British Columbia Library Association

Keeping it ReAL returns this fall!

By Helen L. Brown

Save the Date: Friday October 26th 2018, University of Victoria 

Keeping it ReAL 2018: Add it Up is a free workshop for academic library research in BC. Our aim is to foster a research culture among participants, and create an open and supportive network for learning, sharing, and supporting academic research.

Building on the Canadian Association of Research Libraries’ Librarians’ Research Institute, the ReAL (Research in Academic Libraries) committee was established in 2016 with the purpose of organizing a regional workshop for BC academic librarians interested in conducting research. In 2017, Keeping it ReAL focused on skill building in the beginning and planning stages of research.

On Friday October 26th 2018 at the University of Victoria, Keeping it ReAL: Add it Up will address issues related to the next stages of the research process. This conference will help take research to the next level with presentations on advancing research, research methods workshops hosted by UBC iSchool faculty, and a panel on Indigenous research methods.

Keeping it ReAL began as a partnership between Heather O’Brien, Associate Professor from UBC’s iSchool, and librarians from SFU, UVic, and UBC, including Holly Hendrigan, Christine Walde, Erin Fields, and Jo-Anne Naslund. Since then it has grown and many other librarians have contributed to both the organizing committee and the conference. Feedback on Keeping it ReAL has been overwhelmingly positive. Details from the 2017 conference, From Ideas to Action, can be found here.

REAL committee members for 2018 include: Helen Brown (UBC), Julia Bullard (UBC iSchool), Dean Giustini (UBC), Aditi Gupta (UVic), Ryan Kyle (LaSalle College), Ioana Liuta (UBC iSchool, SFU), Alison Moore (SFU), and Christine Walde (UVic).

More details about this year’s event, including registration information, will be posted to the BCLA and BCALS listserv.  Hope to see you there!

 Conference Details  

Conference website: http://ocs.sfu.ca/real/index.php/Conference/real2018

Date: Friday 26 October 2018, breakfast at 9am and presentations from 10am – 4:30pm

Location: University of Victoria, Digital Scholarship Commons, Mearns Centre for Learning at McPherson Library

Registration will be open soon! 

Helen L. Brown is a reference librarian at the University of British Columbia’s Woodward Library and a member of the 2018 Keeping it ReAL committee.

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