Our best work is that which we create within a context – a context which calls forth our most earnest efforts. As librarians, we also share a deep desire to see a more diverse, inclusive, and resilient profession. There are beliefs hidden in our policies and practices that run counter to those desires. Not the least among them is our dogged commitment to best practices as an operational principal. If we are to practice our values, we must discard the thinking trap that your best is also mine.
We are in a golden age of comics, and libraries are uniquely posed to host and instruct collections and events for all ages. Whether your patrons read, make, or share comics, they are part of a continuing experiment over the potential of an entire medium. Comics have come a long way, with further to go still, and we will share stories of how comics and libraries have influenced people’s lives. Kristin and Thomas expect some of you will be new to the tragedies and triumphs of comics, and that others are already addicted. Comics offer entertainment, education, and inclusion in equal measure, and your library can, too.
This workshop will share how escape room activities can be effective in engaging students through experiential learning, especially during the hectic orientation period. We’ll share how we front-loaded this orientation activity – heavy on preparation during the summer, mostly active observing during the actual activity. We’ll look at how important it is to debrief and have students reflect on their thought process, behaviors, and actions.
Session hashtag: #EscapeLibrary #BreakoutEDU
After launching the Concordia Library Research Skills Tutorial, we wanted to know whether or not it was useful for students writing research assignments. We employed a novel evaluation method which consisted of asking students to write a love or breakup letter addressed to the tutorial. The goal was to allow students to freely and creatively express themselves and draw out their emotional responses. This presentation will look at key themes identified in the letters, the benefits and pitfalls of this rarely-used methodology and whether online library learning tools such as ours can become everyday superheros for both students and librarians.
Les écoles devront « Déployer le prêt de livres numériques en bibliothèque scolaire et encourager leur transition vers des carrefours d’apprentissage » (MEES, Plan d’action numérique, 2018). Notre équipe interprofessionnelle et intersectorielle se base sur l’approche de « design thinking » afin de cocréer le projet de bibliothèque de l’avenir des écoles. Ainsi, nous avons mis en place une communauté de pratique (CoP) hybride (en ligne&présence) pour réfléchir à la façon dont le carrefour d’apprentissage pourrait offrir une variété d’espaces, d’outils et de ressources au service de la pédagogie active. Cette communication présente notre démarche et le résultat de la collaboration en ligne soutenue par l’École en réseau.
Mentorship provides an opportunity for established librarians to share their expertise and knowledge with new librarians. It provides an opportunity to facilitate discussion between mentors and mentees, allowing both parties to transfer their knowledge. It enables librarians to develop and strengthen our community, allowing us to serve our user communities. This presentation will provide a detailed overview of how tacit knowledge is transferred in libraries through mentorship programs. It will highlight the type of mentorship opportunities in libraries, their influence on tacit knowledge transfer, and the value of mentorship in libraries.
Session hashtag: #MentoringHeroes
How do libraries in Canada communicate to their communities on social media, and what considerations do they make, in regards to accessibility and inclusivity, when they post content online? This presentation will examine different types of Montreal libraries (public, academic and school) social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube) to demonstrate the current practices that libraries are implementing to make their communications more accessible. We will recommend strategies for more accessible textual and visual communications. We hope to demonstrate the importance of inclusivity and accessibility, and how these small efforts can positively affect the entire community.
Session hashtag: #AltTextUnite
La Bibliothèque de l’Assemblée nationale du Québec joue un rôle de premier plan au cœur de la vie parlementaire québécoise. Outre la conservation et l’organisation de sa collection bicentenaire, la Bibliothèque répond aux demandes d’information et de recherche des députés et des employés de l’Assemblée nationale dans la réalisation de leur mission. Chaque jour, elle fait la différence auprès des élu.e.s québécois.e.s en leur fournissant de l’information neutre, objective et de qualité. Le but de cette présentation est d’expliquer comment la Bibliothèque de l’Assemblée nationale est une institution incontournable dans le processus législatif qui est au cœur de la vie politique du Québec.
Session hashtag: #BiblioAssNat
Many communities tackling challenging social issues struggle to maximize the impact data science can have to move the needle on critical issues in their backyard. They often lack the time or knowledge to identify where to begin or how to transform analysis into action. Data science is known as being a team sport.
So how can a solo data scientist (as in a data scientist who does not work on a team or is the only data scientist employed by an organization) start a community data science project independently? How do you actually get a project going? This workshop will walk through how to address and establish a data science project within the community and provide practical tips and techniques to help you complete a project as a solo data scientist through an interactive process of examining a sample community project.
Les Bibliothèques de Laval ont redéfini leur programme de formation continue afin de mieux répondre aux besoins des usagers. En implantant le Plan individuel de réussite, qui mise sur le sentiment d’accomplissement créé par l’atteinte d’objectifs individuels et à court terme, les gestionnaires ont pu raviver l’intérêt des employés de première ligne pour l’apprentissage et améliorer la prestation de services. Inspiré des interactions avec les usagers, le programme remet l’individu au coeur des priorités d’intervention.
Offensive terminology and biased classification structures can negatively impact the relationship between a library and its users. Change in these systems seems to move at a glacial pace, and the revision process can seem complex and opaque. Attend this session to learn about the Cataloging Lab, a wiki where everyday heroes (like you!) can collaborate to craft proposals for changes or additions to Library of Congress Subject Headings. Non-catalogers are especially welcome! If you care about the words that libraries use to describe people and ideas, please join the efforts to make the words we use in library catalogs fair, just, and welcoming to all.
As the opioid crisis across Canada shows no sign of abating, this workshop will provide a nuanced, holistic, non-judgemental and experiential environment within which to become comfortable with overdose situations, and the administering of Naloxone – an antidote to opioid overdoses. Libraries, by their very nature as public gathering places, are particularly susceptible to individuals who may fall into an overdose situation. As such, not only will participants gain practical knowledge on how to respond to overdose situations, they will also receive a detailed overview of the opioid overdose crisis more broadly, and how the same impacts our local community.
This presentation will introduce Rebus as an organisation and describe how it fits into the open educational resources (OER) publishing ecosystem. The Rebus Community is working to develop a collaborative model for open textbook publishing through tools and resources designed in partnership with our community. This presentation will explore the role of librarians not only in providing access to content but also offering guidance and direct contributions to the creation of materials, while also helping to develop a new system of publishing. Finally, we’ll highlight some of the amazing work that our superhero librarian friends have done to create OER!
Zoe Wake Hyde, Rebus
Your ABQLA representatives have been hard at work on various CFLA/FCAB committees over the past year. Come hear updates from the Federation, Indigenous Matters, Cataloguing and Metadata Standards and Copyright. This panel presentation will include committees updates and time for questions.
From the emotional labour we provide to the community to the responsibilities and stress we shoulder as leaders, our work can be exhausting. Library staff need strategies to support mental and emotional wellbeing, physical stamina, empathy and positivity. This interactive session will showcase Markham Public Library’s Staff Wellness Strategy, and share with participants easy to implement opportunities to reduce burnout and manage stress.
Andrea Cecchetto, Director, Service Excellence, Markham Public Library
Olivier Spéciel, Directeur de l’informatique et du développement technologique, SDM
BIBFRAME will become part of the cataloguing landscape in the near future. To help Canadian libraries prepare for the shift to BIBFRAME, the CFLA-FCAB Cataloguing and Metadata Standards Committee (CMSC) has partnered with ASTED and Library and Archives Canada to strike the Canadian BIBFRAME Readiness Task Force. Appointed for an initial term to end June 1, 2020, the Task Force mandate is to prepare documentation to help the CMSC to develop a pan-Canadian BIBFRAME strategy. The poster will provide details about the goals of the initiative, and examine the anticipated benefits of a transition to BIBFRAME for Canadian libraries.
Session hashtag: #BIBFRAME
In 2018 Concordia University Library inventoried nearly 300,000 volumes using an efficient method created by University of Dayton libraries. Leveraging Google Sheets and Google Apps Scripts, staff working in the stacks scanned barcodes into a spreadsheet which triggered a query to the Sierra ILS and then populated the spreadsheet with catalogue data in real time. The data immediately alerted staff to call number errors, miss-shelved items, incorrect statuses, and barcodes not in the system. Google Sheets were easy for staff to use, automatically saved, and enabled problems identified through the inventory to be tracked and quantified.
This poster is part of a larger project that seeks to assess how employees in Québec university libraries perceive their ability to access LGBTQ+ services and resources for themselves and their users. This project will formulate an initial community needs assessment, to eventually shape the development of resources and institutional recommendations. This will enrich the availability of LGBTQ+ information for staff and patrons, and improve customer service and professional development practices in the province. We will present our initial findings, including a literature review to better understand perceptions of how institutional supports can work towards better serving LGBTQ+ populations.
Many contemporary challenges are information policy challenges, asking who should own, access, or profit from information. Libraries are poised to play an advocacy role in these debates and to help other stakeholders understand their rights. However, to do so, librarians and information professionals must be empowered to tackle ‘legal-ese’ and address policy questions. With that in mind, the McGill School of Information Studies piloted a new Information Policy course. The presenter taught this course in fall 2018. This presentation considers pedagogical strengths, challenges, and lessons learned, and argues the importance of empowering LIS students to address legal and policy issues.