Sunday, November 20, 2011

Library Assessment at the University of York

This summer I attended the “9th Northumbria International Conference on Performance Measurement in Libraries and Information Services”. If library assessment is your thing I can highly recommend this conference.

One of the most informative presentations I attended was by Graham Stone from the University of Huddersfield. He was presenting some data from a recent study correlating library use with academic achievement. The fact that students at this university need to swipe their cards not only to use electronic resources and check out books but also to enter the library meant some great opportunities for data correlation. Their results of this study indicate that physical visits to the library are NOT correlated with academic achievement BUT e-resource use and book borrowing ARE. This was true across all disciplines. It seems that students need to do more than just hang out in the library for their grades to go up; they actually need to use the stuff that is on the shelves or in the databases too! Check out the rest of the presentations.

I also very much enjoyed my tour of the newly renovated York University Library. I never pass up the opportunity to check out snazzy new library furniture like this. They had bright red couches, modular tables and, something I particularly enjoyed, some very neat individual booths. With all this cool new furniture that is available for Libraries it made me wonder if a new article which reports that patrons prefer traditional library spaces were true. Could it really be that students prefer the heavy wooden tables and chairs in darkened spaces to the mini-booth, the bean bag chair and ample natural light? Or are they simply referring to an image they have in their heads of how they think libraries “should” be?

Here are some photos for you other library furniture junkies.

-Francine May

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The New FLA Website

Welcome to the new FLA Website!

Not only do we have a new page design, but we've also changed hosts. Please bear with us as we work to tidy up the new design and update links across our sites over the next couple of days.

We hope that these changes will make the FLA website easier for you to navigate and easier for us to maintain over the long term, allowing us to continue presenting you with information on everything that is happening in Calgary's library community.

While some URLs within the site have changed you can still find our publications at their usually places.

You can also still find the FLA homepage at

Other changes coming soon:

  1. Updated designs for Events Line and Jobline
  2. Integration of old FLAG issues with the FLA Gazette page
Thank you for your patience during this transition. If you notice any issues with the new, please email

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Librarians Run for the Cure

On October 2, 38 staff from libraries across Calgary joined tens of thousands of other Canadians to participate in the 20th annual Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure. Run for the Cure is the largest single day fundraising event to support breast cancer research, education and health initiatives in Canada. This year, Canadians raised more than 30 million dollars to help create a world free of breast cancer.

Part of a national “Librarians Run for the Cure” team, Calgary’s faction was the largest group this year. The collectively fundraised $7150.01 and was led by Renee Reaume, a University of Calgary librarian. Renee’s bountiful energy and encouragement made her an ideal team Captain.

Runners and walkers were graced with a sunny and cool Calgary morning on race day. The 5km track was alive with activity, with volunteers yelling out words of encouragement and handing out water bottles and neighborhood locals on their lawns playing music or cheering at the participants. Overall it was a super fun and rewarding morning.

Following up on the success of the 2011 event, Calgary’s “Librarians Run for the Cure” will are already planning for next fall to try and beat the record for number of participants and fundraising across Canada.