LWB Unconference in Toronto


Librarians Without Borders hosts its first unconference. In the spirit of public discussion, open debate and exploration into the topic of global partnerships and library innovation, this engaging event features speakers Stephen Abram, Mike McCaffrey, Helaine Becker and Katherine Palmer. Tickets available at the door and online in advance. All proceeds go to support the work of Librarians Without Borders.


When and Where

Date: Friday, May 11, 2012
Time: 7:00 pm (doors 6:30pm)
Location: University of Toronto iSchool, Rm 728, 140 George Street, Toronto, Canada.


Pre-Register online

Registration Rates

  • Are you a member of LWB? Sign up for a (free) membershipto get preferred rates on our events!
  • Pre-ordered tickets will be available at the door on the evening of May 11.


Speakers Bios

Stephen Abram is the VP Strategic Partnerships and Markets for Gale Cengage and a self-professed library geek. A rabid blogger, followers of Stephen’s Lighthouse can regularly read his prognostications on library innovation and strategic thinking. As one of the library community’s pre-eminent and engaging speakers, Stephen is guaranteed to challenge and inspire the audience to expand their conceptions of library services.

Helaine Becker is an award-winning author of children’s and young adult books, including the bestselling Porcupine in a Pine Tree, the Looney Bay All-Star series, and the Insecto-files. Appalled by the state of the school libraries she encountered during a 2010 visit to Los Angeles, Becker launched “Airlift to L.A.” a grassroots campaign to stock empty library shelves of L.A. schools with books collected and donated by Canadian authors. With the help of partner organization, Access Books, Becker and a team of five Canadian children’s authors delivered nearly 1,200 books to needy L.A. schools. In addition to putting books into the hands of disadvantaged L.A. children, the Airlift to LA project highlighted the need for stronger support of school libraries on both sides of the border.

Katherine Palmer currently sits as Toronto Public Library’s Director of Planning and Policy and harbours a keen interest in international librarianship. In 2004 Indonesia was hit by a massive tsunami. Among other valuable services, public libraries and schools were decimated. For the past several years, Katherine has been working with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to aid their libraries initiative in Indonesia. The initiative is devoted towards building the capacity of the Sigli Public Library in the Aceh province on the northernmost tip of the island. She also spearheaded the project to purchase a bookmobile, an essential service needed to serve the widely flung rural population.

Mike McCaffrey is a lecturer at University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information who specializes in reference work and government information. His main areas of interest are historical international statistics and the documentation of underrepresented states and liberation movements. Without people like Mike, the knowledge and wisdom of countless underreported communities would have faded into obscurity. Heavily involved in the international documents community, Mike is the founder of INTL-DOC LISTSERV as well as an owner of GOVINFO, a discussion list for librarians working with Canadian government info.



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