2021 Library Symposium Session Information – Wednesday February 24th
Below is a listing of all the sessions being offered at the 2021 Library Symposium. Click on a session to view its description.
Sessions in blue are for both elementary and secondary schools.
Sessions in red are geared for elementary schools.
Sessions in yellow are geared for secondary schools.
Symposium Lobby Opens & Help Desk Available
8:00 – 8:45 AM
8:45 – 10:00 AM
#30sec to spot fake news
#30sec to spot fake news
Opening Keynote – Session A 8:45-10:00
This session will be presented in English, but the slides will be in the original French language.
The volume of content and information at our fingertips is larger than at any point in human history. Our access to the world has never been as convenient. Yet not all of what we can so easily access is what it appears to be– in fact, plenty of the content that makes its way across our screens every day is intentionally created to deceive us. It’s designed to grab us by our emotions and believe a lie, so its creators can make money. The internet is also chipping away at the foundation of our traditional gatekeepers of credibility, as fake news markets its way into our daily browsing. This session created by the Fédération professionnelle des journalistes du Québec will dive into some examples of fake news, discuss the work journalists do to create credible content, and reinforce the message that taking 30 seconds to examine what you see on the internet helps stop the spread of fake news.
Hugo Rodrigues is the managing editor of the Standard-Freeholder, in Cornwall, Ont. In this role, he is part of a four-person newsroom, reporting local news and sports in the communities of the City of Cornwall, United Counties of SDG, and Akwesasne. Prior to joining this team in 2014, he had been the city hall reporter for the Expositor in Brantford, Ont., and covered a variety of municipal and education-related beats at the Sentinel-Review in Woodstock, Ont. His work has been recognized by the Ontario Newspaper Awards, Canadian Association of Journalists awards, and the U.S. Education Writers Association.
Outside of his newsrooms, Rodrigues was on the board of directors of the Canadian Association of Journalists from 2005-18, leading it as president from 2011-15. He continues to volunteer for the CAJ, administering its awards program. He was also a member of the National Newspaper Awards board of governors from 2006-15. He joined the Fédération professionnelle des journalistes du Québec in order to be able to assist in sharing the #30sec message.
Outside of journalism, Rodrigues remains active within competitive lifesaving, volunteering as a technical judge and official at the provincial, national, and international level.
Health Break: Stretch & Refresh
10:00 – 10:30 AM
10:30 – 11:30 AM
Social and Emotional Learning: The Power of Picture Books
Social and Emotional Learning: The Power of Picture Books
Session B1 10:30-11:30 AM
Stories. Whether about a child having a bad day or making a new friend, stories tell us about how people experience emotions and how they learn to get along. Everyone agrees that social and emotional competencies are crucial to life-long success and well-being. In this workshop, we will explore the power of picture books to support students with developing their social-emotional skills. Attendees will be provided with concrete examples of how to take part in helping students and teachers with the development of these skills. We will be diving into some of my top picks in regard to nurturing social –emotional skills in young learners and discuss what makes these books particularly meaningful for these competencies. Our school library can be a valuable resource to promote and ease social and emotional learning for both teachers and students. Librarians can play a significant role in a student’s life.
Elementary School Resource teacher
Saint-Vincent Elementary School
Central Quebec School Board
Mother of 2 teenagers, I am a lover of nature and an active risk taker. I seek new challenges and new learning experiences in all areas of my life. After 10 years of experience as a homeroom teacher, I have taught all cycles at the elementary level. I am now a resource teacher supporting students and teachers in the lower grades. My belief that all students can be successful academically, socially, and emotionally has driven my practice to help them with their personal challenges. I feel privileged to be part of our children’s lives and to contribute to their growth as learners and as individuals in our society. One of my deepest goals as an educator has always been to develop the love of reading in my students. I love to stay up to date with the latest research in education to better my practice, but also with the latest book discoveries and new authors and illustrators. My passion for children’s literature combined with my passion for teaching and learning has guided me to integrate story books in my daily teaching practice. Literature has helped me throughout my career to make learning meaningful and engaging for children. The most uninteresting learning goals can shine with a well-chosen piece of literature.
Sharpen your student’s critical thinking skills and develop global citizenship with NFB films and educational resources!
Session B2 10:30–11:30 AM
Session C2 1:00–2:00 PM
The NFB is recognized as one of the world’s greatest educational creative hubs. Our films, interactive productions, and resources are used across Canada by educators to foster media literacy and global citizenship among their students.
In this workshop, you can discover the NFB CAMPUS streaming platform that contains over 5000 films, as well as its multiple functionalities and resources, such as creating and sharing playlists and chapters. The NFB CAMPUS subscription is now covered by the ministère de l’éducation et the l’enseignement supérieur du Québec for all K-11 public and private schools. All you have to do is create your account at nfb.ca/edu/Quebec
Subject links: Social Studies, History, First Nations studies, Language Arts, Citizenship, Film and Media Studies, Fine Arts, Languages.
Nathalie Larivière – National Film Board of Canada / Office national du film du Canada
Having worked in the film industry for over 20 years, Nathalie has spent the last eight years promoting the educational content of the National Film Board of Canada. She tirelessly works as a Business Developer and Audience Outreach Specialist for educators and pedagogical counsellors in school boards and government departments in the Quebec, Atlantic, and French Ontario regions of Canada.
Whether the educational resources are paid or free, Nathalie is committed to giving educators the content they need in order to make their jobs easier. She believes that film is an extremely powerful resource that can maximize classroom engagement with students, helping their understanding of certain concepts and topics that would otherwise be more difficult to understand. Many of the resources and films Nathalie promotes fit into the educational curriculum.
Nancy Lusignan has a Master’s Degree in Information Sciences (EBSI). She worked for 6 years as a school librarian for the Commission scolaire des Hautes-Rivières where she was very involved in various projects promoting the educational use of school libraries and children’s literature. For 4 years, she led a librarians’ committee on ebooks in Montérégie. Since February 2019, she has been the project manager at Bibliopresto for the Biblius project. Collaboration is the cornerstone of her professional approach.
Bibliopresto is a nonprofit organisation created in 2012 by a public libraries consortium (BAnQ, ABPQ, Réseaux BIBLIO). Its objective: to develop digital products and services to support the mission of the library. Among others, Bibliopresto deployed Pretnumerique.ca, the ebook platform now offered in most public libraries in Québec and New Brunswick. Because of its rich expertise, it is now a key player of digital innovation for libraries.
À GO on lit!
À Go, On Lit!
Session B4 10:30-11:30 AM
This session will be presented in French.
À GO, on lit ! est un mouvement qui vise à promouvoir la lecture auprès des jeunes âgés de 14 à 20 ans. Cette initiative a pour objectifs : de provoquer un changement de comportement positif chez ce groupe cible à partir de leurs divers intérêts personnels et de créer un enthousiasme envers la lecture sous toutes ses formes (BD, roman, magazine, encyclopédie, etc.); d’accroître et de maintenir l’intérêt pour la lecture chez les jeunes; de faire la démonstration que ce besoin est essentiel à la réussite éducative et sociale.
Annie Grand-Mourcel occupe la direction générale du PREL (Partenaires pour la Réussite Éducative dans les Laurentides) et agit à titre de vice-présidente du Réseau québécois pour la réussite éducative. Souvent présentée comme une entrepreneure sociale, elle est l’initiatrice du mouvement À GO, on lit !, un projet développé dans les Laurentides et qui après moins de trois ans à une portée nationale.
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
1:00 – 2:00 PM
Drawn & Quarterly
Presenting Local Authors and Marginalized Voices in Graphic Novels and Comics
Session C1 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Comics and graphic novels have gained increasing recognition in recent years as a creative medium as well as a tool for promoting youth literacy, and most libraries have dedicated space to substantial collections of graphic literature. Nevertheless, visibility for comic artists from diverse backgrounds has not always kept pace with the popularity of the medium. In this presentation, Kennedy Rooke of Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (Montreal’s leading purveyor of graphic novels for over a decade) will offer an introduction to a broad and exciting range of comics and graphic novels by BIPOC, Queer and, local creators who are enriching and expanding the form.
Kennedy Rooke is the Assistant Manager of Librairie and La Petite Drawn & Quarterly and has been working in the Canadian book industry for over a decade. As a manager at D+Q they curate the selection of children’s books and oversee daily operations. Originally from Southwestern Ontario, they have lived in Montreal for six years and have been with D+Q since 2017. They are passionate about children’s literature, pop culture, and independent bookstores. Their favourite graphic novels are SuperMutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki and The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang.
|Librairie Drawn and Quarterly|
|La Petite Librairie Drawn & Quarterly|
Session C4: 1:00-2:00 PM
This session will be presented in French.
Depuis toujours, une certaine censure des livres est exercée dans les bibliothèques scolaires du Québec. Celle-ci est pratiquée par tous, selon des critères propres à chacun, sans égard à la valeur du livre par rapport aux missions de la bibliothèque scolaire. Trop souvent, c’est le code moral personnel du censeur qui est le critère tout puissant. En créant le Prix Espiègle, les membres fondatrices souhaitent faire valoir l’audace de la littérature jeunesse québécoise, souligner la qualité d’un livre qui est susceptible de faire réagir et promouvoir ces livres auprès des élèves dans le but d’enrichir leur vision du monde. Elles sont aussi convaincues que tous les sujets peuvent être abordés en littérature jeunesse, pourvu que le traitement soit respectueux, sans vulgarité, et respecte le développement psychologique de l’enfant.
Marjolaine Séguin est bibliothécaire scolaire dans un Centre de services scolaire sur la Rive-Nord de Montréal. Avec ses collègues Julie Hermann, Lyne Rajotte et Anne-Marie Roy, en partenariat avec l’Association pour la promotion des services documentaires scolaires (APSDS), elle a participé à la création d’un prix littéraire jeunesse, le Prix Espiègle, dont le but est de mettre en vedette des livres audacieux, malicieux, qui osent et d’une grande qualité littéraire. Des livres dont le sujet dérange, déstabilise, remet en question et suscite parfois un malaise.
2:00 – 2:15 PM
2:15 – 3:45 PM
Inspiring Students to Read, Write and Create with Eric Walters
Inspiring Students to Read, Write and Create
Closing Keynote – Session D 2:15-3:45 PM
Eric will explore his beginnings as a teacher who started to write to inspire his students to feel confident in creating their own narratives. He traces his work and role as a teacher and writer, and the fusion of fiction and non-fiction, that inspired his students, his readers, and the inspiration that began when he was a student.
Eric is a teacher and began writing for his class to entice them to become more enthusiastic readers and writers. He has published 114 books which have been translated into 15 languages and have won over 150 awards, including 4 Red Maple, 3 Silver Birch, a Golden Oak and children’s choice awards from across the country. Most recently, The Rule of Three won the Sakura Medal – voted the favourite book of international school students in Japan. In 2014 he received the Order of Canada. Eric presents each year to more than 100,000 students across Canada and around the globe. He is the co-founder of a children’s program in Kenya (www.creationofhope.com) that provides for over 300 orphans and impoverished children in Mbooni District.