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IM Public Lecture: Mining rich seams: managing electronic government information

 

John Stegenga, National Library of Canada, and David McDonald, NS Legislative Library 

 

Co-sponsored by SIM and CASLIS Atlantic

 

Date:                Thursday October 25 2007

Time:                6:30pm for a 7:00pm start

Location:          Executive Training Suite (Rowe 3089), Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building

 

ABSTRACT

Government information delivered online -- a veritable El Dorado of information, literally at our fingertips, accessible 24/7, available in all "shapes and sizes", and often packaged in ways surprisingly different and unique from what we have known or expect.... Yet, it has challenges: it all too easily comes and goes, it morphs under our very eyes, and once gone may be virtually lost without a trace. A challenge? - Yes. Do we or should we care? What has this information revolution meant for you? How could you and the organizations you will or currently work for respond? 

 

Join Dalhousie's School of Information Management and CASLIS Atlantic to learn how national and provincial programs are beginning to get their minds around this challenge, how they are "mining the ores" of government information.  John Stegenga of Library and Archives Canada and NS Legislative Library's David McDonald will describe efforts to preserve Canadian digital government documents and websites.

 

BIOS

A veteran of Library and Archives Canada (and formerly of the National Library of Canada) since the mid 70's, John Stegenga has managed the Legal Deposit program for the last decade. Recently involved in the re-crafting of the Legal Deposit regulations to encompass Canadian online publications, his attention is increasingly turning toward the question of archiving the elusive digital universe! His presentation will touch on such topics as the structure and application of the Regulations to online publishing, the way Legal Deposit intersects with other programs and its relationship with web harvesting. Questions and discussion are most welcomed!

 

David McDonald originally started out counting beans as an accountant, but decided counting books would be more fun.  It definitely is.  David is a Dalhousie MLIS graduate and has worked at the Nova Scotia Legislative Library since 2003 as the Systems and Library Technology Manager.  Since he arrived, he has actively promoted increased accessibility to the incredibly diverse collection of the library.  To that end he has participated in digitizing some of the library's more interesting materials that were used in web-based tributes to Joseph Howe and Evangeline.  Most recently he has participated in the Democracy 250 project.  Now he is working on finding an easy, frugal way to make the myriad of government digital documents easily accessible to the general public for years to come.

 

 

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JoAnn Watson, MSLIS
MLIS Programme Coordinator
School of Information Management
Faculty of Management
Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building

Dalhousie University
6100 University Avenue
Halifax, Nova Scotia

B3H 3J5

 

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