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Book Launch: Whispers of Mermaids and Wonderful Things

Whispers of MermaidsWe’re celebrating the launch of Whispers of Mermaids and Wonderful Things: Atlantic Canadian Poetry and Verse for Children, edited by Sheree Fitch and Anne Hunt (Nimbus, 2017).

Harriet Irving Library | Thursday, September 21, 4:00 pm | Free!

Whispers of Mermaids and Wonderful Things reflects years of research and gathering. While the tradition of poetry for children and young adults is strong in Canada’s Atlantic region, the poems themselves are scattered over years and volumes and most have been out of print for a long while. These poems have long needed careful curation and editing. That is exactly what Fitch and Hunt have done in this landmark anthology. With work beginning in the Eileen Wallace Children’s Literature Collection at UNB and extending well beyond, Sheree and Anne have not only unearthed a rich, engaging, and relevant poetic tradition and brought it forward for a new generation of children, they have created new communities of poets and poetry along the way. The volume, though historical in scope, is as fresh as one would hope it to be with many new and exciting voices represented.


For more information, contact Sue Fisher, Curator, Eileen Wallace Children’s Literature Collection or 452-6044.


Fake News on the Rise: Tips for Savvy Media Engagement

Fake news is not new but it has, in the last year or so, played an important role in conversations about news and politics. This presentation will look at examples of fake news and examine its political consequences. It will also give participants tools and strategies to identify and debunk fake news.

Friday, September 15th
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Room 2A & B, Ludlow Hall
Reception to follow from 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm.


Special Guests: Erin Steuter & Jeff Lilburn, Mount Allison University

Erin Steuter is a Professor of Sociology at Mount Allison University specializing in analysis of the news media. An award winning teacher and researcher, she has published three books, with her co-authors, on the media coverage of the “War on Terror”. Her PhD dissertation was on the monopoly ownership of the media in New Brunswick and she has published several articles on the newspaper ownership of the Irving Family and its impact in this region.

Jeff Lilburn is Public Services Librarian at Mount Allison University.  He is subject librarian for English and French Literature, Drama and Sociology.  His research areas include information literacy and media literacy, library practice surrounding social media and the corporate control of privacy, and the relationship between the rise of audit culture and use of standardized service-quality surveys by libraries.

Author presentation and signing: Tappan Adney and the Heritage of the St. John River Valley

UNB Libraries invites you to attend an introduction to a long – awaited biography of Tappan Adney being held on Friday, September 15th, from 3:00 – 5:00 pm in the Milham Room (#100) at the Harriet Irving Library.

When Tappan Adney came to Woodstock, New Brunswick for a summer holiday in 1887, a seed was planted that grew into one of the most significant projects of cultural preservation in the history of Canada.

Adney was just 19, an accomplished artist, a budding ornithologist, and interested in everything he saw happening in the St. John River Valley – an environment intriguingly different from New York City where he had been living and studying. For one thing, he saw Peter Joe building a Maliseet birch bark canoe at Lane’s Creek on the shore of the Wolastoq (St. John River) and it changed his life. Adney became the artist/craftsman who saved the bark canoe from extinction. Upper Woodstock became his home.

But he did much more. This highly illustrated book is the first publication to cover the full scope of the Tappan Adney story: he became a linguist, ethnographer, natural history scientist, wildlife illustrator, journalist, historian, writer, and pioneering legal defender of Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) treaty rights. And always the artist, he produced paintings, drawings, carvings, photographs, and museum quality model canoes that constitute a major cultural heritage in their own right. People who knew him called him a “genius.”

But perhaps most important of all, he produced The Bark Canoes and Skin Boats of North America, the book that became the workbench bible of all those who now, once again, are building birch bark canoes.

For further information please call the Harriet Irving Library at 506-453-3546.


Predatory Journals for Early Career Researchers

Please join us for a session for Early Career Researchers!

Street Pred: Sharpening your ‘Predatory Publishing’ Street Smarts

Presented by Mike Nason
Are you getting emails from journals you’ve never heard of asking you to publish with them? Are you worried about having to pay fees to publish in open access journals? Do you know how to tell if a journal is legit or not? Mike Nason, Scholarly Communications Librarian, will explain how to avoid get scammed. Don’t give your wallet to the wallet inspector!

This session will be offered twice:

  • Wednesday, May 24th at 1:30pm – 3:00pm
  • Thursday, May 25th at 10:00am – 11:30am

In the Harriet Irving Library, Learning Lab, Room 112.

DocTalks Workshop #3 – May 25th


12:00 PM – 1:00 PM,  MAY 25, 2017

Presenter: Dr. Scott Preston, Assistant Professor, UNB

This workshop will introduce researchers to the history and evolution of the documentary as a form, from its beginnings up to today. We will consider what distinguishes a documentary from other kinds of film and video productions, and how the documentary is expanded by new digital media. Finally, we will consider in particular the different ways that academic researchers have participated in the making of documentaries throughout its history and into the present. I hope this will inspire some of you to consider using this form to disseminate your own research.

(bring brown bag lunch – refreshments provided)