Libraries Relieved that Province Won’t Put Tax on Books

Great news for the literary community in Nova Scotia this week. It has been reported by a number of news outlets that Finance Minister Diana Whalen has nixed the idea of implementing the provincial portion of the HST on printed books. You can read coverage on the Ministers comments via CBC, Library Journal, The News and Chronicle Herald. Thanks to everyone who took the time to write their MLA’s, sign the petition and raise awareness about this issue.

On March 9th, 2015, NSLA President, Trecia Schell, along with representatives from Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association, Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association, Writer’s Federation of Nova Scotia, Read-To-Me, Library Boards Association of Nova Scotia and the Council of Regional Librarians met with the Finance Minister to discuss this issue. You can view the joint presentation that was put together for that meeting here.

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Education Institute webinars

Well it seems winter is going to hang on for a little while longer in Nova Scotia. While you’re stuck in doors it’s a good time to catch up on some professional development opportunities to reinvigorate yourself and your libraries for spring. The Education Institute has some great webinars lined up throughout the rest of March and April. Just follow the EI button on the right of our page our check out their full winter 2015 brochure to find out more info.

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IM Public Lecture Today

Looking for something to do after work today and in the Halifax area? Check out the Information Management Public Lecture at 4pm, Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building, 6100 University Avenue.

Open Data and Open Governance in Canada: A Critical Examination of New Opportunities and Old Tensions

with Dr. Jeffrey Roy School of Public Administration, Dalhousie University

Lecture Details:
Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 from 4:00pm-5:00pm Room 3089, Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building, 6100 University Avenue

Abstract:
As governments develop open data strategies, their efforts reflect the advent of the Internet, the digitization of government, and the emergence of meta-data as a wider socio-economic and societal transformational. This lecture will seek to both situate and examine the evolution and effectiveness of open data strategies in the public sector with a particular focus on municipal governments in Canada that have led this movement domestically. It will also delve more deeply into whether and how open data can facilitate more open and innovative forms of governance enjoining an outward-oriented public sector (across all government levels) with an empowered and participative society.

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