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Tuesday, January 28, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
“Information Needs of Australasian Men During Stressful Life Events”
Dr. Peta Wellstead, Open Polytechnic of New Zealand/Kuratini Tuwhera, School of Social Science
Location: Grieg Research Lab (Room 462), Suite 470, SLAIS, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, 1961 East Mall, UBC
Refreshments Served

Abstract of the Talk: Peta will discuss her research into information seeking and use by Australian and New Zealand men during periods of life stress and ill health. Men in both countries have high suicide rates and poor health outcomes in many domains. Peta's research is attempting to find out more about the way that information and support can be provided more effectively to men in order that their health and wellbeing can be enhanced.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
"Metrics for Openness"
David Nichols, University of Waikato, New Zealand
Location: Grieg Research Lab (Room 462), Suite 470, SLAIS, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, 1961 East Mall, UBC
Refreshments Served

Abstract of the Talk: Metrics in information science have been largely based around publications and citations. The altmetrics proposal has highlighted that citations alone are inadequate for a holistic description of the impact of scholarly communication. This talk will present some further metrics to characterize research publications, emphasizing open access and open science.

Biography of the Speaker: David Nichols is a faculty member in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. His research interests include digital libraries, usability and open source software. He co-authored (with Ian Witten and David Bainbridge) the textbook How to Build a Digital Library (2010, Second Edition) and is a member of the research group that develops Greenstone, a suite of software for building and distributing digital library collections.

Research Day

Friday, February 28, 11:00am - 12:00pm
"The Rhizome, the Archives and the Social Media"

Wendy M. Duff, Professor, University of Toronto
Location: Bralorne Reading Room, Suite 470, SLAIS, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, 1961 East Mall, UBC Refreshments Served

Abstract of the Talk: Recently, some have called upon archives to move to a more radical user orientation, envisioned by community archives, participatory archives[1] and the archival commons[2]. Concomitantly, some have suggested that social media, or Archives 2.0 will transform archives into a more democratic institution, one that foregrounds ‘multiple authorities based on networks of peers”[3].  Research, however, indicates that most archives continue to serve as a centralized archival authority that uses social media to promote services rather than engage users in new relationships[4].  This paper draws on Deleuze and Guattari concept of the "rhizome" to propose a system that supports non-hierarchical entry and exit points in data representation and interpretation.   It suggests gamification, mashups, and interactives may provide new ways to connect with non- traditional users and to provide new avenues of access to archival material.

[1] Isto Huvila “Participatory Archive:  Towards Decentralized Curation, Radical User Orientation, and Broader Contextualisation of Records Management,” Archival Science 8 (2008): 15-36
[2] Scott R. Anderson and Robert B. Allen “Envisioning the Archival Commons” American Archivist 72 (Fall/Winter 2008): 383-400.
[3] Elizabeth Yakel, “Balancing Archival Authority with Encouraging Archival Voices to Engage with Records,” In K. Theimer (Ed.), A Different Kind of Web: New Connections between Archives and Users,
(Chicago:  Society of American Archivists, 2011), p. 84
[4] Wendy M.  Duff, Catherine A Johnson and Joan M. Cherry, “Reaching Out, Reaching In: A preliminary investigation into archives' use of social media in Canada” Archivaria 75 (2013): 77-96

Biography of the Speaker: Wendy M. Duff is a professor at the University of Toronto, School of Information. She is currently the Director of the Digital Curation Institute and teaches archives and records management with a focus on access to archival materials. She is a founding member of AX-SNet, an evolving international team of researchers interested in facilitating access to primary materials. Her current research focuses on archival users, archives and social media, measuring the archival impact on social justice and the convergence of libraries, archives and museums.

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