Event announcement: Freedom to Read Week

It’s almost Freedom to Read Week! Please join the BCLA and ALA student chapters next week for two exciting events to mark the occasion:

Wednesday, February 24th1pm-2pm – Dodson Room at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
What’s the big deal about the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement? What is it and how will it impact our daily lives? The biggest and most secret agreement in history has finally been signed. The question of whether Canada will ratify it now takes centre stage.

Join OpenMedia’s Digital Rights Specialist Meghan Sali in a conversation about how the TPP will impact us, censor our Web, criminalize our online activities and cost Canadians millions of dollars. Come out and become better informed about the implications of the TPP, how it will affect daily life in Canada, and how you can make your voice heard.

Reserve your free ticket now!

Thursday, February 25th12.30pm-1.45pm – Dodson Room at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
Please join us for a panel discussion on the subject of freedom to read and censorship in our society. We have an exciting lineup of panelists including librarians, authors/illustrators and SLAIS’s very own Judi Saltman. Light refreshments will be provided and there will be a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to UBC Bookstore.

Reserve your free ticket now!


Event announcement: Tour of RBSC and ASRS!

Join us on Thursday, February 11 for a tour of Rare Books and Special Collections, and a demo of the ASRS (Automated Storage and Retrieval System). The tour will be from 12noon to 1pm, and we’ll meet outside the entrance to RBSC just before 12.

There is a limited number of space for this tour, so please contact Kaya to reserve a spot at kaya_fraser@hotmail.com.


Bake Sale! Wed Jan 20, 11am-1pm

BCLA/CLA is holding a bake sale this week!

Stop by the SLAIS lounge between 11am and 2pm on Wednesday, January 20th, for some yummy treats. (Maybe even stop by more than once …)

Hope to see you there!
Bake Sale Poster


Event Announcement: Readers’ Advisory Workshop!

Readers’ Advisory Workshop

Presented by the UBC student chapters of ALA, BCLA/CLA, SLA, Librarians Without Borders, and YAACS!

When: Wednesday, Dec 2, 11am – 1pm

Where: Lillooet Room, IKB

Want to find out more about Readers’ Advisory? Come to our workshop to learn about RA basics, resources, and skills — for adults, young adults, and children!

We’ll be hosting a series of student-led lightning talks on Readers’ Advisory topics, from RA Resources to Adult Literacy Levels to Diversity in RA.

Jumping in and participating is a big part of learning RA skills, so we encourage you to participate in the following events (though, of course, it’s not required):

  • Genre Roundtable. Stoked about the idea of talking up your favourite genre for 3-5 minutes? Send Chloe an email with your genre to sign-up! chloeanneriley@gmail.com
  • An informal Bookslam. Want to try recommending a book in just 1 minute? (We’re all new to this, so don’t be shy!) Bring a great book to recommend!

Interested in coming but can’t stay for the whole workshop? Drop by anytime and stay for as long as you like!

Awesome snacks will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there!


Next BCLA/CLA Meeting – Trail Room, Nov 10 [Tues] 11am-12pm

Hi all! Meeting notification!

The next BCLA/CLA-UBC meeting is in the Trail Room at SLAIS on Tuesday Nov. 10 from 11am-12pm! Please be there, we’d all love to see you!

Some exec positions are still open, some which very much need to be filled too!

The positions are as follows:

Tour Coordinator(s) [2 positions available]
Webmaster/Communications Officer [I’m stepping down!]
CLA (Canadian Library Association) Representative

The latter two (Webmaster/Comm. Officer and CLA Rep) are very much needed, because the former handles the group’s electronic communications and web presence, and the latter is BCLA/CLA-UBC’s connection to CLA, which is very important indeed.

Attached are the documents relating to the executive roles and the Year in Review from previous execs in these positions, along with all others.

Please consider putting yourself forward for a position – it’s a great way to get involved in not just the SLAIS community, but the professional field as well, get some great experience in a variety of activities, skills and the field, and also to get to network and know some great people. It is well worth it!

That’s all for now!


First Meeting of the Term! Monday, Sep. 21, Trail Room, 11am-12pm!

Hi all! Welcome to the amazing new term!

The first meeting of BCLA/CLA@UBC is happening at 11am-12pm, Monday, at the Trail Room in the SLAIS Department Space! As always, the Trail Room is the conference room on the far side of the SLAIS Lounge.

Be there! Be involved! Also important is that the position of Intellectual Freedom Committee Representative is open for election at this meeting! Drop by if you’re interested!