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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 innovation4libraries.eventbrite.ca  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. 


Call for Nominations for ALPS Exec 2013-2014

Dear Colleagues,

 We are currently seeking nominations for 3 positions for the ALPS Executive for 2013/2014:

  • Chair-elect (2 year term: 1st as chair-elect, 2nd as chair)
  • Continuing education coordinator (2 year term)
  • Recording secretary (1 year term)

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. The Chair for 2013/14 is Sarah Stang from the University of British Columbia—Okanagan Campus.

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 program 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 Aleha McCauley from the University of British Columbia.

Recording secretary (1 year term)

The recording secretary is responsible for taking minutes at executive and ALPS membership meetings, updating the ALPS website and social media outlets, and coordinating the content of the Yodeler on the BCLA Browser.


The ALPS executive meets once a month, mostly via teleconference/online meeting software, coordinates 2-3 events, and a range of other activities.  We warmly welcome representation from outside the Lower Mainland and have found this has worked well to meet via teleconferencing and online meeting software.

If you would like to stand for one of these positions, please send Tara Stephens (tara.stephens@ubc.ca) your name, institutional affiliation, contact information, and position of interest, by APRIL 17, 2013.  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 vote on their choice of candidate. Otherwise, the nominated individuals will be elected by acclamation at the ALPS Annual General Meeting, during the BCLA conference Saturday May 11, 2012 at 12:15pm-1:15pm, in Westminster 3.


Tara Stephens

ALPS Chair



BCLA Browser

BCLA Browser

The latest issue of the BCLA Browser – Vol. 5 No. 2 – is now available! Be sure to check out the ALPS Yodeler on for an overview of the latest activities and initiatives from your Exec.

Nominations are still being accepted for the ALPS Award for Outstanding Service 2013

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.

Nominations are currently being accepted for the ALPS Award for Outstanding Service 2013.  The deadline is Friday, March 15, 2013.  You can find the ALPS Nomination Form here: http://www.bcla.bc.ca/alps/ALPS award/2013_ALPS _Award_Nomination_Form.doc Forms can be submitted via email to Danielle Winn at danielle.winn@ubc.ca.

We look forward to hearing about your outstanding colleagues!

The award will be presented at this year’s BC Library Conference in Richmond, BC. For more information or to register for the conference, see: http://www.bclibraryconference.ca/.

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

We look forward to hearing about your outstanding colleagues!