All Pre-Conference Sessions will occur on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017. Please note, pre-conference programming is run on a cost-recovery basis. If registration numbers are not enough to cover costs, the session will be cancelled. Register early!

Bookbinding I & Bookbinding II Workshops


Jennifer Brown

Time: Bookbinding I: 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. / Bookbinding II: 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Rodd Charlottetown
Cost: $40 per workshop, $70 to attend both workshops.

Participants will learn two bookbinding formats, ideal for journals, notebooks, sketchbooks and more. Formats include a traditional Japanese accordion-fold book, and a stab-binding journal. Demonstrations will be provided and there will be sample books on display.

Resources, materials and tools included. Space is limited; register early! No experience necessary.

Creating Inclusive Environments


Paula Gallant

Time: 9 a.m.-12 noon
Location: Rodd Charlottetown
Cost: $65

Libraries are places of both work and community. Their success is dependent upon the unique contribution of each staff member. Library leaders and managers have the opportunity to build inclusive workplaces for their employees and to engage with diverse staff teams and community members to create community spaces that are “everybody’s place” (Ursula K. LeGuin, author). A high level of self-awareness and specific practices are critical to leading inclusive teams, where individuals feel a sense of belonging that leads to greater productivity and engagement and to the ability to engage diverse individuals and groups in the community they serve. In this half-day course, you will be encouraged to examine the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to create positive, vibrant, and inclusive workplaces and libraries. You will develop a greater awareness of diversity and inclusion and how it manifests in life and work. You will take away strategies and approaches to foster inclusive environments for your staff and to support their efforts to create inclusive spaces for your community.

Data Visualization Techniques and Tools for Academic Libraries

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Speakers: Melissa Belvadi & Alison Ambi

Time: 1-4 p.m.
Location: Robertson Library, UPEI
Cost: $40

From ILSs and LMSs to COUNTER reports from online content providers
to log files from reference tracking systems, librarians have more data
than ever to help understand patron needs and guide collection choices.
But how to present all that data in ways that are meaningful to your
stakeholders and decision makers? How to tell the story that your
library needs to tell?

This half-day workshop will introduce you to basic techniques and
theory on data visualization, and take you through some basic
spreadsheet tools and then more advanced free and commercial
products to convert your log files, usage reports and collections data
sets into useful presentations and narratives for decision-makers. The
workshop will be hands-on, and participants will be encouraged to
bring actual reports and data files from their systems to work with.
Computers will be provided or you can bring your own Windows or
MacOS platform device. Tablets are not recommended.

PEI Libraries Tour

Time: 1:00p.m – 5:00pm.
Location: Bus Departs from Rodd Charlottetown
Price: $25.00

Tour leaves from the Rodd Charlottetown for a tour of 3 of our local libraries. Prince of Wales Campus Library at Holland College; Robertson Library at UPEI; and Bibliothèque publique Dr.-J.-Edmond-Arsenault (PEI Public Library Service). Space is limited so register early!