About Access 2017

Join us September 27-29th 2017 in beautiful Saskatoon, Saskatchewan at the Sheraton Cavalier Hotel on the South Saskatchewan river, hosted by the University Library at the University of Saskatchewan.

Local Organizing Committee
  • Craig Harkema, University Library, U of S
  • Shannon Lucky, University Library, U of S
  • Jaclyn McLean, University Library, U of S
Program Committee
  • DeDe Dawson, University Library, U of S
  • Charlene Sorensen, University Library, U of S
  • Karim Tharani, University Library, U of S
Diversity Committee
  • Maha Kumaran, University Library, U of S
  • Ray Fernandes, Nova Scotia Provincial Library
  • Ying Liu, University of Victoria Libraries
  • Naz Torabi, McGill University Library

Contact us at accesslibcon@gmail.com


The conference will be held on the top floor of the Sheraton Cavalier Hotel in downtown Saskatoon, SK. We have reserved guest rooms for Access attendees at a reduced rate (includes free underground parking). More accommodation details and the booking link here.

About the University Library, University of Saskatchewan

The University Library is one of Canada’s leading research libraries. In addition to its electronic services and seven campus locations, the library’s 150 full-time (equivalent) faculty and staff serve over 27,000 University of Saskatchewan faculty, staff, and students. The library provides year-round, around-the-clock access to an extensive electronic collection. Our collections, services, and facilities provide support to learners, teachers, researchers, scholars, and practitioners.

Leslie and Irene Dube Health Science Library, University of Saskatchewan

Leslie and Irene Dube Health Science Library at the University of Saskatchewan

About Saskatoon

We’re proud to host this year’s Access Conference in our hometown of Saskatoon, also know as Bridge City, Paris on the Prairies, ToonTown, and the Library Tech Hub of the World.

As conference attendees, you’ll have the chance to roam the city for a couple days and participate in some of the social events we have organized. There’s a great selection of restaurants and pubs in Saskatoon, along with a vibrant arts and music scene. We’ll do our best to give you a sample of what the city has to offer.

A quick word or two about Toon Town for those who haven’t been here or for some reason hate using Wikipedia:

Bridge City is on Treaty 6 territory and the homeland of the Métis with the South Saskatchewan River playing an important role in the history and culture. Seven bridges and numerous festivals and activities are organized along its wondrous shores. The Meewasin Valley trails traverse sixty kilometers of pathways and provide residents and visitors with opportunities to explore the area year-round. Wanuskewin Heritage Park, one of Canada’s National Historic Sites, brings to life the history and culture of the Northern Plains Indians and the nearby Duck Lake Regional Interpretive Centre houses a collection of artifacts relating to First Nations, Métis, and pioneer history from 1870 to 1905.  These along with several other cultural centres provide visitors with ample opportunity to get their prairie culture fix.

Paris on the Prairies is (or was at one time) also home to notable figures such as Joni Mitchell, Yann Martell, Guy Vanderhaeghe, Farley Mowat and over 1 million NHLers including Gordie Howe. We don’t want to brag or anything, but we could probably kick your city’s ass in a game of shinny and then write a novel or song about it the next day.

Overall, the Library Tech Hub of the World is widely considered to be the number one city on the prairies and chances are this will be the best conference you’ve ever attended.