Welcome to Access 2008!

Access is Canada’s premier library technology conference that focuses on issues relating to technology planning, development, challenges and solutions.

This year the conference will be held in Hamilton, Ontario at the Sheraton Hamilton Hotel (conference) and Hamilton Public Library (Hackfest) from October 1-4 and is hosted by:

McMaster University | Hamilton Public Library | Mohawk College

Hamilton, Ontario

We hope to see you there!

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Call For Proposals

Call for Proposals for Access 2008
Deadline: Friday, February 22, 2008

Access is Canada’s premier library technology conference, featuring a single stream of sessions that deal with technology planning, development, challenges and solutions. We are now accepting proposals for prepared talks on the following topics (other ideas are more than welcome):

  • customized web applications and search interfaces
  • open source software
  • national and provincial/state-wide consortia technology initiatives
  • information policy
  • digital and social media
  • library catalogue innovations
  • digitization projects
  • institutional repositories
  • end-user searching behaviours
  • protocols and metadata

…or anything else suitably geeky, innovative and/or awe-inspiring! Sessions are usually 45 minutes or 1 hour in length. Proposals should include:

  • your name, title, institutional affiliation, contact information, blog/website URL
  • 100 word (max) abstract describing your proposed presentation
  • co-presenters you will (or hope to) present with

Submission Procedures: (deadline is February 22, 2008)

  • send your proposal to Amanda Etches-Johnson, Program Chair, at etchesa AT
  • each submission will be acknowledged and all presenters will be notified of the status of their proposal by April 15, 2008.
  • if you’d simply like to recommend topics and/or speakers (other than yourself), feel free to get in touch!

Depending on the number of submissions, we can’t promise that every proposal will be accepted. However, we will have sessions set aside for Lightning/Thunder talks, which provide an informal opportunity to share your ideas with your peers.

Feel free to get in touch with members of the Program Planning Committee:

Amanda Etches-Johnson
User Experience Librarian, McMaster University
etchesa AT

Jenn Horwath
Virtual Branch Manager, Hamilton Public Library
jhorwath AT