Manitoba Libraries Conference Call

The Manitoba Libraries Conference Program Committee is pleased to invite members of the library, archives, museum, records management, and educational communities to submit proposals for the Manitoba Libraries Conference, May 14 – 16, 2012 at the Delta Winnipeg Hotel. The Program Committee seeks proposals for sessions showcasing your ideas, research, and library initiatives. Proposals for both pre-conference (full- or half-day) sessions are welcome.

Take Part in Book Week 2012

From the Canadian Children's Book Centre

Applications to host a Book Week 2012 touring author, illustrator or storyteller are now open!

Oh, the Places You Will Go! (Literally)

Imageby Amber McNair, ABQLA McGill Student Chapter President

Beginning a career in this fascinating and constantly changing field is both exciting and daunting. The job search, while at times exhilarating, is emotionally taxing. Having the option and desire to be mobile, I applied for public library positions in many communities across Canada and I was very fortunate to be offered the position of Youth Services Librarian at Huntsville Public Library. Re-locating to Huntsville, Ontario, a town of 18,280, has been quite a change from Calgary where I grew up, studied, and taught, and from Montreal where I completed the MLIS program at McGill.

Professional Partnering Program

from the CLA Student Chapter at McGill University
The Canadian Library Association Student Chapter at McGill University is pleased to invite you to participate in the 2011/2012 Professional Partnering Program.
What is Professional Partnering?

ABQLA Conference 2011 Evaluation: We have a lucky winner!

We would like to thank everyone who attended the ABQLA Annual Conference 2011 and filled in the online evaluation form. Your feedback is essential in helping us plan future conferences, and we thank you for taking the time to complete the evaluation. Among all the evaluation forms we received with contact information, we picked an entry at random to give out a prize of a $25 gift card from Nicholas Hoare Bookstore. The lucky winner is Kathy Conroy, Manager of Children Services at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.


Beaconsfield High School Library Poetry Contest 2011

The following poems were the top three winners in the 2011 Poetry Contest at Beaconsfield High School Library. All winners are in Grade 10, Secondary 4. We are very proud of their work and will look to their future as aspiring poets.
First Place Poetry Winner

Time to Believe
Jessica Ford

If we never thought that there was anything more,
Would we question what lay beyond?
And if we never knew anything to be right,
Would we ponder whether we were wrong?

End of School Year Ruminations

Imageby Beverley Graham

Once again, we are at the end of another school year. Final exams are over, report cards are waiting to be picked up and--if you’re anything like me, you are probably tearing your hair out wondering once again, ”why haven’t my students returned their library books yet?!”

So, seeking some solace, I stumbled across some amusing web links that you might like to integrate into your usual Orientation classes in September.

Laughosity. "‪Library Book Due‬‏." YouTube - Broadcast Yourself. 25 July 2010.

Linda Hazzan's "One Day, Five Branches, a Lifetime of Experience"

Imageby Katherine Kasirer

Linda Hazzan, Director, Communications, Programming & Customer Engagement for the Toronto Public Library, gave a lively and interesting presentation describing the TPL’s experience with the one-day Human Library pilot project in 2010.

A well thought out PowerPoint presentation took us through the early planning stages, media relations throughout the process, and concrete descriptions of how the one-day event ran in the five branches across the city.

Anne Lagacé Dowson's "From Gutenberg to the Internet – The Library Today"

Imageby Julie-Anne Cardella

Anne Lagacé Dowson is an award-winning radio journalist. She holds a master’s degree in Canadian studies and champions culture, especially literacy and books, in both English and French.

Anne began her presentation by giving a little history on how she became an avid reader and an aficionado of libraries. As a child, she recalls that her parents would send her and her siblings off to the library on weekends. She now realizes how fortunate she was because this allowed her to discover the power of reading. The library quickly became for her a refuge, a wonderful place to learn how to grow up.


Amanda Etches-Johnson's "User Experience and the Mobile Web"

Imageby Lora Baiocco

The conference sessions ended with our afternoon keynote, Amanda Etches-Johnson who spoke to all the conference attendees about User Experience and the Mobile Web. Amanda’s focus on both the design and user experience aspects of mobility shone light on some new issues facing libraries in a world of ever-increasing mobile devices. She had very clear advice, and examples to back it up, on how to create mobile sites that both help and delight your patrons.


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