Online courses on Canadian Copyright Law

2 online courses on Canadian Copyright Law are being offered. One is an eTutorial in which you’ll receive 16 lessons sent to your email inbox. A very simple way to learn copyright! The other course has 3 webinars and a private discussion list for asking questions. You’ll receive a Certificate of Completion for either course.

eTutorial info is at It begins September 16th.

Webinar-based course info is at It begins September 24th.

There is also an online course on writing a copyright compliance policy or guidelines in which you’ll actually prepare a draft! See

Call for guest presenters for the library apprentice program - October 2-3

A library apprentice program hands-on salon OPEN HOUSE on Friday and Saturday, October 2nd and 3rd focusing on the following topics.
Digitization, classification, cataloging (MARC and RDA), indexing, records management, taxonomy, and indigenous research methodologies.

Please let me know if you are interested in presenting. Grab this opportunity to visit Maskwacis and learn about indigenous culture and indigenous research methodologies.

Earn stackable credentials: 1 college credit = 13 hours of learning time.
Interested in receiving free books to giveaway to First Nation children contact:

Manisha Khetarpal, MLIS, MA
Chair of Library Studies and Scholarly Research
Maskwacis Cultural College
Toll Free: 1 866 585 3925

ASA Workshop announcement - Managing Electronic Records

Managing Electronic Records
Instructor: Jeremy Heil, Digital and Private Records Archivist at Queen’s University Archives
Date: Friday, September 18, 2015
Time: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Location: Glenbow Archives, Board Room, 130 - 9 Avenue S.E., Calgary

The ASA is bringing a workshop to Alberta from the Archives Association of Ontario on archives and electronic records. This workshop was offered in Edmonton in November 2014 and due to popular demand, we are offering it a second time.

This hands-on workshop will lead students from the development of policies and procedures through to the practical elements of acquiring, processing and preserving electronic records. Students will learn how to develop a programme statement and discuss preservation planning, examine the nature of electronic records and the role of metadata, and practice tasks in acquiring and processing electronic records with some of the commonly available tools.

Class size: 12 (minimum) / 17 (maximum)
Cost: $150 (ASA member); $175 (non-member)
To register, please visit our website:

Registration deadline: September 10, 2015
To register, please send or fax completed form along with your payment to:

Archives Society of Alberta
Suite 407, 10408 – 124 St Edmonton, AB
T5N 1R5
fax: (780) 425-1679.

Note: If you choose to email your form, please make sure to send it to in order to avoid delays in processing.
For additional information, contact ASA Database & Administrative Assistant, Maryna Chernyavska at

AALT Needs You!!!

AALT Needs You If You Are:

  • Good with numbers, have good attention to detail you would be perfect to fill the Treasurer position.
  • Creative and have an eye for design, if you are good with social media then you would be perfect to fill the Marketing Director position.
  • A people person and value membership then you would be perfect to fill the Membership Director position.
  • A writer, a poet, stickler for proper grammar then you would be perfect to fill the Journal Editor position.
  • If you are interested in volunteering or getting more information please contact the AALT Board at

    In order for the AALT Board to fulfill our duties all vacant positions need to be filled by [June 15, 2015].

AGM 2015 Information Now Available

The 2015 AGM for AALT will be held May 30, 2015 at 12:00 at the Coast Hotel and Conference Centre in Canmore, AB. The information package for the AGM is now avaliable in the Members Only section of the website. If you need assistance accessing this area please contact the Webteam for help.

CLA Mourns the Passing of Canadian Civil Rights Champion, Alan Borovoy (1932-2015)

(OTTAWA) May 12, 2015. Yesterday evening, civil rights champion, Alan Borovoy passed away at age 83. Borovoy received the 2011 CLA Award for the Advancement of Intellectual Freedom in Canada for his unwavering dedication to social justice and freedom of expression in Canada. An undisputed leader in the civil rights movement in Canada, Mr. Borovoy was a tireless advocate for freedom of expression, along with its corollaries freedom of the press and freedom of association; and equally an activist for equality and procedural fairness.

"We are deeply saddened by the profound loss of such a powerful and compelling voice for freedom of expression" said Alvin Schrader, Chair of CLA’s Intellectual Freedom Advisory Committee.

Mr. Borovoy was one with the Canadian library community, whose core values include a strong
commitment to intellectual freedom and freedom under continual challenge. Mr. Borovoy’s voice has always been there with the Canadian library community’s to combat both censorship and episodic public apathy enabling it, and he has referred to Canada’s librarians as “the Clark Kents of political action.” In 1987-1988, he was a leader in the opposition to Bill C-54, new obscenity legislation that would have drastically curtailed the ability of Canadian libraries to distribute materials. His legacy in public policy advocacy will continue to inspire librarians and library workers for generations to come.

Mr. Borovoy was recruited by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) as General Counsel in 1968, a position he held for 41 years until his retirement in June 2009 at which time CCLA named him General Counsel Emeritus. Prior to joining the CCLA, he had already distinguished himself with other human rights and civil liberties causes and organizations, including activism on behalf of the residents of Africville in 1961 that lead to the formation of the Halifax Advisory Committee on Human Rights, and a protest march against Aboriginal discrimination and poor government services in Kenora in the late 60s.

Mr. Borovoy was a compelling and magnetic speaker: informed, articulate, and passionate. And as one of the most recognizable civil libertarians in Canada, he also knew the value of maintaining a sense of humour while trying to change the world; otherwise, he has said, “you'll go off your rocker." Of attacks from both left and right in his defence of free speech as absolute, he wryly observed, "If you live long enough, you have the opportunity to experience (criticism) every which way."

via CLA

Maskwacis Cultural College Library Open House

Maskwacis Cultural College will be hosting a library open house on May 20th from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm. Please join us to celebrate libraries, library staff and our services. Sherwood Park Bookmobile will be participating this year. Do let us know if you would like to tour the libraries or archives in Maskwacis. The special this year is a cultural training session for librarians.

The following pages demonstrate the development of this event.


Smorgasbook Calgary 2015

The Young Alberta Book Society is presenting Smorgasbook 2015 on May 12th at 6:30PM to 9:00 at the Cardel Homes & Theatre 180 Quarry Park Boulevard Southeast Calgary. Here is their tempting description of the event:

In collaboration with the Young Alberta Book Society, The Calgary Children's Literature Roundtable, Foundations for the Future Charter Academy and the Calgary Girls' School we would like to invite you to a buffet of youth literature; Smorgasbook 2015.

Join us for an evening featuring some of Alberta's best youth and children's authors showcasing their upcoming work. Our current lineup for this event features ; Karen Bass, Bill Bunn, Deborah Miller, Shirlee Smith Matheson, Cora Taylor, Lois Donovan, David Poulsen, Trina St. Jean and Jacqueline Hudon-Verrelli. Authors will be discussing their work, selling books and will also have time to chat to attendees.

Entry is FREE, all you need to do is bring an item to donate to the Calgary Inter-Faith Food Bank. We have 140 spots available, RSVP today to reserve your seat!

To get tickets just follow the link below
Smorgasbook 2015


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