Monthly Archives: June 2007

Exploring St. John’s

The CLA conference was held at the end of May, and the weather was mostly perfect. It’s amazing to be in a place with 500 years of history (and more considering the Vikings landed in Newfoundland and it was home … Continue reading

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Canadian Library Association conference in St. John’s

Canadian Library Association   The CLA conference was held this year in St. John’s, Newfoundland. I had joined a CLA interest group, the Technical Services Interest Group (TSIG), and this year the TSIG was putting on a special day-long event with … Continue reading

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Virtual worlds

A number of CLA sessions I took in have to do with the library providing virtual services. The University of Guelph Library offers virtual reference service using both MSN chat and dedicated virtual reference software. Users can contact a reference … Continue reading

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TSIG – Technical Services Interest Group

I arrived a few days before the CLA conference to catch my bearings, do some sightseeing, and go to a preconference event sponsored by the CLA Technical Services Interest Group of which I am a member.   First up was … Continue reading

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Some CLA events

Mary Pratt was one of the keynote speakers at CLA. She is an artist, as is her husband, Christopher Pratt, who designed the current Newfoundland and Labrador provincial flag.     Mary Pratt spoke of her childhood involvement with books … Continue reading

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Signal Hill

The main landmark of St. John’s is Cabot Tower on top of Signal Hill. Cabot Tower was built in 1897 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of John Cabot’s discovery of Newfoundland and Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. So the tower is … Continue reading

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The Rooms — with a view!

A new fixture on the St. John’s skyline is The Rooms, the recently opened facility housing a museum, art gallery, and archives. The name “The Rooms” comes from the name of the fishing facilities where families came together to process … Continue reading

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