Bienvenue à Montréal!

Association of Architecture School Librarians
Annual Conference, March 3-6, 2011
Montréal, Quebec

Conference organizer: Jeff Alger, Iowa State University
Local Montreal assistance: Scott Gilchrist, Archivision Inc.
                                        Susan Bissonette, Vanier College    

Montreal from the St. Lawrence. Image courtesy of Archivision Inc.

Conference Hotel:
Hilton Montreal Bonaventure
900 de La Gauchetiere W.
Montreal, Quebec, Canada H5A 1E4
Group Rate: 169.00 CAD/night
(+ taxes, etc. comes to almost $200/night)

Registration is due by Friday, February 18, 2011.  Link to the Registration form is below.


Thursday March 3rd

Walking tour of Montreal—3:15pm or so beginning at the Hilton Montreal Bonaventure. Here’s a blurb from the Guidatour folks:

From 17th-Century to totally contemporary, this tour gives you a dazzling look at Montréal's architectural variety.  Starting from your hotel the first part of the visit will entitle you to discover the downtown area. A first stop at Dorchester Square – Place du Canada will show you a variety of different styles with churches, older and modern buildings such as the Sunlife Building, the Chateau Champlain Hotel, the cathedral Mary Queen of the world.

You will also have the possibility to go in the "underground pedestrian network" either at Place Ville Marie, the cruciform tower created by I.M. Pei or at Promenades de la Cathedrale, built under the Christ Church Cathedral.

On the edge of Old Montreal you will discover the International Quarter, the new urban space that links the old city to downtown.  Over there, you'll stop to admire an authentic Paris metro entrance, the hot pink "Lipstick Forest" of the Palais des Congrès, and the exciting blend of architectural styles housed in the Montréal World Trade Centre. A visit in Old Montréal will help you discover the 300-plus years of architecture:  St-Helene’s street, Place d'Armes, Cours Le Royer, Place Jacques Cartier, Bonsecours and St-Paul Streets are good examples of all that variety.  You will visit inside Notre-Dame Basilica, the neo-Gothic masterpiece designed by the Irish-American architect James O'Donnell inspired by St-Luke’s Church in Chelsea.

Group dinner at Le Local—following the walking tour, meet at the hotel

Friday March 4th

Continental breakfast/registration/meet & greet—8:00am-9:00am

Introductions & Business meeting—9:00am-10:30am

Avery update—10:30am-11:30am

Ted Goodman, General Editor, Avery Index, will be speaking about new developments at the Avery Index and reviewing the results of last year's focus groups.
Carole Ann Fabian, Avery Library Director, will report on the Built Works Registry (BWR), an IMLS supported grant project recently awarded to Avery in partnership with ARTstor and the Getty Research Institute.

Lunch on your own—11:30am-1:00pm

ARTstor/JSTOR/Archivision/Echelle-1 Internationale—updates and/or product demos—1:00pm-3:00pm
Stephen Alsa, ARTstor--http://www.artstor.org/index.shtml
Alodie Larson, JSTOR--http://www.jstor.org
Tim Blundell, Archivision--http://www.archivision.com/
Ron Poe, Echelle-1 Internationale, Le Corbusier Plans--http://e1-intl.com

Break and travel via Metro to the Canadian Centre for Architecture—3:00pm-3:30pm

Canadian Centre for Architecture—3:30pm-6:00pm

3:30 pm                Welcome guests at the museum’s front desk  
3.40 pm                Tour of the interior building including: TPD, CCA Bookstore and Shaughnessy House.

    Overview of Palladio and Journeys exhibitions  

4:30 pm                Presentation of Collection Objects in the library
5:40 pm                Parting salutations
5:50 pm                Departure of the group

Dinner on your own

Saturday March 5th

The Architecture Library of the Future: Reassessing and Forecasting the Place and Profession8:30am-11:00am

In 1987, Thomas Monaghan sponsored the Symposium on the Architecture Library of the Future.  Those proceedings were later published in the monograph, The Architecture Library of the Future: Complexity and Contradiction, edited by Peggy Ann Kusnerz (University of Michigan Press, 1989).   The fundamental question posed to contributors was, "what will be the form, content, services, and organization of the library that supports the 'number one' college of architecture in the year 2000." This panel features five presenters asked to review and assess those directions or pronouncements articulated back then while also offering their own forecasts of the future. 

Meredith Kahn (University of Colorado, Boulder): The Architecture Library from the Student’s View: From the Physical to the Digital, From the Present to the Future

Adrienne Lai (North Carolina State University): Scaled Models: Scope, Site, Strategy, and Sustainability in Architectural Special Collections of the Future

Ruth Wallach (University of Southern California): Measuring up: Holliday's Conclusion and Today's Hybrid Librarian (working title)

Martha Walker (Cornell University): Tracking Trends: Building the Case for an Architecture Library in the Future

Megan Macken (University of Chicago) & Jared Macken (University of Illinois, Chicago): More Project, Less Saying or How the shift from critical architecture theory to projective theory augments the cultural institution of the library

The Librarians’ Speech: Strategies for Effective Presentations—11:15am-12:15pm

Helen Powell (Dalhousie University) and Donna Richardson (formerly at Dalhousie University). This presentation examines three methods to improve your presentations.  First of all we discuss principles of good organization.  How do you give your listeners something of value?  Then we delve into the use of supporting visuals and more specifically, we provide tips for avoiding “Death by PowerPoint”.  The last method covered in the presentation is perhaps the most challenging for everyone, personal presentation style.  How can you appear confident and relaxed in front of 300 first year students? 


Lunch on your own—12:15pm-1:45pm

Material ConneXion/materials collections discussion—2:00pm-3:30pm

Michael LaGreca, Director of Library Access & Publications, Material ConneXion, Inc.

Material ConneXion is a global materials consultancy that helps companies innovate through smart materials thinking. Built on the belief that Every Idea Has a Material Solution™, Material ConneXion maintains the largest library of innovative and sustainable materials and processes in the world—an indispensible asset to a wide audience of designers and architects and a vital tool for the development of design, industry and economy. Through its Materials Library, library leasing services and public programming activities, Material ConneXion provides unparalleled education on the role of new materials in contemporary design practice. Over 100,000 students and educators worldwide have access to Material ConneXion’s on-site libraries and online materials database through their school’s university membership plan. This presentation will highlight Material ConneXion’s capabilities as an academic resource as well as showcase a few selections from the company’s Materials Library.

Material ConneXion will also have on display ActiveMATTER—its quarterly box of material innovations that is sent to university libraries and corporations around the world. Each edition features 15 materials handpicked by Material ConneXion’s specialists to give designers an insider’s view into the current state of materials innovation.

JoAnne McIntyre, moderator (Pratt Institute)—discussion of materials libraries/collections following the Material ConneXion presentation by Michael LaGreca.



Citation Management for Architecture Students and Faculty—3:45pm-5:00pm

David Eifler (University of California, Berkeley), Catherine Essinger (University of Houston), and Tina McPherson (University of Houston) will compare the three most popular citation management programs in the context of architecture patrons’ needs and use.  EndNote and RefWorks are often provided to patrons through campus licensing agreements and are considered industry standards.  Zotero is a relatively new open-source browser extension that is becoming popular.  Panelists will demonstrate each product, discuss the pros and cons, and facilitate a conversation among participants about citation management at their institutions. 


Committee get-togethers—as long as you want, wherever you want


Dinner on your own

Sunday March 6th

Leadership breakfast—9:00am
Dutch treat, location to be determined

Jeff Alger,
Feb 3, 2011, 1:57 PM
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Mar 15, 2011, 8:28 AM
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