Saturday, December 5, 2015

Join us for the 2015 Holiday Book Swap

Are you ready to celebrate the holidays? Maybe feeling stressed or suffering from the holiday blues? Well we have an event for you!

Join us for the 2015 Holiday Book Swap.  We'll come together to eat, drink, and celebrate bibliomania!

Light appetizers will be served.

Don't forget to bring a book for the gift exchange.

Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015
7:00 PM
Bottlescrew Bill's Pub
140 - 10th Avenue SW, Calgary, AB (map)


Tickets are sold online here

  • Members – $10.00 (CAD)
  • Non-members – $15.00 (CAD)


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Open Access Open Mic

Information professionals of Calgary, please join us in supporting International Open Access Week. 

Share your experiences with Open Access and hear what others have to say. You can sign up for a 2-minute lightning talk onsite, or simply come and listen to what others have to say.

Tuesday, October 20
6-9 pm
Joyce on 4th pub
506 24th Avenue SW (map)

 This event is FREE, no RSVP required.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

You're invited to the Bubbly Brunch!

The annual Bubbly Brunch of the Foothills Library Association is a networking session with great food and excellent company.
This year the Brunch is Sunday, October 18, starting at 10:00am. Please join us at Yellow Door Bistro, 119 12 Ave SW (map) for bubbles and brunch.
Tickets are $40 for FLA members, $50 for non-members, and $30 for students. Space is limited, so please purchase your ticket soon.  
Photo credit: Joe Shlabotnik

Friday, October 2, 2015

Call for presenters: Organize and Assemble V

PLG Edmonton and PLG Calgary are now inviting submissions for their fifth annual symposium, Organize and Assemble V, taking place on February 27, 2016, to be held in Edmonton. The CFP and all details can be found in this document.

Friday, August 28, 2015

AGM Details

Please join us for this year's Annual General Meeting of the Foothills Library Association:
Tuesday, September 15th
6:30pm
Banff Trail Community Association
2115 20th Avenue NW, Calgary, AB (map)

Admission for FLA members is free. There is a $5 admission charge for non-members.
Please RSVP here: Online registration

This event will include our traditional (short) AGM followed immediately by socializing and screening of select episodes of Canadian Historical Minutes.

We will be have a sangria cash bar, with non-alcoholic options available, and will have popcorn on hand for snacks.

FLA members: Please stay tuned for a pre-read/executive report package that will contain important voting information. If we do not meet quorum requirements at this AGM we will send out a poll following the meeting to address any voting items in the agenda.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Save the Date: FLA AGM on September 15

This year's Annual General Meeting is scheduled for September 15th, starting at 6:30 pm. More details to come soon...

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Benefits of Completing a Practicum

While there are many concepts that can be taught in a classroom, there is nothing quite like getting actual hands-on experience. Over the course of my first year in the MLIS program at Dalhousie University, I have been able to learn about many aspects of Library Studies; however, the 100-hour practicum I completed, along with my summer student position, has provided me with a well-rounded educational experience that complements my schooling. 

I was lucky enough to secure myself both a practicum placement and an internship position in my home city of Calgary, Alberta. My practicum was completed at the University of Calgary’s Metadata and Cataloguing Department over the course of three weeks. As for my internship, I am working for four months as a Records and Information Management Summer Student at ARC Resources, which is an oil and gas company.

I was a bit worried when my U of C practicum began, because I had not actually had the chance to take a course specializing in cataloguing and/or metadata – I had only taken one class that gave a broad overview. I thought this would inhibit my experience, but at my practicum I was able to learn about these concepts while also learning a variety of things about working in a library setting. I conducted a number of projects, including doing catalogue searches for a particular collection of books, and creating metadata standards for an assortment of videogames. These tasks not only taught me about cataloguing and metadata, but showed me an example of what my tasks would be like in a real workplace. Instead of just applying research to assignments that would be submitted to professors, my work would be applied to the functions of the library itself. 

Similar to this, I was worried about how I would handle my job as a Records and Information Management summer student at ARC, when I hadn’t yet had the chance to take a Records Management course. However, this has not been an issue. My main responsibility is working at the reference desk, so I help employees by providing them with the documents they need. Since I cover all reference, I have worked with a variety of file types: from Well Files to Accounting, from Contracts to Joint Venture Agreements. As I’ve helped fill different requests, I’ve gained numerous skills, and learned a lot about the most effective ways to manage files in a corporate setting. While I haven’t taken on as many specific “projects” in my current position, I’ve been learning a lot through the material I work with every day.

Besides learning through working on specific projects at my U of C practicum, I gained knowledge by going on tours of the other university libraries, such as the Health Sciences Library and the Business Library. It was fascinating to see how the spaces were used in ways to meet the students’ needs (the Health Sciences Library has recently been renovated whereas the Business Library has not). Also, the discussions I had with different librarians provided me with unique new perspectives.

Similarly, since working at ARC I have gone on several interesting tours. I was able to see the “server room” where all of the hardware for the company is housed. I’ve also seen the storage site where files are kept until they are disposed of according to the retention schedule. I have learned so much from speaking with each of my coworkers, and have made a point of reaching out to other employees of the company to learn more about the ways in which ARC conducts itself. 

Another important part of my learning process at my practicum was attending meetings. At the U of C, I was able to sit in on everything from the Collections Budget meeting to a presentation by a new faculty candidate. Each meeting was a wealth of information, and helped me to put so much of what I have been learning about in school into perspective. Similarly, at ARC I have learned numerous things from my team meetings – there is a team of ten people involved in Records and Information Management. Each of them is focused on different projects that help drive the company forward, and it is interesting to hear about each idea as it progresses and goes through different phases of execution at the company. 

Before I began this summer, I had no idea how many amazing connections I would make through both the practicum and the internship. As I graduate and move into my career, it is great to have established friendships with other people in this field. Beyond learning specific, technical skills from others, I have gained new perspectives and received important advice. Always listen to what others have to say, because you never know what new ideas and helpful information they can offer. 
The most important part of my practicum and internship is not that I learned how to conduct a catalogue search, or deliver a Well File to an employee. The most important part has been that I’ve learned how to apply ideas and knowledge within the workplace to drive the goals of that workplace forward. I’ve learned to never forget who the clientele is, and always keep their needs and priorities in mind when making decisions. Seeing these skills in action through my coworkers has provided the best learning experience I could ever hope for within my degree.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy your Library/Library School journey as much as I have! 
If you want to know more about me and my library journey, please visit my blog at https://thebagpippinlibrarian.wordpress.com/

Robyn Gray is an MLIS Candidate (2016) at Dalhousie University

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

WILU 2015 report

For a librarian who is a looking for a conference that is more targeted than CLA and smaller than LOEX, WILU (Workshop on Instruction in Library Use) might fit the bill. This year’s WILU was held in St. John’s, Newfoundland, on June 15-17. The theme, which changes every year, was “sea change”.

The conference host, Memorial University, put on a great slate of programs, with a thematic focus on the sea change in instruction caused by the newly released ACRL Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education (available at www.ala.org/acrl/standards/ilframework). Opening keynote Char Booth advocated for the role that librarians play in challenging information privilege and spoke about how the framework can act as a common language when communicating with faculty, students, and each other. Other presenters spoke about the framework’s effect on what they teach, how they teach, and how they assess what they have taught.

As a first-time WILU attendee, I was impressed with the quality of the presentations and the manageable size of the conference (with roughly 120 attendees). I enjoyed the mix of different session formats, such as fishbowls and lightning talks, in addition to panels and lectures. I attended sessions on learner autonomy, library instruction as language learning, and teaching the graduate research process. With the smaller size of the conference, I was able to spend time learning, sharing, and connecting with presenters and fellow librarians. The relevant and timely presentation topics gave me new ways to think about instruction and ideas to implement in my own library.

Next year, WILU moves from the east coast to the west! UBC will host the 45th annual WILU on May 30-June 1, 2016, with the theme “intersections.” For more information, seehttp://blogs.ubc.ca/wilu2016/.

Author
Sabrina Wong is the Student Engagement Librarian at SAIT Polytechnic. She also serves as the FLA Treasurer.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Listen Up! Thinks and Burns with Fink and Byrne

A new podcast has hit the library scene called Thinks and Burns with Fink and Byrne. It’s a library technology focused podcast hosted by the delightfully quirky John Fink of McMaster University, and Gillian Byrne from Ryerson University. Apparently the pair has threatened the library world with podcast promises in the past, and Episode 00 / pilot delivers.

They open up with some testing and laughing – this is an unedited pilot, after all – and about 10 minutes in the meat starts. The pilot episode touches on cataloguing and ILS issues, questions about the kinks in library education and new librarianship, and the role of liaison librarians. One piece that really stuck with me was the conversation surrounding library schools teaching to tools instead of teaching concepts, which is a practice that Fink states is lazy. Byrne also talks about mobility in finding work right after library school, and the problematic expectation for new graduates to upheave their lives to take good jobs far away from where they have established their lives. I think this is a topic that a lot of transplanted librarians in Calgary will be able to relate to. Finally, the pair moves on to talk about expectations of liaison librarians, which is a topic that is so hot it can put the proverbial dragon on retirement.

Do you think this is a lot of topics for a one-hour podcast? The pair sort of agrees, and makes mention of the wealth of topics they touch on in the pilot. I think the conversation was fluid and seamless, so the breadth of content wasn’t overwhelming.

You should really listen to the podcast! The language and content is accessible to technologists and non-technologists alike, and had a jovial, fun flavor that is incredibly engaging. You can find Thinks and Burns on Twitter @thinksandburns, and online at thinksandburns.info.

Author
Catelynne Sahadath (@metacatie) is the interim Head of Metadata Development at the University of Calgary. She currently serves as the FLA’s Member-At-Large.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Cool Tools Recap

Thanks to our presenters and to everyone who came out to our Cool Tools event on Wednesday. Some of the cool tools exhibited during the evening include:
  • Scanning and faxing using your smartphone: pc-fax.com (1 page daily limit, sending only); ifax (purchase credits to fax)
  • VOCALiD: donate your voice to make synthetic voices for recipients who may have trouble vocalizing
  • infogr.am make your own infographics using templates; free option is publicly available, subscription can be made private)
  • WatchThatPage.com (monitor when pages have changed and keep on top of developments – good for legislative changes)
  • SAP Enterprise Asset Management - tracks and manages data across organizations; together with SAP Information Steward, ensures data quality through use of data standards and programmable statements, and helps identify information quality concerns
  • WIPO Global Brand Database - allows you to check for contact information and brand details for major businesses; text and image-based search available
  • If This Then That (IFTTT) - use "recipes" to program alerts and notifications about things that interest you, e.g. if you post a pic on Instagram, automatically save it to your Dropbox account
  • vizualize.me - build an infographic about yourself using uploaded CV or LinkedIn profile
  • openparliament.ca - find information on parliamentarians based on Hansard records, social media, and media data; make haikus with Hansards!
  • Let me Google that for you  (LMGTFY) - a fun, passive aggressive tool for when people bother you with questions they could easily look up themselves
  • BonPatron - grammar and spell check your French text
  • Force 11 - a collection of cool tools for research communications and e-scholarship
Author
Sabrina Wong is the Student Engagement Librarian at SAIT Polytechnic. She also serves as the FLA Treasurer.

Friday, April 10, 2015

WILU 2015 Register Now!

We are delighted to invite you to the 44th annual WILU (Workshop for Instruction in Library Use) conference, taking place in St. John’s, Newfoundland from June 15-17, 2015!

Registration is now open: https://wilu2015.wordpress.com/


Post by Janet L. Goosney
Information Literacy Coordinator
Queen Elizabeth II Library, Memorial University

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Cool Tools event on April 8th

Would you like to learn something new in 2 minutes flat?

FLA is partnering with Code4LibYYC as co-hosts for a Cool Tools event. Presenters will demonstrate gadgets, software, hardware, videos, websites, or others tricks that are tried and true, and that have the potential to make our lives as information professionals a little easier.

Cool Tools
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
7:00 pm
Local 510 Tavern
510 17th Ave. SW, Calgary, AB (map)

Admission is free, but please register online here.
  
Do you have a cool tool you'd like to share? If you would like to present a tool please contact flapresident@fla.org for details. The more presenters we have, the better this event will be.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter Library Project

The Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter (CWES) opened as a small shelter in 1973 and has grown since then to serve over 12,800 Calgarians in need annually. Its vision is to see a “community free from family violence and abuse” (CWES). They offer a wide range of services from child care and legal support to male counselling to help break the abuse cycle. The CWES relies on donations and government funding to support its daily operations. Last spring, I had a chance to meet with some staff representatives about funding and creating a resource centre for the women and children.

Once the idea was approved, I started on a comprehensive training program that is mandatory for all volunteers and staff members. The CWES believes that as volunteers, we need to be proactive about abuse in the community, and the way to ensure excellence of service is to make sure we are all able to respond to situations.

In September, the members of the FLA voted in favour of having the CWES act as the ‘adopted charity’ of the year. We put out a donation box at events and aim to raise additional funds so we can create a revolving collection in the shelter and the main offices.

The actual creation of the resource centre began slowly. We got a huge head start on building a collection with the proceeds of the University of Calgary’s Business library and Downtown Campus library’s book sales for a total of almost $1000. In order to develop a library that meets the needs of a diverse and vulnerable clientele, I met with some members of the team to make sure we chose appropriate books. We wanted to create a balance of fun and helpful. I imagined it as a place women could go in the middle of the night if they were unable to sleep or a place where they could find a book to read to their children.

Now that the CWES community is aware of the library, donations are flowing in. United Library Service has donated quite a few titles. I spend two hours every two weeks sorting through boxes of books to find the right balance between support and leisure and meeting with clients to discover their reading needs.

Although this started as a literacy project, I have found that the CWES has become part of my life. I try to volunteer with various aspects of the organization from their casino night, to running the Scotiabank 10-K in May with members of the Business library at the University of Calgary.

Author
Rhiannon Jones is the EMBA/MBA Liaison librarian at the University of Calgary. She also serves as the FLA Vice-president.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A Reminder to Apply for the Rachel Chan Memorial Grant - Recap from Last Year's Grant Recipients

FLA is now accepting applications for the Rachel Chan Memorial Grant. The Rachel Chan Memorial Grant assists those FLA members with limited or no access to funding to attend a library conference related to their work, in the form of a grant of up to $500.00.  The grant may be applied to cover registration fees, accommodation and/or travel to the conference.

For more information or to apply please visit the FLA website at http://www.fla.org/home/grant

The deadline to apply is Thursday March 26th 2015

In 2014 the FLA executive had the pleasure of being able to award two grants.  The recipients so graciously provided a write up to the Gazette describing the conferences that they were able to attend.  

ALC Recap: Starting Out with Change

By Amy Southgate


April 2014 was an exciting month for me. I was working at my second practicum placement for the SAIT’s Library Information Technology program and counting down the days until the end of my final year of library school. To cap off this exciting time I also had the opportunity to attend the Library Association of Alberta’s, Alberta Library Conference in beautiful Jasper, with the generous support of FLA’s Rachel Chan Memorial Grant.

When I was first registering for the conference I was struck by the theme “Be the Change”. It seemed like a redundant title for a conference considering that they are usually focused on change, featuring new technologies, research, theories, and of course new books. But I was very impressed with the conference committee’s choices and development of this theme, every presentation and keynote addressed different aspects of the theme of change in meaningful ways ranging from new technology to personal wellness. I was impressed by the inclusion of presentations that were not all focused on shiny new things that were successful; but also including presentations that addressed our deficiencies and threats. This ability to look at the less positive aspects and question the past will allow us to truly move forward as a profession. Two presentations in particular spoke to me, and made me wonder about the future of libraries as I embark on my career.

I was excited to attend “The Elephant in the Room: Changing Roles of Librarians and Library Technicians” presented by Norene James, Lisa Shamchuk and Katherine Koch. You may remember the call to participate in their survey earlier this year; this presentation was the preliminary findings of their research. The purpose of their research was to get front line information about the roles of librarians and library technicians to see what their jobs entail and also to see how those roles have changed in recent years. This research is useful for many things including curriculum development, management, job descriptions and importantly, fostering understanding among library professionals and paraprofessionals. Unsurprisingly respondents reported that their positions have changed in recent years. Further, they noted that job descriptions did not adequately describe their work and responsibilities. So what is the point of having survey results that show what everyone knows from personal experience? Foremost it’s the realization that you are not alone, the results span all types of libraries and library workers, and shows that there is great potential for systemic reformation. Further it is the realization that many people are unhappy with how things stand, that we are ready for change, and can now work towards a new future for libraries.

My curiosity was sparked when I saw Michael Ridley’s presentation “Beyond Literacy: Exploring a Post-literate Future” listed for registration. I couldn't miss such a controversial sounding topic for a library conference. This presentation was not about literacy in terms of the ability to read and write, as we are typically concerned with in library land. Ridley’s work is about the destruction of literacy in terms of reliance on the alphabet, written language and writing as a means of information transference in general. Even more controversial than I first imagined! Ridley has done extensive work on this topic and while some of it seems like it is straight out of science fiction such as: mind to mind communication, organic computing and artificial intelligence, I think his theories are worth exploring. In recent years we have seen the rapid development of technology and information systems, so maybe a post literate future is not so far away. I have neither the time, nor ability to do this topic justice but please feel free to explore Ridley’s work yourself at http://www.beyondliteracy.com. Topics like this one never fail to get normally placid library folks riled up in defense of their life’s work, but remember critics predicted the death of libraries with the advent of the internet and eBooks but we are still surviving. Dare I predict that the post literate future will be merely a new phase in the evolution of libraries, because libraries were never really about books were they? Rather the dissemination of information, no matter it’s medium.

So what’s the take away? Libraries are in the midst of a great change; but where this change will take us is hard to predict. I feel fortunate to be entering the profession at this point, certainly the library world that I will retire from will look nothing like the one that I am starting my career in, but I think it will be great none the less. We are at a crossroads trying to establish the new path that libraries will take, but I am not worried that libraries will disappear. I see the positive opportunities for change that are being developed by the talented and passionate people around me. So, compatriots, in the face of impending change, may we embrace it and be the change.  

Amy holds a Certificate in General Studies from Mount Royal University, a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from the University of Calgary and a Library and Information Technology Diploma from SAIT.  She is currently working at the University of Lethbridge as a Library Operations Specialist. 

Photo Credit: "Chairs" (c) Jason Nahrung. https://www.flickr.com/photos/jasonnahrung/6343177973. (CC-SA-A-NC 2.0)

40th Annual AALT Conference: Honouring History, Building our Future

By Erin Storey


Earlier this year, from May 23 through to May 25, I attended the 40th annual AALT (Alberta Association of Library Technicians) library conference as both a delegate and presenter. The 2014 theme was “Honouring our History, Building our Future” and the conference was held at the Edmonton Marriott at Cree River Resort in Enoch, Alberta.

Both keynote speakers were from outside the library world but spoke to issues that are important to library technicians, library work and libraries as a whole. Denise Millar introduced PeopleScan, her technique to read faces and emotions in order to get a deeper connection with the people we interact with. Ruben Nelson spoke about the future of libraries and strategic foresight.

Sessions were varied and included workshops mostly geared toward school, public, small and rural libraries. I presented the session Legal Research Bootcamp, intended for reference staff at public or academic libraries who want to brush up on basic legal research skills in order to guide patrons to useful legal information.  Although the turnout was small, the feedback from the session was very positive and the topic was well received by delegates. Included in the session was a discussion of what kinds of legal information patrons often ask, and what challenges can arise from legal information reference questions.  Free resources for government information, case law research and legislation research were introduced as well as some accessible legal books and databases. The basic steps in the legal research process and researching legislation were demonstrated. And finally, suggestions for referrals to community resources and organizations were also given.

As a delegate I was also able to take in some sessions myself. One session that stood out to me was Library statistics : Not just a hoop to jump through presented by Kerry Anderson, a library consultant with the Public Library Services Branch, Alberta Municipal Affairs. Kerry’s session positioned library statistics in a very positive light by offering insights and ideas on how statistics can be a tool to strengthen community engagement. The session was also interactive, as Kerry facilitated group discussion from session attendees on how library statistics were being used in their own libraries. It was valuable to see what others are doing around the province.

I also enjoyed the session You’re not “Just” a Staff Member: You too can be Instrumental in “Being the Change presented by Karen Hildebrandt, Assistant Director, Library Services at Concordia University College of Alberta. The session matched the conference theme every well and dealt with issues surrounding change management and staff engagement during difficult times. The ultimate message was that leadership is a skill available to everyone, regardless of title.

In addition to the sessions, the conference also included social events such as a tour of the Royal Alberta Museum, a book club and a trip to West Edmonton Mall, plus ample coffee and snack breaks which allowed for time for catching up and networking. One of the highlights of the conference for me was the banquet performance by the Running Thunder Dancers. Attendees were wowed by traditional Aboriginal dancing, drums, singing and regalia and were entertained and informed by the stories and introductions made by MC and dancer, Adrian Lachance.  

This is the third AALT conference I have attended and it afforded me a great opportunity to catch up with colleagues from around the city (and province!) and to make new connections through networking. It is always rewarding to see what others in the profession are doing in their libraries and to go home to your own with food for thought!

Erin holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Mount Royal University and a Library and Information Technology Diploma from Langara College.  She currently works as an Information Specialist at University of Calgary’s Bennett Jones Law Library. 

Photo Credit: "High Level Lights" (c) Kurt Bauschardt. https://www.flickr.com/photos/kurt-b/14953631213. (CC-SA-A 2.0)

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Don't Forget to Register for Trivia Night!!

Trivia Night is just around the corner.  Don't miss your chance to take part in this fun event to support a great cause. 


Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 7 p.m.
Joyce on Fourth Pub
506 24 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB
Register here.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Professional Development – Data Management

For librarians and information professionals interested to learn about data management or enterprise architecture, check out some of these local groups. Best of all, many of them host free events for interested participants, providing good opportunities to explore different aspects of the information management discipline without a cost commitment.

Alberta Data Architecture (ADA) Community
This group has a website, but membership is actively managed through a private LinkedIn site. Meet-ups are bi-monthly and are composed of a networking component followed by a presentation. Presentations vary between technical and non-technical/business content. Meeting attendees include a large oil and gas contingent, and while content will often have a technical focus on oil and gas (such as application of PPDM Standards), many discussions are transferrable to other data management scenarios.

Professional Petroleum Data Management Association
PPDM is an international body that drives standardization and professionalization in data management practices in the oil and gas industry. In addition to large symposiums and training sessions, quarterly luncheons happen locally in oil and gas hub cities, including Calgary, Perth, and Houston. Membership is available at the institutional level. Their website is comprehensive, offering a wealth of resources to interested individuals.

DAMA (Data Management Association) International – Potential Calgary Chapter
DAMA is the premier data management association worldwide, providing an international network of data management professionals and standardizing best practices through publication of the Data Management Body of Knowledge. With Calgary’s information management industry being heavily focused in the oil and gas vertical, PPDM is a prominent local data management organization, but as yet there is no established local DAMA Chapter (the closest is Toronto).

Calgary professionals (many affiliated with Alberta Data Architecture Community) have been looking to form a DAMA Chapter. They are soliciting interest and suggestions for format/focus via LinkedIn.

Canadian Enterprise Architecture Forum
CEAF delves into the broader realm of Enterprise Architecture, a discipline devoted to strategic application of technology within parent organizations. Meetings include strong representation from those working in data management. Many attendees are again within the oil and gas industry, but other groups, such as healthcare, are also represented. Meeting formats are informal gatherings with networking time followed by presentations. Discussions focus on technical aspects of Enterprise Architecture, as well as ongoing discussion of the EA discipline itself (as it is a more nebulous area of IT – something those working in information management may also appreciate). A website is available, but the private LinkedIn group is kept much more up to date.

Author
Melanie Sucha is Team Lead, Information Management Policies and Standards, with Suncor Energy; she also serves as the current FLA Webmaster.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Upcoming Open Data event - Calgary Partner Hub

The Canadian Open Data Experience (CODE) is an intense 48-hour coding sprint February 20th-22nd, 2015 where innovators from coast to coast compete to build the best app utilizing federal government data from Canada’s Open Government portal. Starting with the announcement of the development themes at 6pm (EST) February 20th, 2015, you will have 48 hours to develop your submission using data from open.canada.ca and be eligible for a share of $40,000 in prizes.

Come and participate at the Calgary Partner HUB located at the University of Calgary. For general information visit the CODE site. For details and registration see Calgary's Partner Hub page.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Rachel Chan Memorial Grant

The details for this year's Rachel Chan Memorial Grant are now available on the FLA website. Available to all FLA members in good standing, the grant offers $500 toward attendance at a conference related to your library and information work. Please see the website or contact the FLA Vice-President at flavp@fla.org.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Trivia night on Feb 24th!

FLA and the Rotary Club of Calgary Crowchild are hosting a trivia night in February. Come test your trivia skills against other information professionals and the community.

Feb. 24th, 2015
Doors at 6:30 pm, trivia starting at 7 pm
Joyce on 4th pub, 506 24 Ave. SW (map)