eBooks in School Libraries

The School Libraries Section invites you to participate in a discussion about the opportunities and issues surrounding the implementation of eBooks in School Libraries. A panel of school librarians from a variety of communities will touch on the topics of availability, platforms, devices, budgets, best practices, and the future of school library collections. Bring questions, concerns and ideas to share.

School Library Section Report

by Shannon Babcock
The School Library section of the ABQLA is gathering steam! After participation in the Maurice Sendak storytelling event at the Jewish Public Library (in association with the Youth and Public Library sections) the school section foresees three upcoming school-related events.

80th ABQLA Annual Conference (2012)



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Register Now for the 80th Annual ABQLA Conference!
Thursday, May 3, 2012
McGill University's New Residence Hall, Montreal
3625 Avenue du Parc Montreal, Quebec H2X 3P8 - Google Maps


How to get there

By bus: Bus lines 80, 129 and 435 will drop you off close to the New Residence Hall.

By metro: The closest metro station is Place des Arts on the green line.

By car:  Parking is available in the building adjacent to the New Residence Hall, $19 per 24 hours.



Curating Exhibits in An Academic Environment: Practical Steps and Lessons Learned for a Successful Display

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 18:00
Concordia University’s Webster Library, 1400 de Maisonneuve West, LB 340

***POSTPONED*** Concordia University will be closed on March 22 due to a student protest. The even has been re-scheduled for TUESDAY, April 3rd.

The College and Research Section’s spring event will be held on Tuesday April 3, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. The event is entitled: “Curating Exhibits in An Academic Environment: Practical Steps and Lessons Learned for a Successful Display”. The following librarians will be speaking...

CLA Montreal - Implementing RDA/FRBR at the Jewish Public Library

Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 18:30
La grande salle de la Bibliothèque publique Atwater, 1200 Avenue Atwater, Westmount, QC

Over the past few years RDA and FRBR have been hot topics in the library profession, and Montreal's own Jewish Public Library was the first public library in the world to adopt FRBR alongside RDA. Come and hear Eddie Paul, Head of Bibliographic and Information Services at the Jewish Public Library, share his experiences (and adventures!) from this journey.

When: Wednesday April 4th at 6:30pm

Where: Atwater Public Library Auditorium, 1200 Avenue Atwater Westmount, QC

Cost: $5 CLA members and students ; $7 non-CLA members

Anne Galler 2012 Award Nominations

Each year ABQLA presents an award to a librarian for outstanding library service. This award recognizes an individual who has enriched librarianship in Quebec and has made a lasting contribution to the profession. The ABQLA Awards Committee (Maria Morales, Lisa Milner and Anne Wade) invites you to nominate an individual who meets these criteria Please reflect on some of the passionate colleagues you have worked with over the years....and take the time to nominate them so their special efforts may be recognized.

Deadline is FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2012.

International Association of Music Libraries 2012 Montréal, July 22 to 27, 2012

(Web version / version web / Internet version : http://montreal2012.info/postcard/IAML.html)

Register now for IAML 2012 in Montréal and take advantage of the early bird discount!


We have planned an exciting program for you!

Kathy Dempsey's 'Writing Marketing Messages that Matter'

ImageKathy Dempsey, Library Marketing Consultant at Libraries are Essential (http://www.librariesareessential.com/), presented a fact-packed workshop sponsored by the ABQLA at the 2011 Congrès des milieux documentaires du Québec.

Her workshop Writing Marketing Messages That Matter provided concrete tips on everything from getting rid of confusing library-speak to participating in social media in meaningful ways. For those who missed the presentation, tips and articles of interest to library marketers can be found on the Libraries are Essential (http://www.librariesareessential.com/) website, Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/LibrariesAreEssential), or on The 'M' Word - Marketing Libraries blog (http://themwordblog.blogspot.com/).

Celebrating 100 Years with a Sleepover at the Library!

ImageBy Wendy Wayling, Children’s Librarian at the Westmount Public Library

Thinking about hosting a library sleepover? The first thing you need is an enthusiastic staff with great stamina! When I started thinking about how we would close the Westmount Public Children’s Library's 100th anniversary celebrations, I knew we wanted to do something special, especially for the older children at the Library. We had already organized a storytelling/Victorian Tea at the beginning of the year for the younger children and their parents. Inspiration came when I read about the plans for the New York Public Library's 100th Anniversary Scavenger Hunt Find the Future at NYPL. I thought we also have an amazing history - why not invite our kids to discover it overnight!


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