Conference Schedule - Day 1
Liuna Station

Wednesday, October 10th


Breakfast & Registration


Welcome & opening remarks


Opening Keynote:
Sheila Laroque




User Experience (UX) at McGill: Case studies in applied user research
Ekatarina Grguric (McGill University Library)

Bringing User Experience (UX) methods into projects helps us be intentional in how we bring user needs and perspectives into our work. This talk will present case studies that showcase ways in which UX methods were applied in diverse projects to inform decision making through quick, iterative, data collection.


Libraries in the Age of Extended Reality: Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), Mixed Reality (MR)
Ken Fujiuchi and Joseph Riggie (Buffalo State College)

Extended Reality (XR), a combination of real and virtual world and human-machine interaction, includes Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), Mixed Reality (MR) technologies that have become more mainstream over the past few years. This conversation aims to explore XR technologies and how faculty and librarians can use and develop AV and VR in scholarly and creative activities, and new developments in academic disciplines.


Developing an Open Source Application for Managing EzProxy Configuration File
Juan Denzer (SUNY Oswego, Penfield Library)

There are very few presentations about managing and cleaning up the EzProxy configuration file. This presentation is not about best practices of managing a configuration file. This presentation is about a new Open Source application being developed to manage your configuration file.


Lunch (Entertainment provided by Cybernetic Orchestra)


Data migration to Open Journal System (OJS) using R
Yoo Young Lee (University of Ottawa)

It’s exciting to migrate to better systems except for “data” transfer if there is no export tool or data structure is different. This session will demonstrate data migration to OJS on how to crawl unstructured web data, conduct data wrangling, and create a file to import into new systems using R.


GAME ON!!!: Building Interactive Educational Fiction
Ruby Warren (University of Manitoba)

The University of Manitoba Libraries designed a prototype game to provide library orientation information and basic research instruction to students. This session explains how this game was created, provides code for modification, and advises attendees on pitfalls and processes to emulate should they attempt to create their own instructional games.


Archive your ILS: How to keep a copy of your old ILS when you migrate to a new ILS
Calvin Mah (Simon Fraser University)

A look at Simon Fraser University Millennium archive.


Contract Work Means Work for You Too: How to make your project sustainable after the contract is over
Bobbi Fox (Harvard University)

This presentation outlines the pluses and pitfalls in engaging contractors to develop or enhance an application, including: defining the work, setting meaningful checkpoints, negotiating ongoing support by your IT department.




When the Digital Divides Us: Reconciling Emerging and Emerged Technologies in Libraries
Monica Rettig (Brock University), Gillian Byrne (Toronto Public Library), Krista Godfrey (Memorial University of Newfoundland) and Rebecca Laroque (North Bay Public Library)

While some areas of the library are forging ahead into emerging areas of technology, others are being left behind. With diminishing resources and expanded objectives, how can libraries continue to provide excellent experiences for basic technology needs? This panel will discuss the widening divide and suggest opportunities for closing the gap.


Core topics in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)
Mark Weiler (Wilfrid Laurier University)

It is critically important libraries ensure people with disabilities can actually use the their web-based services. WCAG has major implications for library service delivery and development. A recent article in College & Research Libraries concluded that library web developers need to have time and support to learn about web accessibility standards. Based on a close reading of official WCAG 2.0 documents, this presentation gives an overview of four core concepts in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and the implied infrastructure needed for an accessible web.


Practical Linked Data Implementation
Heather Pretty (Memorial University of Newfoundland)

Based on data collected by the Trail of the Caribou Research Group on Royal Newfoundland Regiment soldiers in WWI, this presentation will focus on a practical implementation of Linked Data, accessing and updating a triplestore with the SPARQL query language, using the Apache Jena and Apache Fuseki tools.


Closing Remarks


Happy Hour at Liuna


Reception at Merit Brewing

  • Merit Brewery Tour
  • Haunted Hamilton Tour

Conference Schedule - Day 2
Liuna Station

Thursday, October 11th


Breakfast & Registration




Sh!t Happens
Krista Godfrey (Memorial University of Newfoundland)

We all plan and prepare for disaster, from small scale recovery to catastrophic failure, with the hopes it will never happen. Despite all of our best planning, things can still go wrong. What do we do when the perfect storm hits? This session will provide some lessons learned for handling and recovering from a major technical failure.


RA 21: What are you doing to protect your patrons?
Tim Ribaric (Brock University)

RA 21 promises to bring a new paradigm of electronic access to Libraries. It will be the natural successor of EZProxy and IP based Authentication. While this initiative seeks to modernize accessing resources there might be some concerns with how it will be implemented. This session will examine these concerns with an eye towards patron privacy.


Programming Historian IRL
Adam Doan and Kimberley Martin (University of Guelph)

This talk presents the successes, challenges, lessons learned and future directions of the Programming Historian meet-up group run in the Library at the University of Guelph.




Lightning Talks:

  1. Standard ebooks Jonathan Kift (Vancouver Public Library)
  2. Working in DS and DH: the good, the bad & the ugly Autumn Mayes (Western University)
  3. Breaking the four(th) walls: examining access and community engagement with UD/UX methods Eliana Dimopoulos (University of Washington), Lillian Curanzy (University of Washington) and Rosalie Abbott (Sonoma County Library)
  4. Creating linked data from university student newspapers: a case study of iterative workflows and processes Clara Turp (McGill University)


Lunch (Entertainment provided by Christyrious)


Integrating Digital humanities into the web of scholarship with SHARE:: An exploration of requirements
Joanne Paterson (WesternU Libraries)

The Share project team surveyed DH practitioners to understand their needs with regards to the discovery and access and ultimately the preservation of multi-faceted, multimodal DH projects. How can SHARE, a community-supported, open infrastructure, a metadata aggregator, support and assist in the discovery of DH projects and their component parts. Our survey and focus groups gave us much food for thought which I'd like to share with you, here.


Navigating through the OER Desert with OASIS Bill Jones and Ben Rawlins (SUNY Geneseo)

As a result of a collaboration between SUNY OER Services and SUNY Geneseo’s Milne Library, a tool called OASIS (Openly Available Sources Integrated Search) was developed in an effort to enhance the discovery of openly available content.


(Why Aren't We) Solving common Library problems with common systems?
May Yan and MJ Suhonos (Ryerson University)

RULA implements a records management system on the cheap but learns that many systems are really good solutions to a universal metadata, search and storage retrieval problem that most libraries need to tackle. Find out how we built a records management system for ERM in both AtoM and WordPress. 


Developing a Digital Initiatives Centre at a University Research Library
Shannon Lucky and Craig Harkema (University of Saskatchewan)

This presentation describes our experience in developing a digital initiatives centre at a large Canadian university research library. Transitioning from a largely behind the scenes and a loose collection of digital resources and services into an official public-facing unit has demanded flexibility, agility, and above all creativity.




Open Badges for demonstrating Open Access compliance: A pilot project
Christie Hurrell (University of Calgary)

This presentation will describe a pilot project to integrate Open Badges into a DSpace institutional repository.  The Open Badge demonstrated that self-archived research articles complied with national funders’ Open Access policy. The presentation will report on researchers’ opinions on using badges, as well as the results of user experience testing during the self-deposit process.


Introduction to the Dave Binkley Memorial Lecture, sponsored by OCLC


Doing the Work: Settler Libraries and Responsibilities in a Time of Occupation

Dave Binkley Memorial Lecture: Monique Woroniak


Closing remarks

7:00 -

Self-directed Dine-Arounds

Conference Schedule - Day 3
Hamilton Public Library, Central Branch, 5th Floor

Friday, October 12th


Hackfest & Library Carpentry Workshop
Sponsored by Hamilton Public Library


Reporting & wrap-up


Networking event

Special thanks to our sponsors, who make Access 2018 possible: