Katie Lai

katie.lai [at] mcgill.ca 514-398-1025

Elizabeth Wirth Music Building,
527 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1E3


Subjects

  • Music

Associate Librarian | Liaison Librarian for Music

Education

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Laws, University of Hong Kong
  • Juris Doctor, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Master of Library and Information Studies, McGill University
  • Master of Music, McGill University
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Areas of interest

  • Information literacy
  • Artificial intelligence and music
  • Acquisitions and licensing
  • Electronic resources management
  • Metadata and discovery

Publications

Lai, K. (2023). How well does ChatGPT handle reference inquiries? An analysis based on question types and question complexities. College & Research Libraries, 84(6), 974-995. https://doi.org/10.5860/crl.84.6.974

Lai, K. (2021). Perceived knowledge of contract terms in library license agreements: A study of academic libraries in Hong Kong. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 47(10), 102221. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acalib.2020.102221

Lai, K., & Chan, B. (2019). Privacy laws and data protection: Implications for libraries and practical suggestions for daily operations. In 2019 International Conference on Library and Information Science Conference Proceedings (pp. 205-219). National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan. https://iclis-2019.conf.tw/site/page.aspx?pid=272&sid=1271&lang=en

Lai, K. (2015). A roadshow of library resources: Familiarize students with what you have. Reference Services Review, 43(2), 280-291. https://doi.org/10.1108/RSR-11-2014-0053

Dubbeldam, J, & Lai, K. (Eds.). (2014). When Music Goes Digital [Special issue]. Fontes Artis Musicae, 61(3). https://www.jstor.org/stable/i24330454

Lai, K. (2013). How are our undergraduates using YouTube? A survey on music students’ use of YouTube and the library’s multimedia collection. Music Reference Services Quarterly, 16(4), 199-217. https://doi.org/10.1080/10588167.2013.843361

Lai, K. (2010). A revival of the music conspectus: A multi-dimensional assessment for the score collection. Notes, Quarterly Journal of Music Library Association, 66(3), 503-516. https://muse.jhu.edu/pub/7/article/376375

Lai, K., & Chan, K. (2010). Do you know your music users’ needs? A library user survey that helps enhance a user-centered music collection. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 36(1), 63-69. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acalib.2009.11.007

Lai, K. (2010). Free stuff is good! It’s quick and simply to enhance your LibGuides with free Web 2.0 applications. LOEX Quarterly, 37(3), 8-10. https://commons.emich.edu/loexquarterly/vol37/iss3/5

Selected presentations

Olson, K., & Lai, K. (2024, February 28-Mar 2). AI in reference and instruction. Paper presentation at the 93rd Meeting of the Music Library Association, Cincinnati, OH, USA, March 1, 2024.  

Lai, K. (2023, December 1-3). Using H5P and ChatGPT to create learning objects and teaching materials to enhance students' information literacy skills. Paper presentation at the 14th International Conference of Digital Archives and Digital Humanities (DADH), Tainan, Taiwan, December 2, 2023.

Lai, K. (2023, October 13). Get your students moving around! Music orientation game on a minimal budget. Paper presentation at la rencontre annuelle 2023 de la Section québécoise de l’Association canadienne des bibliothèques, archives et centres de documentation musicaux (SQACBM), Montreal, Canada, October 13, 2023.

Lai, K. (2023, July 30-August 4). Giving life to a Chinese music ensemble collection: Preserving and sharing pedagogical treasure through digital humanities. Paper presented at the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres (IAML) Annual Congress, Cambridge, United Kingdom, August 4, 2023.

Lai, K. (2023, May 19-20). How discoverable are your music resources? A critical examination of WorldCat Discovery and Ex Libris Primo and their impact on teaching information literacy. Paper presented at the Canadian Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres (CAML) Annual Conference, Québec City, Canada, May 19, 2023.

Lai, K., & Chan, B. (2019, July 11-13). Privacy laws and data protection: Implications for libraries and practical suggestions for daily operations. Paper presented at the International Conference on Library and Information Science (ICLIS), Taipei, Taiwan, July 12, 2019.

Lai, K. (2018, June 16). A new era for music librarians in Asia: Collaborations and challenges. Invited presentation and panelist at the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres (IAML) / Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM) Joint International Conference, Tokyo, Japan, June 16, 2018.

Lai, K. (2017, April 21). Connecting the dots, reshaping the library to enhance research output. Panelist at the Elsevier Ebook Forum, Hong Kong, April 21, 2017.

Lai, K., & Chan, G. (2015, April 24). Can everyone benefit? A report of JULAC’s Joint DDA Project. Paper presented at the Joint University Librarians Advisory Committee (JULAC) Libraries Forum, Hong Kong, April 24, 2015.

Lai, K. (2014, November 8). A full-fledged e-preferred acquisitions policy: One year after – challenges, issues and points to note. Paper presented at the Charleston Conference, Charleston, SC, USA, November 8, 2014.

Lai, K. (2014, September 4). The resurgence of historical newspapers archives 歷史性報紙數位典藏大逆襲. Invited speaker at the ProQuest Day, Taipei, Taiwan, September 4, 2014.

Lai, K. (2014, September 4). Using interactive approach to teach ABI Inform in library workshops ABI Inform 於圖書館工作坊之互動應用. Invited speaker at the ProQuest Day, Taipei, Taiwan, September 4, 2014.

Lai, K. (2014, July 13-18). A roadshow of library music resources. Get your students to know what you have. Paper presented at the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres (IAML) Annual Congress, Antwerp, Belgium, July 17, 2014.

Lai, K. (2013, July 28-August 2). Archiving music parodies from YouTube: Recording history through music in popular culture. Paper presented at the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres (IAML) Annual Congress, Vienna, Austria, August 1, 2013.

Lai, K. (2009, July 5-10). Understanding your music collection and your users: An assessment that turns your collection inside out. Paper presented at the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres (IAML) Annual Congress, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, July 10, 2009.

Professional activities

Editorships

CAML Review, Canadian Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation (CAML)

  • Associate editor, 2022-Present

Fontes artis musicae, International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres (IAML)

  • Guest co-editor of Special Issue, 2014
Professional committees

International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres (IAML)

  • Co-chair, Membership Committee, 2022-present
  • Member, Membership Committee, 2015-2021
  • Member, Copyright Committee, 2015-present

Music Library Association (MLA)

  • Member, Music Instruction Repository Working Group of the Instruction Subcommittee, 2022-Present

Music Reference Services Quarterly, Taylor and Francis

  • Member, Editorial Board, 2021-present

Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale

  • Chair, Regional Committee of Hong Kong, 2014-Present

Duke University Press

  • Member, Library Advisory Board, 2017-2021

American Institute of Physics

  • Member, Library Advisory Board, 2016-2019

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