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Friday, June 7

9:00am NDT

Supporting Digital Identities at Academic Libraries
In the academic world there is intensifying interest in the creation and maintenance of online professional identities. Academic librarians must work through how to match that interest with services and use of library resources and expertise. Interest in this form of identity rests not just with individual researchers wanting to establish and track their own scholarly output for funding, promotion and publication but with administrators seeking reliable data to measure research impact of a department, faculty or university as a whole.

Key areas of expertise render librarians as natural supports for this critical aspect of scholarly communications. We are able to provide support for the effective use and maintenance of tools intended to allow researchers to create unique professional identities. This includes awareness of existing and emerging tools and services; the purpose, unique features, and limitations of each; and how they potentially fit into a broader picture of scholarly communications. In pursuit of this goal, we have engaged in educational programming for liaison librarians as well as webinars and drop-in sessions for researchers.

This session will include a summary of these activities and include explanation of the benefits of ORCiDs, ways to add data to ORCiD profiles, challenges of data from various sources such as Google Scholar and Scopus, and clarifying the relationship between these and other tools, such as social media platforms, repositories, and CRIS systems.

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Melissa Rothfus

Scholarly Communications Librarian, Dalhousie University
Melissa Rothfus is the Scholarly Communications Librarian for Dalhousie Libraries, based in the Kellogg Health Sciences Library. She is also the liaison librarian for Nursing, Classics and Religious Studies. Her professional interests include research impact, professional identity... Read More →

Friday June 7, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am NDT
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10:30am NDT

GreyLit is What Lies below the surface- How Open Access Can Invert the Iceberg?
For many the tip of the information iceberg is often only what gets published in academic journals. This belief and practice leaves a vast amount of research and information sitting below the surface on shared drives or industry specific websites. Librarians know there is a world of information below the surface of academia-the world of grey literature that holds equally insightful and valuable clues that impact patients, programs and policies. Librarians, and producers of grey literature know that if it could be accessed consistently it would, in fact, change the way research is published and information is shared. This begs the question; could open access invert the publishing iceberg by bringing insightful grey literature to the surface where it can be found quickly and consistently?
This presentation will talk about the global movement toward open access and will enlighten participants with the latest news and debates regarding open access including Plan S, and the University of California vs Elsevier and how one advocate and supporter of information access sees a new role and skill set for librarians and online libraries in the world of open access.


Cora Cole

CEO, GreyLit
Cora is the Founder and CEO of GreyLit, a software company that gives a voice and a stage to frontline research and information by allowing it to be searched, shared and reviewed around the world. After nearly 20 years as a Public Health Epidemiologist, Cora wanted to help organizations... Read More →

Friday June 7, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am NDT
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11:30am NDT

Beneath the surface: Atlantic Canada’s challenges with open source institutional repositories
Increasing recognition of the value of institutional repositories (IRs) over the past fifteen years has led to post-secondary educational institutions of all sizes creating some form of an IR to host the intellectual output of their institutions. However, the feasibility and sustainability of implementing IRs, particularly when using open source (OS) IR software, has been mostly explored by larger post-secondary institutions; the experiences of small academic institutions using OS IRs has been unexplored, save for individual case studies.

Given that post-secondary institutions in Atlantic Canadian are predominantly under 10,000 FTE and thus considered small institutions, the question of how Atlantic Canadian OS IRs compare to the rest of Canada is ripe for exploration. By breaking down the work involved in maintaining an OS IR--staffing, technical support, budgeting, and more--the unique challenges and successes of our regional IRs can be better understood. This presentation will explore the results of a research project conducted in Spring 2018, wherein Canadian post-secondary institutions were surveyed about their experiences using open source institutional repository software. Preliminary results were presented at Open Repositories, and now the experiences of repositories in Atlantic Canada are the focus.

Overall, Atlantic Canada is on par with the rest of Canada with regards to addressing the needs of an IR and of using OS software, but there are a few challenges felt more keenly in the region: smaller budgets, less experienced staff, concerns about the usability of OS IR software, and more. This presentation will examine those challenges and the underlying reasons for why we’ve excelled in some areas and are struggling with others, all with the goal of generating discussion about the opportunities available to Atlantic Canadian post-secondary IRs in order to improve our practices.

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Annalise Benoit

MLIS/JD student, Dalhousie University
Annalise Benoit holds a BA in History and Cultural Studies from Mount Saint Vincent University. During her undergrad, she became involved in a research project pertaining to open-source institutional repositories. This experience sparked her interest in information management, libraries... Read More →
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Lindsey MacCallum

Scholarly Publishing Librarian, Mount Saint Vincent University
Lindsey MacCallum is the Scholarly Publishing Librarian at Mount Saint Vincent University, as well as the Humanities liaison. Her research interests include examining the use of open source institutional repositories at small academic institutions and exploring the history of home... Read More →

Friday June 7, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm NDT
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2:00pm NDT

Research Data Management in the Atlantic Provinces – Current Practices and Attitudes
Research Data Management (RDM) is becoming an increasingly important issue for post-secondary institutions. The Tri-Agencies (SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR) are expected to release a new policy that will stipulate that institutions have an institutional strategy for dealing with research data. Part of the responsibility will lie with researchers and the management of their research data.

Three Atlantic universities are aiming to discover how researchers are storing, using and sharing their data through administering a survey using an instrument that has been used at many Canadian universities. Surveys will be administered in Winter 2019. Data from the surveys will be analyzed separately by each institution and may be combined to identify commonalities and possibilities for collaboration in the region.

The results of these surveys will help librarians, IT specialists, data managers, and others interested in data management to understand current practices and attitudes. The results will also be used to contribute of the development of RDM services and resources across Atlantic post-secondary institutions with the aim of being prepared for the Tri-Agency policy once it comes into effect.

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Sarah Davis

Sexton Design and Technology Library
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Alison Farrell

Public Services Librarian, Memorial University of Newfoundland

James MacKenzie

Director of Scholarly Technologies, University of New Brunswick
James MacKenzie is the Director of Scholarly Technologies at UNB Libraries.
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Erin MacPherson

Research Data Management Librarian, Dalhousie University
Erin MacPherson is the Research & Instruction Librarian at Dalhousie University. She is based at the Faculty of Agriculture at the Dalhousie University Agricultural Campus. Her interests include teaching, reference and data management planning.

Friday June 7, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm NDT
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3:30pm NDT

Panel - Open Access in the Atlantic
Open Access has been a fixture of scholarly communications for some time now, albeit one that is still subsumed with considerable misinformation and mystery. In keeping with the conference theme, this panel will consider to what degree the current state of Open Access in academic libraries is just the tip of the iceberg and what progress or changes we might expect in coming years. Featuring five academic librarians from different institutions throughout Atlantic Canada, each panelist will discuss the services and receptiveness for Open Access at their respective institutions, as well as future prospects for Open Access in the Atlantic region and beyond.


Patrick Gamsby

Scholarly Communications Librarian, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Patrick Gamsby is Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Scholarly Communications Librarian. Prior to this role, Patrick was the Scholarly Communications Librarian and Lecturer in the History of Ideas at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. Patrick has an MLIS from the... Read More →
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Meghan Landry

Scholarly Communications Librarian, St. Francis Xavier University
Meghan Landry is currently a Scholarly Communications Librarian at Angus L. Macdonald Library, StFX University, in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Her scholarly interests and projects include institutional repositories (Islandora), open access, accessibility and Universal Design for Learning... Read More →
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Kim Mears (she/her)

Health Sciences & Scholarly Communications Librarian, University of Prince Edward Island
Kim Mears is the Health Sciences and Scholarly Communications Librarian at the University of Prince Edward Island. She manages the Robertson Library's repository and faculty profile system, IslandScholar, and supports researchers with data management through data.upei.ca. Kim also... Read More →
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Melissa Rothfus

Scholarly Communications Librarian, Dalhousie University
Melissa Rothfus is the Scholarly Communications Librarian for Dalhousie Libraries, based in the Kellogg Health Sciences Library. She is also the liaison librarian for Nursing, Classics and Religious Studies. Her professional interests include research impact, professional identity... Read More →

Ann Smith

President, Atlantic Provinces Library Association
Ann Smith is the President of APLA for 2021 and the Program Co-Chair for the APLA 2021 Conference.  She is the Atlantic Region representative on CFLA-FCAB.  She is a Science Librarian and both the Scholarly Communications & OER Co-ordinator at Acadia University. She is the Theory... Read More →

Friday June 7, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm NDT
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