Call for UNESCO Volunteers (MAS, MLIS and Dual)

As you probably know, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the UNESCO Memory of the World Program, UNESCO, in collaboration with the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies and the University Library of the University of British Columbia, and in partnership with ICA, IFLA, IASA, ICOM, WIPO, Google, Microsoft and others, is holding an international conference on “The Memory of the World in the Digital Age: Digitization and Preservation” on September 26-28, 2012 in Vancouver, British Columbia. See Conference site here:

I am writing to you because the UNESCO Assistant Director General would like to have a couple of students sitting in each session to take notes about the discussion following the papers presentations.  Each session consists of 3 or 4 papers, followed by a 15-20 minutes discussion in the course ll lead the people in the audience in identifying the most important issues/findings/suggestions surfaced during the presentations and contributing their views, experiences, criticisms… The two students (two instead of one to make sure that nothing is missed) will write down the proceedings of the discussion and pass them on to the directorate.  These proceedings will be published on the UNESCO website (of course with the names of the authors) together with the presented papers. 
Thus, I need about 70 volunteers for 35 sessions, from any program, but either in their second or third year (Duals who started in January are fine).  I will assign them to sessions according to their field, unless they have expressed a specific preference (you can see the draft program here). The rapporteurs (this is the official name the students will have) will be able to register for and attend the entire conference, if they wish and can do so.

As it regards the first year students, we will also need students helping at the registration desk, in the exhibit room, and as ushers. Thus, please, contact me if you are interested and let me know when you are available.
I have to point out that these activities are not part of the curriculum and that SLAIS will be in full operation the week of the conference. This means that you are not automatically excluded from classes but, if you wish to be at the conference (either as rapporteur, or as usher, or as attendee) at a time that overlaps with your classes, you have to ask your instructor(s) for permission.
On my part, I will assign the students who volunteer as rapporteurs to sessions that will not overlap with classes that they are not allowed to miss.

Looking forward to hearing from you,
Dr. Luciana Duranti
MAS Program Chair

Student Volunteers Needed, Open Data Learning Summit

Students are  invited to participate in the first-ever Open Data Learning Summit for librarians and information professionals in BC. This event is being co-organized by the BC Libraries Cooperative, in partnership with the Office of the Information & Privacy Commissioner BC, and Libraries and Literacy, BC Ministry of Education.

Students can obtain a free registration by volunteering. Five spots are available for student volunteers, sponsored by SLAIS, The iSchool at UBC. Volunteers will be asked to help with registration and write session summaries. There is also a lower student registration rate for those who prefer.

If you are interested in a volunteer position, contact Debra, the graduate secretary, at, by 12 noon Monday September 10. Your spot will be confirmed by Debra, so if you don’t get a confirmation you aren’t registered. You can then register yourself if you are still interested (registration deadline is September 14).

Please note – this event happens the same day as The Art & Science of Reading Digital Symposium, sponsored by the iSchool’s Digital Information Interaction Group (DiiG).

Where &  When?

Friday, September 21, 2012 from 9am – 4pm at UBC Robson Square, downtown Vancouver.

What is it?

A one-day summit focused on exploring opportunities for open data learning and leadership in BC libraries.

This is an opportunity to learn about open data including:

•         the journey towards open data,

•         developing best practices

•         storytelling & visualizations with data.

The Open Data learning sessions will not only be useful for administrators or techies, but for anyone interested in utilizing new and emerging information sources, such as reference librarians, records managers and public service managers.

Be part of the discussion on issues of privacy, access and leadership!

Check the website<> for further information and to register!

Registration Deadline is Friday September 14th.


If you have questions about the Summit, email

Twitter hashtag: #opendataLS

GPS Event Registration open: Scholarships and Awards

Registration is now open for:

A Tour Around Scholarship and Award Opportunities
Wednesday, Sept 5th, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Graduate Student Centre, 6371 Crescent Rd, Point Grey Campus
For full event description, see
To register, visit

A Tour Around Scholarship and Award Opportunities
Wednesday, Sept 12th, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
The Gordon & Leslie Diamond Family Lecture Theatre, BC Cancer Research Centre, 675 W. 10th Ave
To register, visit

For students unable to attend either of the above sessions, a recorded version of July 24th’s webinar along with the session handout is available at .

For a list of upcoming GPS events, please visit:

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.
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 |

Classes on Tuesday, September 4, 2012 For Returning SLAIS Students

2012/13 Winter Session Term 1 begins on Tuesday, September 4, 2012. Returning SLAIS students please be aware that all SLAIS Tuesday classes will go ahead as scheduled on the first day of term with the exception of LIBR 502 and LIBR 503.

InfoCamp Seattle 2012 (MLIS and Dual students)

You’re invited to InfoCamp Seattle 2012!
InfoCamp is an unconference for the information community. It features an egalitarian, community-driven format in which the agenda is created during the event — so anyone can sign up to lead a session. (more…)

Final Call for Papers, iConference 2013

The iConference 2013 Papers deadline is September 3, 2012—less than a week away! All authors are encouraged to finalize their submissions as soon as possible.

Learn more at
Conference Site:
Conference Submission System:

Following the Papers deadline, Notes will be due September 10; this new category is for reporting early and partial results. Poster submissions should be made by September 24. Doctoral colloquium applications and proposals for workshops, panels, and other alternative events are also due September 24.

We also want to call your attention to several new participation opportunities this year. FUSE Labs of Microsoft Research is sponsoring a Social Media Expo, and will send student teams to the iConference to exhibit their work. Our Doctoral Dissertation Competition will honor the year’s best dissertation from the iSchools. And our Special Workshop on Information Privacy is an opportunity to share your expertise on this crucial topic. Visit our conference website for details.

iConference 2013 takes place February 12-15, 2013 in Fort Worth, TX.
It is presented by the iSchools and hosted by the University of North Texas. The presenting sponsor is Microsoft Research, with additional support from Emerald Publishing. Conference registration opens in November. We hope you’ll make plans to join us!

Join Us for Photography Session at iSchool on Wednesday

If you happen to be in Vancouver and have time, we’d love to have you join us for some photography at the iSchool this Wednesday, August 29.
The photographer is Martin Dee, an award-winning UBC staff member. He’s spending the day with us so we can get some new shots for our website, as well as for publications (like our newsletter).
We’re particularly looking for students 9:30-11:30 a.m., and also 4-5 p.m.
We will ask you to sign a release form so we can use the photos, plus it’s a good chance to get to know your new classmates who have also been invited.
What to wear and bring: Wear colours that make you feel good. Avoid strong stripes or patterns, solid black or solid white if possible.
Feel free to bring props (iPad, laptop, ancient scroll, books, parliamentary mace – whatever!).
If you have questions, contact Michelle (

Faculty Research Hailed as “On the Radar” in American Libraries

UBC iSchool faculty member Dr. Victoria Lemieux’s work on visual analytics received a mention as a new direction for LIS schools and graduate work in American Libraries, in an article by Beverly Goldberg examining “What’s New in LIS Schools.” The final section in the article mentions Dr. Lemieux’s work with Dr. William Wong of University College London, researching the use of visual analytics to do risk analysis of financial systems. From the article: “Imagine,” ALA Office for Accreditation Director Karen O’Brien told AL. “Information studies at the center of helping avoid the next financial meltdown.”

Announcement of Barber Centre Construction

Please be aware the Barber Centre will be undergoing construction on the third floor, starting in mid-September, in support of changes to service delivery in the Library and the Learning Commons.

Student Defends Thesis on Canadian YA Literature

Congratulations to Master of Arts in Children’s Literature candidate Karen Taylor, who has successfully defended her thesis, “’Her Knowledge of Flora and Fauna Came Mostly from Fiction’: The Adolescent as Green Subject in Three Canadian Young Adult Novels.” Using the lens of ecocriticism, this thesis focuses on the literary portrayal of nature in three contemporary realistic Canadian young adult novels Mistik Lake by Martha Brooks, The Lightkeeper’s Daughter by Iain Lawrence, and The Uninvited by Tim Wynne-Jones. Her thesis supervisor was Judy Brown and Margot Filipenko served as thesis committee member.
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