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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.

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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


Latest Edition of ALPS Yodeler

In case you missed it, you can access the newest edition of the ALPS Yodeler by clicking here.

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.

ALPS Award for Outstanding Service 2010


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 Conference in Penticton, BC. For more information or to register for the conference, see:

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 nominations for this award. Nomination forms will be accepted until February 26, 2010 and can be submitted via e-mail to Hope Power at Nominees or their institutions are required to be BCLA members.

Please be sure to include the following information:
– 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 2010 ALPS Awards Committee:

Colleen Bell (University of the Fraser Valley)
Paula Farrar (University of British Columbia)
Janis McKenzie (Simon Fraser University)
Hope Power (Simon Fraser University)


BCLA ALPS Award for Outstanding Service Winners 2009

Established in 2002, the 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.

This year, at the BCLA Awards Reception held at the BC Library Conference on Fri. April 17th, Ken Cooley (Incoming BCLA President, University of Victoria), presented this award to Stephen Blaeser and Ryan Vernon of the BC College and Institute Library Services (CILS).   CILS is located at Langara College and funded by the B.C. Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development to provide information services in alternate formats for B.C. post-secondary students with print disabilities:

As Ken noted during the award presentation: “In making their selection, the ALPS Award Committee noted Stephen’s and Ryan’s innovative approach to supporting print-disabled clients. The committee was particularly impressed by these librarians’ commitment to the principles of service, collaboration, teaching and training, and information sharing across institutions and sectors, within and beyond the library community.”

Congratulations once again to Stephen and Ryan! And many thanks to this year’s ALPS Award Committee members Colleen Bell (University of the Fraser Valley), Paula Farrar (University of British Columbia), Janis McKenzie (Simon Fraser University), and Todd Rowlatt (Vancouver Community College).

ALPS Executive 2009/2010

At the ALPS Annual General Meeting held at the BC Library Conference on Sat. April 18th, we welcomed the incoming ALPS Executive for 2009/10 :

Chair:  Katherine Miller, University of British Columbia
Chair-Elect:  Hope Power, Simon Fraser University
Continuing Education Coordinator (2nd year):  Nicole Aerts,  Royal Roads University
Continuing Education Coordinator (1st year of 2-year term):  Todd Rowlatt, Vancouver Community College
Recording Secretary:  Susan Paterson, University of British Columbia
SLAIS Student Representative: Tara Stieglitz, BCLA/CLA Student Chapter Association at UBC

Thanks to outgoing chair Ophelia Ma (University of Victoria), outgoing continuing education coordinator Celia Brinkerhoff (Douglas College), and outgoing SLAIS student representative Nicole Penz, for all of their hard work this past year!

Call for Nominations: ALPS Executive 2009/10

Are you interested in meeting new people, and getting more involved with the academic library community? Is there some great idea you’d like to develop, or an innovative program you’d like to help organize? If so, consider serving on the ALPS executive! We are currently seeking nominations for 3 positions:

Chair-elect (2 year term: 1st as chair-elect, 2nd as chair)

The chair-elect’s main duties are to assist the chair in planning the annual December meeting, to recruit members of the executive and to assist in any other events organized by ALPS. This year’s chair-elect, and next year’s chair, is Katherine Miller at UBC.

Continuing education coordinator (2 year term)

The continuing education responsibilities are shared between two executive members for a two year term. Each continuing education coordinator is elected on alternating years. Responsibilities include serving on the BCLA conference planning committee, liaising with the BCLA continuing education committee, coordinating events with the BCLA group at SLAIS, and organizing continuing education activities throughout the year. The continuing education coordinator who will work with you, in the 2nd year of her term, is Nicole Aerts at Royal Roads University.

Recording secretary (1 year term)

The recording secretary is responsible for taking minutes at executive and ALPS membership meetings, updating the ALPS website and Facebook page, and coordinating the content of the Yodeler, both in the BCLA Browser and on the Yodeler blog (

The ALPS executive meets about 6 times a year, mostly via teleconference, and coordinate 2-3 events, and a range of other activities. If you would like to stand for one of these positions, please send Ophelia Ma ( your name, institutional affiliation, contact information, and position of interest, by APRIL 6, 2009. If you know someone who would be a great candidate, please encourage them to put their name forward!

If more than one nomination is received for any of the positions, the ALPS membership will be given the opportunity to vote on their choice of candidate. Otherwise, the nominated individuals will be elected by acclamation at the ALPS Annual General Meeting on Saturday, April 18th.