2019 Theme: Information Accessibility

2019 Speakers are currently being confirmed. We will be posting confirmations on our updates page, as well as on social media. Speakers and presenters will be listed here as they are confirmed.

Teresa Blankmeyer Burke

Keynote Speaker

Teresa Blankmeyer Burke, Ph. D., is Associate Professor at Gallaudet University, a bilingual university American Sign Language and English institution serving deaf, heard of hearing, and hearing students in Washington, DC. She is the only signing deaf philosopher in the world with a doctorate in philosophy. Her publications cover a wide range of genres , including peer-reviewed scholarship in philosophy and bioethics, journalism, creative nonfiction, as well as poetry in American Sign Language and English. She has served on a number of national and international committees for a variety of organizations, including the World Federation of the Deaf, the American Philosophical Association, the Hearing Loss Association of America, and the National Association of the Deaf (USA). Teresa divides her time between Washington DC and the historic neighborhood of Barelas in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is currently working on a philosophical memoir about grief and resilience about her experience as a young widow and single mother in Cody, Wyoming.

daniel Rotsztain

Closing Speaker

Daniel Rotsztain is the Urban Geographer, an artist, writer and cartographer whose work examines our relationship to the places we inhabit. The author of All the Libraries Toronto, a colouring book featuring every branch of Toronto Public Library, Daniel now sits on Toronto Public Library’s Board of Directors. A regular columnist for CBC radio’s Here and Now where he discusses day trips exploring the natural beauty and cultural dynamism of Southern Ontario, Daniel’s work has also been featured in Spacing Magazine, the Globe and Mail and Now Magazine. A recent graduate of the University of Guelph”s Master of Landscape Architecture program, his thesis focused on enhancing local strip mall landscapes for pedestrians, forming the basis of plazaPOPS, a project implementing community-designed strip mall gathering spaces in Scarborough. 

Bianca Mercer

Session Speaker

Bianca Mercer is a first voice narrative expert, an advocate for criminalized women and a jails and prison abolishment activist, fighting to make change and create alternatives for incarceration in Canada. Bianca is a Dalhousie University student pursuing her education and dream to become a lawyer. She also works as a research assistant for Mount Saint Vincent University.

Lara Killian

Session Speaker

Lara Killian is a Librarian Educator based at the Nova Scotia Hospital. She uses her expertise in plain language, health literacy, and project management to lead development and maintenance of the provincial health authority’s collection of patient and family education documents.

Katie McLean

Session Speaker

Katie McLean is a Librarian Educator at Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) where she focuses on supporting health professional education and managing the NSHA Library Services’ web presence. She has worked across different types of libraries for over 10 years, specializing in information literacy instruction and outreach.

Robyn Parker

Session Speaker

Robyn Parker works as an Evidence Synthesis and Information Services Librarian at the W.K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library and supports undergraduate and postgraduate medical education at Dalhousie’s Faculty of Medicine as well as other researchers across Dalhousie working on evidence synthesis projects.. Her research interests include review methods, search filters, and librarians’ teaching approaches.

Melissa Helwig

Session Speaker

Melissa Helwig is a Librarian at the W.K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library at Dalhousie University, primarily teaching and researching with the College of Pharmacy. She has  keen interest in the information seeking behaviours of Health Profession practitioners and students. Other areas of interest to her include the good, the bad, and the ugly of research metrics.

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