Archive for the ‘libraries’ Category

“Library as space” is important in a different way than “library as collection” and is a key interest of mine. Libraries are community hubs. In many places, the public library is the only non-commercial indoor public space the community has. Community centres often consist solely of athletic facilities – which are important, but not all the community needs in terms of communal space. Because libraries are public community spaces that exist in most city neighborhoods and rural communities, they are sometimes used to deliver social service programs and cultural initiatives. In Toronto, for example, the central reference library houses a Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration Newcomer Information Desk and all the branches circulate a museum and arts pass funded by a private company and distributed through the infrastructure of the public library. Yesterday, NPR’s All Things Considered did a story about the latest iteration of this phenomena in Baltimore – public libraries in “food desert” neighbourhoods are the delivery method of the Virtual Supermarket Project.

“Under a new city program, patrons can order groceries online and pay with cash, credit or food stamps. The orders are filled by Santoni’s supermarket, a longtime Baltimore grocer. They deliver the items to the library the next day.”

It’s an interesting initiative and one that begs the question – without the infrastructure of public libraries, how would you deliver a program like this? Through the post office?


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Check out Information Access: Commons, Control, Controversy (IA3C), the 2nd Annual U of T iSchool Student Conference!

Day One: Friday, March 19th

9.00 – 9.30 Registration (Bissell Building, 7th floor lobby) and coffee * sponsored by the Hart House Good Ideas Fund

9.30 – 10.00 Welcome from conference organizers and Dean Seamus Ross

10.00 – 11.15 Panel One


Brad Koegler (Toronto) – Babel 2.0: Delving the Linguistic Digital Divide

Glen Farrelly (Toronto) – Access Denied: Barriers to Adoption and Implementation of Web Accessibility

Marc-Andre Bernier (McGill) – Unequal Access: Sign Languages and Information

11.15-11.35 Coffee Break *Sponsored by the Toronto Association of Law Librarians

11.35 – 12.30 Panel Two


Rebecka Sheffield (Toronto) – “There’s a Gay Archives?”: Outreach and Advocacy at the Canadian Gay & Lesbian Archives

Mark Gelsomino (Toronto) – The Zapatista Effect: ICT Activism and Marginalised Communities

12.30 – 1.45 Lunch Break

1.45- 3.00 Panel Three


Erin Anderson and Jennifer Andreae (Toronto) – Re-conceptualizing Access: The New Role of Information Literacy in Post-Secondary Education

Eugenia Kim (Albany) – A Multipurpose System: the Development of the University at
Albany Library Systems Wiki

Jamon Camisso (Toronto) – Embedding Metadata: Exploring Material and Digital Proximity via RFID

3.00-3.30 Coffee Break *Sponsored by the Librarians Without Borders Student Committee

3.30 – 5.30 Keynote Address (Innis Town Hall)

Dr. Joseph Janes,

University of Washington

Day Two: Saturday, March 20th

10.00 – 10.30 Registration and Coffee *Sponsored by the Museum Studies Graduate Students’ Association (MSGSA)

10.30 – 11.45 Panel Four


Judith Cooperman (Toronto) – “A Clutch of Dreamers”: The Small Canadian Press in Canada’s Libraries

Marta Chudolinska (Toronto) – Information Access to Zine Libraries and Archives

Lucy Bungo (Albany) – Interlibrary Loan is Not Dead Yet (In Fact, It Feels Happy and Thinks It Will Go for a Walk)

11:45 – 12.00 Coffee Break *Sponsored by the Special Libraries Association

12.00 – 12.45 Panel Five


Amanda LeClerc (Toronto) – Accessing Inspiration

Marie-Eve Belanger (Toronto) – Annotation as scholarly primitive: traces of information access

12.45 – 1.45 Lunch Break

1.45 – 3.00 Panel Six


Valentine Moreno (Toronto) – The 28th Sao Paulo Biennial and the case of the empty second floor

Anna Dysert (McGill) – A Comparative History of Access: Models of Public Service and Custodial-based Archives

Ryan Nelson (McGill) – Defining the intellectual commons and public domain

3.00 – 3.30 Coffee Break * Sponsored by the CLA Student Chapter

3.30 – 5.30 Roundtable (Innis Town Hall)

Approaches to Access: Taking Stock of the Information Landscape

Moderator: Wendy Duff

5.30 – 7.00 Wine and Cheese (Innis Café)

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I recently discovered The Green Library, a brilliant blog. This post – 100 ways to make your library a little greener – is lovely.

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So I’m a little bit obsessed with the winning design for the new Czech National Library. It looks like someone irradiated Papa Smurf’s house. On one hand I’m horrified, on the other, I love it beyond words.

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