New database from Adam Matthew: Apartheid South Africa 1948-1980

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The Dalhousie Libraries have recently acquired Apartheid South Africa 1948-1980

This collection of primary sources contains British government files from the Foreign, Colonial, Dominion and Foreign and Commonwealth Offices spanning the period 1948 to 1980. The documents are organized into three chronological collections–1948-1966, 1967-1975 and 1976-1980 that span the history of South Africa from the start of Apartheid to its end.

The collection contains a wide range of English and Afrikaans diplomatic documents, letters, trial papers, news clippings autobiography, and more.

Illustrated explanations of how to use the database features can be found in the Page by Page Guide in the Help section.

Grade Center Solutions for OWL (BbLearn)

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The end-of-term just around the corner,  and we invite any instructor to join us for assistance in preparing your grade book in one of three sessions: Basics, Beyond Basics and Individual Challenges.

Grade Center Solutions BASICS for OWL (BbLearn)
18-MAR-2015 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM Killam G42
Covers: Creating and editing grade columns, manually adding grades, uploading grades from an Excel spreadsheet, adding up grades in a total column, assigning a letter grade using a weighted column, and organizing how students see their grades.
Register at: https://events-eod.dal.ca/workshop.php?id=1032

Grade Center Solutions BEYOND BASICS for OWL (BbLearn)
18-MAR-2015 10:45 AM – 12:15 PM Killam G42
Covers: Review of Grade Center Solutions – Basics, creation of grade columns by tools like quizzes, assignment drop boxes, discussions, etc., creation and use of grade rubrics, use of grade categories and grading periods, setting up and using Smart Views and grade reports.
Register at: https://events-eod.dal.ca/workshop.php?id=1033

Grade Center Solutions INDIVIDUAL CHALLENGES for OWL (BbLearn)

18-MAR-2015 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Killam G42
Covers: Resolution of problems you come with, extreme complex problems may need to defer to follow-up.

Register at: https://events-eod.dal.ca/workshop.php?id=1034

Singing in the stacks

It was hauntingly beautiful.

On February 13, ten members of the King’s Chorus, cloaked in black robes, silently marched into the third floor stacks of the Killam Library.

The group formed a circle and began to sing a capella. The first song was a Gregorian chant, Salve Regina. The second song was a hymn about winter, which was chosen for the weather, and the last song was a round based on a text from Psalm 137.

“We’ve had the idea to do something like this for a long time. We’ve always found the Killam possesses an eerie beauty when no one is there, and wanted to take advantage of that,” says Will Pearson, member of the Kings Chorus. “There is also something ruthless about the space; it is so quiet, and sometimes so tense because of all the fretful studying, so we envisioned the concert as a kind of cathartic activity for the books and the space. It was also an attempt to re-imagine the purpose of library space, and challenge its most sacred taboo, that of silence. We thought the books would like a bit of music.”

The performance lasted roughly ten minutes. Once they were finished, they left the third floor stacks as silently as they arrived, and exited the building.

“We were grateful for the chance to bring our music into a space that is usually so silent. It made the songs more significant and powerful,”  says Will. “We decided to sing in the literature section. Hopefully the thousands of characters in all those books enjoyed our performance.”

Next up for the King Chorus, a concert based on the first song they sang, Salve Regina, on March 28th at First Baptist Church, starting at 7:30 p.m.

More details can be found on the Kings Chorus website.

Top row, left to right: Maggie Pearson, Hannah Muhajarine, Valerie Collins, Mikaela Kyle, Anne White, Will Barton Bottom row, left to right: Karis Tees, Will Pearson, Evelyn Elgie, Olivia Tucker

Top row, left to right: Maggie Pearson, Hannah Muhajarine, Valerie Collins, Mikaela Kyle, Anne White, Will Barton
Bottom row, left to right: Karis Tees, Will Pearson, Evelyn Elgie, Olivia Tucker

 

Emerald unavailable March 2nd

EmeraldAnnouncing upcoming maintenance on Emerald’s research platform, Emerald Insight, which is scheduled to take place on Monday 2 March 2015, starting at 11:00 am. During this maintenance window, some functionality on Emerald Insight will be unavailable for up to 12 hours. The website maintenance updates are part of Emerald’s customer focused development initiative, which aims to deliver an enhanced user experience to our customers.

Apologies for any inconvenience.

Proquest unavailable Saturday evening

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On February 28, 2015, ProQuest will be upgrading its systems infrastructure to improve performance, security, and overall reliability of your products. The window is scheduled to begin at 10 PM Eastern Standard Time and will last for five (5) hours.

Regional times for this maintenance window are shown below:

  • Eastern Standard Time (EST): Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 10:00 PM for five (5) hours

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Author reading with James Raffan

When: Tuesday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Special Collections & Archives Reading Room, fifth floor, Killam Library

Dr. James Raffan is a prolific writer, speaker, geographer and Kickass Canadian (kickasscanadians.ca/james-raffan). Over the years he has produced a number of bestselling books, including his most recent work, Circling the Midnight Sun: Culture and Change in the Invisible Arctic, which he will read from on March 10. Circling the Midnight Sun was a finalist for the 2015 BC National Non-Fiction Book Prize and named a “best book” of 2014 by the Globe and Mail.

He has also written for media outlets including Canadian Geographic, National Geographic, Explore, The Globe and Mail, as well as for CBC Radio and The Discovery Channel.

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Praise for Circling the Midnight Sun:

“To me it’s the most exciting region on the planet, and while we all talk about how it, the Arctic, is being affected by climate changer, how many of us have actually been there to find out first hand?  James Raffan has and he takes “being there” very seriously – just look at where he went.  Sir John Franklin would envy this voyage! But thanks to the trip, James answers today’s big Arctic questions and you may well be surprised at some of the answers.  Circling the Midnight Sun is a fascinating read.”
—  Peter Mansbridge, Chief Correspondent and Anchor, CBC News, The National.

“James Raffan has taken an unusual and difficult journey—around the world in Arctic latitudes. In doing so, he has visited a diverse sampling of what Canadian Inuit would call “ukiuqtaqturmiut”—the people of the Arctic, an agglomeration of races, languages and cultures united only by their residence in the globe’s northern-most countries and territories. This wonderful and informative volume has given voice to their stories— human stories— often lost or ignored in a world newly-enamoured of the Arctic but increasingly focused on the physical or economic aspects of climate change.”
—  Kenn Harper, author of Give Me My Father’s Body: The Life of Minik, the New York Eskimo and In Those Days: Collected Writings on Arctic History. Volume 1: Inuit Lives.

“By tracing one warm line through a land so wide and savage, James Raffan puts a human face on the circumpolar North.”
Michael Byers, author of International Law and the Arctic & winner of the 2013 Donner Prize

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear James read and exchange ideas about one of Canada’s most mystical regions.

 This public reading is sponsored by the Canadian Literary Collections Project.

 

 

 

Makerspace Workshops

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Imagine creating a simple machine that will water your plants. Or hacking your coffee maker so that it will make coffee before you get out of bed. Artists, designers, hobbyists, and tinkerers are learning new and easy techniques to bring such projects to life.

The Dalhousie Libraries, in partnership with the Halifax Makerspace, want to get you started in the basics of electronics and the Arduino platform. Arduinos are a piece of technology that you can fit in the palm of your hand, connecting your project to electronics, giving it “life.”

Throughout March, we’re hosting Makerspace Workshops every Tuesday. Read on to learn more about what you can make.

Makerspace Workshop, Part I
Tuesday
, March 10/12:00–1:30 p.m.
Killam Library, Room G70
Contact libsys@dal.ca asking to register for the Makerspace Workshop, Part I.

No prior knowledge is necessary and we provide all the materials you’ll need. This first workshop in the series will teach you how to set up an LED that’s controlled by a small program and one that’s controlled by a dial. Later workshops will explore buttons, motors and sensors.

Makerspace Workshop, Part II
Tuesday, March 17/12:00–1:30 p.m.*
Killam Library, Room G70
Contact libsys@dal.ca asking to register for the Makerspace Workshop, Part II.

In this workshop, we will use buttons and multiple LEDs to dive deeper into programming. Topics such as logic, binary, arrays, and loops will be covered.
*If you didn’t make it to the first session, please arrive by 12:15 p.m. so we can do a quick review of the basics.

Makerspace Workshop, Part III
Tuesday, March 24/12:00–1:30 p.m.*
Killam Library, Room G70
Contact libsys@dal.ca asking to register for the Makerspace Workshop, Part III.

Want your electronic project to interact with the physical world? In this workshop, we’ll learn how to use a flex sensor as a mechanical input and a servo as a mechanical output.
*If you didn’t make it to the first session, please arrive by 12:15 p.m. so we can do a quick review of the basics.

Makerspace Workshop, Part IV
Tuesday, March 31/12:00–1:30 p.m.*
Killam Library, Room G70
Contact libsys@dal.ca asking to register for the Makerspace Workshop, Part IV.

Are you looking to control something much bigger than we have worked with so far? This workshop will explore relays and motors to show how you can bring more power to your projects.
*If you didn’t make it to the first session, please arrive by 12:15 p.m. so we can do a quick review of the basics.