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Wednesday, June 9 • 4:00pm - 4:30pm
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Special Special Collections”: Making a Space for Print Artifacts at the Vaughan Memorial Library

This talk details my MLIS practicum project at Acadia University, which sought to answer the question: “How should we manage ‘special’ library materials that do not fit within a library’s Special Collections mandate?”

This project arose in response to a high volume of materials labelled as “Rare Books” and housed in the Vaughan Memorial Library’s Special Collections that did not meet the library’s criteria for rare books as outlined in the Collection Development Policy (Acadia University, 2006). Though not technically rare, these materials possessed certain physical characteristics that made them too unique or valuable to be incorporated into general circulation. What should be done with these materials? To answer this question, this project analyzed current literature on the subject of special library materials as well as various institutional approaches to rare books collections. This poster shares findings from this analysis as well as my recommendations and rationale for dealing with these “special special” materials. Namely, to establish a Print Artifacts Collection within the library.

Canadian Responses to the Opioid Crisis 
The opioid crisis is a problem in communities across North America. The numbers are telling—deaths due to opioid use are growing, and Canada is in the midst of a health epidemic. A public health emergency was declared by BC’s provincial health officer in April 2016, due to a dramatic rise in drug overdoses and an increase in the illicit drug fentanyl (Ministry of Health, 2016). That year on average, there were more opioid related deaths than car accidents the year before (Belzak & Halverson, 2018).
Many libraries in the United States are implementing specific activities to respond to the crisis. This includes training staff to use naloxone (an antidote which temporarily reverses opioid overdoses), space modifications and programming initiatives. However, little research is available on what is happening at Canadian libraries. Specifically, how is the opioid crisis affecting Canadian libraries? How are Canadian libraries responding to the opioid crisis? What information gaps are present in Canadian libraries about the opioid crisis? Particularly, how is information shared between frontline staff such as librarians and assistants, and senior management? How does information gaps and a disconnected between frontline staff and management affect decision making in a library setting and the implementation of harm reduction initiatives such as naloxone?
This presentation will discuss how libraries are responding to the opioid crisis locally and nationally. Wiggans, who is conducting a thesis on this topic will share the project’s research methodology and preliminary results.

Let’s be library friends!
In September 2016, Annapolis Valley Regional Library (AVRL) began a partnership with Acadia University Library and NSCC Kingstec Library to offer leisure reading to their students. Boxes of books from the public library collection are sent to the university library, on a rotating basis. Acadia students may borrow or browse the books. In conjunction with this partnership, AVRL has presented escape rooms and other programs, and loans a Wii game console to the university library. Angela and Britanie will give you a quick overview of the partnership and how it has evolved.

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Deborah Hemming

Learning & Instruction Librarian (Interim), Dalhousie Libraries
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Angela Reynolds

Community Engagement Coordinator, Annapolis Valley Regional Library
Talk to me about picture books!
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Britanie Wentzell

Academic Librarian, Vaughan Memorial Library, Acadia University
Britanie has been an Academic Librarian at Acadia University for almost 7 years. She is the liaison for Business, Economics, History and Classics, as well as the Outreach and Promotions Coordinator for the Library. Her areas of interest include: Librarian-Professor Collaboration in... Read More →

Siobhan Wiggans

MI Candidate, Dalhousie University
Siobhan Wiggans is a Masters of Information  candidate at Dalhousie University’s School of Information Management and Library assistant with Halifax Public Libraries. Prior to working at libraries, Wiggans worked in the arts and cultural sector in New Brunswick, PEI and Nova S... Read More →

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Amy Lorencz

Metadata and Copyright Librarian, Saint Mary's University
Amy is the Metadata and Copyright Librarian at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. 

Wednesday June 9, 2021 4:00pm - 4:30pm ADT
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