School of Library and Information Studies

Workshops Spring Summer 2011

LIS 598 Information Modelling in XML (CANCELLED)


AUDIENCE: This workshop will be of interest to those in all types of information organizations

DATES OFFERED: May 27-29, 2011 (13 hours) Friday 6-9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. -12 noon.

INSTRUCTOR:  Peter Binkley, Digital Initiatives Technology Librarian, University of Alberta Libraries

Course Goal: To provide an introduction to both theoretical and practical aspects of XML and its major applications in library and information services.

Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, students will:

  1. Understanding the concept of XML and its associated technologies such as XALT, and their importance in information modelling
  2. Know how to structure, present and tranform information in XML and associated technologies
  3. Understand major applications of XML in LIS



AUDIENCE: This workshop will be of particular interest to those already working in public libraries who aspire to management positions, and to those working in other types of libraries who want to apply for public library positions

DATES OFFERED: June 17-19, 2011 (13 hours) Friday 6-9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. -12 noon

INSTRUCTOR: Jeff Barber. Brief Bio - Jeff  is the Library Director & CEO of the Regina Public Library. Prior to this, he was a Branch Manager and Acting Director of the Sask. Southeast Regional Library System and Head of Access Services at the University of Saskatchewan. He was a business owner before completing his MLIS and his MBA. He is active in national library communities and is currently Chair of the Canadian Urban [Public] Libraries Council.

COURSE GOAL: To prepare students for positions of responsibility within public libraries

OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe some of the traditional responsibilities, values, and roles of public libraries in the 19th and 20th centuries, and compare those to the responsibilities, values, and roles of public libraries in the 21st century
  2. Explain the purpose of public library legislation and its implementation
  3. Describe the governance structures of municipal libraries and the various types of regional libraries in Canada
  4. Describe how library boards work and how librarians can work effectively with those boards
  5. Discuss the roles of labour unions, Friends of the Library, and volunteers within a public library
  6. Describe the management and leadership characteristics that effective public library managers possess
  7. Discuss current issues relevant to public libraries, especially as these issues relate to overall management and policy. Such issues may be: Evidence-based practice, Google Settlement, Economic Impact, Social Inclusion, Community Development, Intellectual Freedom, 8Rs (Report on Library Employment), and Fundraising
  8. Discuss the challenges and advantages of managing a public library within a consortium



AUDIENCE: This workshop will be of interest to those who want to learn more about the security of customer, collection, and personnel data in all types of information organizations

DATES OFFERED: July 8-10, 2011 (13 hours) Friday 6-9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. -12 noon. 

INSTRUCTORS: Lisa Yeo. Brief Bio - Lisa has worked in information security for over 10 years, as a systems administrator for the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, and as part of her duties as the SuperNet Project Coordinator with The Alberta Library. She is completing her PhD in Management Science and Management Information Systems in the University of Alberta School of Business with her research focusing on information security in corporations. Lisa is the author of one book, "Personal Firewalls for Administrators and Remote Users" and is co-author on the article "Security and Privacy in Outsourcing with Customer-Specified Risk Tolerance."

COURSE GOALS: To introduce students to the theory and practice of information security – the protection of information and information systems. The course will focus on foundational concepts, assessment and evaluation of information security practices in the library and information studies context.

OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Understand and apply the foundational concepts of information security (Confidentiality, Integrity, Availability, and Defense-in-Depth) in a library/information studies  context
  2. Discuss and articulate current issues of information security as they apply to information organizations
  3. Select and evaluate security related information technology
  4. Perform basic risk assessment/threat analysis tasks
  5. Respond to information security incidents