SFU's Annual GovInfo Day scheduled for April 24

On behalf of Simon Fraser University Library, and the BCLA Information Policy Committee, I am pleased to invite you to the Annual GovInfo Day, on Friday, April 24th, at Simon Fraser University in downtown Vancouver (details below).

This event is free but registration is required. To register for this event, please send an email with your name and library affiliation to me  [cgraebne@sfu.ca] by April 17th, 2015. Please note seating is limited and reservations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Annual GovInfo Day
Friday, April, 24, 2015
8:45 am to 5:00 (ish) pm
Room 7000, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver
515 West Hastings Street

Directions to the SFU Vancouver campus are available through http://www.sfu.ca/sub/about/maps-and-directions/vancouver.html and the HCC floorplans via http://www.sfu.ca/mecs/harbour+centre/floor+plans.html

Coffee and refreshments will be served at 8:45 to 9:00, with the program starting at 9:00.

Lunch is on your own.



  • Opening Remarks, Gwen Bird, University Librarian and Dean of Libraries, for Simon Fraser University.
  • Patrick McDermott, Senior Manager, Open Government Systems, Chief Information Officer Branch, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat / Government of Canada, will discuss the Virtual Library as part of Canada’s Action Plan on Open Government. He will be looking for input and discussion points will be circulated to attendees in advance. (via teleconference)
  • William Wueppelmann, CIO, Canadiana.org, will present on “Trustworthy Digital Preservation and Access.” Three years ago, Canadiana started the process of certifying its trustworthy digital repository. This presentation will outline the evolution of Canadiana’s repository and infrastructure over that period, and the evolution of a service architecture for digitization and long-term preservation and access.


  • Joanne Taylor, Executive Director and Registrar, Nidus Personal Planning Resource Centre and Registry will discuss the information and legal forms available on the Nidus website for making a Representation Agreement under BC legislation to plan for incapacity and end-of-life. She will also demonstrate the online Registry system for personal planning documents (Representation Agreements, Powers of Attorney, living wills, etc.).
  • Nicholas Worby, Government Information & Statistics Librarian, University of Toronto, will discuss the use of University of Toronto Libraries’ web archive of government websites as an outreach tool. He will explore the opportunities and challengers to opening up web archive data to digital humanities pursuits like text mining, data visualization, and network analysis.
  • Amanda Wakaruk, Government Information Librarian and Acting Digital Repository Services Librarian, University of Alberta, will talk about government information stewardship and her research in Government of Canada web content./li>
  • Roundtable and updates

If you have questions, please contact me [cgraebne@sfu.ca] but note I will be away from March 24 - March 30th. We look forward to seeing you there!

A formal agenda will be sent out closer to the date. The event will not be recorded but summaries will be made available later in the BCLA Browser.



Carla Graebner
Data Curator and Digital Preservation Project Manager;
Liaison Librarian: Economics and Government Information
W.A.C. Bennett Library, Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive, Burnaby, B.C. V5A 1S6 Canada
Email: cgraebne@sfu.ca
Tel: 778.782.6881
Fax: 778.782.6926