Fall 2015 public speaking course in Edmonton

Registration is now open for Public Speaking for Beginners and the Truly Terrified, which begins on September 22nd.

Most people find public speaking intimidating, but it is also an important and often necessary skill. Over the course of 8 in-person sessions, you will learn foundational skills for public speaking and presenting.
The skills you will develop include:

  • overcoming panic and calming the physical symptoms of stage fright,
  • key vocal techniques to speak with greater strength and ease,
  • creating and maintaining a clear, focused presentations,
  • memory and content creation techniques to free you from relying on notes or scripts,
  • learning how to receive and deliver helpful, meaningful critique,
  • strategies for dealing with and answering questions from the audience

In addition to the 8 in-person classes, I also give each participant four one-on-one coaching phone calls (20 minutes max per call, to be scheduled at their discretion). You will have email access to me for brief advice and questions during the period that the course is running.

Participants are typically professionals - often at the management level - but I have also had students in my program as well. To make sure that what you learn in class is immediately applied, you use upcoming work (or school) presentations for all your class assignment material. I've had great response with this class and have found that employers really like this course as a professional development option for their staff.

The details:
We meet every two weeks from 6:30 to 8:00 pm, from Tuesday September 22 to Tuesday December 29 in room 6-10 of the Stanley Milner Library in downtown Edmonton. Class size is limited to 10 people so that I can provide plenty of personalized attention. The price for the whole course is $597 +GST, and I provide receipts for tax purposes. Registration deadline is September 18th.

The full info is on my website HERE

See you in class!

Online courses on Canadian Copyright Law

2 online courses on Canadian Copyright Law are being offered. One is an eTutorial in which you’ll receive 16 lessons sent to your email inbox. A very simple way to learn copyright! The other course has 3 webinars and a private discussion list for asking questions. You’ll receive a Certificate of Completion for either course.

eTutorial info is at http://www.copyrightlaws.com/canadian/syllabus-for-canadian-copyright-law/. It begins September 16th.

Webinar-based course info is at https://www.sla.org/learn/certificate-programs/cert-copyright-mgmt/ccm20.... It begins September 24th.

There is also an online course on writing a copyright compliance policy or guidelines in which you’ll actually prepare a draft! See http://www.copyrightlaws.com/us/online-course-developing-a-copyright-pol....

Call for guest presenters for the library apprentice program - October 2-3

A library apprentice program hands-on salon OPEN HOUSE on Friday and Saturday, October 2nd and 3rd focusing on the following topics.
Digitization, classification, cataloging (MARC and RDA), indexing, records management, taxonomy, and indigenous research methodologies.

Please let me know if you are interested in presenting. Grab this opportunity to visit Maskwacis and learn about indigenous culture and indigenous research methodologies.

Earn stackable credentials: 1 college credit = 13 hours of learning time.
Interested in receiving free books to giveaway to First Nation children contact:

Manisha Khetarpal, MLIS, MA
Chair of Library Studies and Scholarly Research
Maskwacis Cultural College
Toll Free: 1 866 585 3925

ASA Workshop announcement - Managing Electronic Records

Managing Electronic Records
Instructor: Jeremy Heil, Digital and Private Records Archivist at Queen’s University Archives
Date: Friday, September 18, 2015
Time: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Location: Glenbow Archives, Board Room, 130 - 9 Avenue S.E., Calgary

The ASA is bringing a workshop to Alberta from the Archives Association of Ontario on archives and electronic records. This workshop was offered in Edmonton in November 2014 and due to popular demand, we are offering it a second time.

This hands-on workshop will lead students from the development of policies and procedures through to the practical elements of acquiring, processing and preserving electronic records. Students will learn how to develop a programme statement and discuss preservation planning, examine the nature of electronic records and the role of metadata, and practice tasks in acquiring and processing electronic records with some of the commonly available tools.

Class size: 12 (minimum) / 17 (maximum)
Cost: $150 (ASA member); $175 (non-member)
To register, please visit our website: http://archivesalberta.org/professional-development/workshops/.

Registration deadline: September 10, 2015
To register, please send or fax completed form along with your payment to:

Archives Society of Alberta
Suite 407, 10408 – 124 St Edmonton, AB
T5N 1R5
fax: (780) 425-1679.

Note: If you choose to email your form, please make sure to send it to archives.database@gmail.com in order to avoid delays in processing.
For additional information, contact ASA Database & Administrative Assistant, Maryna Chernyavska at archives.database@gmail.com

AALT Needs You!!!

AALT Needs You If You Are:

  • Good with numbers, have good attention to detail you would be perfect to fill the Treasurer position.
  • Creative and have an eye for design, if you are good with social media then you would be perfect to fill the Marketing Director position.
  • A people person and value membership then you would be perfect to fill the Membership Director position.
  • A writer, a poet, stickler for proper grammar then you would be perfect to fill the Journal Editor position.
  • If you are interested in volunteering or getting more information please contact the AALT Board at President@aalt.org

    In order for the AALT Board to fulfill our duties all vacant positions need to be filled by [June 15, 2015].

AGM 2015 Information Now Available

The 2015 AGM for AALT will be held May 30, 2015 at 12:00 at the Coast Hotel and Conference Centre in Canmore, AB. The information package for the AGM is now avaliable in the Members Only section of the website. If you need assistance accessing this area please contact the Webteam for help.

CLA Mourns the Passing of Canadian Civil Rights Champion, Alan Borovoy (1932-2015)

(OTTAWA) May 12, 2015. Yesterday evening, civil rights champion, Alan Borovoy passed away at age 83. Borovoy received the 2011 CLA Award for the Advancement of Intellectual Freedom in Canada for his unwavering dedication to social justice and freedom of expression in Canada. An undisputed leader in the civil rights movement in Canada, Mr. Borovoy was a tireless advocate for freedom of expression, along with its corollaries freedom of the press and freedom of association; and equally an activist for equality and procedural fairness.

"We are deeply saddened by the profound loss of such a powerful and compelling voice for freedom of expression" said Alvin Schrader, Chair of CLA’s Intellectual Freedom Advisory Committee.

Mr. Borovoy was one with the Canadian library community, whose core values include a strong
commitment to intellectual freedom and freedom under continual challenge. Mr. Borovoy’s voice has always been there with the Canadian library community’s to combat both censorship and episodic public apathy enabling it, and he has referred to Canada’s librarians as “the Clark Kents of political action.” In 1987-1988, he was a leader in the opposition to Bill C-54, new obscenity legislation that would have drastically curtailed the ability of Canadian libraries to distribute materials. His legacy in public policy advocacy will continue to inspire librarians and library workers for generations to come.

Mr. Borovoy was recruited by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) as General Counsel in 1968, a position he held for 41 years until his retirement in June 2009 at which time CCLA named him General Counsel Emeritus. Prior to joining the CCLA, he had already distinguished himself with other human rights and civil liberties causes and organizations, including activism on behalf of the residents of Africville in 1961 that lead to the formation of the Halifax Advisory Committee on Human Rights, and a protest march against Aboriginal discrimination and poor government services in Kenora in the late 60s.

Mr. Borovoy was a compelling and magnetic speaker: informed, articulate, and passionate. And as one of the most recognizable civil libertarians in Canada, he also knew the value of maintaining a sense of humour while trying to change the world; otherwise, he has said, “you'll go off your rocker." Of attacks from both left and right in his defence of free speech as absolute, he wryly observed, "If you live long enough, you have the opportunity to experience (criticism) every which way."

via CLA

Maskwacis Cultural College Library Open House

Maskwacis Cultural College will be hosting a library open house on May 20th from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm. Please join us to celebrate libraries, library staff and our services. Sherwood Park Bookmobile will be participating this year. Do let us know if you would like to tour the libraries or archives in Maskwacis. The special this year is a cultural training session for librarians.

The following pages demonstrate the development of this event.



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