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Literary Cocktails 2017

The University of Alberta Press celebrated another successful Literary Cocktails as part of the Edmonton Poetry Festival. Our director, Linda Cameron, emceed the event that featured five superb readers. An audience of more than 80 enjoyed readings from Rising Abruptly [Gisèle Villeneuve], Listen. If [Douglas Barbour], Little Wildheart [Micheline Maylor], Believing is not the same as Being Saved [Lisa Martin], and Nuala [Kimmy Beach], all part of the Robert Kroetsch Series.

We’d like to thank:

  • the Poetry Festival for providing the sound system
  • Audreys for selling books
  • Jerome Martin for playing the piano
  • the Faculty Club for the wonderful food and venue
  • and to all of those who attended, making this event what it is!

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Hope to see all of you again next year!




Bookstore Switcheroo!

In the middle of February we got word from the University of Alberta Bookstore that we would have to vacate the corner they had made available to us for several years, due to changes planned for the Student Union Building, where the bookstore resides.

We used the borrowed space for storing our books for easy access. Easy, at least, compared to the huge SMS warehouse where most of our Edmonton stock is kept… (Thank you, bookstore colleagues, for the loan of the space and lending us pallets for the move!)

After brainstorming and looking into a few options, the decision was made that we would move the aforementioned books—well, at least half of them—into Ring House 2. Basia offered space in her office: “I’d love to be surrounded by books!” (Thank you Basia!)

Cathie Crooks and I checked the inventory and labelled books according to their destination: Ring House 2, SMS warehouse, or University of Toronto Distribution. Then came the overwhelming task of packing it all up, which fell to our student shipper-receiver, Marek Buchanan. (Thank you, Marek!) Our friends at SMS made quick work of receiving the extra stock. (Thank you, Nick and Kelly.)

We were hoping to use some of the shelves from the bookstore, but as soon as they were empty, it became obvious that they were only able to contain the masses of books because they were bolted to the walls. So the hunt for proper shelves began! Darryl Hopkins of Library Facilities came to the rescue! But it wasn’t as easy as that for Darryl. He had to unload everything already stored on them, dismantle them, have the carpenters do a rush job to square up the wooden shelves, arrange to get them over to Ring House 2, and put them up. Whew, it’s tiring just to write all that down. (Thank you, Darryl!)

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Editor Shirley A. McDonald organized a book launch in Kelowna, BC on February 24. She partnered with the Faculty of Creative/Critical Studies of the University of British Columbia, Okanagan, who hosted filmmaker Min Sook Lee’s visit. It was an important event, and included the screening of her documentary, Migrant Dreams and a panel discussion. It was a great opportunity to showcase the book: everyone who attended was committed to learning more about the difficult issues facing migrant farm workers. Activists Darlene Dunlop and Eric Musekamp from Alberta were able to participate in a variety of activities and conversations that took place during the week.


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A high-profile launch in Edmonton took place on December 8, 2016, with Minister Gray. MLA David Swann has been a remarkable supporter of farm safety and farm workers’ issues over many years, and his office took the lead in creating the event, held at The Common lounge next to the Legislature grounds.

Editor Bob Barnetson’s blog post, “Farm worker injury study bolsters arguments for farm safety legislation” was published on the Parkland Institute and on the Rank and File‘s website.

A book trailer is in the works for Farm Workers in Western Canada. We look forward to sharing the trailer with you once completed.

Featured Reviews of “Grant Notley: The Social Conscience of Alberta, Second Edition”

“This book provides some excellent context for understanding the [NDP] party and the groundwork that has led to its success.”

Alberta History

“The University of Alberta Press has printed a second edition of this 1992 biography now more arresting given recent events. Author Howard Leeson, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Regina, recalls the man who might have smashed a Prairie political machine a generation before his daughter did…. Grant Notley is an affectionate tribute to a quiet, decent workaholic who might have become Alberta’s premier in 1986, and altered the whole course of his province and the Prairies.” [Full article at https://www.blacklocks.ca/review-the-what-might-have-been]

Holly Doan, Blacklock’s Reporter

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Melanee Thomas, Alberta Views

“Especially commended to the attention of those with an interest in Canadian politics in general, and the political career of Grant Notley in particular…”

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U of Alberta Libraries Increases Support for UAlberta Press


Edmonton, AB – The University of Alberta Press (UAP), currently an academic unit of Learning Services, will report to the University of Alberta Libraries (UAL) as of April 1, 2017.

“University librarians and publishers are natural collaborators, although we participate in the academic mission in different ways” said UAP Director Linda Cameron. “I welcome this initiative, which will allow the Press to be more involved in innovative projects with our library colleagues. At the same time, UAP remains an independent entity: the Press’s imprint, mandate, academic independence, structure, and staffing will be unchanged.”

The University of Alberta Press is an award-winning contemporary university press, working at the academic core of the U of A’s mission.  As Vice-Provost and Chief Librarian Gerald Beasley explained, “University libraries throughout North America are increasingly offering their support to researchers at every stage of the research life cycle.  An outstanding press like UAP is an essential part of this support. Under the new arrangement library and press staff will also be able to share and benefit from each other’s resources and expertise more easily.”

“The change is all about seeing the research mission from different angles, and being involved in strategic planning at an institutional level,” added Dr. Michael Lipsett, UAP Press Committee Chair.

About the University of Alberta Press
The University of Alberta Press publishes in the areas of biography, history, language, literature, natural history, regional interest, travel narratives and reference books. With hundreds of scholarly and trade books, UAP contributes to the intellectual and cultural life of Alberta and Canada. www.uap.ualberta.ca

About the University of Alberta Libraries
University of Alberta Libraries is committed to supporting the university’s academic mission by continuing to develop and maintain a world class library system that is open, sustainable and responsive to the many communities it serves.  It has a recognized expertise in large scale digital initiatives and many outstanding collections of print, archival and electronic resources. http://www.library.ualberta.ca


Gerald Beasley, Vice-Provost and Chief Librarian, University of Alberta

Linda Cameron, Director, University of Alberta Press
linda.cameron@ualberta.ca, 780-318-0717


FAQs RE: University of Alberta Libraries to increase support for U of A Press

1.    What is new?
The University of Alberta Press (UAP), currently an academic unit of Learning Services, will now report to the University of Alberta Libraries (UAL).

2.    What is the purpose of this change?
Academic presses and libraries share a mission to support the research life cycle. Because of innovations in scholars’ research methods and the use of digital technologies in both fields, presses and libraries have an increasing number of opportunities to collaborate in the dissemination of new knowledge. This change will facilitate that collaboration at the University of Alberta. Specifically, the Libraries’ resources will be available to support the Press’s business and strategic plans, and library and press staff will share and benefit from each other’s expertise more easily.

 3.    What will be different?
Most stakeholders will not notice any change at all.  UAP will continue to report to the Vice-Provost (Learning Services) and Chief Librarian, but through University of Alberta Libraries instead of Learning Services.

4.    What will be the same?
·       The imprint, mandate, academic independence, structure and staffing of UAP are not affected by this change.
·       The organizational structure and job descriptions at UAP are not affected by this change.
·       The Press Committee will remain in place, with the same mandate and constitution.
·       The UAP entity and branding will be maintained.
·       All mailing and contact information will remain the same.

5.    When will this change take effect?
April 1, 2017

6.    Is the timing of this change related to the search for a new Press Director and Publisher?
Yes. Press Director Linda Cameron has announced her plan to leave her position on August 31, 2017.  The forthcoming posting for a new Press Director and Publisher will reflect this change.

A Conversation about Reconciliation

In February, the Edmonton Public Library’s Forward Thinking Speaker Series brought together two remarkable individuals: Grand Chief Wilton Littlechild and Dr. Marie Wilson, two of the Commissioners of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The sold-out evening was moderated by Shelagh Rogers, Honourary Witness and CBC radio journalist.

Wilson Bearhead, EPL’s new Elder in Residence, greeted the crowd and offered a beautiful opening prayer. Mayor Don Iveson gave a proclamation supporting Freedom to Read Week to EPL CEO Pilar Martinez.

Shelagh Rogers began with a broad topic for response by both speakers: “What were their thoughts on reconciliation?” She then asked several questions inspired by those posed in advance by audience members. The 90-minute event concluded with a number of questions from audience members. That powerful portion saw several survivors of residential schools speaking of their experiences. All of the people who shared their experiences and stories are appreciated and honoured.

Grand Chief Littlechild, Dr. Wilson, and Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair—the Commissioners who spent so many years listening intently, learning and sharing in the trauma—are heroes to many. Their accumulated wisdom is remarkable.

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Fair Dealing: How fair is it?

February 21 to 24 was Fair Dealing Week at the University of Alberta. On the opening day our director, Linda Cameron, was a member of a panel called Fair Dealing: How fair is it? Other panelists included Cameron Hutchison, UAlberta Faculty of Law and Howard Knopf, Macera & Jarzyna, Ottawa.

The highlight of Linda’s presentation included the economic impacts of fair dealing based on a report commissioned by Access Copyright and prepared by Price Waterhouse Cooper (PwC). The economic impacts of the Copyright Modernization Act (2012) and the resulting fair dealing guidelines have been widespread. Movement away from collective licensing by K-12 and post-secondary institutions through Access Copyright and the application of fair dealing guidelines have resulted in a drastic decline in revenues for many educational and trade publishers.

The PwC report clearly demonstrates that, “Without licensing income—a significant source of income for content producers…many Canadian publishers will not only reduce their content output, but may be forced to exit the educational publishing market.

At UAlberta Press we understand the social value and virtue of sharing ideas widely; we are, after all, a scholarly publisher who seeks to do exactly that for our creators. The people we publish are scholars and writers who spend years researching, contemplating, and experiencing: they then bring that creative thought and knowledge into their written work.

During her presentation, Linda noted the permissions policy we follow when working with another’s intellectual property. A lot of thought and discussion went into the development of the UAlberta Press permissions policy, and not all of it focussed on Canada’s 2012 Copyright Modernization Act and the guidelines around fair dealing.

We pay respect, not by simple adherence to a particular copyright act, nor by considering what we can “get away with” under the law. Instead, we look at intellectual property as a manifestation of a particular form of very hard work and deserving of utmost respect.

We will leave off with a question for authors and other creators: What approach do you take to permissions, citations, and attributions? What do you think is fair?