The 31st Annual SALIS Conference,
held in the historic maritime city of Halifax,
featured presentations exploring the use of social
networking technologies in an information/knowledge
environment; current and historical discussions
of substance abuse in Canada; and a focus on the
role of best practices from a variety of perspectives.
The meeting was hosted by Ruth Hart
from the Nova Scotia Department of Health and
the Department of Health Promotion and Protection,
with assistance from Sheila Lacroix of the Centre
for Addiction and Mental Health. Sessions
were held at the Art
Gallery of Nova Scotia, near the conference
Marriott Residence Inn, Conference extras
included a tour of the Legislative
Library in historic Province House, and a
personal tour and dinner at Pier
21, the site of hundreds of thousands of immigrations
to Canada between 1928 and 1971.
of the 2009 presenters:
Marquis, Dept. of History and Politics,
University of New Brunswick Saint John,
"Building a Better Drinker: Citizens,
Alcohol, and the State in Nova Scotia"
Davison, Addiction Services, Nova
Scotia Health Promotion and Protection,
"A Systems Approach to Substance
Use in Canada: Recommendations for a National
Denniston, US ONDCP National Youth
Anti-Drug Media Campaign, "Key Challenges
in Universal Prevention Approaches: Best
Practices in Developing Culturally Appropriate
Messages for American Indians and American
Mark Asbridge, Dept. of Epidemiology
& Community Health, Dalhousie University,
"The Influence of Research on
Policy and Practice: Great Idea, Poor
Welsh, Dept. of Information Studies,
University College, London, "A
Shipping Forecast for ATOD 2.0"
Anne blogs about the conference.
Goodair, International Centre for
Drug Policy, St. George's University of
London, & Bette Reimer, Centre
for Addictions Research of British Columbia,
"Information Science, Evidence
Based Approach and Knowledge Exchange:
A Clash of Cultures or a Marriage of Skills?"
Hunt, Institute for Scientific Analysis,
"Tuned Out or Tuned In" ~
Clubbing, Drugs and the Dance Scene: A
a cavalcade of talented SALIS members
in a special session on "Web
2.0: SALIS, Let's Get Social,"
which showcased the use of social networking
technology in their libraries and centers.
... to our 2009 sponsors
for supporting the conference.
Powerpoint slides from many of the
presentations can be viewed by SALIS members in
section of this website. Stories, reports,
and photos from the conference in SALIS
29(2), Summer 2009, also in Members section.
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Program cover photo (c) by Scott