THE DISSEMINATOR ISSN:1208-2473
V.7, N.12 December 2000/January 2001
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IN THIS ISSUE
News from the Regions
News from the Library and Information Technology Program, Nova Scotia
News from the School of Library and Information Studies, Dalhousie University
New Perspectives in Resource Sharing from the National Library of Canada
News from IBBY Canada
Nova Scotia Provincial Library News
Hot Tips and Updates
Reference on the Net
NEWS FROM THE REGIONS
Annapolis Valley Regional Library (AVRL)
Christmas International 2000
Annapolis Royal Library took part in the town's "Christmas International
2000" celebrations by hosting a Pinata Party on Saturday, December 16.
Approximately 30 children (plus adults) were on hand to participate in
making a Mexican craft – 'Ojo de dios' or 'God's eye' ornaments - and
enjoy the breaking of the pink fish pinata. Dorothy McDonald, Manager of
the Annapolis Royal library branch, shared two Christmas stories with the
group and talked to the children about holiday celebrations in Mexico and
the legend of the Poinsettia. Hot apple juice was enjoyed by all.
Other Branch News
In late November, both the Annapolis Royal and Bridgetown Libraries hosted
library tours and orientations for each town's Family Matters Resource
Center, with approximately 25 adults and pre-schoolers in attendance.
Two author presentations took place at the Wolfville Library in November.
Gaspereau Press hosted a reading by Glen Hancock which entertained almost
45 people. An author reading and musical evening, sponsored by Boiling
Kettle Press, saw Heidi Priesnitz read from her new book, a novel entitled
"Drifting." Music was provided by Ken Shorely with attendance totalling
about 25 people.
Mobile Branch East was invited to participate in the New Minas Santa Claus
parade. The bus was decked out with Christmas lights and oversize
laminated book jackets. Staff enjoyed the outing and even had their photos
taken with Santa! Mobile Branch East staff also hosted a bookmobile
orientation for 5 and 6 year olds at Three Mile Plains District School.
Boxes of books are usually delivered to the classroom for this age group,
which generally does not get to visit the bus, so this was an exciting
adventure for all. Mobile Branch West continues to offer storytime at
several day care centres and nursery schools.
Branch staff and patrons have been very pleased with recent computer
programmes put on in several of our libraries thanks to funding from a
C@P - Community Access Program
The region was successful with all five of the CAP proposals submitted in
October to the Technology & Science Secretariat. The branches receiving
funding will be Berwick, Hantsport, Kingston, Middleton and Port Williams.
These locations will have new equipment purchased. Each location will have
some funding for staffing. Staff will conduct computer training sessions
similar to those that have been so successful under the LibraryNet program.
Computer Training/Information Sessions
The demand for computer and Internet help sessions continues to be high.
Nine of the eleven locations have been taking advantage of a LibraryNet
program designed to hire youth to work with technology in libraries. As
the current program comes to a close, other opportunities to support this
type of service are being pursued. The CAP funding will continue the
program in five locations; three other locations are being considered for
youth funding through HRDC. And proposals will be submitted to Industry
Canada's LibraryNet program in the new fiscal year. The region is planning
to target the fall season again in 2001.
Feedback on the program, in the form of calls to headquarters and comments
to staff, has been very positive.
The region's contribution to the Smart Communities project is a virtual
library, which is being developed in partnership with the Western Counties
Regional Library with funding from the Smart Communities Initiative. The
benefits of cooperating in this way are many: sharing ideas, brainstorming,
and cost efficiency. The virtual library will be accessible through a web
page that will allow our users to receive library services from outside the
walls of the library. Dynamic new ideas are being considered and explored,
resulting in exciting promotional opportunities for the region.
Cape Breton Regional Library (CBRL)
Cape Breton Regional Library is very happy to be participating in
Hackmatack again this year. Hackmatack authors Karleen Braford and Karen
Dudley will be offering readings in the local area. Thanks go to Monika
Sormova (Coordinator of the Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award) for
the work at her end to make these author visits possible.
The Gates Lab instructor Jim Campbell has accepted a position with
Statistics Canada in Ottawa. His last day was January 15, 2001. Jim
worked at the McConnell Library in various capacities. While in high
school, he worked as the after-school student, and while in university he
worked as the summer student. Although staff are sad to see him go, they
wish him all the best in his new position, and are confident that he will
The McConnell Library is excited to be part of a demonstration study
sponsored by Natural Resources. Advance Glazings (North Sydney) manufactures
Solera which is an insulated translucent glazing unit. These units are
being installed in the 12 skylights in the childrens' section of the
Library. By applying Solera to these windows, natural light is enhanced.
Studies show that natural light enhances human performance, and common
sense tells many of us that we feel better working in natural light.
McConnell is one of three sites in the industrial area chosen to be part of
the demonstration study.
Colchester-East Hants Regional Library (CEHRL)
Theme Christmas Trees
This year Truro Branch and headquarters staff decided to create theme trees
to decorate the reading rooms. Small 40 cm trees (40 cm high) were
purchased and decorated in themes such as cherries, white roses, candy dog
bones and many other combinations! The two display cabinets in the front
lobby also housed miniature Christmas trees decorated with vintage ornaments.
Family Christmas Party
Parents with children of all ages came to participate in the annual Family
Christmas Party which was held on Saturday morning, December 9th, in the
auditorium of the Truro Branch. The story teller, Clare Miller from
Musquodoboit Harbour, enthralled all those present and as usual, the
parents were the most avid listeners as they had not been read to since the
Christmas party last year! Families brought plates of their favourite
cookies along with the recipes to share and Youth Services staff provided
beverages and crafts. It is always a very happy occasion to which families
return over and over again...
The Cider and Snaps Christmas Reception
Wonderful smells of cider and gingersnaps wafted through the main reading
room of the Truro Branch during the annual seasonal treat to patrons. The
usual one-day event was extended to a week this year and many patrons,
particularly seniors, came to listen to quiet music and enjoy their
refreshments while choosing their books or checking the Internet.
The Mobile spreads the Christmas spirit
Early one morning, the mobile driver laid a package on the desk of his
co-worker and suggested that she "put this on for the day's run." When
Marilyn opened the package she found a set of cloth reindeer antlers
affixed to a headband! When she turned to protest, she found Allister
decked out for the season in a Santa's hat with lights blinking around the
"fur" brim. Armed with this seasonal enthusiasm they drove off to their
stops spreading humour and good will.
CEHRL staff delivered a workshop on PRO ( Prospect Research Online) in
mid-December in the Gates Learning Centre. Participants were from the
Colchester Community Workshop Foundation and found the database useful and
easy to use. More members of their board will be coming in at a later date
to receive training and those now trained plan to use the Gates Learning
Centre on a regular basis. Since this first workshop, CEHRL has had
several other groups for PRO training and staff plan to produce a bookmark
to promote this database to other organizations in the community.
Leslie Foster on staff
Beginning January 8th and for the next 3 to 6 months, Leslie Foster will be
working as Administrator of Automated and Technical Services. Welcome
Cumberland Regional Library (CURL)
The big news in Cumberland over the month of December was the burning of
the Bookmobile one week prior to it's last run. The fire started around
3:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning December 19th. Police spotted the fire while
on routine patrol and unsuccessfully attempted to put it out. Damages are
estimated to be over $10,000. Provincial library and Cumberland staff have
been working hard to sort out what library materials were lost in the fire
and to clear up the computer records. Staff have also been busy answering
inquiries from the press and public regarding the incident.
On a more positive note, successful Hackmatack games and activities took
place in January. Book Club meetings continued to attract interest and an
Introduction to Cross-stitching class was presented.
Eastern Counties Regional Library (ECRL)
A snow covered January and the seals are basking on the ice in the
Causeway! Branch and rural outreach services were at a somewhat slower
pace in January because of quantities of snow and poor road conditions and
many rural patrons chose online distance services as an alternate way of
requesting reading materials.
On another note, a Family Reading Program is due to begin in early spring
and the training which library staff recently received in the Web Awareness
Program will be put to good use.
Looking at the three counties, the Richmond County Literacy Network is
taking a proactive approach to expanding and increasing information flow
among the County's service providers. The Library is among the partners
who have gathered around the table to contribute to this literacy initiative.
In Guysborough County, the RDA is conducting a survey of all CAP sites.
All partners will then begin the first stages of planning a County wide
approach to CAP services.
At the Inverness Council, funding discussions for the Libr@ry Links sites
are ongoing. At the Inverness Links site which is situated within the
Inverness Education Centre, the school has been very generous with
donations of furniture and shelving.
Halifax Regional Library (HRL)
Cole Harbour Community Access Site Officially Opens
The Cole Harbour Public Library and Cole Harbour Place successfully opened
the Cole Harbour CAP Site this January. Residents of the Dartmouth East,
Cole Harbour and Westphal area have new training opportunities available to
them - using the Internet, e-mail, and word processing applications, as
well as basic computer instruction. In addition to the seven computers
donated to the Cole Harbour Library through the Bill and Melinda Gates
Foundation, CAP participants have access to a mobile computer unit located
in Cole Harbour Place, and a computer assigned to an outreach programme.
The CAP site has received positive response from the community - computer
classes have all been booked, including a very popular basic Internet
instruction for seniors. A news programme on local cable television
produced a segment introducing the CAP Site and interviewed seniors
participating in the classes. Most participants had never used a computer
before and were thrilled to have the opportunity to learn these new skills.
The Cole Harbour CAP Site's community web page can be accessed at
The newest branch of the Halifax Regional Library is starting to take shape
A milestone in the construction of the new Keshen Goodman Public Library
was reached this January as the Dartmouth-based construction firm, Maxim
Construction Incorporated, erected large steel support columns
approximately 18 feet tall. They were raised on the library's concrete
foundation at the north elevation of the building on Lacewood Drive in
These columns are a distinctive feature in the design of the library
building. Visible from the building's exterior, the columns will branch
out, resembling trees found in the Mainland Common park surrounding the
library. Structurally, they will support the 18-foot ceiling in the main
library hall which will feature full height glass walls. These impressive
steel pillars complement the other building materials, wood, glass and
stone, and are especially designed to facilitate the building's ability to
blend with its natural backdrop.
Located in the Clayton Park area of Halifax, the Keshen Goodman Public
Library will serve the needs of a rapidly growing community. The 25,000
square foot library, over twice the size of the Thomas Raddall Public
Library, will have a collection capacity of over 100,000 volumes, a family
computer area, a computer training room, meeting rooms and spacious reading
areas for children and adults as well as a café arranged around a cosy
Architectural and planning specialists, HOK Canada / Urbana Architects
Corporation is the project team working on the Keshen Goodman Public
Library. Construction is expected to be completed by summer 2001.
Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library (PARL)
Planning has begun on the implementation of a new project to be in place
this spring. Called the Antigonish Reading and Information Literacy
Project, this one-year initiative has as its main objective to create new
foundations of learning that will help in the development of reading and
information retrieval skills among preschoolers and their parents in
Antigonish communities. The new position of Community Information Services
Trainer will be created to assist Lorraine Fennell, the Antigonish Outreach
Coordinator. Under the Coordinator's supervision, they will provide
one-on-one and group training to the targeted group on the use of library
and electronic information services. A publicity campaign will be launched
to reach the community and rural preschools.
Patron use of the new Technology Trainers is up as more patrons continue to
book 30-minute training sessions for Internet, software, and hardware
training. The Pictou County CAP Coordinator, Bernice Cameron, reports that
since the service began in October of last year all seven branches in the
region have experienced increased usage of the new service. All age groups
are taking advantage of the free assistance, with young adults representing
the largest percentage. Technology Trainer Coordinator Heather McKinnon
says that response to the new service has been very positive, adding that
in some towns the not-for-profit sector is creating their own websites with
the assistance of the trainers. Thanks to the programme, computer literacy
in the region is on the increase among users of the library system.
To view construction progress of the new River John Library and Innovation
Center via the library-cam, please go to the website of this small north
shore village at www.riverjohn.com and click on "Our New Library." Taken
from an upstairs window of the existing library across the street, the
image is updated every 30 minutes. While it may be blurred sometimes due to
the window fogging up, most of the time it lets us keep an eye on
activities in downtown River John. The opening date for this uniquely
funded facility will be spring of this year.
Local lawyer Harry Munro gave a talk on wills and estate planning January
24th. Always well received, Harry has been giving free information
sessions around the county for years, bring his years of experience and
practical advise to appreciative community groups.
Always eager to support local writers, PARL recently hosted a session for
writers of all levels and types to determine if there is enough interest in
the county to form a writers group. As a vision of retired fundraiser, Ray
Pierce, he hopes to create a forum in which county writers can help each
other in the publishing trade, foster creativity, and provide mutual
support in the sometimes-isolated endeavour of writing. While fifteen
writers attended, ten more sent regrets. The attendees were very positive
and look forward to the next meeting February 12th.
Local author and motivational speaker, Doug Logan of Ideahouse Group
Development gave an hour long information session January 18th on
Benchmarks of Excellence, a self-evaluation programme aimed at the
not-for-profit sector that assists members in improving their fund-raising
activities and focusing their community profile.
As part of African Heritage Month, PARL was very pleased to be hosting
educator, poet, author, and screenwriter George Elliot Clarke for an author
reading February 2nd. Funding for this event was arranged by a three-way
agreement between the New Glasgow High School, The Black Educators
Association of Nova Scotia, and PARL. Halifax author George Borden will be
giving a reading February 22nd from his self-published book of poems on the
black experience in Africadia, A Mighty Long Way!
Don Cameron, a Private Lands Forester with the Department of Natural
Resources will be holding a Public Information Session February 8th for
private woodlot owners on the new Forest Sustainability Regulations to come
into effect February 28th. With forestry being an important part of our
economy in this region, PARL expects that a large group will be seeking
details on this controversial new legislation.
In an outreach effort to teenage students of local high schools, PARL
invited teacher Isaac Saney of St. Mary's University International Studies
Dept. to give a lecture on the development model of Cuba to the Global
History class of the Stellarton High School.
Programmes in the works include a few events with the local chapter of the
Women's Institute, information sessions on women's health issues, and for
elementary school students, children's author Debi Van de Wiel will be
reading from her latest book, Birthday Treasures.
South Shore Regional Library (SSRL)
Lunenburg gets into the Christmas spirit in a big way every year with its
Once Upon A Lunenburg Christmas weekend featuring a candlelight procession
through town streets, an open air market, the arrival of Santa aboard a
scallop dragger and many other activities. When the switch was thrown to
light up the 53 Christmas trees in the town square this year, the Lunenburg
branch was well represented. The decorations on each tree symbolize the
sponsoring organization's business, so the library tree was decorated with
bookmarks of course.
C@P is in full swing in Liverpool
The computers are humming at the Liverpool C@P site, located on the lower
level of the DeWolfe Memorial Library. The site has been operating since
fall 2000 and will be officially launched with an opening ceremony in
February 2001. The six computers are being well used during library hours.
Automation has even given Liverpool patrons an extra hour of 'open' time
for public service for Liverpool patrons, as staff have been freed from
several time-consuming manual tasks.
Western Counties Regional Library (WCRL)
The CNIB in cooperation with Western Counties Regional Library hosted a
Volunteer Orientation on January 29th at the Yarmouth branch library. The
purpose of the orientation was to combine the library's Reader's Friend
programme and the CNIB volunteer programme. The idea to combine the
programmes came about after discovering that the majority of the Reader's
Friend borrowers are visually impaired. The orientation, conducted by the
CNIB, introduced the causes of, and discussed living with, visual
impairment. By providing background information, the CNIB hopes to create
a solid base for volunteers to better meet and understand the reading needs
of visually challenged individuals. Working with volunteers is yet another
step in the formal partnership, which was formed between WCRL and the CNIB
in the fall of 1999 when the library saw a need to enhance its delivery of
large print and talking books to borrowers who are visually impaired.
Mike Durkee has been hired for two years as a Library Mentor. The
position, funded by the Southwest Shore Development Authority and WCRL,
involves public and staff training in the Gates Computer Lab and training
at other CAP sites across the region.
David Coulstring has been hired part time for forty-eight weeks to develop
web content for the WCRL home page. His position is funded by the
Community Access Program.
A three part Web Awareness series began at the Yarmouth branch library on
Thursday February 1st with the module called Safe Passage. The second
module, Fact or Folly will be presented on March 1st, and a third segment
titled Kids for Sale will be held on April 5th.
NEWS FROM THE LIBRARY AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (LIT) PROGRAM, NOVA SCOTIA
Profile of Kingstec LIT Graduates
The NSCC estimates that approximately 25 new Library Technicians (LTs) will
graduate in June 2001 from the Kingstec and Bell Road (Halifax) Campuses.
Here is a snap-shot of what some LIT graduates from June 2000 are doing:
University of Calgary (working as a cataloguer in the Bibliographical
Services Department and getting plenty of training on different systems
and the nitty-gritty of cataloguing)
Working with the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library helping with library
programming (exciting stuff such as tracking down authors to speak and
creating new, fun groups of people to meet and exchange ideas at the library)
Managing a N.S. school library (doing everything that from unpacking to
cataloguing to working with the students - with not a great deal of time
to come up for air!)
Managing the day-to-day operations at a NSCC campus library
Working at casual positions within libraries and records centres in Ottawa
Working at the following Nova Scotia institutions:
Ocean Nutrition Canada (Bedford); Lester B. Pearson Canadian International
Peacekeeping Training Centre (Clementsport); Halifax Regional Library;
Patrick Power Library, Saint Mary's University; NS Department of Community
Once students graduate from the program the real learning starts to take
place. These examples point to the nature of the jobs that LTs are taking
on as they enter the world of work.
Nova Scotia Community College Library Services
The mandate of the NSSC Library Services is to support and encourage
learning through the provision of information resources, services and
programs. September to December 2000 saw the realization of a College wide
library service to students, faculty and staff. Achievements were
reflected in a number of areas and through new and exciting initiatives.
An enhanced web site with additional full text databases to support
business and information technology programs, the development of subject
guides and information on Campus libraries and services
Opening of the Annapolis Valley Middleton site library
Renovations to the Strait Area Campus library
Extended hours of service with most Campus libraries now open evenings
Increased role of library staff in Campus activities, including Campus
Management Teams, orientation week, open house and special events
Programme based collection development, reflective of the new School model
Record use of library databases and circulation of materials:
- 22,404 full text items viewed, printed, downloaded or emailed from the
- 15,736 information requests processed by Campus library staff
- 8,950 items circulated
- 187 orientations and workshops delivered to 3,086 students
- 1304 items catalogued
Promotion of Campus library resources to community members:
- Campus libraries welcome members of the Community to borrow, browse and
become aware of the great library resources
- Campus libraries house special collections covering such topics as
community economic development, quality assurance and entrepreneurship
- Most Campus libraries have convenient evening and weekend access
- Some Campus libraries are host to community CAP sites
Check out the College web site at http://www.nscc.ns.ca under Learning
Resource Centre or visit your local Campus library for a tour and brochure.
NEWS FROM THE SCHOOL OF LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES (SLIS)
This month the focus of our column is our current Researcher-in-Residence,
Sharon Munro. Sharon is currently on sabbatical from her position as a
reference librarian at the Leddy Library, University of Windsor. The Leddy
Library's Home Page provides access to a wide array of electronic resources
and services, including electronic versions of various library guides. The
guides contain very useful subject-specific information about library
resources and services but are not interactive. It was decided that
several online, interactive tutorials needed to be developed to teach
students to use the Leddy Library's online catalogue, electronic databases,
and the Internet effectively.
Sharon is spending most of her sabbatical year reviewing the literature on
Web page design techniques, examining other applicable Web sites, taking
courses on Web page design and developing interactive tutorials. Sharon
has also given several in-class guest lectures on a variety of topics to
students at the School. She will be giving a community lecture in the SLIS
Friday Lecture Series, on February 9th, at the MacMechan Auditorium. The
title of Sharon's talk is: "Space - the Final Frontier: is the Library
Without Walls the Ultimate Solution?"
Future columns will highlight other projects ongoing at the School. For
further information about these or any other SLIS activities and programmes
contact the Director, Bertrum MacDonald, at [log in to unmask], (902)
494-2472 or visit the web site at: http://www.mgmt.dal.ca/slis.
NEW PERSPECTIVES IN RESOURCE SHARING FROM THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OF CANADA
(Submitted to the Nova Scotia Provincial Library Disseminator by Carol
Smale, Director, Resource-Sharing Services, National Library of Canada)
When we think about sharing our library resources, the first thing that
comes to mind for most of us is interlibrary loan. As you know, the
National Library of Canada (NLC) has always supported this kind of resource
sharing throughout Canada and the world, but now, with the development of a
variety of web-based services, NLC and many of its clients have begun to
have a whole new perspective on what resources can be shared and how.
One way in which the National Library shares its collections more widely is
through its ever-expanding digital collections at
http://www.nlc-bnc.ca/digiproj/edigiact.htm. There are now over 30
different projects on our website covering topics as diverse as children's
book illustrators, gardening and military history, with more being added
Several of the projects include audio, for example the Virtual Gramophone
at http://www2.nlc-bnc.ca/gramophone/src/home.htm, which contains over 900
early 20th century recordings of songs as well as a set of informative
articles and biographies; Oscar Peterson : A Jazz Sensation at
http://www.nlc-bnc.ca/oscarpeterson/ophomee.htm, an online version of our
onsite exhibit; and the Governor General's Literary Award Winners at
http://www.nlc-bnc.ca/events/readings/govgen/index.htm, several years'
worth of recordings from the annual gala readings held at the National
Library. You might want to note that the National Library plans to revamp
its site in coming months to give greater prominence to digital projects.
COLLABORATIVE DIGITAL REFERENCE SERVICE
Coming soon from a library near you: reference service on a 24x7 basis!
The Collaborative Digital Reference Service (CDRS) at
http://lcweb.loc.gov/rr/digiref is designed to provide professional
reference service to users anywhere, anytime, through an international,
digital network of libraries. As you read in the November issue of The
Disseminator, the National Library of Canada is an active participant in
the trial project. More than 60 libraries of all types have now joined us
to share in the further testing and development of this exciting project
and OCLC has recently signed an agreement with the Library of Congress to
provide technical and development support to CDRS.
To further support this innovative sharing of resources, discussions are
underway regarding several potential enhancements to the basic CDRS
reference service. These could include associated real-time chat
functionality, linked knowledge base access, and document
delivery/interlibrary loan links, all of which will contribute to the
provision of full, networked end-to-end user service.
CANADIAN LIBRARY GATEWAY
Your gateway into the shared resources of Canadian libraries continues to
grow by leaps and bounds. Since our survey over the summer, we have added
a large number of links to libraries, catalogues and library directory
information into the Canadian Library Gateway with one result being that
you can now access over 1600 Canadian library home pages through the
Gateway at http://www.nlc-bnc.ca/gatepasse. Updates are ongoing and we
would always appreciate receiving any reports of new information or changes
to the directory data. We have also been adding new catalogues into the
Virtual Canadian Union Catalogue (vCuc) at
http://www.nlc-bnc.ca/vcuc-cccv/indexe.htm; there are now twenty-seven
individual and grouped Z39.50 catalogues in the vCuc and the number
continues to grow.
INVENTORY OF CANADIAN DIGITAL INITIATIVES
Trying to find out what kinds of things have been digitized by Canadian
libraries? Looking for a way to let others know what you are digitizing?
The Inventory of Canadian Digital Initiatives at
http://www.nlc-bnc.ca/initiatives/erella.htm is a good place to start. A
web-accessible database that describes Canadian resources created for the
Web, the inventory has grown to include over 115 entries from across Canada
and to cover a wide range of subjects, genres, and types of materials. The
searchable database includes digital information products that institutions
or individuals are currently creating, planning or that they have
completed. The centralized database also helps to reduce potential
duplication and to promote resource and information sharing among
institutions, organizations, and individuals. To register your collection,
please complete the online submission form available at
CANADIAN INFORMATION BY SUBJECT
For information about Canada from a worldwide perspective, you can't beat
Canadian Information by Subject (CIBS) at
http://www.nlc-bnc.ca/caninfo/ecaninfo.htm. CIBS provides links to more
than 6,000 websites from around the world with information about Canadian
places, personalities, groups, events, policies, activities or themes,
including everything from the Canadian Bird Trends Database (Environment
Canada)at http://www.cws-scf.ec.gc.ca to A Sense of Belonging - Somali
Settlement Experiences in Canada at http://collections.ic.gc.ca/somalia,
from Gabrielle Roy at http://www.nlc-bnc.ca/roy to the Gilles Villeneuve
Museum at http://www.villeneuve.com/intro.htm. We are updating the site
regularly and are constantly seeking new websites to include. CIBS' unique
feature is its arrangement by subject, with bilingual subject indexes.
NEWS FROM IBBY CANADA
The Canadian Section of the International Board on Books for Young People
has rounded up the year 2000 with a slate of special events - celebrating
the IBBY Canada's 20th anniversary, and presenting this year's national
awards to outstanding contributors in the field of children's literature.
In honour of IBBY-Canada's 20th anniversary, a travelling exhibit of all
past Canadian nominees to the IBBY Honour List has been created, and the
show is now touring the country. The exhibit includes 20 years of Canadian
nominations (for illustration, text and translation in both English and
French) as well as the full international list of books for the year 2000.
IBBY honour list books are chosen for their outstanding quality, their
strong representation of the culture and character of their native country,
and their suitability for translation, making this display an
extraordinary retrospective. Host cities are Vancouver (December 12 to
January 12 at Vancouver Public Library), Montreal (January 18 to February 8
at Westmount Public Library) and Toronto (February 15 to March 8 at the
Lillian H. Smith Branch, Toronto Public Library). A commemorative
catalogue has been published featuring the works on display, as well as
articles on children's literature by notable members of the Canadian
children's literature community, and this is available for sale through
The Elizabeth Mazrik Cleaver Picturebook Award for the best illustrated
book of 1999 in Canada was presented at the National Library on December
7th to Michele Lemieux for her thought provoking and imaginative book
Stormy Night, published by Kids Can Press. Stormy Night, with its
evocative and illuminating black and white illustrations presents a young
child's philosophical questions about life and the universe, and was
praised by the jury members for its "originality and exceptional style."
December 14th saw the presentation of the Claude Aubry Award to
internationally acclaimed Toronto book designer Michael Solomon. In 1990
Solomon acted as curator for the Canada at Bologna Exhibit, a retrospective
of Canadian illustration shown at the Bologna Book Fair. He is also a well
known supporter of children's book organizations across the country. The
Aubry Award is given biennially to an individual who has made a substantial
contribution to Canadian children's literature and Solomon joins a
distinguished group of recipients.
On the international scene, the winner of the 2001 IBBY-Asahi Reading
Promotion Award was announced. This year's prize will go to the Children's
Reading Development Programme in the Pechenga District of Russia - a
northwestern region located between the Polar Circle and the
Arctic Sea. This programme focuses on establishing strong reading habits
among children and their families and includes a literary club that
organizes lectures, meet-the-author events, competitions, and art
exhibitions. A children's literary café and an art school have been
established, as well as a two-room children's library. Initiated by IBBY
and supported by the Japanese newspaper company Asahi Shimbun, the
prestigious IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award of one million yen ($14,000)
has been given annually since 1988 to a group or an institution which by
its outstanding activities has made a lasting contribution to reading
programmes for children and young people.
IBBY is a dynamic non-profit organization supported by a global network of
people who are committed to bringing books and children together. IBBY
believes in the ability of children's books to bridge cultures and promote
understanding, and now has over sixty national sections around the world.
IBBY Canada brings Canadian books to the world stage, and shares
information about the latest in children's book publishing and literacy
from the international scene. For more information about IBBY see the web
site at www.ibby.org. For the latest newsletter and happenings on the
IBBY-Canada scene check out our national web site at www.ibby-canada.org.
For further information, contact
Karen Dahl, Atlantic Councillor-IBBY Canada at [log in to unmask]
NOVA SCOTIA PROVINCIAL LIBRARY NEWS
Nova Scotia Provincial/Regional Libraries Annual Report 1999-2000
"Access the World", the Nova Scotia Provincial/Regional Libraries Annual
Report 1999-2000, highlighting the activities of the Nova Scotia regional
public library system, was released in January 2001. Print copies are
available from Barbara Jordan, Tel: 902-424-2400, Fax: 902-424-0633 or
[log in to unmask] It will also be available in pdf format soon on the
In tandem with the re-design of NSPL's public web site, NSPL is working on
an Extranet site for the use of full NcompasS members. Pamela Perry has
recently joined NSPL under the LibraryNet program to work on this project.
She will be working closely with Mike Purcell, Automation Specialist. A
graduate of CDI with a Network Technician Diploma, Pam is getting her first
taste of automation in a library context.
As many of you may know, initial development for an Extranet site was done
last year by Rod Tucker. NSPL will be building on his good work and
developing new applications and information sources. With careful
attention to the needs of NcompasS members, the Extranet is expected to be
an effective means of disseminating information - both to and between
members. Access to the most current NcompasS documentation, detailed
information on registration for upcoming events, a single searchable staff
directory - these are among the resources currently planned for the site.
Content will be refreshed and developed frequently to reflect the changing
needs and interests of NcompasS member libraries.
Look for an announcement on the unveiling of this new Extranet site soon!
USER SERVICES SECTION WORKSHOP INFORMATION 1996-2000
The workshops that the User Services Section have offered to the regional
public libraries over the last five-year period are now all on-line, with
links to the full-text of the workshops and guides at
Please note the latest addition, the Search Guide to "Prospect Research
Online" prepared by Carol Morris. The subscription database "Prospect
Research Online" is available at one location in each region for library
staff and the public.
DESCRIPTION OF WORKSHOPS AND GUIDES
Advanced HTML Workshop 1999
Basic/Intermediate Level Searching on the Internet Workshop 1996-97
Current Awareness Workshop 2000
HTML Introductory Level Workshop 1998-99
Tourism & Recreation: Atlantic Canada Bibliography and Exercises (April 1999)
Global Tourism Workshop Bibliography and Exercises (Oct. 1999)
Job Searching on the Internet Workshop 2000
Canadian Legal Resources Part 1, 1998-99
Canadian Legal Resources Part 2 - FolioViews, 1999
Reference Tips Refresher Workshop 1996
Researching Company Information on the Internet Part 1 - Canadian (Nov.1999)
Researching Company Information on the Internet Part 2 - American (Nov.1999)
Search Engines for the Beginner Workshop 1999
Search Guide to "Prospect Research Online" 2000
Statistics Canada Workshop 1999
Virtual Collection Development Workshop 1998-99
Editors Note: This is a correction to the November 2000 article "Barry
Donovan's Retirement from Learning Resources and Technology (LRT)".
It should be noted that Barry Donovan did not have any input on the
Hackmatack work. The Hackmatack logo was designed by Shannon Bell at the
Pilot Design company. After she did the Logo design, all other conceptual
use of the design (that is the web work and letterhead used for all
correspondence and the brochure etc.) was done by Michael Vandenburg using
Shannon's original Hackmatack logo. The logo is the property of the
Hackmatack Society. Thanks to Carole Compton-Smith for pointing this out.
The Nova Scotia Provincial Library/Learning Resources and Technology
Christmas party was ably led this year by a team determined to involve
everyone! The results on December 13 were hilarious, and many thanks go to
Stacey Cote, Elizabeth Parnell, Shirley MacLeod, and Jackie Bowman for
organizing a wonderful party.
HOT TIPS & UPDATES
FREEDOM TO READ WEEK
Freedom to Read Week (February 25 to March 3, 2001) encourages Canadians to
think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is
guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Read the Freedom
of Expression Report Card (published March 2000), a survey of Canadian
organizations and individuals who aid or impede freedom of expression in
this country at http://www.freedomtoread.ca/committee/report.htm.
Find out how you can get involved in the celebration at
http://www.freedomtoread.ca. Freedom to Read Week is sponsored by the
Freedom of Expression Committee of the Book and Periodical Council, and
receives support from writers, publishers, librarians, educators,
booksellers and readers.
IEI-SCHOOLS PROJECT: ON-LINE PERIODICAL DATABASE
All public schools in the province now have access to an extensive
periodical database from EBSCO. The 2-year agreement also provides a rich
professional development collection for teachers. Students, teachers and
school board curriculum staff have access from school/work and home.
Canadian MAS FullTEXT (TM) Elite
Canadian Reference Centre
Middle Search ®) Plus
Primary ®) Search ZPlus
Professional Development Collection
ERIC ®) Database
For more information, please contact Michael Jeffrey at 424-2461 or
[log in to unmask] and visit http://lrt.Ednet.ns.ca/IEI-Schools.
MEDICAL SOCIETY OF NOVA SCOTIA NEW WEB SITE
The Medical Society of Nova Scotia recently unveiled their new web site:
http://doctorsns.com. The site includes both a public section with a
variety of consumer health information, and a members only section. Among
other online medical resources, the members only section includes
Infotrac's Health Reference Centre. The Society chose to include this
consumer health resource so that both the public, through their regional
libraries, and physicians, through this web site, have access to the same
information. Penny Logan has been coordinating this initiative, called the
Electronic Bookshelf project. She has attended meetings of the Reference
Contacts Group and the Library Public Awareness Group to discuss the
philosophy behind the development of the site as well as the potential for
joint promotional opportunities. For more information, please contact
Penny Logan, 468-8935, ext. 222.
FIRST EASTERN HORIZONS CONFERENCE GREAT SUCCESS! St. John's was the
location for the first Eastern Horizons Children's Literature conference,
October 20-21. Approximately 1300 delegates descended on the Hotel
Newfoundland to celebrate the very best in Canadian children's literature.
Janet Lunn traced the history and development of children's literature in
Canada at a wonderful keynote address. As one of our most noted and
celebrated writers, Janet's wisdom and humour got the conference off to
just the right start. The first evening was topped off by a delightful
performance by the Newfoundland Symphony Youth Choir. The CANSCAIP
Collection of Children's Book illustration was also on display.
The following two days were filled with a variety of workshops - on one
hand, there were sessions with authors and illustrators who presented their
work. On the other hand, there were sessions geared mostly for teachers on
how to use books in various ways in the curriculum (with some good
programme ideas for librarians too!) The sessions were a virtual "who's
who" of Canadian Children's Literature, and it was a real treat to meet and
talk to writers whom one may have only previously known through their work.
Authors in attendance included Tim Wynne-Jones, Linda Granfield, Marie
Louise Gay, Kenneth Oppel, Kit Pearson, Barbara Reid, Joan Clark, Ian
Wallace, Welwyn Katz, Kevin Major and Sheree Fitch (and more!)
There were autograph sessions throughout the conference, and Granny Bates
Children's Bookstore provided a large selection of books for sale. On the
social side, there was a banquet (where they even offered second helpings
-now, how often does that happen?) with Newfoundland music and humour
provided by "Sods and Rhymes" and a great selection of door prizes. There
was also a luncheon with Joan Clark as the featured speaker. The
organizing committee for Eastern Horizons did a super job and put on a
WRITERS' FEDERATION OF NOVA SCOTIA (WFNS) CHRISTMAS PARTY
Jane Buss, Executive Director, WFNS, hosted a Christmas party on December
8, along with the other members of the Cultural Federations of Nova Scotia,
at their offices at 1113 Marginal Road. The photos show some of the
exuberance still left over at year's end, as the WFNS celebrated with
members and neighbours such as the Nova Scotia Drama League! For those of
you who don't know, the Nova Scotia Provincial Library receives a free copy
of the WFNS newsletter, Eastword. You can read excerpts from it (and learn
more about WFNS activities for 2001) at
HUMAN VALUES IN A TECHNOLOGICAL AGE TELECONFERENCE
On January 19, the Nova Scotia Provincial Library hosted Human Values in a
Technological Age, a teleconference featuring Michael Gorman, Dean of
Library Services at Henry Madden Library, California State University,
Fresno. Mr. Gorman began with a review of the technology that existed in
1901 and described its influence on library services. For the round table
session, Mr. Gorman was joined by Lesley Williams, Information Services
Librarian, Evanston Public Library, Illinois. Gorman and Williams
presented their views on the current situation of technology in libraries
and the role of the library professional to safeguard human values within
Topics of discussion included information overload, copyright of electronic
texts, and the need for adequate preservation of electronic resources. Mr.
Gorman described what he terms the core values of library service, which
include: democracy, stewardship, service, access, privacy, commitment,
rationalism and equity of access. Another contributor to the
teleconference, Jenny Pompe, Reference Assistant and artist, College of
DuPage, described her concern for the demise of the printed book. By using
books in her artwork, Pompe "hopes to make people feel uncomfortable and
make them think about what we could be losing".
Videotapes of all the teleconferences sponsored by the College of DuPage
and presented at NSPL are available on inter-library loan. Contact
Bernadette Kennedy at (902) 424-3791 or [log in to unmask] for more
information about any of the teleconferences. Upcoming teleconferences
include: Agents, Bots and Intelligent dots: The Technology Behind
Electronic Document, to be aired March 23, 2001.
LIBRARY LOVERS' MONTH
For planning public library activities during February, there is a
wonderful source of inspiration to be found at the Library Lovers' Month
website at http://www.calibraries.org/librarylovers. Library Lovers' Month,
February 2001, is a month-long celebration of school, public, and private
libraries of all types. This is a time for everyone, especially library
support groups, to recognize the value of libraries. The website is
sponsored by The Friends & Foundations of California Libraries.
REFERENCE ON THE NET
Here are some more reference questions referred to the Provincial Library
by the Regional Public Libraries. They were answered from resources found
on the Internet.
Q. The patron is looking for a book written by a Czechoslovakian woman
doctor who served at an outport community called Rencontre West on the
south coast of Newfoundland. The book was based on her experiences as
recorded in her diary in the 1930s through 1950.
A. The collection of the Centre for Newfoundland Studies can be searched
by logging on to Unicorn, the MUN Library Catalogue at
http://info.library.mun.ca. At the Unicorn search page click on Archives
at the top of the screen and then choose "CNS - Centre for Newfoundland
Studies Archive." At this search screen, enter "rencontre" as the keyword
in the "Search Everything" field. This brings up a record which identifies
the name of the doctor as Ilka Deutsch Dickman. Using this name, the title
of the book, Appointment to Newfoundland was then found by going back to
the Unicorn database search screen.
Q. Patron wants historical information and pictures of the fishing
schooners built on the south coast of Newfoundland between 1930 and 1955.
A. The Newfoundland Periodical Article Bibliography at
http://www.mun.ca/library/cns/pab.html can be searched by entering
"schooner$" in the "Search Everything" field of the search screen. This
brings up a list of articles about schooners which you can browse through
for relevant ones.
Another source is The Maritime History Archive which can be searched by
logging on to Unicorn, the MUN Library Catalogue at
http://info.library.mun.ca. At the Unicorn search page click on Archives
at the top of the screen and then choose "MHA - Maritime History Archive."
At this search screen, enter "schooner$" as the keyword in the "Search
Everything" field. This brings up a list of articles about schooners
which you can browse through for relevant ones. The Maritime History
Archive at http://www.mun.ca/mha can be contacted for access to useful
With so many digital collection sites now on the web it is difficult to
decide which sites to feature but an attempt has been made to choose some
of the best and they are described here. (Editor's note: We've described
two of the National Library sites discussed elsewhere in this issue, giving
readers more information on how to search the sites.)
Canada's Digital Collections at http://collections.ic.gc.ca is a bilingual
site with links to over 375 web sites on Canadian history, geography,
science, technology and culture. The sites are created by young Canadians
under contract to Industry Canada and they can be accessed by subject or by
an alphabetical listing. There is an Aboriginal Digital Collections link
on the left side of page.
The Inventory of Canadian Digital Initiatives is an aid to locating
Canadian digital resources on the web. The Inventory is part of the
National Library of Canada web site at
http://www.nlc-bnc.ca/initiatives/index.html and is available in French or
English. It is a listing of general digital collections, resources on
particular topics, and reference sources and databases. Resources can be
located by keyword search or listed by Resource Name, Organization,
Subject, Province, Genre, Type of Material, Organization Type or Project
Some of the digital sites are databases of graphic images such as the
Bodleian Library/Toyota City Imaging Project: A Collection of Motoring and
Transport Images from the John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera at
http://www.bodley.ox.ac.uk/toyota. To search the database click on "Browse
the Whole Database" and scroll to the bottom of the page where there is a
keyword search button. Click on this and again scroll to the bottom of the
page where you can enter a keyword to perform a search. You can also
browse the database by type of transport (motor cars, carriages and
coaches, bicycles, ships, railways, and others).
The Art Museum Image Consortium (AMICO) database at http://www.amico.net is
a catalogue of images contributed by member museums in North America. This
is a collection of approximately 65,000 works of art which is being added
to frequently. The thumbnail image, title, artist and owning institution
can be viewed for free, but to see the enlarged high quality image and
related enhanced information, a subscription is necessary. The catalogue
can be searched using Simple Search or Advanced Search.
Early Canadiana Online at http://www.canadiana.org is a bilingual site
produced by The Canadian Institute for Historical Microreproductions
(CIHM). It is a digital library of primary sources in Canadian history.
Currently there are 3,100 books and pamphlets in digital format on the site
with plans to add many more. Access to the documents is by keyword search
or you can browse by title, author, subject, publisher or date.
The oldest Internet digital collection is the collection of literary works
no longer covered by copyright on the Project Gutenberg site at
http://www.promo.net/pg. On the home page you can browse or search by
Author or Title. Complete lists of Authors and Titles are also available.
There are now texts of over 3,000 books on the Project Gutenberg site.
The On-Line Books Page at http://digital.library.upenn.edu/books was
founded in 1993 by John Mark Ockerbloom and is hosted by the University of
Pennsylvania Library. It currently has over 13,000 titles listed. The
books which are listed must meet certain criteria including being fulltext
and free and no longer covered by copyright or have copyright permission
for use on the web. Serials such as magazines, newspapers and journals are
also listed whenever an archive of the complete contents exists. You can
browse by authors, titles, subjects and serials and in addition you can
search by authors and titles. In the Archives section there are many links
to general digital collections such as Project Gutenberg and to subject
specific digital collections such as The Best Children's Literature on the
Net at http://www.geocities.com/Paris/Jardin/1630.
Web sites which were featured in previous "Linked" columns are now arranged
by subject category on the Reference Services page of the Provincial
Library web site at http://www.library.ns.ca/provlib/brochure/refser.html.
If you have any suggestions about future topics for this column please
contact Carol Morris at [log in to unmask]
In this month's column, two books on building libraries, recently added to
our professional collection, are featured. These items can be borrowed
through regular interlibrary loan channels. Please send requests via email
to Dale MacMillan at [log in to unmask]
Building libraries for the 21st century: the shape of information. Edited
by T.D. Webb. Jefferson, NS: McFarland & Co, 2000. [ Call # Prof. 022.3 Bui ]
According to its editor, this book is not intended to be a "how to" manual
on designing and constructing a library building. Instead, it presents the
assembled construction experiences of the contributors who are librarians
and architects, as a means by which one might see the directions that
libraries and librarianship are likely to take in the foreseeable future.
The resulting presentations cover everything from technology to management,
architecture to library instruction, building materials to symbolism and a
great deal more.
Woodward, Jeanette A. Countdown to a new library: managing the building
project. Chicago: American Library Association, 2000. [ Call # Prof. 022.3
The basic assumption of this book is that the traditional division of
responsibility between building professionals and librarians is no longer
adequate. The author argues that the modern library building has become so
complex that it tends to grow of its own accord; figuratively reaching out
in every direction, without clear or consistent guidance from any
individual. The author's intention in writing this book, is to outline the
kinds of information needed to embark on a building project
Credits go to:
Carol Smale, Director, Resource-Sharing Services, National Library of Canada
Karen Dahl, Atlantic Councillor - IBBY Canada
Marie DeYoung, Director, Learning Resources, NS Community College
Heidi Julien, School of Library and Information Studies, Dalhousie University
Heather MacKenzie, Youth Services Manager, Alderney Gate Public Library
Harvey Ratchford, Instructor, Library And Information Technology (LIT)
Program, NS Community College - Kingstec