Announcing our AccessYYZ Binkley Lecturer: Molly Sauter!

The Access 2015 Organizing Committee is thrilled to announce that our speaker for the Dave Binkley Memorial Lecture is Molly Sauter!

Molly is a Vanier Scholar and PhD student in Communication Studies at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She holds a masters degree in Comparative Media Studies from MIT, and is an affiliate researcher at the MIT Center for Civic Media at the MIT Media Lab and at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Molly has published widely on internet activism, hacker culture, and depictions of technology in the media. Her recent book, The Coming Swarm, examines the use of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) actions as a form of political activism.

You can find Molly online at and on twitter at @oddletters.

More about the Dave Binkley Memorial Lecture.

Access YYZ Keynote Speaker: Amy Buckland!

The Access 2015 Organizing Committee is thrilled to announce that our keynote speaker is Amy Buckland!

ABuckland_AccessAmy recently moved to the University of Chicago where she is the Institutional Repository Manager. Previously she was Coordinator of Scholarly Communications at McGill University Library, where she was responsible for open access initiatives, publishing support, copyright, digital humanities, and research data services. She has a bachelor of arts degree from Concordia University (Montreal) where she studied political science and women’s studies, and an MLIS from McGill University. Prior to joining the library world, she worked in publishing for 14 years, and thinks academic libraryland is ripe for a revolution.

Given Amy’s longstanding participation at and with Access over the years and her long-standing involvement in Canadian – and now American – library tech communities, the Organizing Committee was unanimous in its opinion that Amy would be a perfect choice to anchor the conference.  For more information, check out her website or connect with her on twitter at @jambina.

Keep an eye out for the announcement of our 2015 David Binkley Memorial Lecture speaker, coming soon!

Donate to the AccessYYZ Diversity Scholarship Fund

Well, interested Access-goers, you seem like a bunch of humans that would really enjoy helping out deserving humans. Well, do we have an opportunity for you!

You can do something awesome for yourself and for another by donating to our IndieGoGo campaign. We’re aiming to raise some money to offset the costs of attending the conference for those who wouldn’t normally be able to attend. We’ve already allocated money for two diversity scholarships, but we’re committed to raising as much money as possible to fund additional scholarships.

Check out the purpose of the scholarships and learn more about the campaign before making your contribution. I’m not going to lie, we have some sweeeeet perks, so get on it! We can’t be held responsible for how fast those puppies go*.

We hope you’ll consider donating so that AccessYYZ can be as inclusive and welcoming as possible!


*By puppies, we mean perks. We would never give away puppies.

AccessYYZ Registration and Proposal Update

Thanks to all of you that have been eagerly waiting for registration to open! We can tell there are a lot of you (because we can read your minds, but also because our site gives us nifty analytics). You can register by clicking over to the registration page. There’s a lot of useful information about diversity scholarships, social events, hotels, and travel discounts so please make sure you read the whole page before completing your registration.

EDIT (Wed, May 6th, 2015 at 8:18 ET) For those of you who are waiting to hear about proposals, please note that responses are in the process of getting sent out. If you haven’t gotten a response from us yet, don’t despair! Something will be coming your way tomorrow or Friday.

#AccessYYZ Diversity Scholarships – Call for Applications!

The Access Library Conference Organizing Committee is pleased to announce that we will be offering diversity scholarships to help valued members of our community attend Access 2015 in Toronto, Ontario! Scholarships will help to offset the cost of registration, travel, and accommodation[1]. The Organizing Committee is committed to offering a minimum of two scholarships of up to $1000 each, though we’re crowdfunding to offer more (we’ll be announcing that soon)!

Applicants must self-identify as a member of a traditionally underrepresented and/or marginalized group in technology communities, including, but not limited to, those based on gender identity, race, sexuality, or physical ability[2]. Applicants must also be unable to attend the conference without some financial assistance (student, unemployed, underemployed, or working at a company/institution that does not support professional development).

If you’ve received a diversity scholarship to attend Access in either of the past two years (2013 or 2014), we would appreciate it if you would hold off this year to give other underrepresented members of our community a chance to participate.

[1] For more information on the Diversity Scholarship Program, click here.

[2] A more extensive, but not exhaustive, list of what we mean by “traditionally underrepresented and/or marginalized” is offered here. That said, we think you’re the best person to identify if you are a member of a traditionally underrepresented or marginalized group so please do not feel constrained by this list!


How to Apply

Application Criteria:

  • You self-identify as a member of a traditionally underrepresented/marginalized group (see extended list, above)
  • You are unable to attend the conference without financial assistance (i.e. you are a student, unemployed, or underemployed)

Application Process:

  • Send an email to by Friday, June 26 detailing your background and interest in library technology, how you think Access will advance your professional development, and how this scholarship will help you achieve your dreams. No more than 1000 words, please!
  • Please attach an updated resume or CV.
  • That’s it! We don’t need proof of your eligibility – we believe that our community is honest (plus, it’s so small that we’ll probably figure it out if you’re actually a millionaire).


How We’ll Decide

If you follow the application guidelines, we’ll throw your name into the hat for a scholarship. At an Organizing Committee on July 7th, we will draw names and those people will be awarded scholarships. We will award a minimum of two scholarships, but depending on our crowdfunding efforts and the needs of scholarship recipients, there may be more.