The International Association of University Libraries (IATUL) invites you to attend the 37th Annual IATUL Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

This year’s theme is Leadership in a Sea of Change, and reflects not only Nova Scotia’s location by the ocean, but also provides the opportunity to share cutting edge experiences and knowledge during this time of continuing change in the world of libraries.
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Thursday, June 9 • 10:30 - 12:00
A Sea of Change in Library Service Delivery for Federal Science Departments

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Eight federal science libraries have created an innovative and collaborative approach to deliver sustainable, modern digital library services for Government of Canada (GC) science departments: the Federal Science Library (FSL).

The ultimate aim of the FSL is to ensure that the 35,000+ GC knowledge workers in the eight partner departments - science, technology, and health researchers, program planners, and policy makers - have virtual access to both high-quality library and information resources and the services of skilled library professionals and subject experts provided by departments.

This paper explores a significant service transformation in which departments share enterprise class systems, including a best-in-industry search and discovery tool, and a new common library portal and platform of library applications that is sustainable and scalable. The initiative has resulted in the reduction of legacy systems and software vendors across all FSL member departments/agencies from 17 to 5.

The shared approach creates new opportunities for enabling access to a variety of information resources and services for departments well beyond the current scope of their individual service offerings and collections.

As an Open Government Action Plan commitment to “develop and pilot a single online discovery and access platform for federal science library services and collections” the partnership has the potential to expand its reach to other science departments, creating wider dissemination of federal scientific information resources and research. In its next phase of work, to be delivered by December 2016, the partnership will open the portal to the public allowing Canadians a window into these research collections and resources.

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Kathleen O'Connell

Kathleen O’Connell is A/Director General, Knowledge Management Branch (formerly CISTI) at the National Research Council, Canada’s national research and technology organisation. The KM Branch delivers four key programs for NRC: National Science Library, Information and Analysis... Read More →

Thursday June 9, 2016 10:30 - 12:00
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