Nova Scotians and people from around the world will have better access to museum research and publications online thanks to the Nova Scotia Museum’s new electronic publishing program.
In partnership with the Nova Scotia Provincial Library and Dalhousie University Libraries, the Nova Scotia Museum has developed a system to offer research papers and books online for academics and the public.
“The new publishing program opens the door to a new level of accessibility for Nova Scotians who work with, and rely on, museum research,” said Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Tony Ince. “Past research and many new publications that examine our province’s rich and diverse culture will have a home with this program, and that will help the excellent work of curators and researchers reach people no matter where they are.”
Research by museum staff and their partners is one of the fundamental activities of the Nova Scotia Museum. The goal is to publish research related to the vast museum collection to advance the understanding of the world and encourage research by others. For example, the two-volume book, The Natural History of Nova Scotia, provides a framework for natural history resources across the province.
Also included will be an illustrated book, Baskets of Black Nova Scotians by Joleen Gordon, which documents the skills that African Nova Scotians brought when they came to Nova Scotia seeking freedom in the War of 1812.
“Basketry is one of the oldest handcrafts in the world,” said Ms. Gordon. “Choosing it as the Nova Scotia Museum’s first electronic book is an awesome blend of old and new.”
Among the rest of the first wave of publications to be available are two new reports, Curatorial Report No. 100, Osteological Atlas of the Brown Bullhead by Dr. Alfonso Rojo, and Hello Sailor! Canada: Gay, Lesbian and Transgendered Seafarers by Emily Burton and Bob Harding.
Also available is a wide selection of older curatorial reports from the Nova Scotia Museum dating back to 1967.
To view the electronic publishing program, go to