Tokyo National Museum

I visited the Tokyo National Museum while I was in Japan.

Here’s a gallery of the pictures I took at the museum:

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Here are additional pictures that I took while in Japan:


OLA Super Conference 2016 (#olasc16)

In January, I attended the OLA Super Conference 2016. I learned a lot and met old and new friends.


The first session I attended was Tracy Church’s Introduction to Prospect Research. This was a great, condensed introduction to prospect research.

Her presentation is available here.

The second session I attended was I Found my Dream Job, But It’s not in a Library, hosted by June Avila, Hannah Loshak and Emily Porta. They spoke about their non-librarian paths in the information field and told us about the alternative and niche careers available to information professionals.

Their slides contain various examples of non-traditional jobs and the options out there.


The first session I attended was Dayna DeBenedet’s When the Job Search Ends: Management Tips. She provided excellent information and personal advice on how to be a manager and lead one’s staff.

Her slides have further details on the steps and things to consider when you’re a head librarian.

The last session I attended was Launching the FOLD (Festival of Literary Diversity) in Brampton, hosted by June Dickenson, Catherine Carreiro and Jael Richardson. They spoke about the goals, events and progress of planning this upcoming festival. It will promote diverse Canadian literature and authors on a level that has never been done before in this country.

The slides can be viewed here.

You can track the developments of the FOLD, learn how to get involved and find out how to register here.

In between sessions, I attended the Expo and obtained many free goodies (see below).

The conference was wrapped up by Wab Kinew, who was a keynote speaker. Unfortunately, I haven’t found a recording online. Regardless, his speech was amazing and I highly recommend checking out his works.

A day in the life in Bhutan: Guest post from Sonam Wangdi

What’s it like to be a librarian in Bhutan? Check out this post to see!

The International Librarians Network is a blog that connects with librarians all over the world. It’s interesting to read about their daily activities and challenges they face.

International Librarians Network

Today’s post comes to us from our Country Coordinator for Bhutan, Sonam Wangdi.

I work in a Government basedresearch and training institute library atBumthang district, Bhutan. The library has only two staff, the librarian and librarian assistant. Both of us perform every bit of library task to meet the needs of patrons’ demand. Generally, I oversee the management of the library and perform some specific task on resource acquisition and cater electronic resources to users. Developing countries like Bhutan cannot afford to procure all the available commercial e-resource databases, which cost a huge amount. However, through the use of the Institute’s Memorandum of Understanding with other universities in developed countries, the library can access e-resources available at the partnered university.

In a day, I download minimum of 4-6 peer reviewed articles from various databases as per the requests received from patrons at anytime within the…

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Beta Testing of Statistics Canada’s Website

Statistics Canada is taking an interesting turn in letting users beta test their website. It’s a good initiative to get usability feedback.

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The Daily — Beta testing of Statistics Canada’s website, November 12 to December 12, 2014

Today, Statistics Canada begins testing of a new way to organize its statistical output. The goal is to make sure that Statistics Canada products are user friendly and easy to find on the agency’s website.

As part of a multi-year project to develop a new dissemination model, the agency is inviting users to visit its beta site and provide feedback. The information obtained will be used to develop a more dynamic online presence that is easier to navigate and makes information more readily accessible to a wide range of data users.

Users are invited to rate pages, provide comments and join in the discussion forum. The dialogue between the agency and its users will continue through to December 12. Launch of Statistics Canada’s new website is slated for fall 2015.

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A Guide to Little-Known Image Collections with Millions of Free, Hi-Res Images |

This is an awesome list of resources for images.

OEDb in general is a great education resource for information professionals.


I’m often asked where to go to find high-quality and hi-resolution still images for reuse so I’ve put together this guide.  There have been several new image collections that have opened up to the public just within the past year that not many people are aware of yet, but they offer access to thousands, or in some cases millions of outstanding photographs that can be downloaded for free.  Here’s a quick guide to finding those collections.

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The Map & Data Centre, Weldon Library

In July, I attended a tour of the Map & Data Centre (M&DC) with the SLA student group. It was a delight to learn about the many resources available in a map library.

The M&DC had different kinds of globes, including ones about the solar system. The raised-relief ones appealed to me, which represented the elevation of the world by having its surface shaped to reflect the heights (i.e. it wasn’t flat or smooth). With my images, you can see how high the Himalayas are compared to India. It’s incredible to see how far the mountains go. Next, you can see the deserts and mountains in Saudi Arabia and Yemen.

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There is a diverse range of atlases. If you search your library catalog with “Atlas of,” you will find that many topics are covered. Just as an example, in the photo below, the titles are about the historical atlases of Britain, a satellite atlas of Croatia and the surface temperatures of various European countries.

This picture is just one row of shelves in the M&DC; the possibilities and wealth of information is endless. Atlases are not just about geography, but about visualizing information.
Fire insurance plans are essentially the historic maps of various cities from as far back as the late 1800s. The M&DC has digitized some of these maps and are free to view.

A daylight map, showing where in the world it is daylight or nighttime in real time.

The M&DC offers so much more than what I’ve described above. Statistical data and consultation are offered. Various GIS software is available to use and visualize data. Every university should have a map library in some capacity, so definitely check out the resources available to you.