Preliminary Schedule

The following is the current schedule for the 79th annual conference of the ABQLA - Mobility: Making Connections @ Your Library, to be held on Thursday, May 12, 2011 at McGill University's New Residence Hall. Registration is now open, with an 'Early Bird' rate available until April 8th.

The final programme is now available for download!

Program Design / Conception graphique du program:
Jacynthe Smith
Jack-eh! Graphic Design

8:00-9:00 Registration & Light Breakfast, Meet our Exhibitors / Inscription et petit déjeuner, Rencontrez nos exposants

9:00–9:15 Welcoming Words / Mots de bienvenue: Anne Wade, President / Présidente, ABQLA
9:15-10:15 Keynote speaker / Invité spécial: Dr. Michael Stephens
Dr. Michael Stephens is an Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University in Illinois. Recent publications include two ALA Library Technology Reports on Web 2.0 and other articles about emerging trends and technology in various journals. He authors the Library Journal monthly column “Office Hours,” exploring LIS education. He was the 2009 CAVAL Visiting Scholar, researching the effect of Learning 2.0 programs in Australian libraries. Michael speaks nationally and internationally on libraries, technology, and innovation. He is fascinated by library buildings and virtual spaces that center around users and encouraging the heart.
The Hyperlinked Library - Trends, Tools, and Transparency
What emerging trends are changing library services? What does a connected world of "continuous computing" mean for 21st Century libraries? How do we create services when the world of information is accessible through a mobile device and ubiquitous wifi. This presentation provides a roadmap toward becoming the Hyperlinked Library: mobile, transparent, participatory, playful, user-centered and human, while still grounded in our foundations and values.
10:15-10:45 Meet our Exhibitors / Rencontrez nos exposants
10:45-11:45 Session A / Séance A: Sonia Loubier
Madame Loubier est actuellement directrice des technologies de l'information au Centre d’accès à l’information juridique (CAIJ). Elle œuvre au sein de cette organisation depuis octobre 2003. Elle y a supervisé de nombreux projets dont l’implantation du CAIJ mobile, l’intégration de l’Index Scott des périodiques juridiques canadiens au catalogue de bibliothèques, la création de la base de connaissances TOPO ainsi que le développement d’un logiciel pour la gestion du Service de recherche. Ces projets ont fait l’objet de présentations dans divers congrès (CBPQ, CALL/ACBD, Leg@lIT, etc.)
Madame Loubier possède une maîtrise en bibliothéconomie et sciences de l'information de l'Université McGill, un baccalauréat et une maîtrise en Sciences biologiques de l'Université de Montréal ainsi qu'un diplôme de deuxième cycle en administration publique de l'ÉNAP.
Investir dans un site web mobile: luxe ou nécessité?
Voulant répondre aux besoins de ses nombreux clients utilisateurs assidus d’appareils mobiles, le Centre d’accès à l’information juridique (CAIJ) a développé un site web mobile qui donne accès à ses principaux produits et services. Il est ainsi devenu « l’un des premiers organismes de diffusion d’information juridique en Amérique du Nord à lancer une version mobile de son site web » (La Presse, 2 avril 2009). Cette formation vous permettra de découvrir comment le CAIJ a relevé le défi de transposer sa bibliothèque virtuelle sur un site mobile. Vous y apprendrez les principaux éléments à considérer lors de l’implantation d’un site mobile, soit les recommandations du W3C sur les pratiques d’excellence, les étapes de réalisation, les technologies utilisées ainsi que l’attention particulière qui doit être portée à la conception graphique et à l’ergonomie.
10:45-11:45 Session B / Séance B: Maria Savova
Maria Savova is a Collection Development and Special Projects Librarian at McGill Library. She is a coordinator of the E-readers Loan Service. She has also worked on the implementation at McGill of Downloadable electronic content Service from OverDrive as well as WorldCat Local Discovery Tool. She received her MLIS from McGill University in 2009. Her research interests include Library Technology topics, e-books usage in libraries and mobile learning.
McGill Library Makes E-books Portable: E-readers’ Place amongst Library Materials, Technology and Services
Mobile Learning is a growing trend in Higher Education and Academic libraries are facing the challenge of finding ways to support it. McGill Library recognizes the needs of its technologically sophisticated user-base, and has made a determined effort to meet those needs by not only providing materials optimized for handheld reading, but also offering the e-reading devices for loan.
This presentation will focus on the E-readers Loan Service at McGill and will investigate some of the key issues and challenges that revolve around mobile reading devices and their place as a valuable pedagogical supplement within academic libraries. It will also examine ways in which mobile learning and related issues of digital copyright can be promoted among library users.
11:45-12:15 Meet our Exhibitors / Rencontrez nos exposants
12:15-1:45 Lunch and 79th Annual General Meeting / Déjeuner et 79e assemblée générale annuelle
1:45-2:45 Session A / Séance A: Buffy Hamilton (2011 Library Journal 'Mover & Shaker')
Buffy Hamilton is the founding librarian of “The Unquiet Library” at Creekview High School in Canton, Georgia. She is one of Tech and Learning's 30 EdTech Leaders of the Future, the Georgia School Library Media Specialist of the Year 2010, and one of the National School Boards Association's "20 to Watch" educators for 2010; her media program at Creekview HS was also named one of two exemplary high school media programs in Georgia in 2010. Her Media 21 program is also an ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) 2011 Cutting Edge Service Award winner. She blogs at The Unquiet Librarian as well as ALA Learning.
Participatory Librarianship: Creating Conversations for Learning
Are you interested in creating conversations in your library to facilitate student learning and collaboration with stakeholders like teachers and parents? Do you see your library as more than just a place of information objects? Do you want your library to be about experiences and not just “stuff” in the library? Come learn how to foster a participatory culture in your library that supports learning, community building, and shared ownership of the “library” with your patrons.
1:45-2:45 Session B / Séance B: Chad Crichton
Chad is Coordinator of Reference, Research and Instruction at the University of Toronto Scarborough Library. He has been a librarian at the University of Toronto for eight years having previously worked at Trent University in Peterborough Ontario and, as a graduate student, in the McGill University Library system. Chad has a particular interest in the use of mobile technology in and by libraries and the ways in which this technology is changing our view of information access and connectivity.
Mobile Technology and Information Literacy: You CAN Take It with You
Mobile technology challenges academic librarians to connect to their communities in new and exciting ways, fostering patron outreach and new avenues for service and instruction. This presentation will explore various means of harnessing the use of mobile technology by our students and faculty to leverage its potential to facilitate information access, teaching and learning. I hope to introduce attendees to some new methods of information access that have developed in conjunction with the unique technological capabilities of modern mobile devices and to discuss the broad information literacy implications of the mobility of data and services in the modern world.
2:45-3:00 Meet our Exhibitors / Rencontrez nos exposants
3:00-4:00 Session A / Séance A: Linda Hazzan
As Toronto Public Library’s Director, Communications, Programming and Customer Engagement, Linda is responsible for all aspects of the Library’s customer and stakeholder communications and cultural and special events programming including: media and public relations; branding, advertising and promotion; and online programs and communications. Prior to joining the Library, Linda held numerous marketing and product management positions in the high tech sector, helping to develop, deliver and promote new and emerging technologies throughout North America.
One Day, Five Branches, a Lifetime of Experience: The Human Library Project at Toronto Public Library
On November 6, 2010, one of the largest human library events was hosted by Toronto Public Library. At five branches across the city, over 200 people took the unique opportunity to “check out” one of 60 “human books” for one-on-one conversations about topics as diverse as surviving homelessness, living and working with a disability, living with terminal illness, dissent and the art of civil disobedience, and much more.
Organizing a first-time event of this scale required the organization of staff, volunteers and community groups to develop the program, secure the human books, and train participants. It also involved communications activities including media relations (before, during and after) and online & offline promotion. Learnings from the event – including tools and materials developed for the event, as well as program results – will be shared with attendees.
3:00-4:00 Session B / Séance B: Julie Jones
Julie Jones is Liaison Librarian for Human Geography and Urban Planning at McGill University. Before coming to McGill, she was concurrently employed as a corporate librarian at Metro Vancouver and as a teen services librarian at Fraser Valley Regional Library. She has also held archival and library positions in a museum and an artist-run centre. Julie’s interests include information literacy, emerging technologies, Open Access, and opportunities for collaboration between academic and public libraries. Julie holds a BA in English Literature from UBC and received her MLIS from McGill University.
Adding iPads to Your Library’s Arsenal: Opportunities and Challenges
Is the iPad a “game changer” that will change the way we provide library services? Or is it ultimately a personal consumer device with too many limitations to be put to use by libraries? McGill University’s Humanities & Social Sciences Library recently evaluated the use of iPads for library service provision and lending. The findings will be presented, along with a review of the literature, and a survey of innovative uses of iPads in libraries. The opportunities and limitations that iPads present for libraries of all types will be detailed.
4:00-4:15 Coffee Break / Pause café
4:15-5:15 Keynote Speaker / Invitée spéciale: Amanda Etches-Johnson
Amanda Etches-Johnson is the Head, Discovery & Access at the University of Guelph Library, where she spends her time thinking about and guiding teams and projects that are focused on improving discovery and access and making the overall library user experience better. She is also half of INFLUX, a user experience consultancy that helps libraries design amazing user experiences. In her role as adjunct faculty member at the Faculty of Information & Media Studies at The University of Western Ontario, Amanda teaches grad students about social media literacies & affordances. Amanda frequently writes and presents about web design & usability, user experience practices and trends, emerging technology, and social media. She tweets @etches and blogs intermittently at
User Experience and the Mobile Web
Fact: mobile devices are becoming increasingly ubiquitous. Also fact: the mobile browsing experience is usually pretty dreadful. In this presentation, Etches-Johnson provides an overview of the mobile user experience and highlights a number of good practices to keep in mind when designing for mobile devices.
5:15-5:30 Break / Pause
5:30-8:30 Annual Awards Dinner – Anne Galler Award
Keynote Speaker : Anne Lagacé Dowson (details to follow)
Souper Prix Anne Galler
Invitée spéciale: Anne Lagacé Dowson