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Wednesday, June 9 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Bibliography Revisited in the New Brunswickana Project

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The goals of this presentation are two-fold. First, I would like to update the regional community on the New Brunswickana Project, which began as a collections development exercise within UNB Libraries, to ensure that we were doing our part to identify, locate and preserve NB-related publications as part of our mandate. Identification led to bibliography as the systematic listing of published materials, categorized thematically. We have hosted two annual New Brunswick Bibliography symposia to foster a diverse community of practice for this work, involving memory institutions from across the province and beyond. Gaspereau Books has agreed to publish the series of bibliographies as they are prepared. UNB Libraries will develop an openly accessible, online version as well, so that any researcher can locate material by New Brunswickers or about New Brunswick.

The second aspect of this presentation will focus on my own contribution to this effort, a bibliography of material related to the role of organized religion in the province’s history (Keith Grant of Crandall University has graciously agreed to write the Introduction), and the reestablishment of carefully selected and organized bibliographies as research tools. While full text searching and indexing databases have essentially pushed bibliographies to the margins, they remain valuable especially for shining light on lesser-known works. Also, by repositioning one’s scope for selection, we can create a more inclusive and complete image of NB’s publishing history. Finally, by disseminating the bibliographies as an open, online tool, we can remove barriers to information that exist for some.

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Joanne Smyth

Director, Collections Services, UNB Libraries
Joanne is the Director of Collections Services at UNB, and is a collaborator on the New Brunswickana Project with Jocelyne Thompson. She is very interested in bibliographic instruction and (more recently) in building robust and effective research tools.


Susan Cameron

Special Collections Librarian, St. Francis Xavier University

Wednesday June 9, 2021 4:00pm - 5:00pm ADT
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