Sessions & Speakers

Keynote: The Future of the Digital Library
Sarah Houghton

ImageAfter two decades of continuous and rapid library technology changes and a budget crisis that has affected nearly every library in the world, we are left with the question: what will the library of the future look like? We have seen huge cuts in expensive brick and mortar spaces and collections, in-person services and programming, and other face-to-face library services. At the same time, we are finally realizing the high return on investment for library web, mobile, hardware, and software services. The legacy system is burning down all around us. What will emerge from the ashes?

Sarah Houghton is best known as the author of the award-winning She is also the Acting Director for the San Rafael Public Library. Sarah is a big technology nerd and believes in the power of libraries to change lives. Combined, they make a fearsome cocktail. Sarah has been called an iconoclast, a contrarian, a future-pusher, and a fair number of four letter words. She takes great pride in each. Her first book came out in 2010: Technology Training in Libraries and she is a frequent speaker for online and realspace worldwide events for libraries and other institutions.

Saying Yes: Building smart libraries by killing fear and getting the job done
Jenica P. Rogers

WImagee’ve spent the last decade… or two… saying that we’re working through a period of major professional change, and that these are liminal times that we simply need to ride out. I say it’s time to get over that, and accept that this liminal world will continue for the foreseeable future. I propose that certainty about the future doesn’t actually matter, and that our fear of motion is harming us, not protecting us. As a response, I will talk about tactics for limiting the impact of uncertainty on our decision-making, for focusing on our core goals and principles, and for building stronger libraries.

Jenica P. Rogers is Director of Libraries at the State University of New York at Potsdam, coming from a background in cataloging, collection development, and staff training. Jenica’s current professional interests include trying to think strategically about “the next five years”, advocating for swift but rational implementation of emerging technologies in academic libraries, and supporting new library professionals as they hit the real world face first and at full speed.

Information Decoration : Mobile Augmented Reality and Libraries
Fiacre O'Duinn

ImageAugmented reality is a mobile technology that adds information and meaning to real objects or spaces. Join us for a non-technical overview of the technology, discuss the challenges it presents, and hear about its exciting implications for our understanding of information, place, and our library users.

Fiacre O'Duinn has presented at library conferences in Canada and the United States on the impact of emerging technologies, such as multitouch interfaces, augmented reality and social media, on libraries and librarians. He blogs at Library Bazaar about digital justice, technology, and maker culture. He currently serves as a councilor-at-large for OLITA (Ontario Library and Information Technology Association) and recently co-organized TEDxLibrariansTO, the first TEDx event specifically for librarians and information professionals.

Opening Up Doors to Reading: Innovative Ideas for Developing a Reading Culture in Schools and Libraries
Joanne de Groot

ImageThis session will explore the idea of a reading culture, what it is, what it looks like in libraries, and why a reading culture is important. We will then identify ways in which technology and can be used to both build and maintain a reading culture in libraries. This will include a discussion of online book clubs, social networking for readers, skype an author events, QR codes, ebooks, and more. The session will be a practical introduction to the ways in which technology can be used by library staff members in schools and public libraries to promote reading and literacy and foster a love of reading with children.

Joanne de Groot has a PhD and MLIS from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta. Joanne has worked in a variety of library settings in both school and public libraries, including a unique school-housed public library in rural Alberta. Currently, Joanne is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Elementary Education where she teaches in the Teacher-Librarianship by Distance Learning program. Joanne currently lives in Brossard, Quebec and loves being able to teach entirely online from the comfort of her own home office!

Open Data Portals in Canada / Les portails de données ouvertes au Canada
Alex Guindon

Depuis quelques années, les différents paliers de gouvernement au Canada ont lancé des portails de données ouvertes. Ces initiatives s’inscrivent dans un mouvement mondial qui vise à rendre publiques des données qui étaient jusqu’alors sous accès contrôlé. En plus de contribuer à la recherche, cette plus grande disponibilité des données encourage la participation citoyenne aux niveaux des villes, des provinces et du pays. Je passerai en revue quelques portails canadiens, notamment le Projet pilote sur les données ouvertes du Gouvernement du Canada et le Portail de données ouvertes de la Ville de Montréal. Je présenterai aussi des exemples originaux d’utilisation des données.

Alex Guindon is the GIS/Data librarian at Concordia University. Mr. Guindon obtained a Master in Political Science from Université du Quebec a Montréal and a Master in Library and Information Science from Université de Montréal. He has been working as a librarian at Concordia since 2000 and has been a liaison librarian for French Studies, Geography and Political Science.

Evaluating Concordia University's Senate Resolution on Open Access
Gerald Beasley

ImageConcordia's librarians have been engaged in a number of initiatives designed to promote open access. Probably the best known of these was a Senate Resolution on Open Access, passed by the university's highest academic body on April 16, 2010 after a lengthy consultation process. Two years after it was passed, it seems appropriate to consider how to evaluate the impact of Concordia's Senate Resolution. Policy evaluation is a notoriously difficult process, and this presentation will discuss what evidence and what techniques might be needed to develop an appropriate evaluation.

Gerald Beasley is University Librarian and Chair of the Open Access Working Group at Concordia University. He is also the current President of the sous-comité des bibliothèques de la CREPUQ and Vice-President/President-Elect of CARL (Canadian Association of Research Libraries). As a supporter of open access he was appointed an Advisory Board member of OASIS (Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook) in 2010 and elected as the Canadian representative on the Steering Committee of SPARC (Scholarly

Open Science: Past, Present and Future
Andrea Miller-Nesbitt

ImageAs more and more scientists become involved in the Open Access movement the number of Open Science tools is growing. Tools such as Open Notebook Science, ResearchGate and NCBIs Entrez, are fundamentally changing research and communication in scientific communities, resulting in more efficient research and ultimately better, faster results. This presentation will introduce the concept of Open Science by placing it in an historical context. The future of Open Science and its implications for academic science librarians will also be discussed. I will also discuss some of the ways in which librarians can use the Open Science movement to connect with different user groups.

I have been a science librarian at McGill University since the summer of 2010, first in the Schulich Library of Science and Engineering and then in the Life Sciences Library. In my current position as a librarian supporting the Departments of Biology, Anatomy and Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Biomedical Engineering, Histology, Human Genetics, Microbiology and Immunology, Paleontology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics and Physiology, I am particularly interested in the ways in which bench scientists in biology and bioinformatics are using Open Science tools.

Quebec School Libraries: Preparing students for the future
Shannon Babcock, Sandra Bebbington

ImageShannon Babcock manages the school library and other dossiers of the Action Plan on Reading in School at the Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir, et du Sport and facilitates the Quebec School Librarians Network.

Sandra Bebbington is the Information Literacy Project coordinator at Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir, et du Sport for the DSCA-SAR


Scholarly E-Book Packages: New Trends in Access to Monographs in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Geoffrey Little, David Macaulay

Purchasing electronic books can be an effective and economical way to provide access to monographs in the digital academic library environment. Increasingly, academic librarians are taking innovative approaches to collection development that involve acquiring large numbers of scholarly e-books in packages.

In this presentation, participants will learn how and why Concordia University Libraries recently decided to acquire three large humanities and social science e-book packages. They will also learn how to evaluate e-book collections and how to consider questions surrounding purchase versus annual subscription. Recent research on the place of the e-book in the academic library will be reviewed.

ImageGeoffrey Little is Collections Librarian at Concordia University where he has responsibility for coordinating collection development of the print and electronic monograph collections. Previously he worked as a librarian at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. He is a contributor to the Oxford Companion to the Book, the Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada, Collection Building, the Journal of Academic Librarianship and Library and Information History and he has presented at the CLA and Charleston conferences. He has degrees in History and Information Studies from the University of Toronto.

ImageDavid Macaulay is Electronic Resources Librarian at Concordia University Libraries; previously, he worked as a Special Project Librarian in the Rare Books and Special Collections division of McGill Library. He holds an MLIS degree from McGill (2010) as well as an MA in Anthropology and a BA in English Literature.

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