Preconference Sessions

1-5 p.m. Preconference (Half day) 

P1 Find a Way to Develop Data Literacy - Using Library Carpentry       COST: $75.00

This preconference session will help participants find a way to develop staff’s data literacy by leveraging Library Carpentry training ( Library Carpentry’s goal is to create a community of learners who embrace technologies and software to get work done more effectively. This session will begin with an explanation of Library Carpentry and how the presenters have applied it at the University of Alberta Libraries. Participants will then learn tangible and scalable ways they can use Library Carpentries at their libraries to break down barriers for library staff’s professional development around coding & data analysis. Following these discussions, participants will take part in a hands-on Intro to Data workshop demo (, highlighting pedagogical techniques that help demystify key-tech concepts & support learners at all levels. 

Abigail Sparling is the Serials Metadata Librarian at the University of Alberta Libraries, and co-chair of ALA’s Electronic Resources Interest Group. Her explorations in the world of Linked Data and her experience as a certified Carpentries instructor have furthered her interest in providing digital humanities & data literacy training for library staff. Before working at UAL, Abigail held a variety of positions in academic & special libraries.

Céline Gareau-Brennan is a Public Services Librarian at the University of Alberta and a certified Carpentries Instructor. Her prior experience in both academic & public libraries has piqued her curiosity and passion for digital humanities and data literacy. Céline has recently completed a dual MBA/MLIS degree at the University of Alberta. Prior to working in libraries, Céline worked professionally in theatre & sustainable retail management. 

P2  What's Next? Finding Leadership Opportunities fo Progress Your Career     COST: $75.00

Are you at a stage in your career where you are looking to move into more senior leadership positions? What's the first step? What opportunities can you avail of to build your professional brand as a leader and visionary? This session delves into the professional development of librarians and how to action your career trajectory. It will explore how librarians can seek out and position themselves for the "next step." Discussion will conclude with consideration about how to determine which leadership role is best for you and set up a timeline to achieving success. If you are a librarian looking to build your brand and move your career forward, come to this session! 

Susan E. Cleyle is University Librarian at Memorial University, Newfoundland and Labrador and chair of The Partnership, the network of provincial, regional and territorial library associations of Canada. Her current research interests explore the value of library associations and their impact on the careers of academic library leaders throughout Canada. Her pursuit of leadership excellence extends beyond the library world. Susan is also a certified Executive Coach. 

Please note, preconferences are run on a cost-recovery basis. If registration numbers are not enough to cover costs, the session will be cancelled.


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