The Non-Traditional Library Practicum Experience

This post was written by Norm Barry, a second year library technician student studying at Langara College about a practicum placement outside of the library field.

An opportunity arose through the Library Tech Practicum program for me to work part-time at a Non-Traditional Library to complete a further 70 hours of practicum time in the Spring Semester of 2016, March through May.

The practicum was to be done with the Westbank (West Kelowna) Museum and Archives

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Phil the Web Crawler – LAC Privatization, Public Access to Research, and Surveillance and the Power of Data.

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– Library and Archives Canada private deal would take millions of documents out of public domain.

– Heritage minister looks at restoring local archives program.

– Visit proves there’s still a place for public libraries.

– Universities and Libraries Envision a ‘Federated System’ for Public Access to Research.

– Publishers Propose Public-Private Partnership to Support Access to Research.

– Leading virtual reference and patron support software, Mosio’s Text a Librarian is now Mosio for Libraries.

– PwC: the U.S. consumer ebook market will be bigger than the print book market by 2017.

– Will the latest NSA surveillance scandal be a wake-up call about the power of data?

– Amazon In France: French Culture Minister Calls Website ‘Destructive For Booksellers’.

– Soon you’ll be able to read iBooks on your Mac.

Phil the Web Crawler – Toddlers’ iPad addiction, archiving for the future, Dear Diary and a reminder about those overdue books!

IMG_1495– Toddlers need treatment for iPad addiction?

– A first look at the Digital Public Library of America.

– Five Online Communities changing the way publishers interact with readers.

– How to archive for the future? Daniel Caron and Eric Mechoulan at Berkman.

– Wikipedia is now drawing facts from the Wikidata repository, and so can you.

– collectionHQ expands collection development tools to eBook titles.

– Court backs artist in Rasta case: less copyright control for image owners?

– Dear Diary: the role of a personal journal in the digital age.

– It’s never too late to turn in those overdue books: Books returned to Toronto library, 200 years overdue.

Phil the Web Crawler – VPL thriving in digital age, 2012 year of the e-single, Twitter opens your archive and dine out on words at Bookateria.


– The Vancouver Public Library: Thriving in a digital age.

– Who’s to blame for the Instagram debacle? Take a look in the mirror.

– Why 2012 was the year of the e-single.

– Macmillan CEO: No, we won’t settle with the DOJ in the ebooks case.

– Penguin settles with Department of Justice in ebook pricing case.

– Ebook prices aren’t dropping faster because they weren’t too high before.

– Quora wants to go head-to-head with Wikipedia — and maybe Google too.

– 65,000 tweets in 2 minutes: Twitter officially opens your archive.

– Amazon’s super-duper data pipeline is now ready for its close-up.

– Publishers Lunch opens online bookstore, Bookateria.

Phil the Web Crawler – Shhhhhhhtereotype, Dr. Livingstone in living colour, resume screening software, Big Data and Colbert’s children’s book No. 1

– Top Libraries in U.S. and Canada Issue Statement Demanding Better Ebook Services.

– Barnes and Noble speaks out about the US Department of Justice (DOJ) eBook price fixing law suit against major publishers.

-University of Alberta’s Christine Brown organizes some cool summer support for LAC-BAC.

– The continuing drive for more accountability in academe presents “a unique opportunity” for libraries.

– Author’s Guild vs. Google Books is now a class action lawsuit.

– Stephen Colbert’s children’s book tops the bestseller list.

– Do you have a favourite book in hardcover signed in person by the author?  You might want to hang onto it.  Hermetically seal it.  As author signings are now going digital.

– Teen books and obscenity. New study suggests teen books are full of swearing and obscenity, usually by attractive characters.

– Real Time iPad collaboration across the planet?  There’s an app for that.

– Are book covers dead?  Maybe, maybe not.

– And finally a fitting tribute to Ray Bradbury, a terrific author who fed our imagination with visions of the future.

Phil the Web Crawler – Pinterest for libraries, Access Copyright agreement (and disagreement), ancient texts, death of radio drama, archiving ‘Occupy’ and a bullet proof iPhone case.

– Thanks to Sylvia Nurse for this tip.  Pinterest: Revolutionizing the Way Libraries Are Used.

– Recruiters Only Look at Your Resume for an Average of Six Seconds and This Is What They See.

– Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada reaches agreement with Access Copyright (thanks Allan Webner for spotting this).

– Not everyone is happy with the new Access Copyright agreement.  Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) urges institutions to refuse to enter into the model license.

– Book world expresses disappointment, outrage over Pulitzer snub.

Here is an interesting item on eReaders and accessibility.  Included in the article is a great link to a detailed webinar on eReader accessibility.

– Registration Now Open for the TD National Reading Summit III May 2 – 4, 2012, Vancouver, B.C.

– Vatican, Bodleian Libraries will publish millions of ancient texts online.  Works that will be available for perusal will include Gutenberg’s Bible, believed to be the first text ever printed.

– The Eastern Washington Federal District Court ruled that the North Central Regional Library (NCRL) is not violating the First Amendment in how it filters Internet content on library computers.

– This week it was announced that the drama department at CBC Radio will soon be no more.  Scroll down, close your eyes and listen to the 3d hour of CBC Sunday Edition’s tribute to the theatre of the mind.

On the same edition of CBC Sunday Edition Indigo’s Heather Reisman gives her views on eBooks and the state of the book publishing industry in Canada.

– Seems like everyone is picking on the CBC these days.  Now a coalition representing private radio in Canada wants to shut down CBC’s new free music service.

– For Archivists, ‘Occupy’ Movement Presents New Challenges.

– Hey Boys and Girls!  Be the first on your block to get a bulletproof iPhone case!

Items of Interest

UBC has posted a handy overview of how Bill C-11 would affect copyright for Canadian education, plus some personal use info.  Read it here.

Seen on the SLA Science-Technology Division listserv (applies to US, but may inspire similar action here):

Publishers Applaud “Research Works Act,” Bipartisan Legislation To End Government Mandates on Private-Sector Scholarly Publishing

“The Research Works Act will prohibit federal agencies from unauthorized free public dissemination of journal articles that report on research which, to some degree, has been federally-funded but is produced and published by private sector publishers receiving no such funding. It would also prevent non-government authors from being required to agree to such free distribution of these works. Additionally, it would preempt federal agencies’ planned funding, development and back-office administration of their own electronic repositories for such works, which would duplicate existing copyright-protected systems and unfairly compete with established university, society and commercial publishers.”

Speaking of publishers… Timothy Gower, award-winning Cambridge mathematician, recently blogged on the crimes of Elsevier as an academic publisher (particularly against academic libraries): Elsevier — my part in its downfall. He advocates pressuring them to change by not participating in Elsevier-published journals. Interesting discussion of this issue and open access academic publishing in the comments. Thanks to the SLA Science-Technology Division listserv for another goodie.

Andornot Consulting’s recent newsletter featured an interesting article on issues in digital archiving of government data: Today’s Digital Documents Are Tomorrow’s Dinosaurs (Rob Hummel & Jimmy Kemp, Washington Times).

US federal library recruiters offer useful advice to jobhunters on SLA’s Future Ready 365 blog here.

On a lighter note, if you haven’t seen this video by Toronto bookstore Type it’s well worth a look.  Clever stop-motion short about what the books get up to after hours.

Finally, on a lighter note yet, check out this Librarian’s Guide to Etiquette post about library theft.  The comments are funnier than the post!