#1Lib1Ref Initiative

The #1Lib1Ref (One Librarian, One Reference) initiative is running January 15 - February 3, 2017.  The project targets librarians and information professionals and encourages them to engage with Wikipedia by improving citations and adding citations to existing pages.  The skills required to add citations draw on a lot of the research and reference skills that … Continue reading #1Lib1Ref Initiative

Friday Reading: Gender and Outreach

A weeks end look back at some of the archives, public history, and library world readings that I've been pondering on this week. Gender in Libraries: "If You Give a Librarian A Cookie" a great post by Dani Brecher Cook on the gendered work, the challenges of letting gender expectations control actions, and the need to … Continue reading Friday Reading: Gender and Outreach

Interactive Libraries: the New Halifax Central Library

Image from Wikimedia Commons, CitobunThe Current on CBC has been running a series recently focused on all elements of design.  By Design looks at traditional design as well as new technologies, education practices, and other human constructed ideas that shape our world.  This week By Design featured a segment on designing libraries in a digital … Continue reading Interactive Libraries: the New Halifax Central Library

Community Conversations and Libraries

Earlier this week I attended a music night at my local public library.  The night featured a couple of local musicians as well as Tenpenny Bit a traditional music group from out of town.  The evening was free to attend (but a number of people did give small donations), included a couple of hours of … Continue reading Community Conversations and Libraries

Digital Libraries and National Digitization Programmes: How Does Canada Compare?

My most recent post, Digital Libraries and National Digitization Programmes, can be seen over on ActiveHistory.ca.  The post looks at digitization initiatives in the United States, Norway, and the United Kingdom in comparison to recent efforts by Library and Archives Canada to begin a large scale digitization project.

Checkout a Person: National Human Library Day

Tomorrow, January 26th 2013,  is National Human Library Day in Canada.  The day is sponsored by CBC and invites Canadians to interact with 'human books' at 15 libraries and cultural centers across the country.  The CBC is also hosting an online component of the program where individuals can interact with human books via webcam, text, … Continue reading Checkout a Person: National Human Library Day

Digital Publishing and Contents Magazine

If you haven't already stumbled across Contents Magazine go check it out. Contents is a digital 'magazine' platform that releases issues in segments, a typical issue takes about eight weeks to appear on the site.  The magazine focuses on "readers who create, edit, publish, analyze, and care for the contents of the internet."  A lot … Continue reading Digital Publishing and Contents Magazine

Small Town Gossip and E-Books

Anyone who has ever lived in a small town has probably experienced the power of the small town social grapevine at one point or another.  You told one person news or did something unusual and suddenly the everyone you run into is asking you about it.  Sometimes it feels as though people are by hyper-aware … Continue reading Small Town Gossip and E-Books

Friday Links

It's Friday and it is pouring rain outside.  I figure the weather calls for some public history cheer. The #whatshouldwecallarchives Tumblr feed is fantastic.  It animates and pokes fun at a lot of common archival problems and concerns. A college of mine recently spoke on CBC radio's Points North program about the work the Shingwauk Residential … Continue reading Friday Links

Architecture and Heritage Institutions

Resnick PavilionArchitecture and design can have a huge impact on how a space is used.  This is true in family homes, libraries, art galleries, museums, and buildings of all shapes and sizes.  How space is configured, materials used, the amount of natural light, and numerous other factors impact how visitors perceive a heritage institution.  Architectural … Continue reading Architecture and Heritage Institutions