Vivian Howard

Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by the iSchool at UBC.

One Book, One Community (OBOC) programs represent an intersection of traditional forms of reading and reading practices with communication technologies of the twenty-first century. OBOCs aim to create community through book-related interactions. In particular, digital technologies can be used to unite geographically disparate people in ephemeral communities – i.e., people who are not necessarily local to one another – through the practice of shared reading. Begun in 2012, One Book Nova Scotia (1BNS) is organized by Libraries Nova Scotia, and is described on the program’s website as “a province-wide community reading event for adults” ( The 1BNS website states that the program has four goals: 1) to encourage reading and contribute to the development of a reading culture in Nova Scotia; 2) to create opportunities for social interaction and community development; 3) to support life-long learning; 4) to allow those in the literary community to work together and develop stronger relationships. Formally programmed events have included the book announcement and launch, a series of author readings, and book discussions. Participants in 2013 were also encouraged to utilize Twitter as a mechanism for discussion and information hub for the program.

This case study analyses the success of the One Book Nova Scotia program in achieving its goals of developing a reading culture and community in the province of Nova Scotia based on the findings of a participant survey and an analysis of the Twitter discussion. The paper concludes with some recommendations to improve the effectiveness of future programs.

The second case study focuses on reading apps for preschool children. As a new technology, interactive multimedia reading apps for young children have not been the focus of much previous research and our understanding of their use is limited. The objective of this recent research project is to gauge parents’ and caregivers’ perceptions of reading apps for preschool children. This research project investigates the extent to which parents/caregivers are choosing reading apps for their children, what factors they take into consideration when choosing reading apps, and what they consider to be the benefits and drawbacks of this technology in encouraging their children to enjoy reading for pleasure.

Vivian Howard is associate professor in the School of Information Management and Associate Dean Academic of the Faculty of Management at Dalhousie University.  Her research interests include barriers and motivators for pleasure reading, particularly for young readers; social reading initiatives; and Atlantic Canadian literature for children and teens.  She is the editor of the YA Hotline newsletter and is the principal investigator of a research team developing the Sea Stacks website (

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 5:00-6.00PM at the Dodson Room (Rm 302), Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

Come celebrate Woodward Library’s 50th Anniversary and help shape our future

Please join us on November 20th, 2014, to celebrate Woodward Library’s 50th Anniversary.

Hosted by University Librarian, Ingrid Parent and Head of Woodward Library, Aleteia Greenwood, the reception will be held in the Woodward Library Foyer from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Guest speakers will reflect on Woodward Library’s past, present and future.

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In celebration of this milestone we are also hosting other events:

November 17-21 our workshop series which includes:

Faculty Open House

Faculty members are cordially invited to provide feedback on and help shape the future of Woodward Library. Register here:

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This is an Irving K. Barber Learning Centre Lecture presented by the Vancouver Institute.

Naomi Klein is the author of the critically acclaimed #1 international bestsellers, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism and No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies which have each been translated into more than 30 languages. She is a contributing editor for Harper’s Magazine, a reporter for Rolling Stone, and a syndicated columnist for The Nation and The Guardian.

Naomi Klein is a member of the board of directors for, a global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis. Her new book is This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, available at UBC Library. This lecture is co-sponsored by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, and Green College and took place at the UBC Chan Centre for Performing Arts.

Available at UBC Library

Klein, Naomi.  This changes everything : capitalism vs. the climate.  New York: Simon & Shuster, 2014.  [Link]

Klein, Naomi. The shock doctrine: The rise of disaster capitalism. Toronto: A.A. Knopf, 2007. [Link]

Klein, Naomi. No logo.  Toronto: Knopf Canada, 2000. [Link]

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