Thursday, May 18, 2017

WILU 2017 Receives UAlberta Green Spaces Gold Certification

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The University of Alberta’s Green Spaces Certification Program is designed to help UA community members integrate sustainable practices in their campus offices, labs, events and living spaces in residence.  The Workshop for Instruction in Library Use, commonly known as WILU, is a certified Gold event and will take place May 23-25, 2017 at Lister Hall.

Key actions taken by the WILU Conference Team to make this event sustainable include:

  • development of a conference app and use of recycled name tag holders to reduce paper waste
  • running the event on Bullfrog Power to reduce emissions and support renewable energy 
  • reduction of waste through in-house composting and recycling
  • communication of sustainability, accessibility and inclusive features of the event to participants leading up to the conference
  • donation to the Alberta Reads, a provincial children's literacy network, in lieu of speaker gifts

Visit the WILU 2017 Conference web site for more information about this event.

Learn more about the UAlberta Green Spaces Certification Program.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Extensive Primary Sources at Your Fingertips with the Alberta Research Portal

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Exciting news from our partners at The Alberta Library (TAL) who have arranged with Gale Cengage for province-wide access to the vast majority of Gale's Primary Sources databases.

This acquisition provides all Albertans with perpetual access to 69 primary source collections! These include extensive resources related to First Nations and Indigenous peoples, the Associated Press Collections, Smithsonian Collection Online, Archives of Human Sexuality and Gender, Sabin Americana, and 25 titles from the Gale Virtual Reference Library.

Gale Primary Sources uses geo-authentication, meaning anyone in Alberta with an Internet-connected device can access these resources with no need to log in or authenticate. You can also access the resources through TAL's web portal

The province-wide access agreement was reached due to contributions made by institutions such as the University of Alberta, as well as: University of Calgary, Mount Royal University, University of Lethbridge, Edmonton Public Library, Calgary Public Library, Ambrose University, Burman University, St. Mary’s University, Medicine Hat College, Concordia University of Edmonton, Keyano College, Red Deer College, NorQuest College, Wood Buffalo Regional Library.

The University of Alberta Libraries thanks The Alberta Library for being key provincial partners who facilitate the the coordination of services that benefit all Albertans.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Tomorrow's Data Today! Research Data Management Week is May 1-5

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It's time for the 4th annual Research Data Management Week!

On May 1st at 9 AM keynote speaker Chuck Humphrey (Director, Portage Network, Canadian Association of Research Libraries) will start the week with his presentation of “A Federated Research Data Management Model: A Canadian Approach”

We are also pleased to welcome exciting guest speakers from the City of Edmonton, the Government of Alberta, Women & Children’s Health Research Institute, the Edmonton Police Service, PolicyWise, Compute Canada, and more!

Come learn about:
  • data management planning 
  • data storage and access options 
  • finding reusable research data 
  • data sharing 
  • data citations 
... and many more data-related topics!

View the full Research Data Management Week schedule and register now for sessions!


This year, Compute Canada is offering post-RDM Week workshops focusing on data & software carpentry, as well as on West Grid scheduling.

Research Data Management (RDM) practices are evolving, and the 2016 Tri-Agency Statement of Principles on Digital Data Management demonstrates both the importance of RDM and the challenges faced by researchers and institutions regarding the management of research data. Data Management Plans, metadata standards, data archiving, and data sharing and re-purposing are all becoming norms within the research landscape.

From the creation and collection of data to their long-term preservation, over twenty RDM-related talks and workshops have been organized to help you better understand and apply research data management best practices! 

Monday, April 24, 2017

Teaching Kids About Fake News: Post-Truth and a New Era of Media Literacy

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Date: Thursday, May 11 2017 at 2:00 PM

Location: H.T. Coutts Education & Physical Education Library, Computer Lab L-110

Please join us in the H.T. Coutts Education & Physical Education Library on Thursday, May 11th at 2:00 PM for a presentation by Toronto-based journalist and author Joyce Grant on teaching K-12 students how to spot “fake news.” Grant’s talk will contain invaluable information on media literacy for anyone who works with children, including educators, pre-service teachers, and parents. Grant will discuss the various ways in which children access news today, and how difficult it is for them to discern which information is true and which is false.

Joyce Grant is the author of several children’s books, including the Gabby series of picture books and last year’s baseball novel Tagged Out. She is also a freelance journalist and the co-founder of, which contains news articles written specifically for children in elementary and middle school, as well as media literacy resources for teachers and parents.

Ms. Grant will be visiting us as part of the TD Canadian Children’s Book Week touring author series coordinated by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre.

Some links to learn more about Joyce and the Teach Kids News program:
Joyce Grant’s website:
Joyce Grant on Twitter:
Teaching Kids News on Twitter:
Teaching Kids News on Facebook:
Joyce Grant (and Teaching Kids News) on Pinterest:

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

PIE Exhibit on now at the Scott Library

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The John W. Scott Health Sciences Library is proud to partner with the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, by exhibiting art projects created by second year students in the University of Alberta’s MD program.

The Patient Immersion Experience (PIE) program is an initiative introduced in 2013.

Incoming medical students are partnered with a patient mentor in an innovative program designed to instill a deeper understanding of the human side of medicine by learning directly from patients’ experience of disease and illness.
A tale of health
by Chris Christensen, Mark Drew, Emma Hjartarson and Katie Yurkiw

The culmination of this program is the creation of a unique piece of art inspired by the experiences and connections forged between student and patient.

Wrapped in my restrictions
by Nicole Labine, Ahmed Mourad and Rebecca Entz

This wonderful exhibit, which includes paintings, sculptures, photographs and more will be at the John W. Scott Health Sciences Library until April 28, 2017. The Health Sciences library is located on the 2nd floor of the Walter C. Mackenzie Health Sciences Centre.