annual general meeting 2012

Our Annual General Meeting happened today. After last week’s Brown Bag Lunch with Shirley Lew and Courtney Mumma and the previous week’s Cool Tools Day we had a great turnout. We held our elections today, each position was filled by unanimous vote, and I’m pleased to announce our new executive for 2012-2013.

Chair: Kristof Kessler
Vice Chair: Jonathan Kift
Secretary: Sam Mills
Treasurer: Allison Trumble
Communications: Nick Josten

Thanks very much to Andrew Berger, Adam Brownfield, Jamie Fong, Justin Unrau (and Kristof) for their work on the executive this past year.


research day @ SLAIS

Friday March 2 is Reserach Day, the day when all the SLAISers who’ve been doing research (with faculty members or on their own) present what they’ve been doing with poster sessions or full on presentations. There’s a keynote speaker and lunch. At least a couple of ASIS&T@UBC members are presenting, and a few more are volunteering. Check out the Research Day Program and we hope to see you there!


meeting minutes: september 21 2011

September 21, 2011
Trail meeting room
Noon to 1pm

Present: Andrew, Jamie, Adam, Kristoff, Michelle, Joy, Trevor, Jonathan, Kerry, and Alex, Heather O’Brien (faculty rep),

1. Introduction of ASIS&T and current executive (Andrew, Jamie, Justin, Adam)

2. General plan for events this year.

  • Cool Tool days twice a semester
  • Speakers etc.
  • Trivia Night with LWOB
  • Research Day in March 2012 (ASIS&T group will offer to volunteer)

3. Policies and procedures of ASIS&T@UBC chapter.

4. Explanation of open Vice-Chair role and call for nominations. Kristoff self-nominated, seconded by Andrew, and voted in unanimously.

5. Next event: Cool Tool day on October 4th in Terrace Lab from noon to 1pm. Joy will handle coffee, Michelle will get snacks, and Trevor will be around to help with set up etc.

6. Next meeting: October 26th at noon in the Trail Room.

-end of meeting-


cool tools day #3 recap

Our third Cool Tools day happened on January 25th, 2011. Thanks to everyone who came out to learn/share about some neat technological tools! If you missed the event, well here’s a summary of what went on (courtesy of our ASIS&T@UBC Secretary, Jessie).

Presenters and their “Cool Tools” (Also available as a PDF)

Catie “Library Value Calculator” & “FreeFoodUbc”
Niagara Falls Public Library Value Calculator

  • Calculate the value of your library use
  • It doesn’t subtract your fines or other glitches
  • You can see the value of your library card


  • “Freefoodubc” Twitter account
  • Not interactive, instead just like calendars of where to find free food on campus at any time
  • Kept up to date

Bonnie’s – “Web of Trust (WOT)

  • communitive based firefox add-on
  • “revenge on malicious websites” and promoting safe websites, etc.
  • Uses colour codes (ex. green means ‘safe’)
  • Good for warning against sites with viruses/malware etc.
  • Informative video available on youtube
  • video is called “WOT: Web of Trust demonstration”

Andrew’s – “Readability” & “Readefine”

  • Reformatting text tool
  • Designed to find large chunks of text, highlight it, crop it, and bookmark it
  • Can have small glitches in cutting out part of text at the beginning or the end of
    the text (because mistaken for advert image etc.)
  • Is a Firefox (or Chrome) add on
  • Can change how the text displays on your browser


  • Need Adobe AIR
  • Or can use in web browser
  • Can do RSS, html, etc.
  • Will sync with Google Reader
  • Works really well with keyboard
  • Can upload files, copy and paste text
  • Both tools can be used to change the display of online readings (like news sites, etc.), and are nice for net books

Justin “Quora

  • Alternative search engine
  • Need to login
  • Since it is a social search “asking questions and getting answers” instead of keywords
  • Gives guidelines on formatting questions
  • It is other users answering queries (not spider bots)
  • Place your queries according to topic categories (different users can follow different topics)
  • Can ask obscure, difficult to Google questions – and people will offer synthesized answers
  • Not very efficient
  • New and currently getting a lot of buzz in the tech community
  • There are a lot of opinion questions asked, library topics, many things to search and

Yolanda’s – “linear footage calculator” & “Skim”
linear footage calculator

  • Good for archival/preservation purposes (and class assignments!)
  • Tool meant for measuring boxes etc.


  • pdf annotator for Mac
  • Highlight, make boxes around things, anchor notes, works on a lot of pdfs, can
    take notes and export them out other document

Schuyler “GoodReader” & “Dropbox”

  • Free reader for the iphone (also $2.99 in the app store)
  • Some issues – trouble getting annotated documents from the phone to the
  • Works well with dropbox!
  • For iPad use – good for changing documents into pdfs and then annotating them


  • Online cloud based storage system
  • Organization tool – keeping all of your files, folders etc. in one place and accessible
    from any computer with internet access
  • Efficient back up strategy
  • If you get others to sign up from an invite, you then get extra file space
  • Starts off with 2GB free – which is plenty for pdfs/school readings

Again, thanks to everyone for showing up, and to the presenters who piped up in the presentation. We’ll be having another Cool Tools day before the semester is done, and we’d love to hear from you.


last meeting of the semester

We had a meeting today at SLAIS and we’ll be posting the official minutes at some point, but for now, here’s a quick recap.

Heather and Alex talked about the ASIS&T conference out in Pittsburgh earlier this month. Heather pitched for people to volunteer and otherwise participate in Research Day. We discussed our wildly successful Cool Tools events and when we’ll have the next one to welcome the new cohort showing up in January, as well as the possibility of selling TShirts as a fundraiser, since apparently we’re supposed to be raising funds so we can rent a bus some day. Some awesome road-trippish kind of day. There will be a TShirt design contest coming, with a deadline of January 7, 2011. More information as the posters get made.

There was also an election for the soon to be vacant (once Alex graduates) position of webmaster and Justin Unrau (that’s me) is now it.


cool tools day #2 recap

Date: November 9th, 2010
Time: 12:30 – 1:30pm
Location: SLAIS Terrace Lab

Presenters and their “cool tools” (also available as a PDF)

Will “Firebug & Firesheep”

  • Shows html, css for each element in a web page
  • Can test/see how styles were implemented to specific elements
  • Look at layout (ex. pixels in padding & layout)
  • Other features – will tell you what elements are causing issues if pages are having trouble loading
  • Can help identify errors/messy code (it’s nice to have clean code)

Firesheep Sidejacking

  • People can use cookies to steal your information
  • Dealing with cookies – install it in your firefox for when using wifi networks
  • Making sure you use secure wifi networks
  • Should see https if the wifi is secure instead of http

Alex “Yahoo Pipes

  • Interface is confusing, but should be aware of the tool
  • Can send RSS feed links to friends etc.
  • Can use for sending filtered (types of) images from flickr

Meghan “cIRcle

  • UBC Digital repository
  • SLAIS graduates’ work are not being heavily represented
  • Contribution to cIRcle helps increase visibility, helps students, helps for future job opportunities (ex. can send employers links to works)
  • Uses open source software
  • Think about submitting your papers for showcasing your work
  • In sending paper, student is not giving up copyright
  • Just need to 1) sign form to say cIRcle can showcase it on the site, and 2) have a professor email cIRcle saying “yes this is a good paper.”

Catie “blekko

  • Search engine uses slash tags in search box
  • ex. search query can be watchdog /Christian … Recipes /vegan … Recipes /vegan/ gluten-free … etc.
  • If a slash tag doesn’t exist in the list of slash tags, you can add it to the user index
  • The user generated libraries added to the index is makes this search engine different
  • So the user searches through the site’s original list of slash tags and users’ added slash tags

Tosha “GazoPa

  • Image search engine
  • Search by image (not by keywords – no words needed)
  • Upload, draw, or type in URL of image to search
  • For example, upload an image and get results of similar images and information on how similar retrieved results are to the searched image
  • Can change view of results
  • Good for finding information with an image that would be very difficult to describe using words
  • Has flickr option, so you can search through license types for images (fair use or copyright)
  • Can retrieve information about the subject in the image
  • Advanced search with colours, shapes etc. to find other related images
  • Cross-language
  • If you upload your photo, it doesn’t get added to the images searched – but it does stay on their server
  • You can add text to your image

Cynthia “Foxit

  • free for downloads
  • PDF reader tool if you want something different from Adobe
  • Can add annotations/notes to all pdf texts (not same restrictions as in Adobe)
  • Text recognition is a little wonky, but still okay
  • Add notes to highlighted sections of the text (icon put in the margin)
  • Write comments in the margins of the text (easy to add and delete)
  • All notes are visible and readible in the actual document

Alex “Mendeley

  • Mendeley is another type of reader that also allows for annotation in notes and also is good for creating bibliographies.
  • Foxit is good for editing pdf when done (ex. good for signing a pdf document etc.)
  • In January a PDF conference in california will be held for fixing the tool

Justin “ebook management”

  • Open source e-book management
  • Tag all books, metadata
  • Conversion tool – take a pdf and convert to other style of document
  • Features include ability to set it up to sync through wireless to your phone from your desktop at home
  • Built in e-reader (for epubs and other ebook formats)
  • Possibly useful for annotation – need to explore that option


  • didn’t want to be locked into the system from Amazon/Kindle
  • Good site for finding public domain ebooks with better interface than Project Gutenberg itself
  • Can browse through different categories – ex. creative commons
  • Get in different formats (html etc.)
  • Also check Baen who have a good good selection of older or advanced reader copies for sci-fi DRM free and for cheap.

Qinqin “Wink

  • Free download – capture screen shots for creating instructional videos etc.
  • Can set it to capture many screen shots/frames over a set period of time
  • Can use voice overs/audio track to accompany video
  • Create video project of frames taken, edit frames, copy and paste frames, set time duration for viewing of each frame
  • Set streaming medium in firefox
  • File size is very small
  • Can send to friends
  • Compatible for Mac and PC use
  • Limited features, but good for creating basic videos

Shannon “What I Learned Today

  • Blog by Nicole C. Engard (Director of Open Source Education for open source library systems)
  • Talks a lot about gadgets
  • Library based tech blog and other library related topics that might not be found elsewhere
  • Useful for keeping track of information related issues
  • For example, getting announcements about Facebook’s privacy setting changes etc.

Comments/suggestions from participants:

    In posting summary notes of tools presented, tools should be hyperlinked to their live web urls.