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Opening Keynote - Jane Schmidt


Jane Schmidt has been a librarian at Ryerson University in the Dish With One Spoon territory since 2003. Her career has been varied and has included acquisitions, collection development, middle management, and liaison in various subject areas. Currently, she is the liaison librarian for Child and Youth Care, Early Childhood Studies and Engineering. She has published on topics ranging from demand driven acquisitions, collection analysis, approval plans, and Little Free Libraries. Her current interests are community-led service, examining literary philanthropy through an anti-colonial lens and re-discovering the simple pleasure of working with students. She blogs intermittently, tweets prodigiously and would love to show you pictures of her son and her cats.




Closing Keynote – Maha Kumaran

Ms. Kumaran is an Associate Librarian at the Leslie and Irene Dubé Health Sciences Library, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada. She graduated from the University of British Columbia. Prior to and since earning her professional degree in librarianship, she has worked at various libraries from Nova Scotia to Vancouver. Currently on sabbatical, Maha was responsible for the College of Nursing and the Division of Nutrition at the University of Saskatchewan.  She works closely with all levels of students and faculty to provide research help and many formats of instruction. 

For her research program, she focuses on various aspects of visible minorities and librarianship in Canada. Some of these aspects include leadership, succession planning, and information literacy. She established and co-founded (with 9 other librarians) the Visible Minority Librarians of Canada (ViMLoC) Network and is currently serving as the co-chair for the network. She still actively recruits members to join this network so librarians interested in visible minorities can engage and collaborate with each other, share ideas and publish their work.


Community, Diversity, and Education:

 Academic Librarianship in Challenging Times

will be held in conjunction with

Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2018

University of Regina, Saskatchewan

May 29–31, 2018

(Pre-Conference 28 May, 2018)

CAPAL18 provides an opportunity for academic librarians to critically examine and discuss the ways in which collaboration, respect for differences, and professionalism empower us at a time when the values of our profession are in danger of being eroded, both within our universities and within the wider world.  It is time to consider the role of academic librarianship in a changing world and the ways in which academic librarians can challenge the corporatization of our universities and libraries, institutional inequities, and the attempts to deprofessionalize academic librarians.

Papers presented might relate to aspects of the following themes (though they need not be limited to them):

  • Challenges to academic status for librarians
  • The identity of academic librarians in uncertain times
  • Challenging racism in Canadian universities
  • The role of academic librarians in the changing academic library environment and culture
  • The ways in which professionalism intersects with race and gender, and how it may reinforce institutional power dynamics
  • Challenges to academic freedom and intellectual freedom
  • Challenges to academic integrity in a “fake news” and anti-science world
  • The roles and responsibilities of academic librarians in Reconciliation
  • Resisting the corporatization of universities and academic libraries
  • Confronting barriers to diversity in academic libraries

The Program Committee invites proposals for individual papers as well as proposals for panel submissions of three papers. Proposed papers must be original and not have been published elsewhere.

  • Individual papers are typically 20 minutes in length. For individual papers, please submit an abstract of no more than 400 words and a presentation title, with a brief biographical statement and your contact information.
  • For complete panels, please submit a panel abstract of no more than 400 words as well as a list of all participants and brief biographical statements, and a separate abstract of no more than 400 words for each presenter. Please provide contact information for all participants.
  • Incomplete proposals or proposals that exceed the requested word count will not be considered.

Please feel free to contact the Program Committee to discuss a topic for a paper, panel, or other session format. Proposals should be emailed as an attachment as a .doc or .docx file, using the following filename conventions:

  • Lastname_Keywordoftopic.docx

Proposals and questions should be directed to the Program Chairs, Lorna Rourke and Laura Koltutsky, at


Further information about CAPAL 2018 and Congress 2018 is available at: &

Please note:  The University of Regina is pleased to offer the Congress 2018 Graduate Student Travel Awards (, funded by the President’s Planning Committee for Congress 2018. Fully-qualified graduate students and recent PhD graduates will be able to apply for a subsidy of up to $500 towards accommodation, meal, & bookstore credits to facilitate participation at Congress 2018.