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!


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 ( 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!

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

Announcing the winners of the 2013 ALPS Award for Outstanding Service

Jean Blackburn and Dan Sifton from Vancouver Island University Library are the recipients of this year’s Award.

Jean and Dan are most deserving of the ALPS Award for Outstanding Service because of their innovative thinking in asking themselves “why do we continue to have overdue fines at our Library?”  Upon closer examination, it seemed as though the disadvantages of fines outweighed the advantages.

After reviewing the Library’s systems and procedures related to loans and overdue fines, Dan and Jean successfully advocated for the removal of fines for most materials for students and faculty (inter-library loans and course reserves are excluded); making VIU the first academic library in Canada to officially cancel fines.

Congratulations Jean and Dan!

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!

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. 


Innovation Bootcamp now open to all library staff and SLAIS students! Register today!

Don’t Miss Out…IBC is coming to UBC!

Librarians and library staff from Alberta to Philadelphia to Ontario have had the chance to participate in the exciting Innovation Boot Camp (IBC) workshop and now IBC is coming to UBC on Wednesday, April 10th, 2013!

This exciting professional development opportunity is a collaborative effort between ALPS, the University of BC (UBC) Library’s Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, UBC’s Human Resources Department and the UBC Faculty Association’s Librarians and Archivists Committee.

Who Can Attend IBC?

This event is now open to all library staff and SLAIS students.

Why Attend IBC?

If you’ve ever found yourself asking any of the following questions, then this is your opportunity to meet with likeminded library folk in a learning environment that’s guaranteed to promote innovative thinking!

  • How can I think more innovatively and creatively in my daily work?
  • What does innovation look like in an academic library environment?
  • How do we develop and sustain creativity and innovativeness in our library?
  • Will a more innovative library better support student learning?

Discover how injecting simple creative problem solving strategies into your everyday work environment can generate ideas more quickly, boost overall productivity, and build high-performing teams.

What Will I Learn at IBC?

This active learning workshop will engage participants in a number of activities designed to inspire, energize, and challenge. Participants will work together to identify a problem worth solving, generate potential ideas to solve that problem, strengthen their solutions, and make a final “rocket pitch” to support their best idea.  Innovation Boot Camp can help make creative thinking a habitual part of our practice and profession. Anyone can learn to be creative when given the right environment. PS – It will be fun!

Registration Information

  • BCLA Members: $50
  • Non-BCLA Members: $60
  • Students: $40

Breaks: Refreshments & Coffee – 8:30-9.00, mid-morning break, lunch break. ** The cost of registration covers lunch.**

1. Register at  PASSWORD: innovation

2. Choose BCLA Member or Non-Member and the quantity of tickets. (Ticket prices in the software are listed as FREE. This is due to the fact that in order to keep registration costs down, we cannot accept online payment. Please choose one of the offline payment methods below).

3. Select the ALPS Pub Night @ UBC if you wish to attend.

4. After registering, pay by CHEQUE or CASH at the event. See instructions for payment options below

A: Pay by cheque:

Make your cheque payable to UBC Library and mail to the following address:

Tara Stephens

Rm. 266 Walter C. Koerner Library

1958 Main Mall

Vancouver, BC

V6T 1Z2


B: Cash at the door:

We will be accepting cash at the door of the event between 8:30AM- 8:55AM. A receipt will be provided. Exact change is appreciated.