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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!

Access 2012. Call for proposals deadline extended

Access is Canada's premier Library Technology conference that brings librarians, technicians, developers, programmers, and managers together to discuss cutting-edge library technologies. Access is a single stream conference featuring in-depth analyses, panel discussions, lightning talks, hackfest, and plenty of time for networking and social events. Join us in Montreal, QC October 18-21 for Access 2012!

The theme for Access 2012 is discovery/découverte...

TD Canadian Children’s Book Week 2012

The ABQLA’s Youth and School libraries sections, jointly with the Montreal Children’s Literature Roundtable, are glad to invite you to a meeting with author Caroline Pignat. Her visit is part of the 2012 edition of the TD Canadian Children’s Book Week. Winner of numerous awards, amongst which the prestigious Governor General Literary award for Children’s Literature (text) in 2009 for her historical fiction “Greener Grass”, the author will be with us to speak about her creative moments and inspiration.

When: May 9th 2012, 7-8.30 p.m.

Face à face: The Human and Living Library Projects at McGill University, Concordia University and Pointe-Claire Public Library

This ABQLA Public Libraries Section event will be held on Wednesday May 16, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at the Westmount Public Library. Learn about the Human Library Project in which visitors are given the opportunity to speak informally with “people on loan.” The Human Library initiative began as a means to reduce prejudice and promote understanding, and the project has continued to evolve throughout participating libraries. This event will explore the possibilities and challenges of the Human Library Project in both academic and public libraries.

Christine Jacobs to Receive the Anne Galler Award

The Anne Galler Awards Committee is very pleased to announce that Ms Christine Jacobs is the recipient of the 2012 Anne Galler Award for Outstanding Library Service.

Ms Jacobs has been a faculty member at John Abbott College for many years and is currently Chair of the Department of Information& Library Technologies.

We congratulate Christine as this award is in recognition of the longstanding and broad scope of Christine's contributions to our field.

Anne Wade, Lisa Milner, Maria Luisa G. Morales
2012 Awards Committee


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