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12:00pm

Poster Sessions (Day 1)

    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.


    3D Printing & Libraries
    Authors: Riel Gallant and Michael Groenendyk, Dalhousie University

     

    Through the support of Dalhouise libraries, CBCL Ltd. Engineering Consultants and Nova Scotia Museum, Riel Gallant and Michael Groenendyk are exploring new 3D printing and scanning technologies and how these technologies could impact the future of library services and collections. As part of their research they currently creating a repository of 3D digital models, including fossils, jewelry, buildings and car parts, that will be made available to students at the end of the summer. Students will be able to download and modify these digital objects, as well as physically recreate them on a MakerBot Replicator 3D printer.

     

    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.

     

    A Health Policy Language for Nova Scotia: a Dalhousie School of Information Management Reading Course project
    Authors: Jackie Phinney, Dalhousie School of Information Management MLIS Class of 2012, Dr. Jacqueline MacDonald, triDistrict Manager, Annapolis Valley Health, South Shore Health, South West Health, Dr. Louise Spiteri, Director, Dalhousie School of Information Management

     

    In 2007, the CEOs of Nova Scotia's nine District Health Authorities and the IWK Hospital established the OP3 Committee (One Province, One Process, One Policy) to work toward shared health policies. An identified obstacle to shared policy development is the lack of a common language: As new policies are written, terms are defined by the writer without reference to either a common glossary or   to terms and definitions in existing policies.  This project developed  a systematic approach to establishing common definitions of terms for shared policy development.  Methods used included assessment of information needs, and the identification, evaluation and comparison  of existing health and policy nomenclatures.  Outcomes of the project include a pre-existing meta thesaurus and local glossary to meet the Committee’s needs.

     

    Our Science, Our History: Hidden Treasures Online from the Nova Scotian Institute of Science
    Author: Michelle Paon, Dalhousie University Libraries

     

    Did you know that Nova Scotia mackerel were once described as “pouty and greedy”?  Or that certain boulders in Nova Scotia survived a storm-tossed history? In January 2012, the Dalhousie Libraries officially launched the online Proceedings of the Nova Scotian Institute of Science, one of the country’s oldest scientific journals. The project makes available free of charge on the internet, the first 120 years of the publication. During that period, from 1863 to 1984, some 900 articles were published in the journal, representing the work of over 400 authors. The online Proceedings capture the excitement and dedication of natural historians and provide insights into biological and geological discoveries of early scientists in Nova Scotia. The articles can provide primary source material for students and researchers and will appeal to those who enjoy Nova Scotia history.


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12:00pm

Poster Sessions Continued (Day 1)

    BIG Data, Social Data: Targeted Harnessing of Transient Micro-Blogging Data
    Author: Sreejata Chatterjee, Dalhousie University, Faculty of Computer Science

     

    There are huge amounts of real-time social media data being created every moment. For example, ~230 million tweets are posted daily by Twitter?s 200 million users.

    If harnessed, it can provide a great wealth of insight into what people are thinking about and what they like or dislike. For instance, Twitter data has already proven to be useful in a number of different contexts: monitoring elections to predicting stock market trends to conducting brand monitoring and PR campaigns. However, social media data tend to be noisy and ephemeral. Furthermore, social media companies often limit the amount of data one can access automatically at any point of time, making this rich source of transient data difficult to collect. In this project, we propose an architecture to collect, store and serve augmented Twitter data while bounded by the above limitations.

     

    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”.

     

    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.

     

    AcademiaMap Dashboard: Visualizing Scholarly Networks on Twitter
    Author: Melissa Anez, Dalhousie School of Information Management./Social Media Lab

     

    AcademiaMap Dashboard is an Online Influence Assessment Application designed for scholars. It helps to filter the "noise" from Twitter streams by using various "influence" metrics, and provides an easy way to identify trending topics and interesting voices to follow on Twitter. 

    The dashboard interface displays tweets using a color-coded system based on the profession or role of the tweeter, alongside other relevant information such as the Tweeter's number of followers, location, and Klout score.

     

    The Nova Scotia Cochrane Resource Centre: Embedded Information Specialists in a Health Knowledge Synthesis Environment
    Authors: Robin Parker, Nova Scotia Cochrane Resource Centre, Research Methods Unit and Capital Health Library Services; Sarah Visintini, Dalhousie University School of Information Management MLIS Practicum Student; Lara Killian, Nova Scotia Cochrane Resource Centre; Jessica Babineau, Nova Scotia Cochrane Resource Centre; Barbara Hill-Taylor, Nova Scotia Cochrane Resource Centre and College of Pharmacy, Dalhousie University; Jill Hayden, Nova Scotia Cochrane Resource Centre and Dept. of Community Health & Epidemiology, Dalhousie University

     

    The Nova Scotia Cochrane Resource Centre (NSCRC) was established in 2009 through the joint efforts of the Canadian Cochrane Network & Centre, the international Cochrane Collaboration, and centre Lead, Dr. Jill Hayden and is a regional site of the Canadian Centre. With the support of the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation, the NSCRC has since pursued the mandates of building a strong local support network, providing training opportunities, and facilitating the uptake of health research evidence by local decision-makers. This poster describes the progress of the NSCRC in providing knowledge synthesis resources and training with a focus on the roles of the information specialists on the team.


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12:00pm

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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