McGill ABQLA Student Chapter

President: Cassandra Ricafort

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.

News & Articles

ABQLA Student Chapter presents: The power and promise of literacy in the developing world - Fri, Feb 20

The ABQLA student chapter invites you to attend a presentation from Dominique Naud, Communications Manager at CODE: The power and promise of literacy in the developing world

When: Friday February 20th at 11:30 AM-1:30PM
Where: McGill University, SIS Mansion, 3661 Peel St., rm 310

The talk will be preceded by a social starting at 11:00 AM
Light snacks will be served

*Any attendees need to bring a pair of indoor shoes, as boots are not allowed past the reception area. 

Bake Sale for Atwater Library and Computer Centre

The McGill Student Chapter of the ABQLA will hold a bake sale with proceeds going to the Atwater Library and Computer Centre.
Join us in the lobby of Education Building from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Wednesday November 28th 2012.
ABQLA McGill Student Chapter Team (2012-2013)

Tour of Jewish Public Library

The McGill Student Chapter plans on a tour of the Jewish Public Library, a unique institution that holds North America's largest circulating collection of Judaica. Containing over 150,000 items in English, French, Russian, Hebrew, and Yiddish, the library offers the following services to its members:

First Kickoff in the 2012-2013 Academic Year

The McGill Student Chapter of the ABQLA will be kickingoff the school year with a 5@7. Join us in the back lounge of Thomson House at 5:30 pm on Monday October 1st 2012.
This will be a great opportunity to connect with your fellow students and learn about the Quebec library scene.
Jamila Hastick,
ABQLA McGill Student Chapter President (2012-2013)

First General Meeting in the 2012-2013 Academic Year

The McGill student chapter of the ABQLA is happy to announce that our first general meeting will be held on Monday October 1st 2012 at 1:30 pm in room 310 at SIS.
We will be electing a Vice President, Secretary, Shadow Communications Officer, Shdow Treasurer, and Shadow Website and Wiki Editor.
Jamila Hastick,
ABQLA McGill Student Chapter President (2012-2013)

Executive Team 2012-2013


President: Jamila Hastick

Jamila Hastick is a second year MLIS student in the Librarianship stream. She has a Bachelor's degree in sociology with a minor in psychology and a Library and Information Technician Diploma. For the past three summers Jamila has worked for libraries within the federal government. Currently she works part-time providing reference services at Concordia University. She enjoys both technical services and reference work.

Out from the Stacks: Librarians Without Borders in Guatemala 2011

Authors: Rebecca Burbank, Carolyn Doi, Nouf Khashman, Emily McHugh, Amanda Oliver

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.

Oh, the Places You Will Go! (Literally)

Imageby Amber McNair, ABQLA McGill Student Chapter President

Beginning a career in this fascinating and constantly changing field is both exciting and daunting. The job search, while at times exhilarating, is emotionally taxing. Having the option and desire to be mobile, I applied for public library positions in many communities across Canada and I was very fortunate to be offered the position of Youth Services Librarian at Huntsville Public Library. Re-locating to Huntsville, Ontario, a town of 18,280, has been quite a change from Calgary where I grew up, studied, and taught, and from Montreal where I completed the MLIS program at McGill.

Panel Discussion: Careers in Public Libraries

ImageThe McGill ABQLA Student Chapter was very pleased to invite Lora Baiocco, Heather Brydon, and Joanne de Groot to speak about their careers, experiences and tips for students interested in public libraries on February 9, 2011.  For this event, Panel Discussion: Careers in Public Libraries, the seats in the School of Information Studies’ beautiful conference room were remarkably full.

Panellists each described their careers and current responsibilities, offering background on how they entered the library world. They then spoke about professional development and strongly encouraged students to become involved in the library community.  Their suggestions for involvement included joining associations and participating in conferences, whether it be by volunteering, attending, or presenting or by following the event on Twitter if attendance is not feasible.