Sessions & Speakers

More speaker announcements coming soon.

Opening Keynote

Margo Gustina, Deputy Director, Southern Tier Library System
Margo Gustina, Deputy Director, Southern Tier Library System

Margo Gustina is an outspoken believer in the power of community to lead libraries toward more meaningful practice. As Deputy Director for the Southern Tier Library System, a cooperative which serves predominantly rural communities in New York State, Margo facilitates planning, funding, and governance conversations and processes. A 2018 Library Journal Mover & Shaker, Margo developed the Hooray 4 _____! series with partner Eli Guinnee to explore gaps between ethics and practice in librarianship with (mostly) willing groups at conferences (https://hooray4.org).  Additionally, she is the Principal Investigator on the US Institute of Museum and Library Services funded Rural Library Service and Social Wellbeing nationwide research project. To view the project’s (slow) progress in real (slow) time, visit us in the Open Science Framework.

Closing Keynote

Thomas Maluck, Teen Services Librarian, Richland Library and Co-host of the Secret Stacks Podcast
Thomas Maluck, Teen Services Librarian, Richland Library and Co-host of the Secret Stacks Podcast

 

With more than 10 years of experience as a Teen Services Librarian, Thomas Maluck works at Richland Library – the 2017 IMLS National Medal winner – in Columbia, South Carolina. Thomas has composed book reviews for local publications as well as articles for Public Libraries, The Hub, Book Riot, and Library Trends. He has also been featured on the website Do You Even Comic Book, sharing his love of comics. In addition to being a writer and local author, Thomas co-hosts The Secret Stacks, a podcast about comics and libraries. He has spoken about podcasting, graphic novels and teens programs at events such as DragonCon, New York Comic Con, and American Library Association conferences. While studying for his MLIS at the University of South Carolina, he won a Student Book Collecting Award from Thomas Cooper Library for his curation of the works of “God of Manga” Osamu Tezuka. He has also been on YALSA’s Great Graphic Novels For Teens selection committee as well as the Cybils Award jury for middle and high school nonfiction. He lives with his wife, Huyen, an academic librarian who also enjoys comics. In his spare time, Thomas enjoys running around the neighborhood and caring for their family’s pets.

Kristin LaLonde, Manager, Health Sciences Library, Mid Michigan Health and Co-host of the Secret Stacks Podcast
Kristin LaLonde, Manager, Health Sciences Library, Mid Michigan Health and Co-host of the Secret Stacks Podcast

Kristin LaLonde is the Manager of the Health Sciences Library at MidMichigan Health in Midland, MI. Kristin received her MLIS from Wayne State University in 2011. She began her library career as a Special Librarian at the Arab American National Museum and most recently worked as an Adult Services Librarian at the Chippewa River District Library before her current position at MidMichigan Health. She has presented about Comics in Libraries at various conferences and conventions for several years. Her hobbies include watching Murder, She Wrote, reading comics, and bro-ing out.

Sessions

Escaping the Library: Students expecting a fun orientation

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

Edward Junhao Lim, Reference and Research Services Librarian for Business, New York University Shanghai
Edward Junhao Lim, Reference and Research Services Librarian for Business, New York University Shanghai
Vickie Chen Yiqi, Circulation and Technical Services Assistant, New York University Shanghai
Vickie Chen Yiqi, Circulation and Technical Services Assistant, New York University Shanghai

The wind beneath my wings: falling in and out of love with an online library research skills tutorial

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.

Danielle Dennie, Research Data Librarian, Concordia University Library
Danielle Dennie, Research Data Librarian, Concordia University Library
Susie Breier, Interim Teaching & Learning Librarian, Concordia University Library
Susie Breier, Interim Teaching & Learning Librarian, Concordia University Library

La bibliothèque scolaire de l’avenir : collaborer pour mettre en œuvre des carrefours d’apprentissage intégrant un laboratoire créatif

Viviane Morin, Bibliothécaire scolaire, Commission scolaire de Montréal
Viviane Morin, Bibliothécaire scolaire, Commission scolaire de Montréal

Le Ministère de l’Éducation encourage la transition de la bibliothèque scolaire vers des carrefours d’apprentissage. C’est pourquoi, nous avons créé une CoPV réunissant plusieurs équipes-écoles de différentes commissions scolaires afin de réfléchir à comment 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, notre approche en design thinking et le résultat de la collaboration en ligne. Nous présenterons des exemples concrets et des pistes de solution pour que les carrefours d’apprentissage intègrent des laboratoires créatifs et servent les compétences du XXIe siècle.

Mentoring Heroes: Library Mentorship Programs and Knowledge Transfer

Veronica Bergsten, Student, McGill University
Veronica Bergsten, Student, McGill University

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

Alt-text unite: Making a difference through inclusive social media strategies

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

Melissa Rivosecchi, Liaison Librarian, McGill University Library
Melissa Rivosecchi, Liaison Librarian, McGill University Library

La Bibliothèque de l’Assemblée nationale du Québec: une institution incontournable de la vie politique et parlementaire du Québec

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

Carolyne Ménard, Bibliothécaire de référence, Bibliothèque de l'Assemblée nationale du Québec
Carolyne Ménard, Bibliothécaire de référence, Bibliothèque de l'Assemblée nationale du Québec

Developing Your Own Community Data Science Project as a Solo Data Scientist

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.

Jerica Copeny
Jerica Copeny, Civic Data Scientist, Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library

L’apprentissage autonome : répondre aux besoins des usagers en laissant nos employés apprendre ce qui les intéresse

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.

Rachel Sansregret, Responsable - Programme de rénovation, d'agrandissement, de construction, Bibliothèques de Laval
Rachel Sansregret, Responsable - Programme de rénovation, d'agrandissement, de construction, Bibliothèques de Laval

The Cataloging Lab: your invitation to the super secret process of changing library classification

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.

Violet Fox , Editor, Dewey Decimal Classification
Violet Fox , Editor, Dewey Decimal Classification

The Opioid Overdose Crisis: The Libraries of Quebec on the Front Lines?

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.

Richard Davy
Richard Davy, MSW Student, McGill University

Open Educational Resources, Librarians & Rebus

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

David Szanto, Rebus
David Szanto, Rebus

CFLA Panel

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.

Sonia Smith
Katherine Kasirer, CFLA-FCAB Indigenous Matters Committee
Katherine Kasirer, CFLA-FCAB Indigenous Matters Committee

Posters

Canadian Readiness for BIBFRAME: Potential impacts for our library community

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

Marie-Chantal L'Ecuyer-Coelho, Responsable métadonnées et bibliothécaire au traitement documentaire des collections iconographiques, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, Direction des métadonnées et de la normalisation bibliographiques
Marie-Chantal L'Ecuyer-Coelho, Responsable métadonnées et bibliothécaire au traitement documentaire des collections iconographiques, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, Direction des métadonnées et de la normalisation bibliographiques

Olivier Spéciel, Directeur de l’informatique et du développement technologique, SDM

Hack your inventory

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.

Meredith Giffin, Collections Coordinator, Concordia University Library
Meredith Giffin, Collections Coordinator, Concordia University Library
Kathleen Botter, Systems Librarian, Concordia University Library

An Assessment of Staff Perceptions on the Availability of LGBTQ+ Materials and Resources in Québec Academic Libraries

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.

Speaker: Emma Wilson

Emma Wilson, MISt Student, School of Information Studies, McGill University

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