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Payments can also be made in cash on the day of the symposium at the door.

Registration closes on October 8th. Haven’t registered yet? Check out the Symposium program to get inspired!

Registration Now Open

This year’s Symposium is stacking up to be our most exciting ever!

Keynote speaker Dr. Samuel E. Trosow of University of Western Ontario, is a leading expert on Canadian Copyright. Our excellent lineup of speakers will discuss a wide array of issues related to the commodification of information and library services, including academic publishing, the human right to information, market rhetoric in library planning documents, alternatives to neoliberal conceptions of information and corporate sponsorship of educational websites.

For more details check out the Symposium program and schedule.

Registration will be open from September 15th to October 8th. Register here!

Organize and Assemble IV
9 AM – 4:30 PM
Rutherford South (Room TBA)
School of Library and Information Studies
University of Alberta


Next Meeting – Tuesday May 27

The next PLG Edmonton meeting will be held Tuesday May 27 from 7-8PM in the meeting room of EPL’s Strathcona Branch, 8331 – 104 Street. The agenda will be sent to the list serve a few days in advance. Everyone welcome.

Annual General Meeting December 10, 2013

PLG Edmonton’s Annual General Meeting will be held from 7 – 8:30pm on December 10th, 2013 at the Strathcona Branch of Edmonton Public Library. 8331 104 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 4E9

This is a great time to get involved!

Highlights of the AGM include the presentation of the annual reports of the Secretary, Treasurer and Communications Officers and the election of new officers for 2014. The following descriptions of the officers’ responsibilities are found in section II of the bylaws:

5. The duties of the Secretary are as follows: to prepare meeting agendas, to provide access to meeting minutes, to manage chapter records, and to act as the liaison with the main PLG.

6. The duties of the Treasurer are as follows: to manage the chapter’s bank account, to provide financial reports at each general meeting, to collect dues and arrange payment of national dues if necessary.

7. The duties of the Communications position are as follows: to manage the chapter’s email and web presence, to manage the chapter’s listserv, and to act as the main contact for public inquiries.

8. The secretary and treasurer will have signing authority over the bank account.

The AGM is also the time for membership renewal. The meeting’s agenda will be sent around to the PLG Edmonton listserv in advance of the event.Casual drinks will likely follow the meeting. Hope to see you there!

Registration Now Closed

Thanks to all who registered for the 2013 PLG Edmonton Symposium: Organize and Assemble III!

The doors will open at 8:30 AM and the Keynote speech will begin at 9 AM at the City of Edmonton Archives. See Directions and Accomodations for more details on how to get there and where to park. Coffee and lunch will be provided.

Unpaid registration fees will be accepted in cash, cheque or through PayPal on the day of the event.
The fees again are:

Student – $20
Student + New Membership – $40
Member – $40
Non-Member – $45
Non-Member + New Membership – $60

Registration Now Open for Organize and Assemble III

Registration is now open for the 2013 PLG Symposium: Organize and Assemble III! This year’s theme is Precarious Labour and we have a very exciting line up of speakers.  On this site you will find the registration form, program, Symposium schedule and information on how to get there. See below for a more detailed description of our theme.

If you have any questions please contact plg.edmonton AT

Registration will be open until October 18, 2013.

This Year’s Theme: Precarious Labour
While the new economy is often celebrated for possessing increasing flexibility (‘work at home,’ ‘be your own boss,’ ‘set your own hours’) the reality is that ‘flexibility’ has been stressed to obscure the increasing precariousness of labourers. The flexible economy is best characterized by the decline of stable full time employment forcing workers to respond to a new reality where unemployment, underemployment, temporary work, outsourcing and downsizing are the prospects for a larger number of workers – ranging from students and recent graduates to veteran employees who have been deemed dispensable in the competitive, global economy. Precarity has been a particular mark of the information professions, where labour is less reliant on huge investments of fixed capital (such as factories) and can be done largely with low cost information and communications technologies anywhere, anytime.