ABQLA Bulletin Volume 52.3 September-December 2011

Message de la présidente

It is no secret that our profession is advancing rapidly. New technologies necessitate major operational changes almost daily. Last year, it was no surprise to see over 180 people with an interest in library and information science attend our annual conference, the theme of which was mobility. But how should we respond to this new reality? How do we take advantage of this new challenge to move us forward?

President’s Message

Je ne vous apprends rien si je vous dis que notre profession est en pleine évolution. Grâce aux nouvelles technologies nous vivons des changements opérationnels importants et ceux-ci presqu’au quotidien. Ce n’est pas un hasard que l’an dernier, plus de 180 personnes intéressées au milieu documentaire aient assisté à notre congrès annuel dont le thème était la mobilité. Mais que faire de cette nouvelle réalité? Comment utiliser ce nouveau défi  à bon escient?

Youth Section: Getting Kids Reading

The internet allows passionate readers to keep track of books they have read by maintaining online reading logs—Library Thing, for example. Similar resources aimed at children have emerged in recent years in the form of websites that allow young readers to build personal virtual libraries, communicate with peers, and exchange opinions on literary topics. Library professionals working with children can seize the opportunity to use these tools to connect with young readers.

ImageMaurice Sendak Storytelling Workshop

Throughout his prolific career, Maurice Sendak transformed the landscape of children’s literature, conjuring the monsters of childhood dreams onto the pages of his books. On Thursday, November 3, 2011, the Public, School and Youth Sections of the ABQLA celebrated Sendak’s writing during a storytelling workshop held at the Jewish Public Library.

College & Research Section: Networking Sites for Academics

Some interesting networking sites for academics have emerged in recent years, and there is good reason for academic librarians to follow their evolution. These sites are offering researchers self-archiving and document discovery services, and may be competing with our libraries and repositories for researchers’ attention.

ImageAre Boys Less Interested in Books?

On October 7, 2011, Carol-Ann Hoyte, a 2008 graduate of the Information and Library Technologies (ILT) program spoke on the subject of Boys and Literature to ILT students, staff and other guests at John Abbott College.Ms. Hoyte has worked at Selwyn House School as assistant librarian since October 2007.She is also a freelance writer whose specialty is children's literature.

Out of the Stacks: Librarians Without Borders in Guatemala 2011

This article presents reports from four Librarians Without Borders student volunteers from McGill University who recently participated in a service-learning assignment at a school library in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.

The Asturias Academy is a progressive K-12 school in Guatemala that serves approximately 300 students from varying backgrounds: indigenous, non-indigenous, poor, working, and middle class. Access to reading materials is scarce in Guatemala partly because books are highly taxed and there are few public libraries.[1] In an effort to promote life-long learning and literacy, the Academy decided to create a library that would serve its students, staff and community.

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