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Wednesday, June 5

9:00am NDT

An Introduction to Coding for Kids at the Library
From the vehicles we drive, to the thermostats in our homes, just about everything around us uses coding (also known as programming).
Code is the language used to tell technology what to do. You can think about coding like you would think about following a recipe in a cookbook. For any given recipe, you are given a set of ingredients and a sequence of instructions. This sequence of instructions is similar to creating an algorithm (or set of steps) which must be followed by a device to accomplish a task.
But, here’s where it gets tricky - your device doesn’t understand the human language. Your device needs its own set of instructions written in a language it can understand in order to operate. This is where learning to code comes in handy.
Just like math or reading, coding has become a foundational skill. Learning about coding at a young age helps kids understand the world around them and helps them to develop their creativity and problem-solving skills. This is where the Library can help!
The workshop will begin with an introduction to coding concepts. After you learn the basics, you’ll have the opportunity to get hands-on with block-based coding and coding games. Together, we’ll use Scratch, micro:bits, Ozobots, Dot and Dash robots and more. We will also discuss how you can integrate coding into programs at the library.

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Melissa Scanlan (she/her)

Information Technology Librarian, Halifax Public Libraries
Melissa Scanlan is the Information Technology Librarian at the Halifax Public Libraries. Melissa has been employed with the Halifax Public Libraries since 2015 where she dabbles in all things technology, from gadgets to staff training.

Wednesday June 5, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm NDT
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1:00pm NDT

Communications Planning for Libraries
Effective communications is vital for Libraries in today’s environment. Faced with challenges such as limited resources and time, it is essential for Libraries to approach their communications as strategically as possible. Join Dave Sorensen Memorial University’s manager of communications as he provides the key elements of communications planning so that your library can deliver meaningful communications about the value and role of Libraries in today’s society.

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David Sorensen

Manager of Communications, Memorial University
Dave Sorensen is the manager of communications in the Division of Marketing and Communications at Memorial University.A native of St. John’s, Dave holds a bachelor of arts (honours) and an MA in history from Memorial. Following graduation, he spent most of the following seven years... Read More →

Kristine Power

Communications Coordinator, Memorial University Libraries
Kristine Power is a Communications Coordinator with Memorial University Libraries. Ms. Power holds a B.A. in English from Carleton University, an M.A. in English from Memorial University and a B.A. in Journalism from the University of King’s College. Prior to her recent role as... Read More →

Wednesday June 5, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm NDT
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1:00pm NDT

Libraries and the Linked Data Landscape: is BIBFRAME the answer?
The transition from the MARC format to a linked data capable framework (BIBFRAME) will fundamentally change how libraries operate. Besides re-imagining how metadata is created and accessed, it will facilitate improved connection to datasets and vocabularies outside of our institutions. MARC has been the international standard for the distribution of library metadata since 1973, and for the past 45 years the MARC “container” has enabled libraries from around the world to share descriptive metadata with each other. However, with the growth of the Semantic Web and linked data over the past 15 years, librarians have increasingly found MARC to be problematic when sharing metadata outside of our domain.
As we begin to look beyond MARC, we are still left with many unanswered questions around what comes next and how linked data and BIBFRAME will be implemented in Canadian libraries.

This half day conference will provide an introduction to linked data, discuss BIBFRAME and its development, review various library initiatives working toward implementation, as well as look at some library linked data projects not directly related to BIBFRAME. The preconference will end with a discussion about alternatives to BIBFRAME some libraries are considering, and what libraries can do to start preparing their catalogues for the transition to a linked data environment.

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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. 
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Heather Pretty

Acting Division Head, Cataloguing & Metadata, Memorial University of Newfoundland
I am a Cataloguing Librarian at Memorial Libraries with a primary responsibility for Authorities Maintenance. My current interest, and my focus as Chair of the Canadian BIBFRAME Readiness Task Force and as a member of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging Policy Committee, is to... Read More →
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Dean Seeman

Head of Metadata, University of Victoria
Head of Metadata at University of Victoria Libraries.

Wednesday June 5, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm NDT
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