Serendipity 2014: Children’s Literature in a Digital Age

Saturday, March 8 2014

From practical advice on using literature-based apps with children to learning how authors and illustrators are using social media and electronic publishing, Serendipity 2014 is a must-attend event for educators, librarians, researchers and literature lovers looking to the future of books for young people.

We have invited presenters that are not only at the forefront of the rapidly-evolving world of technology and children’s books, but are also dynamic, engaging and will leave you inspired and full of ideas:

  • Paul Zelinsky (@paulozelinsky): Caldecott-winning illustrator of over two dozen books
  • Arthur Slade (@arthurslade): Governor-general’s award-winning author
  • John Schumacher (@MrSchuReads): Library Journal Mover and Shaker, elementary school teacher-librarian, blogger, 2014 Newbery Committee member
  • Travis Jonker (@100scopenotes): School Library Journal blogger, elementary school teacher-librarian, 2014 Caldecott Committee member
  • Tim Federle (@TimFederle): Author of Better Nate Than Ever and the sequel Five, Six, Seven, Nate! (January 2014)
  • Hadley Dyer (@hedyer): Winner of the Information Book Award for Potatoes on Rooftops: Farming in the City

Click here to register.

Visit our website for more information and fun facts about Serendipity and our speakers at

Freedom to Read Week: February 23 – March 1 2014

Freedom to Read Week: February 23 – March 1 2014

This is “an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom” (

The Student Chapter of the British Columbia Library Association/Canadian Library Association present:

Freedom to Read Day at UBC

Tuesday February 25th 2014 from 10:00am-3:30pm in the Lillooet Room, Chapman learning Commons, IKBLC (light refreshments provided)

Schedule for the day:

  • 10:00am-12:00pm: Read-a-thon (and information table in IKBLC foyer)
  • 12:00pm-1:30pm: Writer panel & mingling
  • 1:30pm-3:30pm: Read-a-thon

We will be hosting a live read-a-thon of banned or challenged books & material, in which anyone can sign up for 10-minute blocks to read out-loud to whoever is present. We will have a display of banned books on-hand from which participants can read!

As part of this event, we’ll take a break for lunch, and host a roundtable discussion panel regarding their experience with censorship & intellectual freedom.  Our speakers are:

  • Susin Nielsen: Author of “Word Nerd”
  • Kathryn Shoemaker: UBC Professor & Illustrator of “A Telling Time”
  • Judi Saltman: UBC iSchool Professor

What’s more, Koerner Library will be participating in Freedom to Read Week with displays on their third floor and information posters in the library. They’ll be at this event with freedom-to-read themed games with the chance to win a prize! We will also have a table out in the foyer of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (IKBLC) from 10:00am-12:00pm, in order to raise student awareness.

We would love to see you there! For more information and to sign up to read please visit our website:

SLAIS the iSchool@UBC’s BCLA/CLA Student Chapter



Librarians supporting applied research and discipline-specific researchers

Librarians supporting applied research and discipline-specific researchers

Thursday, March 13th, 2014 at 9:00AM – 10:00AM

Type: Instruction

Location: RM 240A (604-822-8677), IK Barber Learning Centre-Staff Board Rooms, Point Grey Campus
Description: This webinar will explore how librarians are supporting researchers in applied and discipline-specific areas. Presenters will include three chemistry professionals, two who have gone into library sciences supporting fellow researchers and one who has pursued a distinguished research career in chemistry. They will examine whether researchers’ needs vary with their involvement in applied versus basic research, and examine the impact on the librarian’s skill set and tools. Other key themes include how important is it for a librarian to have an educational background in the disciplines they support, and how do they stay up-to-date in their field?

Facilitator(s): Stamatina Goritsas

Summer WISE course registration [all students]

Registration for the 2014 Summer Session WISE courses opens March 3, 2014.  Information on the available courses can be found here:

General information on WISE can be found here:

It is possible additional WISE courses will be added later. Currently eight courses are listed that have been approved for qualified SLAIS students.


A reminder that space in the WISE courses is very limited. Do  NOT request a space in a course unless you are firmly committed to taking it if you are offered a space. Being given a requested space and then dropping the course near or after the course begins will put you at the bottom of the wait list for future WISE courses.

Timetables for the SLAIS 2014 Summer are available here:

Registration for UBC Summer Session courses also opens on March 3. An email will be sent closer to the March 3 registration date that will provide further instructions for registration.

Joe Ann Clifton Student Award

Nominations are now open for SLA’s IT Division Student award!

Joe Ann Clifton Student Award :

This award is intended to promote participation in the SLA Annual Conference by an exceptional library science student.  The award recipient will receive a 1-year student membership in SLA and expenses to attend the annual conference in Vancouver!

The deadline for submission is Friday, February 28, 2014.

Casual Weekend & Evening Information Services Librarians – Surrey Libraries

Casual Weekend & Evening Information Services Librarians – Surrey Libraries

Surrey Libraries invites applications for the position of Casual Weekend & Evening Information Services Librarians to provide reference, reader’s advisory, programming services to people of all ages, and to assume responsibility as the librarian in charge of a branch when required. The bulk of the shifts will be on Saturdays and Sundays with occasional shifts during the week.

We are looking for librarians with excellent communication and customer service skills, knowledge of print and online information sources, ability to assist public with new technologies and devices, as well as a willingness to provide storytimes, class tours and community outreach. Interest in providing children’s programing is highly desirable. Oral fluency in an Asian or South Asian language is also an asset. Candidates must have a degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA accredited school. Hours of work vary and evening and weekend work is a requirement.

Surrey Libraries provides library services in 9 branches to an ethnically diverse and growing community of more than 500,000 people. We are a technologically sophisticated and award-winning library system.

Interested candidates should apply by sending a cover letter and resume by Monday, February 24  to


CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS – 4th Annual Research Day, iSchool@UBC

Interested in research? Looking for a fulfilling volunteer opportunity that will also look good on your C.V.?


Volunteer for the school’s 4th Annual Research Day:

Information and Rights

Friday, February 28, 2014


A great way to meet your colleagues, hear about the fabulous research going on at the school and be part of the iSchool community.

We are seeking a number of volunteers to help out with this year’s Research Day. The programme runs from 10am – 4pm and we need volunteers for the duration, as well as an hour pre- and post-event (9am – 5pm). A few volunteers will also be necessary to help with set up on the evening of Thursday, February 27th. Volunteer for the full day or only a few hours (tasks include take down; helping with refreshments, tech support, assisting presenters, photography, etc.). No special skills required, just enthusiasm!

The full day of events will take place on-site at the iSchool.

Please submit your name, contact details and availability to:

Allison Sullivan –

GPS/ Mitacs Session: Proactive and Practical Communications & Teamwork

Three Minute Thesis 2014 registration is now open.  A current heat schedule is available at .

Curious about 3MT?  Come to the 3MT coaching session on Wednesday, Feb 12th to learn more, practice presenting and for tips for orally presenting your research.

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM , Live webinar

2:30 PM – 4:00 PM, in person (Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Lillooet Room)

To register, please visit:


Registration is now open for:

GPS/Mitacs Step Workshop: Event: Proactive and Practical Communications & Teamwork, Tuesday, February 18, 9:00am – 5:00pm

For a complete session description, visit:

To register, please visit:


There is still space available in this week’s GPS/SCARL Workshop: Two Group Comparisons and Beyond

Wednesday, February 12, 10:00am – 12:00pm, To register, please visit:

No prior statistical knowledge is assumed for this session; however, some mathematical formulas will be presented.

UNC Chapel Hill International Summer Seminars

UNC Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science is once again offering its International Summer Seminars to London and Prague for 2014.

Both programs are offered during a 2-week span, from May 18 – May 31, 2014.

Additional information on London can be found here:, and additional information on Prague can be found here: Registration links can be found on both pages.

The seminars are open to all students and professionals. Librarians at all stages of their careers have found our summer seminars enjoyable and worthwhile and are welcome to participate. Students enrolled in a library science program can take the seminar for three (3) hours of graduate credit.

If you have any questions, please contact Kaitlyn, at


Call for Papers – Student Views: Research from Canada’s LIS Programs #CLAVic14

Canadian Library Association Annual Conference
Victoria BC
Saturday, May 31, 2014

Call for Papers – Student Views: Research from Canada’s LIS Programs

The Canadian Library Association will host a student research paper presentation program at the CLA Annual Conference in May in Victoria, BC.

MLIS and LIT students, as well as recent graduates, are encouraged to submit presentation proposals. This is your opportunity to showcase and present your work at a national conference.

Presentations should be based on original research, either completed while enrolled in a program of study, or within one year of graduation. All submissions will be evaluated by a panel of referees, who will select five papers for presentation at the “Student Views: Research from Canada’s LIS Programs” to be held on Saturday, May 31, 2014, from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm.

Each presentation will be limited to no more than 10 minutes, with additional time for questions and discussion.

The submission must include:

  • A cover page with the student’s name, title of the paper, student status with graduation date, and student’s contact information, including e-mail address.
  • A separate page that includes only the title of the paper and a 500-word abstract, summarizing the proposed presentation.
  • A faculty member’s statement attesting to the fact that the submission fulfills the above requirements.
  • Submissions should be in the form of attachments in MS Word, rtf or pdf.

Successful candidates will be required to be in attendance at the conference on May 31st to present their paper.  Travel and accommodations costs are the responsibility of each student.

Submissions should be sent by email to:

Ms. Kerry Macdonald, Librarian
University of Manitoba Libraries
Seven Oaks General Hospital Library
Subject Line: CLA 2014 – Student Views: Research from Canada’s LIS Programs

Deadline: March 31, 2014

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