School of Library and Information Studies

Workshops Winter 2013



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

DATES OFFERED: January 18-20, 2013 (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: This workshop will be of interest to those interested in modern information organization standards 

DATES OFFERED: February 8-10, 2013 (13 hours) Friday 6-9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. -12 noon.

INSTRUCTOR: Ali Shiri, Associate Professor, School of Library & Information Studies

COURSE GOALS: This course will introduce students to Resource Description and Access (RDA) as a new standard designed for resource description and access in the digital environment. It examines the rationale for the development of the standard and introduces the conceptual model of Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) and its associated authority data model called Functional Requirements for Authority Data (FRAD). The course will provide an overview of the structure and format of the RDA standard and will examine and analyze examples of RDA records. 

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

  1. Understand the nature and characteristics of Resource Description and Access (RDA) 
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of Functional requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) and Functional Requirements for Authority Data (FRAD) 
  3. Be able to recognize and analyze RDA records
  4. Identify and distinguish between work, expression, manifestation, and item



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

DATES OFFERED: February 21-22, 2013 (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