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Book Hotel Now for BC Library Conference 2009

Looking forward to that 24 hour conference experience? Special room rates with the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown and Holiday Inn Express Metrotown are available until March 15th, or until the room blocks sell out, whichever comes first.  So make that reservation now!

Links to more information about each hotel, as well as their direct booking links are available at: http://www.bclibraryconference.ca/page/conference%20hotels.aspx


SLA / BCLA Spring Pub Night

Come celebrate spring and Vancouver’s newest information professionals and raise a glass with your fellow librarians! The SLA Western Canada Chapter and BCLA are pleased to host a pub night following the wrap-up of the SLAIS Career Expo. Door prizes, silly games, and free appetizers abound!

Friday, March 20th
5pm onwards
The Morrissey Pub
1227 Granville (at Davie)
RSVP appreciated – Anne O’Shea at acoshea@gmail.com

All are welcome!

ALPS December Meeting at Langara College

This year’s very successful ALPS December Meeting was held at Langara College on Friday, December 5th and was attended by over 55 academic librarians from across BC.  The theme was Interactive Learning and Instruction Online.


The morning speaker program kicked off with a warm welcome from Kevin Paul, Dean of Student Support Services at Langara.  Colleen Bell, Information Literacy and Web Services Librarian at the University of the Fraser Valley, then provided an engaging and informative overview of the evolution of the academic library research skills tutorial from the print workbooks of the 1980s to the cutting-edge online modules of today.  Her talk included a demonstration of the interactive Online Library Assignment she created for her own library; this tutorial can be viewed via ALPS LINK (http://www.eln.bc.ca/irl) or at: http://journals.ufv.ca/library/first_year/


Next, Joyce Leung, Communications and Design Coordinator for the Developmental Disabilities Association and a recent graduate of the Interaction Design program at SFU, offered a valuable student perspective on the effectiveness of interactive learning online.  She also discussed her work with post-secondary librarians and educators around the province in developing a series of online research and writing tutorials for the BC Campus Project; these Academic Resource Toolbox (ART) tutorials can be viewed via ALPS LINK ((http://www.eln.bc.ca/irl) or at: http://www.eln.bc.ca/view.php?id=1603


After lunch, attendees were treated to tours of the beautiful, award-winning Langara College Library: http://www.langara.bc.ca/library/newbuilding/aboutbuilding.html   The afternoon business meeting included reports from ALPS executive members Ophelia Ma (UVic), Chairperson, Katherine Miller (UBC), Incoming Chair, Celia Brinkerhoff (Douglas), 2nd year Continuing Education Director, Nicole Aerts (Royal Roads), 1st year Continuing Education Director, Hope Power (SFU), Recording Secretary, and Nicole Penz (UBC SLAIS) Student Representative.  The ALPS LINK Laud a Librarian contest awards were then presented and the meeting concluded with a lively roundtable discussion of BC post-secondary library news.


Many thanks to BCLA for sponsoring and Langara College for hosting this meeting.  The presentations and part of the business meeting were videotaped and will be posted to the ALPS web server.  Keep your eye out for an announcement on the ALPS e-mail list this month!


Submitted by: Hope Power, ALPS Recording Secretary, Simon Fraser University Library

Register Now for the Fast Forward Media Showcase (April 29-30)

Do you buy media?  Do you want to save time and money?

The annual Fast Forward Media Showcase will take place on April 29-30, 2009 in North Vancouver.

At Fast Forward you will be able to

Preview multimedia and rich video content before you purchase titles at an affordable price,
Network with other attendees and leaders in the educational and library sectors,
Attend sessions on the hottest topics in media today, such as video streaming.

In addition to screening the offerings of 15 or more prominent Canadian distributors, you will be able to view productions from several independent Canadian filmmakers, an opportunity not found elsewhere.

Fast Forward allows you to save time and money.  Register by February 20th, 2009 for a special Early Bird rate and prize!

To register or get more information, visit www.langara.bc.ca/ffwd/


Submitted by: Hope Power, ALPS Recording Secretary, Simon Fraser University Library

Getting Hired in Higher Education: A Panel Event at SLAIS

 On Monday, October 20th, SLAIS students at UBC were treated to Getting Hired in Higher Education, a BCLA/ALPS panel event designed to answer their questions about academic librarianship. Despite midterm assignments and busy schedules, over 20 students attended to ask their questions and learn about what employers in academic libraries are looking for from panelists Ophelia Ma (University of Victoria), Julie Mitchell (Irving K. Barber Learning Services, UBC), Allison Richardson (Kwantlen Polytechnic University), and Ron Rooth (Simon Fraser University).
Many of the questions sought information about the sorts of classes, skills and professional experience that employers are looking for within academic library. Other questions focused on the application and interview process and how to learn about an institution before getting hired.  A list of these student questions can be viewed here:  http://alpsgettinghired.pbwiki.com/Questions 

Overall, students were instructed to tailor their education and experience to the job they want. They were told that while technical skills, teaching experience, discipline specialty and association affiliation are important in working in academic libraries, it is a person’s own particular “fit” with the job and the institution that will get them hired in academic libraries. 

Submitted by: Nicole Penz, ALPS SLAIS Student Representative