Reflections on the Workshop for Instruction in Library Use conference

Over the course of three days spanning the end of May and beginning on June, UBC hosted WILU – the Workshop for Instruction in Library Use – with a theme of “Intersections”. I attended the full conference including a pre-conference session, and presented during the lightning talks about library technicians facilitating instruction.

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What Has the Fraser Valley Been Up To?

On April 7, 2013, 11 members of the Fraser Valley LTAS chapter met at the White Spot in Aldergrove and held a discussion in round table format. The topic? Share something interesting that’s going on: are you going to or presenting at any conferences? Is anything happening at work? How are school and/or practicums going? Continue reading “What Has the Fraser Valley Been Up To?”

BC Library Conference 2012

 Edited May 23 to add Tamarack’s summary; sorry!  -Heather

The big news from the conference happened during the BCLA AGM: LTAIG’s resolution to become a Section passed unanimously!  We are now LTAS (Library Technicians’ and Assistants’ Section). The AGM attendees gave a big round of applause, and several speakers congratulated us.

As LTAS Chair Tamarack Hockin mentioned on the LTAS website and email list,

The creation of LTAS has been two years in the making, and has counted on the hard work and support of many members. Most notably I would like to recognize the work of Stephen Karr and Sandra Cole for carrying the signatures and the petition over the past two years, the LTAIG executive that preceded me, including Sarah Felkar as co-chair with Stephen Karr, who drafted the constitution and by-laws for LTAS. The resolution could not have succeeded without all the members of the current LTAIG Board who worked so tirelessly to collect first signatures and then proxy votes, and who communicated the aims and purpose of LTAS out to broader membership.

LTAIG had a table outside the vendor’s hall on Friday to raise awareness of our group and our resolution. Thanks to Anita Thompson for organizing the table, plus all the volunteers who staffed it.

About twelve members and interested folks from all over the province met in the hotel pub Friday evening for a social with lively conversation and proxy form sorting.

Several members kindly agreed to share their impression of the conference and sessions below. If you attended the conference, please share your thoughts in a comment. Also keep an eye on the BCLA Browser for their upcoming issue of conference reports. Continue reading “BC Library Conference 2012”

Phil the Web Crawler – Pinterest for libraries, Access Copyright agreement (and disagreement), ancient texts, death of radio drama, archiving ‘Occupy’ and a bullet proof iPhone case.

– Thanks to Sylvia Nurse for this tip.  Pinterest: Revolutionizing the Way Libraries Are Used.

– Recruiters Only Look at Your Resume for an Average of Six Seconds and This Is What They See.

– Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada reaches agreement with Access Copyright (thanks Allan Webner for spotting this).

– Not everyone is happy with the new Access Copyright agreement.  Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) urges institutions to refuse to enter into the model license.

– Book world expresses disappointment, outrage over Pulitzer snub.

Here is an interesting item on eReaders and accessibility.  Included in the article is a great link to a detailed webinar on eReader accessibility.

– Registration Now Open for the TD National Reading Summit III May 2 – 4, 2012, Vancouver, B.C.

– Vatican, Bodleian Libraries will publish millions of ancient texts online.  Works that will be available for perusal will include Gutenberg’s Bible, believed to be the first text ever printed.

– The Eastern Washington Federal District Court ruled that the North Central Regional Library (NCRL) is not violating the First Amendment in how it filters Internet content on library computers.

– This week it was announced that the drama department at CBC Radio will soon be no more.  Scroll down, close your eyes and listen to the 3d hour of CBC Sunday Edition’s tribute to the theatre of the mind.

On the same edition of CBC Sunday Edition Indigo’s Heather Reisman gives her views on eBooks and the state of the book publishing industry in Canada.

– Seems like everyone is picking on the CBC these days.  Now a coalition representing private radio in Canada wants to shut down CBC’s new free music service.

– For Archivists, ‘Occupy’ Movement Presents New Challenges.

– Hey Boys and Girls!  Be the first on your block to get a bulletproof iPhone case!

Phil the Web Crawler – Apps for Apes, mobile library services for humans, Magna still legal, your brain on fiction, and cursing at Captchas

– Criminal Charges Dropped in Canada Customs Manga Case.

The Future of Canadian Publishing as heard on CBC Radio’s Sunday Morning.  What surprised me was that two of the publishers felt people were reading LESS these days.  I guess they have not been to a local library lately. Listen here.

– That Sound You Hear? It’s The Library World Changing.

– The future of mobile devices for libraries.  Mobile library services are a leading innovation trend in libraries in 2012.

– Ebook Providers, ILS Vendors Move Rapidly to Remove Friction From E-Lending; OverDrive APIs Coming in April.

– Here is an interesting post from Librarians Without Borders: Is the Ghana Library Authority Serving Its Purpose?

– The Three Astronauts: A Vintage Semiotic Children’s Book about Tolerance by Umberto Eco.

– Can Children’s eBooks Provide “A Quiet Bedtime Read”?

– If you like me think Captcha is getting harder and harder to read you are not alone.  I wonder what the heck seniors are suppose to do!  Here is why it is getting harder to read those squiggles.

– You may have noticed that most major browsers now include a “do not track” app extension (more info here).  For instance since using my in Chrome a couple of weeks ago I have had a total of 6,844 attempts to track me stopped.  One conspicuous absence from the Do Not Track discussions is Facebook.

– Alan Turing’s Reading List: What the Computing Pioneer Borrowed from his School Library.

– Stop and read the lavender.  Your brain on fiction.

– Apps for Apes.  Got an old iPad you don’t need now that you just upgraded?  Donate it to an Orangutan.

Items of Interest

Library of Congress aims to implement RDA by March 31, 2013, giving time to train their staff.  Allied national libraries, including Library & Archives Canada, also plan to implement RDA in the first quarter of 2013.  Read more here.

Ammunition for school libraries: Informational Brief: Impact of School Libraries on Student Achievement is a report by the New York Comprehensive Center/RMC Research Corporation.  From the Executive Summary: “Based on the conclusions from the research cited in the brief, it is clear that school libraries play an important role in student achievement, curriculum development, and instruction.” (Thanks to Stephen’s Lighthouse for the link)

Stephen Abrams expanded on a great post by Sally Pewhairangi, “20 Everyday Ways to Escape the Library Echo Chamber”.  See Stephen’s post, others’ comments, and link to the original here.

Interesting results from the National Reading Campaign’s 2012 National Book Count:

  • Over 3.4 million books were counted as being sold or circulated for the week of January 23-29, 2012.  Thus over five books are sold or circulated every second in Canada.
  • Participating libraries saw an 8% increase in print circulation and a 50% increase in digital circulation for an overall increase of 9% total circulation over the past year.
  • E-books made up 10% of all books sold in English Canada.

See Stephen’s Lighthouse for links to the report and summaries.

Having trouble finding the advanced search on Google and other sites lately?  This post by Gwen at Internet News says it may get worse.

Conference season is coming up!  Check out Alyssa Kroski’s 8 Essential Apps for Library Conferences on iLibrarian (thanks to Stephen’s Lighthouse for the link).  Please comment – have you used any of these?  What did you think?

From January’s Current Cites:

Lewis, David W. “From Stacks to the Web: the Transformation of Academic Library Collecting” College & Research Libraries (November 2011)(
This is a pre-print of a piece slated to be published next year (January 2013), but the topic is certainly quite relevant now and waiting a year to heed Lewis’ advice will do no one any favors. Kudos to C&RL for not making us do so. Lewis asserts that the advent of computer networking has fundamentally altered the value proposition of libraries and that our classic way of building collections must respond to this in various ways. After noting particular developments in recent years that “drive change and provide the building blocks upon which new library practices will be constructed,” he provides specific advice that includes: 1) Deconstruct legacy print collections, 2) Move from item-by-item book selection to purchase-on-demand and subscriptions, 3) Manage the transition to open access journals, 4) Curate the unique, and 5) Develop new mechanisms to fund national infrastructure. Highly recommended. – RT

Speaking of academic libraries, Will Kurt discusses circulation trends in his ACRL Tech Connect article, The End of Academic Library Circulation? (thanks to Stephen’s Lighthouse for the link).

Concerned about your online privacy and/or sick of creepy targeted ads?  Chrome will finally accomodate the Do Not Track add-on.  It’s already available in Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari.  See Stephen Shankland’s CNET article for more info (thanks to Internet News for the link).

Bleary-eyed students (and, say, blog authors who get lost in Flickr pools) may be interested in this infographic from onlinecollege on effects of and remedies for sleep deprivation (thanks to Stephen’s Lighthouse for the link).

Items of Interest

10 LinkedIn Tips to Boost your Job Search by Kristin Burnham on IT World Canada.
(thanks to the Internet News blog, though their post isn’t working now)


As LTAIG and BCLA work on getting members from all over the province involved, check out how SLA did virtual conference attendance this year.  SLA Conference 2011 – Virtual Component by Dawn Bassett, from the SLA Western Canada Chapter’s Wired West blog.  Would you be interested in that kind of conference experience?


What is a Coordinator of User Experience, and what are they doing in the Langara College library?  Interview with Joyce Wong, also from Wired West.


An interesting excerpt from an SLA Future Ready blog post:

But even with a definition of what this type of economy is, what are the practical applications of being part of the information/knowledge economy? Knowledge and information is put on a pedestal, but information centers and libraries are not acknowledged as the base of that pedestal. Instead, this observer has come to view the situation as a kind of the-emperor-has-no-clothes scenario: everyone values information, but no one wants to fully fund it.

Is This the Information/Knowledge Economy? by Eileen Davenport, Oct. 21, 2011.


Want to search with both Google and Bing to make sure you don’t miss anything?  Try Askboth.  But wait, there’s more!  It will also search Twitter.  Yes, that’s right: three searches in one.  Recommended by Internet News.


On the other hand, how much are the results at these search engines distorted by being tailored to you?  (well, who it thinks you are)  Great Ted talk by Eli Pariser: Beware Online “Filter Bubbles.”


Still Awesome after All These Years: Eight Excellent Free Downloads by PCWorld, via Internet News.


Swim the Digital Tsunami with these 5 Web Tools to Fix Information Overload by Saikat Basu on makeuseof.  Internet News recommended them, particularly for managing social media.


And, in closing, a fun fact: the seventh-most common search engine string that found this blog is Savage Chickens.