Training and professional development is an important mission of ACCOLEDS.
Facilitating communications among the providers of library data services is a
priority of ACCOLEDS.
- ACCOLEDS Training Sessions
ACCOLEDS was created in conjunction with the formation of a COPPUL/ICPSR Federation
in July 1993.
The group began six months prior to the official launch of the ACCOLEDS Federation
during a training event held at the University of Calgary in December 1992.
This training was led by staff from COPPUL institutions that had previously
held an ICPSR membership. The experience of peer-to-peer training was such a
success that the group agreed to organize annual workshops to develop skills
in the area of data services.
In 1996 with the introduction of the Data Liberation Initiative (DLI),
members agreed to expand the mission of the group beyond activities
related to the ICPSR Federation to include training support for DLI, also.
Since 1996, ACCOLEDS training has become primarily associated with DLI and
serves as the convener of DLI training in the western Canada.
Supporing a network of professionals who provide excellent service
is a basic goal of ACCOLEDS.
Discussion List (GUIDO)
An email discussion list was created for this group in 1993 to facilitate
communications between training sessions and to conduct Federation
business. The list, GUIDO, was named in honour of the Italian
restaurant in Calgary where those attending the initial training session
dined. At one time, GUIDO stood for Guiding Users
to ICPSR Data Online. But the
expansion of the acronymn has long since been dropped.
- A List of Contacts and Internet links at ACCOLEDS Institutions
Each COPPUL/ICPSR institution has an Official Representative who serves as the
university's contact with the ICPSR. This person also has a vote at the biennial
business meetings of the ICPSR and is responsible for nominating candidates
from her/his university for an ICPSR Summer Program bursary.
The Data Liberation Initiative also has offical contacts with member institutions
known as the DLI Contact. ACCOLEDS members are made up of the COPPUL/ICPSR
Official Representatives and the DLI Contacts. In most instances, these are
the same individuals at member institutions.