More about those pesky lists of briefing notes

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This happened back in November and I got distracted from finishing the post. But since it’s #FOIFriday and this issues still annoys me, I’m going to publish. I’m omitting the names of the public servants I spoke to. This post isn’t about naming or shaming individuals – just illustrating how messed up the system is. For years a common Access …

Some websites from the past few weeks

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Well that was a Christmas break to remember. Bone-chilling cold temperatures; the home heating system failing not once but three times and a Boxing Day cold that is still with me. Good times! All that to say I didn’t spend alot of time hunting down websites in the past few weeks but there are still I few I used that …

This week’s helpful websites

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I started my Christmas holidays a little early so I didn’t spend a whole lot of time online this past week. However, here are three gems I used. WorldCat.org is a massive universal library catalogue containing millions of items from 10,000 libraries. I use it to look for materials by, or about, people I research. Sometimes I just trying to …

Some great recent research

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Here are some fine resources I’ve recently used to help me with research. I may turn this into a weekly column if for no other reason than to remind myself about them. DigitalKingston.ca http://www.digitalkingston.ca/ has links to old newspapers and city directories. Hat tip to info pro Lisette LaCroix for this. We were exchanging emails about historic digital newspapers. Virtual …

I killed the Telecom Update

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At least I’m pretty sure I’m responsible for the demise of the Telecom Update. I wonder if that guy in the Telecommunications Policy unit of Innovation Science and Education Canada who wrote the report every few weeks is grateful or pissed at me? Here’s an example of the Telecom Update (and thanks to my web guy at Pivot Point Solutions …

Ah the memories

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I found this Motherboard article about the advent of encyclopedias on cd-roms in my RSS feed last week and instantly I was transported back to library school nearly 30 years ago.   Picture it. Fall of 1988 and I’m one of the youngest students in the first term “reference sources” class at SLIS, the School of Library and Information Science …

Right to Know Week

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Yippee! It’s Right to Know Week. It’s not exactly up there with ‘pumpkin spice month’ or homecoming week but for a tiny segment of the population – Right to Know is important. What the heck is it, you ask? Well it was created in 2002 at an international gathering of access to information practitioners and has ten core principles: Access …

My volunteer work is such a huge rabbit hole

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To be a good information professional requires doggedness and an insatiable curiosity in the hunt for coherent and accurate information that meets the needs of your clients. That strength is also a bit of an Achilles heel. Let me explain. I’ve been volunteering with the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library for nearly a decade. I love the work because …

Diana, Mother Teresa, porn and the importance of metadata

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20 years ago this week, millions watched the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales on television. She died in Paris as a result of a car accident/drunk driver/paparazzi/’Charles-The Queen-Camilla did it’ onĀ  August 31 1997. The day before the funeral, iconic international nice person Mother Teresa of Calcutta died. Diana visited with Mother Teresa a few times so their deaths …