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Congratulations Tanya – top 40 under 40

October 29th, 2009 Comments off

Our very own community programmer and librarian, Tanya Driechel has been honoured in Edmonton’s Avenue magazine. Their latest issue is called “Top 40 Under 40 – Edmonton’s best and brightest are giving back to the community , excelling in their fields and raising our city’s profile.” This special issue profiles Edmontonians from a variety of backgrounds, including artists, business leaders, medical professionals, media personalities, community organizers, humanitarians, public servants, musicians, politicians and Tanya!

The article about Tanya (which you can read here) explains why she was chosen as a top 40: “For making complicated and often intimidating legal information available to those who need it most.”

Congratulations Tanya!

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Whither digitization?

October 27th, 2009 Comments off

Here at the LRC, we try to keep abreast of what is happening with both technology and information management. Recently Jean-Claude Guédon spoke at the University of Alberta about his observations regarding what is happening in the world of digitization.

I’ll post an announcement when the recording of the talk is available on the U of A Library website. For now, here is a taste of what he had to say.

Beginning with the premise that a document or text can be approached as a technology, he went on to examine e-book readers, i-pods and the “One Laptop per Child” project as ways in which digital text is being handled. He reminded us of the importance of asking “who is going to control what about these digital texts?” He explored some of the pros and cons of Google’s massive digitization project. Consider that, although page images are available for anyone to download and read, the more powerful features of search, data mining and so forth are only available through Google. He pointed out the power of the network-distributed approach (e.g. open-source software, Wikipedia) to enhance both personal creativity and public productivity and speculated, “Could this approach be harnessed in the world of digitization?”

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Prison Justice at the North of Nowhere Festival, Oct 16-31

October 15th, 2009 Comments off

The Edmonton Small Press Association presents the North of Nowhere Expo (NoN), “a non-profit and volunteer-operated activist-arts festival that is committed to fostering the awareness of the arts as tools for positive social change.”

Running from October 16 – 31, NoN will be bringing films, speakers, art and more to Edmonton. Topics include Food Security, a Palestine Film Fest, Media Democracy, and Prison Justice.

The focus on Prison Justice includes an art exhibt, Voices from Outside: Artists Against the Prison Industrial Complex (hours); film screenings on Monday, October 19 and Wednesday, October 21 ; and on Thursday, October 29, there will be a panel on Restorative Justice which will include Chris Hay of Alberta’s John Howard Society.

You can check out a summary of the program here and a very detailed program here (pdf).

The schedule for the prison series is here.

Crossposted at the GELA Prison Project Blog.

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October 15th, 2009 is Conflict Resolution Day.

October 9th, 2009 Comments off

 

This internationally recognized day occurs every third Thursday in October. In Alberta, the theme for this year is “Options for Albertans.” This theme highlights the various choices Albertans have to resolve conflict. A coalition of government and not-for-profit agencies, including the Legal Resource Centre has worked together to raise awareness of the different conflict resolution options available to the public by marking Conflict Resolution Day with provincial and local events.

During the lunch hour on October 15th, a video conference will be held at over 35 locations around Alberta, including The Business Link in Edmonton. This lunchtime session will include a discussion of complex disputes and the variety of ways in which they can be resolved. Please call (780) 422-7722 for information.

For a list of the lunchtime video sessions and locations,  please visit the Entrepreneurship Learning Centre.

Be sure to check out our Special Topic on ACJNet to get more background and resources relating to Conflict Resolution Day: http://www.acjnet.org/nanews/default.aspx?id=25422

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Supporting Women in Prison

October 1st, 2009 Comments off

Tune in to Adamant Eve this Friday at 5:30 on CJSR 88.5 FM or on www.cjsr.com! We’re airing excerpts from my interview with Vikki Law, keynote speaker at the Edmonton Anarchist Bookfair.

Law (who I blogged about here) is an activist who supports women in prisons. She has worked to bring books to prisoners for many years and in 2003 released the first issue of the zine Tenacious: Art and Writing from Women in Prison. Issue #18 of Tenacious was recently released, and it continues to be a way for women to express themselves and have their voices heard, as well as a way to know they are not alone in their struggles. Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcertaed Women, Law’s new book, was released in March of this year and chronicles the history of women’s resistance, the issues facing women in prison, and how women continue to resist the oppressive conditions of prisons today. In our interview, Law cited supporting GELA and the Prison Sub-Committee as a way people in Edmonton can be involved in supporting prisoners!

Law will be speaking at the Edmonton Anarchist Bookfair at 7pm on Friday, October 2nd at the Ukrainian Centre, 11018 97 Street. She will also be leading a workshop at the Bookfair on how to support women in prison on Saturday from 2:30-3:30pm. Everyone is welcomed and encouraged to come to both events.

Cross posted on the GELA Prison Project Blog

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