The Southern Alberta Information Resources (SAIR) Project

  • Kathy Crewdson NextLibrary Inc.
  • Ian Dew NextLibrary Inc.
  • Wendy Osborn University of Lethbridge


Abstract Southern Alberta Information Resources (SAIR) is a collaborative bibliography of published resources significant to southern Alberta. Objectives and progress with evolving methodology, technology, issues and challenges are explored within the context of the library field. We investigate a collaborative digital library that allows librarians and non-librarians alike to share information on specific topics through MARC records. An outcome of a collaborative digital library is how to create and sustain interest within the library community. Southern Alberta region was selected based on the authors’ familiarity with the region. Some issues and questions remain to be resolved. Digital formats present a number of challenges in terms of selection and presentation. Legal issues relating to technology such as linking and location information have emerged. Basic technical issues remain, such as, how best to update links.

Author Biographies

Kathy Crewdson, NextLibrary Inc.
NextLibrary Inc. President
Ian Dew, NextLibrary Inc.
NextLibrary Inc. Consultant
Wendy Osborn, University of Lethbridge
Wendy Osborn is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Southern Alberta Digital Library at the University of Lethbridge. She received her B.C.S. (Honours) and M.Sc. degrees from the University of Windsor, and her Ph.D. from the University of Calgary.
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