THE DISSEMINATOR        ISSN:1208-2473
V.8, N.9 October 2001
An electronic newsletter from the Nova Scotia Provincial Library

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News from the Regions
News from SLIS
News from LIT

Hot Tips and Updates:
Public Library Week
Sharing Alternate Format Library Materials
Word on the Street

Reference on the Net
Professional Reading

Annapolis Valley Regional Library (AVRL)
A new library is slated for the Village of Lawrencetown thanks to a =
private donation from the family of the late Dr. Frank Morse.  Construction=
 of the new facility is slated for completion by August 2002.

Several AVRL staff members attended the October NSLA conference held this =
year in Cape Breton.  Those attending all had positive reports on the =
workshops, and the conference in general.

October 29 was AVRL's Fall In-Service for Branch Managers.  Topics =
included: the Web Catalogue, the Virtual Library Project, Library Cards =
for Computer users, and Statistics.  As well, the Joint Occupational =
Health and Safety Committee provided an overview of the new Health and =
Safety Program.  Responsibilities of management, supervisors, department =
heads, and all employees were emphasized.  Issues such as safe lifting =
procedures, and the use of fire extinguishers were also addressed. =20
A sample of fall programs offered by AVRL include: Tiny Tales, preschool =
story time at the Wolfville branch; Study Hall at the Windsor branch which =
is opening its doors on an evening the library is not open to the general =
public to accommodate students who want to use the print resources and =
computers for homework help; and Tea Time Seniors Chat offered at five =
branches where seniors are invited to bring their mugs and computer =
questions - no computer experience necessary.=20

Even teachers go to class!  ECRL extended an invitation to schools in the =
area to participate in Web Training workshops.  Several schools took =
advantage of this opportunity and invited facilitator, Donna Doyle, to =
present a workshop during an in service day.  The session introduced =
teachers to the ECRL web site, and showed them first hand the benefits of =
accessing the collection, and magazine, and reference databases.  By =
morning's end, teachers had been issued library cards, had requested =
books, and were knowledgeable about the many services that the library =

ECRL's signs have arrived!  With nine Libr@ry Links in operation in rural =
communities, each offering a specific range of hours of operation that may =
change with the seasons, the task at hand was to provide signage that =
would be easily recognized.  Since many of the Links are in community =
centres, and schools, the signs were designed to be placed in a window or =
at the entrance to the Links site.  The bright yellow signs are now in =
place, linking the rural communities of ECRL!=20

Library staff Joyce Rankin and Lesley Carruthers were thrilled to visit =
the Word on the Street Book Fair.  They volunteered some time at the =
Provincial Library Booth, promoting the Summer Reading Program, selling =
its wares, and providing bookmarks, pencils, and Hackmatack posters to =
hundreds of visitors to the booth.

ECRL is always appreciative of contributions.  Recently, a book trolley =
was donated to the Cyril Ward Memorial Library in Guysborough by Dr. =
Lauder Brunton.=20

Kids Website Launch=20
The Halifax Regional Library recently launched Kids@HRL, http://www.halifax=, a site for and about kids.  The event was held at =
Dartmouth's Alderney Gate Library.  Some of the services to be featured on =
the new site include: "Ask A Librarian", where kids e-mail reference =
questions to librarians, and receive a direct response, "What Do I Read =
Next", a service which provides young readers with personalized lists of =
recommended titles, an on-line kids book club, on-line homework help =
sessions, links to other sites, and a section just for parents and =
teachers.  The site can also be reached by clicking through the Library's =
full-service e-branch site at =20

Tantallon Branch Opens With Great Fanfare=20
The new Tantallon Public Library held its official opening on Saturday, =
October 13, with approximately 1500 visitors passing through the new =
branch.  On hand to lend a festive air to the event, was the Tantallon =
Community Concert band, who kicked off the day's festivities.  Kids were =
then entertained by the rollicking good rhythms of StorySong Express, =
while adults relaxed to the sounds of saxophonist Jeff Goodspeed.  Among =
those who attended, and spoke at the opening event were the Honourable =
Jane Purves, Minister of Education, M.P. Geoff Regan, M.L.A.s' Bill =
Estabrooks and John Chataway, His Worship Mayor Peter Kelly, and Councillor=
s Gary Meade and Bob Harvey.  The new full-service, 12,000 square foot =
library will service an area previously served by Mobile Library Service.  =
The facility contains a large, bookable meeting room, a multi-media =
collection, 15 public access computer terminals, study and reading areas, =
as well as a pre-school area.  It will also feature both children's and =
adult programming.=20

Summer Reading Program 2001 - A "Bug-a-licious" Success!!=20
Well, the statistics are in and the verdict is clear - kids all over HRM =
LOVED the 2001 Summer Reading Program with the theme, Don't Bug Me! I'm =
Reading.  All aspects of the program showed impressive increases over the =
previous year with a 12% increase in registration, a 10 % increase in =
children who reached their reading goal, a 12 % increase in children who =
exceeded their reading goal, and a 21 % increase in books read.  The grand =
total of 59,154 books read, showed an impressive increase from the 48,873 =
books read for the 2000 Summer Reading Programme!=20

HRL was fortunate again this year to receive a $10,000 donation from the =
Imperial Oil Charitable Foundation in support of our Summer Reading =
Program.  This generous donation enabled HRL to more effectively  promote =
the program, to provide extra incentives to our young readers, and to =
generally have a higher profile - all of which greatly contributed to the =
program's overall success.=20

Truro resident Steve Proctor recently dropped in to entertain PARL's  =
regular Story Time Group.  Steve read from his new book, The Ghost and the =
Fire Station which will be published in February.  As well, Mr. Proctor is =
working on other ambitious projects and is open for invitations to read at =
other regional libraries.=20

Award-winning Newfoundland author, Donna Morrissey, read to a full house =
of delighted fans in PARL's Program Room on October 24.  Always a crowd =
pleaser, Donna read passages from her still popular first novel, Kit's =
Law, answering many questions surrounding her life, and the writing =
process.  The reading itself was nothing less than riveting.  Charged with =
raw emotion, and the spirit of her homeland, one could not help being =
moved by her performance and wonder if an acting career lay in her future. =
As the  winner of the Canadian Booksellers Association first-time author =
of the year award, her many fans look forward to spring 2002 when her =
second novel, Downhill Chance, is scheduled for release.=20

Bernice Cameron, PARL's CAP Coordinator, is currently working on a new =
project with Becky Bowman, the Children and Youth Technology Coordinator =
for elementary-aged children.  Called the Kids' TAG (Tech After-school =
Group), it was formed to teach children about computers in a fun and =
inviting library setting. Topics of instruction will include basic =
computer applications, familiarization with digital cameras, scanning =
images, e-mail, and making basic web pages.=20

On October 10, PARL's regional CAP Committee held the official grand =
opening ceremony for the new CAP site in the Westville Library.  On hand =
to mark the occasion was CAP Coordinator, Bernice Cameron, and Fred =
Popowich, Deputy Chief Librarian.  Many interested town residents and =
supporters   dropped by to meet the staff, and dedicated volunteers, as =
well as enjoy some refreshments.
In mid-October Sound Venture Productions, an independent Ottawa film =
producer, dropped into PARL's headquarters to tape segments of a documentar=
y they are making on behalf of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.  The =
RCMP are very interested in Constable John Kennedy's Adopt A Library =
Literacy Program, and his innovative methods of managing youth crime.  His =
story is one of many which was selected from many across Canada.  The =
stories are to illustrate how officers are reaching out to our youth and =
attempting to reduce crime in our communities.  The video will be used as =
an internal learning tool in the RCMP's departments, and in youth judicial =
systems, but will not be available for public viewing.

The Nova Scotia Community College is pleased to announce the appointment =
of Keith MacKinnon to the position of Halifax Campus Librarian.  Keith =
comes to the College from the Cumberland Regional Library where he was an =
Assistant Librarian, and served as the reference librarian for the region. =
 Keith has also been employed at the university libraries at Saint Mary's =
and Mount Allison.   Welcome aboard Keith!=20

Additional new staff members include Debbie Costelo, Public Services =
Librarian replacing David Colborne.  Debbie was formerly Halifax and =
Institute of Technology Regional Librarian.  Kimberly Johnson assumes the =
position of Regional Librarian responsible for Truro, Cumberland, and =
Pictou Campuses.  Best wishes to Sheila Pearl on her retirement from this =

Campus Libraries welcome members of the community to borrow, browse and =
become aware of our great library services.  This includes several special =
collections covering such topics as community economic development, =
quality assurance, and entrepreneurship.  Most Campus Libraries have =
convenient evening and weekend access.  Several Campus Libraries are also =
CAP site locations.=20

In additional news, the Library and Information Technology program at the =
Kingstec Campus has moved to Halifax.  The Halifax Campus is now the only =
site for the Library and Information Technology program in the province. =
The Kingstec program brought with them a large collection of library =
related materials which will shortly be found in the Novanet catalogue.  =
Much of the material will be housed at the Halifax Campus
library.  Check out the Nova Scotia Community College Library website at =  for a link to Novanet, and other College =
library information.

In conjunction with the Nova Scotia Provincial Library and the Library =
Boards Association of N.S., the School of Library and Information Studies =
(SLIS), Dalhousie University was honoured to sponsor a visit by Dr. =
Charles (Chuck) McClure.  Dr McClure is the Francis Eppes Professor of =
Information Studies, and the Director of the Information Use Management =
and Policy Institute, School of Information Studies, Florida State =
University, Tallahassee.  Dr. McClure delivered a lecture, and a workshop =
on the theme of "Key Issues in the Transition to the Networked Environment.=
"  Both events were well attended by members of the public and academic =
library communities, as well as, students, and faculty from SLIS.=20

On October 26, SLIS welcomed Allen Penney, a Halifax architect, and =
writer, to discuss "The Architecture of Libraries: The Legacy of Peisistrat=
us," as part of the School's Friday Lecture Series.  This Series continued =
on November 2, with the lecture "I Can't Get no...Satisfaction, or Can I?' =
A Study of On-line Interpretive Communities," to be delivered by Professor =
DeNel Rehberg Sedo, Mount Saint Vincent University.
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

The Provincial Library welcomes Susan Slaunwhite, who joined us as =
Secretary on October 15.  Susan comes from within the Department of =
Education where she has been working most recently with Regional Education =
Services, and previously with English Programs Services, and Adult =
Learning & Innovation.=20

Don Goss, a long-time Provincial Library employee has been assigned to the =
Bargaining Unit Job Evaluation Committee for a period of 18-24 months.  =
This committee is charged with evaluating the job fact sheets for every =
bargaining unit position in the Provincial Government as part of the =
Bargaining Unit Classification Review Project.  We wish Don well in his =
new assignment.

The LibraryNet Advisory Board met in Ottawa on October 25 & 26, 2001.  =
LibraryNet is a
co-operative venture on the part of Canada's public libraries, library =
jurisdictions and agencies, librarians,
and Industry Canada to encourage libraries as they define new roles for =
themselves as economic
incubators, community development agents, distributors of electronic =
information, and centers for
life-long learning, and to help Canadian libraries connect to the =
information highway and to one another.
The LibraryNet Advisory Board consists of the Provincial and Territorial =
Library Directors, and
representatives from the National Library of Canada, the Canadian Library =
Association (CLA), the
Council of Administrators of Large Public Libraries (CALUPL), Association =
pour l'avancement des
sciences et des techniques de la documentation (ASTED), and Industry =

The focus of the meeting was how libraries can assist Industry Canada in =
achieving its Connecting
Canadians agenda.  Presentations were heard from SchoolNet, CAP (Community =
Access Program), the
Information Highway Applications Branch (IHAB), Government on Line, the =
Media Awareness
Network, HRDC's Innovation Agenda, and Web4All.=20

Following the presentations, the Board began the work of updating the =
vision for LibraryNet, and
developing an action plan for the next 2 to 3 years.  Work groups will be =
developing some strategic
directions relating to the federal agenda in the areas of lifelong =
learning, the digital divide, infrastructure,
content, human resources, communications, and research, which will be =
presented to Industry Canada
by the end of March 2002.=20

The group also spent a morning with staff of the National Library hearing =
reports on the National Library's work in the area of collections, the =
campaign for a new building, the library book rate, and the Collaborative =
Digital Reference Service project.

Step we gaily, on we go...NSLA Conference 2001 was held at the North Star =
Inn in North Sydney, October 19-21. More than 80 people attended this =
successful conference, and had an interesting, and enjoyable time.  Darce =
Fardy, Review Officer, Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy =
Review Office, delivered the keynote address, describing the role of =
freedom of information legislation, and encouraging Nova Scotians to =
exercise their rights under the Act.  Sessions were presented on a variety =
of topics, from library fund-raising, to  virtual archives, to MARC =
records.  A complete conference schedule is available at: http://www.nsla.n= .  The banquet on Saturday night was very well =
attended, and gave people an opportunity to learn and practice step =
dancing.  At the Annual General
Meeting, the membership passed resolutions urging the provincial government=
 to fill any vacant regional library board appointments as soon as =
possible, and adding NSLA's support to lobbying efforts for a new building =
for the National Library.  A full account of the conference will be =
published in the next issue of the NSLA newsletter.  The fall 2002 =
conference will be a joint conference with the Library Boards Association =
of Nova Scotia, and will be held in Yarmouth.=20

Libraries: where the future begins was the theme of Nova Scotia's first =
annual Public Library Week.  Public libraries in P.E.I. and Nova Scotia =
shared the theme and poster for this year's week.  The dates were chosen =
to coincide with similar weeks in New Brunswick and other provinces.  The =
focus of the week was to promote the services of public libraries, and =
encourage people to visit their local public library during the week.  =
Events and promotional activities were held across the province, and =
libraries received coverage in newspapers, radio, and television.  One of =
the highlights of the week was a series of appearances on Breakfast =
Television.  Library staff members used the opportunity to highlight =
library services such as the Summer Reading Program, remote library use =
over the web, and more traditional outreach services such as Books by =
Mail, and bookmobiles. The Library Public Awareness Group will be meeting =
in November to evaluate the success of Public Library Week, and discuss =
plans for next year.

The Council of Regional Librarians held their fall meeting in Pictou, =
October 18-19.  Among the highlights:
*Building on ideas from the workshop presented by Charles McClure in =
September, a committee has been struck to look at statistics gathering.  =
The committee will make recommendations on which statistics currently =
collected are useful, and look at other ways of measuring library =
services, in particular electronic services.
*Digital reference services were discussed, and a meeting will be held in =
December to continue the discussion and explore potential cooperation in =
the provision of such services.
*Bernice Cameron presented an overview of the classification and signage =
project currently underway in the Northern CAP Region.
*A discussion was held on planning and priority setting for the Nova =
Scotia Provincial Library, facilitated by Donna Hendy (NS Dept. of =
Education).  A follow up meeting will be held later in November.
*NSPL staff will work with the Southern Ontario Library Service to bring a =
trainer from Ontario to conduct a session on their "The Library's =
Contribution to your Community" program.

On Friday, October 12, 2001, The Nova Scotia Provincial Library hosted a =
day long workshop on Sharing Alternate Format Library Materials.   Peter =
Webster, Manager of the Ferguson Library at St. Mary's University, was the =
workshop facilitator.  This workshop was attended by 18 staff members from =
the Nova Scotia Regional Libraries and the Nova Scotia Provincial Library. =
 Peter started his presentation by providing an overview of issues =
affecting the print disabled in Canada and their special materials needs.  =
He talked about the issues identified by the National Library of Canada =
and CNIB joint Task Force on Access to Information for the Print Disabled =
Canadians.  He also discussed the needs for the print disabled in Nova =
Scotia.  Peter gave a demonstration of alternate format materials =
available from the AMICUS union catalogue and discussed the borrowing and =
lending of these materials across Canada and beyond.  A segment of the =
workshop was devoted to discussing E-text for alternate format users.  =
Participants were given the opportunity to test some examples of E-text =
and were also provided with assignments to do.  These assignments provided =
workshop attendees with hands-on experience with alternate formats.

For the seventh consecutive year, the Nova Scotia Provincial Library took =
part in the annual Word on the Street (WOTS) event, held on Sunday, Sept. =
30.  Due to the numerous problems with the weather in the past few years, =
for the first time, WOTS was held at Pier 20, rather than its usual venue =
of Spring Garden Rd.  Once again, the Provincial Library booth was shared =
with the Hackmatack Children's Choice award.   Staff from Provincial =
Library were joined by volunteers Lesley Carruthers and Joyce Rankin, both =
from ECRL, all of whom helped to promote the Summer Reading Programme =
(SRP).  A record number of remaining Summer Reading Programme (SRP) =
sweatshirts and posters were sold, and information sheets on the SRP were =
distributed to those visiting the booth.  A great time was had by all!

With the recent departure of Monika Sormova as Hackmatack co-ordinator to =
a position with the Writers' Federation, Norene Smiley has taken on the =
job of new Hackmatack co-ordinator.  Norene will be in the Hackmatack =
office, located at Provincial Library, on Tuesdays and Thursdays until =
work for the author tours and May award ceremony increases in the spring.  =
Norene reports that a total of 242 reading groups have registered to date, =
and that kits have been sent to all registered groups.  And, as the 2002 =
activities continue, the selection process for the 2003 book list has =
already begun!=20

Here are some more reference questions referred to the Provincial Library =
by the Regional Public Libraries which were answered using resources found =
on the Internet.=20

Q.  The patron wants how-to information on making duck call whistles.

A. Different combinations of search terms were tried (i.e. duck call =
whistles, making duck whistles, construction duck call whistles, etc.) at =
the Google search engine  The combination which =
worked was "making duck call".  Leaving out the word "whistle" made all =
the difference in this case, in finding some useful information.  The =
resulting information was three articles which have the requested how-to =
The Call of the Wild by J. Mark Shoup;=20
Making Duck Calls by David Schneider;=20
The Making of a Duck Call by Dave Larsen

Q. The patron wants how-to information on making wooden gears or movements =
in clocks.

A.  Nothing was found on this using various combinations of the search =
words "making, wooden, gears, movements, clocks" so using the Google =
search engine the search was broadened to sites on horology.  This =
strategy found a page titled Clocks and Time at =
 and this page has a Clockmaking & Watchmaking  section (
/clocks/cwmake/cwmake.html) where there is a list of organizations =
including the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors at =  This association has a link to the online =
catalogue of the Library and Research Centre of The National Watch and =
Clock Museum in Columbia, Pennsylvania at  A search of the catalogue =
turned up two publications, How to make a wooden wheeled clock and How to =
make a wooden wheeled clock and Dead centre turning.  Both of these =
publications have "Wood movements" as a subject heading.  Arrangements can =
be made with the library to borrow the material through interlibrary loan. =
 The catalogue also lists books on wooden clock making which may be =

The busy holiday toy buying season is here once again so to provide help =
some of the sites featured in this month's Linked column have consumer =
oriented information on toys while others have information about the toy =
industry such as statistics and sales data on best selling toys.

The Canadian Toy Testing Council at has the =
full text of the 2001 and 2000 editions of the Toy Report Online.  In =
addition, the site has several other useful features.  The What's the =
buzz? section has articles about issues of concern to parents when buying =
toys.  Advice on what to look for when buying certain kinds of toys and =
the best toys based on types of play (i.e. active play, arts & crafts, =
winter play, etc.) can be found in The Toy Chest.  The Gold Stars section =
features toys which won the Children's Choice Award for the past five =
years.  There is a lengthy list of toy manufacturers with addresses in the =
Keep in Touch section.

The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio at is produced by =
a New York based organization which independently reviews products for =
children including toys, videos, books, music, and software.  Products are =
selected by experts in child development, children's literature, and =
education, and kids themselves.  Thousands of product reviews grouped by =
age are available on the web site.  The TV & Article Archive at http://www.= has articles such as Best =
Birthday Party Presents: Under $25, $20 and $10, Travel Toys, Outdoor Toys =
and Educational Toys  which are mainly based on the producers appearances =
on NBC's Today Show.
Another site with toy reviews is Dr. Toy's Online Guide at http://www.drtoy=
com/drtoy/ which has information on toys, dolls, games, puzzles, books, =
software, CD-ROMs, audio and video discs and tapes, creative materials, =
and construction toys.  Reviews are arranged by 100 Best Products, 10 Best =
Items By Type, Best Vacation Products and Best Classic Toys.
The final site with consumer information is Toy Tips at http://www.toytips.=
com/.  The toy reviews here are based on research done at The Toy Research =
Institute, St. Louis College of Education, University of Missouri.  In the =
Reviews section toys are arranged by age group.  The site also has =
articles on safety and many other relevant issues concerning toys for the =
various age groups.  There is a search page at
h/search.html where a search can be done for a particular toy.

The Toy Industry Association, Inc. at is =
an American organization which has Annual Lists of Top-Selling Toys from =
1994 to present at  Another =
interesting feature is Classic Toys at
/classic.html where there is a list of classic toys that are still on the =
market, along with their first year of introduction and current manufacture=
r.  The site also has the full text of Guide to Toys for Children Who are =
Blind or Visually Impaired at
blindcurrent/contents.htm and Fun Play, Safe Play: A Guide from the Toy =
Industry Foundation at
sp.html .
The U.S. trade magazine Playthings is online at
  It covers the latest toy industry news and there are monthly lists of =
best selling toys starting in December 2000.

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
l  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 recently acquired books on library management =
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]

Giesecke, Joan - Practical strategies for library managers. Chicago : =
American Library Association,
2001. Call #: PROF 025 .1 Gie =20
This book is intended to address the needs of library middle managers =
rather than top level managers and directors.  The author outlines =
strategies to be used to manage a unit regardless of whether the librarian'=
s role is as a department head, team leader or unit head.  It is comprised =
of ten chapters dealing with everything from planning and decision making =
skills to how to take charge of a library department. =20

Weingand, Darlene E. - Administration of the small public library. 4th ed. =
Chicago : American Library
Association, 2001. Call #: PROF 025 .1974 Wei =20
This is the fourth revised edition of a book which has evolved into a =
standard text of educational preparation for library staff in small public =
libraries.  This edition builds on the previous third edition which placed =
emphasis on managing change, marketing the library and promoting the =
perception of the library as a business with customers as opposed to =
patrons.  This fourth edition introduces features and concepts such as =
selective dissemination of information (SDI), the importance of vision, =
service responses, multiple objective sets, the relationship between cost =
and demand, grantsmanship, program budgeting and non-monetary compensation.=
  The central theme of this book is that accountability is paramount in =
the minds of funding authorities and the library that demonstrates an =
essential involvement in the life of the community, with clear responses =
to identified community needs, is the library that will earn sufficient =
resources to continue and expand its role.

Credits go to:
Louise Spiteri, Assistant Professor, School of Library and Information =
studies, Dalhousie University
Marie DeYoung, Director, Library Services, NS Community College