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Wednesday, June 9 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Transplanting the Open Library: From Denmark with Love to Rural Nova Scotia [Pre-recorded with In-person Q & A]

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A presentation highlighting the challenges of implementation and management of Open Library technology in the socio-economic climate of rural Nova Scotia. An Open Library is a library that uses technology to offer extended public access, in addition to the regular staffed hours. With grant funding, Eastern Counties Regional Library (ECRL) implemented the first Open Library in Canada outside the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area at Guysborough, Nova Scotia. The presenters travelled to Denmark in June 2019 and applied their acquired knowledge to this rural Open Library implementation.
Since the Open Library launch in late August 2019, the software and hardware components have been working well, and security issues have so far been negligible. Interesting aspects of the project have been the perceptions of the Open Library on the part of community members and municipal funders who find the installation of cutting-edge technology perplexing due to the organization’s historical message of scarcity. Despite ECRL’s annual operating budget issues, grant funding allowed us to create this working model of a positive future for rural public library service. Our hope is that study of the project will help to secure further government investment in this solution.

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Laura Emery

CEO, Eastern Counties Regional Library
Winner of the of 2018 Norman Horrocks Award for Library Leadership for her work on Reading Nova Scotia: 150 Books of Influence.

Patricia McCormick

Deputy CEO, Eastern Counties Regional Library
Recipient of the APLA Memorial Award.

Dana Thomas

Innovation Project Manager, Eastern Counties Regional Library
Project Manager, Open Library Pilot Project.


Erin Alcock

VP Membership, Atlantic Provinces Library Association

Wednesday June 9, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm ADT
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