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Concordia University of Edmonton Library Launches New Website

Concordia University of Edmonton Library is pleased to announce the launch of its newly revamped website. The library’s new website can be found at: http://concordia.ab.ca/ library/

In addition to a clean and mobile-responsive design, CUE Library has focused on keeping its content as findable and user-friendly as possible. CUE Library has also implemented a dynamic A-Z database listing feature, which makes selecting a database more intuitive for students, faculty, and staff.

CUE Library Website

 

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7 Questions with Michael Brundin

This month’s issue of 7 Questions with AAAL Members features Michael Brundin, Web and Discovery Services Librarian at MacEwan University Library.


mrb1. What is something interesting you learned in the last month?
Although admittedly an esoteric interest, I found it revelatory to realize that the Hungarian Gypsy scale was like the natural minor scale with a raised 4th, or the Hungarian minor scale with a lowered 7th (the Hungarian minor scale is like the harmonic minor with a raised 4th).

2. If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?
The central towheaded character in Sigur Ros’s official video for their song Glósóli (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bz8iEJeh26E). The coda or denouement with the Peter Pan–inspired flight of fancy is quite poignant and affecting: “second to the right, straight on to morning.”

3. What is your favourite thing to binge watch?
I don’t tend to “watch”, let alone binge watch, but apparently, I seem to follow a roughly decennial (every 10 years) pattern, wherein I intensively revisit Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, the thirteen-part television series presented by Carl Sagan in 1980.

4. What is your favourite quote?
I don’t have a favorite quotation, but two literary passages that I am fond of are the following:

and who therefore ran through the icy streets obsessed with a

sudden flash of the alchemy of the use of the ellipse the

catalog the meter & the vibrating plane,

who dreamt and made incarnate gaps in Time & Space through

images juxtaposed, and trapped the archangel of the soul

between 2 visual images and joined the elemental verbs

and set the noun and dash of consciousness together jumping

with sensation of Pater Omnipotens Aeterna Deus

—Allen Ginsberg, “Howl,” Howl and Other Poems, 1956

 

The Cat only grinned when it saw Alice.  It looked good-natured, she thought: still it

had very long claws and a great many teeth, so she felt that it ought to be treated with

respect.

“Cheshire Puss,” she began, rather timidly, as she did not at all know whether it

would like the name: however, it only grinned a little wider.  “Come, it’s pleased so far,”

thought Alice, and she went on.  “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go

from here?”

“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.

“I don’t much care where—” said Alice.

“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.

“— so long as I get somewhere,” Alice added as an explanation.

“Oh, you’re sure to do that,” said the Cat, “if you only walk long enough.”

—Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, 1865

 

Finally, although not really a quotation, I am also partial to this expression:

“Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.”
—Expression in linguistics used to demonstrate syntactic ambiguity

5. What is your favourite colour?
Green. And more specifically, Shamrock green or Irish green. (This is the shade of green in the national flag of Ireland, and the state flag of California.)

6. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Somewhere in the Big Sur region, which is the region along the Pacific Ocean coast between Carmel and San Simeon in California.

7. Who inspires you?
Archimedes (ca. 287 BCE–ca. 212 BCE). The depth and range of his discoveries in mathematics, and the creativity of his engineering inventions, are truly inspiring.


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7 Questions with Claudette Cloutier

This month’s issue of 7 Questions with AAAL Members features Claudette Cloutier, Associate University Librarian, Research and Learning Services at University of Calgary Libraries.


Picture of Claudette Cloutier1. What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?
I have eclectic tastes that were informed by, television my parents’ albums and growing up in the ’80’s. The soundtrack to my life would include anything from Abba, Neil Diamond, Olivia Newton John, Beau Dommage, and Simon and Garfunkle. Throw in a little Bonnie Tyler, Cyndi Lauper, The Police and Lionel Richie and you have made my day! When I got married, I walked down the aisle to “Early One Morning” or as most of us know it the theme song from the “Friendly Giant”.

2. If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?
I have always wanted to be Anne Shirley. Anne of Green Gables is my all time favourite book. Who knows why I want to be an orphan growing up in turn of the century PEI…I think it was for the adventures and her sense of self.

3. What is your best piece of career advice?
The piece of career advice that I share with everyone I meet is that the world is a very small place. Always be kind, honest and professional with everyone you meet because you never know who will be your next boss.

4. What is your favourite thing to binge watch?
I am a sucker for action adventure and mysteries. This winter I have binge watched “The Librarians”, “Marvel’s Agents of Shield”, and “Father Brown”.

5. What do you do when you’re not working?
I know it is cliched, but when I’m not working I’m reading. That’s after running my kids around to their various activities and volunteering.

6. What is your favourite colour?
My favourite colour is electric purple, you can tell by the purse I carry. I’ve loved the colour since I was 3 or 4 and convinced my mother to paint my room that colour. She toned it down to lilac. When I’m buying clothes, if purple is an option, I will choose it.

7. What is your favourite cake and why?
My favourite cake is chocolate. I grew up in a family of chocolate haters so the only time I got chocolate cake was for my birthday or if we ate out at a restaurant (which was very rare). The great thing about this is that no one but me ate my birthday cake so there was always lots of leftovers!


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May 14 workshop at University of Alberta on creating meaningful assessment

Guest speakers Annie Zeidman-Karpinski and Mary Oberlies from the University of Oregon are coming to University of Alberta Libraries as part of our Spring Training program. We are opening up both their morning lecture and afternoon workshop to the greater Edmonton library community!

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Details on the sessions and speakers are found on the registration page and the attached PDF. Please register by May 10th at noon.

Audience: all library staff, SLIS faculty & students and any other post-secondary colleagues interested in peer observation and assessment in instruction.

We hope to see you there!

The University of Alberta Libraries Teaching and Learning Committee: Kim Frail (co-chair), Sheila Laroque Nancy Goebel, Virginia Pow (co-chair), Sharon Murphy, Jessica Thorlakson, Janice Kung, Patti Sherbaniuk and Jennifer Ward (UofA Centre for Teaching and Learning).

7 Questions with Mark Black

This month’s issue of 7 Questions with AAAL Members features Mark Black, Manager Library and Archives at Banff Centre.


MarkBlack11. When was the last time you were nervous?
Every time I have to speak in front of others especially in a professional setting – so probably this morning.

2. Have you ever had something happen to you that you thought was bad, but it turned out to be for the best?
There was a job I interviewed for, was shortlisted for, and really wanted that I ultimately didn’t get. I was devastated about it and struggled with why I wasn’t a fit. Coming close to something and not getting it makes you re-evaluate the direction you are taking in your career. I moved on (mostly) and sought out opportunities that would help me take the next steps in my career. I still dwell on what if’s, but I’m happy with where I am.

3. What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?
Top 5: Books About Miles Davis – The Ergs!, Definition – Black Star, Wish Fulfillment – Sonic Youth, The Last – Childish Gambino, Gossip Folks – Missy Elliott

4. What is your best piece of life advice?
“Is there blood?” This came from Janice Fiander, my manager at Cole Harbour Library. It has served me well and I have passed it onto my own staff. Before stressing out or panicking in a situation and making a rash decision, take a breather, and ask yourself, “How serious is this? Is there blood?” Take a second to figure out what’s important, what’s at stake, and then (try to) make the right decision.

5. What are some of your favourite podcasts?
My Favourite Murder, Surprisingly Awesome, Dead Authors, Baseball Tonight

6. What is your proudest non-work related accomplishment?
I wrote a book about the punk band NoMeansNo. I had a lot of help and it happened because of the good will of so many. I never properly acknowledged the support, patience, and encouragement provided me by my partner at the time. I could not have written that book without her.

7. What is your favourite quote?
All bad things are exaggerated in the middle of the night. When you lie awake, you only think of bad things. Julian Barnes


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University of Alberta Libraries public lecture: How to stop worrying and learn to love peer observation

Please join us for the following public lecture by visiting guest speaker Annie Zeidman-Karpinski, the Kenneth M. and Kenda H. Singer Science Librarian at The University of Oregon. Annie is the co-author of the 2016 article: “Don’t use a hammer when you need a screwdriver: how to use the right tools and create assessment that matters“. You can find out more about Annie via her blog.

 Date/time: Mon. May 14th, 10:15 – 11:30 am

Location: University of Alberta, Education Centre South Room 122.

Use southeast entrance near the Coutts Library

Please register by 4pm May 7th. 


How to stop worrying and learn to love peer observation: How combining observation and reflective supportive practices helped an instruction program in need of an overhaul.

 How to stop worrying and learn to love peer observation: How combining observation and reflective supportive practices helped an instruction program in need of an overhaul.

The University of Oregon applied leading edge tools in evidence based practice for teaching STEM classes to library one shot classes. We found that we have a lot in common with teachers of large lectures in the sciences and some differences of opinion as well. We will discuss what worked from a nationally validated model and what we are in the process of changing and validating for library one off sessions. Fundamentally we are using these tools to build a culture of using peer observation as a method to improving student success. Because these changes are big and seem difficult to many, we are also incorporating another model, Teaching Squares. By adding this component we have built in a piece of the program that aids in reflection, mentoring and getting over the hurdle of being really, really worried about having others come to your instruction sessions.

We hope to see you there!

~ UAL Teaching and Learning Committee: Kim Frail (co-chair), Sheila Laroque Nancy Goebel, Virginia Pow (co-chair), Sharon Murphy, Jessica Thorlakson, Janice Kung, Patti Sherbaniuk and Jennifer Ward (UofA Centre for Teaching and Learning).

Conference Funding Opportunity from the Foothills Library Association

Applications for the 2018 Rachel Chan Memorial Grant are now being accepted.

The Foothills Library Association provides this grant of up to $500 to assist FLA members with limited or no access to funding to attend a library conference related to their work. The grant may be applied to cover registration fees, accommodation and/or travel to the conference.

Application deadline is April 27, 2018.

Applications can be submitted online via this form.

For more information, please contact the FLA Vice-President, at flavp@fla.org.