School of Library and Information Studies

Workshops Winter 2012



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

DATES OFFERED: February 3-5, 2012 (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 10 - 12, 2012 (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



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

DATES OFFERED: February 23 - 24, 2012 (13 hours) Thursday 9am-5pm, Friday 9am-5pm.

INSTRUCTOR: Sharon Farnel, Metadata & Cataloguing Librarian, University of Alberta 

COURSE GOALS: This course will provide students with an introduction to metadata in the library context. Students will learn about the different types and functions of metadata, gain practical experience working with standards, tools, and practices, and learn about current and emerging trends. 

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

  1. Discuss the basic types and functions of metadata
  2. Describe the strengths, weaknesses and uses of several common metadata standards
  3. Identify issues that may arise when planning for metadata, including interoperability and quality control
  4. Develop a basic application profile for a small digital collection and create basic descriptive and administrative metadata for items in that collection
  5. Describe current and emerging trends, such as user-generated metadata and Linked Open Data