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dc.contributor.authorMacIsaac, Peggy Lynn
dc.identifier.otherACCOLEDS 2007 training workshops which is organized through COPPUL (Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries) and Statistics Canada’s Data Liberation Initiative (DLI) in Nanaimo, BC, December 3-7, 2007
dc.descriptionThe ACCOLEDS 2007 Workshop provided the opportunity to try several methods of retrieving, manipulating and displaying data from Statistics Canada. We received an update on services available through the Data Liberation Initiative (DLI). We used ArcGIS, GeoSuite, and MapPoint for mapping data. As I don’t have a geography background this was very informative as to understanding more fully the information needs of those in working in geography. International trade data was one topic area discussed that will be useful in serving AU Library patrons in business, global studies, and other fields. We had several hands-on workshops including using excel to manipulate public use microdata files. This certainly improved my excel computer skills. One presentation was from a public administration professor at the University of Victoria, discussing how she integrates economic and geographic data into her classroom. This was useful in furthering my understanding of various approaches to data and how working with data can achieve particular learning outcomes. Working with data is difficult and this provided me with an opportunity to increase my comfort with serving AU Library patrons’ data questions.en
dc.description.abstractThis training opportunity is organized through COPPUL (Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries) and Statistics Canada’s Data Liberation Initiative (DLI), which provides access to Statistics Canada resources exclusively to member academic libraries. AU Library is a member of both of these organizations. The training provided would enhance my ability to serve students access material from statistics Canada relevant to several disciplines taught at AU. I would participate in all the training sessions provided during this workshop. Enhancing my reference skills in data services is a good compliment to the various reference skills I current possess. The training is very focused on the uniqueness of data librarianship. It is an invaluable opportunity to keep current in this constantly changing facet of library reference services. My position as a librarian at AU Library includes serving students and faculty in their research pursuits across various disciplines. This specialized training is applicable across several academic disciplines thus highly relevant.en
dc.description.sponsorshipAcademic & Professional Development Fund (A&PDF)en

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