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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!

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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/

Getting Hired in Higher Education: A Panel

Interested in a career in academic libraries? Want to learn more about navigating the hiring process and securing your first professional position? Join us for this information to hear from recent graduates as they share their experiences transitioning from student to professional in the world of academic librarianship!

Panelists from college and university libraries will discuss their paths from graduation to employment, and the tips, tricks, and strategies they have found useful as new librarians and information specialists. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask our speakers your questions on how best to prepare yourself for success as an academic librarian! This event is facilitated by Academic Librarians in Public Service (ALPS) at SLAIS. Contact Amber Saundry (asaundry.slais@gmail.com) for further details.

This event is being held at UBC’s IKBLC, Dodson Room on 29 October from 12:00-1:30 pm. We hope to see you there!

On Thinking Outside The Box

On Wednesday, April 10th, 2013, a number of librarians, library assistants, and SLAIS students from UBC, SFU and various public libraries gathered at UBC to participate in Innovation Boot Camp.  Innovation Boot Camp is a unique program created by M.J. D’Elia and Robin Bergart, librarians at the University of Guelph who were curious about, and decided to investigate, the nature of innovation. They sought to answer the following questions:

Can innovation be intentionally learned?  Can innovation be cultivated? Can anyone learn to be innovative in a supportive environment? As a participant at this workshop, I would answer all three of these questions with an emphatic and enthusiastic yes!

M.J. did an outstanding job of introducing the program, its history and our goals for the day. He acknowledged that some people may be feeling nervous or shy and encouraged us to be open to the experiences we’d share throughout the day.  From the very first activity to the very last, we were actively engaged in the ideas and processes of innovation and creative thinking.  Participants were exposed to stimulating and inventive instructional activities that encouraged them to: collaborate, take risks, identify problems, frame problems, generate ideas by thinking laterally, challenge their assumptions, evaluate the quality of ideas and improve ideas.

The workshop was an overwhelming success, partly because the participants were enthusiastic and optimistic about their learning goals, and partly because M.J. is an outstanding facilitator who helped us stay committed to thinking outside the box!

Thank you to ALPS, IKBLC, UBC HR and UBC FA-LAC for co-sponsoring the event. 

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