Dear All,

It would be greatly appreciated if the applicable listserv administrators could distribute the following message to their lists:

Many Thanks,

Sophia Hoosein
Data Library Assistant & WISLL Coordinator
University of Alberta
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Happy New Year to All!

The University of Alberta Libraries is hosting its seventh Winter Institute on Statistical Literacy for Librarians (WISLL) from February 20-22, 2013. This training event will provide strategies and skills for finding, evaluating, and retrieving published statistics and will be useful to information professionals working in academic, public, and special libraries.  Instruction will focus on making online statistics more accessible to librarians and their patrons.

Only 7 spots remain, and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis!

Topics to be covered include:

- A framework for thinking about published statistics
- How statistics are derived from data
- The importance of definitions, standards, and classifications in understanding statistics
- Using metadata to find statistics
- Interpreting statistical metadata
- Evaluating statistical sources
- Choosing official and non-official statistical sources
- Tools and strategies for locating statistics
- How to cite online statistics
- Geographical and spatial representations of statistics
- Challenges in finding statistics for small geographic areas

Please note that this workshop will NOT provide instruction on conducting data analysis or library assessments, although some examples will include the use of data to demonstrate how statistics are produced.

The registration fee is $250.00, which includes continental breakfast, coffee breaks, and lunch for all three days. 

Enrollment is limited to 30 registrants. To hold a place, we ask people to pay their registration fee within two weeks of completing the online registration form.

Registration is currently open. For more information, or to register, please visit

Please do not hesitate to contact me -- Sophia -- at [log in to unmask] if you have further inquiries.

Sophia Hoosein
Data Library Assistant & WISLL Coordinator
University of Alberta
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