August Partnership Meeting

ABQLA is a proud member of The Partnership, Canada's national network of provincial and territorial library associations. The presidents and vice-presidents of each association meet twice per year in Toronto.  Luigina and Robin recently attended the August meeting.  For more information about the Partnership’s programs and services, visit<> .


Access 2012 in Montreal - Registration Open!

Registration is now open for Access 2012 in Montreal, October 18-21, 2012.
 Access is Canada’s premier library technology conference bringing
 librarians, technicians, developers, programmers, and managers 
together to discuss cutting-edge library technologies.

The Art of the Picture Book Exhibition

Thursday, September 20, 2012 - 18:30
Jean-Noel Desmarais Pavilion, 1380 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, Quebec, H3G 1J5

Join us for a private and guided visit to the exhibit of over 80 original illustrations from Canadian picture books at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art. Don't miss this superb opportunity to enjoy a remarkable array of talent from this country’s great illustrators.

Cost: $5 for ABQLA members and $8 for non-members

Contact: Sonia Smith :

Teaching, Designing, and Organizing: Concept Mapping for Librarians

Congratulations to Megan Fitzgibbons and April Colosimo for their article in *Partnership*, Teaching, Designing, and Organizing: Concept Mapping for Librarians.

Watch as public libraries reinvent themselves yet again

Congratulations to our Past-President, Julie-Anne Cardella for an excellent opinion piece in this week's Montreal Gazette!

Presentation of the Galler Award to Christine Jacobs


On behalf of the Awards Committee – Maria Morales, Lisa Milner and myself - it is an absolute pleasure to announce the recipient of this year’s Anne Galler Award ... Ms Christine Jacobs.

Our association created this award many years ago, as a means to recognize an individual who has enriched librarianship in Quebec and made a lasting contribution to the profession. Specifically, this award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated achievement in:

  1. Significant leadership role in the Quebec library community;
  2. Exemplary career performance, serving as a model for colleagues in the library profession; and
  3. Contributions to professional and/or scholarly activities, including ABQLA.

I will now call upon Linda Toivanen, a colleague of Christine’s at John Abbott College, to help present the award.

Acceptance remarks – 2012 Anne Galler Award for Outstanding Library Service



by Christine Jacobs
Thank you so very much for this honour. I had no warning or awareness that I was being considered for the award, and when I received the e-mail from the Committee, I did not open it immediately. When I opened it later in the evening, I had to read it several times, because it simply did not “compute”  – then I started to cry.

And I started to cry, I think primarily because I was so moved at being graced with an award with Anne Galler’s name attached to it.

Letter to James Moore concerning cuts to LAC-BAC

Dear ABQLA Members,
As many of you know, at our last Annual General Meeting on May 3, Peter McNally presented a motion regarding the severe budget cuts affecting Library and Archives Canada.  The motion was unanimously adopted by the membership present.

College and Research Section – Spring 2012 Event

ImageOn April 3, 2012, the College and Research Section hosted an event entitled: “Curating Exhibits in an Academic Environment – Practical Steps and Lessons Learned for a Successful Display” at Concordia’s Webster Library.

The speakers were:

  •     Melinda Reinhart, Visual Arts Librarian, Concordia University Libraries
  •     Sean Swanick, Islamic Studies Librarian, McGill Libraries
  •     Sharon Rankin, Children’s Book Collection Liaison Librarian, McGill Libraries

Melinda discussed her experiences curating exhibits of student artwork in the Webster Library, and gave the audience a sense of the challenges involved but also the gratification in seeing the positive response to these exhibits.

CLA Monteal: Getting up to date on Government information!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 - 18:00
McGill University, Humanities & Social Sciences Library E-Classroom, 3459 McTavish St

Getting up to date on Government information!

Come join three experts and get up to date information on recent changes to government information in Canada.

Important information for anyone having to search government information resources at their reference desk!


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