Library and Archives Canada vs. Librarians and Archivists in Canada

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By , April 22, 2013 9:00 am

by Tal Noznisky

Last March, Canadian libraries got caught in a quick swell of fear and worry over the freedom of expression. The Library and Archives Canada (“LAC”), employer of public service librarians, served their staff with a new set of professional guidelines. Many who commented on the new rules, entitled “Code of Conduct: Values and Ethics”  reviled it. Boing Boing’s (and former Canadian library-worker) Cory Doctorow tagged it “censorship” and “surveillance.” Library Journal’s Annoyed Librarian called it totalitarian. What happened?


National Archives of Canada

National Archives of Canada


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April LLOPS Program

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By , April 19, 2013 12:37 pm

April LLOPS Program
Wednesday, April 24th 12-1pm

K & L Gates
925 4th Avenue
Suite 2900 * Conference Room 10
Seattle, WA  98104

Warner Miller, Firm-wide Manager of Reference and Research Services at K & L Gates, will present “How to Use Social Media to Attract Clients and Build a Rich Professional Network (While Staying Out of Trouble).”

This program should appeal to anyone providing reference, business development or marketing research support.

The Wonderful World of Online Encyclopedias

By , April 17, 2013 5:30 pm

by Grace Feldman

This post has been adapted from a post on the Gallagher Law Library blog.

Do you remember the hilarious “Friends” episode where Joey wants to buy an encyclopedia set but can only afford to buy one volume, so he chooses the “V” volume and learns everything beginning with the letter “V”? With an encyclopedia, he became an unstoppable force of interesting facts, beginning with the letter “V”!


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Washington: 2010 Population and Housing Unit Counts

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By , April 8, 2013 8:27 am
Population and Housing Unit Counts

Washington: 2010 Population and Housing Unit Counts

by Grace Feldman

Did you know that the first U.S. Census in 1790 counted a population of 3.9 million (including slaves but not Native Americans), and the recent 2010 census counted over 308 million people! The Decennial Census is a fantastic resource and there are probably about 308 millions reasons why.

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A Game of Terms

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By , April 2, 2013 5:51 pm

by Tal Noznisky

Library-publisher relations reappeared slightly in the tech news circuit last week. The Journal of Library Administration’s editorial board resigned amid a stalemate with their publisher, Taylor and Francis, over licensing terms. Tech-happy blogs inferred hacktivist intent behind the board’s decision. They vilified T&F and praised JLA’s editors as open access heroes. A thin parallel to Aaron Schwartz was also drawn into the narrative.
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