Access is Looking for Next Year’s Hosts

Do you love Access? Are you an event planning whiz, thrilled by the prospect of planning Canada’s foremost library technology conference? Were you inspired by the Herculean efforts of past Access Organizing Committees in bringing passionate, intelligent humans together to discuss and troubleshoot some of the most significant issues in libraries? Do you have a burning desire to ensure that Access 2016 is in your neck of the woods? Excellent. We want to hear from you!

Like any forward thinking conference, Access is already looking for next year’s host. There are no restrictions placed on where the conference can be held or who organizes it (because we’re super accepting like that). As a general library technology conference, we encourage people from academic, public, or special libraries (or even some combination of all three if that’s more your style) to throw their hat in the ring.

For those who are sort of/possibly/definitely interested in hosting, you can check out the hosting guidelines on our site (

If the prospect of hosting Access tickles your fancy (and ideally, the fancy of some other humans you know in the same general geographic area), go ahead and submit a proposal to Proposals must address all aspects of the hosting guidelines.

We’ll be accepting proposals until August 28th, 2015*.


*That’s really more than enough time to put together a solid team and a brilliant proposal, right? Right. We thought so too.

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.