Partner event with OALT/ABO: Windows 10 : an information session

LANCR is pleased to promote this information session being offered by our friends at OALT/ABO. Please see below for more information.

Windows 10 represents a considerable change from Windows 7 and an evolutionary refinement from Windows 8.1. Chris Taylor, President of the Ottawa PC Users’ Group, will talk about some of the important changes both visible and “under the hood”. If you find Windows 10 confusing, or just want to know more about what’s hidden, this session is for you.

Please RSVP on our website at: or by e-mail at to reserve your seat!

Date: Saturday May 21, 2016 @ 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Where: Algonquin College – Room P201
1385 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa ON K2G 1V8

Cost$2 for OALT/ABO and LANCR members, $5 for non-members

Funds raised at this event support the OALT/ABO Ottawa Chapter/Section d’Ottawa’s ongoing projects.


Windows 10 représente un changement considérable de Windows 7 et un raffinement évolutif à partir de Windows 8.1. Chris Taylor, Président du Ottawa PC Users’ Group, parlera de certains des changements importants à la fois visibles et « sous le capot ». Si vous voulez en savoir plus sur ce qui est caché, cette session est pour vous.

S’il vous plaît RSVP sur notre site web à: ou par courriel à pour réserver votre place!

Quand: samedi le 21 mai 2016 @ 14h00 – 16h00

: Collège Algonquin – Pièce P201
1385, ave. Woodroffe, Ottawa ON K2G 1V8

Coût$2 pour les membres de l’OALT/ABO et ABRCN, $5 pour les autres.

Les fonds recueillis lors de cet événement appuient les projets de l’OALT/ABO Ottawa Chapter/Section d’Ottawa.


Are you a board game aficionado? Need to polish those gaming skills? Wherever you may fall along the spectrum, it’s time to show off your prowess! It’s time to save the date for LANCR’s 96th Annual General Meeting! Come join us at The Loft: Board Games Lounge for some good food, local craft beers, and, of course, board games. Catch up with old friends and get to know what LANCR has been up to lately. You won’t want to miss out!

When: Thursday, May 19th at 5:30PM

Where: The Loft: Board Games Lounge, 14 Waller St. (above Level One)

Cost: LANCR will be covering the $5 Stay N’ Play fee! Food and drink will be available for purchase.

Please RSVP at before Monday, May 16th, 2016 to make sure you get a seat. You don’t want to miss it!


Êtes-vous un amateur de jeux de société? Vous voulez mettre vos talents à l’épreuve? Peu importe la raison, joignez-vous à ABRCN pour la 96e Assemblé générale annuelle! Nous nous rassemblerons à The Loft : Board Games Lounge pour une bouchée, de la bière locale et bien sur des jeux de société. Profitez-en pour bavarder entre amis et vous mettre à jour sur tous ce qu’ABRCN a entrepris cette année. C’est un évènement que vous ne voulez pas rater!

Quand: jeudi, le 19 mai 2016 à 17:30

Où: The Loft: Board Games Lounge, 14 Waller St. (au-dessus de Level One)

Coût: L’ABRCN va couvrir le coût d’entrée. La nourriture et les boissons seront disponibles à l’achat.

S.V.P., RSVP à avant le lundi 16 mai 2016 pour réserver votre place. C’est à ne pas manquer!

LANCR-ABRCN Travel Bursary Winner: Interview with Michelle Lam

In this column we’ll be featuring an interview with Michelle Lam, a student at Algonquin College studying in the Library and Information Technician program and recipient of this year’s LANCR Travel Bursary.

Sharen Caldwell (left) and Michelle Lam (right) with their poster at the OLA Super Conference 2016

Sharen Caldwell (left) and Michelle Lam (right) with their poster at the OLA Super Conference 2016.

Who are you?

My name is Michelle Lam and I’m from Vancouver, currently in Ottawa completing my last year of the Library and Information Technician Program at Algonquin College.  On the recommendation of my sister, I chose to go to Algonquin to pursue my studies.  I have a Bachelors with a Major in history, a minor in sociology and an associates in sociology.

Why did you choose to pursue a career in LIS?

When I was a child, the librarian at my school was amazing and I subsequently spent a lot of time in that library.  Once I was old enough I even began volunteering in the same school library.  It was my early experiences in the school library and the active encouragement from my parents to read which led me to eventually want to pursue a career in libraries.  During a 2 year break, I became certain that I wanted to pursue a career in libraries.  It was during this break that I moved to the UK on a working visa and met a school librarian.  Following our discussions, I decided that I would pursue my studies in library and information sciences.  Additionally, meeting likeminded people allowed me to learn more about other potential career opportunities and ultimately decide which would be a good fit for me.

You mentioned that you looked at Algonquin based on your sister’s recommendation, why did you decide to pursue your studies?

Before deciding on the program at Algonquin, I explored other programs.  There was another program I was interested in but it was too business centric and this did not appeal to me.  I found that Algonquin’s program was well rounded with classes focused on a number of topics: acquisitions, interlibrary loans, database searching, reference (with special topics), and much more.  Also, there are a number of opportunities available to students in Ottawa.

How did you adjust to moving to a new city and pursuing a diploma?

The first semester proved to be a shock, both adjusting to the winters and life itself in Ottawa.  Initially I was a bit unsure about my choice but I talked to Helena Merriam, the program coordinator of the Library and Information Technician program at Algonquin College, who was able to orient me and provide much needed guidance.  Additionally, I knew that Ottawa offered a number of opportunities to students in library and information sciences which I would not find elsewhere.  So with the guidance and support received I was able to overcome the initial shock.

Can you talk about some of the activities you were involved in during your program?

Throughout my studies, I continued to remain in close contact with Helena who was able to offer both continued support and guidance towards different learning opportunities as they became available.  During your studies, it’s important to show a willingness and an ability to take on additional opportunities.

You’ve mentioned how you kept up relationships with instructors, why is this important?

By keeping up in contact with Helena, I was able to participate in a number of projects.  I was selected to participate in an Algonquin College Museum Studies project with the City of Ottawa Archives for the exhibit “Taverns & Troublemakers” where I assisted the students with research. I also held the position of research assistant to the Chair of Marketing for Algonquin College.  This experience allowed me to develop many skills, most importantly project management skills.  Finally, I also held the position of secretary on the CLA Local Planning Committee for the 2015 conference held in Ottawa.  In this position, I took notes and actively participated in the planning process.  And finally, the library spaces project.

How did you decide to come up with the research topic “Library Design & Community Development: A Socio-Spatial Analysis of Calgary and Halifax Projects” for your OLA poster?

It all started off with Helena and Cabot Yu, from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. My classmate Sharon Caldwell and I were asked to assist Cabot with a blog regarding Canadian central library projects.  When a new central library project makes the news, we provide a short blurb and a link to the article gets posted.  I already had an interest in library design, so this project was a good fit for me.  We had a lot of freedom with the project itself and were able decide the direction website the website would take.

Once school is finished, we plan on further expanding the site.  We would like to create some best practices for smaller libraries.  These best practices would provide information regarding how to scale concepts that are used in larger libraries projects and implement them for smaller libraries.  It’s important that libraries engage their community before make changes to the physical space.  Spatial redesign should be user based.

Why did you decide to submit a poster?

Helena sent out a notice regarding the call for posters and we decided to apply.  We will also be presenting our poster to library professionals and our peers this spring during the poster session that Algonquin College puts on.

Now that you are nearing the end of your studies, do you have any plans to celebrate the completion of your program?

Travel is an important, whether it be in Canada or abroad.  We can stand so much to learn about what life is like in different places.  After I have graduated and found a job, I plan on taking a trip to Europe with a friend.

For more information regarding library design and community development, consult the blog Reimagining Libraries: An Archive of Canadian Central Library Development Projects.