iSchool Awards and Scholarship Opportunities

Some interesting award and scholarship opportunities from SLAIS! Here it is:

“iSchool Award and Scholarship Opportunities

In addition to the internal iSchool awards circulated in December, the School also offers opportunities for those wishing to attend both ACA and CLA. More information can be found at the following link:


We encourage all students interested to apply for these awards and other iSchool awards early so you do not miss the deadline.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Melissa at ischool.ssc@ubc.ca


Visible Minority Librarians of Canada (ViMLoC) Network Mentoring Program: Call for Mentors and Mentees

Are you an experienced visible minority librarian willing to provide advice and support to another visible minority librarian? Did you have a great mentoring experience and would like to “pay it forward”?  ViMLoC needs you!

Are you a visible minority librarian in need of guidance? Do you want to connect with an experienced visible minority librarian for professional advice and support?   ViMLoC wants you!

The Visible Minority Librarians of Canada (ViMLoC) Network (a CLA Network) recognizes the need :

  1. to help visible minority librarians, especially new librarians and new immigrant librarians, develop their professional careers
  2. to encourage and guide visible minority library students with career planning

To assist in this initiative the ViMLoC mentoring program will recruit and provide a pool of experienced visible minority librarians as potential mentors as well as facilitate the matching of potential mentors to mentees.

The ViMLoC mentoring program is open to visible minority librarians at all stages of their career, and visible minority library students. The Employment Equity Act defines visible minorities as “persons, other than Aboriginal peoples, who are non-Caucasian in race or non-white in colour“. The visible minority population consists mainly of the following groups: Chinese, South Asian, Black, Arab, West Asian, Filipino, Southeast Asian, Latin American, Japanese and Korean. The program is open to both CLA members and non-CLA members.

If you would like to participate in the ViMLoC mentoring program as a mentee please complete the ViMLoC Mentee Application form. Mentee applicants will receive a confirmation email acknowledging receipt of their application and will be contacted once a match is found. Please note that the length of time for mentor matching could take up to several weeks depending on mentor availability.

If you would like to participate in the ViMLoC mentoring program as a mentor please complete the ViMLoC Mentor Application form. Mentors are required to have a minimum of 5 years’ experience as a librarian. Mentoring is an on-going relationship between the mentor and mentee. ViMLoC seeks mentors who are committed to the personal and professional development of mentees.

Completed applications should be sent to ViMLoC (vimloc@gmail.com). Visit the ViMLoC website for more information.


Beware of librarians! A risky librarian video

There is a great opportunity for SLAISers to participate in a fun little video project in gentle protest of Library and Archives Canada’s new code of conduct.

All the details: Beware of Librarians!

As from the LASSA blog:

I’m sure that a lot of you have heard something about the recently leaked Library and Archives Canada Code of Conduct which, among other things, characterizes things like conference participation, teaching, and engagement with professional organizations as “high risk” activities subject to managerial approval. And perhaps after hearing about it you thought, “Well, that’s…(okay, for the purposes of a public blog I am not going to type out what you actually though)…silly. Yes, indeed, it’s extremely silly.” And maybe you have wanted to voice your opinion in some meaningful way about just how silly you think it is.

Here’s your chance!

One of our lovely colleagues on the Arcan-l listserv suggested that we need “a fabulous YouTube video showing archivists and librarians doing high risk activities. Skydiving, train hopping, parkour, taking books out of the library, writing something at home with the blinds drawn, entering a university lecture hall – the sky’s the limit! All the while with that wonderful all-purpose Canadian tool, duct tape, plastered on our faces.”

Send your photos and videos clips to cgshriver@gmail.com. The deadline is April 15.


Youth and Technology Panel: Now on YouTube!

For those of you who were unable to catch the wildly successful Youth and Technology Panel which took place at UBC on January 16th we are happy to announce that it is available in two parts on the YAACS YouTube channel.

We had speakers from three different public library systems and a local author/illustrator all sharing their experiences serving children in the digital environment. Topics include teen spaces and programming, hackfests, books apps and digital storytimes.

Part 1 is here and Part 2 is here. Please feel free to share near and far with colleagues who might be interested.



BCLA Grab-bag

Hello, all! In case you are interested, here are a few upcoming events and opportunities being offered in the Vancouver area.


Spring Conference!

Save the date! The BC Libraries Conference is May 9th to 11th, 2013 at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel in Richmond BC.  The 2013 theme is “Are We There Yet?”  http://www.bclibraryconference.ca/


Conference Proposals

BCLA is looking for conference proposals on ideas about programs and services that are new to the library community. Proposals are due by December 11th, 2012. To submit a proposal for the 2013 British Columbia Library Conference please access the form here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BCLC2013


Changing Times, Inspiring Libraries Summit

December 6th (evening) & December 7th 2012. Come hear from David Lankes for an inspiring presentation on what libraries can be. For more info go here: http://www.bclibraries.ca/workshops/Inspiration%20Summit/index.html


Outreach Staff Training Workshop

On Wednesday November 28 there will be a full day training workshop offered by InterLINK on providing outreach services featuring experts who work with diverse user groups.


If you have questions about any of these announcements, please contact our BCLA rep, Helen Brown (helen.leanne.brown@gmail.com).


NFB Film Club Winter Program

CLA has released several film programs that are available for library screenings and our lovely CLA rep, Julia, has offered to arrange a viewing!

The list of programs/documentaries is as follows. Please send a vote on your preferred program to Julia at julia.p.mcknight@gmail.com asap! General socializing and merriment to follow the screening.



The Visitor/Le visiteur  (short animation) 

Payback – 2011, 86min



(Show this program and become eligible to win the Unikkausivut: Sharing Our Stories DVD box set of 24 films, valued at $899)

Islet/Îlot  (animation)

Vanishing Point –  2012,  82min (with English subtitles)



In celebration of International Women’s Day, March 8, 2013 

An Artist – 5 min  (animation)

A young girl manages to develop her musical talent without the knowledge of her family. 

Status Quo? The unfinished business of feminism in Canada – 2012, 87 min

Feminism has shaped the society we live in. But just how far has it brought us, and how relevant is it today? Status Quo? zeroes in on key concerns such as violence against women, access to abortion, and universal childcare, asking how much progress have we truly made on these issues. It uncovers answers that are provocative and at times shocking. Rich with archival material and startling contemporary stories, Status Quo? is crucial viewing for every Canadian.



Paula     (animation)

Who Cares  – 2012, 80min


Children’s Program – Winter 2013   

Big Mouth – 8 min    (6+)

Equal parts truthful and rude, Trudy is a little girl with an unfiltered and deeply curious way of looking at the world. An animated short about one of life’s big lessons, and a film for anyone, young or old, who has ever gotten in trouble for saying too much.

HA’Aki – 5 min    (5+)

HA’Aki is a lyrical and wonderfully unorthodox interpretation of hockey as played in the mind of a lyrical and wonderfully unorthodox animation artist.

Sainte Barbe – 8 min    (5+)

How a little boy’s love for his grandpa—and the old man’s bushy beard—turns to magic!

Christopher, Please Clean up Your Room! – 7 min    (5+)

The resident goldfish and roaches in Christopher’s room protest his messiness and take matters into their own hands. Based on a book by Itah Sadu.

Glasses  –  22 min   (5+)

In this puppet animation we meet a little boy who lives in a lonely, blurry world. His near-sightedness brings humiliations in the schoolyard and in his Grade 1 class. A visit to the eye doctor brings things into focus, and his first pair of glasses changes everything!



YAACS (The Young Adult and Children’s Services Interest Group) has been busy this term! Here is a list of all their events planned in October and early November. Stay tuned for more exciting get-togethers and talks later in the term!

Jon Klassen at Kidsbooks

Oct. 16th @ 7pm- 3083 W Broadway

Tickets $25 include a copy of his new book!


YAACS Meeting/ Halloween Book Club

Oct. 18th @ 5pm- Trail Room

Bring a Halloween or Fall themed book to share!


Kenneth Oppel Presents at Dark Alchemy

Oct. 19th @ 8:30am- 1:30pm- Oakridge Centre Auditorium

Registration $35 includes lunch!


Cory Doctorow at Kidsbooks

Oct. 21st @ 7pm- 3083 W Broadway

Tickets $23.50 include a copy of his new book Pirate Cinema


School Library Day Panel- SLAIS Colloquia

Oct. 24th @ 4:30-6:00pm- Dodson Room, IKBLC

Engaging Youth With Indigenous Materials in Libraries and Classrooms


YAACS Tours Kidsbooks

Oct. 26th @ 4:30- 3083 W Broadway

Come get a tour of Canada’s largest children’s bookstore!


Lunch with Karla Lucht

Nov. 6th @ 12pm- Trail Room

Come meet this visiting Children’s Literature scholar.


For more information on any of these events, you can contact any of our multitude of YAACS reps: Dana Horrocks (dana.horrocks@gmail.com), Elizabeth Bell (esbell666@verizon.net) or Kristy Woodcock ( kawoodco@gmail.com).

Getting Hired in Higher Education

It’s time again for our always-successful Getting Hired in Higher Education Panel!

“Panelists from college and university libraries will discuss their paths from
graduation to employment, and the tips, tricks, and strategies they have
found useful as new librarians and information specialists. You’ll also have
the opportunity to ask our speakers your questions on how best to prepare
yourself for success as an academic librarian!”

This informative event will take place on October 23 from 12-1 in Buchanan B302.

RSVP at EventBrite