SLA Western Canadian Chapter newsletter

The latest issue of the SLA Western Canadian Chapter's newsletter is up at http://units.sla.org/chapter/cwcn/wwest/wwest.shtml. Contents include overviews of various presentations from the 2008 SLA conference and an article entitled "Things I Learned at the Vancouver Courthouse Library".

SLA Legal Division Quarterly newsletter

The latest issue of the SLA's Legal Division Quarterly newsletter is up at http://units.sla.org/division/dleg/Newsletter/LDQ%20Summer%20v15n3.pdf. Contents include an overview of presentations from the 2008 SLA conference including "If I Knew Then What I Know Now: Tales from the Dark Side" (on dealing with vendors) and the "Emerging Technologies Breakfast".

Citizenship and Immigration Canada under fire

QUEBEC - Citizenship and Immigration Canada is under fire from organizers of a series of conventions held in Quebec City this summer for turning down the visa requests of many African citizens over concerns they would attempt to remain here after the event.
"A meeting of 4,000 international librarians starting next week in Quebec City has also seen about 30 of its delegates from Africa and developing countries elsewhere denied access to Canada. Organizer Claude Bonnelly finds it regrettable that some of the keynote speakers and translators will not be able to attend the conference.

"It's ironic, but sad, when you know that the title of our conference is Librarians without borders," he said.

Source

New Graduate Certificate in Library Sector Leadership at U of Victoria

From: Inba Kehoe [mailto:ikehoe@uvic.ca]
Sent: Thursday, August 07, 2008 10:53 AM
Subject: New Graduate Certificate in Library Sector Leadership at U of Victoria
Importance: High

[Apologies for any duplication] Dear Colleagues, The University of Victoria has just announced it will be offering a Graduate Professional Certificate in Library Sector Leadership which has been designed for mid-career librarians. This five course, part-time graduate program is a partnership with the School of Public Administration, the Division of Continuing Studies and the UVic Libraries.
 
Would you please circulate the attached flyer to librarians or library associations you think might be interested in this program? For more information, please visit the following website at:http://publicadmin.uvic.ca/gradcerts or contact the School of Public Administration Academic Administrative OfficerTel: 250.721.8054 | Email: mpaadmin@uvic.ca
 
Cheers Inba
 
Inba Kehoe BA, MLIS Copyright OfficerScholarly Communications/Publishing Librarian
Business, Economics & Public Admin. Librarian

All Vancouver Courthouse Library Public Access Computers Will Be Unavailable August 19 to August 26

The Vancouver Courthouse Library will be re-carpeted during August and the first week of September. We will also be getting some new furniture:

  • new workstations for the computers
  • new carrels for private study
  • comfortable seating for the centre lounge area

The renovations will benefit all library users in the long run; however, there will be disruption while the carpeting is being done. We have selected the least busy time of year in hopes of inconveniencing the smallest number of people. The noisiest part of the installation work will be confined to the overnight periods from 6pm to 8am but there will be a period of one week when there will be no public access computers available.

AUGUST 12th:  Work on the entrance and centre area, plus the South end of the library (Nelson Street), including the bookshelves and study area, will begin on Tuesday, August 12th and will be completed by Monday, August 25th.

AUGUST 19th:  Beginning on Tuesday, August 19th and running through to Tuesday, August 26th, ALL OF THE PUBLIC ACCESS COMPUTERS WILL BE UNAVAILABLE. Due to the electrical setup in the library, we will be unable to keep any of them functioning. Staff computers will be unaffected so, please ask for assistance at the front Reference Desk – as always, we will be very happy to help you!

UBC Robson Square library closed in August

Due to construction work at the plaza level of the UBC Robson Square campus, the UBC Bookstore and Library will be closed August 2 - September 1, 2008. During this closure, materials can be borrowed and picked up at the UBC Point Grey campus, and other off-campus branches such as the St. Paul's Hospital Library. Please call 604-822-6596 for information regarding Document Delivery and Interlibrary Loan services during this time.

(Source: http://www.library.ubc.ca/robsonsquare/, via Anne Ikeda)

UBC has provided this handy map of where the library is located in St. Paul's Hospital.

Use the Notables Area for Sharing!

There are a number of publishing areas to get to know on our new website, and I'd like to share one of them today, notables.The notables area is a common sharing area where VALL members can relay some of the interesting things they're reading online.

To add something, simply start a new blog post and use the drop down menu to classify it under Notables. Then, paste in your link into the body of the post; or write some comments and add a link to the appropriate words within your text.

A very simple approach, and a good opportunity to test out the new website!

The 2008/2009 VALL Executive

I'm pleased to announce the VALL Executive for 2008/2009 will be as follows:

We are still looking for a point person for the 08/09 workshop, and would love someone to step forward to help make that happen. We would also like to add another person on programs (there were 3 last year), and this would also be another great opporunity to get involved.

Our Indebted Thanks to Andornot!

On behalf of VALL and the VALL executive, I would like to offer a public thank-you to Andornot Information Management Solutions, who have kindly hosted the VALL website for as long as many of us can remember! With the new website moving to Drupal, our hosting situation has also changed, and will now be hosted on my company's servers.

That said, I would remind everyone that web hosting hasn't always been as inexpensive as it is today. Kathy & Denise, your hosting of the VALL website, and the likely thousands of dollars we've saved, has been greatly appreciated. We want you to know that!

And to VALL members, if you haven't already, please check out the Andornot Developers Blog. Continued great advice from our local Inmagic experts!

Happy July 24th 2008 for VALL

What a wonderful day for VALL. Thanks to Andy, Rob, Susannah and - last but by no means least, the amazing Steve. Let's start sharing!
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