News Release Archive

Education and Culture Minister John MacEachern today proclaimed
April 28 - May 4 as Information Rights Week in Nova Scotia. 

Information Rights Week is celebrated across the country as a way
to focus on public access to information.

"In this information-driven economy, the Nova Scotia government
is committed to providing Nova Scotians with the up-to-date
information they need to play an active role in shaping the
economic and social future of Nova Scotia," the minister said.

EDnet, the Department of Education and Culture's Wide Area
Network, provides schools and libraries with cost effective
access to the Internet and its many resources. The EDnet web
site, which is part of the Nova Scotia government's home page,
links Nova Scotians to the department's resources, including the
provincial library and museums. It also allows access to current
news releases and publications, as well as information on various
government agencies, boards and commissions. Students with
student loans can also use EDnet to check the status of their
loan applications.

Nova Scotia Community College campuses, College de l'Acadie
learning centres, public libraries, museums, and many public
schools are assessing the Internet through Ednet.

The provincial library's public electronic information system,
NcompasS, provides direct user-friendly access to library
databases throughout Nova Scotia, (including Novanet) via Ednet,
and also links to various databases around the world.

Having access to information is one thing, but knowing how to use
it is another. For access to information to be relevant, said the
minister, one must be able to read and understand the information
provided. The Department of Education and Culture is committed to
community literacy and offers various distance education programs
that help Nova Scotians to upgrade their education. Through
Network Nova Scotia, Nova Scotians  across the province can get
access to high school, community college, university, and other
education programs. In addition, the Atlantic Education Network,
via ASN, provides access to 26 hours of educational programming
each week.

"We live in a world that has information at its fingertips," said
Mr. MacEachern. "As a government, we are doing our utmost to
ensure that up-to-date information is available to Nova Scotians;
however, it is up to individuals to use the information to
potentially increase their social and economic opportunities."

Information Rights Week is being spear-headed by libraries across
Canada, as well as the Canadian Library Association.


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College (College de l'Acadie).                              

Contact: Marion Pape 902-424-2457

jlw                         April 26, 1996       10:40 a.m.