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Poster Sessions (Day 2)

    Integrating Intercultural Competencies in Memorial University of Newfoundland Libraries
    Authors: Jeannie Bail, Information Services Librarian; Aaron Goulding, Senior IT Consultant, Digital Media Centre; Steve Lawlor, Manager, Fellowships and Awards, School of Graduate Studies

    This poster, which developed out of an International Educators’ Training Program (IETP) workshop held at Memorial University in November 2011, outlines some of the international programming the Queen Elizabeth II Library has initiated to date. Future plans are also discussed, and it is hoped that the poster will generate new ideas and suggestions for more ways to incorporate international activities into the library.


    The Linux Terminal Sever Pilot Project
    Author: Chuck Hubbard, Nova Scotia Provincial Library

    The Linux terminal server pilot project was a joint effort between the Nova Scotia Provincial Library and South Shore Public Libraries to see if a Linux terminal server is a viable way to deliver public access computing in a public library setting.  Public access computers in Nova Scotia public libraries are primarily Windows based and these terminals need to replaced on average every 4 years at a cost of thousands of dollars.  This cost doesn't take into account the time it takes staff to update hardware and software.  A Linux terminal server setup saves in both money and time by using existing Windows computers as dumb-terminals (forgoing the need to replace terminals every 4 years) and having to only update the software on the server instead of many stand-alone machines. This poster presenter is Chuck Hubbard of the Nova Scotia Provincial Library.


    The Theology of Information Seeking: Understanding Church Leaders’ Source Selection in a Digital World
    Author: David Michels, Dalhousie University 

    Research over the last fifteen years has demonstrated the growth of religious activities online.  These online engagements have raised concerns about the erosion of traditional religious authority.  Information seekers can now easily interact with beliefs and practices outside their religious traditions.  As one Pastor respondent noted, “ten years ago you wouldn’t have stumbled across that…it wouldn’t have been in your local bookstore.”  Yet contrary to these assumptions, some recent research suggests that traditional authorities are often reinforced rather than eroded in online environments.  In my ethnographic study of information seeking of church leaders, many respondents cited orthodoxy as an essential criterion in source selection.  However, sources actually used were from diverse and frequently contradictory theological sources, often accessed online.  I explore this apparent contradiction, and how leaders manage conflicting information, by considering two ideas: the role of information mediators (the “pastor filter”), and North American evangelicalism as theological “kaleidoscope”.


    We’ll go it alone: managing copyright on campus without an Access Copyright license
    Author: Erin MacPherson, MLIS Student, Dalhousie University and staff member of the MacRae Library, Nova Scotia Agricultural College


    Many post-secondary institutions that have opted-out of the Access Copyright Interim Post-Secondary Educational Tariff are seeking other methods to manage copyright on campus. As of August 2nd, 2011, approximately 25% (32 Canadian universities) had opted out of the Interim Tariff, with two more to opt-out in 2012 (Knopf, 2011). These universities are relying on the fair dealing exemption in the Copyright Act, existing digital licenses, and other options such as open access materials. It is difficult to determine if these options provide sufficient usage rights and copyright protection as a result of opting-out of an Access Copyright license. This poster will answer several basic questions about these options and changes to the upcoming Copyright Act and will provide recommendations to assist universities in a decision about the options. The poster will also outline several features of the recent model copyright license agreement between Access Copyright and the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada. The information on this poster does not constitute legal advice and is the personal opinion of the author. This information does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the author’s employer or Dalhousie University.

    Treasuring our Treasures: Special Books at UNB Saint John
    Author: Janet Fraser, University of New Brunswick, Hans W. Klohn Commons


    Over the past 50 years UNBSJ faculty and librarians have acquired many book treasures for both Special Collections and the general stacks. Since there has been very little promotion of these treasures until very recently, a great number of these books have remained hidden, or if on the surface, in shadow. In my poster presentation I will give examples of how collections such as our Science Fiction and Fantasy Collection, one of the best collections of its kind in the world, is being publicized through exhibits and a website, and discuss the planned digitization of many rare science fiction materials. I will also discuss our unusual “Beat” collection and some of its special features. Included too, will be examples of our wonderful author features, such as the recent reading and book display celebration of the 100th birthday of the late, great Canadian poet Irving Layton.


    Marine Information and Policy-Making Processes: Tracing Information Pathways
    Authors: Suzuette S. Soomai and Bertrum H. MacDonald, School of Information Management, Faculty of Management, Dalhousie University; Elizabeth M. De Santo, Marine Affairs Program, Faculty of Management, Dalhousie University; Peter G. Wells, School for Resource and Environmental Studies, Faculty of Management, Dalhousie University, and International Ocean Institute


    The critical role of scientific information in marine environmental policy-making in the evolving digital age is currently understudied. This poster will present results of an interdisciplinary research program (based in the School of Information Management), which is examining the use and influence of government-sponsored, marine publications, categorized as grey literature.  Globally, grey literature is a major resource for informing public policy but can remain hidden from use even in the face of rapidly developing digital technologies. This research focuses on information and its use in policy-making processes, documenting information pathways, and identifying barriers and enablers to information flow. Data obtained by several research methods were combined to measure awareness, use, and influence of reports produced by selected governmental and intergovernmental organizations, including the Province of Nova Scotia. While produced for different audiences and in different formats, all stakeholders considered environmental reports to be important information on ocean and coastal issues. Challenges in raising awareness of such information include communication to diverse audiences, engaging the public outside of established knowledge networks, and increasing use of different media.

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