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Tuesday, June 7
 

8:30am ADT

Grow-a-Library Fundraising Raffle!
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New this year, the APLA Grow-a-Library Committee is offering raffle tickets for 3 great PEI themed prize packs to fundraise for charitable literacy organizations! !
  • 100% of the funds received will go towards the charitable literacy organizations!

As always, you can choose to make a personal donation direct (online) to any or all of the selected charitable organizations – and receive a personal charitable Income Tax receipt upon request too! (If you do, please mention APLA! It will help us keep track of the amounts of donations received. Thank you!)

The Newfoundland & Labrador Laubach Literacy Council (NLLLC) is a non-profit, charitable volunteer organization serving the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Since 1987 they have been committed to providing free quality literacy programs and services aimed at helping improve lives by raising literacy levels.

Their programs include one-on-one free tutoring to adults, including speakers of other languages, essential and employment skills programs, and a summer youth tutoring program.

The Delmore "Buddy" Daye Learning Institute (DBDLI) is an Africentric institute that creates education change for learners of African ancestry to empower them to reach their full potential.

The DBDLI is committed to improving educational experiences, opportunities and outcomes for Nova Scotian learners of African ancestry.


CODE envisions a world where every young person can pursue their education and realize their full potential as a literate, empowered, self-reliant citizen.

CODE’s mission is to enable student learning by increasing their access to qualified educators and locally- relevant, high quality learning materials.



Thank you all, for your participation and support!


And a HUGE thank you to all who provided donations for the prize packs!

—2022 APLA Grow-a-Library Committee

Tuesday June 7, 2022 8:30am - Friday June 10, 2022 12:00pm ADT
Virtual

10:30am ADT

Wellbeing 101 with the Canadian Mental Health Association - PEI Division
There is no charge for this event, but registration is required.

Wellbeing 101: Well-being can be described as the state of being comfortable, healthy and happy. This one-hour session will describe the various dimensions of well-being and impact of well-being on our mental health. Strategies will be shared to help start a daily practice of well-being and self-care. There will be time afterwards for questions and discussion.




Speakers
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Amanda Squires

Kings County Education Coordinator, Canadian Mental Health Association- PEI Division
Amanda Squires is the Kings County Education Coordinator for the Canadian Mental Health Association- PEI Division. Amanda has passion for lifelong learning and has a background in Sociology and Education.  She is an advocate for mental health education and increased awareness of... Read More →


Tuesday June 7, 2022 10:30am - 12:00pm ADT
Virtual

12:00pm ADT

Lunch
Tuesday June 7, 2022 12:00pm - 1:00pm ADT
Virtual

1:00pm ADT

Remembering Why the Work Matters: Resisting Despair by Connecting to Deeply Held Values
There is no charge for this event, but registration is required.


This presentation and workshop (including group conversation and writing/reflection prompts) will draw on existing resources in the field of narrative therapy related to ‘meaningful work’ (particularly Vikki Reynolds’ ‘Resisting Burnout with Justice Doing’ and Fan Lingli’s ‘Exploring Narrative Group Work for Responding to Burnout in Novice Teachers’). The presentation will introduce the idea of narrative therapy as a framework for understanding experience and intentionally engaging with the stories to help workers feel connected to their own preferred selves. Drawing on the idea that “who we are and what we do are influenced by the stories we tell about ourselves” (Denborough, 2014, pp. 3), this workshop will offer narrative therapy frameworks in the form of questions and prompts to invite participants to tell the story of themselves as library workers in ways that help them name and reconnect to the values that drew them to their work. Through this reconnection to values, participants will be invited to experience themselves and their work as meaningful, honouring and dignifying their actions and choices. Both parts of the session will focus on how staying connected to deeply held values can sustain work in hard times. We will also discuss how to cultivate and maintain networks of support to counter experiences of isolation.

Speakers
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Tiffany Sostar, MNTCW, community

Tiffany Sostar (they/them) is a white, non-binary, queer and disabled narrative therapist andcommunity organizer on Treaty 7 land in Calgary, Alberta. Their close personal relationshipwith hopelessness and despair informs much of their work, leading to creative ways ofstaying connected... Read More →


Tuesday June 7, 2022 1:00pm - 3:00pm ADT
Virtual
 
Wednesday, June 8
 

9:00am ADT

Conference Opening Remarks with APLA Merit Award Presentation

Welcome to the APLA Conference!

Please support your APLA Colleagues and join us for the APLA Merit Award :)

Wednesday June 8, 2022 9:00am - 9:30am ADT

9:30am ADT

A View to a Film: A University Copyright Office Grapples with Films in the Covid Era
This talk will cover the complexities of moving from in-person classes to strictly online and asynchronous delivery during a time of crisis, and how that impacted our ability to use and view films in the classroom environment. It will focus on how our process and understanding of the Copyright Act changed and how we were able to assist our instructors and provide access to key films for their students through collaboration, negotiation, and education. It will also discuss how films in streaming formats are now more desirable than ever as instructors continue to use them in place of DVDs even while back in the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Lorencz

Amy Lorencz

Metadata and Copyright Librarian, Saint Mary’s University
Amy Lorencz has been an Academic Librarian since 2013 and has been the Metadata and Copyright Librarian at Saint Mary’s University since 2017. She tells a great Dad joke at inopportune times.


Wednesday June 8, 2022 9:30am - 10:30am ADT
Virtual

9:30am ADT

PEI Community Navigators: Helping to Build Welcoming and Inclusive Communities for All in Rural Atlantic Canada
In rural communities across Prince Edward Island, the PEI Community Navigators work with communities, municipal representatives, and partners throughout the Island to help to bridge the gap between new and existing PEI residents.  Through partnerships with organizations like the Public Library system, the PEI Community Navigators host events that welcome newcomers to gather with existing residents in community, or focus on new residents by offering Canadian Culture specific events such as Easter Egg Hunts and Pumpkin Carving. Additional newcomer centered events include “Learn to Love Your Library” or English Conversation groups in order to connect newcomer residents such as temporary work permit holders and Permanent Residents with the resources that are available in their newfound community libraries.  The PEI Community Navigators are Settlement Providers, funded by the Federal Department of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada, who provide support and guidance for newcomers from outside of Canada with integration and resourcing.  In addition, The Province of PEI supports this initiative to include support to new residents from other parts of Canada, all with the goal of retaining our new residents to our rural communities. The PEI Community Navigators look forward to discussing best practices and showcasing successful events from previous partnerships, in order to engage and retain the new residents of rural communities in your province.  

Speakers
avatar for Lindee Gallant

Lindee Gallant

Eastern PEI Community Navigator, PEI Community Navigators
The PEI Community Navigators are Prince Edward Island born residents who work to bridge the gap between existing rural community members and new residents from other parts of Canada and the world through hands on community integration.Lindee Gallant is the Eastern Community Navigator... Read More →
avatar for Peggy Miles

Peggy Miles

Central PEI Community Navigator, PEI Community Navigators
The PEI Community Navigators are Prince Edward Island born residents who work to bridge the gap between existing rural community members and new residents from other parts of Canada and the world through hands on community integration.Peggy Miles is the Central Community Navigator... Read More →
avatar for Scott Smith

Scott Smith

Western PEI Community Navigator, PEI Community Navigators
The PEI Community Navigators are Prince Edward Island born residents who work to bridge the gap between existing rural community members and new residents from other parts of Canada and the world through hands on community integration.Scott Smith is the Western PEI Community Navigator... Read More →


Wednesday June 8, 2022 9:30am - 10:30am ADT
Virtual

9:30am ADT

Zombies enjoy everyone's brains: post-mortem on planning for diversity and inclusion in an interactive library learning game
ZomBool is an interactive game in which players survive the zombie apocalypse by learning about search strategies and by using Boolean operators. Even though the game features interactive elements, music, sound effects, and art, it can be played without a mouse and without ever looking at the screen.
 
This post-mortem will cover both deliberate and accidental game design choices that favored inclusivity and diversity, and reflect on which strategies can be extended to the creation of non-game instructional content. For example, deliberate choices included spelling out all the punctuation used in Boolean search expressions in the alt text of the game so that the screen reader doesn't skip it, not blocking the progress of players unable to come up with the right solution to the various puzzles, and using a random number generator to help diversify various characteristics of non-playable characters.
 
We will also discuss the remaining barriers that prevent the game from being a completely inclusive experience and what might have been done differently. And of course, we'll get the chance to play the game and see whether or not we might survive a zombie apocalypse together.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Marcoux

Julie Marcoux

Data Librarian and Reference Librarian, Dalhousie University
Julie Marcoux enjoys helping students, faculty, and researchers navigate the confusing world of data and datasets and use Boolean operators and search strategies to search library databases. She occasionally uses a touch of programming skills on projects such as creating an Excel... Read More →


Wednesday June 8, 2022 9:30am - 10:30am ADT
Virtual

10:30am ADT

Break
Wednesday June 8, 2022 10:30am - 11:00am ADT
Virtual

11:00am ADT

Community Webs: Inclusive Web and Digital Archiving for Canadian Public Libraries
Public Libraries have long served as vital sites of preservation and activation for the stories of their communities, often helping to diversify the historic record and preserve the voices of those excluded from or misrepresented in larger institutional collections. With many records now published on the web, preserving community-based web content - such as online community newspapers, local blogs, websites, social media, and other platforms - and making collections accessible online are increasingly important skills for librarians wishing to continue fulfilling their roles as caretakers of local history collections.

Community Webs, an initiative of Archive-It and the Internet Archive, aims to advance the capacity for public libraries to build archives of web-published primary sources and other digital objects documenting local history and underrepresented voices. The program achieves this mission by providing its members with free access to web and digital archiving tools, technical support and training, as well as resources to support a local history web and digital archiving community of practice.

Leveraging the experiences and expertise of participating organizations and their communities, Community Webs is working to make web and digital archiving more inclusive in Canada and beyond. This presentation will discuss how the Community Webs program is bridging the gap between local history collections and online community content, while opening new paths for public libraries to dialogue with their communities to redress the silences often found in both traditional and digital collections.

Speakers
avatar for Catherine Falls

Catherine Falls

Program Officer, Community Programs, Internet Archive Canada
Catherine Falls (she/her) helps cultural heritage organizations document local andunderrepresented histories through web archiving and other forms of digital collecting as aProgram Officer in Community Programs at Internet Archive Canada. Prior to this role,Catherine spent four years... Read More →


Wednesday June 8, 2022 11:00am - 11:30am ADT
Virtual

11:00am ADT

Journal Perpetual Access Tracking
A CRKN subcommittee has developed a system for tracking perpetual access rights for journals. It is coming live with CRKN-related holdings in 2022 (it will have been made live by June). A team of student programmers working with Melissa will have developed a search front end for this system, and designed it so that libraries with non-CRKN perpetual rights to journals will be able to incorporate that information into the search system. This presentation will explain what CRKN has designed, what their staff will and won't maintain for its members, and demo the search tool and explain how any library will be able to use it for any journal entitlements, not just CRKN content.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Belvadi

Melissa Belvadi

Collections & User Experience Librarian, Robertson Library
Melissa has been a librarian at UPEI since 2008. She previously worked for academic libraries in the US after getting her MLS from UCLA in 1993.


Wednesday June 8, 2022 11:00am - 11:30am ADT
Virtual

11:00am ADT

Lightning Talks! Bridging the Gap from an Autistic Perspective & Building A Better E-Book Accessibility Audit
Bridging the Gap from an Autistic Perspective:

Offering so much more than books, libraries provide a safe sanctuary within a community. They unite people with information, programs, resources, and community supports. The library serves individuals of every age, ethnicity, socioeconomic background and learning abilities access information. Let’s look at the Bridging the Gap through the lens of an autistic library user.

G – Great little spaces
A – Adult Programming
P – Products

The experience at a local library for an autistic individual or family can be enhanced by great little sensory-friendly spaces. These areas should be easily accessible and can be a safe haven for library guests. These calming places could provide an array of sensory products to help those with sensory sensitivities.
The library offers a wonderful array of programs; however, many are for younger children and seems to focus less on young adults and teens. It is worth noting that some young adults with diverse abilities enjoy a variety of activities that target a younger audience.

By products, we are referring to the books that neatly line the library shelves. For some older teens and adults with autism, their interest may mirror their peers, however their reading ability is that of a younger individual. In many libraries, these readers must enter the children’s section of the library to find titles they are able to read.

Building A Better E-Book Accessibility Audit:

My project involved creating an audit that would allow the library to more fully understand the accessibility needs of their users and test if those needs are being met by the databases and e-books within our catalogue.

The project summarizes the background of other accessibility audits I learned from and built upon, and the way I attempted to solve the challenges presented by audits of the past; including the difficulty with testing certain features such as text-to-speech, and the time commitment required to complete audits in one session while balancing other work.

With the use of Dalhousie’s Opinio software I was able to create an audit with sophisticated branching that could output the answers to Excel. This frees auditors from data input, allowing more time for data interpretation. Opinio as an audit tool is also useable on a variety of devices including computers, smartphones and tablets.
 


Speakers
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Kelly Vassaur

Inclusion & Adult Support Coordinator, Autism Nova Scotia
Kelly works with Autism Nova Scotia in the Family Support department. She is the Inclusion &Adult Support Coordinator and is the mom of an autistic young adult who loves her local library.
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Sam Schwanak (they/them)

Graduate Student, Dalhousie University
Sam is a non-binary autistic librarian from the east coast. They are interested in accessibility, intersectionality and social justice in the Information Management field.


Wednesday June 8, 2022 11:00am - 11:30am ADT
Virtual

11:30am ADT

Decolonizing LCSH @ Memorial Libraries
Structured vocabularies such as Library of Congress Subject Headings are rooted in colonial conceptualizations of knowledge. Subject headings that include the term “Indian” are examples of this outdated view of knowledge organization. One step toward meeting Recommendation 5 of the CFLA-FCAB Truth and Reconciliation Committee to "Decolonize Access and Classification…”, is to replace subject headings referring to Indigenous peoples with more culturally appropriate terms.

This presentation includes some of the history and thought processes behind the need for updating subject headings, how it impacts users of the library and the people of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, and shares the methods being used at Memorial University of Newfoundland to decolonize the subject headings in our bibliographic records. Although not a complete solution, this important change will make our discovery layer more inclusive and welcoming to all our patrons.

Speakers
avatar for Stacey Penney

Stacey Penney

Cataloguing Librarian, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Stacey Penney is a Cataloguing Librarian with Memorial Libraries. Since her sabbatical focused on learning about Truth and Reconciliation and library decolonization in 2018-2019, Stacey has become the Memorial Libraries leader in this area.
avatar for Michaela Doucette

Michaela Doucette

Indigenous Archivist, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Michaela Doucette is Indigenous Archivist with Memorial Libraries. Having received her Masters of Archival Studies with a First Nations Curriculum Concentration (FNCC) in 2021, Michaela has placed a focus on exploring the ways in which information institutions can work towards reconciliation... Read More →
avatar for Heather Pretty

Heather Pretty

Cataloguing Librarian, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Heather Pretty is a Cataloguing Librarian with Memorial Libraries. Related to her primary responsibility for Authorities, Heather is interested in the transition of library bibliographic and other metadata to linked data, and how library linked data might aid in the decolonization... Read More →


Wednesday June 8, 2022 11:30am - 12:00pm ADT
Virtual

11:30am ADT

Libraries "coming out" in support of LGBTQIA+ human rights and social justice
Presentation to be based on my chapter from this book: Perspectives on Libraries as Institutions of Human Rights and Social Justice; Edition: Vol. 41; Chapter: 8; Publisher: Emerald; Editors: Ursula Gorham, Natalie Green Taylor, Paul T. Jaeger.

My chapter: Libraries "coming out" in support of LGBTQIA+ human rights and social justice

Summary from abstract for chapter: Exploring the relationship between LGBTQIA+ human rights and libraries. Methodology/approach - Framed around the Williams Institute report Public Attitudes toward Homosexuality and Gay Rights across Time and Countries (2014), and incorporating aspects of queer theory. A look at some of the literature discussing libraries and the LGBTQIA+ community.  Examples of activities libraries are engaging in to support LGBTQIA+ rights.

Speakers
avatar for Peggy McEachreon BA MA MLIS

Peggy McEachreon BA MA MLIS

Policy Coordinator, Horizon Health Network
After completing an MLIS degree at Western in 2012 and then working in academic and public libraries, Peggy transitioned to the healthcare industry and has since held roles in medical libraries, medical records and risk management.


Wednesday June 8, 2022 11:30am - 12:00pm ADT
Virtual

11:30am ADT

Telling Queer Stories: From an Author on the Other Side of the Bookshelf
As both a young adult queer author and as someone who has worked in a library for over ten years, I have seen the drive for more representation in books from both sides of the shelves. However, there are certainly still gaps and more work to be done. In this presentation, I will talk about what it’s like to be a queer author writing in the current climate of publishing. I will also offer resources for finding queer books, and give my recommendations for young adult and children’s books that cover the length of the LGBTQ+ spectrum.


Speakers
avatar for Emily Victoria

Emily Victoria

Author, Inkyard Press/HarperCollins
Emily Victoria is a queer Canadian prairie girl who writes young adult science fiction and fantasy. She’s worked at a library for over ten years where she’s taken home far too many books.


Wednesday June 8, 2022 11:30am - 12:00pm ADT
Virtual

12:00pm ADT

Lunch
Wednesday June 8, 2022 12:00pm - 12:45pm ADT
Virtual

12:45pm ADT

Ryan J. Dowd Opening Keynote
Do you have patrons who bring in too many bags?  Smell really bad?  Panhandle in your library?  Argue with you and other patrons?  This training is much more than simple “sensitivity training.”  You will learn why individuals experiencing homelessness do what they do and the practical tools for resolving problems.  There is a special focus on mentally ill and/or addicted patrons.  After this training, you will have more confidence with homeless patrons.  This training with Ryan Dowd is based on his ALA book, “The Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness.”
 


Speakers
avatar for Ryan J. Dowd

Ryan J. Dowd

Teacher, Speaker, Homeless Training
Ryan Dowd has worked most of his career running homeless shelters. Currently, he works at the second largest homeless shelter in Illinois. He trains libraries around the country (and world) on how to work with difficult homeless patrons, using the same tools that homeless shelters... Read More →


Wednesday June 8, 2022 12:45pm - 2:00pm ADT

2:00pm ADT

TD Summer Reading Club Library Awards & CELA (Centre for Equitable Library Access) Accessible Library Award Presentations
TD Summer Reading Club is Canada’s biggest, bilingual summer reading program for kids of all ages, all interests, and all abilities. This free program is co-created and delivered by more than 2,000 public libraries across Canada.  It celebrates Canadian authors, illustrators and stories. It’s designed to inspire kids to explore the fun of reading their way – the key to building a lifelong love of reading.

Since 2007, the TD Summer Reading Club Library Awards have recognized and rewarded the most innovative and effective TD Summer Reading Club programs in local libraries across Canada. Separate awards are presented for the English and French summer reading programs.

Prizes:
First-prize winners receive $8,000 to be invested in the children’s section of their public library branch
Second-prize winners receive $4,000 to be invested in the children’s section of their public library branch
Third-prize winners receive $2,000 to be invested in the children’s section of their public library branch

Wednesday June 8, 2022 2:00pm - 2:30pm ADT
Virtual

2:30pm ADT

"‘It’s on our website!’: an analysis of resources shared online by NPOs serving vulnerable communities in the Annapolis Valley”
Non-profit and community-based organizations (NPOs and CBOs) serve a valuable role in supporting vulnerable or historically excluded communities and acting as educators, advocates, and policy champions out in the broader community. An integral piece of their work is information sharing with their communities, allies, and the public through their websites and social media platforms. Speakers Maggie and Lynn seek to understand and describe the types of information that service, advocacy and activism NPOs and CBOs in the Annapolis Valley share on their websites as resources for site visitors and identify ways in which Libraries can support these important organizations in their information sharing. Descriptive and thematic analysis of NPO/CBO shared and sourced information lays the groundwork for a holistic understanding of their information sharing and needs while also identifying potential barriers to access and use. Join Maggie and Lynn for an informative session on their research and hopes for its future directions.


Speakers
avatar for Maggie Nielson (she/her)

Maggie Nielson (she/her)

Academic Librarian, Acadia University
Maggie is an Academic Librarian at Acadia University’s Vaughan Memorial Library. AsCoordinator of EDI, her role is to infuse the Library’s collections, spaces, and policies with theprinciples of equity, diversity, and inclusion.
avatar for Lynn Hart (they/he)

Lynn Hart (they/he)

MLIS Student, Dalhousie University, School of Information Management
Lynn is an MLIS candidate from Dalhousie University who has previous research experience.They are pursuing a career within academic libraries with special focus on EDI outreach and/orliaisonship.


Wednesday June 8, 2022 2:30pm - 3:30pm ADT
Virtual

2:30pm ADT

Learning for a Diverse World
Creating diverse and welcoming spaces at our Libraries mean that our staff need to be aware of themselves and customers. Over the last 2 years Halifax Public Libraries have embarked on a program of learning and development for all staff that includes education in library services as well as creating an understanding of the people in the communities we serve. Using a variety of learning opportunities and methods, staff can explore a variety of topics, to increase their abilities and create diverse and welcoming spaces within the library and our communities.

In this session, we will:

- Discuss the steps we have taken to create a diverse learning program for staff.
- Share how we are consciously raising awareness, by creating learning opportunities for staff, and the accountability measures we use.
- Examine our delivery system which allows staff to learn at their own pace and time.
- Discuss ideas for helping people to learn and share in our diverse communities.
- Share ideas for creating learning within our staff and communities.


Speakers
avatar for Pam Tracz

Pam Tracz

Manager Learning & Development, Halifax Public Libraries
Pam Tracz (M.A. Ed.) is the Learning & Development Manager for the Halifax Public Libraries where she has been working with staff to develop their skills for the last 2.5 years. She brings a wealth of experience in the area of learning and skills development. Pam has helped people... Read More →


Wednesday June 8, 2022 2:30pm - 3:30pm ADT
Virtual

2:30pm ADT

‘It's a very straight space’: gender-diverse students’ narratives about the academic library
How do students with diverse gender identities experience and perceive the academic library? What can we learn from our students to help develop services, spaces and collections that support their safety and well-being? This presentation will highlight results from a qualitative case study at an academic library by exploring themes related to the students’ experiences with library workers, the library’s physical environment and its collections. The study results position the library as both a source of positive, transformational potential and site of harm and oppression. Students reported experiencing great discomfort while using library bathrooms and study spaces and were distressed by encountering library materials containing outdated, inaccurate information about gender identity/sexual diversity. Gender diverse students described affirming experiences with library workers while being confronted with library technology – e.g. computers – which deadnamed them. And they questioned why libraries provide platforms to transphobic speakers in the name of intellectual freedom and highlighted the dangers of espousing neutrality. While themes surfaced by this study reflect the participants’ individual lived experiences, they are broadly reflected in survey results, scholarly literature and other research documenting these concerns. Finally, this presentation will describe students’ suggestions for how academic libraries can bridge the gaps to become safer and more inclusive. Attendees will be invited to reflect on changes they could incorporate in their home libraries.

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Yates (she/her)

Elizabeth Yates (she/her)

Acting Head, Research Lifecycle; Research and Scholarly Communication Librarian, Brock University
Elizabeth Yates is a Research and Scholarly Communication Librarian at Brock University and a member of several groups working to advance equity for members of the 2S&LGBTQ+ community.


Wednesday June 8, 2022 2:30pm - 3:30pm ADT
Virtual

3:30pm ADT

Break
Wednesday June 8, 2022 3:30pm - 4:00pm ADT
Virtual

4:00pm ADT

Íjè: A Voyage into Island Immigrant Life - An Anthology
Elizabeth will talk about bringing the anthology to life, the motivation behind the project, and next steps.

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Iwunwa

Elizabeth Iwunwa

Writer
Elizabeth Iwunwa was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria. She attended the University of Prince Edward Island and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Business Administration in Global Leadership. A writer whose work has been featured in the CBC, she is currently... Read More →


Wednesday June 8, 2022 4:00pm - 4:30pm ADT
Virtual

4:00pm ADT

Steps Toward Reconciliation: The Development of Indigenous Services at Dalhousie Libraries
Libraries have a responsibility to decolonize, but the path toward reconciliation isn’t always a straight one. Our presentation will discuss Dalhousie Libraries’ ongoing journey toward reconciliation: what we have done, what we plan to do in the immediate future, and what work still needs to be done in the long term. The recent project to establish an Indigenous Community Room in the Killam Memorial Library will be highlighted

Speakers
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Samantha Adema

Indigenous Services Librarian, Dalhousie University
Samantha Adema is the Indigenous Services Librarian at Dalhousie University. She obtained her MLIS from Dalhousie in 2019 and is a member of Sipekne’katik First Nation.
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Elaine MacInnis

Associate Dean Library Services and Head, MacRae Library, Dalhousie University
As the Associate Dean Library Services at DalhousieUniversity, Elaine coordinates with staff in the Dal Libraries in the areas ofaccess services, reference and research services, document delivery, data & GISservices, copyright, library assessment, equity, diversity & inclusion andIndigenous... Read More →


Wednesday June 8, 2022 4:00pm - 4:30pm ADT
Virtual

4:00pm ADT

Writing a Diversity Statement for a Job Application
Some job applications in higher education nowadays ask for applicants to include a diversity statement in their application package. This past summer, I applied for a university librarian job that asked for one and I had no idea where to begin. This led me down a rabbit hole trying to figure out what to include and I ended up conducting additional research about this trend. The ask for a diversity statement can come in a couple of different ways as some job applications will simply ask for a statement while others may ask for how to include it in your research. I found writing a diversity statement to be a great learning experience and I would like to share some of this research along with tips on what to include in a diversity statement.

Speakers
avatar for Emily Cooke

Emily Cooke

Collection Assessment and Development Librarian, Atlantic School of Theology Library
Emily Cooke has been working in libraries for ten years at a variety of levels. They strive to assistindividuals in their journey as lifelong learners by encouraging a love for literacy and passion fordiscovery.


Wednesday June 8, 2022 4:00pm - 4:30pm ADT
Virtual
 
Thursday, June 9
 

9:00am ADT

COUNTER 5 Update and Open Source Tools to work with it
Melissa will give a quick update on where the industry is right now with COUNTER 5, then reintroduce the open source COUNTER usage data harvesting tool she developed in 2019, but with an emphasis on how to use advanced Sqlite database tools to analyze the harvested data. She will then introduce a new open source program she has developed specifically for the ebook COUNTER reports to retrieve Library of Congress call number classifications, incorporate them into that or some other database, and use these tools in combination to analyze ebook usage and turnaway data for collection development purposes. Included will be a quick review of the COUNTER 5 metrics specifically for ebooks, what they mean, and best practice tips for using them.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Belvadi

Melissa Belvadi

Collections & User Experience Librarian, Robertson Library
Melissa has been a librarian at UPEI since 2008. She previously worked for academic libraries in the US after getting her MLS from UCLA in 1993.


Thursday June 9, 2022 9:00am - 10:00am ADT
Virtual

9:00am ADT

Passes for the People: An Introduction to NBPLS’ Pass Lending Partnerships
Since 2017, the New Brunswick Public Library Service (NBPLS) has been partnering with various cultural and heritage sites in New Brunswick to offer free passes through the province’s public libraries. This presentation will reveal how the partnership started, how it works, how libraries and partners benefit from it, and how it helps us to bridge the gap with underserved populations such as newcomers and low-income families. Join us to discover why this was an opportunity we couldn’t pass up!

Speakers
avatar for Kate Thompson

Kate Thompson

Head of Public Services Development, New Brunswick Public Library Service
Kate Thompson, Head of Public Services Development for the New Brunswick PublicLibrary Service, has a BA in History and French from the University of New Brunswick –Saint John campus, and an MLIS from Dalhousie. Based out of the Provincial Office inFredericton, she oversees the... Read More →
avatar for Megan Mainwaring

Megan Mainwaring

Program Officer, Strategic Initiatives, New Brunswick Museum
Megan Mainwaring, Program Officer, Strategic Initiatives at the New BrunswickMuseum, has a BA in Art History from Queen’s University and MA from CarletonUniversity in Canadian Studies (Heritage Conservation). She has worked forStonehammer UNESCO Global Geopark, Parks Canada, museums... Read More →


Thursday June 9, 2022 9:00am - 10:00am ADT
Virtual

10:00am ADT

Break
Thursday June 9, 2022 10:00am - 10:30am ADT
Virtual

10:30am ADT

Extending Your Reach with Accessible Social Media Posts
Social media platforms are a popular and efficient way for libraries to connect with their communities, but are your posts accessible and inclusive for everyone? The National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS) will demonstrate how assistive technologies, such as screen readers, access social media content. This session will feature screen reader demonstrations sharing the good, the bad, and the absent when it comes to alt-text for images and the use of CamelCase in hashtags. In addition, we will share practical techniques and how to combat common mistakes encountered when using hashtags and creating alt text for posted images on Facebook and Twitter. Finally, we'll finish the session with hands-on practice for attendees, followed by a question and answer period. We hope this session will boost library staffs' confidence in making accessible social media posts.

Speakers
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Ka Li (he/him)

Accessibility Analyst, National Network for Equitable Library Service
Ka (he/him) is an accessibility consultant in the area of digital access. He works with a variety of organizations to make sure that their products and services provide an outstanding experience for everyone that goes beyond compliance. He is particularly passionate about making STEAM... Read More →
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Simon Jaeger (he/him)

Accessibility Analyst, National Network for Equitable Library Service
Simon (he/him) is a totally blind accessibility enthusiast, bookworm, animal lover, tech collector, coffee addict, and occasional musician from Vancouver Island. After spending several years as the local assistive tech trainer, he began working as an accessibility tester with NNELS... Read More →


Thursday June 9, 2022 10:30am - 11:30am ADT
Virtual

10:30am ADT

Perspectives on Islam & Muslims in Library Spaces
Early research on libraries dating as far back as 1875 shows that libraries have been referred to as a “social institution.”1 Libraries are social institutions that share the common mission of ensuring that all people have access to education and lifelong learning opportunities.2 They exist in every kind of neighbourhood, serving as community hubs and are known as safe spaces that nurture community connection. Recent research explores the library space as playing an integral role in reflecting the diverse communities that exist within which they exist.3 This includes understanding the realities of various communities and how to effectively build and promote deep and meaningful community-based relationships. As institutions across Canada work to build inclusive spaces that truly reflect Canada’s diverse mosaic, addressing Islamophobia must be a key factor of consideration and libraries play an important role in this.
In this interactive presentation, the Muslim Association of Canada (MAC) addresses three important components: (1) providing an in-depth understanding of Islamophobia; (2) explore some basic principles that define the Islamic framework; (3) discuss some practical guidelines and recommendations for library systems to consider through various levels of governance, programs, resources, and community engagement, as they take an active role in addressing Islamophobia. This presentation builds on the work that MAC has been doing in collaboration with Capacity Canada on educating non-profit boards on addressing Islamophobia4; and working with the Province of Ontario’s Ministry of Education to build anti-Islamophobia resources for educators.5 MAC is the largest charitable Muslim organization in Canada, focusing on building communities and strengthening neighbourhoods and mobilizing to be a positive force for change in society. MAC has been working actively to dismantle the drastic rise in Islamophobia through education, and collaborative work.6


Speakers
avatar for Sarah Attia

Sarah Attia

National Youth Director, Muslim Association of Canada
Sarah is the National Youth Director for the Muslim Association of Canada. She alsooversees MAC iRise, through which she develops character education curricula andprograms for MAC schools across the country. Sarah also serves on the board ofdirectors for the National Alliance of Children... Read More →
avatar for Khaled Al-Qazzaz

Khaled Al-Qazzaz

Director of Education, Muslim Association of Canada
Khaled Al-Qazzaz Director of Education at the Muslim Association of Canada. He is thefounder of I-RSS, an institute that promotes knowledge exchange and serves as a vehicleto bring positive policy change for Muslims in North America. He is a member of theInternational Justice Circle... Read More →
avatar for Memona Hossain

Memona Hossain

PhD candidate in Applied Ecopsychology
Memona Hossain is a PhD candidate in Applied Ecopsychology.  Sheteaches community-based Ecopsychology courses through the University of GuelphArboretum, Emmanuel College at the University of Toronto. Memona has been apresenter at the Ontario Library Association’s 2022 Superconference... Read More →


Thursday June 9, 2022 10:30am - 11:30am ADT
Virtual

10:30am ADT

APLA Information Literacy Interest Group Virtual Drop-In Space
Members of APLA’s Information Literacy Interest Group will speak about the Virtual Drop-In
Learning Spaces they have hosted in 2021-2022. These sessions focused on specific themes
surrounding information literacy, such as instruction technologies, strategies, and evaluation.
The presenters will describe the rationale for these spaces, and share the successes and
challenges of previous sessions. They will also outline how these informal professional
development opportunities serve as a means to increase inclusion and diversity within
information professions. The sessions are open to anybody with an interest in information
literacy, regardless of their employment status, job title, or institution of employment. Thereby,
these sessions allow those who are unemployed, underemployed, students, and anybody in
non-traditional information professional roles to freely participate in sessions, which may both
benefit their professional development, and enhance the sessions with their perspectives. The
presentation will be followed by an optional virtual drop-in session, in which participants will
experience the learning space for themselves and engage in informal professional
development. This session will also serve as an introduction to the APLA Information Literacy
Interest Group for conference attendees who are not familiar with the group and its work.

Speakers
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Agnieszka Hayes (she/her)

Convener, APLA Information Literacy Interest Group; and Academic Librarian, Vaughan Memorial Library, Acadia University
Agnieszka Hayes is the Convener for the APLA Information Literacy Interest Group. She is also an Academic Librarian at the Vaughan Memorial Library at Acadia University, where she is a liaison to Classics, Comparative Religion, History, and Theology, and coordinates the Special C... Read More →
avatar for K-Lee Fraser (she/her)

K-Lee Fraser (she/her)

Liaison Librarian, University of Toronto
K-Lee Fraser is the Language Studies and Sociology Liaison Librarian at the University of Toronto Scarborough Library. Her research interests include library anxiety, BIPOC recruitment and retention in libraries, information literacy, and sociolinguistics.
avatar for Nicole Marcoux (she/they)

Nicole Marcoux (she/they)

Librarian
Nicole Marcoux is an early career academic librarian in Kjipuktuk (Halifax). Her research interests include information equity, collection development, and LGBTQ+ research methods.


Thursday June 9, 2022 10:30am - 12:00pm ADT
Virtual

11:30am ADT

Ten Steps to an Amazing, Accessible, Summer Reading Club for Kids!
Learn how to make your children’s summer reading programs inclusive and welcoming for kids with disabilities. These 10 steps will guide you along your planning, program implementation and evaluation journey to ensure every aspect is accessible.  You will gain awareness of some of the challenges facing kids with disabilities who use the library both in person and virtually, how to inspire staff to follow accessibility best practices, outreach tips to encourage more families with disabilities to participate and, feature your summer reading club materials and books in accessible reading formats. You can make your program shine this year by offering an amazing, accessible, summer reading club! 

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Breau

Rachel Breau

Manager, Member Services, CELA
Rachel has worked in accessible library services for nearly 20 years connecting library patrons with print disabilities, library staff, educators and other professionals who support them, with alternate format books and reading technologies. With a special interest in fostering the... Read More →


Thursday June 9, 2022 11:30am - 12:00pm ADT
Virtual

11:30am ADT

APLA Pre-Resolutions Meeting - Please read description for details on how to attend
Open to all members of the Atlantic Provinces Library Association

If you would like to attend this meeting then please let Cate Carlyle (VP-President Elect) know ahead of time so she can send you an invitation to the meeting. The email address is president-elect@apla.ca

For any APLA member proposing/or seconding a resolution you will need to attend this meeting.

The last time for submitting a proposed resolution to the committee is 10:00 a.m. on Thursday 9th of June.

Thursday June 9, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm ADT

12:00pm ADT

Lunch
Thursday June 9, 2022 12:00pm - 1:00pm ADT
Virtual

1:00pm ADT

Academic Integrity is for Everyone: Fostering Student Success with a New Library Assignment
Despite ubiquitous warnings and discussions around plagiarism, many students have a very superficial understanding of the concept. There are many reasons for this, ranging from diverse cultural attitudes and previous educational experiences to a lack of available, accessible, and timely information about the topic.
For many years, librarians at the Patrick Power Library have provided workshops about academic integrity, plagiarism, and citation styles as part of our instruction program. Although well received, the amount of content that can be covered in a 90 minute or one hour workshop is limited and does not allow for in-depth student engagement.

In 2019, the University Senate expressed a need for an educational offering to cultivate academic integrity. The information literacy librarians saw an opportunity to broaden our support for academic integrity and created what became a new non-credit course: Academic Integrity Foundations (AIF). The arrival of the pandemic in 2020, followed by campus shutdowns and a pivot to online learning, made clear the benefits of developing AIF so that students can proceed through the material at their own pace, testing their understanding as they go.
Piloted and launched in 2021, AIF is an asynchronous, module-based, interdisciplinary Brightspace course designed to educate students about academic integrity, and how to avoid mistakes like plagiarism. To date, more than 1500 students have completed AIF.

In this presentation, we will provide a brief background on the development and implementation of AIF, including a look at its content and assessments, how it is being used, reaction and feedback, and our plans for AIF going forward.


Speakers
avatar for Heather Sanderson

Heather Sanderson

Information Literacy Librarian, Patrick Power Library, Saint Mary’s University
Heather Sanderson is the Information Literacy Librarian at the Patrick Power Library, SaintMary’s University. Her research interests include information literacy, pedagogy and learningtheory, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.
avatar for Cindy Harrigan

Cindy Harrigan

Instructional Development Librarian, Patrick Power Library, Saint Mary’s University
Cindy Harrigan is the Instructional Development Librarian at the Patrick Power Library, SaintMary’s University. Her research interests include information literacy, academic integrity, activelearning, and user experience.


Thursday June 9, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm ADT
Virtual

1:00pm ADT

eMental Health and Addictions Resources and Engaging the Library Community
Working together with community partners is the best way to support the mental wellness of all
Nova Scotians. This presentation will provide key information on Nova Scotia Health’s Mental Health
and Addictions Program (MHAP) new Online services and resources (found at MHAhelpNS.ca and
clicking "Online Tools"). The goal of these services is to promote wellness and recovery broadly in
communities. All of the Online tools are made available 24/7, at no cost, confidentially, securely, and
many in French. Nova Scotian’s may not always connect with MHAP but often access community
resources or programs, public libraries being a critical access point. Participants will leave with an
understanding of :

o MHAP Online mental health and addictions service basics (what it is and why we are offering)
o How Public Libraries can enhance support in addressing mental wellness and substance use
concerns in communities
o Impact of digital equity
o Overview of the new services available, how they can be used
o Tips and strategies for how to know when a service might benefit one of your service users

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Hudson-Frigault,  MA. Coun. Psych.

Amanda Hudson-Frigault, MA. Coun. Psych.

Community Consultant, Policy and Planning,, Mental Health and Addictions Services, Nova Scotia Health
Amanda Hudson-Frigault holds a Masters of Counseling Psychology, and is the eMentalHealth Community Consultant with the Mental Health and Addiction Program, NovaScotia Health. Amanda has worked in a variety of provincial roles over the past 15 yearswith Nova Scotia Health, including... Read More →


Thursday June 9, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm ADT
Virtual

1:00pm ADT

Looking for love in all the wrong pages and the Lack of Diversity in the Romance Genre
Romance is a sadly maligned genre. Often dismissed as trashy, poorly written and unworthy of a second glance by a serious reader, many people are ashamed to admit they read romance or are unwilling to give it a try. Yet, despite this negative view, romance novels garner hundreds of millions of readers and represent billions of dollars to the publishing industry.

During this presentation, we will define the romance genre (and its many subgenres), look at the history of the romance novel - how it has evolved and what changes still need to be made. We will talk about some of the key authors and some spicy books!

Attendees will come away with a new respect for this genre, and a willingness to explore some romance titles (or openly admit they already read romance!)


Speakers
avatar for Chantelle Taylor

Chantelle Taylor

Deputy Chief Librarian, Cumberland Public Libraries
Chantelle Taylor was volun-told to create an Erotic literature presentation for a conference in 2014. She now regularly has conversations about throuples, but they are all literary related.


Thursday June 9, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm ADT
Virtual

2:00pm ADT

Break
Thursday June 9, 2022 2:00pm - 2:30pm ADT
Virtual

2:30pm ADT

Open Forum for Library Technicians, Clerks and Non-Certified library staff
Hosted by the Library Staff and Interest Group, this forum will encourage library technicians and other library staff to share what you do in your library regularly to help create a diverse and inclusive environment for your library users and user groups.  Time permitting, there can be discussion of other issues of current interest and relevance to library technicians in general and to our interest group members in particular,  We would like to use Mentimeter or a similar application to allow attendees to submit feedback anonymously.

Speakers
avatar for Alexandra Tome

Alexandra Tome

Library and Information Technician, Mount Allison University
Alexandra is a 2017 graduate of the Library and Information Technician program at Seneca College in Toronto. Before commencing work with Mount Allison University last spring, Alexandra was the E-Learning Library Technician at Humber (College) Libraries in Toronto.
avatar for André Vietinghoff

André Vietinghoff

Retired Librarian
I am a retired librarian who was blessed to spend the last fifteen years of my career as a cataloguer with the New Brunswick Public Library Service, and previously eleven years in library automation and cataloguing with the Etobicoke Board of Education and the Toronto District School... Read More →


Thursday June 9, 2022 2:30pm - 3:30pm ADT
Virtual

2:30pm ADT

Accessibility in Public Libraries in Canada: Bridging the Gap
While public libraries in Canada strive to offer services to disadvantaged and marginalized populations, accessibility for readers with print disabilities is often not considered in the development and offering of the mainstream services of the library, and accessible content and systems are often only available in a separate service or repository. With support from the Canada Book Fund, NNELS (National Network for Equitable Library Service) and CELA (Centre for Equitable Library Access) are co-leading the Public Libraries Accessibility Resource Centre (PLARC) project, to engage with library staff to develop awareness and training in accessibility in all areas of the library, and help ensure the availability, procurement and delivery of accessible books and resources across Canada. This panel discussion will include an overview of the PLARC project, a user perspective on accessibility within public libraries, and a library staff perspective on incorporating accessibility across all operations and services. This session will also provide an overview of the complicated landscape of accessibility, which will help librarians and library staff better serve their diversity of readers.
 

Speakers
avatar for Daniella Levy-Pinto (she/her)

Daniella Levy-Pinto (she/her)

NNELS Manager, BC Libraries Cooperative
Daniella Levy-Pinto (she/her) is an expert in accessibility, including digital technology as well as livable spaces. She has been a user of assistive technologies for more than two decades in her different roles in academic and professional settings. She is the Manager of NNELS (National... Read More →
avatar for Laurie Davidson (she/her)

Laurie Davidson (she/her)

Executive Director, CELA
Laurie Davidson (she/her) is the Executive Director of CELA (Centre for Equitable Library Access) and is passionate about building an accessible and equitable reading landscape for all. She has worked in non-profits, library consortia, academic and public libraries, and the library... Read More →
avatar for Cynthia Gatto

Cynthia Gatto

Manager of Collection Development, Halifax Public Libraries
Cynthia Gatto is the Manager of Collection Development and is on the Accessibility Committee at Halifax Public Libraries. She is also on the Library Advisory Group for the Public Libraries Accessibility Resource Centre project.


Thursday June 9, 2022 2:30pm - 3:30pm ADT
Virtual

2:30pm ADT

Representation Matters: Perspectives from BIPOC Library Colleagues
As members of the Ontario Library Association’s Cultural Diversity and Inclusion committee, we hear over and over that Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) library colleagues feel alone in their workplaces. They are often the only BIPOC employee or one of a small number in their workplaces. In addition to hiring more BIPOC librarians and staff, there are many ways in which libraries can show support for their BIPOC library colleagues. These can be part of public facing collection development initiatives and programs, as well as internal staff initiatives. This session will share examples of how the library staff at all levels can demonstrate allyship in support of BIPOC library colleagues and the greater BIPOC community.

Speakers
avatar for Mai Lu

Mai Lu

Head, Public Services, University of Toronto Mississauga
Mai Lu is the Head, Public Services at the University of Toronto Mississauga Library, a member of the OLA Cultural Diversity and Inclusion committee, a member of the CARL Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion working group, and is currently a fellow in the ARL Leadership and Career Development... Read More →
avatar for Shernett Bennett

Shernett Bennett

Library Technician, Humber College - Archive
Shernett Bennett is a Library Technician at the Humber College – Archives and she is a member of the OLA Cultural Diversity and Inclusion committee. Shernett is also a member of Humber College Library’s Policy and EDI committees, and she is the current Co-Lead of Humber College’s... Read More →


Thursday June 9, 2022 2:30pm - 3:30pm ADT
Virtual

3:30pm ADT

Break
Thursday June 9, 2022 3:30pm - 4:00pm ADT
Virtual

4:00pm ADT

 
Friday, June 10
 

9:00am ADT

Becoming Champions – Cultivating Cultures of Belonging through Inclusive Leadership and Best Practice
Equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) is a pressing priority for libraries. Despite a wave of
activity and interest, it can be difficult to know where to begin:
  • How do we cultivate thriving cultures that create belonging for all?
  • How do we dismantle the status quo and address injustices?
  • How do we celebrate the uniqueness of individuals, while bridging across difference?
  • How do we avoid causing harm?
There are no simple answers to these tough questions. However, there are best
practices that can guide your library on the path to meaningful change. The foundation of
an effective EDI strategy starts with inclusive leadership. This is reflected in the
standards developed by experts, such as the Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Benchmarks (GDEIB)
. These toolkits help organizations gauge their maturity. They also
offer guidance on how to weave EDI values into an organization’s DNA.
For impactful progress, libraries must honestly assess their readiness and approach EDI
strategy holistically. Our presentation will discuss the application of the GDEIB for
organizational self-assessment. We will focus on the foundational area of leadership,
which is an essential ingredient for any action plan. Next, we will share lessons from our
own learning journeys - as leaders without formal authority within an academic library
setting.

Attendees will come away with a better understanding of the GDEIB and the role leaders
at all levels of an organization play in sustaining culture change. We hope participants
will feel empowered to approach this crucial work comprehensively, shifting efforts
towards best practice.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Quail

Stephanie Quail

Teaching & Learning Librarian, York University Libraries, Toronto, ON
Stephanie Quail is a Teaching & Learning Librarian at York University, specializing inopen education initiatives. She is also a SPARC Open Education Leadership Fellow, withresearch interests that encompass inclusive leadership, instructional design, andexperiential education theo... Read More →
avatar for Leigh Jackson (she/her)

Leigh Jackson (she/her)

Content Development Librarian, York University Libraries, Toronto, ON
Leigh Jackson works as a Content Development Librarian at York University, specializing in bilingual (French/ English) collections. With a background in user experience (UX) design and e-learning, she is currently studying inclusive leadership and project management.


Friday June 10, 2022 9:00am - 10:00am ADT

9:00am ADT

Inconvenient exposure: Managing controversial content in digital collections
From family history to wrongful arrests to genocide denial, our community collections are reaching more people in more places, and not everyone is happy about it. So, how do you handle online pushback about your digital collections? Is it censorship or good policy to remove a newspaper article from the collection because someone’s checkered past is affecting their present? What happens when a collection sheds new light on a controversy? This session will discuss a wide array of examples of individual and community response to controversial content online. We’ll see how organizations are managing everything from personal information removal requests to hacked servers as new or buried narratives emerge through digitization. The session hopes to instigate conversation around planning digitization of controversial - or potentially controversial - material with respect and honesty, audience experience with in-house policies around personal information, and idea sharing for sustainable and comprehensive community representation online.




Speakers
avatar for Jess Posgate

Jess Posgate

Projects Coordinator, OurDigitalWorld
Jess Posgate has an MA in English Literature (UVictoria) and MISt in Library Science (UToronto) and has been involved in online resource projects and managing community heritage projects since 2005. Since 2009, Jess has been working with OurDigitalWorld and the GLAM sector to create... Read More →


Friday June 10, 2022 9:00am - 10:00am ADT
Virtual

9:00am ADT

The Dungeon Master’s Handbook: Popular and Inclusive Events for Teens in a Public Library
In the Fall of 2021, the PEI Public Library Service started a virtual program that would engage
teens within a safe environment, embracing inclusion and diversity. Teen attendance
suffers when a program is viewed as ‘uncool’, when social anxiety is acute, or when a safe space
is not provided. A Dungeons and Dragons program has been the key to solving all these hurdles.
Advertised as a weekly, one-hour session, teens help create and participate in their very own
role-playing adventure, with no previous experience needed. With a budget of $0, this popular
program has seen a diverse group of teens come together and have fun, strengthening both
their problem-solving skills and social literacy. The program has already seen growth in the
number of sessions, fostered collaboration with outside organizations, and adaptations to other
settings. The program is easily adaptable for online and in-person settings, different
environments, age groups, and styles, opening new possibilities for collaboration and library
engagement across a diverse community.

Participants will learn how a Dungeons and Dragons library program can spark long-lasting
engagement in a diverse teen community, and how they can start their own Dungeons and
Dragons adventure.

Speakers
avatar for Leigh Emerson

Leigh Emerson

Children’s Librarian, Confederation Centre Public Library, PEI Public Library Service
Leigh Emerson is the Children’s Librarian at the Confederation Centre Public Library. She isinterested in promoting all types of literacy, equity and diversity, and helping people find thejoy of lifelong learning.


Friday June 10, 2022 9:00am - 10:00am ADT
Virtual

10:00am ADT

Break
Friday June 10, 2022 10:00am - 10:30am ADT
Virtual

10:30am ADT

10:45am ADT

Julie Pellisier-Lush Closing Keynote
Please come and join Julie Pellissier-Lush, M..S.M, Poet Laureate of PEI would love to share her knowledge and teachings of the seven sacred teachings passed down from generation to generation, with a sprinkling of poetry, storytelling and music to help keep the fun and energy alive throughout the presentation.  Come learn the teachings our elders past down for us to learn to live a better life with each other, with our community and the beautiful nature around us.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Pellisier-Lush

Julie Pellisier-Lush

Poet Laureate of PEI
Julie Pellissier-Lush is an actress, and bestselling author of ‘My Mi’kmaq Mother’, Poet Laureate for PEI, recipient of the Queens jubilee medal in 2013, the Meritorious Service Medal recipient in 2017, and the Senators 150 metal in April 2019. Julie wrote the poems for the... Read More →


Friday June 10, 2022 10:45am - 12:00pm ADT
Virtual

12:00pm ADT

Lunch
Friday June 10, 2022 12:00pm - 12:30pm ADT
Virtual

12:30pm ADT

APLA OGM - Zoom link available in OGM package circulated on APLA list and in attendees .pdf links list
Open to all members of the Atlantic Provinces Library Association. Please contact the secretary@apla.ca if you'd like the zoom link emailed to you directly.

Friday June 10, 2022 12:30pm - 2:00pm ADT
Virtual