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The Vancouver Online Users' Group - Archives 1997-2001

An informal organization of more than 100 librarians and information professionals who are interested in information technology, online database searching and other computer applications in libraries.  While the majority are from special libraries (including government and corporate sectors), VOLUG's members include professionals from the academic and public library communities as well as freelance and consulting practitioners.

VOLUG meets periodically between September and June.  Guest speakers cover a diversity of topics.  In the past few years, our program topics have included:
  • Online database searching in the virtual library
  • Copyright in the special library
  • Planning for and managing an internal web/Intranet
  • Introduction to using PowerPoint
  • New document delivery services
  • Marketing your library
  • Negotiating with vendors and consultants
  • Consultants round-tables
  • Choosing the best web-authoring tools
  • Implementing CD-ROMs in libraries



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October 30, 2001 -- "The Joy of Work"

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,

Details:  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.

Feb 22, 2001
- Intranet Development & Usability Studies:  What Can We Learn From Each Other?

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 own? 

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 crazy?

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 discussion!

  • 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 list.

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 data sets.

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 the experts.

To attend contact Claudia Chandler at Kvaerner Chemetics Inc
(604) 737-4510: fax 604 - 734-0340
Claudia Chandler
Kvaerner Chemetics Inc
1818 Cornwall Avenue
Vancouver, B.C.
V6J 1C7 Canada


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HISTORY and 1997 - 2000 ACTIVITIES

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 & reports


VOLUG Web site contact: 

VOLUG listserv: Cathy Chiba,   contact number is (604)451-2700; e-mail is

VOLUG Web site administrator/design coordinator:  Neal Chan email

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