Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Award Winning Staff @ UAlberta Libraries

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Over the past several months, a number of University of Alberta Libraries staff members, as well as some of their UAlberta colleagues, have been recognized for their work via a range of local and national awards.  Our hearty congratulations to them all!

Angie Mandeville, Public Services Manager, Cameron Library
Scott Davies, Cataloguing and Metadata Assistant, Bibliographic Services
University of Alberta Libraries Service Excellence Award

This newly established award recognizes a University of Alberta Libraries staff member, or team of staff members, who has demonstrated excellent service to internal and/or external UAL users in the current academic year.

James Franks, Associate University Archivist, Special Collections & Archives
Information Access and Protection of Privacy Program Award for Outstanding Leadership and Contribution to the Field of Access and Privacy in Alberta and Canada

It recognizes those who have made a significant contribution to the field of information rights in Canada through various means such as teaching, research, career work in the field, professional development, etc. in the field

Weiwei Shi, Digital Initiatives Applications Librarian, Digital Initiatives, UAL
Chuck Humphrey, Research Data Management Services Coordinator, Digital Initiatives, UAL
Umar Qasim, Digital Preservation Officer, Digital Initiatives, UAL
Tai-chun Lee, Unix System Administrator, Information Technology Services, UAL
James Doiron, Research Data Management Services Coordinator, Digital Initiatives, UAL
Tyler Antonio, Systems Analyst, Information Services & Technology, IST
James Woodward, Team Lead/Infrastructure Apps, Information Services & Technology, IST
Information Technology Excellence Award

This UAlberta award recognizes teams which have shown innovative use of hardware and/or software technology to successfully deploy a major IT project with significant impact to research, teaching, administration, and/or the campus experience.  The team won this award for their work on the DMP Assistant tool for preparing Data Management Plans.

Angie Mandeville, Public Services Manager, Cameron Library
Excellence in Leadership Award

This UAlberta award recognizes outstanding leaders for their awareness of and attention to issues and concerns that impact the quality of the work and learning environment.  Angie won this award for her leadership in supporting learners.

Monday, October 3, 2016

READ IN Week 2016: One World, Many Voices

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Celebrate READ IN Week beginning October 3rd by discovering the different stories that inspire us!   

The purpose of READ IN Week is to create a greater awareness of the importance of reading. Historically, the event has successfully promoted the school as an important place for the development of lifelong literacy, but also highlights events and activities in libraries, community centres and workplaces.

Need some reading inspiration?  Our Education librarians at Coutts have compiled a recommended reading list for K12 readers based on the theme of diversity. All books can be borrowed through U of A Libraries or the Edmonton Public Library. Borrow one, borrow many and share stories!

Check out the READ IN web site for more information.

Friday, September 30, 2016

New Publication by Denise Koufogiannakis

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University of Alberta Libraries is pleased to celebrate the publication of a new book by our Associate University Librarian Dr. Denise Koufogiannakis together with co-editor Dr. Alison Brettle (University of Salford, UK).

Being Evidence Based in Library and Information Practice, "takes an open and encompassing approach to exploring evidence based library and information practice (EBLIP) and illustrates how librarians can incorporate the principles to make more informed decisions in the workplace." (Facet Publishing)

Dr. Denise Koufogiannakis is a leader in evidence based library practice, she co-founded the open access journal Evidence Based Library and Information Practice and has held several editorial positions since the journal’s inception in 2006, including Editor-in-Chief from 2009-2011.

In her role as Associate University Librarian, Denise contributes to the Libraries' overall strategic direction and is responsible for collection strategies, bibliographic services, and access services. This new publication is available for borrowing from the UAlberta Library collection.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Collection Spotlight: Alberta Survey

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Looking for survey data on public opinion here in Alberta? Check out the Alberta Survey.

Thirty-five years of Alberta Survey data is available in Dataverse, the University of Alberta Libraries’ data repository. The Alberta Survey, previously known as the Edmonton Area Survey and the All Alberta Survey, measures the public opinion of Albertans on a diverse range of public policy concerns.  Survey data, collected between 1977 and 2014, was compiled by UAlberta’s Population Research Lab in the Department of Sociology.

Each dataset in Dataverse includes a downloadable SPSS data file, a codebook, and a methodology report. Survey data can be searched and manipulated within Dataverse, including the ability to search for unique variables across datasets, and perform advanced statistical analyses.

Check out the Alberta Survey data in Dataverse.
Need help?  Contact data library staff.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Celebrate Science Literacy Week

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I have no special talents.  I am only passionately curious. - Albert Einstein, 11 March 1952

Science Literacy Week is a national week-long celebration of science in Canada.  From September 19 to 23, 2016, University of Alberta Libraries will host a number of presentations, demos, and displays showcasing the diverse scientific research conducted by staff and students all across the University of Alberta.  From paleontology and particle physics, to citizen scientists and satellites, the breadth of knowledge and research is amazing!  Science Literacy Week gives students and staff the opportunity to get up close and personal with scientific research and learn what goes on behind lab room doors from those who are passionately curiously about their research and work.

So put on your lab coat, find your best beaker, and check out the schedule for a complete list of events!