On the day before Halloween. Feel free to wear a costume...I'm dressing as a librarian.
Date/Time: Tuesday, October 30th, 3:30-4:30 (some additional time available if desired)
Place: YWCA Program Centre, 535 Hornby Street (between Dunsmuir and Pender)
Room: Room 5, a.k.a., the Weldwood Room
Program Title: The Joy of Work
RSVP: Cathy Chiba, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi folks: We'll finally be having a program at the end of this month, and it should be
fun. This one is for anyone out there who wants to get more out the work
they're doing right now -- more in the sense of more meaning, more say, more focus, more happiness, more joy. An excellent way to rescue yourself from the winter doldrums even before they start.
Our speaker will be writer and motivational speaker Jody Urquhart, author of a soon-to-be-released book, "All Work and No SAY Takes the Passion Away." Jody, who happens to be based in Vancouver, is an enthusiastic, engaging, and humourous speaker whose professional focus is on helping others find meaning and joy in their work and professional lives. Her monthly column, "Creating More Meaningful Work", is featured in over twenty-five trade journals, covering topics such as "Avoiding Autopilot Syndrome", trust in the workplace, and the importance of seeing the difference your own work makes. Appropriately, her focus for our meeting will be on ways in which we as information professionals can make our current work richer and more meaningful.
There is no charge for the program, but there is limited seating, so please respond earlier rather than later. If email isn't convenient, you can call me (Cathy) at the phone number below. You can fax me, too, but I don't know why you'd want to do that.
Librarians often feel uniquely qualified to comment on intranet
usability. Yet how many of us truly take the opportunity to share our insights?
How many of us value the observations of others more than we value our
Many of us work with with intranets, either as users, designers, consultants, or information architects. We all have our own perspectives, and if we share our collective knowledge we can identify opportunities and possible solutions. Are you using an intranet that's driving you
Are you fixing one that's broken? Do you have an idea or experience you'd
like to share? Then come to our next Volug session!
On Thursday, February 22nd, Bobbie Merilees will be leading an hour's discussion on Intranet Development and Usability Studies. As a
consultant, Bobbie has helped an impressive array of companies assess and
implement information and knowledgement solutions. With her background as a former corporate librarian, a former IBM Systems Engineer, and an MBA, Bobbie has used her expertise to help organizations align their information and knowledgement projects with business and organizational priorities while maintaining a focus on users and usability.
While Bobbie will be offering her own insights into the running of
intranet usability studies, we'll also be tapping into her expertise as a
focus group leader to lead the discussion.
So think about the following, and join us two weeks from now.
Everyone is welcome -- the more perspectives, the better. It should be a lively
What effects do differing perspectives -- of designers, of
librarians, of information technologists -- have on intranet development?
How does your intranet grow? What information problems characterize
the intranets you've come to know and love (or hate)?
- What methods are there for performing usability studies? What have
you tried? What's worked?
- How do you sell an intranet enhancement project?
- Other topic suggestions are also welcome, and can be posted to the
However, RSVPs should be emailed directly to Cathy Chiba (try not to
just hit "reply" to the list announcement for this one). Seating is limited, so please email Cathy to ensure that you have a spot.
- The details:
Date: February 22nd, 2001
Time: 4 pm - 5 pm
Place: YWCA, 535 Hornby Street, Meeting Room 5, 4th Floor
RSVP (email preferred):
phone: (604) 451-2720 x5031
March 06, 2001
- Tools and Methods for Analyzing Patent Data - A Seminar on Extracting
Knowledge from Patent Data for the Patent Professional.
Sponsored by Derwent-Thompson Scientific
Date: March 06, 2001
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Place: Bull Houser & Tupper
30th Floor - Conference Room
3000 Royal Centre
1055 West Georgia Street
Cost: $30 for non-members of VOLUG. Includes lunch compliments of Derwent-Thompson.
VOLUG and PATSCAN present experts in the field of analyzing patent data
to reveal industry trends, competitor intelligence, licensing potential
and technology opportunities.
This seminar will be of value to patent professionals, librarians,
researchers and managers of marketing and R & D programs.
Mary Mogee of Mogee Research & Analysis Associates, one of the world's
leading providers of custom international technology assessments will
speak on analytical tools and techniques for deriving competitive
intelligence from patents.
Bill Farris of the Technology Commercialization Office of the US
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, developer of unique patent data
visualization tools, will present an overview of analytical software
methods for extracting and displaying meaningful indicators from patent
Jonathan W. Grant of Derwent-Thompson Scientific will offer a
presentation on effective international patent searching using the World
Patent Index and Patent Citation Index. He will include a general
overview of the European, World, and U.S. Patent offices, describing the
differences in procedures for filing patent applications.
There will be pre-lunch opportunity for a panel discussion to challenge
To attend contact Claudia Chandler at Kvaerner Chemetics Inc
(604) 737-4510: fax 604 - 734-0340
Kvaerner Chemetics Inc
1818 Cornwall Avenue
V6J 1C7 Canada
PROGRAMMING COMMITTEE 2000 - 2001 - return to top of page
VOLUG celebrated its twentieth anniversary in 1997! Read about
our history in:
Annual General Meeting, June 1999
- 1998-1999 programme review
At the June 1999 AGM the Volug programming committee considered ending the distribution of the Volug newsletter Online/Onward in favour of electronic only communication. Volug members will be canvassed in the Fall. It is expected that fees for joining Volug will remain the same and will be reallocated to enhancing and maintaining the Volug web site. Currently, a domain and other professional web design services are being sought. Programming ideas were posted in the listserv on July 5.
- 1997-1998 programme review
VOLUG Web site contact:
email@example.com Cathy Chiba, contact number is (604)451-2700; e-mail is
VOLUG Web site administrator/design coordinator: Neal Chan email
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