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Friday, June 7

9:00am NDT

Services for patrons with print disabilities: improved access to audiobooks, e-text and braille through CELA, the Centre for Equitable Library Access
For the nearly 3 million Canadians who cannot read print due to a learning, visual or physical disability, the ability to read materials in accessible formats is vital to enjoying a lifelong love of learning and reading. In recent years, most public libraries in Canada, including in Newfoundland and Labrador and other Atlantic provinces, have taken steps to provide exceptional inclusive services through CELA, the Centre for Equitable Library Access to their patrons with print disabilities. In addition to local audiobook and e-text collections, CELA libraries provide access to an additional 600,000 items such as books, magazines and newspapers in audiobook, e-text and braille formats.
Join us for a virtual tour of CELA's improved digital platform, launched this spring. Libraries will learn about a simplified registration process for patrons, educators and other professionals, and better search and item retrieval options allowing patrons to download or borrow titles from both CELA, and a partner organization called Bookshare. Participants will also learn about the apps and technologies to read CELA’s books, magazines and newspapers, and about CELA’s commitment to including indigenous works, award-winning titles including the Hackmatack Children's Book Choice Awards and more.

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Kyran Griffin

Administrative Officer, Newfoundland and Labrador Public Libraries
Kyran currently works as an Administrative Officer of Technical Services for Newfoundland and Labrador Public Libraries. This involves directing and overseeing all cataloguing in NLPL and working on projects that involve Technical Services. Her background is in government and academic... Read More →
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Rachel Breau

Manager, CELA Member, CELA
Manager of CELA Member Services at CELA, the Centre for Equitable Library Access. I have worked in accessible library services for over 15 years to connect accessible format books and reading technologies to patrons with print disabilities. One part of my job I find particularly... Read More →

Friday June 7, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am NDT
.B 1002

10:30am NDT

CANCELLED due to illness - From the Front Lines of Accessible Publishing to the Front Counter of Accessible Library Service
NNELS is a library of books in accessible formats available to readers with print disabilities across Canada. It’s an exciting time for these readers! We’re working with Canadian publishers to learn how to make ebooks that are “born accessible” which means that they are built in such a way that anyone can read them with the tools they have, including ebook readers, apps, and assistive technology. We’d love to share what we’ve learned so far, where we’re going next, and invite you to be part of the movement.
We’d also like to spend some time being very practical by reviewing procedures for accessing alternate format materials and pairing them with technology and reading tools. Please bring your questions about books, file formats, or patrons with print disabilities in your community.

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Sabina Iseli-Otto

Public Services Librarian, National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS)
Sabina Iseli-Otto is the Public Service Librarian with the National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS). She works with librarians to help match books in accessible formats to the people with print disabilities who want to read them. If you call the NNELS help line, chances... Read More →

Friday June 7, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am NDT
.B 1002

11:30am NDT

"I Don't Wanna Taco About It" - Addressing Food Security in the Library Setting
According to Statistics Canada, 1 in 8 Canadian households are currently food insecure. Halifax, Nova Scotia, has the highest proportion of food insecure households in the country. Grocery prices are anticipated to rise in 2019 by at least $400/year per household.

Over the last year, Halifax Public Libraries (HPL) has committed to food literacy programming. By securing grants and developing lasting partnerships with community organizations, library branches have been able to: host regular food programs, develop new kitchen spaces, venture into the community to teach food literacy and hire a Food Literacy Specialist. These initiatives deepened our awareness of food scarcity in our communities, and underscored the importance of continued food programming and healthy snack delivery in our libraries.

In this presentation, three library staff will share their experiences addressing food insecurity through community responsiveness and collective impact approaches. Presenters will discuss the development of food strategies at HPL, successes & challenges, partnerships, fundraising opportunities, programs, and future plans.


Carla Foxe

Community Librarian, Halifax Public Libraries
Community Librarian for the Dartmouth North Public Library in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia who has been honored in the Nova Scotia Legislature for her work around food security. Talk to me about Community Librarianship, Food Security, and Advocacy Campaigns.

Sarah Reicker

Library Assistant 7 (Teen Services), Halifax Public Libraries
Sarah Reicker is a Teen Services Coordinator with the Spryfield Public Library.
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Sarah Ziolkowska

Youth Librarian, Halifax Public Libraries
Sarah Ziolkowska is currently the youth librarian at Halifax North Memorial Public Library. Before joining Halifax Public Libraries she was a school librarian in the states.

Friday June 7, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm NDT
.B 1002

2:00pm NDT

Pop-Up Art Hives in Libraries: Making Art, Making Space, Building Community
Art Hives: Open, creative, inclusive, inspiring. Supplies and facilitation provided. Creativity needed. All ages, all genders welcome. Libraries: providing access; assisting literacy connections; inviting makers; and encouraging discourse. An inspired match? Join us and learn about the research project “Libraries as Public ‘Home Spaces’: Engaging with Multiple Literacies through Community Pop-up Art Hives.” Public and Academic Libraries throughout St. John’s hosted twenty-five portable art studio sessions in 2018. Learn about the journey and where it leads next.

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Leah Lewis

Memorial University of Newfoundland
Hi folks, welcome to my page. I'm an assistant professor at MUN's Counselling Psychology program and an arts-based scholar. My research is largely community health focused and tries to create outputs that are accessible through arts based methods. I really believe that research outputs... Read More →
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Beth Maddigan

Education Librarian, Memorial University Libraries
Beth Maddigan is the Head of the Education Library & Commons at Memorial University. She has worked in libraries since 1982 in seven different positions, three different types of libraries, and two provinces. Beth is an advocate for community literacy and free library programming... Read More →

Friday June 7, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm NDT
.B 1013

3:30pm NDT

Panel - Achieving equity, diversity and inclusion in libraries: A possibility or myth?
Equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) continues to be one of the most important agendas many organizations try to implement or achieve, and the library as an organization is not immune to this either. In fact, within the last few years EDI became a hot topic in libraries in north America generally and Canada in particular. Many libraries and library associations (academic, private, public, special) have set up committees with the sole purpose of ensuring that EDI is achieved. Furthermore, many guidelines, standards and competencies, distinguished seminar series, webinars, just to mention a few, have been created or introduced to assist many of these committees and any interested individuals on how to make EDI achievable. According to the Canadian Federation of Library Associations (CFLA-FCAB), “Libraries have a responsibility to contribute to a culture that recognizes diversity and fosters social inclusion” and this is because “libraries have a unique and unparalleled ability to bring people and knowledge together.” Hence, as libraries transform and are in the “midst of great change” as the theme of the conference suggests, I believe an important component of this great change is to incorporate a significant emphasis on EDI. Thus, the question is, will EDI be achievable in libraries or will it be just the flavor of the month? My aim here is to encourage conversations around issues of EDI in the library field because EDI cuts across many areas of librarianship from staffing to collections and beyond.

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Sandra Dwyer

Director, Libraries HR & Access Services, Dalhousie University Libraries
Sandra Dwyer is the Director of Human Resources and Access Services for the Dalhousie Libraries. She holds a BA (English) and an MLIS and has been with the Dalhousie Libraries since 1990. Sandra is the chair of the Dal Libraries Diversity & Inclusion Committee. She is passionate about... Read More →

Asmeret Gheabreab

Member, Libraries Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Dalhousie University Libraries
Asmeret Ghebreab’s career at Dalhousie University spans over 20 years working at both the Killlam and Kellogg libraries. As a full time employee, she obtained her Bachelor of Management degree and continues to partake in various professional development activities. She is an active... Read More →

Dominic Silvio

Public Services Librarian, Killam Memorial Library, Dalhousie University
Dominic is a Public Services librarian and a subject specialist based in the Killam Memorial Library, Dalhousie University.

Friday June 7, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm NDT
.B 1013
Saturday, June 8

9:00am NDT

Achieving More Together: The Story of a Partnership Between a University and Public Library
Public libraries need to evolve and grow in order to meet the rapidly changing needs of surrounding communities. In Saint John, NB, the University of New Brunswick (UNB) and the Saint John Free Public Library (SJFPL) have formed an innovative partnership whereby university students and librarians mutually benefit by researching (UNB) and implementing (SJFPL) best practices in the library.

Experiential education has the potential to increase students’ civic knowledges and aptitudes (King, 2018; Westheimer & Kahne, 2004). By engaging students in service learning with the Saint John Free Public Library, students can find applications for their disciplinary knowledge in their communities.

In January 2019, five social science students from UNB joined the Saint John Free Public Library (SJFPL) for a class project. These students gained valuable experience working with the public, identifying needs in our community, and planning/executing health programs at the library. In this presentation, we will discuss the partnership, a province wide initiative, between SJFPL and UNB, which has been ongoing since September 2018.

We will discuss future partnerships between UNB and SJFPL, offer advice to other public libraries with limited funding and the impact this partnership has had on both UNB and SJFPL.

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Dr. Sarah King

Director, Office of Experiential Education, University of New Brunswick
Sarah King is the Director of Experiential Education at the University of New Brunswick. Her research interests focus on community-engaged teaching and learning, higher education, and the Atlantic Canadian region. She is excited to share some thoughts about the potential for partnership... Read More →
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Courtney Pyrke

Community Services Librarian, New Brunswick Public Library Service
Courtney is a Community Services Librarian the Saint John Free Public Library (NBPLS). She is passionate about community engagement and collaboration, mentorship, information literacy skills, and marketing/advertising in libraries. Courtney’s formal background and training is in... Read More →

Saturday June 8, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am NDT
.B 1004