ABQLA Conference 2011 Evaluation: We have a lucky winner!

We would like to thank everyone who attended the ABQLA Annual Conference 2011 and filled in the online evaluation form. Your feedback is essential in helping us plan future conferences, and we thank you for taking the time to complete the evaluation. Among all the evaluation forms we received with contact information, we picked an entry at random to give out a prize of a $25 gift card from Nicholas Hoare Bookstore. The lucky winner is Kathy Conroy, Manager of Children Services at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library.


Linda Hazzan's "One Day, Five Branches, a Lifetime of Experience"

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Linda Hazzan, Director, Communications, Programming & Customer Engagement for the Toronto Public Library, gave a lively and interesting presentation describing the TPL’s experience with the one-day Human Library pilot project in 2010.

A well thought out PowerPoint presentation took us through the early planning stages, media relations throughout the process, and concrete descriptions of how the one-day event ran in the five branches across the city.

Anne Lagacé Dowson's "From Gutenberg to the Internet – The Library Today"

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Anne Lagacé Dowson is an award-winning radio journalist. She holds a master’s degree in Canadian studies and champions culture, especially literacy and books, in both English and French.

Anne began her presentation by giving a little history on how she became an avid reader and an aficionado of libraries. As a child, she recalls that her parents would send her and her siblings off to the library on weekends. She now realizes how fortunate she was because this allowed her to discover the power of reading. The library quickly became for her a refuge, a wonderful place to learn how to grow up.


Amanda Etches-Johnson's "User Experience and the Mobile Web"

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The conference sessions ended with our afternoon keynote, Amanda Etches-Johnson who spoke to all the conference attendees about User Experience and the Mobile Web. Amanda’s focus on both the design and user experience aspects of mobility shone light on some new issues facing libraries in a world of ever-increasing mobile devices. She had very clear advice, and examples to back it up, on how to create mobile sites that both help and delight your patrons.

Michael Stephens' "The Hyperlinked Library: Trends, Tools and Transparencies"

ImageParticipants in the 79th ABQLA conference were treated to an engaging and thought-provoking opening address by Dr. Michael Stephens, Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University in Illinois. Michael’s diversity of research interests provided the springboard for an insightful overview of the emerging trends in our profession, ranging from library and librarians’ blogs, to social software, to virtual communities, to Internet users’ information needs and behaviours online, to the provision of reference services via instant messaging.

Chad Crichton's "Mobile Technology and Information Literary: You CAN Take It with You"

ImageAt this year's mobility-themed conference of the ABQLA, Chad Crichton, Coordinator of Reference and Instruction at the University of Toronto Scarborough Library, discussed the ramifications of mobile technologies on our understanding of Information Literacy instruction and what it means to be information literate in the 21st century.  Chad encouraged his listeners to think about ways they could insert themselves into available 'apps' and to look for unique aspects of their library collections that could be made mobile.

Mobile technology introduces new challenges when it comes to information literacy, and as a starting point it is necessary to understand how devices change the information seeking behaviour of users. More so than with websites, a 'mobile mindset' demands quick and immediate results. Patrons accessing the library via a mobile device are doing something in the moment and are hyper conscious of the time factor. They are unlikely to complete an advanced search form or browse to the second page of results. In response to this, Chad noted the distinction between an app and a website available via a mobile phone. Increasingly, libraries are developing highly streamlined service apps more appropriate for mobile devices rather than relying on their website.

Maria Savova's "McGill Library Makes E-books Portable: E-readers' Place Amongst Library Materials, Technology and Service"

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The theme of this year’s annual ABQLA conference was “Mobility: Making Connections @ your Library.” A plethora of excellent presentations were given, and among them was Maria Savova’s talk entitled “McGill Library Makes E-books Portable: E-readers’ Place Amongst Library Materials, Technology and Service.” Maria is a Collection Development and Special Projects Librarian at McGill University, as well as the coordinator of the E-Readers Loan Service. This is complementary to the work she has also done on the implementation of the downloadable electronic content service from OverDrive, along with the WorldCat Local Discovery Tool at McGill.

Eva Raby Accepts the 2011 Anne Galler Award

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This is a very great honour for me.  First, I would like to thank the members of the Anne Galler Awards Committee for choosing me as this year’s recipient.  This award has so many layers of meaning for me:

At the end of a very long, diverse and rewarding career, there can be no greater thrill than to be acknowledged by one’s peers. As I look around the room and see the many wonderful friends and colleagues I have worked with over the years – in QLA, as library colleagues, and in the workplace – I am grateful for your support, friendship and appreciation.

Buffy Hamilton's "Participatory Librarianship: Creating Conversations for Learning"

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Buffy Hamilton’s presentation at this year's ABQLA Conference on participatory librarianship was timely and truly motivational.  Buffy is an award-winning media specialist and teacher/librarian at Creekview High School in Canton, Georgia and she shared her views on how school libraries can take advantage of new technologies to make them more relevant and meaningful to all stakeholders. She believes we must teach transliteracy (the ability to read, write and interact across a range of platforms, tools and media) and make learning portable, participatory and personalized – the “three p’s”.

Libraries must move from warehouses to places of experiences. They should be flexible, fluid learning spaces that provide communal learning opportunities.


Julie Jones' "Adding iPads to Your Library’s Arsenal: Opportunities and Challenges"

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Many libraries have been lending laptops for years and some have begun to lend ebook readers. Might the iPad be next? In this session Julie Jones, Liaison Librarian for Human Geography and Urban Planning at McGill University, detailed the potential opportunities and limitations that iPads present for libraries. Her material was gathered through a review of the literature, a survey of innovative uses of iPads in libraries, and the results of a recent evaluation done at McGill University’s Humanities & Social Sciences Library on the use of iPads for library service provision and lending.

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