Friday, March 25, 2011

Canadian Health Libraries Association Annual Confrence

The CHLA/ABSC 2011 Conference is right around the corner taking place in Calgary, Alberta, from May 26-30, 2011.  Learning opportunities abound, one can network in-person and virtually, and there are a wealth of social activities including opening reception, banquet, and a music jam.  The Conference is at the newly renovated Hyatt Regency.  Indulge in the excellent food or enjoy some solitude and pampering in the Stillwater Spa.

The Conference has planned informative continuing education sessions that will be of interest to FLA members.  These sessions include the following:

Powerful Expression for Leaders Workshop: The Leader's Voice
Thursday, May 26, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Banff
The workshop is designed to expand one’s physical, intellectual, and emotional range to develop a more powerful and authentic means of communication and self-expression. Through the use of artistic processes, participants will have the opportunity to deepen self-understanding and self-expression for themselves as leaders.  A focus of the workshop will be on the specifics of our voice, with special emphasis on taking care of our vocal apparatus and the cultivation of the “authentic” voice. Complimenting this will be an exploration and link to the critical connections between voice and good listening. Participants will explore and learn how to use their voice to inspire others.

Planning & Delivering an Effective Workshop:
Thursday, May 26, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Participants in this session will have the opportunity to plan a short workshop by implementing Instructional Design processes. Using a hands-on approach, participants will look at identifying goals for a workshop session, organizing learning activities, and evaluating the effectiveness of a session. The workshop will conclude with some basic principles on conducting an effective teaching session.

Assessing User Needs: Contributions from Social Service Methods
Friday, May 27, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
The session will provide a practical introduction to methods that health science librarians may use for assessing the needs of their current and potential patrons. Techniques will include questionnaires, exploitation of existing data, participant observation, and interviews (individual and focus group). Participants who are currently or plan to be involved in user needs assessment are encouraged to bring existing or draft tools to the session. To the extent possible, the session will be adapted to participants’ priorities.

But you do not have to wait to be a part of the CHLA/ABSC 2011 experience.  Join us on Facebook, Twitter, and our Website to connect before, during, and after the conference.
Keep up-to-date with the latest conference news and plan your conference using our Website. Follow our blog posts in the News section, schedule your CE and program sessions, view our sponsors, and research the exhibitors. And you can help spread the word about any part of the Website by “liking”, “tweeting”, or commenting on it.

Use our Facebook page to connect, and share with delegates, vendors, and speakers from all over the world.   We have developed some discussion groups including one for the after-banquet Music Jam, a First-Timers’ forum, program highlights, and more.  If there’s a topic you want to discuss but don’t see a forum…start your own!  You can comment, ask questions, and participate.  We are also posting pictures of the venue and Calgary.  In order to contribute to the conversation and receive notices about ongoing discussions you just have to “like” our page. If you do not have a Facebook account you can still view all posts, discussions, and pictures. 

Follow us on Twitter to quickly connect to the latest updates on our Website and to monitor interesting events happening around Calgary during the conference.   If you are a “tweeter”, please tweet about the conference using #chlaabsc11.  During the conference, follow #chlaabsc11 to keep up with discussion on sessions that you are not attending. 

You can connect to all of our social media and register from our website:

Want to get really involved?  Watch for our call for volunteers on the conference website near the end of March.  From registration to dinner hosts to go-fers, we'll be looking for people to help in almost every part of the conference.

Looking forward to seeing you at CHLA-ABSC 2011 – virtually and in person!

 - Kathryn Ranjit

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