John Abbott College

Invitation to a presentation at John Abbott College with Lisa Brosseau - Nov 22!

Information and Library Technologies presents:
Presentation: Finnish Libraries: Inspiring!

Presenter: Lise Brosseau, Division Head- Library and Culture, Dollard-des-Ormeaux Public Library

When: Friday, November 22nd , 2013 @ 1pm

Where: John Abbott College, HO-107 (Hochelaga)

Refreshments will be served!

R.S.V.P. by Tuesday, November 19th

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.

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

Are Boys Less Interested in Books?

Imageby Farahnaz Taherinejad

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.

She explained how to make children, especially boys, more interested in books and reading. She emphasized what libraries and parents can do to encourage reading.

Recent Presentation at John Abbott College: Communications Specialist Lectures

ImageSt. Anne de Bellevue, November 5. Students in the Information and Library Technologies (ILT) department at John Abbott College were given the opportunity today to hear communications specialist, Judee Ganten, present her lecture “Get Your Message Out”. As part of a series of events being held by the Public Relations class, a group of students invited the founder of Ganten Communications to speak about her professional approach towards business communication.

Ganten’s first-hand experience with public relations allowed her to share tips on how to promote a business by establishing and maintaining a communications plan. The lecture stressed the importance of identifying a target audience as well as the development of a key message that can gain credibility and support a company’s case.

Recent Presentation at John Abbott College: Join the Conversation in the Blogosphere

ImageInformation and Library Technologies Department, John Abbott College, Ste.- Anne-de-Bellevue, October 22nd.

Guest speaker Graham Lavender drew upon his personal and institutional blogging experience with the McGill Library Student and Staff Blogs and McGill Twitter, to provide guidelines for the use of blogging and Twitter, as tools for self-promotion and the promotion of library services.

Lavender offered advice on getting started, which included signing up for a free account at  WordPress and adding yourself to LISWiki. He recommended reading other people’s blogs; they are current, offer a variety of viewpoints and present an opportunity to learn about the community. If your blogs have a focus, they will attract people who share your interests. Before advertising your blog, write at least two interesting posts. Read and comment on other people’s blogs and create a link to yours. The blogosphere is a friendly community, where established bloggers want to encourage newcomers.

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