Sessions & Speakers

Opening Keynote Speaker

Diversity and inclusion in Action: Leadership at Any Level

Cynthia is currently the Librarian for Equitable Services at East Los Angeles College. She formerly was the Student Services Librarian at Cal State Long Beach, where she liaised with several student populations on campus, including first-generation college students, international students, transfer students, and new graduate students. She is the creator of and currently moderates LIS Microaggressions, an online space for those working in libraries, archives, and other information professions to share their experiences with various forms of microaggressions in the profession. Cynthia received her MLIS from San José State University in 2011. She is a 2011 ARL Career Enhancement Program Fellow, participant in the 2014 Minnesota Institute for Early Career Librarians, and 2015 ALA Emerging Leader.

Cynthia Orozco
Cynthia Orozco, Librarian for Equitable Services at East Los Angeles College

Closing Keynote Speaker

Learning to Read Like Hermione: Gaps, Symptoms, and Power

While Harry Potter’s journey leads him to accept the certainty of death, Hermione’s journey entails coming to accept the profound ambiguity of books. Throughout the Harry Potter series, Hermione learns that books are not simply trustworthy or untrustworthy, right or wrong, or even good or bad; but rather that books are tools for spreading information, and as such can be used to uphold or resist the status quo.

From textbooks to news periodicals to salacious unauthorized biographies, the objects we read always say and do more than the words on the page might suggest. We know this to be true because governments can (and do!) both mandate and censor the texts we read. Hermione’s journey is wonderfully instructive because it models for us, its readers, how and why to read texts critically. Beginning with a critical reading of the Harry Potter series itself, this presentation will use Hermione’s journey as a point of departure to think through the ambivalence of collecting, circulating, and banning popular texts.

Marcelle Kosman
Marcelle Kosman, Co-creator of 'Witch, Please' and PhD Candidate in English at the University of Alberta​

Concurrent Sessions

Envisioning a Better World: Using Real-Life Scenarios to Promote Inclusivity and Information Agency Amongst First-Generation Students

This presentation will share an innovative library / writing programs partnership established at the University of the Pacific to support first-generation college students enrolled in a “transition to university” program. A real world, career/internship scenario approach is utilized, with particular emphasis on issues of social diversity, as well as social and environmental justice. Library component data shows a positive impact, especially beneficial given known risk factors to first-gen success. Writing centers are natural library partners; effective writing at the college level (and in the workplace) requires the ability to research, analyze and synthesize high-quality sources, to find the gems, among the detritus.

Maloney - ABQLA
Michelle M. Maloney, Academic Support Librarian / Associate Professor at the University of the Pacific in California

Inclusion and accessibility in the library

This workshop will explore how Canadian libraries are approaching issues of inclusion with regards to disabled populations. I will provide an overview of my PhD research on this topic, which examines accessibility at two Canadian academic libraries. Participants will be introduced to various models for understanding disability in order to explore how environmental and social barriers can disable people. Participants will then be asked to brainstorm barriers to improving accessibility in their library environments, as well as potential strategies to overcome these barriers by integrating aspects of disability theory into their discussions.

Claire Burrows
Claire Burrows, Library Researcher-in-Residence at Concordia University

Integrating Indigenous Perspectives : Strategies for Collection Development

Andréa (Drea) Schnell, Arts Liaison Librarian at University of Ottawa

Created in 2008, the Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) mandate was to document the testimony of residential school survivors, their families, and others directly affected by the Residential School system. In 2015, the TRC released its final report, and 94 Calls to Action, discussing the necessity of educating future teachers and K-12 students about the current and historical situation of Canada’s Indigenous peoples and the inter-generational trauma caused by the residential schools. It is therefore essential that school and academic libraries build collections of appropriate resources. This presentation will discuss strategies for finding and evaluating resources that provide Indigenous perspectives.

Making It More Accessible: A Case Study of the Ursula C. Schwerin Library Website

Junior Tidal, Web Services & Multimedia Librarian, Associate Professor at New York City College of Technology, City University of New York

Over the summer and fall semester of 2017, a university wide initiative to make all sites under the domain accessible was put into place. In turn, the New York City College of Technology (colloquially known as City Tech), CUNY Ursula C. Schwerin Library website was updated to be more accessible. The session will outline the background of the library and the community it serves, define accessibility within the context of a library website, the workflow of making the site accessible, problems encountered in using the accessibility and future accessibility initiatives.

MINIBIBLIOplus: creating inclusive networks to increase literacy and improve quality of life throughout our community

The landmark Fraser Hickson, an independent non-profit library serving Quebecers since 1885, had established reputation for excellence and introduced the love of books and reading to thousands of children.  However, changing times and economic challenges lead this historic library to close its doors in 2007.

Learn about the renewal of the Fraser Hickson, building on the fundamentals of librarianship:  user needs and the right to access. Explore how the library is partnering in innovative ways with other community organizations to increase accessibility, especially to marginalized citizens, and is taking a leadership role in forging new networks to support the community.

Helen Fortin
Helen Fortin, CEO/Executive Director at Fraser Hickson Library

Le projet Agents de liaison des Bibliothèques de Montréal : des bibliothécaires dédiés aux nouveaux arrivants

Depuis 2008, quatre bibliothécaires occupent des postes d’agents de liaison dans des quartiers montréalais ciblés. Leur objectif? Être très actifs dans leur communauté et développer une offre de services adaptée aux besoins de la population immigrante, avec une préoccupation marquée pour les nouveaux arrivants. En partageant des objectifs, des grandes orientations et des stratégies communes, les agents de liaison développent chacun des approches locales spécifiques et adaptées à leur milieu. Cette présentation permettra de donner une vue d’ensemble du projet, des types d’actions mises en place et des éléments qui en favorisent le succès.

Nathalie Martin
Nathalie Martin, Conseillère, Direction des bibliothèques, Service de la culture, Ville de Montréal

Fostering Inclusion and Equity in the School Library Learning Commons

Jenn Brown
Jennifer Brown, teacher librarian & ESL/Special Education teacher in the Peel District School Board in Brampton, Ontario

A carefully, intentionally designed library learning commons is intended to be a completely safe, accessible environment for the entire school community. With each choice we make in our collection, our schedule, our decor, our language, our routines, we have the potential to take an equity stance. If our mandate is to include all members of our community in a school-wide hub of learning, then we must foster inclusion and equity to be successful. During this session teacher librarian Jennifer Brown will share her school’s ongoing journey to embed social justice and equity into the library learning commons.

Travailler seul sans perdre la tête : Comment gérer une bibliothèque seul ou en petite équipe ?

Amanda Halfpenny, Responsable de bibliothèque à Conseil Scolaire Viamonde

Le fait d’être seul à gérer une bibliothèque pose de grands défis. Souvent, ces employés travaillent en silo et on leur demande d’être des “hommes à tout faire”. Mais comment font-ils pour demeurer motiver ou pour développer leurs connaissances et aptitudes lorsqu’ils manquent de mentor professionnel dans leur milieu de travail? Cet atelier vise à offrir des solutions basées sur la recherche et des expériences professionnelles et permettra aux gestionnaires de bibliothèque, étant limités avec leurs ressources (humaines et financières), d’améliorer et de maintenir les services offerts tout en offrant des conseils pratiques de répondre aux besoins de leur organisation et de leur communauté d’usagers avec une main d’œuvre limitée.

Baby Boomers and the Library #babyboomerfriendly

Many members of the baby boom generation will reach retirement in the coming years and will likely visit your library.

This poster will provide insight to help you plan resources and design services that will cater to their needs in relation to their individual backgrounds, interests, and living situations. It will also account for the physical and mental changes that they will undergo throughout their lives as retirees.

Three main recommendations for information resources and services will be detailed: Internet and browser literacy, technology access, inclusive collection development and programming.

Marie-Eve Berthiaume
Marie-Ève Berthiaume, Graduate Student, Master of Information Studies at School of Information Studies, McGill University

Service pour les enfants à besoins particuliers

1 h d’ouverture par semaine réservé aux familles avec des enfants de 16 ans et moins avec des besoins particuliers : TOC, TOP, TSA, Tourette, Dyspraxie, Dysphagie, Trisomie, Troubles de langage,… Collection spéciale repérable au catalogue, salle calme, jeux et livres didactiques appropriés. Heure d’ouverture régulière, mais adaptée : ameublement, lumières, bruit, matériel accessibles, acceptation de comportements dits normalement dérangeant sans jugement et avec bienveillance.

Sarah Germain
Sarah Germain, Directrice bibliothèque à la Bibliothèque ville de Mirabel

Finding acceptance: Tips and tricks for getting your work out there

Marcela Isuster
Marcela Isuster, Liaison Librarian at McGill University
Jessica Lange
Jessica Lange, editor of PARTNERSHIP

Are you thinking about submitting your work to conferences or journals but are unsure on how to start? Do you feel your current strategy is not effective? Would you like gain a better understanding of the blind peer-review process? Join Marcela Isuster, ABQLA Programs Chair, and Jessica Lange, editor of PARTNERSHIP, as they share best practices for getting your work out there . Make sure to bring your questions!

Classifying the Rainbow: LGBT Users in Libraries and Classification Systems

Kristine Nowak
Kristine Nowak, Instruction & Foundational Experience Librarian at Colorado State University
Amy Jo Mitchell,
Amy Jo Mitchell, Circulation Manager at Paul Sawyer Public LIbrary

Members of the LGBT community are often marginalized by organization and classification systems. While these systems purport to be morally neutral, they structure knowledge and assign importance to concepts in potentially problematic ways. This presentation will discuss the treatment of LGBT populations and topics in libraries, and what that treatment implies for LGBT users. We will also discuss our reorganization of the Kentucky Gay and Lesbian Services Organization’s library with a new classification system. We will conclude with a discussion of library services for LGBT users, with the goal of making libraries open for all users.

Walk-in Users and their Access to Online Resources in Canadian Academic Libraries

Although academic libraries have an obvious duty to serve their institutionally affiliated students, faculty and staff, the extent to which academic libraries feel the same duty to their non-affiliated users is unclear. This poster will showcase the results of research that was carried out in the summer of 2017, to determine the state of walk-in user services at academic libraries across Canada. Although similar investigations have been carried out in the United States and the United Kingdom, this is the first of its kind in the Canadian context.

Pamela Carson
Pamela Carson Web Services Librarian at Concordia University
Krista Alexander
Krista Alexander Reference & Subject Librarian at Concordia University

Safety in Numbers: Building a Canadian network for cataloguing and metadata standards advocacy

Canadian Federation of Library Associations / Fédération canadienne des associations de bibliothèques (CFLA-FCAB) has created a new Cataloguing and Metadata Standards Committee, officially announced in September 2017. This poster will outline the mandate and responsibilities of the new Committee which include: advising CFLA-FCAB board on cataloguing and metadata standards; selecting members to represent CFLA on the Canadian Committee on Cataloguing (CCC) and the Canadian Committee on Metadata Exchange (CCM); advise CFLA-FCAB on issues relating to RDA Toolkit and engage with CFLA-FCAB members to promote cataloguing and metadata training and professional development.

Emma Cross
Emma Cross, Cataloguing and Metadata Librarian at Carleton University
Christopher Carr,
Christopher Carr, Special Materials Cataloguing Librarian at Concordia University

Resources for Indigenous Projects

CFLA Panel

Meg Sinclair
Meg Sinclair, Librarian at Lester B. Pearson School Board
Joanne McGregor
Joanne Karihwaienhne McGregor, Teacher Assistant at Karonhianonhnha School
Jennifer Woolley
Jennifer Woolley, Librarian at Lakeside Academy Library
Katsi Tsanoron MacGregor
Katsi’tsanó:ron McGregor, Technology Learning Center Technician/Librarian at Kahnawake Education Center

The TRC Calls to Action in Education challenge us to learn about Indigenous perspectives. Four projects helping to do that are: Joanne McGregor and Katsi’tsanoron McGregor, Karonhianónhnha School and the Kahnawake Education Center, will discuss how culture, history, spirituality and language raise student learning outcomes and self-esteem through the use of literature and living people resources; Jennifer Woolley, Lakeside Academy, LBPSB, will describe a multi-disciplinary project at her school to integrate Indigenous perspectives across the curriculum; and Meg Sinclair, LBPSB, will discuss how school libraries provide print and digital resources to support teachers and help student learning on Indigenous perspectives.

Sonia Smith
Sonia Smith, Liasion Librarian at McGill University
Alex Kohn
Alex Kohn, Head, Office of Copyright Compliance at McGill University Library
Robin Canuel
Robin Canuel, Head Librarian of the Humanities and Social Sciences Library at McGill University
Christopher Carr,
Christopher Carr, Special Materials Cataloguing Librarian at Concordia University

Come and hear what is happening at a panel session for the CFLA.

De-stress Stations

Need a break from a long day at the conference? Come check out our de-stress station with games, puzzles, colouring, and more! Discover ideas for setting up de-stress activities in your own library.