Peter Webster

Associate University Librarian, Information Technology Services
Academic Support Units
Library

Faculty Member Information

Biosketch

Peter Webster is Associate University Librarian, Information Technology Services at Saint Mary’s University, Patrick Power Library, He has been with Saint Mary’s since 1993. He has an MLS degree from Dalhousie University,1986, as well as a Certificate in Computer Science, also from Dalhousie University, and a BA in History and English, from the University of Alberta. He has served on management and technical committees for the NOVANET library consortium and the Council of Atlantic University Libraries (CAUL-CBUA), and the Canadian Research Knowledge Network(CRKN). He is currently Co-Chair of the External Advisory Committee (EAC) for Statistics Canada’s Data Liberation Initiative, and Chair of Research Data Repositories Task Group of the Portage Federated Research Data Repositories (FRDR) project. Peter has presented at conferences, including the IASSIST, EDUCAUSE, Computers in Libraries, Library and Information Technology (LITA) Forum, ACCESS, The American Library Association (ALA), The Canadian Library Association (CLA) and the Atlantic Provinces Library Association (APLA). His recent publications include: "Improving Scholarly Impact Metrics (Summary Report)". The Studio Sentinel, Saint Mary’s University, Issue 1, 2017. “Gaining the Benefits of Scholarly Social Networks.” International Association of University Libraries(IATUL) Conference Proceedings, 2016 “Research Data Repositories: Review of current features, gap analysis, and recommendations for minimum...

Education

M.L.I.S, Library and Information Science, Dalhousie, 1986

Honours

Atlantic Provinces Library Association (APLA) Merit Award Atlantic Provinces Library Association - 2010
Sandra Garvie Award, Fellowship for Studies in Public Legal Education Public Legal Education Association of Canada - 1988
H.W. Wilson Fellowship H.W. Wilson Publishing - 1985

Scholarly Contributions

Book

Webster Peter, Pop Mary, Dallis Diane, al. et.. "The Webscale Discovery Environment, Changing Library Services and Processes" (Winter - 2012)
Webster Peter, Garso David. "The Development of Electronic Journal Infrastructure" (Winter - 2010)
Webster Peter. "Managing Electronic Resources: New and Changing Roles for Libraries" (Winter - 2008)
Webster Peter. (Winter - 2008)
Webster Peter. "Library Resource Sharing Networks" (Winter - 2006)
Webster Peter, editor . "Fine Print: A Guide to Law Materials for Nova Scotians. 2nd edition" (Winter - 1987)

Journal Articles

Austin Claire, Brown Blake, Susan , Fong Nancy, Humphrey , Chuck , Leahey Amber, Webster Peter, Peter . "Research Data Repositories: Review of current features, gap analysis, and recommendations for minimum requirements", IASSIST Annual Conference, Minneapolis MN, June (Winter - 2015), 2--5
Webster Peter. "Saint Mary's University Results Summary from the EDUCAUSE Survey on Undergraduate Students and Information Technology 2012", Teaching and Learning, Saint Mary's University Vol. 23, 2 (Winter - 2013)
Webster Peter, Popp , MaryPagliero , Dallis Diane. "The web-scale discovery environment and changing library services and processes", Planning and Implementing Resource Discovery Tools in Academic Libraries. IGI Global, Hershey, PA, EE. UU (Winter - 2012)
Webster Peter. "INTERCONNECTED AND INNOVATIVE LIBRARIES: FACTORS TYING LIBRARIES MORE CLOSELY TOGETHER" (Winter - 2009)
Webster Peter. "The Library in Your Toolbar", Library Journal v132 n12 July 15, 2007 (Winter - 2007), p. 30-32
Webster Peter. "Challenges for Federated Searching", Internet Reference Services Quarterly Vol. 12, Issue 3/4, August 2007 (Winter - 2007), 357-368
Webster Peter. "Challenges for federated searching", Internet Reference Services Quarterly 12:3-4 (Winter - 2007), 357--368
Webster Peter. "The library in your toolbar", Library Journal 7 (Winter - 2007), 30--32
Webster Peter. "Interconnected and Innovative Libraries: Factors Tying Libraries More Closely Together", Library Trends Vol. 54, 3 (Winter - 2006)
Webster Peter. "Jeeves for Your Databases", Library Journal Vol. 131, 8 (Spring - 2006)
Webster Peter. "Bit by Bit", Library Journal Net Connect Vol. 131, 8 (Winter - 2006)
Webster Peter. "E-contend Database Administrative Services: A Comparative Review ", Library Journal (Winter - 2006)
Webster Peter. "Interconnected and innovative libraries: factors tying libraries more closely together", Library Trends 54:3 (Winter - 2006), 382--393
Webster Peter. "Breaking Down Information Silos: integrating online information ", Online Magazine (Fall - 2004)
Webster Peter. "Metasearching in an Academic Environment", Online Magazine (Winter - 2004)
Webster Peter. "Metasearching in an academic environment", Online information review 28:2 (Winter - 2004), 20--23
"Breaking down - Information silos: Integrating online information", ONLINE 28:6 (Fall - 2004), 30-34
"Metasearching in an academic environment", ONLINE 28:2 (Fall - 2004), 20-23
Webster Peter. "Implications of Expanded Library Electronic Reference Collections", Online Magazine (Fall - 2003)
Webster Peter. "Implications of expanded library electronic reference collections", Online 27:5 (Winter - 2003), 24--27
"Implications of expanded library electronic reference collections", ONLINE 27:5 (Fall - 2003), 24-27
Webster Peter. "Remote Patron Validation: Posting a Proxy Server at the Digital Doorway", Computers in Libraries (Fall - 2002)
Webster Peter. "Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe ", Feliciter Vol. 48, Issue 2 (Winter - 2002)
Webster Peter. "Remote patron validation: Posting a proxy server at the digital doorway", Computers in libraries 22:8 (Winter - 2002)
Webster Peter. "Competition in Information Services, Changing Libraries ", Feliciter Vol. 47, Issue 5 (Winter - 2001)
Webster Peter. "Group Purchasing Arrangements for Electronic Materials Among Atlantic Canadian Libraries", APLA Bulletin (Fall - 1999)
Webster Peter. "Networking Libraries in Atlantic Canada", APLA Bulletin (Winter - 1997)
Webster Peter. "Approaches used by public legal information telephone services in maintaining community referral information", Canadian Legal Information Council (CLIC) (Winter - 1989)

Presentation

Webster Peter. "Improving Research Data Visibility and Accessibility, for Better Data Sharing and Higher Research Profile", Joint Canadian Society for Digital Humanities(CSDH/ Association for Computers in Humanities(ACH) Digital Humanities Conference (Summer - 2015)
Webster Peter. "Libraries and Open Data - How Open Are We", Canadian Library Association(CLA) National Conference (Summer - 2015)
Webster Peter. "Libraries Preparing for the Research Data Deluge", Canadian Library Association (CLA) National Conference (Summer - 2015)
Webster Peter, Leahey Amber, Austin Claire, Brown Susan, Fong Nancy, Humphrey Chuck. "Research Data Repositories: Review of current features, gap analysis, and recommendations for minimum requirements", International Association for Social Science Information Services & Technology(IASSIST) Annual Conference (Summer - 2015)
Webster Peter. "Opportunities and Challenges for Students to achieve academic success through e-Learning approaches", Panel Discussion Participant, IMPACT: E-Learning in the 21st Century Symposium. Saint Mary’s Continuing Education. (Winter - 2013)
Webster Peter. "A Review of Key Open Data Resources", Statistics Canada, Atlantic Data Liberation Initiative Regional Training (Spring - 2013)
Webster Peter. "Sharing Discovery: Integrating Academic Library and Open Repository Search with WorldCat Local", Canadian Library Association (CLA) Annual Conference, OCLC Symposium "The Short and the Long of Library Collaboration" (Spring - 2012)
Webster Peter. "Going Mobile: Smart Phones and Library Services", Atlantic Provinces Library Association Conference (Summer - 2012)
Webster Peter. "Business and Corporate Statistics interacting with Stat Can", Statistics Canada, Atlantic Data Liberation Initiative Regional Training (Spring - 2012)
Webster Peter. "Discovering Canada: Discovery Services in the Canadian Academic Library Context", Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) Annual General Meeting (Fall - 2011)
Webster Peter. "Discovery Layers, Future Possibilities / Game Changers", Novanet Day (Spring - 2011)
Webster Peter, McFarland Dana, Gick Natalie, Davis Corey. "Do We Hear the Angels Singing? Next GenerationWeb-scale Discovery", Canadian Library Association Annual Conference (Spring - 2011)
Webster Peter. "Computer Use in Academic Libraries: Divergent Needs & Fast Changing Demands", Canadian Learning Commons Conference (Summer - 2010)
Webster Peter. "User Expectations of Online Library Services", Computers in Libraries Conference (Spring - 2010)
Webster Peter. "A Review of Atlantic Canadian GIS Data Sources", Statistics Canada. Data Liberation Initiative (DLI) Annual Workshop (Spring - 2010)
Webster Peter. "Smart Phones and the University Experience", AAU Teaching Showcase (Fall - 2009)
Webster Peter. "Lookup Tools and Union Catalogue Solution for ASIN and Novanet", Atlantic Scholarly Information Network (ASIN) Planning Day (Spring - 2008)
Webster Peter. "Integrating Library Services into Campus Webpages, LAN Network Services and Computer Desktops", Library Information Technology Association (LITA) Annual Forum (Fall - 2006)
Webster Peter. "Neat Stuff on the Horizon. Library IT Hot Topics in Online Information. Is This “The Next Big Thing” Coming to Your Library?” ", Atlantic Provinces Library Association Annual Conference (Spring - 2006)
Webster Peter. "Implementing a Federated Search Tool” (Panel Discussion)", American Library Association Annual Conference (Summer - 2005)
Webster Peter. "E-content Database Administrative Services. A Critical and Comparative Review", Access (Library Computing) Annual Conference (Fall - 2004)
Webster Peter. "The Rise of E-content Publishing", Atlantic Provinces Library Association Annual Conference (Spring - 2003)
Webster Peter. "Sharing Alternate Format Library Materials for Print Disabled Students", Canadian Association of College and University Student Services (CACUSS) Annual Conference (Summer - 2002)
Webster Peter. "E-books: A Look at the Technology and Latest Developments", Atlantic Provinces Library Association Annual Conference (Spring - 2001)
Webster Peter. "Better Online Research through Instructor/ Library Cooperation", Association for Media and Technology in Education in Canada (Summer - 2001)
Webster Peter. "Full Text Databases: A Review and Cost Benefit Analysis", Atlantic Provinces Library Association Annual Conference (Spring - 1998)
Webster Peter. "Our Networked World, New Developments", Atlantic Provinces Library Association Annual Conference (Spring - 1998)
Webster Peter. "Introduction to Digital Archives", Council of Nova Scotia Archives Annual Conference (Spring - 1998)

Service: Institutional Committees

Academic Advisory Committee on Research and Instructional Computing, 2012/02 - None (Member)
EDUCAUSE Undergraduate Students and Information Technology Survey Working Group, 2011/02 - None (Principal Investigator)
Mobile Access Committee, 2010/02 - None (Member)
Academic Course Materials Advisory Committee, 2008/02 - 2010/02 (Chair)
Year 2000 Task Force, Saint Mary's University, 1997/02 - 1999/02 (Member)
Information Technology Advisory Committee, 1993/02 - 1997/02 (Member)

Service: Professional or Disciplinary

Document Delivery Review Committee, Council of Atlantic University Libraries/Conseil des bibliothèques universitaires de l'Atlantique (CAUL-CBUA) 2012/02 - 2013/02
Standards & Interoperability Subcommittee, Research Data Canada 2012/02 - Present
Novanet On-line Materials Policy Group, Novanet Library Consortium 2011/02 - 2012/02
Novanet Day 2011 Program Committee, Novanet Library Consortium 2010/02 - 2011/01
Data Liberation Initiative, National Advisory Committee, Statistics Canada 2009/02 - Present
Hosted Link Resolver Committee, Council of Atlantic University Libraries/Conseil des bibliothèques universitaires de l'Atlantique (CAUL-CBUA) 2008/02 - 2009/02
WorldCat Local Implementation Working Group, Novanet Library Consortium 2008/02 - 2009/01
Negotiations Advisory Committee, Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) 2008/02 - Present
Annual Conference Planning Committee, Atlantic Provinces Library Association 2008/02 - 2009/01
Relais Document Delivery Implementation Committee , Council of Atlantic University Libraries/Conseil des bibliothèques universitaires de l'Atlantique (CAUL-CBUA) 2007/02 - 2008/02
Systems Operations Committee, Novanet Library Consortium 2007/02 - 2008/01
Emerging Technology Committee, Novanet Library Consortium 2006/02 - 2007/02
Board of Directors, Novanet Library Consortium 2006/02 - 2008/01
Atlantic Research Data Centre Advisory Committee, Statistics Canada 2006/02 - Present
Technical Working Group, Council of Atlantic University Libraries/Conseil des bibliothèques universitaires de l'Atlantique (CAUL-CBUA) 2005/02 - 2010/02
Annual Conference Planning Committee, Atlantic Provinces Library Association 2004/02 - 2015/01
Library System Implementation Steering Committee, Novanet Library Consortium 2002/02 - 2005/02
Systems Operations Committee, Novanet Library Consortium 2001/02 - 2003/02
Information Technology Advisory Group, Novanet Library Consortium 2001/02 - 2006/02
Annual Conference Planning Committee, Canadian Library Association 2001/02 - 2002/01
Council on Access for Print Disabled Candadians, National Library of Canada 2000/02 - 2004/02
Association Executive, Atlantic Provinces Library Association 1997/02 - 2000/02
Information Technology Advisory Group, Novanet Library Consortium 1995/02 - 1997/02
Annual Conference Planning Committee, Canadian Library Association 1995/02 - 1996/01
Committee on the Automation of Nova Scotia Legislation, 1990/02 - 1991/01
PLEI-NET National Planning Committee, PLEI-NET 1990/02 - 1991/02