Monday, June 18, 2018

UAL Service Excellence Award 2018 - Kim Frail

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This is a new yearly series on the blog to focus on UAlberta Libraries staff who were nominated for a Service Excellence award. Over the next couple of weeks, we will share the nominees and winners of 2018. Nominees were put forward by fellow staff members and then winners were chosen by an internal committee of peers.

Kim Frail

Winner of UAL Service Excellence Award (Individual)

Kim Frail with award
Submitted by: Debbie Feisst

We are pleased to nominate Kim Frail, Public Services Librarian at the HT Coutts Library, for the UAL Service Excellence Award. As you will see, her system wide work is significant and she most certainly excels in all criteria for this award.

Kim’s recent term as Chair of the UAL Teaching and Learning Committee is an exemplar of her commitment to service excellence and leadership. Over the years that she has chaired this group, and as the Subject Librarian for CTL, Kim has developed a series of unique and well-attended workshops with CTL-seconded professor Dr. Carla Peck for librarians to strengthen and deepen our teaching abilities. 

Kim’s leadership in and attention to supporting librarians to be strong instructors has resulted in the most rigorous attention to teaching development at the UAL in at least a decade and with tangible impact on teaching for all who have attended these high quality workshops. 

This aligns perfectly with the UAL Strategic Priority related the Teaching Library and shows a scope of accomplishment and relationship building within UAL and other campus units. Kim has taken a lead in this strategy being rationalized, developed and articulated for the UAL as a whole. It is thanks to many of her efforts and strong vision that UAL is moving forward as a Teaching Library. She is able to also communicate this perspective to others and does so enthusiastically and on an ongoing basis.

Kim consistently shows initiative and innovation and the most recent and impactful example of this is her tireless effort to champion the inclusion of the Library Resources Block in eClass. Kim pioneered use of the eClass Library Block starting in 2012, winning a TIGER grant to work with an instructional designer to design the block. Kim collaborated with faculty and colleagues to assess uptake and use by students, providing statistics and laying the groundwork to back PSC’s initial advocacy with CTL to get the block hard-coded into eClass. 

Kim has maintained relationships with CTL and ITS in order to introduce updates to the block when the opportunity presented itself, and has advocated with effective persistence for the block to become present by default in all courses for 2018-2019 and beyond! Thanks to Kim’s efforts, and solutions-focussed perspective, library services are present for all students in the digital learning environment. You cannot get much more impactful than that!

Kim is a skilled communicator and a respected and valuable staff member at Coutts and beyond, demonstrating strong facilitative abilities and who has the very significant and important capacities for collaboration and project management. Kim’s strong competencies in these areas and her overall qualities she brings to the work environment have ensured her great success  

Her commitment to service is evident in the relationships she has developed in her Subject area, Elementary Education, where Department Chair Maryanne Doherty describes Kim as “a very positive asset to our Department in that she makes outstanding contributions” and that Kim’s “professionalism and ability to provide outstanding advice” is essential.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Climate Change Exhibition

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The libraries hosted a fantastic exhibition this spring in the Rutherford Galleria from April 14 to May 14, 2018. Check out this guest post from Royden Mills, UAlberta Sculpture Instrutor.

Curators: Marilène Oliver and Royden Mills, K-Lee Fraser
Special Thanks to:  Stephanie Jonsson, Cambell Wallace, Steve Dixon and Mark Seignor

This Exhibition offered energy from the momentum of studio artists who either were studying or have studied in direct connection to the Faculty of Arts and especially the Department of Art and Design at the University of Alberta. First Nations artists from Portage College in Lac La Biche presented an important collaborative Installation for this exhibition as invited guests.

The spectrum of contributing artists included First-year Fundamental students with a cross section of Undergraduate students, a few Graduate students and former students who already had terrific, professional careers. This exhibition ran for a month and was really a wonderful opportunity; and we were grateful to the Rutherford Library staff, especially Michael May, who started the exhibitions years ago. We gratefully acknowledged stellar support from Sarah Polkinghorne who enthusiastically supported it and K-Lee Fraser who carried the energy wonderfully this year.

sculpture for climate change

sculpture for climate change

The Printmaking and Sculpture Divisions at the U of A made the show a part of the course curriculum and the undergraduate student work done by them was completed for this exhibition in less than the thirteen weeks of course time this term.  The energy they dedicated spoke to a passion they had for efficiently using their studio practice and reached out in an effort to inspire others.  These artists were all trying to make lives as studio professionals.

sculpture for climate change

Change Climate:  The exhibition was titled in a way about the climate that these students wanted to address which included a range of serious issues that affected the climate of our existence.  The changing weather patterns were obviously a very big and significant concern in our era, the anxieties that we felt over human influence over temperature change, the hopes and fears we felt around the socio-political climate of our era are also very much in the forefront of the minds of some of these artists too.

In some cases the work spoke directly and obviously with full force on trying to provoke change or reaction, but in other cases there was expressed equivocation over feelings to do with human wilfulness and engagement with nature.  There was no question that we had to do something about SO many things in our era and these were the people who carried the responsibility of trying to inspire us by using their Fine Art studio practice. They hoped we would consider things that we may have overlooked about being alive. Perhaps it was the role of artists to present alternatives to orthodoxy in our world through the very way they lived.

sculpture for climate change

sculpture for climate change

Our students studied the traditions of Fine Arts proudly; they all were taught how to draw accurately, they were taught how to sculpt accurately, and they studied art history and contemporary visual culture; and they were faced with trying to sort out how they must generate sustainable lives as professional artists.

The Art and Design Department has proven remarkably successful at launching people into pertinent careers by helping to build individuals who are agile enough to deal with many types of traditional and contemporary media. The students were challenged to take on the same uncommon work ethic that professionals of any discipline require.

You saw work here by a spectrum of artists, junior through accomplished artists seeking not merely to match the décor or be background music to the daily life of this University space.  They sought more. They respected the intelligence of the audience and believed that, generally speaking, all people enjoyed arriving at doing something that at first they may not have considered possible of themselves.  That kind of satisfaction over applying one’s self and challenging one’s self was a sign of respect offered by these artists to the audience.

In the end, the work validated both artist and audience member and in that way art really can save lives, one validation at a time.  We hope you found something that stirred something in you!

Royden Mills, Co-curator of the exhibition, April 2018

Monday, May 28, 2018

Visiting Artist Kevin Pee-ace unveils painting at Coutts Library

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We welcome everyone for the unveiling of a new painting by artist Kevin Pee-ace at the Coutts Library. Kevin Pee-ace was born in Kelvington Saskatchewan and is a member of the Yellowquill First Nation.

We are delighted that he will be in attendance at this event and will speak about his art. Elder Francis Whiskeyjack will also be in attendance.

Limited edition prints by the artist will be available for viewing and for sale. Refreshments will be served.

Date: June 5 at 1:30 pm
Location: Main floor of the Coutts Library, Education Centre, 11210-87 St.
Hosted by the Faculty of Education and the Coutts Library

Artist Kevin Pee-ace

Special Prints of Pee-ace's work will be available for purchase at the event

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Bibliotheque Saint Jean Staff Receive Award from Students

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staff getting award from CSJ students
Congratulations to Sarah-Jeanne Bélec and Elisabet Ingibergsson of Bibliotheque Saint Jean who were recognized by the Campus Saint-Jean graduating class of 2018.

The Campus Saint-Jean and the Alberta College (CCA) graduating class of 2018 celebrate their post-secondary years by recognizing the people who have had the greatest impact on their studies. Elisabet and Sarah-Jeanne were selected as two of those people and received an "oscar" (the theme of their gala) as library staff of the year on Saturday April 28, 2018.

How great are these photos?!

Monday, May 7, 2018

Fair Dealing Week 2018 Recap

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On February 28, 2018, the University of Alberta’s Copyright Office hosted a day-long event in celebration of Fair Dealing Week, an initiative by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). More background information about the event is available here. The event featured four speakers from various disciplines, who talked about the impact and importance of Fair Dealing as a user right in the Canadian Copyright Act.

“Fair Dealing on Trial”

Speaker: Lisa Di Valentino

Lisa Di Valentino travelled all the way from the University of Massachusetts Amherst to discuss the importance of Fair Dealing in education, and the facts and outcome of the recent decision in the Access Copyright v York University case. She assured the crowd that even though she has now moved to the United States and works within the Fair Use system, “wherever I go, I bring Fair Dealing with me. It’s forever in my heart.”

This discussion was followed by a spirited Q and A, which emphasized the need for users and creators alike to come together to voice their copyright needs and concerns as we enter the review period of the Canadian Copyright Act.

“Fair Dealing Guidelines Forum”

Speaker: Adrian Sheppard

The director of the University of Alberta’s Copyright Office, Adrian Sheppard, delivered a talk on the necessity of having, as well as possible issues and areas for improvement when using, institutional Fair Dealing Guidelines.

Adrian stated that guidelines can always be improved, and reviewing them (when the time is right) makes good sense. Adrian emphasized that the guidelines were not intended as a substitute for a fair dealing analysis, but rather were intended to offer a quick and easy guide to determine fairness across a broad range of likely cases in a particular context (such as at a post-secondary institution). Guidelines are only intended as a shortcut; fairness remains the standard. He outlined certain situations in which the AUCC fair dealing guidelines may not always yield a fair outcome (such as when applying a 10% or one chapter guideline to an anthology of complete plays), questioned whether fiction and non-fiction, or scholarly and popular works, should be dealt with in the same way under the guidelines, and explored the difficulty of trying to develop a simple, easy to apply, set of guidelines that would appropriately address 100% of copying done on behalf of an institution. If there cannot be a perfect set of guidelines, how good is good enough?

“Today’s Fair Dealing Discussion in Federal Parliament”

Speaker: Chris George

Chris George, president of an Ottawa public relations firm and a registered lobbyist for the Council of Minister of Education, Canada (CMEC) Copyright Consortium, travelled from Ottawa to showcase the conversation about copyright currently underway on Parliament Hill, and to highlight what is and what isn’t being discussed. Chris suggested that it’s those acting on behalf of the creators (such as big academic publishers, or the Access Copyright collective) who are making the most noise, seeking changes to the Copyright Act that limit, or even eliminate, the educational exception in the fair dealing provision, which could effectively reverse 10 years of legal decisions, and cancel out existing fair dealing guidelines. Chris stated the importance of helping MPs understand that fair dealing is not a blank cheque and the fair dealing guidelines set reasonable conditions, and students across Canada greatly benefit from the access to educational content allowed by this provision..

“How You Can Contribute to the 2017/2018 Canadian Copyright Act Review”

Speaker: Michael McNally

Michael McNally finished the day with a simple call-to-action: get involved! As the 2017/2018 5-year statutory review of the Copyright Act commences, Michael stressed the importance (and rising trend) of making your voice heard through public engagement, as the government actively wants to listen to people, and not just corporations and other established voices. Copyright affects us all in that we are both creators and users, and as much as creators are incentivised to participate, users must also contribute their voices, as copyright is as much a user right as it is a creator’s right.

There is real value in participating in this review and consultation, and it’s fun to engage in intellectual battle! Start writing to your MP’s now; even if you have only one strong argument to contribute, or if you simply agree with other prominent voices in the Canadian copyright landscape, it’s important to make your opinion heard.