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Up Coming Conference Sessions

The 2014 Manitoba Libraries Conference has a diverse and engaging roster of sessions that will be sure to engage and enlighten!
Here are a few sample sessions:


Critical Pedagogy and Library Instruction in the Developing World

In April 2013, I participated in a service trip with Librarians Without Borders to the Miguel Angel Asturias Academy, in Xela (Quetzaltenango), Guatemala. The major objective of this trip was to help set up a lending  system to allow students to borrow materials from the school library. As part of the Lending Instruction sub-group, I worked on the panning and delivery of library orientation sessions to familiarize the students with the benefits and responsibilities of using a lending library. These sessions were designed using the core principles of critical pedagogy. In this presentation, I would like to share my experiences working on this project and discuss the importance of critical pedagogy in library instruction, particularly in working with underprivileged populations. 

Speaker: Ian Fraser
Time: Wednesday, May 14; 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.


Libraries, Archives and Social Justice: Shared Values, Common Causes

Libraries and archives are the cornerstones of democracy. Ensuring that the public has access to information, access to our recorded history, defending intellectual freedom, and providing the public with tools and skills needed to transform information into understanding and knowledge, all support the development of an informed, engaged and active public. Our profession, our professional values, and the work many of us do on a daily basis, are deeply rooted in the quest for and the defense of social justice. In this session a panel of librarians/library technicians/archivists will respond to the questions “How are libraries/archives linked to social justice, and in what way is this connection manifested in your professional life or your work as an activist?”

Speakers: Monique Woroniak, Kim Parry, Sarah Story
Time: Wednesday, May 14; 3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. 


Common Threads?: Indigenous Library Services in Public and Academic Libraries

In recent years, Manitoba has seen an increase in library services created  by, with and for Indigenous peoples. Public and academic libraries are two types of institutions carrying out these services. This session will bring together individuals working in these sectors to highlight both the challenges of their work and the areas where they have found success. The session will also feature an overview of a challenge common to Indigenous library services - that is, Library of Congress subject heading terminology. 

Speakers: Monique Woroniak, Camille Callison, Michael Dudley, Christine Bone
Time: Wednesday, May 14; 1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.