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Feb 18 / Kimberly

Things You Can Do as a Library Student to Prepare for a Career as a Data Librarian

A terrific post by Celia Emmelhainz for students interested in Data Librarianship. Hats off to Stephen for sending it my way.

We do so much in library school—take classes, work, study, and figure out how to market ourselves when we graduate. In this post, I’d like to talk about how I became a data librarian, and what you can learn about data while still in library school!

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Feb 4 / Kimberly

The census: Little knowledge is a dangerous thing

As published by The Globe and Mail:

On Wednesday evening, the House of Commons will vote on reversing a move that holds an exalted place in the pantheon of stupid political decisions.

The bill in question seeks to restore the compulsory long-form census. It was tabled by an opposition MP, Liberal Ted Hsu, which means there is almost no chance it will pass. But it should. This is an opportunity to right a wrong.

Feb 4 / Kimberly

LAC welcomes the release of the Council of Canadian Academies’ report entitled Leading in the Digital World: Opportunities for Canada’s Memory Institutions

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) welcomes the report entitled Leading in the Digital World: Opportunities for Canada’s Memory Institutions, which was released today by the Council of Canadian Academies.

The Report clearly shows how the digital revolution has radically changed relationships between memory institutions and the general public. In particular, it draws attention to the development of a culture of citizen participation and to the need for memory institutions to build ongoing and lasting relationships with the public.

The Report also sheds light on the efforts required from all those involved in the Canadian system of memory institutions to help our country regain its position as a leader in digital initiatives.

In this regard, the Report emphasizes how essential it is – following the example of the best practices developed worldwide – for Canadian memory institutions to develop ongoing partnerships with the private sector in order to lead transformational digital initiatives.

The Report invites major memory institutions to show top-down leadership, and, as Canada’s leading memory institution, LAC is firmly committed to meeting expectations.

Council of Canadian Academies’ Report (