2016 Miniconference

The 2016 NEOS Miniconference will be held Friday, June 10 at the Robbins Health Learning Centre, Grant MacEwan University City Centre Campus, 109 Street and 104 Avenue. The conference is free for staff of NEOS member libraries.


9:00 a.m. Welcome and plenary sessions (9-100 Heart of the Robbins):

Your Role in Reconciliation: Miranda Jimmy, Co-founder RISE (Reconciliation in Solidarity Edmonton)
Through the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, many Canadians are now more aware of the lasting impacts of residential schools, but how do we make reconciliation a reality? The TRC 94 Calls To Action create a framework for moving our society towards better relationships, but it really comes down to how we speak to and about each other. Through Miranda Jimmy’s lived experience, she will guide you through a personal look at reconciliation and how it can be used as a lens in which we can all work to make our community stronger.

Task Forces Update: Eve Poirier, NorQuest College and Kristine Plastow, Red Deer College

Integrated Library System Update: Sandra Shores, Senior Facilities and IT Officer, University of Alberta Learning Services

10:30-11:00 Coffee break (9-100)


1A: Developing an Alumni Library Service at the University of Alberta Libraries (9-216): Kenton Good, Sandra Shores, Angie Mandeville, University of Alberta
In the Summer of 2015, the University of Alberta Libraries partnered with Alumni Relations to launch a new alumni portal including access to existing and enhanced library services and select licensed content. This session will give an overview of the project to date and explore lessons we’ve learned so far.

1B: Reconciliation and Libraries: A Conversation (9-215): Miranda Jimmy and Anne Carr-Wiggin, University of Alberta
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action have encouraged libraries to make progress on the road to reconciliation. Join our conversation to share ideas and discuss questions such as: How do we decolonize our libraries? How do we appropriately provide access to the NCTR archives for survivors and all our clients? What can we do to appropriately share knowledge with and about Indigenous communities?

1C: NEOS Speed networking (Room 9-100 -The Heart): John Huck, University of Alberta
Speed networking is a structured form of networking that allows participants to meet and have brief one-on-one conversations with many people in a short span of time (about ten to twelve people in an hour). The goal is to meet new people and discover shared connections or common interests. This session will be an opportunity for individual NEOS staff to develop their professional contacts within NEOS, share their personal experiences working in NEOS and hear about the experiences of others. The open-ended format, guided by a facilitator, allows conversations to follow any topic of mutual interest. No preparation is required, but session attendees should bring a dozen or more business cards or prepared slips with their contact information.

12:00-1:00 Lunch (9-100)


2A: Exploring the Library’s Role in Managing an Institutional Repository (9-215): Robyn Hall, MacEwan University
What does it take to manage an institutional repository, and is this something your institution even needs? Participants of this session will be encouraged to consider the most appropriate means through which libraries of various shapes and sizes might engage in a repository project of their own, and the role that consortia like NEOS might play in helping to facilitate such projects.

2B: The Academic Integrity Orientation Project at NorQuest College (9-216): Eve Poirier, Judith Anderson, Sarah Bailey, Liz Fulton-Lyne, Marysia Wojcik, Robert Lawson, NorQuest College
In this session, members of NorQuest College’s Academic Support Centre will provide an overview of their Academic Integrity Orientation project. They will describe the process of developing the orientation — from early stakeholder engagement to end product and pilot implementation, and share plans for future development based on the pilot’s results.

2C: Online Library Communities – Creating a Sense of Community through your Website and Social Media (9-217): Alison Pitcher, MacEwan University
How can libraries create a sense of online community? This session will consider this question as it delves into the findings of a study that explored the digital communications of 10 public libraries and aspects of community they created. We will discuss suggested practices, why a sense of online community is important for academic libraries, and how one might begin creating online community in their own library.

2:00-2:30: Coffee break (2nd Floor)


3A: What is Linked Data and What Does it Mean for Libraries? (9-217): John Huck, Sharon Farnel, Catelynne Sahadath, University of Alberta
This session will provide an introduction to basic linked data concepts, including an overview of current activity in libraries and a report on a linked data project at the University of Calgary.

3B: Building a Shared Collection of E-Books for NEOS Members (9-216): Tim Janewski, King’s University, Denise Koufogiannakis, University of Alberta, Anne Carr-Wiggin, NEOS
The NEOS Collaborative E-resources Task Force (CERT) will report on the implementation and results of a pilot project to build a shared collection of e-books.

3C: Lightning Strikes – Short and informative sessions in one time slot! (9-215):

How to get your LibGuides Content into Moodle: Kathy Zarft, NorQuest College
NorQuest Library has set up a tool in Libguides to enable faculty to easily pull Research Guides into their Moodle courses. The goal is to provide students with more direct online access to library resources. You will learn how this tool was rolled out to faculty, view a brief demonstration, and recent updates to the tool will be discussed.

Bringing Historical Textbooks Out of the Basement and Into Your Browser: Debbie Feisst and Kim Frail, University of Alberta
In 2012, the H.T. Coutts Library, University of Alberta, began digitizing the historical Alberta textbook collection. Collaboration between library units and external partners on this project will ensure online accessibility to this collection. In this session we will review the project milestones, lessons learned and strategies for developing a successful large- scale digitization project.

Images of Research Competition: Doris Wagner and Christina Hwang, University of Alberta
In 2016, the University of Alberta Libraries (UAL) collaborated with campus partners to host an “Images of Research” competition for all current graduate students at the University of Alberta. In this lighting talk, we will give an overview of the competition, talk about how it went, and provide tips for running such a competition.

Developing a Children’s Health Fiction Collection: Maria C Tan and Sandy Campbell, University of Alberta
Stories, picture books and other fictional works may help children to better understand and absorb health, illness and disability concepts, and to cope with those conditions in their lives. This presentation describes the process of developing and updating a collection of current children’s health fiction titles.

Maps and information about MacEwan City Centre Campus:

Robbins Health Learning Centre
Parking at City Centre Campus
City Centre Campus site map
Information about MacEwan City Centre Campus
Location of MacEwan City Centre Campus

For out of towners who want to stay affordably, there are hotel rooms for $99-109 and residence accommodation – bachelor suites for $79, two-bedroom suites for $109 and four bedroom suites for $239. More information here.

For more information, please contact a member of the NEOS Continuing Education Committee.