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COVID-19 Lockdowns Limit Access to National Library and Archive Collections (CJFC Today, February 10)
This article looks at the impact on Canadian social sciences and humanities research caused by the limited access to LAC collections, as well as recent efforts by the organization to shift to digital services. Read more

La recherche bloquée par manque d’accès aux archives (C. Lalonde, Le Devoir, 2 février)
Cet article examine les répercussions sur la recherche canadienne en sciences sociales et humaines causées par l'accès limité aux collections de BAC et BAnQ, ainsi que les efforts récents de BAnQ pour passer aux services numériques. Lire la suite
@_BAnQ  @BiblioArchives

Ottawa Public Library–Library and Archives Canada Joint Facility: A Landmark Cultural Infrastructure Project Pointing the Way to a Greener Future (Library and Archives Canada, February 8)
Installation partagée de la Bibliothèque publique d’Ottawa et de Bibliothèque et Archives Canada : une infrastructure culturelle phare pour un avenir plus vert (Bibliothèque et Archives Canada, 8 février)
In addition to complying with LEED Gold standard, this announcement outlines additional “enhancements to achieve net-zero carbon” that are planned for the new joint Ottawa Public Library –Library and Archives Canada facility. // En plus de se conformer à la norme LEED Or, cette annonce décrit d'autres « améliorations visant à atteindre la norme carbone net zéro » qui sont prévues pour la nouvelle installation conjointe de la Bibliothèque publique d'Ottawa - Bibliothèque et Archives Canada. Read more Lire la suite
@LibraryArchives @BiblioArchives

COAR Launches the “Notify Project” (COAR, February 5)
“In a practical sense, this model will enable a researcher to deposit an article (or other types of research output) into any compliant repository, choose from a list of peer review services and overlay journals, and request a review. The repository will send an automated message to the peer review service, and further bilateral interactions between the author(s), and the overlay review service(s) will be automated.” Read more

Articles & Reports | Articles et rapports

How Indigenous People and Vancouver Librarians Are Redrawing Family Trees that Colonialism nearly Erased (A. Jacobson, Globe & Mail, February 3)
This article presents personal stories of those who have participated in the Connections to Kith and Kin program, a collaboration between Vancouver Public Library and LAC. The program “pairs skilled archivists with community members to help comb the often-overlooked mountain of Indigenous records maintained by Library and Archives Canada” in order to assemble genealogical information. Read more
@LibraryArchives  @VPL

Indigenous Canada: A Massive, Open, Online Course (MOOC) Worth Taking (J. Dekker, Open Shelf, February 6)
Dekker presents an overview of the ‘Indigenous Canada’ MOOC developed by University of Alberta Faculty of Native Studies professors Dr. Tracy Bear and Dr. Paul L. Gareau. The article summarizes the pedagogical approach, audio-visual components, as well as implementation at Dekker’s home institution, the University of Ottawa. Read more

Canadian Copyright 2020 Year in Review (F. Larose, N. Zener, M. Brandsma and P. Etkin, Bereskin & Parr, January 29)
This post summarizes Canada’s copyright-related court decisions and legislative changes in 2020. Read more

Why 2021 Is Setting Up to Be a Pivotal Year for Digital Content in Libraries (S. Feldman, Publishers Weekly, February 5)
This article provides a good overview of the advances made in recent months regarding the provision of digital content via libraries, as well as the challenges ahead. Read more
@sari_feldman  @PublishersWkly

Mobilising Libraries for Cultural Diversity: Next-Steps Informed by the UNESCO 2005 Convention (IFLA, February 10)
This article summarizes IFLA’s takeaways from observing UNESCO’s 14th Session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, which took place February 1-5. Read more

Research Article: Robustifying Links To Combat Reference Rot (S. M. Jones, M. Klein, & H. Van de Sompel, Code4Lib Journal, Issue 50, February 10)
“Links to web resources frequently break, and linked content can change at unpredictable rates. [...] In this paper, we highlight the significance of reference rot, provide an overview of existing techniques and their characteristics to address it, and introduce our Robust Links approach, including its web service and underlying API.” Read more
@code4lib  @shawnmjones @mart1nkle1n  @hvdsomp

Opening up the Library: Transforming our Policies, Practices and Structures (J. Ball , G. Stone, & S. Thompson, LIBER Quarterly, Volume 31, Issue 1, February 5) 
“The article argues that while libraries play an instrumental role in driving a transition to open science within their institutions this is not reflected in libraries’ approaches to collection development, which are still predicated on purchased content. Libraries are keen to demonstrate that their purchased content is relevant to users, often promoting ‘expensive’ purchased collections over open content.” Read more
@joanna_ball  @Graham_Stone  @sarah_thomp5263  @LIBEReurope

Announcements | Annonces

Call for Survey Participants: Canadian Digital Research Infrastructure Needs Assessment
Appel pour participants au sondage: Évaluation canadienne des besoins en matière de recherche numérique

“The survey is open to all Canadian researchers, regardless of their discipline, current use of DRI tools or research experience. Completion of the survey takes about 20 minutes, and will help inform our 2022-25 Strategic Plan.” Deadline: February 22. // Le sondage « est ouvert à tous les chercheurs canadiens, quelle que soit leur discipline, leur utilisation actuelle des outils de l’IRN ou leur expérience de recherche. Il ne vous faudra que’ vingt minutes pour remplir le questionnaire et les résultats du sondage seront utilisés pour élaborer notre plan stratégique 2022-2025. » Date limite: 22 février. More information Détails

Call for Expressions of Interest: National Heritage Digitization Strategy (NHDS) Advisory Committee
"Membership in the NHDS Advisory Committee is limited to Canadian public or not-for-profit GLAM (gallery, library, archives, and museum) organizations, committed to, and with a demonstrated investment in the digitization of, preservation of, and access to Canadian heritage." Deadline: February 23More information

Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week 2021 to Be Celebrated February 22–26
ARL suggests a number of ways to participate in the international celebration of these essential copyright exceptions, and provides a list of resources on the subject. More information

Getting Started with WIPO -- February 16, 9 a.m. CET (3 a.m. ET) and 16.00 CET (10 a.m. ET)
This webinar is an opportunity “to introduce library professionals to the work of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and how the international library community engages at WIPO.”  Two separate sessions are being offered. More information

ACRL Membership Funding for BIPOC Library Workers
"The ACRL Board of Directors has approved funds to support up to 50 memberships for ALA and ACRL (a value of over $200 per membership) for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) library workers, especially those who serve underrepresented populations." Application deadline: February 22. More information

Free Webinar: The Assessment in Action Roadshow: Four Years of Facilitating Library Assessment of Student Learning and Success -- February 23, 11 a.m. CT, 12 p.m. ET 
From Project Outcome: “As the Assessment in Action Roadshow is nearing the four-year mark of establishment, you will hear from Brandy Whitlock, Assessment in Action Roadshow Coordinator, and Sara Lowe, Assessment in Action Roadshow facilitator, about their work in providing a curriculum that helps academic librarians develop assessment projects to investigate the impacts of libraries on student learning and success.” More information


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