Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Tomorrow's Data Today! Research Data Management Week is May 1-5

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It's time for the 4th annual Research Data Management Week!

On May 1st at 9 AM keynote speaker Chuck Humphrey (Director, Portage Network, Canadian Association of Research Libraries) will start the week with his presentation of “A Federated Research Data Management Model: A Canadian Approach”

We are also pleased to welcome exciting guest speakers from the City of Edmonton, the Government of Alberta, Women & Children’s Health Research Institute, the Edmonton Police Service, PolicyWise, Compute Canada, and more!

Come learn about:
  • data management planning 
  • data storage and access options 
  • finding reusable research data 
  • data sharing 
  • data citations 
... and many more data-related topics!

View the full Research Data Management Week schedule and register now for sessions!


This year, Compute Canada is offering post-RDM Week workshops focusing on data & software carpentry, as well as on West Grid scheduling.

Research Data Management (RDM) practices are evolving, and the 2016 Tri-Agency Statement of Principles on Digital Data Management demonstrates both the importance of RDM and the challenges faced by researchers and institutions regarding the management of research data. Data Management Plans, metadata standards, data archiving, and data sharing and re-purposing are all becoming norms within the research landscape.

From the creation and collection of data to their long-term preservation, over twenty RDM-related talks and workshops have been organized to help you better understand and apply research data management best practices! 

Monday, April 24, 2017

Teaching Kids About Fake News: Post-Truth and a New Era of Media Literacy

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Date: Thursday, May 11 2017 at 2:00 PM

Location: H.T. Coutts Education & Physical Education Library, Computer Lab L-110

Please join us in the H.T. Coutts Education & Physical Education Library on Thursday, May 11th at 2:00 PM for a presentation by Toronto-based journalist and author Joyce Grant on teaching K-12 students how to spot “fake news.” Grant’s talk will contain invaluable information on media literacy for anyone who works with children, including educators, pre-service teachers, and parents. Grant will discuss the various ways in which children access news today, and how difficult it is for them to discern which information is true and which is false.

Joyce Grant is the author of several children’s books, including the Gabby series of picture books and last year’s baseball novel Tagged Out. She is also a freelance journalist and the co-founder of, which contains news articles written specifically for children in elementary and middle school, as well as media literacy resources for teachers and parents.

Ms. Grant will be visiting us as part of the TD Canadian Children’s Book Week touring author series coordinated by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre.

Some links to learn more about Joyce and the Teach Kids News program:
Joyce Grant’s website:
Joyce Grant on Twitter:
Teaching Kids News on Twitter:
Teaching Kids News on Facebook:
Joyce Grant (and Teaching Kids News) on Pinterest:

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

PIE Exhibit on now at the Scott Library

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The John W. Scott Health Sciences Library is proud to partner with the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, by exhibiting art projects created by second year students in the University of Alberta’s MD program.

The Patient Immersion Experience (PIE) program is an initiative introduced in 2013.

Incoming medical students are partnered with a patient mentor in an innovative program designed to instill a deeper understanding of the human side of medicine by learning directly from patients’ experience of disease and illness.
A tale of health
by Chris Christensen, Mark Drew, Emma Hjartarson and Katie Yurkiw

The culmination of this program is the creation of a unique piece of art inspired by the experiences and connections forged between student and patient.

Wrapped in my restrictions
by Nicole Labine, Ahmed Mourad and Rebecca Entz

This wonderful exhibit, which includes paintings, sculptures, photographs and more will be at the John W. Scott Health Sciences Library until April 28, 2017. The Health Sciences library is located on the 2nd floor of the Walter C. Mackenzie Health Sciences Centre.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Great Reads for National Poetry Month

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The League of Canadian Poets just announced the finalists for their 2017 Poetry Awards.  Celebrate National Poetry Month and read a poem from one of the shortlisted poets!

Gerald Lampert Memorial Award
Recognizes the best first book of poetry published by a Canadian

The Pat Lowther Memorial Award
Given for a book of poetry by a Canadian woman

The Raymond Souster Award
Given for a book of poetry by a League of Canadian Poets member [all levels]

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Congratulations to Images of Research Winners

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University of Alberta Libraries and the Faculty of Graduate and Studies and Research are pleased to announce the winners of the second annual Images of Research Competition and Exhibition. This innovative program challenges graduate students to capture, share, and present the essence of their research in one image.

The response from students was enthusiastic. Over 100 visually dynamic images were submitted, representing research across a wide range of disciplines. From those entries, our 6 judges chose 24 images for inclusion in the exhibition, as well as our top prize winners. In addition, UAlberta community members cast over 750 votes for our People’s Choice Award.

And the winners are....

Dylan Brenneis
Mechanical Engineering
First Prize (Tie) - $700
Self Portrait 2045

The second tie winner for first is:

Camelia Vokey
Occupational Therapy
First Prize (Tie)  - $700
I Am Not Alone

Third prize and honourable mentions:

Noemi de Bruijn
Master’s Art & Design
Third Prize - $500
Wonder-trail in Blue and Yellow

Camille Burger
Honorable Mention - $250
Body as a Home

Ashley Sims
History & Classics
Honorable Mention - $250
‘Divers cullort ribbans’: material evidence from the archives

The winner of the People’s Choice Award, receiving 87 of the 795 votes, is:

Trevor Poitras
People's Choice - $250

Congratulations and sincere thanks to all of our winners and entrants for sharing their brilliant images and engaging research summaries!

Winning and semi-finalist images will soon be available online through UAL’s digital repository, ERA.

The public exhibition will be on display in Cameron Library from April 6 to 30, 2017.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

InSciTE 3D Printing @ Cameron Library

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Stop by Cameron Library to see the inventive 3D models display, InSciTE 3D Printing, featuring SCI 151 students' 3D printed works.

Co-taught by Michelle Spila and Mike Kowalski, SCI 151: Scientific Inquiry & Data Analysis is part of the Faculty of Science's Interdisciplinary Science Threshold Experience (InSciTE), offering a new way for Science students to complete their first year of University.

Students were tasked with finding and printing a 3D model that represents a scientific theory or notion, employing 3D printing services in the Shack and Cameron Library.

Students not only exhibited great creativity, printing  everything from a miniature Tombstone of Archimedes to Leonardo da Vinci's Self-Supporting Bridge, to  Phylogenetic Tree pendants and a large customizable DNA Model, they learned a great deal about the science behind their objects, and how to formally communicate scientific theory.

Students' 3D models, along with information about the InSciTE program, will be on display in the Cameron Library display cubes March 29th-April 20th, 2017.

Thanks to Michelle Spila and her staff for their work in putting together the display.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Sneak Peek Inside the Research and Collections Resource Facility

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Construction of the new Research and Collections Resource Facility (RCRF) is moving right along and it is looking great! The RCRF team has started planning to move about 3.1 million items from BARD to the RCRF. This stage will begin in Fall 2017.

Here is a sneak peek of the construction progress.

Storage area

Panoramic photo of the storage area

Reading Room