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The Perfect Elevator Pitch

Posted by Govt Library and Info Mgmt Professionals Network on 2015-06-25

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LAC Partnership with the University of Ottawa

Posted by Govt Library and Info Mgmt Professionals Network on 2015-06-23

A partnership “bound” by knowledge between University of Ottawa and Library and Archives Canada

OTTAWA, June 23, 2015  —  Library and Archives Canada (LAC) and the University of Ottawa will collaborate in several key areas over the next five years to share expertise, knowledge and technology as well as support research and outreach initiatives.

This unique agreement—the first of its kind signed with a Canadian university—was announced today by Librarian and Archivist of Canada Guy Berthiaume, University of Ottawa President Allan Rock and University Librarian Leslie Weir.

“I’m extremely pleased that Library and Archives Canada has shown a willingness to work together by signing this first memorandum of understanding with the University. And I’m doubly happy it’s with the University of Ottawa,” says Berthiaume. “The innovation and the skill level at the Library and the University’s School of Information Studies are well known across the country. I’m convinced this new partnership will position both our institutions at the cutting edge in library and archival sciences.”

“Being a bilingual, research-intensive university makes us a natural fit with Library and Archives Canada,” says Rock. “Our researchers and graduate students will enjoy greater access to the LAC’s wealth of indispensable resources and staff to support their research efforts—especially in the social sciences and humanities.”

As an example of the collaborations to be made possible by this partnership, LAC will work with students and staff at the University, providing advice and expertise to ensure the preservation of one of the University of Ottawa Library’s oldest and rarest books—Platonis Opera, a collection of Plato’s works, published in 1517.

“This unique collaboration will allow both Library and Archives Canada and the University of Ottawa to leverage the complimentary expertise and resources that exist at both of our great institutions,” says Weir. “I want to sincerely thank our partners at LAC for choosing the University of Ottawa as their first partner for this unique type of agreement.”

A coordination committee composed of four members from the University and four from LAC will recommend and evaluate possible projects to collaborate on.

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Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for Government

Posted by Govt Library and Info Mgmt Professionals Network on 2015-06-22

Gartner has identified the 10 most important technology trends for government in 2015 in order to help CIOs and IT leaders assess critical strategic technologies and plan their enterprises’ or agencies’ IT roadmaps.

  1. Digital Workplace
  2. Multichannel Citizen Engagement
  3. Open Any Data
  4. Citizen e-ID
  5. Edge Analytics
  6. Scalable Interoperability
  7. Digital Government Platforms
  8. Internet of Thingsance or public service delivery.
  9. Web-Scale IT
  10. Hybrid Cloud (and IT)

More at: Gartner Highlights Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for Government

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Call Letter for Library and Archives Canada’s New Contribution Program

Posted by Govt Library and Info Mgmt Professionals Network on 2015-06-12

June 12, 2015 – Gatineau, Que. – Library and Archives Canada (LAC)

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is pleased to announce the launch of its new Documentary Heritage Communities Program (DHCP). This contribution program is a collaborative approach which will ensure the outreach of Canada’s local documentary heritage communities.

The contributions will support the development of Canada’s local archival and library communities, as well as their professional associations, by increasing their capacity to preserve, provide access to and promote documentary heritage and will provide opportunities for local documentary heritage communities to evolve and remain sustainable.

LAC invites all eligible organizations to apply at their earliest convenience. The deadline for the 2015 funding cycle is September 4, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time.

Additional information on the DHCP, including eligibility criteria for organizations and initiatives can be found on LAC’s website or by contacting LAC at (819) 997-0893 or 1-844-757-8035 (toll-free in Canada and the US).

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Documentary Heritage Communities Program
Telephone: (819) 997-0893 or 1-844-757-8035 (toll-free in Canada and the US)

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Freshly Minted – Lydia Thorne

Posted by Govt Library and Info Mgmt Professionals Network on 2015-06-05

Lydia Thorne

MLIS Student, Faculty of Information and Media Studies, Western University

Photo of Lydia ThorneWhich information studies program are you attending?

I am in my third term of my MLIS degree at Western University (formerly the University of Western Ontario).

What are your current classes like? Which is your favorite so far, and why?

If I had to choose my favourite course to date, however, I would actually have to go with a mandatory course- Perspectives on Library and Information Science with Dr. D’Alton. The course was challenging (in the best way possible!) in that it allowed me to explore issues that are central to librarianship as a profession today. The perspectives, opinions, and beliefs outlined in this class have lead me to pursue my current research interests in scholarly communication, accessibility, and professional practice. They have also helped shape my own ideologies and beliefs, as a future information professional.

Is there one aspect of the profession that surprises you that you were not expecting when you started the program? What is it?

I think that I would have to say the diversity within the profession. Before entering the program, I had a pretty narrow idea of what being a “librarian” actually entailed- something that is definitely changing as I complete my MLIS!

What was it that initially drove you to librarianship?

Originally, I entered graduate school with the hopes of becoming a professor. However, during my MA, as a teaching assistant for a 200 level English Literature course, I realized that I was enjoying teaching my students how to research more than I liked teaching them the actual course subject matter. Becoming a librarian seemed like the next logical step.

If you could work anywhere, and do anything with information, what would your dream job look like?

My current dream job is to work in an academic library as a reference and instruction/ information literacy librarian.

If someone were considering going to library school, what would you advise them about?

Try to get as much practical experience as possible!

Also, don’t be afraid to ask questions- librarians are truly helpful people.

Finally, be open to where the degree leads you. Make sure to take classes that match your personal interests, even if they are outside your chosen concentration. You just never know where those interests might take you.

What do you think is the most important aspect of being an information professional today?

I think that the most important aspect of being an information professional today is flexibility or the ability and willingness to adapt to change. Libraries currently occupy an important role in the information sharing industry and I believe that they have significant part to play in the future. However, it is important to remember that information is currency, no matter what medium is used to access that information. So, more than anything, I think that we, as current and future information professionals, need to be open to change in order to market ourselves accordingly.

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Truth and Reconciliation Commission: Calls to Action for the Information Community

Posted by Govt Library and Info Mgmt Professionals Network on 2015-06-02

June 2, 2015

OTTAWA – The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada released its findings and calls to action today, following a six year mandate where the three Commissioners heard more than 6,750 survivor and witness statements from across the country after over a century of abuse at Indian Residential Schools.

The 94 calls to action represent the first step toward redressing the legacy of Indian Residential Schools and advancing the process of reconciliation, said the Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair, chair of the TRC.

“Starting now, we all have an opportunity to show leadership, courage and conviction in helping heal the wounds of the past as we make a path towards a more just, more fair and more loving country,” said Sinclair.

The calls to action include ones focused on the information management community:

Museums and Archives

67. We call upon the federal government to provide funding to the Canadian Museums Association to undertake, in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, a national review of museum policies and best practices to determine the level of compliance with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and to make recommendations.

68. We call upon the federal government, in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, and the Canadian Museums Association to mark the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation in 2017 by establishing a dedicated national funding program for commemoration projects on the theme of reconciliation.

69. We call upon Library and Archives Canada to:

i. Fully adopt and implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the United Nations   Joinet-Orentlicher Principles, as related to Aboriginal peoples’ inalienable right to know the truth about what happened and why, with regard to human rights violations committed against them in residential schools.

ii. Ensure that its record holdings related to residential schools are accessible to the public.

iii. Commit more resources to its public education materials and programming on residential schools.

70. We call upon the federal government to provide funding to the Canadian Association of Archivists to undertake, in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, a national review of archival policies and best practices to:

i. Determine the level of compliance with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the United Nations Joinet-Orentlicher Principles, as related to Aboriginal peoples’ inalienable right to know the truth about what happened and why, with regard to human rights violations committed against them in residential schools.

ii. Produce a report with recommendations for full implementation of these international mechanisms as a reconciliation framework for Canadian archives.

Missing Children and Burial Information

71. We call upon all chief coroners and provincial vital statistics agencies that have not provided to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada their records on the deaths of Aboriginal children in the care of residential school authorities to make these documents available to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.

72. We call upon the federal government to allocate sufficient resources to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation to allow it to develop and maintain the National Residential School Student Death Registry established by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

73. We call upon the federal government to work with churches, Aboriginal communities and former residential schools students to establish and maintain an online registry of residential school cemeteries, including where possible, plot maps showing the location of deceased residential school children.

74. We call upon the federal government to work with the churches and Aboriginal community leaders to inform the families of children who died at residential schools of the child’s burial location, and to respond to families wishes for appropriate commemoration ceremonies and markers, and reburial in home communities where requested.

75. We call upon the federal government to work with provincial, territorial, and municipal government, churches, Aboriginal communities, former residential school students, and current landowners to develop and implement strategies and procedures for the ongoing identification, documentation, maintenances, commemoration, and protection of residential school cemeteries or other sites at which residential school children were buried. This is to include the provision of appropriate memorial ceremonies and commemorative markers to honour the deceased children.

76. We call upon the parties engaged in the work of documenting, maintaining, commemorating, and protecting residential school cemeteries to adopt strategies in accordance with the following principles:

i. The Aboriginal community most affected shall lead he development of such strategies.

ii. Information shall be sought from residential school Survivors and other Knowledge Keepers in the development of such strategies.

iii. Aboriginal protocols shall be respected before any potentially invasive technical inspection and investigation of a cemetery site.

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

77. We call upon provincial, territorial, municipal, and community archives to work collaboratively with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation to identify and collect copies of all records relevant to the history and legacy of the residential school system, and to provide these to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.

78. We call upon the Government of Canada to commit to making a funding contribution of $10 million over seven years to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, plus an additional amount to assist communities to research and produce histories of their own residential school experience and their involvement in truth, healing, and reconciliation.

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Canadian Library Association Code of Conduct and Interim Procedures

Posted by Govt Library and Info Mgmt Professionals Network on 2015-06-02

Code of Conduct

The Canadian Library Association is committed to diversity, equity, and the free expression of ideas. These primary values are articulated in position statements regarding Ethics, Diversity and Inclusion, and Intellectual Freedom, and are consistent with the intent of this Code of Conduct.

CLA hosts conferences, meetings, and other events throughout the country in order to promote libraries through advocacy, research, policy development, and professional networking.

CLA is dedicated to providing a positive experience for participants, and expects attendees, speakers, exhibitors, volunteers, and staff to show respect and courtesy toward one another at all times.

CLA is committed to providing a harassment-free environment for everyone.

Harassment is understood as any behaviour that threatens another person or group, or produces an unsafe environment. It includes offensive verbal comments or non-verbal expressions related to gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, heritage, age, and religion. It also includes intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention, whether in-person or online.

CLA recognizes that its commitment to intellectual freedom brings a responsibility to provide space to raise and discuss contentious issues. CLA welcomes discussion and/or imagery related to controversial topics provided they are situated critically and respectfully.

Concerns about conduct related to this policy will be addressed in accordance with the CLA Code of Conduct Procedures document.

Adapted from codes of conduct developed by OLA, Code4Lib, CAPAL, and ALA.

Approved by the CLA Executive Council, June 2, 2015.

Code of Conduct Interim Procedures

In the event that a situation occurs identified in the Code of Conduct as inappropriate behaviour please contact any of the following: session convenor, CLA staff member, member of CLA Executive Council, Mike Ridley, Nancy E. Black.

For the purposes of these Interim Procedures, Mike Ridley and Nancy E. Black will collect information and assess the situation in accordance with the Code of Conduct to seek and/or determine the resolution. The assessment and review will be confidential in consideration for the individuals involved. Every effort will be made to resolve situations in a timely fashion.

Upon review/assessment, resolution(s) may take one, or more, of the following:

  • No action required
  • Resolve to the mutual satisfaction of the complainant and respondent
  • Re-direct to another more appropriate individual, service, agency
  • Determine if further consultation and a more formal resolution is required
  • If details of the incident must be communicated to a broader audience, determine what and how the information needs to be communicated and to whom
  • Once the matter has been resolved, prepare a confidential report for the CLA Executive Director

Upon assessment and review conducted by Mike Ridley and Nancy E. Black, if further action or communication is required for resolution, this will be determined and carried out. This includes any recommendations that may be warranted to resolve or avoid future situations.

This interim procedure is in place for the CLA Conference Ottawa 2015. Review of the procedures will take place following the conference and a final set of procedures will be developed by CLA.

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Volunteer Opportunity with Librarians Without Borders

Posted by Govt Library and Info Mgmt Professionals Network on 2015-06-02

Join Our Team

Join our team on a 4-month project as an Automation Specialist for our Chajul, Guatemala program.

Help us implement a small system with potentially huge impact.

Info here:

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University of Alberta Libraries – Academic Library Internship Program 2015/16

Posted by Govt Library and Info Mgmt Professionals Network on 2015-06-02

Competition No.  – A101726497
Closing Date  – Jun 05, 2015


The University of Alberta Libraries invites applications from recent library school graduates interested in pursuing a career in academic libraries. The internship appointment is for a one-year term.

Qualified applicants must:

  • Have graduated from an accredited Canadian library school program in 2014 or 2015
  • Commit to a one year contract appointment with the University of Alberta Libraries

The internships are intended to:

  • Provide experience to recent graduates interested in exploring a career in academic libraries
  • Provide an opportunity to discover the multitude of opportunities within an academic library setting
  • Create mentoring and networking opportunities for recent graduates as well as provide for professional development and training

It is anticipated that the successful candidates will assume a variety of assignments appropriate for an introductory appointment. This year, the University of Alberta Libraries is particularly interested in candidates who have an interest in open data or the humanities and social sciences. Successful candidates will possess an enthusiastic service attitude, excellent communication skills and the ability to adapt to change and a variety of clients. All candidates will also possess superior information management skills.

For more information about applying, please see:

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Canadian Library Association Announces 2015–2016 Executive Council

Posted by Govt Library and Info Mgmt Professionals Network on 2015-06-01

June 1, 2015

It is with great pleasure that the CLA Executive Council announces that the following CLA members have been elected as Councillors-at-Large for a two year term (2015 – 2017) that begins immediately following the CLA 2015 Annual General Meeting:

  • Christina Hwang (Edmonton)
  • Colleen Murphy (Regina)

Please join us in congratulating and welcoming these two Members.

The Canadian Library Association 2015 – 2016 Executive Council is comprised of the following:

  • Sandra Singh (Vancouver), President (June 2015 – June 2016)
  • Rosemary Bonanno (Nanaimo), Vice President/President-Elect (June 2015 – June 2016)
  • Michael Ridley (Guelph), Treasurer (June 2015 – June 2016)
  • Marie DeYoung (Halifax), Past-President (June 2015 – June 2016)
  • Virginia Clevette (Edmonton), Councillor-at-Large (June 2015 – June 2017)
  • Christina Hwang (Edmonton), Councillor-at-Large (June 2015 – June 2017)
  • Colleen Murphy (Regina), Councillor-at-Large (June 2015 – June 2017)

CLA would like to express sincere appreciation and thanks to outgoing Executive Council members: Councillors at-Large Jim Bennett (Ottawa, Ontario), Peggy D’Orsay (Whitehorse, Yukon) and Jane Schmidt (Toronto, Ontario) and Past-President Pilar Martinez (Edmonton, Alberta). Their contribution to CLA and its Executive Council has been invaluable.

We would like to thank all those who expressed an interest in serving on the CLA Executive Council by letting their name stand in the recent election. It is a testament to the passion and dedication that the library and information community have for the issues of importance to them and for its national association.

For more information please contact Valoree McKay, CLA Executive Director, at

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