A few weeks ago we ran our first unconference, and it was a great success! We had discussion and demonstrations on:
You can checkout notes that people made about those discussions (and add your own comments about what you learned!) on the shared Google docs.
We’re hoping to have more events like this in the future, so stay tuned!
Thanks to Samantha Mills for the photographs.
What’s an “Unconference”?
Basically, it means YOU call the shots! There’s food, coffee and nametags like a real conference – but YOU submit, vote on and lead the sessions, in a safe, SLAISers only space.
Each session will focus on a particular tool, topic or issue submitted by YOU, exploring the question:
“How can this affect, enhance, or challenge our work as information students and professionals?”
You DO NOT need to prepare a formal presentation. Simply submit a topic, & be prepared to suggest areas of conversation and/or briefly demonstrate your Cool Tool to a small group.
SUBMIT SESSION TOPICS to firstname.lastname@example.org by JANUARY 8th.
1. There are two open exec positions! Elections will be held at the next meeting — if you are interested in becoming an exec for ASIS&T please come prepared with a short blurb on why we should elect you. If only one person wants each position it’ll be smooth sailing but if we have to hold a vote, blurbs are important so come prepared just in case.
- Co-Chair - Reports to the members; along with the chair helps draft a year end report which we submit to ASIS&T; liaises with other chapters as well as the parent organization. Chair’s other half who tag teams when necessary.
- Secretary - Primarily takes meeting minutes and is responsible for making them available to the membership. Keeps a record of chapter activities in good order.
If you would like more information on either position feel free to contact me and I can put you in touch with our ex-co-chair and secretary.
2. The Unconference
has been moved to January
- there was talk on having it in the first week of classes and pairing it with the January SLAIS potluck. There will be an Unconference planning meeting soon (time and location TBA), if interested in being a part of the planning committee please e-mail me email@example.com
or me at firstname.lastname@example.org
3. MAGIC lab demo night
is on Thursday, November 21st
from 5pm – 8pm
at the MAGIC Lab
(which is in the Forestry Building at UBC).
4. LASSA is hosting a SLAIS Halloween Party on October 30th from 7pm – 11pm! There will be invitations in your SLAIS mailboxes. It is at Thea’s Lounge in Koerner House (where new student orientation took place) and costumes are highly encouraged.
And last but not least – KEEP YOUR EYES PEELED for a doodle to determine when our All-You-Can-Eat-Sushi-with-Karaoke-and-a-Pub night is going to happen.
The first ASIS&T meeting of the year is happening soon. You should come!
When: Tuesday, September 10th, 12-1pm
Where: Trail Room at SLAIS
If you want to learn more about ASIS&T send us an email, join our mailing list, or check out our wiki!
Mailing List: groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/asist-ubc
Dear ASIS&T members,
The results of the AGM and elections today were as follows:
Chair: Eka Grguric
Co-Chair & Secretary: Elissa How
Communications Officers: Matthew Murray
Treasurer: Jordan Hatt
Other business discussed at today’s meeting:
1) We’re sorry to report that the World Community Grid proposal has been rejected due to security concerns.
2) Eric Meyers, our faculty advisor, raised the possibility of ASIS&T organizing next year’s Research Day.
3) The idea of larger, once per term Cool Tools events in an unconference format was raised, and will continue to be discussed when the new exec meets next.
Congrats to our new ASIS&T executive! And thanks to all our members for a great year. See you out there,
The voting process regarding the proposed name change of our association has now concluded, with 89.7% in favor of the change to Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T).
The Board will now work with Headquarters to implement the change.
Thanks to all members who voted! We look forward to continuing to work with you and on your behalf as we begin this new era for our association.
Diane Sonnenwald, Immediate Past President
Andrew Dillon, President
Harry Bruce, Incoming President
Linda A. Smith, President 2010-2011
Here are the minutes from our final meeting of term. Happy studying! (And if you haven’t yet signed up to celebrate the end of term with us & ALA at Stormcrow Tavern, click here!)
ASIS&T minutes, Nov 20th/2012
1) Cool Tools debrief
- turnout was great thanks to overlap with iSchool events; this should encourage further good turnout next term!
- decided that we should stick with the format of having a guest speaker and a theme for each CT Day in future
2) Social Media Expo update – Allison and Nick
- team is on track; preparing to send in a video and summary to the organizers in early December – may need actors for the video, and will use ASIS&T mailing list if needed
3) End of Term Events
a) SLAIS Potluck – decided not to mount full-on games night, as most people will be occupied with final projects
b) Board game night at StormCrow on Commercial Drive
- date changed from Dec 3rd to Dec 5th; Nick to inform ALA, who would like to cosponsor the event with us
- Sam to make a reservation and send Eventbrite to members – max reservation is for 12 people, but others can just grab tables nearby
- Nick to liase with ALA (incl passing along Eventbrite link); make poster; post to Facebook Social Page
4) Communications situation
- Nick will be working on increasing blog/Twitter presence and awareness next term
- Allison suggested opening blog/Twitter/FB(?) to members to share IT related news and events – Nick to implement
- Kristof to check with Michelle Mallette about getting onto the calendar and RSS feed for Blackboard
5) Next term – events
a) Cool Tools: noon-1 in the Terrace lab on Jan 8th, Feb 5, and March 5. Sam to book room.
- Jan 8 to be a “tools for academic success” theme, including Angela Lam as guest speaker
- tentative ideas for Feb 5 and March 5:
- guest speaker from Digital Initiatives & “digitization/bookmaking” theme;
- “open source alternatives” theme (alternatives to programs we use/learn in SLAIS – Access, Dreamweaver, etc)
b) Meetings: noon-1 in Trail room on Jan 15, Feb 12, and March 12. Sam to book room.
c) Orientation for new SLAISers is January 2 – Sam and Nick will be around. We will use the same info slips as this term, and also have an email signup list. If Mary needs people for the panel, we’ll do that as well.
d) Brown Bag Lunch
- will be discussed further and decided upon at first meeting in January
- someone from cIRcle? (Nick)
- someone from the Faculty of Graduate studies? (Kristof)
e) Tech Tutorials
- ”Excel in Excel” – decided that this would be a good full-day advanced seminar to run, since Excel skills are needed for a lot of jobs in the field; we should have to budget to pay a professional to come in
- Sam to investigate teachers, prices
- other ideas: GIS
- not much happening with this yet; Sam and Allison to get together early next term and form a plan
- depending on the communities/organizations we find to partner with, we could offer formal instruction, or informal “drop-in” days – go to somewhere like Carnegie or Mount Pleasant libraries, or community/friendship centres and hang out a “the librarian is IN” sign, armed with technology and able to answer questions (how to use Twitter/Tumblr/etc, how to share photos online, etc etc)
No other business. Meeting adjourned.
Hey all – ASIS&T and ALA are partnering to ring out the term in style at Stormcrow Tavern – come celebrate with us on December 5th at 5pm for games, grog, and general good times!
Check out this link for event details, and to RSVP: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/4886508679#.
-ASIS&T + ALA
[Note: Even if the event looks full on eventbrite, please do come! We just want to make sure we have a minimum of 12-15 people to fill out the reservation. The more the merrier!]
Come out to the Trail Room at noon on Tuesday, November 20th for our final ASIS&T meeting of term. Items on the agenda include a debrief of our GIS-themed Cool Tools Day, a check-in with the SLAIS Social Media Expo team, and planning events/outreach for next term. Now’s your chance to let us know what sort of IT-related events, speakers and seminars you’d like to see in the coming months. See you there!
Cool Tools Day is upon us once more – this coming WEDNESDAY November 14th! This time around we’re focusing on Data Analysis/Data Visualization Tools.
From 12-1230, UBC Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Librarian Tom Brittnacher will be giving an overview of how GIS works and some of its applications.
From 1230-1 we’ll do the usual Cool Tools thing – some us will present some interesting/fun visualization tools we’ve discovered – and we encourage you to share some as well! As usual, you can sign up for a 5min slot on our wiki
) – alternatively, email Sam at email@example.com
with your name and the tool you’d like to share, and she’ll add you to the schedule.
Tools already on tap:
Sam – GrandPerspective
Kristof – DataWrangler
Feeling extra brave? Learn one on the fly here – 22 Free Data Visualization Tools – and come show us what you discover!
See you all at 12pm, Wednesday November 14th in the Terrace Lab!
(YES, we know this event overlaps with the pizza event to open the new Greig Lab – think of it as a chance to wander in and out of both, absorbing at your leisure!)