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Friday, May 26 • 9:00am - 10:00am
Work Inside and Outside the Community’s Sacred Place: Community-led vs. Cultural Centre

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Between 2013 and 2015, myself and my research assistants from the Faculty of Information’s Library and Information Science concentration undertook a SSHRC funded research project to explore the changing nature of work in urban public libraries across Canada. In the Maritimes, we interviewed CEOs, librarians, and para-professionals as well as job shadowed those individuals occupying the latter two positions, in the cities of Charlottetown (PEI), St John’s (NFLD), Moncton (NB), and Halifax (NS). Our research was concerned with understanding who was doing what, where, how and when in Canada’s urban libraries. At the heart of this question is the changing nature of public librarianship within the context of the socially transformative effects of perpetual technological innovation on the one hand, and over 30 years of austerity in public spending on the other. Now, for the first time, the results from over 70 interviews have been transcribed and analyzed. We will present the global findings as well as highlight regional differences and similarities from across the country. One of the most interesting discoveries was the range of answers CEOs gave regarding their vision for the future of public library services and how this will impact not only the education of the next generation of public librarians, but also the bricks and mortar of the library as place.

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Dee Corey

Chief Librarian, Cumberland Public Libraries
I started podcasting about books with Laura Emery a few months ago. You can find the BookRage podcast on SoundCloud (https://soundcloud.com/bookjacket) or iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/bookrage-for-the-mad-reader/id1067337515?mt=2).


Siobhan Stevenson

Associate Professor, Faculty of Information,University of Toronto,

Friday May 26, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Kent Room Rodd Charlottetown