2018 NEOS Miniconference

General Information

Location and registration

The NEOS Miniconference will be held on Friday, June 8th, in the Robbins Health Learning Centre at MacEwan University.

Preconference events will be held on Thursday, June 7th, at various locations on the North and South campuses of  the University of Alberta.

Please register before Friday, June 1st (12:00 pm).

All events are free for staff from NEOS member libraries to attend. Lunch and refreshments will be provided at the Miniconference, but not at the preconference events. The Miniconference is organized by the NEOS Continuing Education Committee. Please contact the chair, John Huck (john.huck@ualberta.ca), if you have any questions.

 Preconference Events

  • Thursday, June 7th, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • University of Alberta (see linked document for directions)
  • Registration required
  • Lunch not provided
  • Please see the Preconference Guide for full details

2018 NEOS Miniconference – Preconference Guide

Parking on North Campus

  • See the U of A Parking Services website for full details on available parking options.
  • Map of Lot locations
  • Chart of visitor parking rates
  • The rate for most lots (except Education) is $4.50/hr, with a $15 daily maximum.
  • Recommended options:
    • Lot U (Hub Mall) – Access from 111 Street
    • Timms/Telus – Access from 112 Street
    • Education Car Park – Access from 114 Street
    • Stadium Car Park – Access from 116 Street

Getting to the RCRF (South Campus)

  • If you are attending a tour of the RCRF facility, please plan to take the LRT to get there.
  • There is no public parking at the RCRF facility. The lots in the vacinity are for permit holders or Saville Centre users. Other users will be ticketed.
  • Take the LRT to the South Campus/Fort Edmonton Park LRT Station. We will have someone on the platform directing you to the RCRF, which is a five minute walk from the station.
  • If you take the LRT from the North Campus, the west entrance of the University LRT Station is located south of Rutherford Library at the south west corner of HUB Mall.
  • An adult transit fare – good for 90 minutes – costs $3.25. A day pass costs $9.75.
  • U of A staff can use their ONEcard to travel on the LRT between South Campus and Royal Alexandra Hospital station on the Metro Line or Churchill station on the Capital Line.

If you are attending a tour and have mobility issues that prevent you from taking the LRT, please contact John Huck (john.huck@ualberta.ca) to make alternate arrangements.


Preconference Event Descriptions

Catalogathon (Full day, with option for partial day)

Facilitated by Brian Stearns (University of Alberta)

Location: Cameron Library (Room B-11: Technology Training Centre), University of Alberta North Campus

Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm


Social Media Best Practices for Libraries (Morning)

Meredith Bratland (University of Alberta) and Anne Marie Watson (Red Deer College)

Location:  Rutherford Library South (Classroom 2-05B), University of Alberta North Campus

Time: 10:00 am – 12:15 pm


An Introduction to NEOS Blacklight (Afternoon, 2 sessions)

Dana Ouellette (Concordia University College) and Sam Popowich (University of Alberta)

Location: Rutherford Library South (Computer Lab 2-03), University of Alberta North Campus

Session 1: 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Session 2: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Tour of the Research and Collections Resource Facility (RCRF) (Afternoon, 2 tours)

CJ de Jong, James Franks, and RCRF staff (University of Alberta)

Location: Research and Collections Resource Facility (RCRF), University of Alberta South Campus (please see Preconference Guide for directions).

Tour 1: 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Tour 2: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Tour full)

NEOS Miniconference 

  • Friday, June 8th, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Robbins Health Learning Centre, MacEwan University
  • Lunch and refreshments provided
  • Please see the Detailed Guide for complete information

2018 NEOS Miniconference – Detailed Guide

Information About the Venue

Program at a Glance

Time Item Location(s)
8:15 – 9:00 am Registration 9-100 (The Heart, 1st floor)
9:00 – 9:15 am Welcome Address 9-100
9:15 – 10:00 am Keynote Speaker – Minister Faust 9-100
10:00 – 10:30 am NEOS Updates 9-100
10:30 – 11:00 am Coffee Break 9-100
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Breakout Sessions – Block 1 9-100, 9-217, 9-218
12:00 – 1:15 pm Lunch 9-100
1:15 – 2:00 pm Breakout Sessions – Block 2 9-212, 9-216, 9-217, 9-218
2:00 – 2:15 pm Break 9-212 (The Atrium, 2nd floor)
2:15 – 3:00 pm Breakout Sessions – Block 3 9-212, 9-216, 9-217, 9-218
3:00 – 3:15 pm Break 9-212 (The Atrium)
3:15 – 4:00 pm Breakout Sessions – Block 3 9-212, 9-216, 9-217, 9-218

Miniconference Session Descriptions

Miniconference Program – Session Descriptions

Keynote Speaker

Minister Faust

Age of Wakanda: Why Africentric SFF Matters

Author Minister Faust explores why Africentric Science Fiction & Fantasy matters so much today and to whom. Citing key examples and historical context, he will offer ideas for presenting it to new audiences, whether during African History Month or at other times, as well as suggestions for collaborating with community organizations and relevant artists, such as the Black Speculative Arts Movement.

Minister Faust

Minister Faust is a novelist, print/radio/television journalist, blogger, sketch comedy writer, video game writer, playwright, and poet. He also taught high school and junior high English literature and composition for a decade. You can find more information about his work on his website.

Breakout Sessions – Block 1

1A – Developing NEOS Infrastructure (Double Presentation)


1A.1 – BLUEcloud Analytics – Where Are We? Where Are We Going?

Elaine Coupland and Peggy Morgan (University of Alberta)


1A.2 – Moving On from iLink: Introducing NEOS Blacklight

Dana Ouellette (Concordia University of Edmonton) and Sam Popowich (University of Alberta)


1B – Unconference Planning

Facilitated by Brian Stearns (University of Alberta)


1C – Speed Networking

Facilitated by John Huck (University of Alberta)

Breakout Sessions – Block 2

2A – Privacy Audit at University of Alberta Libraries

Kenton Good and Sarah Snihurowych (University of Alberta)

2B – Electronic Serials Management at the University of Alberta

Carol Ma (EPL) and Abigail Sparling (University of Alberta)

2C – Lightning Talks – Session 1

2C.1 – Back to the Future: A New(ish) Model of “Shared Learning” in the Reference Interview

Jane C. Duffy (MacEwan University)

2C.2 – Extending Library Services to Donald School of Business

Myra Skaronski and Barb Mahoney (Red Deer College)

2C.3 – App of the Month at Alberta Health Services’ Knowledge Resource Service

Rachel Zhao and Marcus Vaska (Alberta Health Services)

2D – Unconfererence – Session 1 (Topic TDB in session 1B)

Breakout Sessions – Block 3

3A – Virtual Reality, the Library, and the Campus

Darel Bennedbaek, Julie Thompson, John McDowell, Tim Buttler, John Hoyt, Wilmer Tenerife, and Cyndi Berrio (Burman University)

3B – Achieving Success: Project Management in a Library Setting

Kyle Ouellette and Christina Hwang (University of Alberta)

3C – Lightning Talks – Session 2

3C.1 – Becoming an Authority on Names

Brian Stearns (University of Alberta)

3C.2 – RDA 3R: Standards in Transition

Ian Bigelow (University of Alberta)

3C.3 – bf: Two-Ways: Comparing MARC to BIBFRAME Conversions

Ian Bigelow, Danoosh Davoodi, Sharon Farnel, and Abigail Sparling (University of Alberta)

3D – Unconfererence – Session 2 (Topic TDB in session 1B)

Breakout Sessions – Block 4

4A – Ebooks: The Questions and the Answers

Michael Betmanis and Amanda Nagyl (University of Alberta)

4B – Patron-perpetrated Sexual Harassment at the Library
Angela Lieu (School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta)

Please Note: Ms. Lieu regrets she will be unable to attend the Miniconference to give her presentation.

4C – Lightning Talks – Session 3

4C.1 – Process Mapping in a Library Context

Shelby Pomeranz (Red Deer College)

4C.2 – Why You Should Care About and Contribute to the Review of Canada’s Copyright Act

Amanda Wakaruk (University of Alberta)

4C.3 – Picture This!

Doris Wagner (University of Alberta)

4D – Unconfererence – Session 3 (Topic TDB in session 1B)