Visual Exhibit

New this year, Stronger Together is offering visual exhibits for attendees. Visual exhibits are your opportunity to learn about cutting edge research projects, pilots, and topics spanning the breadth of the library field. All are presented asynchronously, allowing attendees a chance to learn throughout the conference and beyond!

CDL: What is it? How does it Work? How can I Participate?

Controlled Digital Lending came to the forefront of library-related thought during the pandemic when physical collections were closed to the public. Beyond providing access during extenuating circumstances it has several other uses. Could your library benefit? And how can individuals benefit from libraries participating?

Cole Boychuk (they/them) - The Alberta Library

Cole Boychuk has their MLIS from Dalhousie University, and currently works at The Alberta Library as IT Support. They have a love for connectedness and resource sharing that they are excited to share with libraries across Alberta. 

Copyright First Responders in the Northwest

Copyright First Responders is a program created by Kyle Courtney to train cultural institution professionals in copyright basics and then provide a framework for mutual support and continuing education in order to enable them to help fill the growing demand for copyright information. Initially begun with academic libraries, it has expanded to include all library types and archives and museums as well. We’re not lawyers and don’t provide legal advice, but we are members of our communities, so can incorporate information about community standards, potential cultural issues, and the like. While the training would need to be adjusted for non-US locations, the system can be effective for communities or groups anywhere.

Freya Anderson (she/her) - Alaska State Library

Since her first class in library school on library law and policy, Freya has been fascinated by copyright law and is happy to converse at length about how it should be and how it is (not always the same thing!). While not a lawyer, she has attended CopyrightX through Harvard University, has served as a Copyright Scholar through the American Library Association, and has taught copyright basics at many local conferences. She’s currently a participant in Copyright First Responders Alaska (CFRAK).

Filling the Gaps: The Rise of the Afrocentric Library

In this lightning talk, Brenda and Dhara will discuss their collaborative efforts to get the Afrocentric Library Collection off the ground at Toronto East Detention Center (TEDC). The Afrocentric Library Collection is part of a much larger program created by Dhara to highlight the distinct needs of the institution's predominantly Black inmate population. This collection fills in the gaps that the general collection has had for years and has increased access to materials by Black authors for our inmates. Brenda and Dhara will discuss how the library has supported the collection, as well as other advantages and the difficulties of having such a collection within a maximum security institution.

Dhara McIntosh (she/her) & Brenda Castillo-Pena (she/her) - Toronto East Detention Centre, Ministry of the Solicitor General

Dhara McIntosh is a Correctional Officer at a maximum-security detention centre, who created and launched an Afrocentric Library to address the lack of Black literature available to Black inmates, who are vastly over-represented within the Ontario provincial prison system.

Brenda is presently the Library Technician at the Toronto East Detention Center (TEDC) in Toronto, Ontario. She received her Library Technician diploma from Seneca College and will be completing her MLIS from the University of Alberta next year. She has been working in libraries since 2013 and has been building the TEDC library and its program since 2017. Within the library world, her current interests include critical librarianship, copyright and collection management.

Learning Together in a time of Covid: Conversation-Based Librarian Professional Development

Explore the experience and impacts of remote professional development conversations undertaken by Greater Victoria Public Library librarians during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn how GVPL librarians used assigned learning topics and workshops to structure conversations that led to improved communication, connection, morale, and mental wellness. As well, find out how we’re applying these lessons to the post-pandemic future, using the improved communication, system-wide knowledge sharing, and sense of internal community to explore future-focused topics and expand librarians' professional skills.

Caitlin Ottenbreit (she/her), Niki Sutherland (she/her), & Deborah van der Linde (she/her) -Grater Victoria Public Library

Caitlin, Niki, and Deborah are Public Services Librarians at the Greater Victoria Public Library. All three are inspired by play based learning for all ages, community building, and getting everyone around them reading great books, and try to do all three in the most fun way possible.  

Project Eevee - Academic Community During COVID-19

Project Eevee is a study conducted by three second year Library Information Technology students. It was undertaken to discover and document the strategies and coping mechanisms of students and instructors in a post secondary learning environment who had to suddenly pivot from in-person to online course delivery because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The researchers parsed through data gathered from focus group discussions and organized that data through thematic analysis. This presentation provides an overview of the researchers' reported findings.

Eleanor Golding (She/They) - Rocky View Schools, Erik Lofthouse (He/Him) - Rocky view Schools, & Joanne McKenzie Hicks (She/Her) - ARC Resources Ltd.

Eleanor Golding fell in love with libraries while attending the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, studying English literature and anthropology. After finishing their undergraduate degree, they went on to complete their diploma in Library and Information Technology from SAIT. They are now spending their weeks as the Learning Commons Facilitator at Chestermere High School with Rockyview Schools, and spending their weekends with family and their little cat, Phryne.

Erik Lofthouse graduated in April 2021 from the Library Information Technology program at SAIT. He is currently working as a Learning Commons Facilitator for Rocky View Schools, splitting his time between Fireside School and Elbow Valley Elementary. He has a passion for children's literacy and young adult literature. In his free time Erik enjoys video games, reading about history, and playing with his two dogs, Juno and Sadie.

A recent graduate of SAIT’s Library Information Technology program, Joanne McKenzie Hicks discovered her favourite part of returning to school was the connections she made with her classmates and instructors. When the opportunity arose to study student community during COVID-19, and receive a full course credit in the deal, Joanne did not hesitate to sign-on.

Joanne began work shortly after graduation in the field of information governance and is thoroughly enjoying the launch of her new career.

When she is not at work, Joanne enjoys writing for her citation blog, reading, gardening, and taking road trips with her family.

Striving toward Digital Equity with a WiFi Hotspot Lending Program

Learn about one academic library’s WiFi Hotspot Lending Program through which they strove to meet Digital Equity needs among college students lacking adequate internet access in their place of residence. This lightening talk will provide a snapshot of this WiFi Hotspot Lending Program, including challenges and successes around implementation, marketing, and locating funding to continue into the future.

Mary Anne Hansen (she/her) - Montana State University & Meghan Salsbury (she/her) - York College

Mary Anne Hansen is Professor and Research Services Librarian at Montana State University (MSU) in Bozeman, MT. Since 1997, she has served as Coordinator of the MSU Library’s annual week-long Tribal College Librarians Professional Development Institute (TCLI), a niche professional development opportunity for librarians serving predominantly Indigenous students, most of whom work at tribal colleges within tribal communities. As Research Services Librarian, Mary Anne is Subject Librarian to Education, Health & Human Development, Nursing, and Psychology, while also serving the information and research needs of all students and faculty upon request through chat, email, research consultations, and library instruction.

Meghan Salsbury graduated from the School of Library and Information Management at Emporia State University with a master’s in Library Science in 2015. In 2018, Meghan moved to Belgrade, MT where she spent a year as the Youth Services Librarian and then moved on to MSU Library as the Instructional Technology Librarian in May 2019. She works with students and faculty to create online learning opportunities, manages the library’s LibGuides, and teaches information literacy instruction sessions and credit-bearing courses. Meghan has recently accepted the position of Director of the Information Commons at York College in York, NE where she oversees the library and instructional technology on campus.

Youth 1UP - Giving Voice to Youth Through Gaming

With the growing popularity of Twitch streaming, YouTube Let’s Plays, and general access to gaming regardless of device, platform, or medium (e.g. Minecraft, Fortnite, or Dungeons & Dragons), giving youth access to games in the library is more paramount than ever. In addition to in-person programming, platforms such as Discord and Zoom help bridge the gap between librarians and youth, providing a means of outreach and continued rapport building, on top of game streaming via screen sharing. And, with popular games such a Minecraft, Fortnite, and Rocket League, as well as traditional pen-and-paper games like Dungeons & Dragons taking off in popularity, librarians & youth can game just about anywhere -- allowing for for quick, fun, and portable programming.

So, why is gaming important in libraries? Well, this exhibit will explore: 1) How gaming can be accessed more readily, 2) How gaming connects youth across both age-based & socio-economic boundaries, and 3) How gaming provides social "currency" for youth to use to connect with one another & give them voice.

Christopher Knapp (he/him) - Prince George Public Library

I am the Youth Community Engagement Librarian for the Prince George Public Library in Prince George, British Columbia. In addition to my role as a public librarian, I have also been a senior-level high school teacher and teacher-librarian for several years. As a life-long gamer & educator, I advocate for stronger awareness of the benefits of gaming, in all forms, for youth both inside & outside traditional educational spaces.