Tour Report: Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women

Crystal and Maggie graciously gave their time to show us the small library curated by the Council.

A panorama of holdings
A panorama of holdings

The Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women aggregates all kinds of information relating to women, from memoirs to handbooks to info-graphics. Their major areas of focus are employment, earnings, leadership and education, for which they have created handy info-graphic fact sheets, which incorporate the newest statistics available! These fact sheets were only a few of the many, many informational pamphlets that the Council produces and circulates.

So many useful pamphlets!
So many useful pamphlets
Fact sheets with up-to-date statistics

Beyond providing a varied collection of resources Crystal spoke of the other tasks that the Council participates in, such as gathering information for policymakers and clipping women-related stories out of newspapers for publications.

Boxes of newspaper clippings
Boxes of newspaper clippings

Ultimately, much of the information gathering is done to support the Advisory Council itself, which is made up of six to twelve women who are committed to bettering the status of women within their respective communities.

Thanks to the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women for taking the time out of their day to answer our questions, and thanks to those who came for making this tour lovely!



Workshop: Law and Medicine Report and Slides


SLA was thrilled to host a workshop today on searching Law and Medical databases. Paul McKenna, Robin Parker, and Melissa Helwig gave us a crash course with resources like CanLII and PubMed.


We’ve been provided with the slides from their presentations, so whether you missed the session or need refreshing on the different types of legal resources to use, you can download them from here:
Medicine: Tips Tricks in Health Sciences

Law: Searching Legal Databases 101

Tour report: APSEA

APSEA Tour – October 31st, 2014 @ 11:45

On Halloween, thirteen SIMsters visited the Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority (APSEA). It was a crowded tour, but quite informative! The APSEA Library generously gave its time to allow us to see their work and ask questions.

This special library is located on South Street in Halifax, and serves children and youth who are hard of hearing, deaf, deafblind, blind or visually impaired. It is an interprovincial agency between the four Atlantic provinces, and the library supplements the curriculum and educational needs of these youth by providing material such as large print books, Twin Vision books, and Braille translations.

Twin Vision book from APSEA
A Twin Vision book – printed text on one side, Braille on the opposing page

Our tour guide, Samantha Neukomm, led us through the library, which is broken up into sections by format and intended audience. Because the library is meant to support the curriculum, books and material are limited to what’s being taught in the classrooms, but we saw copies of The Hunger Games and other popular fiction titles as well. The library was also a blast from the past for any of us who used to have Dewey Decimal in our school libraries. Unlike the Library of Congress system found in academic libraries, APSEA uses good ol’ Dewey. During the tour of the library, Sam emphasized the need to weed continually to keep room for current books. The library is also unique because of its storage room, where APSEA supplies teachers and students with supplies that they will need, free of charge.

APSEA translates Braille textbooks on location, and it turns out that the twist from the end of Book of Eli isn’t quite so feasible after all. One Braille textbook could be up to 40 spiral bound volumes long! During the tour, Sam was also kind enough to show us some of the cataloguing process. APSEA doesn’t use MARC records, which means that the catalogue is unique, and the importance of having a controlled vocabulary while cataloguing is even more critical. Currently, APSEA is working with a software developer towards creating a more integrated catalogue.

Thanks to everyone who came out and helped make this another successful tour of the SLA!