Heather Joseph, Cameron MacDonald and Open Access

May 31, 2007

Open access has become the subject of much discussion amongst researchers, librarians, and publishers.  Governments and funding agencies are urged to develop open access strategies to help speed research progress, increase productivity, and extend knowledge translation.  As librarians we are familiar with how expensive journal costs have reduced subscriptions and our ability to provide access to as many journals.  The open access movement is critically relevant to many of us, especially now that the discussion of open access has reached the mainstream.  CHLA delegates were treated to a lively discussion of the topic by two insightful speakers today.

Heather Joseph has worked in the field of scholarly publishing for over 17 years and was a pioneer in the area of electronic journals and open access.   She is currently the executive director of SPARC, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition in Washington DC, an organization that looks at ways of expanding information dissemination by seeking alternatives to the high cost of commercial scientific publications.  Today, Heather discussed open access, in particular public policy and repositories.

From the general, to the very specific, Cameron MacDonald discussed open access from the point of view of a small, not for profit scientific publisher.  Cameron is the Director of NRC Research Press which, although it is small, is the largest single publisher of scientific and technical journals in Canada.  Cameron has 20 years of experience in various capacities at CISTI; the Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information.  Cameron is focussed on ensuring that the NRC Research Press continues to meet the needs of researchers in Canada and worldwide.  Today he discussed open access issues faced by NRC Research Press as it strives to provide broader, more equitable access in a viable business model that supports its leading edge publishing processes and services.


Greg Notess and Web 2.0

May 29, 2007

Don’t miss Greg Notess, our opening keynote speaker on Wednesday morning at the National Arts Centre.

An internationally-known conference speaker on search engines and other Internet topics, Greg has spoken at conferences such as Internet Librarian, Online Information, Web Search University, the Special Libraries Association Annual Conference, and international meetings in London, Oslo, Stockholm, Paris, Pretoria, Montreal, Copenhagen, Sydney, Zagreb, and several locations in India.

On the Web, Greg maintains Search Engine Showdown http://searchengineshowdown.com, which reviews, compares, analyzes, and tries to keep current up with rapidly changing Web search tools.

Greg’s talk will examine the rise of Web 2.0. Communication and community are again being promoted on the Web. New search tools, unique databases, and novel approaches appear and add the ability for viewers to comment, discuss, and rate information. With greater ability for data interchange, new sites can wrap old information in new designs.

The new tools offer certain advantages for the health librarian, but by no means do they replace all the old tools. This presentation gives an overview of new tools with particular attention to their scope, accuracy, overlap, and unique features. Explore new communication options for communicating with users and leveraging the best of Web 2.0.


Ottawa has Stanley Cup fever – join in the fun!

May 29, 2007

While visiting Ottawa for CHLA/ABSC 2007, we invite you to join in the fun as the Ottawa Senators try to bring the Cup home to Canada!

You’ll find several designated Stanley Cup Finals Celebration Zones in the downtown core.

Watch the game over dinner in restaurants along Elgin Street’s Sens Mile or in restaurants around the Red Square in the ByWard Market.  Each game day at 6:00pm, Festival Plaza will transform into City of Ottawa Fan Fest, proudly sponsored by: Zip.ca, Majic 100, 93.9 Bob FM and A-Channel, a family friendly celebration zone with food concessions and jumbo-tron screens.

Police and other first responders will be out in force at all sites to ensure that everyone stays safe.

For more information:

– City Hall Media contact: 613-580-2450
– Public inquiries: 3-1-1
Ottawa Senators & Scotiabank Place


Restaurants

May 29, 2007

There’s a link to user-rated restaurants in
Ottawa under blogroll, but I thought I’d start a category for people to add their favourites or give some handy hints and food recommendations.


Family Activities

May 29, 2007

I’m sure that some of you will be travelling kids and want some kid-friendly actitivities, so here’s a page with basic information (such as finding a playground), so here’s a page to help you out.

Ottawa has a rich tradition of museums and galleries.  For example, The National Art Gallery and Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography are located right in the heart of downtown Ottawa – walking distance from the Lord Elgin. 

The Children’s Museum, part of the Museum of Civilization is a great place to bring kids and it has a huge outdoor playground and a current exhibition displaying toys from around the world.  It’s located in Hull, just over the bridge.  For detailed directions, go to the museum’s website.

Papanack Zoo is located about 40 minutes east of Ottawa in Wendover. It is surprisingly large and includes a wide array of animals, including one of the world’s largest black bears…although don’t take my word on that one. I seem to remember reading/hearing that last year while visiting.

The Experimental Farm aka Canada Agriculture Museum, is located right in the heart of Ottawa. It’s about a 10 minute drive from downtown with barns housing pigs, cows, bulls, chickens, rabbits. And of course, it has the mandatory outdoor playground, as well as a museum with tractors on display and the kids are allowed to climb on top some of them.


Library of Parliament Tour

May 29, 2007

Tuesday May 29
2:00 pm
www.parl.gc.ca/

This tour is limited to 30 people

This will be a specially guided tour which will provide a historical background, interesting information on the conservation/upgrade/rehabilitation project in addition to services offered to the Library’s clients. Visitors will have a chance to see the basements and galleries. The Library of Parliament was built between 1859-1857 is the only part of the original Parliament buildings to survive the fire of 1916. The Library re-opened last year after being closed for major renovations which have restored and enhanced its great beauty. Although library staff also work at other locations, the Library of Parliament serves the information, research and documentation needs of Parliament.

Tours of the Centre Block will be available if you wish to make your own arrangements. A walk behind the Parliament Building has one of the better views in Ottawa and gives a sense of the landscape of the Capital of Canada.


Walks and Runs – Exploring Ottawa

May 29, 2007

Wednesday May 30
7:30 am– 8:30 am

Rideau Canal Pathway

Crossing Elgin Street, we’ll make our way through Confederation Park and follow the Rideau Canal. The pathway runs right alongside the canal, and shady trees and colourful flowerbeds line the route. With no roads to cross or traffic to avoid, it’s ideal for a relaxing walk, and a perfect route for runners.

Friday June 1
7:30 am – 8:30 am
Historic Ottawa

Today’s walk will be along Wellington Street, passing the Parliament buildings, the Supreme Court and possibly as far as Library and Archives Canada. Then, for a change of pace, we’ll walk or run back along the Ottawa River to the Ottawa Locks. Built in the early 19th century, the locks connect the Ottawa River to the canal. This will take us back to our starting point, minutes from the hotel.

(All walks start from the lobby of the Lord Elgin Hotel)