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Friday, June 7

9:00am NDT

Live from the Library: A Behind the Scenes Look at Live Streaming at the Halifax Public Libraries
In this presentation, you will learn about the live streaming experiences at the Halifax Public Libraries. This presentation will cover the successes, the ‘lessons learned’, and the technological requirements to get started.

Whether someone has a busy schedule, or they are unable to physically visit the library, live streaming services can have an impact in a wide variety of contexts. Learn how you can expand your audience, extend your reach beyond your library’s walls, and ensure library services are accessible to everyone in this presentation.

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Melissa Scanlan (she/her)

Information Technology Librarian, Halifax Public Libraries
Melissa Scanlan is the Information Technology Librarian at the Halifax Public Libraries. Melissa has been employed with the Halifax Public Libraries since 2015 where she dabbles in all things technology, from gadgets to staff training.

Friday June 7, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am NDT
.B 1013

10:30am NDT

The Big Fix: Bento, Primo, and Acadia
This year the Acadia University Library made some big changes to the library website and the way electronic services are delivered. Acadia revamped its website to a “search” orientation. This new website included the incorporation of a bento-style search over the Primo discovery layer, as well as, boxes to make it easier to find journals, databases, reserves, archives, and information on the library website. In tandem, the system staff developed a site to track the website usage, including search terms, hourly usage, types of browsers, on and off campus use and a heat map. We also came one step closer to single sign on for our patrons, allowing faculty, staff and students to log into both Novanet and Relais with their Acadia credentials. We learned a lot and would now like to share our experience. In this session, Jennifer will demonstrate both sites and discuss issues that were discovered including problems with categorizations in Primo, cataloguing errors, and the exclusion of important sources. Josh D’Entremont, Acadia’s Library Technology Specialist, will be on hand to answer any technical questions about the backend development of single sign on, the bento box, and the stats/usage site.

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Josh D’Entremont

Library Technology Specialist, Acadia University
Josh d'Entremont is the Library Technology Specialist for the Vaughan Memorial Library at Acadia University. He is a graduate of Acadia's Jodrey School of Computer Science.
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Jennifer Richard (She/her)

Electronic Resources Librarian, Acadia University
Jennifer Richard is an academic librarian with liaison responsibilities in the sciences and electronic resource management as a primary coordinating responsibility. During her twenty two year career at Acadia, she has held various positions as a librarian including, digital initiatives... Read More →

Friday June 7, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am NDT
.B 1013

11:30am NDT

Le Divorce: Our Transition from Institutional CMS to a LibGuides Library Homepage
While there are many perks to working in a small university library, having complete
control over the library webpage is rarely one of them. Often, library webpages are a
product of a centralized IT department that affords library workers limited editing access
via a content management system (CMS). Yet our webpages and our users have unique
needs in comparison to the needs of the greater university. Our library webpages are a
virtual extension of our physical space; they are access portals for our constantly growing
collections of digital resources, they are spaces for users to reach out for help via live chats
or appointment bookings, and they provide our library workers with valuable statistics
about usage and resource needs.
This presentation will describe the Mount Saint Vincent University Library’s transition
from a university-wide CMS to a webpage designed entirely by library workers using
LibGuides. LibGuides is a CMS designed specifically for libraries that allows for the
publication of research guides, blogs, and interactive content, while also providing secure
access to licensed resources such as databases and eBooks. Using a number of different
User Experience methods, our team embarked on an ambitious project to take control of
our webpage in order to better meet the needs of our library users and staff.
We strive to share our process, our methods, and the mistakes we made along the way in
order to provide inspiration to other libraries wishing for more control over their webpage.


Andrea Hubley

Access Services Supervisor, Mount Saint Vincent's University
Andrea Hubley is a Library Technician at Mount Saint Vincent University.
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Sandra Sawchuk

Data Services Librarian | User Experience and Engagement Librarian, Mount Saint Vincent University Library
Sandra Sawchuk is the User Experience & Engagement Librarian and Data Services Librarian at the Mount. She is passionate about research data management, digital humanities, and emerging technologies. She is currently conducting research on data curation.

Friday June 7, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm NDT
.B 1013

2:00pm NDT

How to survive your first digitization project: Building expertise through collegiality
Digitization can be an important and useful way to expose collections, improve access and generate interest. However, this process can be taxing for libraries and researchers with limited skills and resources. Our official job titles are often the tip of the iceberg of what we do, and we may find ourselves involved in projects for which we do not consider ourselves experts. Three librarians from Mount Saint Vincent University will discuss their use of Omeka for three very different collections: a Lesbian Pulp Fiction Collection, a Home Economics Archive, and a collection of woven mathematical artifacts. Despite the differences in the collections, many similar challenges and questions arose. Panellists will provide a brief description of their projects before discussing their experiences of choosing metadata schema and controlled vocabulary, the importance of beta testing, and wrestling with imposter syndrome. Brainstorming, planning and collegial support became essential tools for perseverance and success.
The purpose of this panel is to share our processes, experiences, and mistakes with the audience. We wish to initiate a conversation and share expertise among our colleagues. This session will be of interest to librarians, information managers and library technicians dealing with small collections or working with patrons who are working with a small or niche collection to make it more accessible. Our focus is on digitization by non-experts and what can be done with minimal financial resources.

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Lindsey MacCallum

Scholarly Publishing Librarian, Mount Saint Vincent University
Lindsey MacCallum is the Scholarly Publishing Librarian at Mount Saint Vincent University, as well as the Humanities liaison. Her research interests include examining the use of open source institutional repositories at small academic institutions and exploring the history of home... Read More →
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Katie Puxley

Information Services Specialist, Mount Saint Vincent University
Katie is the Information Services Specialist at the Mount Saint Vincent University Library. In this role, she is co-coordinator of the Research Help & Instruction team, is the liaison of the International Student Center and the library’s Jill-of-all-trades.Katie has always fascinated... Read More →
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Denyse Rodrigues

E-Learning & Library Research Services Librarian, Mount Saint Vincent University
Denyse Rodrigues practices librarianship at Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU). Among her responsibilities are coordinating e-learning and research help library services, liaising with departments in the Social Sciences, teaching a credit-bearing online information literacy course... Read More →

Friday June 7, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm NDT
.B 1002

3:30pm NDT

Deploying Virtual Reality on a Budget – Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Conceptual Frameworks for Implementation
With its increasing use in both public libraries and educational institutions, virtual reality (VR) is becoming an important technology for institutions to consider and provide access to. However, not every university can afford the space required for a makerspace or VR lab, and with shrinking budgets, space and resources continue to be tight. Libraries have provided solutions to challenges such as this before, and can do so again. At our small university, we do not currently have the space for a makerspace or VR lab, but this has not stopped us from implementing VR in classrooms and research projects. By using new ideas alongside established methods of providing access and fostering interdisciplinary collaboration, we are able to meet new technological challenges and thrive in their rapidly changing landscape. This creates not only a partial break with traditional operations, but uses the solid lessons learned from them to find new, successful structures.
In this presentation, we will discuss the rollout of VR at our university. This will include discussion of the results from current mixed-methods research using VR that the Burman University Library has been doing in conjunction with the faculties of Art, Education, and English, as well as the overall use of VR in the university and the plans we have for VR in the future. Ideally, libraries (both public and academic) will come away with ideas and methods to provide access to, and use, VR without much more than the initial cost of investing in the hardware/apps, while also finding avenues for partnerships.

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Darel Bennedbaek

Librarian II, Technical Services/Systems (April 30), Burman University Library
I earned my BA Hons in English Literature from the University of New Brunswick, Saint John (2008), and my MA in Library and Information Studies from the University of Alberta (2012). I started working at Burman University in 2012. At Burman University, and worked as the systems librarian... Read More →
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Julie Thompson

Higher Ed. Faculty, Burman University
Julie Thompson is an Instructor of English at Burman University (Alberta, Canada), where she teaches first-year composition, British, Canadian, and American literature, and theatre. She holds an M.A. degree in women and gender studies from Saint Mary’s University (Nova Scotia, Canada... Read More →

Friday June 7, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm NDT
.B 1002