The Cataloguing and Technical Services Section is a network of ABQLA members working in the cataloguing and technical services field. The interest group works on behalf of all Quebec libraries and information resource centres to promote and support the use of best practices and standards in resource description, acquisitions, serials management and electronic resource management. We offer professional development and networking opportunities for our members and encourage the development of cataloguing and technical services expertise in Quebec. Through its links with the Canadian Federation of Library Associations Cataloguing and Metadata Standards Committee, the interest group participates in national standards development and training initiatives.
The College & Research Section section represents ABQLA members working in university, CEGEP and other research libraries. It provides a forum for constructive dialogue, and contributes to the professional development of its members. With the goals of advancing librarianship, promoting an active community, and improving service provision in its members’ libraries, the section hosts events on topics of interest and participates in the ABQLA annual conference.
The Public Library Section aims to bring together the diverse spectrum of public library workers, whether they be reference, circulation, children’s services, teen services, outreach, acquisitions, social media or other librarians, para-librarians or library technicians. The events organized allow those working in the public library sphere to share their interests and concerns in programming, community building, reader’s advisory, discussion of current events, as well as new tools, resources, innovations and best practices. Networking with colleagues in the public library sector, librarians can compare notes, share successes, lessons learned and gain valuable insights in the ever-changing world of public librarianship. The section organizes a minimum of two annual events.
The ABQLA School Library Section aims to connect Québec library personnel serving students in the public and private sector from pre-Kindergarten through grade 11. We organize social and professional events for school library staff and those interested in literacy, reading initiatives, digital literacy, and information literacy for school-aged children.
The Youth Section aims to bring together librarians who work with young people, in a wide range of environments, including public and school libraries. We often hold joint activities with the School and Public Libraries sections, as we share many of the same interests. Also, as our members work in various types of libraries, networking with colleagues who all serve young people allows us to keep abreast of current trends and new issues for our clientele.
The McGill ABQLA Student Chapter aims to connect McGill students to the Montréal and Québec library scene, whether for the short term while in school or with a long-term career in mind. We organize social and professional events for students and invite them to participate in events organized by the ABQLA. Some of our popular events include hosting guest speakers, library visits, a trip to a Sugar Shack, as well as spirit activities for special holidays like the Halloween Pumpkin Sale and the Valentine’s Day Candy Gram Sale.