Thursday, January 19, 2017

Images of Research 2016 Winner Pony Meyer

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Images of Research (IOR), a competition for graduate students to showcase their research in one image, launches for its second year on Monday, January 23, 2017. Last year’s winner,  Pony Meyer, was recently featured on the UAlberta home page.

Meyer, who identifies as non-binary, is currently pursuing an Interdisciplinary PhD between the Drama department and Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation. Their winning portrait,  entitled “King Me!”,  captures the community validation aspect of their research, which explores the role of drag king performance in the lives of transgender/genderqueer drag king performers.  The photo was created in collaboration with Katie Cutting of Lazy Kitten Productions and shot with friends who volunteered their time.

“I thought it was a great opportunity to share something about your research in a different way,” said Meyer who thinks the competition has much to offer. “Even creating the written description is good practice for graduate students, to try to make the connection between images and writing.”

Meyer, who hails from Kentucky, U.S., appreciated that the competition was open to international students and that there was a cash prize,  which was used to pay for interview transcription services, something that is difficult for them due to chronic pain. Meyer will also use the image as part of their final dissertation along with other images and video links to performances.

Since the first Images of Research Competition and Exhibition was a great success, the University of Alberta Libraries (UAL) and Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) are eager to see the submissions for 2017.

“We were thrilled with the response in 2016, over 100 stunning entries, so we have made the deadline a bit earlier this year to provide even more time for students to prepare and submit their entries,” said Trish Rosseel, Associate University Librarian and one of the organizers.  Submissions for IOR 2017 will be accepted from Jan. 23 to Feb. 10, 2017.

Digital image workshops are being offered in collaboration with Campus Design and Print Solutions on January 26 and February 2 to help grad students navigate the technical requirements.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Brewster Kahle Visiting University of Alberta

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Join us for Brewster Kahle, the founder of the Internet Archive, who will be speaking at the university on January 25, 2017 from 1:30 - 2:20 PM.

The University of Alberta Libraries and the Internet Archive have been partners since 2008.

Kahle, LLD '10, is a passionate advocate for public Internet access and a successful entrepreneur with a rich history of involvement in the development of the internet that dates back to 1989. He founded the Internet Archive in 1996 which now consists of 26 petabytes of data - the books, web pages, music, television, and software of our culture.

Most recently, there have been discussions about creating a copy of the Internet Archive in Canada. For more background, check out these articles and blog posts.

FAQs about Internet Archive Canada - Internet Archive blog
Fears of Trump prompt Internet Archive to make mirror site in Canada by Brady Strachan,

Help us welcome Brewster Kahle to the University of Alberta at CCIS 1-140 on January 25, 1:30-2:20 PM. Introduction by Gerald Beasley, Vice-Provost and Chief Librarian of University of Alberta Libraries.

RSVP by January 23, 2017:

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Pop-up Museum, (dis)Agreements, in Cameron Library

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Photo from (dis)Agreements created collaboratively by HUM participants.
The Humanities Program invites you to the opening reception of (dis)Agreements in Cameron Library on January 10th, 2017, 5:30 - 8:30 PM, or to walk through the display from January 9 - 26, 2017.

For this exhibit, participants explored how systems and institutions are built on (dis)agreements and how people, often unwillingly, become part of the agreements by accessing these systems. They explored the role power plays in developing systems and how power is accessed and withheld.

The Humanities Program (HUM) brings together a diverse group of adult learners who all share a passion for lifelong learning. The program is a collaborative effort between the U of A and the greater off-campus community. It offers multiple courses each year that emphasize critical thinking in everyday life.

Each term, they work together to produce a cumulative project that highlights their learning. It is an opportunity to showcase the knowledge of the participants and, more importantly, for the learners to take ownership of it.

Projects in HUM are described as a work in progress. Every class they try to set aside thirty minutes for an activity that provides people with different ways to learn and share. Each project is the beginning of a new idea. HUM celebrates "unfinished" works and challenges you to think differently about what learning looks like and how it is shared.

Come and check out some other perspectives on Edmonton and our downtown core.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Dogs in the Library is back for 2017!

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Warm up throughout the winter term with the help of everyone's favourite therapy dogs! U of A Libraries, in association with Unwind Your Mind, will be welcoming dogs from the Chimo Animal Assisted Wellness and Learning Society (CAAWLS) to four of our north campus libraries (Rutherford, Cameron, John W. Scott Library and the Education Library).

Pet therapy is a fun, enjoyable way to decrease feelings of loneliness and anxiety. Therapy dogs are wonderful listeners, love meeting new people, and are happy to indulge in a cuddle. We invite everyone to take break from their work and studies to spend some time with these canine therapists.

Upcoming dates, times, and locations are noted below.

  • January 17th: Cameron Library, 12:00pm
  • January 18th: Rutherford Library, 2:00pm
  • January 24th: Education Library, 12:00pm
  • January 25th: Cameron Library, 12:00pm
  • February 1st: John W. Scott Library, 12:30pm
  • February 9th: Rutherford Library, 2:00pm
  • February 15th: Cameron Library, 12:00pm
  • February 16th: Education Library, 12:00pm
  • March 1st: John W. Scott Library, 12:30pm
  • March 2nd: Cameron Library, 12:00pm
  • March 8th: Rutherford Library, 2:00pm
  • March 23rd: Education Library, 12:00pm
  • April 5th: Rutherford Library, 2:00pm
  • April 19th: John W. Scott Library, 12:30pm
  • April 20th: Cameron Library, 12:00pm

Augustana students, did you know that the Augustana Library is home to Hutch the Library Dog? Next time you’re in the library, be sure to stop by and see Hutch.

And remember, nothing brightens everyone’s day like photos of dogs. Share selfies of you and the dogs on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: #CAAWLS, #dogsinthelibrary, and #uofalibraries. We’d also love to see them in our Twitter feed, @uofalibraries.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

SLAC Tackles Big Questions for Libraries

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Our Student Library Advisory Committee is back for the 2016/2017 year. The committee was created to enhance library services to better meet the evolving needs of students’ experience at the library.

The student members act as our think tank by providing us with feedback and suggestions on a wide variety of topics and upcoming projects within the library.

Over the past two meetings, SLAC has given us great insight into the students’ understanding of what types of help they can get at the library, their suggestions on naming libraries’ service points and thoughts on possible student engagement programs like:

  • Blind date with a book,
  • Coding Workshops,
  • Wikipedia Edit-a-thons,
  • Blackout Poetry,
  • and Colour our Collection colouring pages.

Students have also offered their perspective on the new Digital Scholarship Centre that is in the beginning stages of development. The new centre will be located on the second level of Cameron and aims to provide physical and digital spaces for scholars across all disciplines. These centres make it easier to participate in digital environments by providing access to shared infrastructure, opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration, and a space to explore common interests and concerns across disciplines and institutions.

SLAC members asked questions and gave suggestions for the new centre regarding training, if there would be possibilities to partner with the Technology Training Centre, and if there would be resources for virtual reality.

If you would like to find out who the current SLAC representatives or read the meeting minutes, please visit the SLAC webpage.