Monthly Archives: November 2008

Join the ALPS E-mail List and Facebook Group

The BCLA ALPS e-mail list and Facebook group are open to all.  Join up to learn more about news and events of interest to academic public service librarians across the province — and beyond!  

Details about how to sign up for the e-mail list are available here:

And Facebook members can view and join the group by searching for us by name (i.e. “BCLA ALPS”).

Submitted by: Katherine Miller, ALPS Incoming Chair, UBC Woodward Biomedical Library


Getting Hired in Higher Education: A Panel Event at SLAIS

 On Monday, October 20th, SLAIS students at UBC were treated to Getting Hired in Higher Education, a BCLA/ALPS panel event designed to answer their questions about academic librarianship. Despite midterm assignments and busy schedules, over 20 students attended to ask their questions and learn about what employers in academic libraries are looking for from panelists Ophelia Ma (University of Victoria), Julie Mitchell (Irving K. Barber Learning Services, UBC), Allison Richardson (Kwantlen Polytechnic University), and Ron Rooth (Simon Fraser University).
Many of the questions sought information about the sorts of classes, skills and professional experience that employers are looking for within academic library. Other questions focused on the application and interview process and how to learn about an institution before getting hired.  A list of these student questions can be viewed here: 

Overall, students were instructed to tailor their education and experience to the job they want. They were told that while technical skills, teaching experience, discipline specialty and association affiliation are important in working in academic libraries, it is a person’s own particular “fit” with the job and the institution that will get them hired in academic libraries. 

Submitted by: Nicole Penz, ALPS SLAIS Student Representative

Seeking Submissions for the ALPS Yodeler Blog!


The ALPS Yodeler is back … in a new online format!  As many of you know, the Yodeler is our members’ news column formerly published in the now-retired BCLA Reporter.  We’re all looking forward to the launch of the new BCLA Browser early next year — but in advance of our annual December Meeting (, ALPS wants to help you get the word out about events and new services, facilities, or staff at your BC academic library this fall through this Yodeler blog.


All members are invited to contribute submissions — and we’ll also plan to send out a summary of Yodeler news items received before Monday, December 1st to the BCLA and ALPS e-mail lists.  Share with your colleagues the news and events happening at your BC academic library or report on a topic of interest to academic librarians!


Submissions should be from 50-500 words and can be submitted for posting to Hope Power, ALPS Recording Secretary, at  (please include your name, job title, and contact info).  If you have any questions or suggestions regarding the Yodeler, please do not hesitate to contact Hope.  Thanks!