School of Library and Information Studies

Workshops Fall 2016

LIS 596: The Medium Relays the Message


AUDIENCE: Provide students and those in practice with an understanding of the fundamentals of design as they apply in a library setting.  The course will provide insights into the important and emerging techniques of 'infographics' within the context of effective community messaging.

DATES OFFERED: October 14-16, 2016 (13 hours) Friday: 6:00 p.m.9:00 p.m., Saturday: 9:00 a.m.5:00 p.m., Sunday: 9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.

INSTRUCTOR: Kevin Zak, Sessional Instructor, Visual Communications Design, Department of Art and Design, University of Alberta

COURSE GOALS: The creation of effective visual communication in print and online media in an increasingly dense visual communication environment is paramount to reaching new, as well as established audiences. This course will introduce basic elements and principles of design, the process of design thinking, and how visual representations of information, data, or knowledge are created. Whether working solely with in-house resources, or with a professional graphic or web designer, this course is valuable for librarians wanting to create the greatest impact with their messages to individuals, groups and communities.

LIS 596: Introduction to Music Librarianship


AUDIENCE: This course introduces students to the discipline, practice, and scholarship of music librarianship. 

DATES OFFERED: November 4-6, 2016 (13 hours) Friday: 6:00 p.m.9:00 p.m., Saturday: 9:00 a.m.5:00 p.m., Sunday: 9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.

INSTRUCTOR: Sean Luyk, Music Librarian, University of Alberta Libraries

COURSE GOALS: The introduction to Music Librarianship course is designed to provide students with a broad overview of the principles and practices of music librarianship in a variety of library and information environments. Current issues, debates, and scholarship in the field will also be discussed.

By the end of the course participants will:

  1. Have an introductory understanding of the sources of music information.
  2. Be aware of the current issues and debates in the field of music librarianship.
  3. Have an introductory understanding of the provision of music reference and research services to users in a variety of information environments.
  4. Be more confident in their ability to answer music reference questions.
  5. Be familiar with the challenges and opportunities related to the cataloguing and description, acquisition, use, stewardship, and preservation of music resources.

LIS 596: Archives, Research and Reconciliation: Litigation of Aboriginal and Treaty Rights in Canada


AUDIENCE: This course will be valuable to students interested in learning how researchers make use of archival holdings and/or the relationship between archival research (identification, selection, compilation, analysis and presentation) and the litigation of Treaty and Aboriginal rights in Canada.

DATES OFFERED: November 18-20, 2016 (13 hours): Friday 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Sunday 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Frank Tough, Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta

COURSE GOALSThis course will explore the relationship between archives, research and the prospects for reconciliation through the judicial recognition of rights. While a wide variety of Aboriginal and Treaty rights could be contemplated, this course will focus on land and resource claims/rights.  

Brief consideration will be given to the meaning of Aboriginal rights, so as to understand how archival documents contribute to legal arguments made to obtain judicial recognition of rights. In contrast to the deconstruction of archives as false colonial authorities, this course will explore the research possibilities that ensue from an alignment of legal strategies (Treaty and Aboriginal rights) with the state’s very own historical records. The sorts of content that make up government archival records will be demonstrated, and as well, the manner in which archival holdings are described (indexed, catalogued, etc.) for management and use purposes will be examined, compared, and critiqued. A brief working foundation for understanding Aboriginal and Treaty rights will be provided, no prior knowledge is assumed.

Access-to-information procedures will be assessed in terms of the research required for claims for constitutional protections of Aboriginal and Treaty rights. Consideration will be given to the changes effecting archives as public institutions over the last few decades. The role of the expert witness, as a conduit between the archival commons and the Court, will be discussed. Finally, the various themes of the course will be drawn together by considering the digital information needs of the Métis Nation.  

The course materials will be presented from the point of view of an experienced archival researcher; hence a healthy bit of skepticism about the science of records management will result. Operative disconnects between archives dominated by custodial priorities and archives that serve public interests will be identified, explored and discussed. The content will be conveyed by a mixed-mode instruction: preparatory readings, presentations, discussions, in-class exercises, and a final written assignment.