Past Keynote Speakers

2015 – Inspiring Advocacy

Myron Groover  –  Love in the Time of Austerity: Library Advocacy in Tough Times and How to (Maybe) Survive It – click here for full text

Myron Groover is a Hamilton-based librarian, archivist, and general ne’er-do-well. He is a keen advocate of intellectual freedom, critical thinking, a robust public sector, and other dangerously unfashionable ideals. For a time there was talk of disqualifying him from the profession because he enjoys working with people so much, but through a combination of strategic bribes and thinly-veiled threats to highly-placed library cognoscenti he was eventually able to secure a position as chair of the BCLA Information Policy Committee. His antics in that role eventually forced him to flee the province; he now works as Archives and Rare Books Librarian at McMaster University.

Robyn Hall – Putting Cracks in the Paywall: Connecting Librarian Values, Actions, and Technology – click here for slide deck

Robyn Hall is the Scholarly Communications Librarian at MacEwan University. She manages digital initiatives including MacEwan’s institutional repository and open access journal publishing service. She has presented extensively on ways that libraries can improve access to and engagement with scholarly output in an online environment.

2013 – Looking Forward: Trends in Library and Information Work

Stephen Abram – Working in the Information Future: Non-traditional Paths in Library Work click here for slide deck and video

“Trends and Changes in Work” Panel Discussion with Geoff Harder, Pilar Martinez, and Stephen Abram click here for video