December 2015 Newsletter 

Hello CAUL/CBUA Community,

As students and snow flurries fly past library windows, it seems that everyone is rushing towards the end of the semester. With holidays just around the corner, the Council of Atlantic University Libraries / Conseil des bibliothèques universitaires de l’Atlantique has one final update for 2015 before delving into several exciting initiatives in 2016.

That's a wrap! All year-end subscription agreements have been finalized for 2015/16.
As requested by members, CAUL/CBUA is investigating several new offers for 2016,  including Nature and The Cochrane Library. 


The Board of Directors met at Mount Allison University on Tuesday, October 27.  Among other topics, the Directors discussed Research Data Management and are planning a workshop for late February 2016. 

The Collections Committee is planning an information session on statistics for 2016. The group continues to advise the manager, focusing on website additions and reviewing the Terms of Use for CAUL/CBUA subscriptions. 

The Last Copy Steering Committee will meet in early January to review its progress and set goals for 2016. 
The Communications Committee is seeking individuals interested in joining the committee. The group advises the manager on communication activities and is developing a communications strategy. The group is focusing on adding new features to the website, in order to facilitate communication of product renewals and convey upcoming events. Please contact your University Librarian if you are interested in this committee.

The Digital Preservation & Stewardship Committee continues to guide the Research Data Working Group, the Government Documents Working Group, and the Digitization and Preservation Best Practices Working Group. The working groups are seeking new members interested in discussing issues related to digital preservation. Please contact your University Librarian if you would like to learn more about these groups.

The Scholarly Communications Committee bids farewell and best wishes to Lise Brin, former Committee Chair. Lise has accepted a secondment as Project Officer with CARL-ABRC for 2016. The committee has elected Mike Nason, UNB Fredericton, as Chair. The committee also wishes to welcome a new member, Ruth Collings, Data, Science and Systems Librarian at Mount Allison. The committee will be meeting this week to prioritize projects for 2016. The group recently released the Digital Scholarship Toolbox, an excellent resource for students, staff, and faculty.
Collaborative Research and Innovation Grant
CAUL/CBUA is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Collaborative Research and Innovation Grant!
Suzanne van den Hoogen, Public Services Librarian at St. Francis Xavier University and Kristel Fleuren-Hunter, Children's Services Librarian at Pictou Antigonish Regional Library will be awarded $1,000 to help support their project, At Your Leisure: Providing leisure reading materials to a university community through an academic and public library initiative.   
In their proposal, Suzanne and Kristel emphasize "the benefits of leisure reading to the individual are many and include lifelong learning, increased literacy, benefits to mental health, and reading for the simple pleasure of reading". The proposed research will explore the role for leisure reading within the university community.
The CAUL/CBUA Collaborative Research and Innovation Grant is intended to encourage collaborative research across the academic libraries in the region, proposing solutions to practical questions as well as projects which involve structured evidence-based research. We are pleased to continue offering support to researchers in the region and look forward to the results of Suzanne and Kristel's study. 
Best Wishes to Mark Leggott
The Board of Directors bids a fond farewell to Mark Leggott, CAUL/CBUA Vice-Chair and Chair of the Digital Preservation & Stewardship Committee. Mark has been the University Librarian at the University of Prince Edward Island since 2006. He has accepted a position as Executive Director with Research Data Canada (RDC).

CAUL/CBUA wishes to thank Mark for his tremendous efforts and contributions to the Council, especially in the realm of digital preservation and data management, and wishes him all the best in his future endeavors!

Calls for Proposals have been released for the following 2016 Conferences:

ABC Copyright Conference
APLA Conference
Library Assessment Conference

Contact manager@caul-cbua with news or event information that you wish to share in future newsletters, or to chat about CAUL/CBUA activities.


Kathryn Reddy
Manager, CAUL/CBUA
(709) 746-9605

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