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Keynote Speakers 2015

Keynote Speakers 2015

Morning Keynote Speaker: Vickery Bowles

Continuity and Change: Public Library Service Now and in the Future

Vickery Bowles is the City Librarian of the Toronto Public Library, one of the world’s biggest and busiest public libraries. She believes passionately in the difference public libraries make in the lives of individuals, in communities and cities. Vickery has spent her career in public libraries, spearheading service development in a number of different leadership positions over the years.

Vickery is looking forward to working with residents, stakeholders and staff on a new Strategic Plan this year, and the many opportunities ahead for advancing and developing public library service for the 21st century.

Vickery is a Board member for the Centre for Equitable Library Access to promote access to books for Canadians with print disabilities, and has worked with the Canadian Urban Libraries Council and the Canadian Library Association to advocate on behalf of libraries for access to e-collections on fair and reasonable terms. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for the National Reading Campaign and sits on the iSchool Advisory Board at the University of Toronto

Afternoon Keynote Speaker:
Susan Blight

Libraries as Allies in the Preservation of Indigenous knowledge and Indigenous Languages: Good Practices for Moving Forward

Susan Blight is Anishinaabe from Couchiching First Nation.  An artist, writer, and arts educator, Susan is co-founder of The Ogimaa Mikana Project, an artist/activist collective working to reclaim and rename the roads, streets, and landmarks of Toronto with Anishinaabemowin. In 2013, she joined the Indigenous Routes artist collective which works to provide new media training for Indigenous youth.  From 2011 to 2014, she was the host of Indigenous Waves radio show and her writing—focused on anti-oppression and Indigenous resistance—has been published in Muskrat Magazine, Shameless Magazine, and on the Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education and Society blog. Susan Blight received a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Windsor in Integrated Media, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography and a Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies from the University of Manitoba and currently works at First Nations House at the University of Toronto.  She is the recipient of a 2014 IDERD award for her anti-racism work at the University of Toronto.

Photo of John M. Kelly Library by Sheila Eaton.