

For more information please go to the GELA website

Edmonton Book Launch Friday April 12th

Dear Friends and Colleagues:
Join with the University of Alberta Press,
the Carlson and Steinhauer families, and
Linda Goyette as we celebrate the publication of

Disinherited Generations,
Our Struggle to Reclaim Treaty Rights for First Nations Women and their Descendants,
and the donation of the Indian Rights for Indian Women Collection
to the Provincial Archives of Alberta.
Friday, April 12
7 pm to 9:30 pm

Provincial Archives of Alberta
8555 Roper Road, Edmonton
Public event; admission and parking are free
Program at 7:30 pm
Light refreshments | Wheelchair accessible

Everyone is welcome!
Free feel to circulate this invitation widely.

RSVP to (780) 492-8832 or