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Library Research Forum

About the Research Forum

Since 2002, Concordia's Library Research Forum has provided librarians, archivists, graduate students, teaching faculty, and information professionals with an opportunity to describe and promote their completed or in-progress research, practical case studies or projects. The Forum also provides a venue for researchers to seek suggestions for enhancing their research interests, to identify potential new partners for projects, to test the effectiveness of their undertakings, and to promote research in academic libraries.

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2021 Research Forum Registration

Registration is now open!

Due to the ongoing public health crisis, please take note of the new format:

  • The event will be held online through Zoom;
  • The event will take place over two days, from 1:00 - 4:30 pm on both April 27th and 28th;
  • Participants will be able to register either for a single day or for both days.


Registration forms:

Please fill out registration forms for each of the events you would like attend.

Date Time Event / Location Register
Tuesday, April 27 1:00 - 4:15pm Research Forum
Tuesday, April 27 4:15 - 6:00pm Virtual Cocktail Party
Wednesday, April 28 1:00 - 4:30pm Research Forum


See our past Forums.

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2021 Research Forum Program

Concordia University Library's 19th Annual Research Forum
Online, through Zoom
Tuesday April 27th - Wednesday April 28th
1:00 to 4:30 pm EDT each day
Forum Code of Conduct

Program subject to change.


Raegan Swanson, is the Executive Director of The ArQuives: Canada’s LGBTQ2+ Archives. Swanson holds a BA from Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface and a Masters of Information from the University of Toronto iSchool. Prior to her work at The ArQuives, Swanson worked as an archivist at Library and Archives Canada, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute and as the Archival Advisor for the Council of Archives New Brunswick. Swanson is a PhD candidate with the University of Dundee (Scotland) whose research focuses on the role of community archives in Aboriginal and Inuit communities. She is a member of the Steering Committee on Canada’s Archives Taskforce to respond to the “Calls to Action” Report from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Day 1 - Tuesday April 27 2021

1:00 pm Territorial Acknowledgement, Welcome and Opening Remarks
Hannah Bartels & Laura Ivan, Co-Chairs, Librarians’ Forum Steering Committee, Concordia University

1:15 pm Keynote address
Raegan Swanson, Director, The ArQuives

2:15 pm Break

2:30 pm Evaluating a pilot project to teach machine translation literacy in an academic library
Lynne Bowker, Full Professor, School of Translation and Interpretation, University of Ottawa

3:00 pm Disappearing Deposits: Investigating the Retention of Canadian Federal Government Depository Publications at CARL Libraries
Michelle Lake, Government Publications Librarian, Concordia University
Graeme Campbell, Open Government Librarian, Queen’s University
Catherine McGoveran, Head, Research Support, University of Ottawa

3:30 pm "At-Risk Articles": Examining Open Infrastructures and Practices to Recover and Preserve the Scholarly Record
Jeanette Hatherill, Scholarly Communication Librarian, University of Ottawa

4:00 pm Closing remarks

4:15 pm - 6:00pm Virtual Cocktail Party on the platform
Come and unwind with us, virtually! Come prepared with a cocktail/mocktail from one of our proposed recipes. 🍸


Day 2 - Wednesday April 28 2021

1:00 pm Territorial Acknowledgement, Welcome and Opening Remarks
Hannah Bartels & Laura Ivan, Co-Chairs, Librarians’ Forum Steering Committee, Concordia University

1:15 pm British Anonymity by the Numbers
Emily Kopley, Research Affiliate, Department of English, Concordia University

1:45 pm How we recruit academic librarians: Rethinking hiring practices and policies to support the development of a more diverse and inclusive workforce
Monique Flaccavento, Director, OISE Library, University of Toronto Libraries

2:15 pm Poster Q&A in Zoom Breakout Rooms

  • Breakout Room 1: Sending Department Faculty to MaRS: The Materials Request System. James Parrigin, Coordinator of Library Instruction, Salisbury University
  • Breakout Room 2: Why Forget What We Can Remember? The Right to be Forgotten and Its Impact on Libraries and Access to Information. Julie Lavigne, Legal Studies Librarian, Carleton University
  • Breakout Room 3: A Review of Homelessness and Information Access. Mitchell Moncur, MISt student, McGill University
  • Breakout Room 4: The Social Library: A Review of Library Anxiety. Emily Zinger, Southeast Asia Digital Librarian, Cornell University
  • Breakout Room 5: Feeling Bearish in the Business Library: Making Room for Mental Wellness through Film. Mariana Jardim, Liaison Librarian, University of Toronto Scarborough Campus

3:00 pm Break

3:15 pm Jeanne-Marguerite Saint-Pierre et la place des femmes dans le développement des bibliothèques au Québec
Camille-Hélène St-Aubin, Bibliothécaire, Université de Sherbrooke

3:45 pm The IDEA Lab: Designing Student Research Opportunities Across Differences
Nadine Anderson, Behavioral Sciences and Women & Gender Studies Librarian, University of Michigan-Dearborn
Raya Samet, Education and Health & Human Services Librarian, University of Michigan-Dearborn

4:15 pm Closing remarks
Guylaine Beaudry, Vice-Provost, Digital Strategy & University Librarian, Concordia University

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Virtual Backgrounds 2021

Below are some virtual Zoom backgrounds that attendees are free to use during the event. Click on the image to see the full-size and then right-click on the image to download.

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More information

Hannah Bartels & Laura Ivan
Co-Chairs, Librarians' Research Forum Committee;

2021 Librarian’s Research Forum Committee members:
Dr. Guylaine Beaudry: University Librarian
Joshua Chalifour: Digital Scholarship Librarian
Danielle Dennie: Research Data Librarian
Sarah Lake: Digital Preservation Librarian
Chloe Lei: Engineering Librarian

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Updated: Thursday 15 April 2021
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