Thursday, June 22, 2017

Celebrating a Successful WILU 2017 Conference

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From May 23 to 25, the University of Alberta Libraries was honoured to host WILU 2017, a conference for library professionals on teaching and instruction. Librarians are active teachers in both academic and public library settings. Librarians teach research strategies, use of special resources and information literacy skills.

WILU (Workshop for Instruction in Library Use) is a national Canadian conference that is hosted in a different Canadian city every year. This year's keynotes were Dr. Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair who presented on Appropriation or Appreciation: How to Engage Indigenous Literatures and Jessie Loyer whose presentation was entitled Librarians, wâhkôhtowin, and information literacy instruction: building kinship in research relationships. Livestream recordings of both keynotes can be found on the keynote page of the WILU 2017 website.

During the conference our social media team logged 39,400 twitter impressions. In addition to attending sessions, attendees shared a lot of thoughtful information and fun photos.

Here is a little story that showcases some highlights from this year's WILU and best of luck to University of Ottawa as they start planning for WILU 2018!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Collections and Resources in Honour of National Indigenous Peoples Day

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From Edward S. Curtis’s 'The North American
Indian' collection at Bruce Peel Special Collections
June 21st is National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada and it is a great opportunity to learn more about Canada's Aboriginal peoples and the many contributions they make to our society. The University of Alberta Libraries is very active in collecting material on Canada's First Nations, Metis and Inuit and we welcome this opportunity to highlight some of them.

Gregory S. Javitch Collection at the Bruce Peel Special Collections is a cornerstone of that library's collection and is comprised of  2,500 volumes related to North and South American Aboriginal peoples and cultures. While some of the books in the Javitch collection are colonial in nature Javitch sought to have a balanced collection. Themes in the collection describe customs, dances and musical traditions for many different cultures. Hundreds of books from the collection are now digitized and available in the Indigenous Peoples: North America database.

Our campus library collections include vast number of print and e-books related to history, healtheducation, residential schools, juvenile material, teacher resources and innovation within Aboriginal contexts.

For University of Alberta students and staff there are a number of online databases that can provide access to articles,  primary sources, research and Indigenous Knowledge. These include Bibliography of Native North Americans, Indigenous iPortal and Indigenous Peoples of North America.

Another photo from Edward S. Curtis’s 'The North American
Indian' collection at Bruce Peel Special Collections
For information and records regarding residential schools, the UAlberta Libraries is one of two dozen institutions with digital access to Canada’s largest collection of material on the residential school system compiled over the lifetime of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation Collections  can be access via the library's database search.

Finally there are a number of non-library related databases worth exploring that are available freely on the internet.

Blackfoot Digital Library
Indian Peoples of the Great Northern Plains
First Nations Information Connection, image and artifact databases
Gwich'in Place Name Atlas

For any questions or guidance on resources available at the University of Alberta libraries, students and staff can always use the ask us feature to be connected to our knowledgeable staff.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

UAL Service Excellence Awards 2017

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Last week, UAL celebrated the accomplishments of its staff members at the 2nd annual UAL Service Excellence Awards. The awards are designed to recognize an individual and a team who have demonstrated excellent customer service for UAlberta library users throughout the year.

Recipients of this award demonstrate:

  • Initiative
  • Innovation
  • Leadership
  • Service

 This year’s individual winner is Debbie Feisst, Librarian, H.T Coutt’s Library.



Deb was nominated for her exceptional skills as an instructor, as evidenced this year in her work with indigenous students in ATEP (Aboriginal Teacher Education Program), and her shared leadership role in online tutorial development.  Deb also demonstrated leadership in her roles on the WILU Steering Committee and active participation on three system wide committees.  She’s described by her co-workers as a model liaison librarian and a joy to work with!

And the 2017 Team winners are the SciTech Public Service Assistant team in Cameron Library.



The SciTech team takes initiative, shares knowledge, and consistently showed creativity and commitment over the past year through their support for UAL’s 3D printing service.  Their service has had an impact on the UA community by furthering research and providing hands-on learning.  As you can see in the photo, they are a fun-loving bunch.



  • Bonnie Gallinger
  • Christopher Bateman 
  • Eva Romanick
  • Fairfax Culpepper
  • Grace Romanow 
  • Jane Banks 
  • Marc Lemieux
  • Sonya Leung

  • We also want to celebrate all of our UAL award nominees for their hard work and dedication this year.



  • Sharon Farnel, Metadata Coordinator, Bibliographic Services



  • Student Engagement Team, Rutherford Library
  • Amy Southgate 
  • Carmen Loconte 
  • Jamie Spivak 
  • Hanne Pearce



  • Financial Systems and Analysis Team
  • Ruma Daulay 
  • Lisa Maraj 
  • Lili Qin
  • Olaf Lukaszewski
  • Sharon Wright



  • Bibliothéque Saint-Jean Team
  • Elisabet Ingibergsson 
  • Franck Lahmeri
  • Malaika Axelle Ogandaga
  • Matthias Duc 
  • Sarah Shaughnessy 
  • Sarah-Jeanne Belec

  • Congratulations to the winners and the nominees of 2017!

    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 abresearchportal.ca.

    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.