Administrative Data Information Session

The Atlantic Research Data Centre (ARDC) and New Brunswick RDC are pleased to invite you to a half-day Administrative Data Information Session.

This session will provide:

  • A general overview of the currently available and forthcoming administrative dataset at RDCs
  • An in-depth information of major administrative data in two areas: Immigration and Health
  • Demonstrations of applied research using these data

The ARDC hopes that this information will stir up ideas on new research, as well as facilitate collaborations among academic researchers, policy making communities, and community organizations.

This event will be held:

Friday, March 18, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Room 303, Student Union Building
Dalhousie University
6136 University Avenue 

Admission is FREE. However, for planning purposes, please register through the ARDC website: RDC Administrative Data Information Session

This session will be webcasted through Webinar (registration is required). ARDC will provide more information to all registrants.

Welcome Mollie Thompson

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Mollie started working at the Dalhousie Libraries in September 2015. Before working here, she catalogued special projects as a student intern at Saint Mary’s, did records management for the Nova Scotia Department of Health, and worked at NSCAD University for three years in various roles such as circulation, interlibrary loans, serials, and cataloguing.

Mollie is a graduate of the NSCC Library Information & Technology program, and she is now pursuing a Bachelor of Arts with a minor in Music at Dalhousie. In her free time, she enjoys playing the saxophone and piano at her church and other local events. She’s looking forward to enriching her musical skills through Dalhousie’s Music Program.

Although Mollie is very specialized in the area of cataloguing, she particularly enjoys interacting with students and assisting them to locate resources. “I come from a family with eight Dalhousie Alumni! With that much Dal lineage, I am very excited to join the Dalhousie team,” says Mollie. Mollie’s homebase will be the Killam Library but she is available to “float” among the other Dalhousie Libraries when her help is needed.

Copyright Messaging in Brightspace: a note for instructors

By: John Yolkowski, Copyright Services Coordinator, Dalhousie Libraries

As Dalhousie makes the migration to Brightspace, the new Learning Management System (LMS), instructors will notice some changes and new features. For instance, when you first log into Brightspace you will be presented with this pop-up notice:

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In order to gain access to Brightspace, you will need to click “I confirm,” to confirm that you are aware of your copyright responsibilities. This pop-up message will appear each term as a reminder about copyright.

Instructors share in the responsibility to ensure the materials you have uploaded into your course space are copyright compliant. This means you have the permission of the copyright holder to upload the item, or you are making content available under an exemption in the Copyright Act, like Fair Dealing (see our Fair Dealing Guidelines here).

If you are unsure about whether your course is copyright compliant, Dalhousie Libraries’ Copyright Office has tools to help you:

  • As well, we also provide a Copyright Course Review Service on request, where Copyright Office staff will review your course space for copyright concerns, and provide suggestions/clearances for material that may be infringing.

If you have any questions about copyright and your course-space, this pop-up window, or would like to take advantage of our course review service, please contact us at Copyright.Office@Dal.ca or 902-494-4346. Thank you again for playing your part in ensuring sustainable and ethical copying practices at Dalhousie.

Food for Fines 2016 — Increased Incentives for Donating

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From Mon., Feb. 8 until Sun., Feb. 28, you’ll have increased opportunities to reduce or clear your Novanet library fines by “paying” with food donations during Food for Fines.

The program has expanded in three ways this year:

  • Value of fines waived per food item donated has increased from $2 to $3
  • $50 cap on the amount of fines waived has been removed
  • The program will run a second time this year, from Oct. 17–Nov. 6

Food donations will be given to the Dalhousie Student Union Food Bank, Feed Nova Scotia (recommended donations include cereal, pasta, canned vegetables, soups and stews) and the Colchester Food Bank (for donations made at the MacRae Library on the Agricultural Campus). Donations of canned goods or other non-perishable foods can be brought to the front desk at any of the five Dalhousie Libraries during regular hours. Cash donations are also accepted.

Dalhousie students, faculty and staff can pay off their fines this way. We also welcome donations if you don’t have overdue fines. “What started as a Dalhousie initiative more than ten years ago has grown to be a provincewide initiative including all of the Novanet libraries,” said Elaine.

Last year, the five Dalhousie Libraries collected 551 food items and $213.25 in cash donations. A total of $913.50 in fines were waived in exchange for food donations. Food items were divided between the Dalhousie Student Union Food Bank, Feed Nova Scotia and the Colchester Food Bank. Across Novanet, which includes all university and college libraries in Nova Scotia, a total of 1,817 food items were collected, as well as $609.25 in cash donations.

Munro Day Hours

Munro Day

This Friday, February 5,  Dalhousie celebrates Munro Day. But why? Learn more about who George Munro was, and then read these top 5 facts about Munro Day.

All of the libraries will be open on Munro Day, but will be observing reduced hours:
Kellogg Library Collection (Chapter House)
 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Kellogg Library Learning Commons (CHEB)
 12–4 p.m.

Killam Memorial Library
1–9 p.m.

MacRae Library
10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Sexton Design & Technology Library
10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Sir James Dunn Law Library
9 a.m.–4 p.m.

For a full list of library hours, check out our library hours page.

Welcome Gina Coates

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Gina Coates is a graduate of the Library and Information Technology program at the Nova Scotia Community College. Before becoming the Sexton Library Evening and Weekend Supervisor in August 2015, Gina volunteered at the Sexton Library, and worked in temporary positions at the Sexton, Killam, and Kellogg Libraries.

Gina’s main duties include working with the team at the Sexton Library and supporting the everyday operation of the library in Access Services, Document Delivery, and Resources. She will also “float” among the other Dalhousie Libraries when her help is needed.

“It’s been such a great experience working at the Dalhousie Libraries these past few years and now as a full-time employee I’m looking forward to what the future will bring!” says Gina.

Esri Canada GIS Scholarships Program

Through the Esri Canada GIS Scholarships program, Esri Canada is proud to recognize students at Canadian post-secondary institutions who are involved in projects. The scholarships are provided through schools, Dalhousie being one of 50 schools across the country, that demonstrate strong, multidisciplinary GIS courses and programs. This scholarship provides recipients with great networking opportunities, funding and access to extensive GIS resources including Esri ARCGIS software, books and training to develop their GIS skills and knowledge.

Awards

The Dalhousie award will be divided into two scholarships: one for graduate students and one for undergraduate students.

Graduate

  • $1500 from Esri Canada
  • A perpetual license for Esri’s ArcGIS software for educational and research purposes and one year of complimentary maintenance license
  • One Esri Canada instructor-led training course
  • A virtual campus premium annual user license
  • A one-year subscription to the Esri Developer Network (EDN)
  • Registration for one of Esri Canada’s User Conferences in 2016

Undergraduate

  • $1000 from Esri Canada
  • Select Esri Press publications
  • One Esri Canada instructor-led training course

Eligibility

Applicants must be registered as full-time students at Dalhousie University in the term when the award is being assessed.  Students must also have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 (B+) or higher.

Expectations of the scholarship recipients

The successful candidate will be asked to submit to Esri Canada a poster demonstrating their project, lab work, or interesting research in a special setting (eg. promoting education, conservation, disaster response, urban planning, business, engineering, social science, et cetera) and its outcomes using Esri’s ArcGIS software as the focus of the work. Along with the poster, the successful candidate will be asked to provide a write up summary of his or her work in the form of a paper with maps that express or visualize the project effort. The poster and write up are due to the selection committee by the end of the school year in which the award is provided to be displayed at the local Esri User Conference.

We also expect the students to meet with an Esri Canada representative for a photo-op of receiving the award and be willing to be featured in a DalNews article on the scholarships.

Application process

The following must be submitted by email to Mike.McAllister@dal.ca with subject line “Esri Scholarship Application” or by hardcopy in a sealed envelope to the main reception of the Faculty of Computer Science, 6050 University Ave.

Applicants should address the elements of the selection criteria in their submission.

The submissions must include the following information:

  • Cover page with your name, student number and contact information, your major, and minors
  • Academic transcript (unofficial one is acceptable)
  • A summary of significant course work and/or postgraduate research using Esri technology.  Courses of particular interest that should be highlighted to the committee are:
  1. Courses in which GIS is a core focus of the course
  2. Applied GIS courses
  3. Remote sensing course
  4. ESRI online certificates (providing copies of the certificates)
  • A summary of projects relating to or using Esri technology.  A summary can consist of of:
  1. A digital copy of a poster demonstrating the use of GIS
  2. A GIS-based web site
  3. A written description (two page maximum) of a project that includes use of and analysis with GIS.  The submission should include an illustration of the results.
  • A maximum of one page description of what you would do with a 1 year supply of Esri software, virtual campus and access to instructor led learning courses

Deadlines

All applications must be submitted, either in hardcopy or electronically to Mike.McAllister@dal.ca by noon on Monday, February 8, 2016.

Announcement of the scholarship recipients

The recipients of the award will be notified on or before February 16, 2016.

Additional information

For more information on the Esri Scholarship contest

http://www.esri.ca/sites/default/files/filemanager/GIS_Scholarships/2014_FAQ_for_students_ENG.pdf

http://www.esri.ca/en/content/esri-canada-gis-scholarships

Welcome Andrew Wood

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Andrew Wood is a Dalhousie alumnus, having graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies in 2006. He stayed in the Theatre Department as a teaching assistant from 2007 to 2015 in various Film Studies courses.

Last year, Andrew graduated from NSCC’s Library & Information Technology program. Before becoming a library services assistant at Dalhousie, he worked at the Dal Libraries doing Document Delivery, Access Services, shelving, and Novanet LiveHelp.

Andrew’s homebase library is the Killam, but he is available to “float” among the other Dalhousie Libraries when help is needed. His main focus will be resources (cataloguing and acquisitions-related work), Access Services at the Killam Library Service Point, and digital initiatives and scholarly communication.

Andrew brings a lot of customer service experience to his role at the Dalhousie Libraries, having worked ininsurance and retail sales, customer service, and visual merchandising. As a volunteer, he created a classification system, a cataloguing manual, and a library for the Dartmouth Heritage Museum – cataloguing over 800 books since 2014. This year he is the volunteer entertainment coordinator for the Atlantic Provinces Library Association’s 2016 conference.

In his spare time, Andrew enjoys film noir, genealogy research, and travelling.  He’s been to Thailand, New Orleans, and Mexico, to name a few places. “While completing my degree at Dalhousie, I knew I was a part of something special. To continue my relationship by making my career here is truly a joy,” he says.

Welcome Seungkyoo Lee

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Seungkyoo has worked in administration and customer service for more than ten years in Korea and Canada. She holds a Bachelor of Economics and an International Commerce Degree from Sejong University in Seoul, South Korea. In 2014, Seungkyoo obtained a Master’s degree of Information and Library Science from the University of Montreal, where she lived for nine years.

Since then, she has worked in the library at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography and at Halifax Public Libraries. In January, Seungkyoo joined the Dalhousie Libraries’ team. Seungkyoo will perform duties in the areas of course reserves, resources, and circulation at the Killam Library; in addition she will “float” among the other Dalhousie Libraries when her help is needed.

“I am excited, enthused, and highly motivated to establish myself in a productive work relationship with the team at the Dalhousie Libraries. My past library experience and being trilingual in English, French, and Korean will positively benefit the team and enhance customer service,” says Seungkyoo.