School of Library and Information Studies

Workshops Winter 2011



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

DATES OFFERED: January 21 – 23, 2011 (13 hours) Friday 6-9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. -12 noon.

INSTRUCTOR: Geoff Harder. Brief Bio - Geoff is Digital Initiatives Coordinator at the University of Alberta Libraries where he is the project manager for several large digital library and digitization projects. Geoff is a graduate of the SLIS program and holds a Graduate Certificate in Project Management from the School of Business at the U of A.  He has worked on a wide variety of projects for both the library and other organizations.

COURSE GOALS: To provide students with an overview of project management as it relates to projects undertaken in today's libraries, archives and information/IT sectors. This course will provide an introduction to project management theory and practice, with an emphasis on the practical skills required to work successfully within a team-based environment.

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

  1. Discuss the basic phases or stages of project management understanding how each phase impacts the overall project outcome
  2. Discuss the roles and responsibilities of project teams and PM strategies for working effectively to accomplish goals
  3. Discuss the types of projects libraries and information professionals regularly undertake and how project management is used (or misused) in the modern workplace
  4. Plan a project from start to finish, utilizing working knowledge of project planning, execution and post-project assessment



AUDIENCE: Of interest to those working in all types of libraries and other information organizations

DATES OFFERED: February 11 - 13, 2011 (13 hours) Friday 6-9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. -12 noon.

INSTRUCTORS: Heather Close and Sharna Polard. Brief Bios: Heather Close is the Reference and Research Services Coordinator at the Alberta Legislature Library. With the Library since 2001, she has assumed many roles there, including Serials Librarian, Acting Government Documents Librarian and Committee Research Librarian. She has worked in various capacities at public, school and academic libraries. Sharna Polard is the Government Document Librarian at the Alberta Legislature Library. Sharna has over 20 years experience in the library field in a variety of different types of libraries and has been working as a government documents librarian since 2002. She is responsible for all government documents collections at the Legislature Library, including the Alberta Electronic Government Documents Collection. 

COURSE GOALS: To introduce students to the reference services, collection management, and classification involved with local, provincial, & federal government information

OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of the course, a student will be able to:

  1. Describe the types of government information published by the three levels of government and identify key resources 
  2. Recognize the challenges of reference work with, collection management of and classification of local, provincial, and federal Canadian government information and the methods used to address those challenges



“In the end the written archive had more value than the evidence of oral tradition, the memories of witnesses, and the intersubjective practice of fieldwork. In the courtroom how could one give value to an undocumented ‘tribal’ life largely invisible (or unheard) in the surviving record?” – JamesClifford, “Identity in Mashpee,”

AUDIENCE: Students and researchers interested in an archival approach to First Nations history, colonial history, and Aboriginal jurisprudence will be interested in this workshop.

DATES OFFERED: March 25-27, 2011 (13 hours) Friday 6-9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. -12 noon.

INSTRUCTOR: Raymond Frogner holds a Master’s degree in social history from the University of Victoria and a Master of Archival Studies degree from the University of British Columbia. He has worked with records of Aboriginal identity as an archivist at the British Columbia Archives and the Provincial Archives of Alberta. He has published and delivered conference presentations on the issue of archives and Aboriginal identity.

COURSE GOALS:  The goal of this course is to examine the relationship between the body of knowledge commonly referred to as archival studies, and the creation, use and preservation of the memory of Aboriginal peoples’ cultural and social identity. This course will concentrate on the meaning of the archival record of Aboriginal identity as it emerged from narratives of the Canadian colonial and post-colonial settlement process. Building on an understanding of western archival convention, the course will deconstruct the creation and meaning of the early archival records of colonial Aboriginal identity: those records which emerged at the point of European explorers and settlers asserting their legal sovereignty and jurisdiction in colonial spaces. With the making and preservation of Aboriginal colonial identity considered in a western archival sense, the course will in conclusion examine new paradigms in the relationship between conventional archival process and traditional practices of Aboriginal remembrance in a post-colonial era. It will recognize Aboriginal traditions of enduring memory and their expression of social, political, and legal identity and consider strategies for its coherence, expression, and meaningful archival preservation within and without the framework of the Canadian federal constitution.

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

  1. Understand the pillars of traditional archival science and how they apply to traditional methods of Aboriginal memory;
  2. Discuss the key developments and cases of Canadian Aboriginal jurisprudence and how they used archival resources;
  3. Know how to research the principal archival resources of Aboriginal history with a focus on Western Canada;
  4. Provide archival comment on contemporary issues of Aboriginal rights such as the BC Treaty Commission and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada;
  5. Comment on new paradigms in the relationship between traditional archival method and Aboriginal memory.