Participate in the webcast of the ALS December Lightning Talks

For those of you that are not able to come in person to the Academic Librarians Section meeting, you will have the opportunity to view the Lightning Talks “Re-evaluate, reimagine, and reinvigorate: responding to and creating change in academic librarianship” via webcast starting at 9:30am Dec 5th, 2014. Details about how to access the webcast and technical requirements for viewing the webcast are included below.

Webcast Location:

http://www.sfu.ca/webcast

Technical Requirements For Viewing SFU’s Streaming Video Webcasts

Adobe Flash Player 10 is required to view SFU’s streaming video webcasts.  Please ensure you have the most recent version of the free Adobe Flash Player, and that your computer meets the minimum system requirements.

Once you have installed/updated Adobe Flash Player, please confirm that your computer is up to specification by viewing our sample webcast.

Please note that a high speed internet connection is required for reliable viewing (minimum 500kbps download speed, maximum 200ms “ping” or latency).  Also, you must ensure that you are not behind a firewall that is blocking certain required ports (80, 443, and 1935; you can check to see if these ports are open here).  If you have any ports that are blocked, you will need to contact your local system administrator or internet service provider well ahead of time and make arrangements to have them opened.

A recording of the Lightning Talks will also be available after the event at http://www.sfu.ca/video-library/index.html

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Registration Open for the ALPS December Meeting!

Registration is now open for the Dec 5th Academic Librarians Section meeting “Re-evaluate, reimagine, and reinvigorate: responding to and creating change in academic librarianship”. Please register for the event at https://bclaconnect.ca/?page_id=2301 before the noon December 1st deadline. The event will be held at SFU Harbour Centre (Rm. 7000, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver).

We would also like to take this opportunity to announce our exciting list of speakers for the morning Lightning Talks:

  • Sally Taylor, UBC. BIOSIS Previews: re-evaluating what’s “core”
  • Janis McKenzie & Rebecca Dowson, SFU. Small can be beautiful: the new “feature” reference collection at SFU Bennett
  • Jocelyn Hallman, Capilano University. Strategic Teaching and Learning at CapU
  • Eugene Barsky, UBC. Research Data Management in UBC – Time to Walk the Walk
  • Danuta Zwierciadlowski & Hillary Webb, Emily Carr University. Using WordPress When Your Library Can’t Afford LibGuides
  • Meg Ecclestone, Vancouver Island University. “There’s a university in Nanaimo? What’s a Nanaimo?” My move West from the centre of the universe

We look forward to seeing you there!

Re-evaluate, Reimagine, and Reinvigorate: Responding to and Creating Change in Academic Librarianship

Save the date:

The December Academic Librarians Section meeting has been booked for Friday December 5th from 9am to 3pm in Room 7000 in the Harbour Centre building at SFU Vancouver.

Call for proposals:

The theme of this year’s ALS December Lightning Talks is Re-evaluate, reimagine, and reinvigorate: responding to and creating change in academic librarianship

Have you recently redesigned a library workshop, updated a library policy, or changed something else about your library or your professional practice? Come share your experience at the December ALS meeting. The Academic Librarians in Public Service (ALPS) committee has recently changed its name to the Academic Librarians Section (ALS) to recognize the diverse work done by academic librarians. Inspired by this change, the theme of this year’s December meeting is a celebration of all of the ways in which we respond to and create change across our libraries.

Submissions:

Format: Lightning talks (10-15 minutes for each presenter with Q&A time afterwards)

Submit a proposal for your lightning talk to adymarz@sfu.ca by 4 pm on November 10th, 2014.

Please include your name, the title of your proposed talk, and details on how your topic connects to this year’s theme. No need to submit a detailed proposal; write a few lines or provide a more detailed write up if you have one. All ideas welcome. Lastly please tell us if you’ll require technology beyond a laptop, projector and wifi.

ALPS Spring Pub Event! April 24th at The Morrissey

The 2013/14 ALPS Exec invites members to a  casual evening of food, drinks and conversation at the Morrissey in downtown Vancouver. Come to raise a glass to celebrate spring, connect with colleagues, and win door prizes at the ALPS Spring Pub Event!

Thursday, April 24th
5:30-8:30 pm
The Morrissey Pub
1227 Granville (at Davie)

Please RSVP here so that we know how many to expect.

From Granville Station to the Morrissey (just south of Davie) it’s a 15 minute walk or a quick bus ride. If you have questions, please contact Andrea Cameron (amcamero@sfu.ca) or Aleha McCauley (aleha.mccauley@ubc.ca). Looking forward to seeing you there!

Deadline Extended: ALPS Award for Outstanding Service

On behalf of the ALPS Award Committee, I am pleased to announce that the deadline for nominations has been extended to Friday, March 7th, 2014.

Established in 2002, the Academic Librarians in Public Service (ALPS) Award for Outstanding Service is presented to an academic public service librarian, or team of same, whose outstanding service has made a real difference to students, faculty, or colleagues in British Columbia.

The award will be presented at this year’s BC Library Association Annual General Meeting on May 2nd.

ALPS will also publicize the award winner in appropriate media and in a letter to the award winner’s institution.

The ALPS Awards Committee welcomes all nominees for this award. Nominations will be accepted until March 7, 2014 and can be submitted via e-mail to Caitlin Bakker at caitlin.bakker@unbc.ca.

Nominees or their institutions are required to be BCLA members.

You can find the ALPS nomination form here: http://www.bcla.bc.ca/alps/ALPS award/2014 ALPS Award Nomination Form.doc

Please be sure to include the following information in your nomination:
• Name of nominator
• Name of nominee
• Project or reason for nomination
• Contact information for nominator in case we need to follow up

Criteria for nomination could include:
• Demonstrated (through example and/or statistics) impact on students, colleagues, or the library
• Demonstrated collaboration with colleagues or other institutions
• Worthy of inspiring similar efforts within the profession

Your 2014 ALPS Awards Committee

Caitlin Bakker (UNBC)
Holly Hendrigan (SFU)
Mary-Anne McDougall (UFV)
Shawnna Parlongo (UBC)
Frank Sayre (UBC)

ALPS Award for Outstanding Service 2014

Established in 2002, the Academic Librarians in Public Service (ALPS) Award for Outstanding Service is presented to an academic public service librarian, or team of same, whose outstanding service has made a real difference to students, faculty, or colleagues in British Columbia.

The award will be presented at this year’s BCLA AGM on May 2nd, 2014.

ALPS will also publicize the award winner in appropriate media and in a letter to the award winner’s institution.

The ALPS Awards Committee welcomes all nominees for this award. Nominations will be accepted until February 14, 2014 and can be submitted via e-mail to Caitlin Bakker at caitlin.bakker@unbc.ca.

Nominees or their institutions are required to be BCLA members.

You can find the ALPS nomination form here:
http://www.bcla.bc.ca/alps/ALPS award/2014 ALPS Award Nomination Form.doc

Please be sure to include the following information in your nomination:

  • Name of nominator
  • Name of nominee
  • Project or reason for nomination
  • Contact information for nominator in case we need to follow up

Criteria for nomination could include:

  • Demonstrated (through example and/or statistics) impact on students, colleagues, or the library
  • Demonstrated collaboration with colleagues or other institutions
  • Worthy of inspiring similar efforts within the profession

Your 2014 ALPS Awards Committee

Caitlin Bakker (UNBC)
Holly Hendrigan (SFU)
Mary-Anne McDougall (UFV)
Shawnna Parlongo (UBC)
Frank Sayre (UBC)

December Meeting — Dec. 6, Vancouver

The theme for this year’s ALPS December Meeting is:

Technology and the academic librarian: emerging, merging, and changing the game

Flexible learning; virtual campus infrastructure, open access, open learning, open data, open textbooks, (open everything!) MOOCs, LOOCS! What does it all mean for academic librarians? Do place and physical presence matter or is good technology enough?

This December come share your strategies, questions, and innovations related to these new models for higher education. We are looking for speakers who have something to say about our shifting landscape and how we are adapting to it. Is your institution embracing a new model for instruction? How has your library been involved in developing or supporting new ways of delivering services and information to our students, staff and faculty? Are we doing a good job of adapting?

When and where: Lillooet Room (UBC) starting at 9 am on December 6th

Sessions and speakers: 

  • Online Instruction: Keeping it Personal — Ania Dymarz, Life Sciences Librarian (SFU)
  • Teaching via Skype: The Rashomon Effect — Holly Hendrigan, Liaison Librarian for Education and Arts & Social Sciences (SFU)
  • To Use or Not To Use: Should Academic Libraries be Using Web 2.0 Tool to Engage Students and Faculty? — Laura Thorne, Learning Services Librarian (UBC-O)
  • Web Literacy Standards and Open Badges — Cynthia Ng, Accessibility Librarian (Langara)
  • Experimenting with Shifting Sands: UBC Library’s Localized Open Online Course (LOOC) Partnership — Erin Fields, Teaching & Learning Librarian (UBC)
  • Flexible Learning Support for a First Year Business Course — Lindsay Ure, Business Liaison Librarian (UBC)
  • Qualitative Data Analysis Support for Researchers — Nicole White, Head, Research Commons (SFU)

We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Not able to make it to the meeting? You can watch all the great content online through our webcast at http://www.ikebarberlearningcentre.ubc.ca/alps/