Program

Sunday, September 16

  • 6:00 p.m.

    Dinner

    We will be making a group reservation at a local restaurant for anyone interested in getting together and meeting with their colleagues prior to the start of the conference. Please indicate on the conference registration form if you will be joining the group. Everyone will pay separately for their own meal.

Monday, September 17

Joint APLIC-ABPAC/Parliamentary Researchers Day

  • 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

    Registration Desk Open

  • 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

    Welcome and Introductions

  • 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

    Ontario Members Panel: What our clients need and want from us

    We begin our conference by hearing directly from our clients about their information needs, how they find and use information; specifically, how and why they use the Legislative Library and Research Service, what they value about what we do and what they wish we would do better or more of; and what our priorities need to be over the next 3-5 years to ensure that we continue to provide the support they need to do their jobs. This will be a moderated panel with three Members of the Ontario Legislature, Christine Elliott, Peter Tabuns and Soo Wong.

    Moderator: Jane Hilderman, Samara.

  • 10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

    Official Photograph of Delegates on Grand Staircase. Followed by a Break

  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

    Media Panel

    This session will focus on how journalists research stories of interest to legislators, parliamentarians and the public in general. Panel members: Kevin Donovan, investigative reporter, Toronto Star, recently the author of a series of reports on Ornge air ambulance service; Tony Burman, Velma Rogers Graham Research Chair in News Media and Technology at Ryerson University’s School of Journalism, and former head of Al Jazeera English and CBC News; Susanna Kelley, Editor-in-Chief and Queen’s Park Bureau Chief for ontarionewswatch.com; Ian Harvey, Freelance Journalist and Queen’s Park Columnist for Law Times. The panel will cover such topics as: key sources of information; how information is verified; research needs; the visual presentation of information and data; and the impact of social media, including how it is changing how news is sourced, captured and presented.

  • 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

    Lunch

  • 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Discovering and Dealing with Data

    We’ve all worked with monographs and serials, but what the heck do we do about data?

    Martin Prosperity Institute Data librarian Kim Silk will discuss the unique challenges and opportunities in data management. She will discuss common and authoritative data sources, how to evaluate data authority, touch on the Open Data movement, and introduce some tools to create data visualizations and infographics. She will also briefly discuss her own institution’s data management and cataloguing strategies.

  • 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    Break

  • 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    Social Media I: The Opportunities

    Is social media useful to the work of the librarian and researcher? Isn’t it just more noise? Is it even reliable or authoritative? This practical look at social media will explore these and other questions and will provide you with examples of how to get the most out of these tools. Presenters: Julie Anderson, Research Librarian, Ontario Legislative Library and Mercedes Lee, Research Librarian, Ontario Legislative Library, Tiffany Wong, Stikeman Elliott LLP.

  • 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    New Zealand Parliamentary Library and three major programmes of work

    The last year has seen a number of changes for the New Zealand Parliamentary Library. This presentation will provide you with an overview of the Library today and its journey through reviews and reorganisation in order to live within its means and provide services fit for the future. The 2011 induction programme for new members of Parliament was led by the Library on behalf of the Parliamentary Service. Ellen will talk about the successes and lessons learned from this. Lastly, the Parliamentary Service has a clear focus on client service. This talk will cover the organisation wide initiatives and the Library’s participation in this. Presenter: Ellen Fitzsimons, Acting Information Manager, Parliamentary Service of New Zealand.

  • 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

    “Built to Last” Reception Celebrating the Library’s 100 Years in the North Wing of the Legislative Building, 1912-2012

  • Free Evening


Tuesday, September 18

Parliamentary Researchers Day

  • 8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

    Welcome

  • 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

    Committee Members Panel

    Committees have unique needs for information and research. Three seasoned Ontario Committee Members will talk about their experience and expectations for information and research in the Committee context including: the role of the researcher; what good research looks like in this context; what use we should be making of data visualization in backgrounders and reports; how to provide effective oral briefings; best ways to get the committee’s instructions; the growing use of technology by Members and how it affects delivery of research and their expectations. Moderator: Jane Hilderman, Samara. Panel: Gilles Bisson, Norman Sterling, Gerry Phillips

  • 10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

    Break

  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

    Social Media II: The Challenges

    The Library of Parliament will discuss the evolution of e-Consultations at the Federal level using the examples of the First (so-called) Pre-Budget e-Consultation by the House of Commons Finance Committee and the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights study on #Cyberbullying. Content will cover: the evolution from basic Pre-Budget Consultations to a more refined approach; the role of the Library of Parliament Research Service and its partners; the SWAT Team approach and its limits; upcoming challenges. Speaker: June Dewetering, Chief of the Macroeconomics and Trade Section of the Library of Parliament.

  • 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

    Lunch

  • 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    Serving Select Committees: Case Studies from Quebec and Ontario

    This session will explore the particular challenges of working with Select Committees such as determining a structure for identifying issues or approaches to a Committee’s mandate; working with other Committee staff to identify witnesses and plan the timetable; deciding how and when to intervene to help the Committee focus its inquiry; and getting instructions for the report and report writing. Two case studies will be presented. A Committee Clerk will also discuss how researchers and clerks can work together to serve the particular logistical and administrative issues facing Select Committees. Presenters: Jacques Gagnon Director of the Quebec Legislature’s Research Service, who worked with the Quebec’s Legislature’s Select Committee on Dying with Dignity; Carrie Hull and Elaine Campbell, researchers with the Ontario Legislature’s Select Committee on Mental Health and Addictions; and Trevor Day, Ontario Deputy Clerk of Committees.

  • 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    Break

  • 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    SWAT Solutions

    One of the goals of the conference is for us to get to know one another, to learn from each other and to share best practices. In this interactive session, we ask you to come prepared with workplace issues and concerns that might be affecting you individually or parliamentary and legislative research as a group. We will then work together or consider possible solutions and approaches.

  • 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

    Viewing of the Photo Exhibition “60 in 60,” an Exhibition Celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, and guided tour of the Lieutenant Governor’s Suite.

  • 6:00 p.m.

    Group dinner

Tuesday, September 18

APLIC-ABPAC Librarians Day

  • 8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

    Welcome

  • 9:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

    The Future of Government Publications (Part One)

    This forum will explore what lies ahead in accessing and preserving Canadian government publications and websites. There will be discussion on how the digital landscape, the demise of the role of Library and Archives Canada, and collaborative projects are changing how we will find, maintain and consume government information and publications in the future. Speakers: Mike McCaffrey, lecturer at the University of Toronto Faculty of Information who specializes in reference work and government information. He is knowledgeable in international publications and is also writing a guide to Canadian Government publications. Dr. Ian Wilson, Founding Director and current Executive Director of the University of Waterloo’s Stratford Institute for Digital Media, an institute which conducts research and encourages consultation and collaboration related to Canada’s role as a digital nation. Dr. Wilson is former National Librarian and Archivist of Canada and Archivist of Ontario. Annie Belanger of the University of Waterloo will talk about government/university collaborations in the preservation of government documents, and Peter Ellinger, Manager, Library Technology Applications, Ontario Legislative Library. As technical lead for the APLIC Portal, Peter will provide a status update on developments relating to the Portal.

  • 10:45 a.m.– 11:00 a.m.

    Break

  • 11:00 a.m.– 12:30 p.m.

    The Future of Government Publications (Part Two)

    The morning session continues.

  • 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

    Lunch

  • 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Behind the Numbers: Statistics for Librarians

    Does looking at a statistical table make you dizzy? Does the thought of opening Microsoft Excel make you want to turn off your computer? Whether you realize it or not, statistics and research studies are a huge part of our everyday lives and the lives of our libraries. Most importantly, they can be used as a positive force to enhance your library’s services and measure its value. In this session, we will explore statistics and quantitative research methods to get “behind the numbers.” Once we see how easy it is to understand statistics, we’ll discuss how they can be used to make you and your services shine! Presenter: Nicole Doyle, Professor, School of Justice and Emergency Services, Durham College.

     

  • 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    Behind the Data: Building an Historical Database of Member Information

    Alberta’s Members’ Historical Online Biographical database is the culmination of a project that began in the 1970s. After multiple attempts, the database has come into existence and begun to yield meaningful data. Val Footz, Legislature Librarian and Heather Close, Research Services Coordinator, share what they’ve learned and how they hoped to build on the foundation of MHOB. (And yes, they were desperate for an acronym that hadn’t been used!)

  • 3:00 p.m.– 3:30 p.m.

    Break

  • 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Lessons from the Flat Track: How Being a Roller Girl Has Helped Me to be a Better Librarian

    By now, it’s common knowledge that the stereotype of a stuffy patron shushing, book pushing librarian in sensible shoes is not the librarian of the future. Even still, how many clients are likely to expect that tucked under the reference desk are a pair of roller skates in place of those orthopedic shoes? Surprisingly (or perhaps not so), there’s a small but growing contingency of librarians skating up and hitting the flat track to participate in a roller derby revival. Gone are the theatrics and staged outcomes of Roller Derby games of the past (though the punny names remain). Modern Roller Derby is a complex game; the rules are complicated, it moves quickly and it leaves real bruises – not unlike modern librarianship. Presenter: Eileen Lewis, Research Librarian, Ontario Legislative Library.

  • 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

    Viewing of the Photo Exhibition “60 in 60,” an Exhibition Celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, and tour of the Lieutenant Governor’s Suite.

  • 6:00 p.m.

    Group Dinner Hosted by APLIC-ABPAC

Wednesday, September 19

On Wednesday, the APLIC-ABPAC Directors will hold their annual business meeting.
Based on the interest of the conference registrants meetings, presentations, demonstrations or tours of other libraries (e.g., Fisher Rare Book Library, redesigned Toronto Reference Library) will be arranged for Wednesday morning.

A one-hour planning session for the Researchers will be scheduled to consider the future activities of the group.

The Librarians will be pondering the following topic:

  • 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

    Managing Client Expectations – a Roundtable

    It’s 9:45 AM. The question arrives … phone … email … it really doesn’t matter. The question is badly phrased, overtly partisan, and requires a Masters’ thesis for an adequate response. The deadline is noon. What do you do?

    Come and share your thoughts, strategies and anecdotes on the management of client expectations while maintaining your sanity, reputation … and your pay cheque!

    Moderator: Rick Sage, Research Librarian, Ontario Legislative Library.

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