Pre-Conference Workshops

Wednesday, June 6, 2018


Building, Renovating & Renewing Library Spaces Workshop

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Full-day workshop

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  • Brian Steeves, Regional Director, Fundy Library Region
  • Sarah Kilfoil, Regional Director, York Library Region

Language: English, with materials available in French if requested

This full-day workshop will introduce the importance of planning physical spaces in public libraries and will offer participants hands-on experience in planning for library spaces. Participants will learn about design principals, how to read floor plans, prepare layouts and explore the various tools required to work on these projects. The workshop will include practical exercises where participants will work together to practice using tools for working with floor plans, to design a library layout and to develop a colour board. The presentation will cover both new construction projects as well as tips for renovating or renewing existing spaces. Presenters will offer suggestions for purchasing furniture and equipment, how to work with architects and engineers, and the importance of project planning.

Workshop Outline:

  • Why Are Library Spaces Important?
  • Needs Analysis / Feasibility Study
  • Design Principles
  • Assess State of Existing Library Furniture & Shelving
  • Understanding Floor Plans
  • Library layouts
  • Tools Required
  • Practical Exercise - design library floor plan (shelving and library sections for adult, teens and children)
  • Selecting Furniture
  • Colour Boards
  • Practical Exercise - design color board, furniture selection
  • Purchasing Furniture and Shelving
  • Document the Project



Graphic Design: Effective Communication for the Library

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3-hour workshop, 9 am - noon

Presenter: Monica Fitzpatrick, Graphic Designer, UNB Libraries

Libraries require effective visual communication to show-case various programs, resources and events. This is often achieved using materials such as posters, brochures, bookmarks, social media marketing, etc. It is important for those who develop these materials to understand key components of design.

This 3-hour workshop will begin with an introduction to the fundamentals of graphic design: typography, layout, imagery, audience, etc., to be followed by some easy tools and guidance on how to create communications materials. Participants will then discuss, draft and evaluate their designs.

Attendees will leave this session able to evaluate their own library materials, taking away fresh ideas, and understanding basic design principles.

Enrollment limit: 16



DIY Video Production for Libraries

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3-hour workshop, 9 am - noon

Presenter: Marc Bragdon, UNB Libraries

As the world turns increasingly to streaming video to publicize, entertain, and educate, Libraries are called upon to develop related capacities for modernizing services, mindful of both patron expectations and financial constraints. 

This workshop will introduce video conception, recording, and editing techniques with an emphasis on scalable production.   All participants require to participate are a willingness to experiment in visual storytelling and a smartphone capable of capturing video.  Through the application of "cellphilming" techniques informed by conventional film production principles and processes, participants will leave with a self-produced video of their own and the basic knowledge required to begin incorporating such materials into their work. 


Enrollment limit: 10 participants



Creating Art in Libraries: A Creative Catalyst for Supporting Community Health

Emily Clark photoFull day workshop

Presenter: Emily Clark, Special Collections Assistant, Acadia University

Join local artist and Special Collections Assistant, Emily Clark, in a hands-on and artistic adventure that will explore why every library needs creative activities and programming. Participants will learn how to make decorative papers using a traditional technique developed by bookbinders, in which leftover binding glue is combined with pigments and applied to paper. Simple bookbinding techniques will be used to bind the decorative papers into handmade art journals. This method yields beautiful results and is perfect for participants of all skill levels.

Why do libraries need creative programming? It's simple, participating in creative activities is really good for our brains and overall health. It provides a context for individuals to relax, unwind, and also form new social connections and networks of support. This is an easy way for libraries to support their communities, particularly vulnerable individuals with mental and physical health problems.

The session will provide a resource package for participants, and a clear sense of the benefits of creative activities through which libraries can provide creative programming to their patrons. Particularly, it will offer tips about programs for non-profit organizations accessing inexpensive art supplies and connecting with local artists.

All of the materials will be provided and there will also be some art supplies to give away compliments of GOLDEN Artist Colours.

Language: English

Enrollment limit: 30 participants

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KAIROS Blanket Exercise

2-hour session, 1 pm - 3 pm

There is no charge for this event, but registration is required.

Presenter: Patricia Knockwood - Indigenous Services Librarian for New Brunswick Public Library Service (NBPLS)

KAIROS Blanket Exercise is an interactive activity that places participants into the role of Indigenous peoples. Participants will be walked through Indigenous history and issues from pre-contact to present day. After the activity, participants will take part in a discussion circle to reflect on what they have learned and experienced, and to ask questions.

Patricia Knockwood is the Indigenous Services Librarian for New Brunswick Public Library Service (NBPLS). She holds a BA in Native Studies and History from St. Thomas University and a MLIS from Dalhousie University. Patricia is a member of the CFLA-FCAB’s Indigenous Matters Committee. She is a Mi’kmaq woman from Fort Folly First Nation. Also the proud dog-mom of a Brittany Spaniel named Zelda.

*Please note that some content of this activity may cause strong emotions and bring up difficult memories. 

Language: English

Enrollment limit: 40