Sessions and speakers

Opening Keynote Speaker

Making it Happen Together
Patrick Sweeney, Political Director of EveryLibrary


We are each individually tasked with serving our communities but what happens when we come together and include each other and our community members? By utilizing patron driven acquisitions, user created programming, community centered strategic planning, and service models that include the public in planning, we can expand our programs and services in a way that is most meaningful to our communities. After all, who knows better about our patron's needs than the patrons themselves?

Patrick Sweeney is a 2007 graduate of the San Jose School of Library and Information Sciences and former Administrative Librarian of the Sunnyvale (California) Public Library. He is currently the political director for EveryLibrary, the first national Political Action Committee for libraries in the United States where he works with local libraries to win elections and political strategy.

Closing Keynote Speaker

Thinking Inside the Box: Incorporating Technologies in Libraries and Media Centers for Humanitarian Contexts
Allister Chang, Executive Director of Libraries Without Borders


What is the role of technology in the future of libraries? From the disappointments of education technology programs that positioned themselves as silver bullets, we have learned that the shiniest new technologies do not necessarily support education, spur long-term curiosity, assist professional growth, or increase library attendance. We continue to observe that our “target beneficiaries” are human beings – individuals who are dynamic and social. In 2013, Libraries Without Borders designed the Ideas Box, a portable media center and digital classroom, to expand access to information in the most isolated communities. What we have found through implementations of Ideas Box programs on 5 continents is that the added-value of the Ideas Box technologies is completely dependent upon the relationships that form around the Ideas Box. Only through contextual customization and human-to-human relationships do the Ideas Box programs become live spaces that support our library partners to reach new audiences, support our education technology partners to increase their retention rates, and most importantly, support our users to achieve their goals.

Allister Chang is the Executive Director of Libraries Without Borders US. He began working with Libraries Without Borders in 2010, where he supported LWB's efforts to rebuild the University of Haiti libraries after the earthquake. Since then, he has worked with Libraries Without Borders to support libraries and librarians in over 20 countries, and to advocate for the importance of universal access to reliable information. He holds a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow.

Invited Speakers

Vers des bibliothèques participatives et agiles, ou comment concevoir nos bibliothèques dans un monde en perpétuel changement?
Vincent Chapdelaine, Directeur général, Espaces temps


Les bibliothèques sont aux prises avec le défi constant de s’adapter à un monde en perpétuelle accélération. Comment repenser nos espaces, programmes et services dans un contexte où les pratiques de nos usagers, les technologies du moment, et les dynamiques de nos villes elles-mêmes se transforment dans un cycle souvent beaucoup plus rapide que notre capacité à implanter ces nouveaux services, technologies ou espaces? La conférence tentera d’apporter des solutions concrètes à ces enjeux énormes, à travers le prisme de la bibliothèque participative et agile.

Vincent Chapdelaine is a professional librarian and director of the organization Espaces temps that develops and supports collaborative projects in which citizens interact with digital and cultural topics. His organization has worked on many library innovation projects (Espace 3C, Manivelle), and is also the founder of the cooperative Temps libre, which creates independent third places in the boroughs of Montreal.

Running a Start-up in a Library  - the Harvard Library Innovation Lab
Kim Dulin, Director, Harvard Library Innovation Lab


The Harvard Library Innovation Lab (LIL) at the Harvard Law Library builds software designed to make libraries as valued in the digital world as they have been in the analog world.    LIL was created in 2009 and is one of the few library labs in existence. Kim Dulin, Director of LIL, will talk about the genesis of LIL, showcase some of its current projects, and reflect on the challenges of running a start-up lab in a working traditional library housed in one of the largest and oldest academic institutions in the United States.

Kim Dulin is the Director of the Harvard Library Innovation Lab. The Harvard Library Innovation Lab develops innovative tools for the web designed to share the knowledge, expertise, and benefits that libraries have traditionally provided and imagines what libraries can and should be in the future. Kim is also the Associate Director for Collection Development and Digital Initiatives at the Harvard Law Library.  In addition to her experience as an academic law librarian, Kim has served as practicing attorney and an adjunct professor of law. Kim has a JD from the University of Iowa College of Law, an MS from the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science, and a BA from the University of Iowa.

Bibliothécaire scolaire, une autre approche et ses résultats
Olivier Hamel, Bibliothécaire scolaire, Commission scolaire Marguerite Bourgeoys


Oubliez vos certitudes, vos appréhensions et votre conception du milieu bibliothéconomique scolaire! Olivier Hamel vous invite à refaire le monde et à changer à jamais votre vision du rôle du bibliothécaire scolaire. Un appui effacé à la pédagogie? Un outil parmi tant d’autres pour les enseignants surchargés? Un rouage de plus dans l’énorme machinerie bureaucratique scolaire? Non! Le bibliothécaire scolaire de demain qui agit aujourd’hui est l’élément essentiel, le cœur palpitant et chaud de la lecture dans nos écoles! Il est l’incarnation du plaisir de lire, le médiateur par excellence entre le livre et l’élève et un interlocuteur privilégié de tous les intervenants du milieu!

Découvrez ou redécouvrez le rôle essentiel du bibliothécaire scolaire! Nouvelles stratégies pour susciter le plaisir de lire chez les jeunes, projets grandioses et novateurs et exemples pratiques d’activités, de la maternelle au secondaire. Repensons ensemble, ce volet essentiel de notre profession…

Olivier Hamel has been a school librarian for the Marguerite-Bourgeoys School Board for the past 6 years. He is a manga expert, presenter and animator and has received several honors for his work in promoting reading. He is passionate about science fiction, adventure novels and comics. Above all, he sees himself as a “biblioboxeur” and in his free time, remains a true adventurer.

So, You’re a Wine Librarian?: A New Approach to the Academic Liaison Librarian Role
Kim Buschert, Strategic Projects Librarian, University of British Columbia, Okanagan Library


The UBC Faculty of Management, in partnership with KEDGE Business School Bordeaux, and with the assistance of Western Economic Diversification, intends to position the British Columbia wine industry for international growth. A key question at the outset: How could the Library be involved in such a project? Learn about the evolution of this Library-Faculty-Community partnership, which is enabling economic development through relationship building, information sharing and the co-creation of knowledge. Hear about the successes and challenges of an embedded academic librarian whose aim is to help extend the reach of the university and the library in non-traditional ways.

Kim Buschert completed her MLIS at the University of British Columbia in 2013. She worked at UBC’s David Lam Management Research Library from 2012 – 2015, where she focused on facilitating the use of library resources in flexible learning environments, and promoting embedded library instruction in undergraduate and graduate business programs. In November 2015 Kim moved to the Okanagan on a temporary assignment, to coordinate the UBC-KEDGE Wine Industry Collaboration project.

Dr. Lakisha Brinson, Teacher-Librarian, Metro Nashville Public Schools


As the role of the librarian continues to evolve it is imperative that we move FORWARD and make it “User – Friendly”! Once focused on print based instruction, instructors must move forward and create libraries and programs that develop the 21st century competencies.

All session attendees will be engaged as the presenter introduces authentic “USER – FRIENDLY” models of learning. These innovative ideas were implemented at three different schools and bridged the librarian user gap by meeting the needs of its users. Topics of discussion are: innovative librarianship, practical resources and tips to avoid overload.

Dr. Lakisha Brinson is a 13-year veteran who is a recognized instructor in the field of library science.  Her passion for teaching and learning has afforded her a plethora of experiences and accolades including: Teacher of the Year, STEM Instructional Designer, 2015 School Library Journal National Librarian of the Year Finalist, and Teacher Librarian for Metro Nashville Public Schools! As a skilled and well informed tech guru she has facilitated professional development experiences for educators nationally and within her local district. As an avid reader and student, she researches and stays current on new & innovative educational technologies in an effort to provide the best instructional practices possible for her students. When stepping into a library, she envisions it as a student-centered learning hub that offers resources and support for learners of all ages as well as guidance in developing technological fluency and a place to foster a love for the written word! Dr. Brinson can be found on Twitter @amquitiger

10 ways to rock at social media
Jessica McPhee, Marketing Communications Manager, Edmonton Public Library


Social media is an incredible marketing tool for libraries! This session will teach you how to navigate this exciting tool with tips on incorporating your library branding, creating a style guide, recruiting a team, tracking analytics, editorial calendars, engaging followers, social advertising and social media policies.

Edmonton Public Library's Marketing Communications Manager Jessica McPhee has specialized in the social media realm for the last six year learning the ins and outs of these exciting platforms. Before joining EPL, Jessica spent a decade overseeing the Edmonton Oilers social media and working in various areas of marketing communications for Shaw Cablesystems. She has a passion for social media and firmly believes doing analytics is downright fun! With EPL’s social media following of over 40,000, Jessica leads their time to constantly find new and more engaging ways to rock at social media.

Moving Reserves Forward
Joanna Duy, Access Services Librarian at Concordia University Libraries
Dubravka Kapa, Associate University Librarian for Research & Graduate Studies at Concordia University Libraries


Concordia Libraries’ reserve service recently implemented the Ares e-reserve system (, which allows faculty to manage their readings more directly. The new system also makes it easy for students to access their readings seamlessly via their Moodle course. The Ares system also provides a workflow-based processing mechanism that offers many enhancements for staff, as well as copyright management and usage statistics. This session will provide an overview of the implementation of the system and will touch on systems issues, staffing, service and copyright issues, as well as a look at its use by faculty and students.

Joanna Duy is Access Services Librarian at Concordia University Libraries in Montreal, Quebec. Previous positions at Concordia include Head, Access Services (Vanier Library) and Head Interlibrary Loans and Media Services. Before coming to Concordia, she was a Fellow and Serials Librarian at NCSU Libraries in Raleigh. She holds an MLS from University of Western Ontario and an MSc from Acadia University.

Dubravka Kapa is the Associate University Librarian for Research & Graduate Studies at Concordia University Libraries. She holds an MSc in Molecular Biology and a Master’s degree in Library and Information Sciences.  Dubravka’s current professional interests include trying to think strategically and pragmatically about the next day, the next five years (and possibly beyond) while having students, faculty, and the library in mind.  

Touching stories: Implementing a multitouch table to share local history and digitized archival collections
Lora Baiocco, Online Services and Archives Librarian, Westmount Public Library
Julie Bouchard, Systems and Technical Services Librarian, Westmount Public Library


The Westmount Public Library holds a rich archival collection that, for decades, has been hiding in boxes and filing cabinets in our storage areas. The library’s architecture and décor leave lasting impressions on visitors who appreciate the beauty of the physical space.  The multitouch table project brings our treasures out of our basement and puts them back into our public spaces for all to enjoy.  Using DokLab’s Local Stories application and a multitouch table from SmartPixel, the library is offering new views on the archives, new points of access to the collection, and new ways of interacting with library materials. 

Lora Baiocco is the Online Services and Archives librarian at the Westmount Public Library where she manages and develops a fully bilingual library website, implements/evaluates online services, and bridges the gaps between traditional archives and the digital world. She speaks on the topics of multilingual online services for libraries, library marketing, and professional networking.

Julie Bouchard is the Systems and Technical Services Librarian at the Westmount Public Library.  Julie explores new library technologies and UX in her work with systems and vendors. She co-directed the 2013 short documentary ‘’Bibliotheek: lieu d’inspiration’’ about public libraries in the Netherlands. She is passionate about all human sciences, from paleoanthropology to geopolitics, and devours books accordingly. Prior to her work in public libraries, Julie worked for a library system vendor. Julie has an MLIS from Université de Montréal.

Sprint into your library! Developing on online orientation game for students
Jessica Lange, Scholarly Communications Librarian, McGill University
Katherine Hanz, Liason Librarian, McGill University


Gaming is an area of growing interest for school, public, and academic librarians. In addition to being fun, games increase engagement and provide additional motivation for participants. An online scavenger hunt called the McGill Library Sprint was launched in fall 2015 to enhance traditional library orientation workshops and tours. This presentation will discuss how the game was designed, promoted, and received. The presenters will also discuss recommendations for successful implementation of such games and the potential for employing these types of activities in libraries.

Jessica Lange began her career at McGill University Library in 2009 as a liaison librarian for the Faculty of Management. After six years working as a business librarian, she moved into the role of Scholarly Communications Librarian. She now engages with the McGill community on issues related to publishing, open access and authors’ rights. Her previous research interests have included information literacy and space planning in libraries.

Katherine Hanz is a graduate of the McGill University School of Library and Information Studies, class of 2009. She also received a BA and MA in English & Theatre Studies from the University of Guelph.  Katherine works as a liaison librarian at the Humanities & Social Sciences Library at McGill University, where she has worked with a variety of disciplines including the Faculty of Education, Faculty of Religious Studies, the Department of Sociology, and the School of Continuing Studies.

May the resource be with you: Free online tools to improve service and rule the empire
Emily Kingsland, Liason Librarian, McGill University
Marcela Y. Isuster, Liaison Librarian, McGill University


Librarians and information professionals are often perceived by users as being the Jedis who help cut through the noise (with our metaphorical lightsabers) of all the information that’s out there. However, even the strongest-willed librarian can fall victim to the dark side of the Force: information overload. How can we keep up-to-date with all the new resources available? This session will demonstrate innovative ways to stay organized, enhance your productivity, collaborate easily with others, and offer better service to your users. It will showcase a collection of free internet resources that can easily be incorporated into your daily practice and help you stay on the light side of the Force.

Emily Kingsland is a liaison librarian at McGill University, specializing in psychology, educational and counselling psychology, and religious studies. A graduate of McGill University’s School of Library and Information Studies, Emily previously worked as a social sciences librarian at the University of Ottawa, where her subject areas included feminist and gender studies, social work, and classics. 

Marcela Y. Isuster is a liaison librarian at McGill University, specializing in education and Hispanic studies. A graduate of McGill University’s School of Library and Information studies, Marcela previously worked as a librarian at Salem State University in Salem, Massachusetts, where her subject areas included business, economics, and world languages and cultures.