2014 Spring Newsletter / Student News

Student Events & Chapter Activities

SIS student groups and chapters enrich the life of the School and create connections with external partners and communities. A selection of recent highlights:

Web 2.U Symposium: At the Cutting Edge of Web 2.0

Photo: Emily Mackle

MLIS students Guillermo Galdamez, Nathalie de Preux, Kristy Popwell, & AJ West at Web 2.U 2014. Photo: Emily Mackle

Web 2.U is a full-day symposium run by School of Information Studies students featuring international and local speakers who explore the implications of Web 2.0 technologies in professional information settings.

At Web 2.U 2014 this February, speakers included consultant Connie Crosby, Vice President/President-Elect of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries; Mark Blevis, Digital Public Affairs Strategist and president of FullDuplex.ca; Michael Groenendyk, Business Librarian for the Concordia University Libraries; David Lee King, Digital Services Director at Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library; and Laurie Devine, Information and Social Media Manager, McGill University. The symposium also included talks by MLIS students AJ West: “Wearables – Contemporary Technology Integration” and Guillermo Galdamez: “Revamping a Wiki Taxonomy; and David Weigl, PhD candidate: “Relevance in Music Search”, and a roundtable discussion moderated by Edward Bilodeau, MLIS ’06, Web Services Librarian, McGill University. This year’s symposium was co-organized by MLIS students Anastasia Prozorova, Alex Burdett and Paul Grewal, with Kristy Popwell as Social Media Manager.

In 2013, featured speakers included Steve Coffman, Vice President in charge of library support services for Library Systems and Services (LSSI) and author of The Decline and Fall of the Library Empire; Lora Baiocco, MLIS ’07, Online Services and Archives Librarian, Westmount Public Library; and Edward Bilodeau, MLIS ’06, Web Services Librarian, McGill University.

Read an article on highlights of Web 2.U 2014 on our student blog by MLIS student Anastasia Prozorova. For more photos, visit the Web 2.U Facebook page.

Association of Canadian Archivists (ACA) McGill Chapter – 6th Annual Winter Colloquium

The 6th annual Winter Colloquium of the Association of Canadian Archivists (ACA) McGill Chapter took place at the School on February 21, 2014. The Colloquium featured papers, presentations, and talks on a variety of topics related to the latest archives-related issues and trends.

Guest lecturers included: Gordon Burr, MLIS ‘98, McGill University; Patti Harper, Carleton University; Jeremy Heil, Queen’s University; Rhiannon Herbert, MLIS ’13, McGill University: Young Canada Works. Student lecturers included: Naomi Endicott, MLIS I: Design and Theory of Crowdsourced Archival Processing and Description, Carolyne Ménard, MLIS II: Profession in the Postmodernist Era: Assumptions and Challenges, Amber Parker, MLIS I: Documenting Home: the Homestead Records series at the Saskatchewan Archives Board, Linda Pasquale, MLIS II: Evolution of Ethnic Archiving in North America, and Samuel Sfirri, MLIS I: Audio Preservation: Sound Object Migration in the Archival Environment.

Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), McGill Chapter

The McGill Chapter of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) hosted the annual EBSI-SIS student symposium in March 2013, with the theme “Diving Into New Ideas: Collaboration as a Springboard.” This annual event is shared between the Information Studies programs at McGill and EBSI at the Université de Montréal, with a goal to provide both PhD and master’s-level students with the opportunity to present work. We look forward to the next edition of the EBSI-SIS Symposium in September 2014.

This past summer, the ASIS&T McGill Student Chapter co-organized the symposium panel event with international ASIS&T board members. You can read a short summary about the symposium in this issue of the newsletter, and an article by SIS PhD candidate Rhiannon Gainor is available in the Bulletin of ASIS&T (2013, vol.40 no 1, p. 10-12): Selected ASIS&T Board Members Discuss Research Trends in Information Science: A Summary

As well, the Chapter hosted a successful second annual Career Workshop at the School led by Rhiannon Gainor, PhD candidate, and held an enjoyable Social Potluck for students and professors to encourage connection and the sharing of experiences and ideas.

Librarians Without Borders, McGill Chapter

McGill Community Engagement DayThe McGill Chapter of Librarians Without Borders (LWB) recently established a new partnership with the Native Friendship Centre of Montreal. The main goal of this project is to create a resource centre with involvement from Quebec’s CEGEPs and universities which will respond to the needs of the aboriginal community of Montreal. One of the primary tasks is the development of a classification scheme which is culturally appropriate and accessible to clients. At the Centre, LWB is currently hosting informal CV workshops, readings, and discussion sessions this spring.

The McGill LWB Chapter also participated in McGill’s 2nd annual Community Engagement Day in October, hosting participants from the McGill community in a project to file and sort books at the Native Friendship Centre while providing participants the opportunity to learn about native culture and literacy.

Career Fair

Established in 2003, the student-organized McGill SIS Career Fair is a major recruiting and networking event held every spring. The 2012 and 2013 Career Fairs were organized by dedicated student committees in tandem with the students at l’Université de Montreal, l’École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l’information (EBSI).

The Career Fair gives academic, non-profit and business employers from in and around Quebec the chance to showcase career opportunities and summer employment positions to students in our programs. For more information about how to recruit talented students and graduates at the Career Fair and year-round, visit our website at www.mcgill.ca/careers/employers


For more information on associations, groups, and student chapters based at SIS, including the McGill Library and Information Studies Student Association (MLISSA), L’Association des bibliothécaires du Québec Library Association Student Chapter (ABQLA), Corporation des bibliothécaires profesionnels du Québec (CBPQ), Canadian Library Association McGill Student Chapter (CLA), Multilingual Children’s Library (MCL), and McGill Special Libraries Association McGill Student Chapter (SLA), please visit the SIS Students website at www.mcgill.ca/sis-students


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