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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
Violet Fox is one of the editors of the Dewey Decimal Classification. She’s passionate about building a community of people who care about the ethics of classification and cataloging. Violet was recently named a 2019 Mover & Shaker by Library Journal for her work with the Cataloging Lab, a wiki where library workers can collaborate on revisions to LC Subject Headings.
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
Olivier Spéciel, Librarian, Canadian BIBFRAME Readiness Task Force
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.
Kathleen Botter, Systems Librarian, Concordia University Library
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.