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Preliminary Programme

CAPAL17: Foundations & Futures: Critical Reflections on the Pasts, Presents, and Possibilities of Academic Librarianship


Annual Meeting – May 30 – June 1, 2017

Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2017

Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario

We are pleased to present the preliminary programme for the Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians (CAPAL) / L’Association canadienne des bibliothécaires académiques professionnels (ACBAP) 2017 annual conference.

Pre-Conference Workshop – (Half Day) May 29, 2017

Exploring Critical Theory in Research & Scholarship

Facilitator: Dr. Tami Oliphant, Assistant Professor, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta

Federation of the Humanities & Social Sciences President’s Reception

Day 1 – May 30, 2017


Welcome & Opening Remarks

Opening Keynote Address:

Harsha Walia: “How Can Sites and Spaces of Institutional Knowledge Act in the Service of Social Movements?”

Harsha Walia is a South Asian activist formally trained in the law and author of the award-winning book Undoing Border Imperialism. For the past two decades she has been involved in grassroots community organizing including No One Is Illegal, Anti-Capitalist Convergence, Defenders of the Land, and February 14th Women’s Memorial March. Committee.


Session 1A: Academic Library Futures

“Seeing the Forest for the Trees on Mars: Rethinking the Ideology of the ‘Library of the Future’” Michael Dudley (PublicServices Librarian, University of Winnipeg)

“Predictions of the Future of the Academic Library from Within and Without” John Bolan (Instructional and Reference Librarian at the Bora Laskin Law Library, University of Toronto Libraries)

Maintaining a Future: A Theory Toward Present Action and Future Thinking” Joel Burkholder (Reference and Instruction Librarian, Penn State York); Jeremy McGinniss (Library Director, Clarks Summit University)

Session 1B: Critical Empirical Methods in Dialogue

“Understanding Ourselves as Researchers: Critical Reflections on a National Survey” Selinda Berg (Head of Information Services at Leddy Library, University of Windsor); Kristin Hoffmann (Associate Librarian, Research & Instructional Services, University of Western Ontario); Denise Koufogiannakis (Associate University Librarian, University of Alberta)

Measure Once, Analyze Twice: Putting Quantitative Data in Dialogue” Carol Leibiger (Associate Professor and Information Literacy Coordinator, University of South Dakota); Alan W. Aldrich (Associate Professor and Instructional Services Librarian, University of South Dakota)

“The Story of Us: Putting the Who in the Canadian Academic Librarian” Eva Revitt (Business, Communication Studies, and Political Science Librarian, MacEwan University) & Amy Kaufman (Head Law Librarian, Queen’s University)


Session 2A: The Changing Nature of LIS Education

“Academic Librarians and the PhD” Michael Ridley (Librarian and the Acting Director of the First Year Seminar Program, University of Guelph)

“From ‘Library’ to ‘Information’ Science: The Challenge within Our Profession with Accreditation” Brad Eden (Dean of Library Services at Valparaiso University)

“Addressing the Elephant in the Room: An Examination of Soft Skills in Academic Librarianship” Miriam Matteson (Associate Professor in the School of Library and Information Science, Kent State University)

Session 2B: Academic Librarianship in the Corporate U

“Consultants in Academic Libraries: Challenging, Renewing, and Extending the Dialogue” Marni Harrington (Associate Librarian for the Faculty of Information & Media Studies, University of Western Ontario); Ania Dymarz (Head of Learning & Instructional Services, Simon Fraser University)

“Critical Reflections: Exploring Narratives of Librarianship in the Corporate Research-Intensive University in Canada” Karen Nicholson (Manager of Information Literacy, University of Guelph)

“Marketing Sharing Mania: What Libraries Can Learn from the Collaborative Consumption Craze” Céline Gareau-Brennan (MBA/MLIS Candidate, University of Alberta)

Session 2C: On Neutrality / Questioning Neutrality

“The Enchanted Academic Library: A Critique of the Neutral, Secular Library” Natasha Gerolami (Head Librarian and Professor in the Communication Studies Department, Huntington University)

“Towards and Ethics of Difference: The Pluralist Library” Jacob Vangeest (MLIS Graduate, University of British Columbia)

“Disassembling Neutrality: The Need for ‘The Explicit’” Scott Cowan (Information Services Librarian, University of Windsor)


Session 3A: Critical Librarianship in Practice 1

“Critical Librarianship in Practice: A Case for Media and Information Literacy Instruction” Spencer Brayton (Director of the Learning Commons, Blackburn College); Natasha Casey (Instructor of Communications, Blackburn College)

“Jump Start: Rethinking the Role of Academic Librarianship in Graduate Writing” Martha Attridge Bufton (Subject Specialist, Carleton University); Aleksandra Blake (Subject Specialist, Carleton University); Susan Tudin (Subject Specialist, Carleton University)

Session 3B:

Interdisciplinary Panel on Open Access in collaboration with the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities (Faculty & Librarian Panel to be announced)

CAPAL Reception & Student Poster Session (following concurrent sessions)

Day 2 – May 31, 2017


Session 4A: Critical Librarianship in Practice 2

“Sociopolitical Barriers to Information and Community Well Being: Implications for Librarian Teaching Practice” Jeff Lilburn (Public Services Librarian, Mount Allison University)

“Challenging University Hierarchies by Partnering with Student-Driven Journals: A Grassroots Approach” Michael David Miller (Liaison Librarian for French Literature, Economics, and LGBTQ Studies, McGill University) & Urooj Nizami (MIS Graduate, McGill University)

“Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going? A Review of Four and a Half Decades of Library Instruction Literature” Andrea Stanfield (Assistant Professor and Instructional Services Librarian, University of West Georgia)

Session 4B: Academic Library Spaces: Power, Agency, and Resistance 1

Panel: “The Politics of Space: Critical Geography and the Library” Kate Adler (Co-Director of Library Services/Senior Reference Librarian, Metropolitan College of New York); Ian Beilin (Humanities Research Services Librarian, Columbia University); Karen Nicholson (Manager of Information Literacy, University of Guelph)

Session 4C: Redefining Roles: Academic Librarianship in Transition 1

“Reinventing Ourselves: Benchmarking the New Roles of Librarians Working in Canada’s Research-Intensive University” Ada Ducas (Head of the Health Sciences Libraries, University of Manitoba); Nicole Michaud-Oystryk (Head of the Elizabeth Dafoe Library, St. John’s College Library, and the Fr. H. Drake Library, St. Paul’s College at the University of Manitoba)

“Academic Librarians and Systematic Reviews: An Emerging Role in the Social Sciences” Sarah Brown (Liaison Librarian, University of Waterloo) & Jackie Stapleton (Liaison Librarian for the School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo)

“Understanding Faculty Ambivalence to Alternative Scholarly Publishing” Calin Murgu (MLIS Student, University of Western Ontario)


Session 5A: Aesthetics and Material Culture Studies in LIS

“Material Culture Studies and Librarianship: Taking Objects Seriously” Lisa Levesque (Electronic Resource Discovery and Access / E-Learning Librarian, Ryerson University)

“How Cute! Race, Gender, and Neutralization in LIS” Gina Schlessleman-Tarango (Instructional Services and Initiatives Librarian, California State University, San Bernardino)

Session 5B: Tricky Trajectories: Careers in Academic Librarianship 1

“Impact of Career Mobility on Hiring Decisions for Academic Librarians” Marilia Antunez (Assistant Professor & Liaison Librarian, University of Akron); Sean P. Kennedy (Assistant Professor & Liaison Librarian, University of Akron)

“Separate but Equal: The Campaign for Academic Status for York Librarians, 1970–1975” Patti Ryan (Liaison Librarian, York University)

“Leadership Development for Academic Librarians: Maintaining the Status Quo?” Samantha Schmel-Hines (Associate Dean of Instructional Resources/Library Director, Peninsula College)

Session 5C: Professional Practice and Values 1: Philosophical Explorations

“Reading Libraries: Past Perspective Informs Future Practice in Humanities” Kathleen Kasten (Head of Humanities and Social Sciences, Stony Brook University Libraries)

“In Search of Library Philosophy” Sandra Cowan (Liaison Librarian for English, Modern Languages, Religious Studies, and the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lethbridge)


Annual General Meeting for CAPAL Members

Session 6A: Decolonization and Reconciliation in Librarianship

Panel: “Climbing the Mountain to Reconciliation in Academic Libraries: One Step at a Time” Deborah Lee (Nehiyaw, Haudenosaunee, Métis;  Indigenous Studies and Initiatives Librarian, University of Saskatchewan); Sarah McDowell (Reference Librarian and Book Selector, University of Toronto Libraries); Darlene Fitcher(Head of the Murray Library for Humanities, Social Sciences, and Fine Arts at the University of Saskatchewan)

Session 6B: Tricky Trajectories: Careers in Academic Librarianship 2

Panel: “Transitions into Librarianship” Mandissa Arlain (Communications and Liaison Librarian, Ryerson University); Lisa Levesque (Electronic Resource Discovery and Access / E-Learning Librarian, Ryerson University); Alison Skyrme (Special Collections and Arts Liaison Librarian, Ryerson University)

Session 6C: Neoliberalism and Issues of Identity

“Between Neoliberalism and Identity: Academic Librarianship and November 9, 2016”  John Buschman (Dean of University Libraries, Seton Hall University)

“On Cultural Competence in the Library World: Situating Anti-Racist Self Work as Neoliberal Racial Politics” David James Hudson (Associate Librarian and Information Studies scholar, University of Guelph)

“I’m Not Sure if I Count”: Academic Librarians with Disabilities in the Neoliberal Workplace” Joanne Oud (Instructional Technology Librarian and Instruction Coordinator, Wilfrid Laurier University)


Session 7A: Pedagogy in Political Context: Fake News, Post Truth, and Populism

“Information and Reactionary Populism” Pascal Lupien (Research and Scholarship Librarian, University of Guelph) & Lorna Rourke (Library Director, St. Jerome's University at the University of Waterloo)

“Fake News: Evaluating the News When We Can’t Even Agree on Reality” Jeff Knapp (Larry & Ellen Foster Communications Librarian, Penn State University)

“News Literacy & Relativism in “Post-Truth” Moments: Emerging Pedagogical Strategies for Teaching about Contextual Authority” Andrea Baer (Instructional Services Librarian, University of West Georgia)

Session 7B: Redefining Roles: Academic Librarianship in Transition 2

Panel: “Collaboratory Visioning: Creating Opportunities in the Academic Library” Ann Ludbrook (Copyright and Scholarly Engagement Librarian, Ryerson University); Fangmin Wang (Head of Library & Information Technology Services, Ryerson University); Sally Wilson (Web Services Librarian, Ryerson University)

Day 3 – June 1, 2017


Session 8A: Critical Approaches to Information Literacy

“Using Social Epistemology to Understand Critical Information Literacy” Martin Nord (PhD Candidate in Library and Information Studies, University of Western Ontario)

“Practice before You Preach”: A Critical Reflection Model for Teaching Academic Librarians” Silvia Vong (Collaborative Learning Librarian, University of St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto)

“How Do You Pronounce Pedagogy? The Evolution of Critical Pedagogy and Praxis in Library Instruction” Carrie Wade (Library Director, Graceland University)

Session 8B: Academic Library Spaces: Power, Agency, and Resistance 2

Panel: “Critical Library Practice and Higher Education: Locating Spaces of Agency and Resistance” Sofia Leung (Teaching & Learning Program Manager & Liaison Librarian, Comparative Media Studies/Writing department, MIT); Vani Natarajan (Research & Instruction Librarian for Humanities and Global Studies, Barnard College); Eamon Tewell (Assistant Professor and Reference & Instruction Librarian, Long Island University Brooklyn)

Session 8C: Professional Practice and Values 2: Information Access & Intellectual Freedom

“Classification Bias: Channeling Sandy Berman” F. Tim Knight (Associate Librarian and Head of Technical Services, Osgoode Hall Law School Library at York University)

“Libraries and First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Peoples: Missed Connections?” Mary Greenshields (MLIS Candidate, University of Alberta)

“Access to Information and the Advancement of Knowledge: Reflections on the 250th Anniversary of Freedom of Information Legislation” Mark Weiler (Web & User Experience Librarian, Wilfrid Laurier University)



Closing Keynote Address:

Lisa Sloniowski: “Affective Resistance and the Academic Librarian”

Lisa Sloniowski is an Associate Librarian at York University where she is the liaison to the Department of English Literature. She is also a PhD student in the interdisciplinary Social and Political Thought program at York. Lisa recently co-organized a 2 day workshop for academic librarians interested in critical librarianship, co-edited a special issue of Open Shelf on Academic Librarians and the PhD, and is the co-investigator on the SSHRC-funded Feminist Porn Archive and Research Project. In 2016, Lisa won the Library Juice Annual Paper contest for her article "Affective Labour, Resistance, and the Academic Librarian" which was published in the journal Library Trends. She is currently working on her dissertation provisionally entitled "Vexing Collections: Librarians and Disorder" and no, you may not ask how it's going.

Closing Remarks