2017 Program

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Day One - Wednesday, September 27

Hackfest - Top of the Inn, Sheraton Cavalier
Registration available 9 am - 4 pm

10 am - 4 pmHackfest and workshops
Top of the Inn
Join a group to hack on a project or register for a workshop
Lunch included, served at noon.
4 - 4:30 pmWrap-up and teams report back
Top of the Inn
5 pm - late
Hackfest Social Night
Prairie Lily Riverboat Cruise
Boarding begins at 5pm at the dock and the boat departs promptly at 5:30. Food provided, cash bar.
The dock is a 15 min walk from the Sheraton. A group will be leaving from the Sheraton lobby at 4:45 pm.
Cruise lasts from 5:30 - 7:30 pm. Later in the evening we have reserved tables at the Cathedral Social Hall next to the Sheraton conference hotel.

Day Two - Thursday, September 28

All day-time events take place in the Top of the Inn ballroom on the top floor of the Sheraton Cavalier hotel
Registration available all day.
8:30 - 9:15 amBreakfast & Registration
9:15 - 9:30 amWelcome & opening remarks from Dean Melissa Just
9:30 - 10:30 amOpening Keynote :Dr. Kimberly Christen
The trouble with access
In her keynote, Dr. Christen will examine library and archives practices related to access in the context Indigenous sovereignty, reconciliation, and on-going struggles of decolonization.
10:30 - 11 amBreak
11 - 11:20 amVisualizing Province-wide Public Library Transaction Data with Elastic Stack
Dale Storie & Scott Murray (Saskatchewan Information & Library Services Consortium)
To make our public library consortium’s statistical data more engaging, we used Elastic Stack (Logstash, Elastic Search and Kibana) to index and visualize transactional data from our ILS. Now we can view real-time activity for over 300 libraries using graphs and heatmaps, with future potential for aggregating more data sources.
11:20 - 11:40 amAdvocating for digital privacy: the centrality of public libraries in a uniquely 21st century struggle
Jonathon Hodge (Toronto Public Library)
Public libraries have always been defenders of intellectual freedom. In this age of mass surveillance, that role has become more challenging. It is a challenge public libraries can meet through education and advocacy on digital privacy tools and practices. Join Toronto Public Library staff to learn from our experience.
11:40 - noonDon’t be so sensitive - a data security journey
Hannah Rainey & Emily Lynema (North Carolina State University Libraries)
The increase in systems and applications that automatically collect and store potentially sensitive data elevates the necessity for data awareness and security within academic libraries. This talk will cover the process of conducting an internal data security audit, lessons learned, and considerations for ensuring security in the future.
noon - 1:30pmLunch
Top of the Inn
1:30 - 1:50 pmExcavating the 80s: Strategies for restoring digital artifacts from the first era of personal computing
John Durno (University of Victoria Libraries)
This session discusses the relative merits of format migration, emulation and hardware preservation as strategies for recovering digital content from the 1980s, with case studies taken from the University of Victoria Archives/Special Collections.
1:50 - 2:10 pmOpening the DAMS : Open systems, open data, and open collaboration with Samvera at UVic
Dean Seeman & Lisa Goddard (University of Victoria)
UVic Library is migrating to the open source Hydra/Fedora DAMS (Digital Asset Management System). This session will discuss the decision to move to an open source DAMS, how this will support collaboration with digital humanities projects, and how Hydra has facilitated the production of linked open data at UVic.
2:10 - 2:30 pmThe way leads to PushMi-Pullyu, a lightweight approach to managing content flow for repository preservation at UofA Libraries
Weiwei Shi, Shane Murnaghan & Matt Barnett (University of Alberta Libraries)
This presentation outlines the design and development of a tool to create lightweight preservation packages (Archival Information Packages) in response to user actions in our Hydra-based repository application at University of Alberta Libraries. We will talk about the design decisions, technical challenges, and plans to use the tool to fulfill our institutional preservation commitments.
2:30 - 2:50 pm"No, we can't just script it."
Danielle Robichaud (University of Waterloo Library) & Sara Allain (Artefactual Systems)
How are print finding aids migrated from binders in reading rooms to web-based descriptive platforms? And why is it taking so long? Paying special attention to format, description and discoverability challenges presented in a “let’s digitize it!” world, this presentation will explore the relationship between technology and archival description.
2:50 - 3:30 pmBreak
3:30 - 3:50 pmThe SIMSSA Project: Search as access to digital music libraries
Emily Hopkins (University of Alberta & McGill University)
The Single Interface for Music Score Searching and Analysis (https://simssa.ca), is a SSHRC Partnership Grant developing open-source software for optical music recognition, music encoding, and analysis, making digitized scores searchable and freely available online. This presentation will survey our recent progress, emphasizing the implications for music search and digital libraries.
3:50 - 4:10 pmSupporting Media-Intensive Digital Scholarship: The Development of a Streaming Media Repository at the University of Alberta Libraries
Sean Luyk, Umar Qasim & Weiwei Shi (University of Alberta Libraries)
This presentation outlines the development of a media digitization, streaming, preservation and hosting service—ERA Audio + Video—at the University of Alberta Libraries. We discuss repository platform selection, technical development, issues of service development, and case studies of some potential uses of a streaming media repository in an academic library context.
4:10 - 4:30 pmThe Academic Library Commons: Reimaging Collaborative Learning Spaces to Support the Scholarly Journey from Curiosity to Discovery to Publication
Michael Courtney & Angela Courtney (Indiana University Bloomington)
The Indiana University Libraries began a physical transformation to provide students and faculty with easy access to experts and technology for every stage of their scholarship. This vision has sought to fulfill user needs, employing the design and improvement of library technologies, spaces, and services for the campus community.
4:30 - 4:40 pmHousekeeping
7:30 pm - lateConference Reception
Louis' Loft on the U of S Campus
Reception at Louis' Loft in the Memorial Union Building on the U of S campus - 93 Campus Dr.
Appetizers provided, cash bar.
A few Saskatoon locals will lead anyone who would like to walk (approx. 30 min), leaving at 7pm from the Sheraton lobby.

Day Three - Friday, September 29

All events take place in the Top of the Inn on the top floor of the Sheraton Cavalier hotel
Registration available until noon.
8:30 - 9:15 amBreakfast
9:15 - 9:30 amHousekeeping & announcements
9:30 - 9:50 amThe UX of Online Help
Ruby Warren (University of Manitoba Libraries)
After creating over 55 video tutorials tailored to individual user profiles, the Libraries embarked on a UX study of the finished product. This session will address the results of a multi-pronged user experience study of the University of Manitoba Libraries web help initiative, including usability tests, surveys, and usage data.
9:50 - 10:10 amCan Link: a linked data project for Canadian theses / CanaLien: un projet de données liées pour les thèses canadiennes
Dr. Rob Warren (Carleton University) & Sharon Farnel (University of Alberta Library)
The Canadian Linked Data Initiative (CLDI) is a growing collaboration among libraries and archives across Canada committed to a linked data project focused on theses and dissertations. This talk will demonstrate the results and uses of the resulting data set and platform.
10:10 - 10:30 amUser Experience From a Technical Services Point of View
Shelley Gullikson & Emma Cross (Carleton University Library)
This session reports on user research by Emma Cross & Shelley Gullikson at Carleton University. We observed how students search online when conducting academic research, paying attention to issues relevant to technical services. This research fills a gap in the literature, which hasn’t analyzed UX from a technical services perspective.
10:30 - 11 amBreak
11 am - noonLightning talks
noon - 1:15 pmLunch
Top of the Inn
1:15 - 1:35 pmIIIF you can dream—and not make dreams your master: IIIF in the Real World
Peter Binkley (University of Alberta Libraries)
The International Image Interoperability Framework (http://iiif.io) defines a set of APIs for the presentation of images, multi-image works, and other media in GLAM online applications. This presentation will provide a walk-through of the IIIF APIs and show the sorts of uses which IIIF is currently serving.
1:35 - 1:55 pmCantaloupes and Canvases: Adopting IIIF Specifications
Sascha Adler (Canadiana)
Canadiana is adopting IIIF (International Image Interoperability Framework) specifications for access to content and metadata for our image-based resources. This presentation provides an overview of IIIF and our rationale for adopting the framework's specifications, and demonstrates our progress in connecting our data to IIIF APIs.
1:55 - 2:15 pmAn Open Source Approach to Proactively Manage EZproxy
Jason Zou (Lakehead University)
It is a daunting task to manage EZProxy without any additional tools. Especially, when various vendors notify you that they have to cut off your institutions' access, because of massive or illegal downloading. Where to start? The presenter will share his experiences of using an open source approach to proactively monitor and manage EZproxy.
2:15 - 2:35 pmKenny: A Web Based Tool for EZproxy Authentication Management
Darryl Friesen (University of Saskatchewan Library)
Kenny is a web-based login management tool to control user and IP address filtering for EZproxy. It has allowed our library to shift the management of user accounts away from system administrators to support staff, providing them tools to easily block, unblock, and view account history of compromised user accounts.
2:35 - 3:00 pmBreak
3 - 3:30 pmHackfest reporting
3:30 - 4:30 pmDave Binkley Memorial Lecture: Nora Young
Information and Meaning in the Data Boom
*Please note this talk will not be live streamed.
In the last 20 years, computers have gone from desktop behemoths (remember those giant CRT monitors?) to powerful devices we carry in our pockets, on our wrists, and even in our glasses. Increasingly, the boundaries between the physical world around us, and the digital world of our devices, are blurring, thanks to AR, VR, and wearables. Beyond what we carry with us, computing is spreading out into the world around us in the form of the Internet of Things. What were formerly separate “virtual” and “IRL” experiences, are now braided together.
We are now fully in the Age of the Data Boom. From an era when data and information were top down, scarce, and tightly curated, we now find ourselves in a world where data and information are bottom-up, dynamic, chaotic, and as freely available as turning on a water from a faucet.
Much of that data is from us, about us. It can power vital tools, from machine learning to building smarter cities. But the Data Boom comes with security concerns baked in: witness the recent Equifax data breach of sensitive personal information, or the news that hackers broke into a casino’s network through its “smart” fish tank!
Nora Young talks about the challenges and opportunities for libraries in this exciting and often chaotic world.
4:30 - 4:45 pmClosing remarks