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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.


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

Submit a proposal for your lightning talk to 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 December Meeting: December 6, 2013, Vancouver BC

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?

Format: 15-minute lightning talks (with lots of time for questions and discussion)

Submit a proposal for your lightning talk to by 4 pm on November 4th, 2013

Please include your name, your topic, and why it’s relevant or interesting or current. No pressure – if you can do all of that in 20 words that’s enough. Or write a page. Whatever works for you!

Also, tell us if you’ll require technology beyond laptop, projector and wifi.

Thank you!

Keep Calm and Develop that Plan: Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Planning for Libraries

The BCLA Continuing Education Committee presents…

Earthquakes, floods, fires, power failures, toxic spills, high winds, winter storms, data loss and security breaches … What’s in your future?

Developed for libraries of all kinds, this workshop provides you with the tools you need to protect your staff, collections, and other valuable assets from risks that could turn into disasters. Learn the essentials of disaster planning, from emergency preparedness and response to business resumption and full operational recovery. If you already have a plan, learn how to make it more effective. If you don’t have a plan, learn how to devise one.

You and your library should get ready for whatever might happen. Don’t be surprised. Be prepared.

When:  Tuesday, October 01, 2013 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Check out the webpage for more information & to register:

Convener: Guy Robertson is an Instructor in the Library Technology Program at Langara College, an Instructor in the School of Public Safety & Security at the Justice Institute of BC, and an Adjunct Professor at the School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia. In 2009 CLA published his Unofficial Wisdom: Selected Contributions to Feliciter 1995 – 2009. In 2013, Woodhead Publishing (UK) will publish his Disaster Planning for Libraries: Process and Guidelines. He has developed disaster and business resumption plans for organizations across North America.

Tea and coffee provided.  Please register by noon on Friday, Sept. 27.

Registration price:
BCLA or HLABC member: $50
Non-member: $65

ALPS AGM: Save the Date


The ALPS AGM will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 12:15-1:15 in Westminster 3.

We hope to see you there!

Innovation Boot Camp is Coming to Town!

ALPS is pleased to announce that as a result of collaborative efforts between ALPS, UBC’s IKBLC, UBC’s HR Department and the UBC Faculty Association’s Librarians and Archivists Committee we are able to offer you an exciting professional development opportunity.  Innovation Boot Camp will be coming to town! Innovation Boot Camp is “a social experiment designed by Robin Bergart and M.J. D’Elia to explore the question: can we learn to be more innovative?”[1]

On April 4th, 2013, M.J. D’Elia will be at UBC to lead a workshop for up to 50 people. Please watch the ALPS mailing list, blog, Facebook and/or Twitter pages as registration information will be available soon.

Please see the Innovation Boot Camp website:  or look up the article published by Bergart & D’Elia in 2010. Innovation: The language of learning libraries, Reference Services Review, 38, 4 606-620.

Dec Meeting Webinar & Slides Now Available in cIRcle!

We are pleased to announce that the videorecording and presentation slides of the 2012 ALPS December Meeting are now available in cIRcle at

This year’s theme touched on two of the hottest topics in academic librarianship: service reviews and assessment.

Thanks again to our presenters and to Langara College for sponsoring the event and for generously providing the recording and webcast.

Reminder: December 2012 Annual Meeting

The ALPS Executive is excited that our Annual Meeting is less than a day away! Please contact Tara Stephens at ( if you need a parking pass. If you’re planning to join us via live webcast, please click here at 9:30 am). We can’t wait to see you tomorrow, here’s another look at our exciting program:

9:00-9:30AM: Coffee

9:30-9:45AM: Welcome

9:45-10:00AM: Speaker Group 1

10:00-10:15AM: Speaker Group 2

10:15-10:30AM: Speaker Group 3

10:30-10:45AM: Questions

10:45-11:00AM: Break

11:00AM-12:00PM: First-Year Integrated Instruction Assessment – The UBC Library Experience (Erin Fields)

12:00PM-1:00PM: Lunch

1:00-3:00PM: ALPS Business Meeting & Round Table

3:00PM: Optional tour of Langara Library

Business Meeting Agenda

  • Updates from ALPS Executive
  1. Report from Chair
  2. Report from Continuing Ed Committee
  3. Report from Chair-Elect
  4. Report from Recording Secretary
  5. Report from Student Representatives (Getting Hired, etc.)
  • Update from BCLA Conference Program Planning Chair (TBD)
  • Round Table