ABQLA Bulletin Volume 53.2 May-August 2012

President's Message - June - August 2012


It started with a fabulous kick-off and ended with an exciting conference. In between all that, ABQLA hosted a highly relevant session at the Congrès des milieux documentaires du Québec, re-vamped its website, started updating its bylaws, published interesting issues of The Bulletin, participated in the CODE fundraiser, and each section organized fun and interesting events.

Message de la présidente - Juin - Août 2012


Elle a débuté sur un fabuleux coup d’envoi et s’est terminée sur une conférence passionnante. Entre les deux, l’ABQLA a animé une session d’une grande pertinence au Congrès des milieux documentaires du Québec (CMD), rafraîchi son site internet, initié la mise à jour de ses règlements, publié d’intéressants numéros du Bulletin, participé à la levée de fonds CODE, sans compter les événements amusants et intéressants organisés par chaque section.

Youth Section: Where else can I find an exhibit?

In different parts of the world, museums are paying tribute to illustrators or authors of children’s books and offer a spectacular array of activities, workshops, and camps to engage the audience in the picture books’ world.

College & Research Section: Curating exhibits in an academic environment Image

On April 3, 2012, the College and Research Section hosted an event entitled: “Curating Exhibits in an Academic Environment – Practical Steps and Lessons Learned for a Successful Display” at Concordia’s Webster Library.

Public Section Report

On May 16th, 2012, the ABQLA Public Libraries Section hosted a presentation about Human Library projects. The event was held at the Westmount Public Library. The Human Library Project, where visitors speak informally with “people on loan”, is an initiative to reduce prejudice and promote understanding through dialogue. Our event presented an overview of how different Human Library events have been organized in local academic, and public libraries.

School Section Report

Personal stories, digital policies and animated discussion were the order of the evening at the school library section E-book event. Participants were eager to share and discuss experiences using and purchasing e-books and multiple platforms in schools. There was an encouraging turnout, with representatives from public as well as CEGEP libraries. This evening addressing e-books and digital formats in a school context was held on April 20th, 2012 in the Centennial Academy library.

[ABQLA Annual Conference]

Keynote Speaker: The Future of the Digital LibraryImage

The ABQLA conference got off to a rocking start with a thought-provoking and inspiring talk by Sarah Houghton, best known as the blogging Librarian in Black. We were very happy to welcome her as the newly-minted Director of the San Rafael Public Library. She opened with the hands-on (or rather, brains-on) suggestion to ask the following question: What are the top three things you would want libraries to be? And then: Start a discussion with your colleagues - her very valid point being the urgent need to reaffirm core values and goals, in our fast-paced environment which tend to have us reacting to circumstances and not acting from our basic principles.

Québec School Libraries: Preparing Students for the Future

With great thanks to the conference committee, we were very pleased to present a session specifically focused on school libraries and how they are addressing student needs through access and innovation.

Open Science: Past, Present, and Future

This session introduced the concept of open science which can be defined as “the idea that scientific knowledge of all kinds should be openly shared as early as is practical in the discovery process.” (Gezelter, 2011). The presenter explained how from the development of research ideas, to lab notes, to methods and raw data, people are becoming more and more willing to share each stage of their research process openly online. As discovery becomes increasingly data intensive, open science tools help speed the process by facilitating large-scale collaborations and effectively amplifying our collective intelligence.

Information Decoration: Mobile Augmented Reality

The presenter highlighted some important challenges with these exciting developments, including the potential for it to be viewed negatively as well as the irony that all this virtual technology (infinite space) depends on something real and tangible (Wi-Fi, which needs physical wiring to make it work). However in spite this, the amazing reality is that with this new technology, our information “interface” is no longer displayed on a stationary computer screen, but instead the physical and real-life world becomes this interface, a common space used by everyone to communicate by sharing in the here and now through their mobile devices. Everyone came away from the talk smiling and feeling inspired.

Anne Galler Award for Outstanding Library ServiceImage

On behalf of the Awards Committee – Maria Morales, Lisa Milner and myself - it is an absolute pleasure to announce the recipient of this year’s Anne Galler Award: Ms. Christine Jacobs.

Opening up Doors to Reading: Innovative Ideas for Developing a Reading Culture in Schools and LIbraries

Joanne de Groot has a PhD and MLIS from the University of Alberta where she currently teaches Teacher-Librarianship by Distance Learning from her home in Quebec. She spoke to a large audience on developing a culture of reading using technology.

Les portails de données ouvertes au Canada

M. Alex Guindon est le bibliothécaire en charge des données numériques et géospatiales à l'Université Concordia. Le but de sa session était de montrer des exemples de bases de données ouvertes et quelques applications de données ouvertes canadiennes.

Scholarly E-Book Packages: New Trends in Access to Monographs in the Humanities and Social Sciences

The afternoon session discussed two topics shaping the future of (academic) libraries via-a-vis the publishing industry and libraries’ collection development. David Macaulay and Geoffrey Little of Concordia University discussed Concordia Library’s recent acquisition of e-book packages and the decision process involved.

Concordia University’s Senate Resolution on Open Access

The second portion of the session was led by Concordia University Librarian Gerald Beasley. Mr Beasley discussed the University’s Senate Resolution on Open Access, which was accepted two years ago. The presentation focused on the importance of Open Access as libraries move forward as well as the costs associated with journal subscriptions. Concordia University was one of the first University’s in Canada and North America to pass a senate resolution on Open Access, promoting free dissemination and access to research and knowledge.

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