2014 Schedule

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Monday, September 29, 2014

9am-3pm Registration Conference Registration will be available during the Hackfest. Taylor Family Digital Library, Room 416
9am-3pm Hackfest For examples of Hackfest topics, see last year’s Google Doc! To suggest a Hackfest idea for this year, click along to this year’s Google Doc! Never been to a Hackfest? Fear you aren’t hackey enough? Worry not! Hackfest is an informal day to check out other people’s problems, help solve them, or learn something new. There is no set program, and the day is informal. Come and go as you please. We suggest you bring a laptop, water bottle, and maybe even a reusable coffee mug.Coffee and snacks will be available onsite. There’s a cafe on the first floor of the Taylor Family Digital Library, and tons of other lunch food on campus for your eating pleasure. Taylor Family Digital Library, Room 440ARefreshments in Taylor Family Digital Library, Room 416
7pm Hackfest Social: Jam Session!If you attended the Hackfest, or are just in town a day early, join us for drinks and a jam session! Some instruments will be available onsite, but if you’ve got one feel free to bring it! Drinks and appetizers will be provided. The Den Pub Located in the MacEwan Student Centre on campus.


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

8am-12pm Downtown Library Crawl This preconference session has a $20 fee. More information at registration.You just flew into Calgary last night. You know no one, and the Hackfest isn’t really your game. You want to see libraries! So you hop out of bed nice and early, have a delicious breakfast at the hotel bistro, then meet a bunch of awesome librarians in the hotel lobby for a jaunt downtown. You’re going to crawl the libraries!The bus brings you downtown, and you check out the Calgary Public Library, the U of C Downtown Campus Library, and the Glenbow Museum Library. You meet a bunch of new library pals, and see a bunch of cool library spaces. Finally, you’re in the groove and ready to take on Access 2014. You rock!The bus brings you back to Hotel Alma, where you have just enough time to grab a bite and freshen up before the conference program starts in the afternoon. You’re havin’ a good day! Bus leaves from Hotel Alma Lobby at 8:00amBus leaves downtown to return to the conference site at 12:00pm



Conference Program

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

12:00pm – 5:30pm Registration Conference Registration will be available all day. The Alberta Room, U of C Dining Centre
1:00pm – 1:30pm Welcome, Opening Announcements The Alberta Room, U of C Dining Centre
1:30pm – 2:30pm Opening Keynote: Grass/Roots: Notes on a Public Digital Humanities Kim Martin, LIS PhD Candidate, Western University | Chief Instigator, DH MakerBus Kim Martin is entering the fourth (and final!) year of her PhD in Library and Information Science, with a focus on the information habits of digital historians. She is the project manager of a 5 year SSHRC funded grant titled Digging Digital Humanities, for which she has traveled around North America and Europe researching digital humanities centers, projects, people, and networks. In 2013, Kim and two friends purchased a 1991 school bus, which they have since converted into Ontario’s first mobile makerspace: the DH MakerBus. This past summer, the DH MakerBus team ran their first ever Eurekamp for kids aged 6-10. MakeU was a huge success, proving to Kim and several super-enthusiastic parents that it’s never too early to start a humanities based education.What started as a passion project quickly became an area of academic interest, and Kim now works to showcase the public benefits of humanities education in London and beyond. She is a co-lead on the Humanities Matters Bus Tour (coming Spring 2015) and is currently implementing a local chapter of 4Humanities at Western University. The Alberta Room, U of C Dining Centre
2:40pm – 3:10pm Growing the PLN: Challenges and Opportunities John Durno, Bronwen Sprout
The COPPUL Private LOCKSS Network (PLN) provides a collaborative digital preservation infrastructure of replicated storage nodes across Western Canada. Currently overseen by the COPPUL Digital Preservation Working Group (DPWG), the PLN has been fully operational for 5 years, following a two-year pilot in 2008/2009. While the capacity of the PLN has been sufficient up to now, as digital preservation activities ramp up across the consortium it is possible to foresee the demand for space growing rapidly and unequally among members, raising the question of how to equitably balance resourcing and use of the shared space. This session will cover the history and development of the PLN; new COPPUL-led projects streamlining the onboarding of PLN content, including Archive-It, Archivematica, LOCKSS-o-matic, and LOCKSSdm; and future directions to address the challenges of sustainability, equitable resourcing and space allocation across all participants in the PLN.
The Alberta Room, U of C Dining Centre
3:20pm – 4:20pm Lightning Talks Using library lab PCs to crunch academic research data 
Jonathan Younker, Acting Associate University Librarian, Brock University
The Brock University Library has set up a pilot project to process neuroscience data from our Psychology faculty using the Library’s lab PCs. In so doing, we’re integrating ourselves into researchers’ data and analysis processes, investigating the development of a library cluster computing service for researchers, and are establishing workflows to integrate their processed research data automatically into our repositories.

#HackUOBiblio – libraries, hacking, and open data
Catherine McGoveran, Government Information Librarian, University of Ottawa
To mark International Open Data Day 2014, a team of librarians at the University of Ottawa organized a one-day, open data hackfest. In keeping with the theme of open, the organizers decided to make the event as open as possible – open to all skill levels, open to all ideas, open to all students, professors, staff, and members of the public. This presentation will cover some of the key outcomes from a tremendously productive day and will demonstrate how the hackfest’s success is impacting library services and in-house technology education.

Hacking the city: Libraries and the open data movement
Alex Carruthers, Digital Public Spaces Librarian, Edmonton Public Library
Lydia Zvyagintseva, MLIS/MA Candidate, University of Alberta 
This presentation explores the civic role of libraries in relation to the open data movement. Where do cities and libraries intersect? How can we support digital literacy, promote civic participation and leverage the knowledge found in our communities? We discuss two events that took place in Edmonton in 2014 as case studies for these issues: Edmonton Public Library’s Open Data Day and hackYEG, local hackathons that brought together the library, the city, local data enthusiasts and an international community of civic hackers. Drawing on the philosophy of participatory learning, we argue that providing open data as part of library services supports an increasingly popular and important method of accessing and utilizing knowledge for all types of libraries.

The Alberta Room, U of C Dining Centre
4:30pm – 5:30pm Panel: Useful Usability 
Gillian Byrne, Associate Chief Librarian, Ryerson University Jeff Carter, Solutions Architect, University of New Brunswick Krista Godfrey, Web Services Librarian, Memorial University of NewfoundlandJames MacKenzie, Associate Director of Libraries (Academic and Scholarly Technologies), University of New Brunswick
Get your fix of usability and web goodness with this panel! In one session, you’ll learn how to get accessibility standards and usability testing to play together and work towards “usable accessibility”, discover how responsive design impacts usability testing and how to test in mobile environment, and how to deal with test results (even those you don’t want), ultimately moving from complaints to opportunities.
The Alberta Room, U of C Dining Centre
5:30pm – 5:40pm Announcements and Wrap-up The Alberta Room, U of C Dining Centre
7:30pm Conference Reception
Conference Reception tickets are included with Full Conference Registration. Attendees, day registrants, and library folks from around Calgary can buy single tickets on the registration website.Mix and mingle with conference attendees, as well as other library professionals from the Foothills area. You can also check out all the cool interactive exhibits that surround the reception area.“Should I eat before the reception?”Appetizers and a cash bar will be available. Can you stuff your face on appetizers? Yes!Should you depend on those appetizers as your only sustenance for the evening? Probably not!
Canada Sports Hall of FameA bus from the conference hotel will be available for all attendees. Free parking available onsite.Don’t drink and drive, it’s not cool.


Wednesday, October 1, 2014


8:00am – 5:00pm Registration Conference Registration will be available all day The Alberta Room, U of C Dining Centre
8:00am – 8:30am Coffee / Continental Breakfast The Alberta Room, U of C Dining Centre
8:30am – 8:45am Announcements, Housekeeping The Alberta Room, U of C Dining Centre
8:45am – 9:15am We’re All Disabled! Part 2: Building Accessible Web Services with Universal Design 
Cynthia Ng Content Coordinator, BC Libraries Coop
We’re building and improving tools and services all the time, but do you only develop for the “average” user? We all use “assistive” technology accessing information in a multitude of ways with different platforms, devices, etc. Let’s focus on developing and providing web services that are more accessible not only for those with disabilities, but for everyone.The goal is not only to change our thinking, but also to look at the practical side of things in how we might implement an accessible web service using the open source tools and packages, or within the confines of the software we use.
The Alberta Room, U of C Dining Centre
9:25am-10:10am When Campus IT Comes Knocking: A New Model for UBC Library IT in the 21 Century 
Paul Joseph Systems Librarian, University of British Columbia
In November 2013 UBC Library and UBC IT announced a new partnership in the resourcing and management of Library IT. While a challenge to the traditional IT service model, this opportunity potentially benefits the Library greatly as it makes efforts to contextualize its place and role within the 21st academic environment. Following the announcement, the Library and UBC IT conducted a 5 month-long comprehensive assessment of the Library’s operational needs and the IT infrastructure and services required to support the Library. This presentation will provide insight into the assessment process led by an enterprise architect and business analyst. Topics to be covered include: defining the Library’s business operations and developing a rubric of capabilities, functions, and processes; creating and analyzing a detailed application infrastructure review of over 100 Library-supported applications; diagramming process and ecosystem maps to visualize complex data interactions and integrations; mapping applications to the rubric and generating data to inform the findings and recommendations of the assessment. While this presentation is mostly concerned with describing the assessment process, it will close with a review of some of the key findings and next steps.
The Alberta Room, U of C Dining Centre
10:10am – 11:10am Poster Session Walk Around + Coffee Break You’ll have a chance to see the poster presentations, and vote for the best professional and best student posters. Prizes include compensated registration to Access, and compensated registration to the 2015 OLA Super Conference. The Blue Room, U of C Dining Centre
11:10am – 11:50am Taking Control of Discovery: In-house development to improve student experience and break down silos 
Sonya Betz Web and User Experience Librarian, Grant MacEwan University 
Sam Popowich, Discovery System Librarian, University of Alberta
When it comes to software, libraries have many more options today than they did ten years ago. While still reliant on vendors for some aspects of library software, more and more libraries are turning to in-house development and open-source software to take back a measure of control over their data and their users’ experience. MacEwan University and University of Alberta Libraries are both taking advantage of these new options in software development to create discovery and access systems that are more flexible and more intuitive. While these libraries differ greatly in their focus, and in the needs and requirements of their users, their approach to discovery has evolved along a similar path, with similar outcomes. Do projects like those at MacEwan and U of A represent a fundamental shift in how libraries understand discovery, or more broadly, a shift in how they understand their relationship with software vendors? This presentation will examine the discovery projects at U of A and MacEwan, and probe some of the big-picture questions such projects raise.
The Alberta Room, U of C Dining Centre
12:00pm – 12:30pm Adding e-resources license information to library systems- three libraries’ approaches 
Jenny Jing, Information Systems Librarian Marc Lalonde, Web Coordinator, Librarian, University of Toronto 
Amaz Taufique, Assistant Director of Systems and Technical Operations, Scholars Portal
Christina Zoricic, Metadata Management Librarian, Western University
Recent changes to Canada’s Copyright Act have propelled copyright and licensed use into the spotlight at Colleges and Universities in Canada. Ensuring that comprehensive information on licensing permissions is displayed to our users is an urgent task. This session will look at three different approaches at Western University, Queen’s University, and University of Toronto regarding the implementation of a licensing permissions workflow using Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) Usage Rights database (OUR). We will give a quick introduction to OUR license database and talk about how the Scholars Portal deployed it out to schools. The three universities will share with audience the process/workflow, sample sites and go over how we discussed this issue with other libraries.
The Alberta Room, U of C Dining Centre
12:30pm – 2:00pm Lunch Lunch is provided, but if you’re in the mood for something different, there’s plenty of other food on campus. The Alberta Room, U of C Dining Centre
2:00pm – 2:10pm Housekeeping The Alberta Room, U of C Dining Centre
2:15pm – 3:00pm Linked Data is People: Using Linked Data to Reshape the Library Staff Directory 
Jason A. Clark, Head, Library Informatics & Computing, Montana State University 
Scott W.H. Young, Digital Initiatives Librarian, Montana State University
One of our greatest library resources is library personnel. Most libraries have staff directory information published on the web, yet most of this data is trapped in local silos, PDFs, or unstructured HTML markup. With this in mind, the library informatics team at our academic library set a goal of remaking our people pages by connecting the local staff database to the Linked Open Data (LOD) cloud. In pursuing linked data integration for library staff, we have realized two primary use cases: improving the search engine optimization (SEO) for people pages and creating research network graphs.In this presentation we will focus on the linked data workflows and ontology expressions developed around this project.
– Defining strengths and weaknesses of leading LOD vocabularies for person entities, such as schema.org, VIAF, FOAF, LCSH, and ORCiD
– Detailing and sharing the ontology and data structures used for expressing relationships among people and research topics
– Demonstrating SEO techniques and results for surfacing people within commercial search engines
– Visualizing research networks and people recommendations based on the graph data mode
The Alberta Room, U of C Dining Centre
3:10pm – 4:10pm Lightning Talks 
Linked open data: a new trend of highlighting libraries trustworthiness on the web 
Kaouther Azouz, PhD Candidate, University Charles de Gaulle – Lille 3 (France
Trustworthiness and data’s reliability are nowadays current problems of web communities. Linked open data endeavors finding solutions by integrating reliable data’s providers, such as libraries. This purpose is getting very important, particularly with the overflowing of a massive amount of data and the emergence of a current demand: seeking for trustworthiness data and reliable providers. What are the main features of this reliability? Why should we consider libraries data as trustworthy? All along this study we will focus on the analysis of this major idea.

Unlocking the Door
Bobbi Fox, Senior Digital Library Software Engineer, Harvard University
Gloria Korsman, Research Librarian, Harvard University
To locate course reserves information at Harvard, students usually navigate several screens. For more than one course, they must repeat the process; there is no shortcut
Our centrally managed and highly functional reserves processing system works well for librarians, but the student-facing presentation was straight-jacketed by a SOAP interface accessible only through Harvard’s decade-old, home-grown LMS.
Our evidence-based project, Course Reserves Unleashed!, leverages Solr 4 and RESTful API techniques to release reserves data into the wild, Our work opens up the opportunity for schools to feed in their other reserves data, for repurposing on their own websites and LMS.

Piping Hot: Little Bins in Big Workflows
Alex Garnett, Data Curation and Digital Preservation Librarian, Simon Fraser University
Linux(/UNIX) nerds have for years been talking up the advantages of having small programs “do one thing well” and stream something or other through your pipes. 98% of regular people have stopped listening by then, afraid of being offered a free colonoscopy. This session will provide a sort of re-grounding of that Linux philosophy for library work circa 2014 by looking at how non-programmer-but-perhaps-terminal-savvy folk can use some of those small programs to automate still-unautomated tasks, solve still-unsolved problems, and occasionally feel like a much more deft and handy programmer than you’re supposed to be!

The User Experience Study: Student Views on the Principles of Legal Research Website of the University of Ottawa’s Brian Dickson Law Library
Channarong Intahchomphoo, Computer Reference Technician, Brian Dickson Law Library, University of Ottawa
Margo Jeske, Director, Brian Dickson Law Library, University of Ottawa
The Principles of Legal Research Website of University of Ottawa’s Brian Dickson Law Library is used as a bilingual (English and French) online learning tool for all first year students in both Common Law and Civil Law. Law librarians apply this e-learning website to facilitate teaching components such as student assignments, and assessments. This user experience study aims to investigate law students’ real experience with the system. Their feedback will be used for future development planning as well as analysing user behaviour trends. The researchers investigate the following aspects: accuracy of information, interface design, navigation system, Web 2.0, social media, and smartphone version.

The Alberta Room, U of C Dining Centre
4:20pm – 4:50pm Hackfest Report The Alberta Room, U of C Dining Centre
4:50pm  – 5:00pm Housekeeping / Wrap-up The Alberta Room, U of C Dining Centre
7:00pm Conference Social: Pub Crawl Pub crawl maps will be available. Hit up each spot at your leisure, or buckle down and stay in one spot.Access volunteers will be at each pub, ready to administer snacks when necessary!All pubs located in downtown Calgary. C-train tickets will be distributed during Wednesday’s conference program. The mean streets of Calgary



Thursday, October 2, 2014

8:00am – 12:00pm Registration Conference Registration will be available all day The Alberta Room, U of C Dining Centre
8:00am – end of conference Luggage storage will be available at the conference. Luggage will be monitored by volunteers, but Access does not accept responsibility for lost or stolen items. The Alberta Room, U of C Dining Centre
8:00am – 8:30am Coffee / Continental Breakfast The Alberta Room, U of C Dining Centre
8:30am – 8:45am Announcements, Housekeeping The Alberta Room, U of C Dining Centre
8:45am – 9:15am RDF and Discovery in the Real World(cat)
Karen Coombs, Senior Product Analyst, WorldShare Platform 
The new WorldCat Discovery API has the typical abilities you’d expect for building your own local discovery world: search access to WorldCat bibliographic and article data, facets, a variety of search indexes, and links to holdings. But data modeling is where we really started to geek out with the WorldCat Discovery API. When we looked to a semantic web model for bibliographic data, we ended up applying a schema.org model to the response data in our new WorldCat Discovery API. Web service clients will find data readymade for embedding RDFa properties in their HTML output, enabling major search engines to understand the data sitting behind your user interface.Developers familiar with RDF data and serializations may be skeptical that the academic background for semantic web serializations like RDF/XML would make a good candidate for a highly usable, modern API. So were we.We’ll provide an overview of working with RDF data in a real-world context, including the data modeling for bibliographic data, and how to produce usable data responses that dodge both the complexity of MARC and the simplicity of Dublin Core. We’ll discuss the recent developments around RDF data, specifically the work around JSON for Linked Data, or JSON-LD. Emphasis will be paid to the ways in which the JSON-LD API and the JSON-LD Framing specification allow us to work with raw RDF data and construct semantically rich data that is easily consumable using an object-oriented programming paradigm.
The Alberta Room, U of C Dining Centre
9:25am – 9:55am Under the Hood with OpenStack 
Steve Marks, University of Toronto Amaz Taufique, ScholarsPortal
In implementing the early stages of the Ontario Digital Library Research Cloud (ODLRC), the staff at the University of Toronto and Scholars Portal have learned a lot of lessons about the OpenStack software: how it operates, what it does well and doesn’t, and the requirements for running it over a geographically distributed area. As OpenStack is an increasingly popular topic of conversation in the storage and distributed computing world, we’d like to share some of these experiences with the community.We will discuss our experiences setting up our first WAN-distributed storage network and lessons learned from coordinating the creation of a storage cluster spanning the Toronto metropolitan area. We’ll also discuss progress on the other areas of the project, and talk about hardware and other configuration considerations for anyone starting a new OpenStack implementation.
The Alberta Room, U of C Dining Centre
10:05am – 11:05am Panel: Have you Tried Turning it off and Back On Again? Rebooting Library Technology Conversations 
Gillian Byrne, Associate Chief Librarian, Ryerson University 
Andrew McAlorum, Head, Digital Initiatives, University of Toronto
Tim Ribaric, Brock UniversityGraham Stewart, University of Toronto
Steve Marks, University of Toronto
The Alberta Room, U of C Dining Centre
11:05am – 11:35am Coffee Break The Alberta Room, U of C Dining Centre
11:35am – 11:45am Poster Session Awards The Alberta Room, U of C Dining Centre
11:45am – 12:45am Closing Keynote: Productivity and Collaboration in the Age of Digital Distraction 
Jesse Brown Digital Media Expert | Futurist | Broadcast Journalist
Has technology actually made us more productive, or does it just distract us with endless diversions? In this interactive presentation, Jesse Brown explains how the world’s most progressive organizations are rethinking productivity and tapping into the collaborative social dynamics of the transparent, networked workplace.
The Alberta Room, U of C Dining Centre




Friday, October 3, 2014

9:00am – 4:00pm Data Visualization Post-Conference 
This workshop will introduce the fundamentals of data visualization including discussion of visual variables – the building blocks of any visualization. Attendees will participate in a sketching exercise to explore visual variables and create a foundation for the creation of library specific visualizations in the afternoon.  We will also provide a survey of popular visualization software and tools. The afternoon is dedicated to creating visualization of your own data. We will begin with sketching exercises to explore possibilities and create prototypes. This is also an opportunity to create communities of interest to take the work of the day to fully develop these ideas after the workshop.
In addition to sample data, participants are strongly encouraged to bring a laptop or similar device.Coffee and snacks will be available onsite. There’s a cafe on the first floor of the Taylor Family Digital Library, and tons of other lunch food on campus for your eating pleasure.
Taylor Family Digital Library Room 440A