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Creative Communities - BC Library Conference 2015
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Thursday, May 21
 

9:15am

T03 - Readers’ Advisory for the Rest of Us: Innovative Reading Recommendations for Diverse Communities
Limited Capacity seats available

On behalf of the BCLA Readers’ Advisory Interest Group, this session advocates for a renewed emphasis on reading recommendations and presents innovative approaches offered at the Vancouver Public Library.  While libraries are still known for books, our role as a trusted resource for reading recommendations faces intense competition from digital and physical retail. A wealth of recent survey data indicates that while the public rates the library highly as a valuable institution, we are not being recognized as a place to discover great reads. Of further concern is that the recommendation sources that dominate the market are limited in their ability to reach socially and economically excluded communities. Librarians can improve on services provided by social networks, media, booksellers and recommendation engines. We can synthesize an array of readers’ advisory tools to benefit a specific individual or respond to a local community need. We can neutralize commercial biases of booksellers; combine all engines to increase the power of their recommendations; and utilise our existing community connections to expand readers’ advisory to a much larger segment of our population. By using flexible and proactive techniques for connecting individuals and their communities to their next read, we can retain one of the core missions of the public library. The session concludes with an overview of alternative recommendation services recently launched by the Vancouver Public Library that reach reading communities left behind by big retail.

Speakers
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Jorge Cardenas

Jorge Cardenas is a community librarian at the Vancouver Public Library and has a background in literature, creative writing and translation. He rides his bike around the city to bring the library to the people.
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Caroline Crowe

Caroline Crowe is a librarian at Vancouver Public Library. She received a MLIS from the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, UBC. She has been a librarian at the Vancouver Public Library since 2003 and is currently a member of BCLA’s Readers’ Advisory Interest... Read More →
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Tim McMillan

Tim McMillan graduated from UBC's School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies in 2009 with an MAS and an MLIS. Since 2010 he has worked at the Vancouver Public Library first as an auxiliary reference librarian and later as an acting Branch Head. Tim currently works at the... Read More →

Sponsors

Thursday May 21, 2015 9:15am - 10:30am
Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Elmbridge Room 7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond BC
  • Sponsored by: Library Bound Inc.

9:15am

T04 - American Sign Language / English Bilingual Family Storytime
Limited Capacity seats available

Research reveals that children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (HOH) are more likely to struggle with reading than their age peers who can hear. Children in Deaf/HOH families may need alternate, multimodal routes to literacy in their early years, yet many librarians do not know how to best support them. This session explores a family storytime model designed in partnership with Family and Community Services and Provincial Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services at the Ministry of Children and Family Development. In this model - piloted at Vancouver Public Library and recently introduced at Burnaby Public Library - stories, songs and rhymes are simultaneously presented in ASL and English. The program is lead by a Deaf storyteller from Family and Community Services and a children's librarian, along with two sign language interpreters. It celebrates linguistic and cultural diversity, and is inclusive of Deaf, Hard of Hearing and hearing families. This session will provide attendees with a compelling rationale for ASL/English storytimes, as well as practical how-tos for implementation in your own communities. We will include a demonstration with visual props, a slide show of actual programs, and handouts of sample program plans. Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn some ASL rhymes that can immediately be integrated into all kinds of storytime programs. The session will be presented in both English and American Sign Language.

Speakers
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Alayna Finley

Alayna Finley works as a family literacy specialist with Family Community Services Provincial Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services and has returned to school for graduate studies in Deaf Education. She recently took part in specialized parent-infant training at Gallaudet University... Read More →
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Tess Prendergast

Tess Prendergast is a children's librarian at Vancouver Public Library Central Children’s Library. She has recently collaborated on several program models that respond to the early literacy needs of children with developmental differences in library settings. Tess is also completing... Read More →
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Randi Robin

Randi Robin is a children’s librarian at Burnaby Public Library, where she co-leads storytimes in ASL and English. Working in a linguistically diverse community, she has a keen interest in cross-cultural understanding, and is grateful to the Deaf parents who’ve shared their language... Read More →

Sponsors

Thursday May 21, 2015 9:15am - 10:30am
Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Westminster Ballroom 1 7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC
  • Sponsored by: Vancouver Public Library

11:15am

T07 - Practicing Politics: Engagement with Purpose
Limited Capacity seats available

As aspiring activists and library advocates, library and information technology students will lead participants through an interactive discussion about what it takes to work in 21st century libraries. They will challenge participants to think about what it means to be political, to be engaged, and to be “rule-makers” more than “rule-followers”. This session creates a dynamic space for practitioners, new and experienced, to re-imagine a future where their roles as knowledgeable and committed advocates for democracy, social justice, access and life-long learning are more deeply entrenched in the psyche of their communities.  Employees of the future need to be self-sufficient, capable, responsible and “not afraid to expand the boundaries of their knowledge” (Buckley & Reidy, 2014). Through this session, the presenters will challenge their participants to reflect on the library worker of the future.

Speakers
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Amanda Geofroy

Amanda Geofroy is a 2nd year LibIT Student at the University of the Fraser Valley. She has previously worked in a small community library for 10 years, in which inspired her advocacy for libraries and life long learning. Amanda is completing her diploma with a Systems Technology... Read More →
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Candra Marr

Candra Marr is a recent graduate of the Library and Information Technology Program at the University of the Fraser Valley. She enjoys research, history, and exploring cultural trajectories as the world becomes more technologically connected. Candra previously completed her Bachelor’s... Read More →
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Anila Schneider

Anila Schneider is a LibIT graduate at the University of the Fraser Valley. She started her career in the library world in grade 11 when she became the Page of the Agassiz branch of the Fraser Valley Regional Library. Two years later she became a casual on-call Circulation Assistant... Read More →
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Katie Veldhoen

Katie Veldhoen is a recent graduate of the Library and Information Technology Program at the University of the Fraser Valley. Katie also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and English Literature and looks forward to using her experience and passion to be a valuable resource... Read More →


Thursday May 21, 2015 11:15am - 11:58am
Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Westminster Ballroom 2 7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC

3:15pm

T18 - Growing Community Seed Libraries
Limited Capacity seats available

Innovation Rooted in History Connecting communities to local food and nature experience is increasingly recognized as essential to individual and community health and well-being. Yet access to the tools and knowledge to grow plants in the city is unequally distributed. As a way to invite new and experienced gardeners alike to share resources on common ground, LifeCycles Project Society presented the idea of developing a community led seed library in partnership with the Greater Victoria Public Library. With an aim to build healthy communities through free seed and free education, LifeCycles and GVPL are now working with partners across Canada to develop a sustainable and transferable seed library program model, which we hope to share with interested public libraries and community groups throughout BC.  In February 2014, the Victoria Seed Library was launched, providing free membership to people once they have attended an introductory workshop. Seeds are made available through Seed Library Saturdays 2-3 times per month at various library branches and people are invited to participate in regular gardening and seed saving workshops freely available at the library and in community gardens. The program model has garnered critical praise from community seed savers across Canada, in part due to its rapid development and well organized systems. Our recent success has enabled us to expand the development of seed libraries and better develop our program model. LifeCycles is now working with Surrey Public Libraries and is supporting Richmond Food Security in working with the Richmond Public Library to create their own community maintained seed collection.

Speakers
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Cyndy Hill

Cyndy Hill is the Director of Development at Surrey Libraries. She has been achieving outstanding results for her non-profit since 2002. She embraces philanthropy and its ability to make profound change in the world. Since 2008 she has worked with the library team to initiate fund... Read More →
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Matthew Kemshaw

Matthew Kemshaw is the Seed Library Coordinator at LifeCycles Project Society. He has been supporting urban food programming in schools, parks, and other community minded spaces for almost a decade. Matthew began saving seeds 10 years ago, with Elementary school children. In 2013... Read More →
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Jennifer Rowan

Jennifer Rowan is the Adult Services & Adult Programs Coordinator at Greater Victoria Public Library. Passionate about public libraries and making people feel welcome, Jennifer has delivered programs at GVPL for 15 years. Her years as a Children's & Family Literacy Librarian have... Read More →

Sponsors

Thursday May 21, 2015 3:15pm - 3:56pm
Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Westminster Ballroom 1 7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC
  • Sponsored by: Surrey Libraries
 
Friday, May 22
 

9:00am

F01 - Books Behind Bars
Limited Capacity seats available

Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre's (VIRCC) Wilkinson Jail has been in the Victoria region for 100 years, but until two years ago the jail had no formal, sustained contact with the public library system. This session will describe the work Greater Victoria Public Library has done in that time, first, to build a 2000 volume book deposit at VIRCC that supplies 300 inmates with regular reading materials (annual budget: $0.00); and, second, to build a rudimentary book request service which, in its early incarnation, filled over 1000 requests in just over a year (annual budget : $0.00). This project has been a rich and rewarding professional experience, and has many lessons for those of us who attempt to give outreach service to underserved and marginalized populations in general. Among these lessons: how to create a service when the demand is there but the resources and the roadmap are not; how to persuade established institutions to take a chance when the risks are significant and the payoffs are unclear; how to ask for help from the right people at the right time; and how to embrace the notion that pretty good services realized are better than perfect services talked about.

Speakers
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Carl Cavanagh

Carl Cavanagh has been a librarian for 25 years, in Winnipeg, Montreal, Toronto, and Victoria. He is currently a Public Service Librarian at the Greater Victoria Public Library in Victoria BC where, among other things, he does library outreach for regional agencies working on homelessness... Read More →


Friday May 22, 2015 9:00am - 9:43am
Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Westminster Ballroom 2 7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC

9:00am

F05 - In Conversation with Penny Ballem
Limited Capacity seats available

Public libraries play an important role in support of healthy and sustainable communities. As knowledge and social infrastructure, public libraries are positioned to not only meet the lifelong learning needs of their residents, but also provide platforms for community engagement and dialogue. In Vancouver, the relationship between the Library and the City has evolved over recent years, with the Library taking on an increased role in supporting broader City priorities.

Speakers
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Penny Ballem

Penny J. Ballem, MSc, MD, FRCP, City Manager, City of Vancouver.Dr. Ballem joined the City of Vancouver in December 2008 as the City Manager. Dr Ballem is a physician who came to the City from a long and diverse career in the health sector as a senior administrator, practitioner... Read More →


Friday May 22, 2015 9:00am - 9:45am
Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Elmbridge Room 7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond BC

10:00am

F11 - David Eby on Advocacy
Limited Capacity seats available

David Eby will present a summary of several strategies for community engagement learned during his time working with non-profit organizations that he has deployed in his new role as an elected official. Group discussion to share strategies on community engagement will be encouraged with an emphasis on participants leaving with a couple practical ideas they can use to increase their impact in their local community.


Speakers
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David Eby

David Eby was elected as the MLA for Vancouver-Point Grey in May 2013.He is an award-winning lawyer, noted for his work on constitutional and administrative law issues related to the protection and promotion of human rights and democratic freedoms. In his professional career David... Read More →


Friday May 22, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am
Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Westminster Ballroom 1 7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC

11:30am

F13 - Breaking Boundaries, Making Connections with Saskatchewan's Aboriginal People
Limited Capacity seats available

Saskatchewan libraries have undertaken numerous initiatives to build stronger relationships with First Nation and Metis people to ensure libraries are more inclusive and receptive to the diverse information needs of Aboriginal peoples. This session will highlight two provincial committees and Regina Public Library programs, resources, services and strategies that foster quality Aboriginal library services. Such strategies include consultations with Aboriginal organizations and communities, professional development related to Aboriginal awareness, creating a welcoming atmosphere and culturally relevant programming. Many programming initiatives support the development of Aboriginal culture and languages, i.e. Saskatchewan Aboriginal Storytelling project, a province-wide initiative held annually in February.

Speakers
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Wendy Sinclair

Wendy Sinclair has worked for Regina Public Library for the past 29 years. As Albert Library Branch Head, Wendy has participated on various boards and committees, at the local and provincial level, with the purpose of advocating library services for Aboriginal peoples.


Friday May 22, 2015 11:30am - 12:11pm
Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Elmbridge Room 7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond BC

11:30am

F15 - CUPE - Working In and For Libraries!
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will shine a light on the advocacy and activism of library workers in the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) over the past 51 years. Working in all sectors of the library community – post-secondary, public and K-12 - CUPE has been at the forefront of representing library workers locally, provincially and nationally. In British Columbia, CUPE represents 8,000 library workers in colleges, universities, elementary, middle and secondary schools and public libraries. CUPE BC’s Library Committee raises awareness of the work performed by library workers and supports political action, including lobbying B.C. MLAs for increased provincial funding for libraries and library services. At the federal level, the CUPE National Library Workers Committee lobbies federal politicians for literacy and reading rights to ensure that libraries and library services stay public and inclusive. Resolutions passed at CUPE and BC Federation of Labour conventions ensure that library issues form part of the strategic direction of the labour movement. This interactive session will highlight the story of a local library worker’s experience of being on the picket line. Panelists will review the mandate and the history of both the CUPE BC and CUPE National Library committees, including the important work of advocating for libraries in all sectors. Library resolutions will be presented in a mock convention and participants will have then have the opportunity to speak on the resolutions and talk about what happens once a resolution is passed on convention floor.

Speakers
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Zoe Magnus

Zoe Magnus will be representing the CUPE BC Library Committee. The CUPE BC Library Committee provides a forum for CUPE library workers in K-12, public and post-secondary libraries from all regions of the province. The Committee meets regularly to identify goals and strategies for... Read More →
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Denise Parks

Denise Parks will be representing the CUPE BC Library Committee. The CUPE BC Library Committee provides a forum for CUPE library workers in K-12, public and post-secondary libraries from all regions of the province. The Committee meets regularly to identify goals and strategies for... Read More →
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Karen Ranalletta

Karen Ranalletta will be representing the CUPE BC Library Committee. The CUPE BC Library Committee provides a forum for CUPE library workers in K-12, public and post-secondary libraries from all regions of the province. The Committee meets regularly to identify goals and strategies... Read More →


Friday May 22, 2015 11:30am - 12:13pm
Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Westminster Ballroom 1 7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC

1:30pm

F20 - Academic Librarians and OER: Access, Advocacy, and Activism
Limited Capacity seats available

We’ve all read or heard the stories  - “Libraries cancel large academic journal packages due to price increases”. “Students muster to demand Open Textbook options across Canadian Universities”. “Scholarly publishing revolution breakthroughs!” Never before has the Open Education movement been more important in academia. Local institutions are beginning to devote more resources towards it, yet the advocacy role that libraries and librarians can play is still unclear to many.  Join members of the BCOER (British Columbia Open Educational Resources) and a BC Open Textbook Faculty Fellow as they discuss how the open movement is changing education, how it can alter the scholarly publishing paradigm, and why librarians should care. A panel of two librarians and one faculty member actively teaching using open resources will discuss open material within the context of the current landscape, finding and promoting open resources to extend collections, and how open access licensing works for the content creators and users.   This session will be a good basic introduction to open access and open educational resources – what they are, how they work, how to get started using them, and how libraries can play a role in the open movement. But it will go further and also look at how librarians can collaborate and contribute to join in the impassioned discussion about OERs in the broader educational community.

Speakers
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Caroline Daniels

Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Caroline Daniels is the Systems, Web and Interlibrary Loans librarian at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) and a member of BCOER. KPU’s president is a long time proponent of Open Education and has secured KPU as a member of OERu. Many of the KPU faculty have demonstrated great... Read More →
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Rajiv Jhangiani

Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani teaches psychology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University where he conducts research in political psychology, social cognition, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. He is a Faculty Fellow with the BC Open Textbook Project and has revised two open textbooks... Read More →
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Brenda Smith

Brenda Smith is the Distance and Document Delivery Librarian at Thompson Rivers University (TRU) and a member of the BCOER. For the past year, she has been working with faculty who are creating open textbooks and using OERs in their courses. TRU is active with BCcampus’ Open Textbook... Read More →

Sponsors

Friday May 22, 2015 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Westminster Ballroom 1 7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC
  • Sponsored by: Simon Fraser University Library