2015 Vol. 18 Issue 1

Wired West Volume 18, Issue 1

Welcome to Volume 18, Issue 1 of Wired West

News from your Chapter Board

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This issue of Wired West, compiled and published by Dawn Bassett, Bulletin Editor for Wired West

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President’s Message – Suzanne McBeath

As this is the first issue of Wired West for 2015, it is customary for the President to write a message.  As many of you are aware, there have been a number of changes within SLA recently which many members feel strongly about.  I believe that my role, and that of the board as a whole, is to ensure that members are aware of what’s happening with SLA and that we represent your views and concerns and bring them forward to the association.

I hope that I will be able to keep the Western Canada Chapter relevant for its members by providing timely updates about what’s happening with the association, sharing details of upcoming webinars and events which members may wish to attend and representing the chapter at the SLA annual conference in Boston.  The board as a whole will be working hard to provide relevant local events for members and keeping helpful resources like the chapter’s website and jobs listings up to date.  We welcome feedback from members and always have opportunities for interested members to become more involved with the chapter.

As members of SLA, we all help to shape the association and determine its priorities.  It is up to us to provide the feedback that helps SLA meet our needs.  If you have ideas for the chapter, please send them to president@wcanada.sla1.org and I will do my best to keep the chapter relevant to you.

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Interview with Stephen Carney, Librarian – Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Stephen Carney joined the Canadian Museum for Human Rights as Librarian in May, 2011. He has also worked as a Metadata Librarian with Alberta Education, and an Academic Librarian at University of Alberta’s Bibliothèque St. Jean. He earned his MLIS at the School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta in 2002, and he also has an MA in Political Science, from York University (Ontario).

The Museum’s library collection currently consists of approximately 2500 volumes. The majority of these are physical monographs, with a small but growing e-book collection.  The scope of the collection is primarily academic, bringing together material that speaks broadly to current human rights issues, theory, history, and practice. The collection also includes material accessible to a variety of age and reading levels and interests, including children’s literature, graphic novels and comics, art and media, and fiction. The library collection will be accessible in the Museum’s Reference Centre, which is also the space in which the Museum’s archival collections will be accessed.


What is (or what has been) your collection management process as you developed the library?

When I started at the Museum, we had around 400 titles in the collection, most of which had been donated to us by the Human Rights Research and Education Centre at the University of Ottawa, so I really was starting from scratch. Collection development to date has served to meet the needs of Museum employees as they worked towards developing exhibit and program content, alongside the anticipated needs and interests of Museum visitors. The library collection is multilingual, with a focus on materials in French or English. However, relevant materials in any language are considered for inclusion.

The Museum’s mandate, to explore the concept of human rights with a special, but not exclusive, reference to Canada, serves as one of the guiding principles in the development of the Museum’s library collection; a second element is a commitment to attempting to ensure that marginal voices and seldom heard stories are included in the collection; and a third element is striving to achieve true balance the inclusion of multiple, and at times competing, perspectives.

What was the biggest challenge in developing the collection?

Determining whether a particular topic or story has a human rights focus can at times depend on a subjective analysis, so the decision to include or exclude such material can be quite challenging. Material that may, on the surface, seem like it doesn’t fit within our collecting mandate can actually turn out to be quite relevant once you’ve examine it more closely, or looked at it from a different perspective.

Why did you want to become an information professional?

I was listening to the radio one afternoon in the mid to late 1990s and heard a story about a Winnipeg librarian dealing with a book challenge, and the role she played in keeping the book on the library’s shelves. At the time, I was studying Political Science and focussing on civil liberties, in particular freedom of expression. The story drew the connection for me, on how librarians play an active and integral role in the fight against censorship and ensuring that people have access to information. From that moment on I knew I wanted to be a librarian.

What is the most fun thing about your job?

Working with such a fantastic team in the Collections Dept., with Heather Bidzinski (Head of Collections) and Lisa Snider (Archivist) is definitely one of the most rewarding aspects of the job. Working in this incredible building cannot be overlooked, too.

A hero who has inspired you in your career?

Dr. Toni Samek from the University of Alberta, whose commitment to intellectual freedom, social justice and human rights continues to inspire and influence me. I recommend her book Librarianship and human rights : a twenty-first century guide  to anyone interested in a critical and practical analysis of the connection between our profession and human rights.

For more information about the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, visit their website – https://humanrights.ca/


Samek, Toni. Librarianship and human rights : a twenty-first century.  Chandos information professional series, 2007.

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SLA WCC year-end event – Lindsay Tripp

On Wednesday June 15, 2011, a riot erupted in Vancouver following the Canucks’ loss in the Stanley Cup final. Later that evening on Facebook, 23-year-old Brock Anton related his role in the events, which included flipping cars, physically assaulting an officer, and setting fire to a police vehicle. Within minutes, one of his friends had commented on the post, “brockkkk!!! take this down!!! its evidence!” But it was too late. As the Globe & Mail reported, Brock quickly became the “poster boy for rioters” and the “subject of international ridicule.”

This is just one of many stories Julie Clegg related at the SLA WCC year-end event on November 18th at Langara College. In a special encore presentation of her standout session from the 2014 SLA conference in Vancouver, Julie demonstrated in real time how to use social media and other online resources to locate individuals who do not want to be readily found.

In one particularly striking search, Julie used Geofeedia, a location-based tool for monitoring social media activity, to retrieve the home address of an Instagram user in the Langara area. Thanks to Google Street View, it came complete with an image of the front of her house.

Yes, our social media activities may seem benign on the surface (think pet photos, restaurant reviews, and banal status updates). However, we often overlook the fact that the devices we’ve come to depend on are constantly collecting data about us.

A former detective with the West Yorkshire Police, Julie now serves as President of Toddington International, one of Canada’s leading investigative agencies. Toddington helps clients in the public and private sectors learn how to locate and use online information more effectively. With over a decade of front-line experience, Julie specializes in online intelligence, advanced information gathering, and critical incident practices.

In addition to heightened awareness about our digital footprints, attendees left Julie’s session with resources, tips, and techniques for their research toolkits. A few indicated via the #slawcc14 Twitter hashtag that they’d updated their security settings before the session had even ended.  The event was a sell-out, but live webcasting services provided by Langara allowed SLA WCC members outside of Vancouver to participate in the Chapter’s signature year-end event for the first time.

For an excellent list of free research resources from Toddington, visit https://toddington.com/resources

Special thanks to our exclusive event sponsor, Andornot Consulting, for making Julie’s visit possible. Please email vancouver@wcanada.sla1.org with questions or feedback.

Submitted by Lindsay Tripp, Vancouver Director

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News & Resources – Articles of Interest

Articles of Interest – New feature!

Some of our members submit items to other journals, newsletters and magazines. We thought that these articles might be of interest to the rest of the Chapter even though they cannot be published in their entirety here.  If you’ve recently had something published and think it might be of interest to your colleagues, send an email to editor@wcanada.sla1.org

  • Copyright and the Canadian For-Profit Library by: Carolyn Soltau and Adam Farrell. Feliciter, Vol. 60, Issue 6. December 2014.
  • Manitoba Libraries – A new journal from the Manitoba Library Association launched in November 2014.  The inaugural issue, titled Human Rights in the Library includes articles from librarians and library workers from the province of Manitoba on the theme of human rights.

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News and Resources – New Members

Welcome to our newest chapter members

Stefania Alexandru

Jana Purmalis

Liba Levicek

Catherine Lee Lau

Elise Gowen

Cecilia Rose

Lea Edgar

Carrie Sherlock


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