Registration Open for Academic to Commercial Writing + Joy of Conflict Workshops

Registration is now open for:

From Academic Researcher to Commercial Writer: this interactive session will provide insight into communicating your academic research to a general audience in various formats from opinion pieces to magazine articles to non-fiction books.

Wednesday, October 10th, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Graduate Student Centre, 6371 Crescent Road, Point Grey Campus
For a complete session description, please visit:

You may register directly at .


GPS/ UBC Life & Career Centre Event: Joy of Conflict:  learn to address conflict productively and to present your needs assertively

Thursday, October 11th, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, 1961 East Mall, Point Grey Campus
For a complete session description, please visit .

Registration is open at .

Please contact me if you have questions or concerns.

Thank you.

Jacqui Brinkman 
Manager, Graduate Pathways to Success Program | Faculty of Graduate Studies | Office of the Dean
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus
Phone 604 827 4578 | Fax 604 822 5802
170 – 6371 Crescent Road | Vancouver, BC  Canada V6T 1Z2 |

Dr. Julienne Molineaux to Discuss LAC After Merger

We are pleased to announce Julienne Molineaux , lecturer at the Auckland University of Technology, will be the guest speaker at the first of our Fall 2012 Colloquium Series. Dr. Molineaux will present her talk, “Library and Archives Canada, Ten Years After the Merger,” on Wednesday, October 3, 12-1 p.m., in the Dodson Room of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at UBC.

Integration of collections and institutions in the libraries, archives and museums sector is almost commonplace now, but in the early 2000s the merger of Canada’s National Archives and National Library to create Library and Archives Canada /Bibliothèque et Archives Canada (LAC-BAC), was novel. Ten years since that process formally began it is worth asking, how is this institution faring? Restructuring does not always solve the problems it sets out to solve. Additionally, new problems are created along the way. This talk addresses two questions: have the problems that prompted the LAC merger been solved and what new problems have emerged?

Dr. Molineux completed her PhD in 2009, examining the machinery of government reforms for New Zealand’s official archives.  She continues to research government reforms in archives, focusing her study on archives policy in both Canada and New Zealand. For more information about the Fall 2012 Colloquia, please visit

Attention All Students Finishing School This Semester!

To all SLAIS students who will be done their program requirements at the end of this semester (but technically not “graduating” until May):

You are invited to your graduation party!

Before everyone heads off to start their fantastic new careers all over the world we thought it would be fun to have a party to celebrate our great accomplishment. I have just started organizing and my first step is to find out who would be interested in coming and what they would like to see at the party.

If you are interested please send me an email with the subject line: SLAIS Grad party. This is just to get a list of people interested so I have an idea of numbers and a way to contact everyone, no commitment necessary.

Reta Pyke

Visual Analytics Open Doors (All Students)

SLAIS students are invited to the “open doors” event of the Andrew Wade Visual Analytics Challenge Program on Monday, October 1st, 12 noon in the Dodson Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Center. This event  is presented by the Vancouver Institute for Visual Analytics (VIVA), a joint SFU/UBC initiative to promote Visual Analytics (“the science of analytical reasoning facilitated by interactive visual interfaces”).

VA is a multidisciplinary field intended to help people interactively explore and synthesize information in order to derive insights from massive, dynamic, and often ambiguous and conflicting data. VA draws on research from areas such as information visualization, human-computer interaction, machine learning, statistics, decision making and problem solving, communication, and the cognitive and social sciences. VA can prepare you for internships leading to high-demand positions of data scientists and analysts.

VIVA offers students an opportunity to participate in VA research projects and work with cutting edge VA tools, using real-world data, in collaboration with domain subject matter experts.  

At this session, participants will learn how to get involved in VA through the Andrew Wade Visual Analytics Challenge program, and about the new Graduate Certificate in Visual Analytics at SFU.

Pizza and soft drinks will be provided.

Registration is free at: (limit 60)
Location: University of British Columbia – Vancouver Campus, Dodson Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Center
Date: Monday, October 1st, 2012
Time: 12:00 – 13:00

For more information:

Library Month in BC (MLIS, Dual)

Today in Victoria, Minister Don McRae proclaimed October as Library Month in BC. In his announcement during the Library Reception at the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) convention, Minister McRae expressed his admiration for the work of libraries and librarians during an interview with Times Colonist Editor-in-Chief Dave Obee in front of a capacity crowd.

McRae presented the framed proclamation to BCLA President June Stockdale and Executive Director Annette DeFaveri.



Each year, ACCOLEDS (A COPPUL Consortium of Library Electronic Data Services) holds a workshop on various aspects of data librarianship over three days in late November.  This year’s workshop, ACCOLEDS 2012, will be held in Winnipeg, Manitoba on November 27-29.

The program coordinators for ACCOLEDS 2012 annually sponsor one student from each library school in the Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL) region to attend the workshop, and this includes students at SLAIS.  Since 1996, the annual ACCOLEDS workshops have been sponsored by Statistics Canada’s Data Liberation Initiative (DLI), and this sponsorship covers travel, accommodation and meal costs for attending students. 

Data librarianship is an exciting and dynamic field, and attending ACCOLEDS 2012 is an excellent way for interested students to learn about primary Canadian socio-economic data sources and the work of data librarians in post-secondary institutions.  Students interested in social science, GIS, or government documents librarianship may find this opportunity particularly useful.

For more information and background, please see the following:

You will be expected to attend the entire three-day workshop (November 27-29). This may conflict with final classes and assignments, depending on your course schedule.

SLAIS students are encouraged to nominate themselves for this funding. Here is the procedure:

•              Write a brief statement (maximum one page) demonstrating your interest in social science, GIS, government documents or data librarianship. Include a discussion of how you have demonstrated, if applicable, leadership in your activities at SLAIS.

•              Include a resume

•              Email the documents to Debra Locke by 9 a.m. Thursday, October 4, 2012.

Note, an interest in these areas is helpful but not required. You are welcome to use this as an opportunity to further explore this as a career. It’s a terrific networking and learning experience and will be a strong addition to your resume as well. And you won’t get the award if you don’t apply.

The Medical Library Association’s Rittenhouse Award (MLIS, Dual)

The Medical Library Association’s Rittenhouse Award offers a great opportunity for professional recognition—and more!–to students in an American Library Association–accredited school of library and information studies or to trainees in an internship in health sciences librarianship or medical informatics.  Established in 1967 by the Rittenhouse Medical Bookstore and continued by Rittenhouse Book Distributors, this award is presented annually for the best unpublished paper (bibliographical, issue or topic based, or report of research results) or web-based project, video, or resource on health sciences librarianship or medical informatics.  The author of the winning essay receives free registration for the 2013 Medical Library Association’s annual meeting in Boston, plus a cash award of $500 and a certificate.  Further information and an application form can be found at, or contact Lara Handler, Jury Chair, at with questions or requests for additional information. Applications are due November 1, 2012.

Travel Funds for Master of Arts in Children’s Literature Students (MACL)

If you are interested in presenting at, attending, organising, or participating in the organization of a conference in your area of study or any allied field (children’s and young adult literature and media and allied fields) before April 2013, SLAIS may be able to provide a small amount of financial support.

To apply for it write a letter to the Chair of the MACL program (Judith Saltman) with an attached description of the conference and, if applicable, evidence of your paper or poster proposal submission/acceptance. This money is separate from the conference travel awards on the SLAIS website.

Please, note that

— support is for one conference per year for a Master’s student.
— students should indicate that they have not received other travel money from this SLAIS specific fund for the current academic year.
— support for students *presenting* at or organizing a conference takes precedence over participation in the organization of a conference or attendance; presenting a paper takes precedence over presenting a poster — the program chair will evaluate the application letters on a case by case basis — e.g., accepted, submitted, or attending — letters submitted by November 1st, 2012, will be considered at that time.


Registration Info: Project Mgmt, Time Mgmt and Procrastination

Registration is now open for the following sessions:

Intro to Project Management (Mitacs Step event for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows): This session provides an introductory, broad overview of Project Management and some insights into the tasks and cycles involved in the management of a project.
Tuesday, October 2nd, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
For complete session description, visit:
To register, visit:

Time Management
Wednesday, October 3rd, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
For a complete session description, visit:
To register, visit:

Breaking Patterns of Procrastination
Thursday, October 4th, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
For a complete session description, visit
To register, visit:

Please contact me if you have questions.
Thank you,
Jacqui Brinkman
Manager, Graduate Pathways to Success Program | Faculty of Graduate Studies | Office of the Dean
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus
Phone 604 827 4578 | Fax 604 822 5802
170 – 6371 Crescent Road | Vancouver, BC  Canada V6T 1Z2 |

Student Volunteers Needed for ARMA at UNESCO

ARMA Canada and ARMA Vancouver are looking for volunteers to help staff their display booth at the UNESCO conference, Wednesday to Friday, Sept 26 to 28. If you would like to help, contact Sandie Bradley at for further details.

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