SLA WCC – Blogs & Wikis (Thursday, May 31, 2007)

by Jing Liu ~ May 10th, 2007. Filed under: Uncategorized.

Thinking of starting a blog or wiki for your library or organization? Already have one but would like more information?

Mingle with SLA colleagues and hear an impressive panel of librarians and professionals share how they are using these technologies.

Thursday, May 31, 2007
5:00 – 8:00 pm
Terminal City Club


· 5:00 pm Registration. Cash bar opens.

· 5:15 pm Canapé buffet opens, mingling, eating & drinking

· 5:45 pm Blogs & Wikis presentations begin

· 7:15 pm More mingling, eating & drinking

· 8:00 pm Wrap-up


Sally Taylor: Blogs & Wikis at UBC

Sally will demonstrate how librarians at the University of British Columbia are using blogs and wikis for communication, outreach and teaching, with their user groups and with colleagues at UBC and beyond.

Rob Golbeck: Social Software Law Firm Style

Rob will showcase the social software being used at Clark Wilson LLP, including custom user profiles, internal blogs, custom RSS feeds, user-developed e-collections, and wikis.

Diane Thompson: Blogging @ Geoscience NRCAN

Diane will describe her recent experience setting up a blog for the Geoscience Research Library (Natural Resources Canada), and the response she has received to date from her users.

Tracey Carmichael: Wiki that Investment @ BCSC

Tracey will discuss how the BC Securities Commission created an internal wiki to track new types of investments as they gain market share and identify the next “big thing” in retail investing. The markets are always changing and new products are created all the time. The wiki harnesses the collective knowledge of BCSC staff and encourages everyone to add what they know about an investment.

Lauren Wood: Quick Tips on the How To’s of Blogs & Wikis

You’ve heard how useful blogs and wikis can be in organizations, but getting started can be a bit tricky. It’s not simply a matter of installing the software and watching everything just fall into place; you need to figure out the answers to some issues first. Lauren will talk about what you can do to make your blog or wiki a successful endeavour, and some of the trade-offs you’ll have to make. She will help answer questions like: How do you choose whether to use a blog or a wiki? How do you find the right people to blog or contribute content? What are some things to look out for?


Sally Taylor is a Reference Librarian at the Woodward Biomedical Library at the University of British Columbia, liaising with faculty, staff and students in botany, fisheries, microbiology and zoology. Sally has recently embraced RSS as a way to spice up her subject pages and is working on a blog for the biology researchers at UBC.

Rob Golbeck is a Library Technician at Clark Wilson LLP where he splits his time between the library and records management. He has experience in the legal, corporate and non-profit sectors, and is interested in working with technology, especially website design and maintenance. Rob is currently serving as Chair & Web Administrator of the Library Technicians & Assistants Interest Group (LTAIG) of the BC Library Association. Rob’s blog:

Diane Thompson is Head Librarian at the Geoscience Research Library, Natural Resources Canada. Formerly the information specialist at the BC Office of Health Technology Assessment at UBC, Diane has published material on grey literature and finding the “hard-to-find”, including the “Guide to Internet Resources for Health Technology Assessment” produced by the National Library of Medicine. Diane is a self-described “newcomer” to the blogging world, but is happy to share her experience.

Tracey Carmichael manages Knowledge Management Services for the BC Securities Commission, including the Knowledge Centre, call centre, and websites. She is a law librarian with 15 years experience providing legal reference services. Recently, Tracey has been working on knowledge sharing projects like the wiki, and an electronic records and document management system.

Lauren Wood is a senior technical program manager at Sun Microsystems, concentrating on the areas of identity and privacy in the web world. She chairs the Business Marketing Expert Group for the Liberty Alliance. Lauren has worked as an independent consultant, is a published industry analyst, and was Director of Product Technology for SoftQuad Software Ltd. (now part of Blast Radius). Lauren has been on the organizing committee for Vancouver’s blogging conference “Northern Voice” since its inception. Lauren’s blog:


Please RSVP to if you’re planning to come to this interesting and informative event.

To pay by cheque, complete the online registration form <> and mail it (as soon as you can!), with your payment (cheque made out to SLA WCC), to:

Lesley Perkins, Vancouver Director
Canada Border Services Agency

Pacific Region Enforcement Centre
700- 300 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC
V6B 6C8

To pay by credit card, go to our online announcement at [Coming soon! Check the SLA WCC website in a day or so] and follow the PayPal links.

FEES Includes a fabulous canapé buffet. There will be a cash bar.

· $29 for SLA members, students, and those between jobs

· $35 for non-members


The Terminal City Club is located at 837 Hastings Street. PLEASE NOTE: There is a dress-casual dress code in effect, so no jeans please.

Program sponsor to be announced.

1 Response to SLA WCC – Blogs & Wikis (Thursday, May 31, 2007)

  1.   Jing

    Sounds very interesting, but I will have to miss this one for the trip to China. Would the attendees share the information afterwards? Many thanks.

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