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Monday, October 23

9:00am ADT

Hackfest Session 1 - Using AI Tools for Scripting
This session has a limit of 15  participants   -  Registered Access Conference participants  sign up here for Hackfest sessions.  

Using AI Tools for Scripting

The presentation will explore the use of ChatGPT and other AI tools to assist with scripting, especially from the perspective of a non- or infrequent programmer. AI tools like ChatGPT make it easy to request commented pieces of code to complete specific functions. As a librarian with a decent understanding of coding, but who uses it too infrequently for it to be a well-established skillset, this is invaluable. AI tools present the possibility of creating and learning from specific scripts for specific tasks almost instantaneously.

The workshop will begin with demonstrating the use of a variety of AI tools, including ChatGPT. Specific examples will be provided for hands-on learning. Participants are welcome and encouraged to bring their own ideas for scripts they would like to create. To prepare for this workshop, participants are encouraged to consider creating a personal ChatGPT account ahead of time, and to please bring their own laptop.


Carolyn Pecoskie (she/her/hers/elle)

Metadata & Electronic Resources Librarian / Bibliothécaire, métadonnées et ressources électroniques McGill University / Université McGill, McGill University / Université McGill

Monday October 23, 2023 9:00am - 10:30am ADT

9:00am ADT

Hackfest Session 2 - Getting started with APIs
This session has a limit of 15  participants   -  Registered Access Conference participants  sign up here for Hackfest sessions.  

Are you intrigued about what you can do with Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) but don’t know where to start? This is the session for you! An API is a versatile tool to access data from a database or website in a structured format that makes it possible to be used by another application. It also makes it possible to commit changes back to the database. We will start by introducing general principles about what an API is, how it works and how it can be useful. Then we will use simple tools to explore a range of APIs and learn how to interpret results and troubleshoot issues. For those willing to go further, we will do a companion session in the afternoon to start using APIs in practical contexts.

Participants are encouraged to bring their computer to the workshop to do their own exploring using a web browser or free software such as Postman. The instructor will provide sample APIs and access keys to play with, but participants are welcome to bring other examples they wish to try out. This session requires no prior IT knowledge, although familiarity with XML and JSON formats will help.


Thomas Guignard

Library technology and open data consultant, TG Consulting

Monday October 23, 2023 9:00am - 11:00am ADT

1:00pm ADT

Hackfest Session 5 - Accessibility Technology Devices -- Hands-on
This session has a limit of 20 participants   -  Registered Access Conference participants  sign up here for Hackfest sessions.  

In this session expert staff from CNIB Smartlife will demonstrate a selection of devices that support accessibility. Participants will have an opportunity to try out the latest digital magnification, optical character recognition, alternative to visual reading, and braille devices. Come and learn about the latest accessibility technology available to libraries and their users."


Ginny Sweet (She,Her)

CNIB SmartLife Head Coach - Atlantic Canada, CNIB

Monday October 23, 2023 1:00pm - 2:30pm ADT

1:00pm ADT

Hackfest Session 3 - API integration workshop
This session has a limit of 15  participants   -  Registered Access Conference participants  sign up here for Hackfest sessions.  

This session is intended for users who wish to get started on using APIs in their own projects. These can range from querying APIs to enrich data in OpenRefine or Google Sheets, to writing shell or Python scripts, to web applications. Participants are encouraged to bring their own projects and discuss them with other participants and help each other out. The instructor will also be available to provide guidance whenever possible. Some prior knowledge of APIs will be useful, e.g. by following the morning introductory session on APIs, but all levels of coding proficiency are welcome and sample projects will be available to those wishing to try things out without embarking into a larger endeavour.Participants wishing to use their own APIs should make sure to obtain access keys or other credentials in advance of the session.


Thomas Guignard

Library technology and open data consultant, TG Consulting

Monday October 23, 2023 1:00pm - 3:00pm ADT

1:00pm ADT

Hackfest Session 4 - Effective Research Photo Management with Tropy
This session has a limit of 15  participants   -  Registered Access Conference participants  sign up here for Hackfest sessions.  

Tropy is a user-friendly, open-source software designed for organizing, annotating, describing, and managing archival research photos. Users can create metadata in any recognized schema; add custom fields, tags, notes, or other data; and perform other actions, such as grouping related photos into items and lists. In this workshop, participants will gain a solid understanding of Tropy and its functionality, whether for personal use or as a tool to recommend to researchers who may benefit from its features.

Tropy is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux at their website: https://tropy.org/. Tropy is a local application, so there is no need to set up an account. For maximum benefit, participants should have their own laptop with the software installed, but it is not essential. Sample data will be provided.

Monday October 23, 2023 1:00pm - 3:00pm ADT
Tuesday, October 24

8:45am ADT

Tuesday October 24, 2023 8:45am - 9:00am ADT

9:00am ADT

Keynote Presentation
Professor Allison-Cassin's wide ranging interests include, knowledge and information organization, linked data, classification and open movements, as well as, knowledge justice, Indigenous librarianship, information and society 

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Stacey Allison-Cassin

Assistant Professor, School of Information Management, Dalhousie University
Stacy Allison-Cassin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Science, Faculty of Management at Dalhousie University in Halifax. Her work is centred in the areas of knowledge organization, metadata, and knowledge equity. A Citizen of the Métis Nation of Ontario... Read More →

Tuesday October 24, 2023 9:00am - 10:00am ADT

10:00am ADT

Gaming the System: Exhibiting Video Game History with Quartex
This talk explores the use of Quartex for creating a digital exhibition that is an introduction to both ideas in video game history and to items in the Syd Bolton Collection at the University of Toronto Mississauga Library, the largest video game collection at an academic library in North America, uniquely designated for research rather than circulation or archival preservation. Talking points include the pros and cons of using Quartex digital collections as an exhibition platform, the challenge of exhibiting and exploring video game technology, and insights for any special collection that includes unique or unconventional media.


Amelia Clarkson

Media Collections Librarian, University of Toronto

Tuesday October 24, 2023 10:00am - 10:45am ADT

10:45am ADT

Morning Break
Tuesday October 24, 2023 10:45am - 11:00am ADT

11:00am ADT

Teaching a Dog to Catalog: An Abbreviated History of Large Language Models and an Inquiry as to Whether They Can Replace Us
Large Language Models -- like the ubiquitous ChatGPT -- have taken the world by storm. This talk is *not* about ChatGPT but rather about Large Language Models themselves, with a particular focus on open source LLMs and whether they can be taught to create metadata.


John Fink

Digital Scholarship Librarian, McMaster University
I like fish, bicycles, the north, copyright, fighting scarcity, virtualization, hardware, and you.

Tuesday October 24, 2023 11:00am - 11:45am ADT

11:45am ADT

Upgrading Everything Everywhere All At Once
What do you do when you have lots of digital projects on the same framework that all need to be upgraded at the same time? The DHIL has some ideas: staticize when possible, migrate if you can, and upgrade when necessary.


Rebecca Dowson Simon Fraser Universit

Digital Scholarship Librarian, Simon Fraser University
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Alison Moore

Digital Scholarship Librarian, Simon Fraser University

Joey Takeda

Developer, Digital Humanities Innovation Lab, Simon Fraser University
Joey Takeda is a Developer in the DHIL. He holds an MA in English Literature from the University of British Columbia and a BA (Hons.) from the University of Victoria. He is currently an MLIS student at the University of Alberta and an ARL Kaleidoscope Scholar (2023–2025). He specializes... Read More →

Andrew Gardener

Developer, Simon Fraser University

Tuesday October 24, 2023 11:45am - 12:30pm ADT

12:30pm ADT

Lunch Break
Tuesday October 24, 2023 12:30pm - 1:45pm ADT

1:45pm ADT

3D Digital Herbarium project: photogrammetry and developing engaging interactive 3D models of native plants as a 3D Infrastructure strategy
Transforming how we learn Botany from a 2D to 3D Digital Interactive Herbarium, this library project inspires learners to explore botany, make research fun, and build a 3D infrastructure to advance open pedagogy. Project includes crowdsourcing, software development, photogrammetry, and assignment design, and more.


Cyril Oberlande

University Library Dean, Cal Poly Humboldt

Aj Bealum

Analyst/Programmer & Project Manager, Cal Poly Humboldt

Tuesday October 24, 2023 1:45pm - 2:30pm ADT

2:30pm ADT

Beyond Digitization: Managing digital collections in the Internet Archive
The University of Alberta Library has been actively expanding its use of the Internet Archive platform to consolidate its already-digitized collections and upload newly digitized materials. In this presentation, they will discuss some of the tools they use to better manage those digital collections.


Kenton Good

Head, Digital Production and Preservation Services, University of Alberta Library
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Sarah Severson

Digitization Librarian, University of Alberta

Tuesday October 24, 2023 2:30pm - 3:15pm ADT

3:15pm ADT

Afternoon Break provided by Ebsco
Thank you to Ebsco for sponsoring our afternoon break.

Tuesday October 24, 2023 3:15pm - 3:30pm ADT

3:30pm ADT

Panel Discussion on Library Technology Accessibility Issues
Although the accessibility for library resources has come a long way in recent years, there are still challenges to be addressed.

Each panelist will be asked to discuss what they believe are the two or three next important accessibility challenges that Library Technologists need to address.


Maggie Jean Nielson

Academic Librarian, Acadia Univesity

Ginny Sweet (She,Her)

CNIB SmartLife Head Coach - Atlantic Canada, CNIB

Lisa Snider

Access Changes Everything Inc.

Tuesday October 24, 2023 3:30pm - 4:30pm ADT

4:30pm ADT

Moar meetings: Blocking time for department priorities and team growth
I know, know, just what you needed, yet another meeting in your already busy schedules, but hear me out. This session will share how the University of Waterloo has been blocking calendars for non-traditional meeting reasons, such as documentation, ticket clean up, and group experimentation and exploration time. Learn why we’re doing this, how it’s going, and why you might want to try it yourself.

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Krista Godfrey

Head, Digital Initiatives, University of Waterloo

Tuesday October 24, 2023 4:30pm - 4:40pm ADT

4:40pm ADT

Evaluation of the Hublet Tablet System
Funding was received to purchase a Hublet tablet system as a pilot project in NLPL’s new library. I will provide an evaluation of the Hublet system, and present data collected on the popularity of the tablets and how they are used by patrons.


Andrew Lockhart

Manager, Eastern Division, Newfoundland and Labrador Public Libraries

Tuesday October 24, 2023 4:40pm - 4:50pm ADT

4:50pm ADT

Usage stats are great and everything, but have you tried non-usage stats?
Web analytics show the pages and links people use, but what about what isn’t used? This lightning talk gives a brief overview of generating non-usage stats for library guides and what happened after content owners were shown what isn’t being used in their guides.

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Shelley Gullikson

Web & UX Librarian, Carleton University Library
I'm interested in the UX of both online and physical library spaces. I get pretty excited about user research and making things easier to use.

Tuesday October 24, 2023 4:50pm - 5:00pm ADT

5:00pm ADT

Building Bridges to the Past: Enhancing Census Data Discovery with the Canadian Census Data Discovery Partnership Project
The Canadian Census Data Discovery Partnership Project (CCDDP) aims to enhance access to historical and contemporary census data through a collaborative effort involving academic libraries, researchers, and government data custodians. This lightning talk provides insights into the project's progress in creating a bilingual data discovery portal.

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Zack Taylor

Associate Professor, Western University
I study urban political economy, regional governance and planning, and the intersection of space and political behaviour. I dabble in planning history.
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Sandra Sawchuk

Librarian, Mount Saint Vincent University
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.

Graeme Campbell

Open Government Librarian, Queens University

Katie Cuyler

Open Publishing & Government Information Librarian, University of Alberta

Leanne Trimble

Data Librarian, University of Toronto

Amber Leahey

Data & GIS Librarian, University of Toronto

Susan Mowers

Data Librarian, University of Ottawa

Tuesday October 24, 2023 5:00pm - 5:10pm ADT
Wednesday, October 25

7:45am ADT

Buffet Breakfast provided by Clarivate
Buffet Breakfast sponsored by Clarivate

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Andre Tessier

Product Sales Manager - Workflow Solutions, Clarivate - Ex Libris
I help Canadian Academic Libraries and Student Services in optimizing efficiencies, gaining valuable data insights, and increasing student engagement through the use of cutting edge technology solutions.

Wednesday October 25, 2023 7:45am - 8:45am ADT

8:45am ADT

CONFERENCE DAY TWO -- Annoucements
Wednesday October 25, 2023 8:45am - 9:00am ADT

9:00am ADT

OCLC Presents the Dave Binkley Memorial Lecture with Professor Cynthia Bruce
Dave Binkley was a systems librarian from the 1980s until his death at the age of 53 from hepatitis in 2005. He was an early participant in the Access Conferences and a remarkable innovator in automated online services in his day. He is best remembered for two things: the Aviso interlibrary loan system and the GODOT article retrieval system. Developed while Dave was working at the University of Waterloo, Aviso was for many years the de facto standard for interlibrary loan management in Canada. Godot was developed while Dave was working at Simon Fraser University and incorporated a citation-resolution system similar to OpenURL, which Herbert Van de Sompel was developing in Ghent at the same time. Dave’s work represented the ideal of libraries taking ownership of their online services, at a time when buying off-the-shelf software and putting up with its limitations was the norm.

After Dave’s death, Gary Gibson of Gibson Library Connections honoured his memory by offering a subsidy to the Access Conference in Dave’s name. The subsidy is used to bring in a speaker who would not ordinarily attend Access: a voice from outside our little circle. As of 2018, the Dave Binkley Memorial Lecture is sponsored by OCLC.

Cynthia Bruce is an Associate Professor of Music Therapy and Chair of the Department of Creative Arts Therapies at Concordia University in Montreal. As a blind activist scholar working at the intersection of Critical Disability Studies, Music Therapy, and education, she works to mobilize lived disability knowledge to expose systemic inequity and formulate more just approaches to research and practice. She focuses on accessibility in higher education and on self-advocacy as essential lived knowledge that can generate deep understandings of inequity and elucidate possibilities for progressive change. Dr. Bruce recently co-led the development of a comprehensive set of recommendations for an accessibility standard in education in Nova Scotia and is a collaborator with the Canadian Accessibility Network. She is a 2022 recipient of the Concordia University Petro Canada Young Innovator Award for her project titled, Locked Down to Teach and Learn: A Critical Disability Studies Analysis of Disabled Student and Faculty Experience in the Age of COVID-19.

Thank you to our sponsor of the Dave Binkley Memorial Lecture, OCLC.

Past Dave Binkley Memorial Lectures: https://accessconference.ca/the-dave-binkley-memorial-lecture/


Cynthia Bruce

Associate Professor of Music Therapy and Chair of the Department of Creative Arts Therapies, Concordia University

Wednesday October 25, 2023 9:00am - 10:00am ADT

10:00am ADT

Interactive Information Retrieval Meets Library Discovery: An Interdisciplinary Research Partnership between the Library and a Computer Science Researcher
The University of Regina Library has collaborated with an expert in interactive information retrieval to provide enhanced discovery search options for students and faculty. Graduate students use library APIs to develop and test exploratory search interface prototypes for their thesis research. A recent successful project will be discussed in-depth.


Dale Storie

Associate Dean (Research), Archer Library and Archives, University of Regina
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Orland Hoeber

Professor of Interactive Information Retrieval, University of Regina
My research focuses on the design, implementation, and study of search interfaces. I am interested in talking about complex search tasks, advanced information seeking behaviours, and how search interfaces beyond the simple query box and ten blue links can support academic search activities.Working... Read More →

Wednesday October 25, 2023 10:00am - 10:45am ADT

10:45am ADT

Morning Break
Wednesday October 25, 2023 10:45am - 11:00am ADT

11:00am ADT

LINCS: Building a Linked Data Pipeline for Cultural Heritage Collections
Linked Infrastructure for Networked Cultural Scholarship (LINCS), a national infrastructure project, has developed a suite of tools to transform cultural heritage data into CIDOC-CRM linked data. Members of the LINCs team will provide a brief tour of our tools, all of which are openly available for use by researchers.

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Lisa Goddard

AUL Advanced Research, University of Victoria
Lisa Goddard is the Associate University Librarian for Digital Scholarship and Strategy at University of Victoria Libraries. She holds degrees from Queen's, McGill, and Memorial University, and is currently completing an MA in Humanities Computing at the University of Alberta. Lisa's... Read More →
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Susan Brown

Professor, School of English and Theatre Studies, University of Guelph
Susan Brown is Canada Research Chair in Collaborative Digital Scholarship and Professor of English at the University of Guelph. Her work explores intersectional feminism, literary history, semantic technologies, and online knowledge infrastructures. She directs the Orlando Project... Read More →
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Stacey Allison-Cassin

Assistant Professor, School of Information Management, Dalhousie University
Stacy Allison-Cassin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Science, Faculty of Management at Dalhousie University in Halifax. Her work is centred in the areas of knowledge organization, metadata, and knowledge equity. A Citizen of the Métis Nation of Ontario... Read More →

Zachary Schoenberger

Tumbler Ridge Public Library, Trustee

Wednesday October 25, 2023 11:00am - 11:45am ADT

11:45am ADT

New Brunswick Historical Newspapers Project: Preserving and Sharing our Newspaper Heritage Online
A collaborative project at UNB Libraries between Archives and Special Collections, Microforms, the Imaging Centre and Library Systems to build a portal to every known newspaper published in or directly related to New Brunswick regardless of available format. This presentation will focus on the database architecture, digitization and automated ingest processes, site design and its features.

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Jeff Carter

Manager of Library Systems, University of New Brunswick Libraries
Accessibility and UX/UI pontificator. A reformed educator with a passion for purposeful and considered implementation of technology, Jeff has been crushing the Internet since 1993. He believes that good design doesn’t require an FAQ page and intuitive interfaces sell themselves... Read More →

Wednesday October 25, 2023 11:45am - 11:55am ADT

11:55am ADT

Supporting Discovery and Access on the Wild Wild Web! Leveraging Lean Library at the University of British Columbia
Understand how UBC Library is leveraging Lean Library as a discovery tool to connect users with collections and services out on the wild Internet. Highlighting successes, limitations and configuration tips, attendees will gain an understanding of this tool and how it shifts the discovery conversation beyond the traditional library ecosystem.


Rebecca Dickson

University of British Columbia

Barbara Sobol

University of British Columbia

Wednesday October 25, 2023 11:55am - 12:05pm ADT

12:05pm ADT

Managing technology in the library: insights on committees and integrating feminist, post-colonial theory
This presentation will evaluate how I as the LSP and Discovery Services Librarian and how McMaster generally manages library technology implementation and changes, and how does this relate to diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives and priorities.

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Matthew Fesnak

Library Services Platform and Discovery Services Librarian, McMaster University

Wednesday October 25, 2023 12:05pm - 12:15pm ADT

12:15pm ADT

Lunch Break
Wednesday October 25, 2023 12:15pm - 1:30pm ADT

1:30pm ADT

Symphonic Preservation: A Collaborative Audiovisual Archival Project
In this presentation, we highlight a collaborative venture between Dalhousie's Fountain School of Performing Arts (FSPA) and the Dalhousie University Archives. Our project focuses on enhancing the description, access, and preservation of a fascinating collection of FSPA's audiovisual recordings. We will share how we prioritize archiving and cataloguing digital recordings for long-term preservation using the Archivematica system and the Archives' Access to Memory (AtoM) finding aids site. With streamlined workflows and guidelines, and an eye to managing challenges related to intellectual property, we manage future transfers within our infrastructure while following archival best practices. 

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Creighton Barrett

Acquisitions and Public Services Archivist, Dalhousie University

Phil Laugher

Digital Asset Technician, Dalhousie University Archives

Roger Gillis

Digital Archivist, Dalhousie University Libraries

Maria Spear

Symphonic Preservation: A Collaborative Audiovisual Archival Project, Dalhousie University

Wednesday October 25, 2023 1:30pm - 2:15pm ADT

2:15pm ADT

PANEL Machine Learning in Libraries: Building Expertise, Capacity, and Utilization
A brainstorming session to engage participants in consideration of the necessary conditions for developing and expanding the use of machine learning in libraries. The focus will be on identifying opportunities, recognizing barriers, and crafting possible mitigation and enhancement strategies.

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Krista Godfrey

Head, Digital Initiatives, University of Waterloo
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Michael Ridley

Librarian Emeritus, University of Guelph
Dr. Michael Ridley is Librarian Emeritus at the University of Guelph where for many years he was the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Librarian. His research interests are libraries, literacy, machine learning, and explainable AI (XAI). Ridley holds degrees from Guelph (B.A... Read More →

Wednesday October 25, 2023 2:15pm - 3:15pm ADT

3:15pm ADT

Afternoon Break
Wednesday October 25, 2023 3:15pm - 3:30pm ADT

3:30pm ADT

Depth of Field: Combining Conceptual and Technical Knowledge in Media Digital Literacy
Depth of Field: Combining Conceptual and Technical Knowledge in Media Digital Literacy
 Does understanding the manual mode on a camera help you take better photos? Can being able to clip videos make you capable of producing impactful videos? At the Digital Scholarship Centre (DSC) at the University of Alberta, as digital literacy instructors, we provide service at the point of need when skills or software learning is required. In these interventions, we often find ourselves navigating expectations to ‘just teach me the tool’ when experience proves media production is not just a technical exercise.
Research communication is rarely connected to digital scholarship, yet it is in this final phase of the research cycle that digital technologies are increasingly being embraced. With the proliferation of social media, tools, misinformation, and now the adoption of generative AI, navigating knowledge translation is complex. Nevertheless, a pervading perception among academics remains that media creation skills are easy to master.
At the DSC “…we contend that technologies are never neutral and not merely tools but are themselves created within oppressive systems and thus embody the very same assumptions about the world that they try to critique” (Zvyagintseva, Cawthorn & Quamen, 2023). In communications particularly, understanding visual communication, rhetorical devices, ideating meaning, storytelling and metaphor become critical in achieving desired goals.
As many libraries offer digital literacy training, this presentation will engage participants in a conversation about how deep technology training must be, to be effective. It will overview the development of a workshop series for research communications that use conceptual and technical teaching to allow learners to achieve comprehensive media skills. The presentation will share examples and offer future directions we envision for the series.
Zvyagintseva, L., Cawthorn, K., & Quamen, H. (2023). Digital Literacy as a Theory of Power: Critical Pedagogy in a Library Digital Scholarship Centre. IDEAH. https://doi.org/10.21428/f1f23564.ded41de0



Digital Scholarship Specialist, University of Alberta Library. Digital Scholarship Centre

Wednesday October 25, 2023 3:30pm - 4:15pm ADT

3:30pm ADT

Session TBA
Wednesday October 25, 2023 3:30pm - 4:15pm ADT

4:15pm ADT

The Pragmatics of Systems Librarianship
What can the experience of moving from a larger to a smaller university library tell us about systems librarianship? This presentation will explore the similarities and differences between larger and smaller libraries, and look at the questions of library culture, campus relationships, and the place of overarching principles in different kinds of library systems units. I will show that systems librarianship not homogeneous or monolithic, but varies between organizations.


Sam Popowich

Mr, University of Winnipeg

Wednesday October 25, 2023 4:15pm - 4:25pm ADT

4:25pm ADT

Taming the Beast: Migrating to DSpace 7.6
This presentation will describe how York University Libraries migrated their institutional repository from DSpace 6.4 to 7.6. Attendees will learn about the team’s project management techniques, the robust testing script they designed, and how they overcame various challenges.


Priscilla Carmini

Scholarly Communications Librarian, York University
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Stephanie Quail

Director, Open Scholarship department, York University
Stephanie Quail is a Scholarly Communications 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... Read More →

Wednesday October 25, 2023 4:25pm - 4:35pm ADT

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