Social Events

Guided Morning Run/Walk

Anyone interested in participating in an early morning run/walk should meet in the lobby of the Sheraton at 7am on Thursday morning.  A free map will be provided if you’d like to repeat the run/walk on your own later in the week.  The map will also be available at the registration desk.

Program Registration Social Events

Last Minute Reminders

We’re looking forward to welcoming you to Access 2008 later this week!  Here’s some useful information we wanted to pass on to you before you arrive:

  • Access 2008 is a single stream conference with all sessions being held in the Grand Ballroom on the second level of the Sheraton (except Hackfest, more info on that below).
  • We didn’t send out registration & conference info ahead of time — your badge, program (etc.) will be waiting for you at the Access 2008 registration desk when you get to the Sheraton.
  • The registration desk will be open from 7:30-9:30am and 4-7pm on Wednesday, October 1st and will be located in the lobby of the Sheraton.  Starting Thursday morning at 7am, the desk will be located on the second level near the Grand Ballroom and will remain open for the duration of the conference (Thursday & Friday: 7am-4pm; Saturday: 7am-1:30pm).
  • For those attending Hackfest on Wednesday, October 1st, we’d like to remind you that it starts at 8am and takes place at the central branch of Hamilton Public Library on the 5th floor.  Please ask for directions at the Access 2008 registration desk in the Sheraton lobby. The Central branch is located in the same building as the Sheraton and is a 1 minute walk from the hotel, so you won’t have far to go!
  • If you signed up for any of the social events, check your name badge for your event/drink ticket and be sure to bring that ticket with you to the event.
  • If you require a receipt for your conference registration, please email Meredith at Put “ACCESS Receipt” in the subject line and Meredith will send you the receipt electronically.

See you at Access!


More on the CARL IR Meeting

The CARL Institutional Repository meeting will be held in the Ballroom South, on the 2nd floor of the Sheraton in Hamilton October 1, 2008, from 9 am – 4 pm.

Coffee and a light breakfast will be served before the meeting (starting at 8:30) and lunch will also be provided.

The main purpose of the meeting is to enable IR managers to network with each other. Thus, we will try to make things as informal as possible.

The focus will be on a roundtable at which everyone will have a chance to talk about their IR project, and discuss some of the challenges they face. Then, if time allows after the round table, we can address some specific topics of interest in more depth.

–Submitted by Kathleen Shearer, CARL


Online registration closing this Friday!

There are only a few spaces remaining for Access 2008!  Please register this week to ensure your space.

We’ll be closing registration this Friday, September 26th at 5pm, unless of course we hit our max earlier than that, in which case registration will close immediately.


Travel Grant Winners

We had an overwhelming response to our travel grants — thank you to everyone who applied! And now for the winners:

Congratulations to Warren Layton, MLIS Candidate from the University of Western Ontario. Warren won the ProQuest Student Travel Grant.

Congratulations to Kathleen Peters, CEO/Librarian at Beausoleil First Nation. Kathleen won the Equinox-Evergreen First-Timer Grant.

Thank you once again to ProQuest and our opening keynote speaker, Karen Schneider, for their generosity. Without them, these travel grants would not have been possible!


Hotel deadline is today!

Just a quick reminder: if you haven’t yet booked your room at the conference hotel, today is the last day you can get the conference rate! Check the accommodation page for all the details.


CARL IR meeting just before Access

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) is holding a meeting on institutional repositories in conjunction with the Access 2008 conference. The meeting will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on October 1st at the Sheraton Hotel in Hamilton, Ontario

The purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for those working with IRs to network with colleagues.

The meeting will be fairly informal and involve a high level of participation by attendees.

The morning session will be a round table, in which participants describe the activities and challenges of their institution in regards to institutional repositories. The afternoon session will be a discussion of “hot topics”, one of which will be an update on Canadian funding agency open access policies. Other hot topics will be determined by participants.

The meeting is free, and open to all those interested in attending. Please email Kathleen Shearer (mkshearer AT by September 19th if you plan to attend.