I was extremely honored to present “Transliterate Libraries: Creating Conversations for Portable, Participatory, and Personalized Learning” yesterday at the 79th ABQLA Conference in Montreal (please see http://www.abqla.qc.ca/). I am most grateful for this opportunity to share and learn with others as well as the incredible hospitality from everyone who participated in the conference—thank you for making me feel so welcome and for letting me learn from you.
I thoroughly enjoyed hearing Dr. Michael Stephens’ morning keynote, Maria Savova’s presentation on McGill University’s ebook initiative, and Linda Hazzan’s inspiring session on Toronto Public Library’s Human Library (also see this article), a program/initiative I hope to replicate. My only regret was that I had to miss seeing/hearing Amanda Etches-Johnson’s keynote so that I could catch my flight home!
If you’d like to learn more about the concepts in the slidedeck, please explore these resources:
- Inviting Participation into Your Library Program (geared for K12 school libraries but adaptable to any library setting)
- My Resource Page on Participatory Librarianship and Learning
- Guy Kawasaki, Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions
- Seth Godin, “The Problem with Putting It All on the Line“
I want to give a special thanks to the conference committee as well as committee member Wendy Wayling of the Westmount Public Library for inviting me to the conference and for making me feel so welcome during my stay in Montreal; a heartfelt thank you also goes out to Babar Books, my session sponsor. A heartfelt thank you also to Julie-Anne Cardella and her husband Pierre, Lora Baiocco, Leticia Cuenca, Lisa Milner, and Wendy Wayling for organizing our fun (and delicious!) dinner Wednesday evening—I am very happy to say I now the joys of fried goat cheese drizzled in honey and caramelized onions!