UPDATE, Sat., Jan 18, 11:35 a.m.: The Wallace McCain Learning Commons is closed Sat., Jan 18 and Sun., Jan 19 due to a burst pipe. The closest alternative library space is the Killam, open from 10 am–midnight on Sat & Sun
The MacRae Library is closing at 4 pm today due to weather conditions. Check with the Agricultural Campus for information on what times other buildings on campus are closing.
Dalhousie University, along with a number of members of the Council of Atlantic University Libraries (CAUL) and other universities across Canada, has entered in to a Service Agreement with the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) to host an institutional Dataverse on the Scholars Portal Dataverse. Dataverse is an open-source web application used to deposit, share and cite research data. It was developed by the Institution for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University.
Why deposit data in Dataverse?
There are many benefits for a researcher to depositing data in the Dataverse repository. Research Data Management Librarian Erin MacPherson suggests that Dataverse can help you to effectively manage your data and save time. “There are useful features such as the ability to assign roles and permissions and licenses. Publishing your data in a data repository helps to meet emerging grant and funding requirements. Finally, publishing your data can help increase research visibility,” observes MacPherson.
Benefits of an Institutional Repository for Dalhousie University on Scholars Portal Dataverse
Dean of Libraries Donna Bourne-Tyson notes, “One of the biggest benefits with having an Institutional Dataverse on the SP Dataverse is that we are contributing to the effort for a robust national data repository. We already have a strong collective effort to develop research data management tools and resources through the Canadian Association of Research Libraries’ Portage Network, and this will further assist these endeavors.”
Some of the other benefits include:
- Institutional Dataverses (Dalhousie has its own Institutional Dataverse on the site).
- Canadian data hosting
- Powerful visualization tools
- Persistent identifiers (DataCite Canada DOI minting)
- Open discovery on the web (Google SHARE and FRDR harvesting)
- Bilingual Interface (English and French)
What happens to the Dalhousie’s existing Dataverse?
The Dalhousie Libraries currently hosts a local instance of Dataverse; however, from this point onwards, all new datasets and users will be directed to use Dalhousie’s institutional Dataverse hosted on the Scholars Portal Dataverse site. Over the coming year, the data management team will be in touch with existing users about migrating their data to the Dalhousie Institutional repository hosted on Scholars Portal Dataverse site. A decision will be made about maintaining a locally hosted instance at the end of the year.
Want to learn more?
If you are interested in using Dataverse to publish your data or would like a demonstration, please contact email@example.com and have a look at some of our training materials:
- Explore Dataverse website: https://dataverse.scholarsportal.info/
- Scholars Portal Dataverse FAQ: https://dataverse.scholarsportal.info/
- Dataverse User Guide: https://learn.scholarsportal.info/all-guides/dataverse/
Most of our locations are now running on holiday hours. We will close at noon on December 24 and reopen on January 2, except for the Killam Library, which will be open for reduced hours on December 28 and 29. Please check the hours widget on libraries.dal.ca for exact hours before heading to any of our locations this week. Happy holidays from all of us at the Dalhousie Libraries!
A GIS, or Geographic Information System, is “a computer system for capturing, storing, checking, integrating, manipulating, analyzing and displaying data relating to positions on earth’s surface.” In other words, it’s a way at looking at the world differently.
This is a series to give people a taste of what GIS is and how it can be used. To accommodate more people we are offering the same session at different locations. These sessions are meant to be self contained. After the intro session, take only the topics that are important or of interest to you.
Due to the high level of interest in this series, we ask you to sign up for session(s). To sign up, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Intro – First Encounters of the GIS Kind
Wed., Sept. 18/1–2:30 p.m. | Killam Library, Room G70 (Studley Campus)
Mon., Sept. 23/1–2:30 p.m. | C Building, Room C300 (Sexton Campus)
Tues., Sept. 24/1–2:30 p.m. | Killam Library, Room G70 (Studley Campus)
Data: so you want to make a map – where and how to find data
Mon., Sept. 30/1–3 p.m. | C Building, Room C300 (Studley Campus)
Tues., Oct. 1/1–3 p.m. | Killam Library, Room G70 (Studley Campus)
Raster: how to become a raster master
Mon., Oct. 7/1–2:30 p.m. | C Building, Room C300 (Sexton Campus)
Tues., Oct. 8/1–2:30 p.m. | Killam Library, Room G70 (Studley Campus)
Carto: maps — the good, the bad, and the ugly
Tues., Oct. 15/1–2:30 p.m. | Killam Library, Room G70 (Studley Campus)
Mon., Oct. 21/1–2:30 p.m. | C Building, Room C300 (Sexton Campus)
ArcGIS Online – GIS that’s in the cloud(s)
Mon., Oct. 28/1–2:30 p.m. | C Building, Room C300 (Sexton Campus)
Tues., Oct. 29/1–2:30 p.m. | Killam Library, Room G70 (Studley Campus)
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5TH, 7 P.M.
PAUL O’REGAN HALL,
HALIFAX CENTRAL LIBRARY
Every year, we host the winner of the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award. Congratulations to the 2019 winner Lisa Moore for her short fiction collection Something for Everyone.
Lisa, born and based in Newfoundland, is the author of four books of short fiction and four novels. She has been nominated for the Giller Prize, the International Dublin Literary Award, and the Man Booker Prize. Lisa won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Best Book Award, Caribbean and Canada Region for her novel Alligator and the Atlantic Canadian Alistair MacLeod Short Fiction Prize for Something for Everyone.
The stories in Something for Everyone pulsate with raw energy and a fierce, searching intelligence. In a series of unconventional tales that explode off the page, Moore ushers her reader into a familiar but fractured and anything-but-straightforward reality. Her characters’ anxieties mirror our own: family, love, employment, finances. But from these commonplace lives she conjures spellbinding mini-dramas, drawing us in from each story’s opening line, generating great suspense and fully engaging our sympathies. The writing is vibrant, uninhibited and packed with sensual detail. (From the juror’s citation.)
This reading is presented in partnership between Dalhousie Libraries, the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia, and Halifax Public Libraries.
by Cynthia Holt, Executive Director, Council of Atlantic University Libraries (CAUL)
All residents of Atlantic Canada now have full access to The Cochrane Library thanks to the Atlantic Health Knowledge Partnership. Led by the Council of Atlantic University Libraries / Conseil des bibliothèques universitaires de l’Atlantique (CAUL-CBUA), this partnership includes post-secondary institutions, health authorities, and hospitals in the Region and was struck with the goal of supporting healthy communities.
The Cochrane Library is a collection of databases in medicine and other healthcare specialties which summarize and interpret the results of medical research and are a key resource in evidence-based medicine. Plain language summaries are also available.
To access The Cochrane Library from within Atlantic Canada, go to https://www.cochranelibrary.com/ and start searching.* Access to The Cochrane Library when outside of Atlantic Canada is possible through your home institution (CAUL-CBUA member, health authority, hospital) or local public library website.
Tutorials, webinars, and guides for using The Cochrane Library are available here: https://www.workcast.com/ControlUsher.aspx?cpak=9621168547619827&pak=5334253650203132
Region-wide access is made possible by financial contributions from Dalhousie University, Cape Breton University, St. Francis Xavier University, Mount Saint Vincent University, the Nova Scotia Community College, Memorial University, the University of Prince Edward Island, the University of New Brunswick, the Nova Scotia Health Authority, Horizon Health Network, Réseau de santé Vitalité, and the IWK.
*When you access the Internet from your home, some Internet Service Providers (such as Bell, Rogers, or Xplornet) assign IPs (Internet addresses) that might be from outside of the Atlantic Region. Your provider usually assigns you a new IP each day, and as a result, some days you may have an IP from the region and other days you may have an IP from outside the region. If you are physically located in the region and are having difficulty getting to the full text of the articles, please go to https://www.iplocation.net/find-ip-address to see if the IP you’ve been assigned that day is from the region. If it is not, you’ll need to access The Cochrane Library through your home institution or local public library website.
On behalf of the Dalhousie Libraries, I offer heart-felt congratulations to all graduates. We know the sacrifice and hard work it took to get to this day and we are bursting with pride for all of you. Regardless of your faculty or area of study, in the Libraries we consider all Dalhousie grads to be our graduates.
We’ve enjoyed supporting your academic needs, and as you become alumni, we want your relationship with the Dalhousie Libraries to continue. We offer a number of services to alumni, and we encourage you to explore the possibilities with an alumni benefits card.
I would also like to thank you for any feedback you’ve given to the Libraries over the years. We always learn something valuable when we talk to students and we continue to improve based on what we hear from you. Let’s keep the conversation going – please get in touch at email@example.com .
We look forward to supporting your life-long learning journey.
For the fifth year, the Dalhousie Libraries is offering Research Bootcamp, a suite of sessions designed for teaching and research assistants and graduate students. If you or someone you know could benefit from developing effective and efficient information management techniques and literature search skills to support research endeavors, please share this information with them.
Sessions will cover:
- research skills
- literature reviews
- citation management
- writing abstracts & grant proposals
- legal resources
- PubMed & other health sciences databases
- open access & predatory publishers
- grey literature
- Canadian data & stats
- key resources in engineering & applied sciences
- managing human research data
- conference posters
- APA citation
- data management planning
- evidence synthesis
- humanities resources
- eBooks & scholarly research
- introduction to R
- ESRI Story Maps
- data holdings at the ARDC
- data visualization & pivot charts
- data cleaning with OpenRefine
Complete session list and descriptions are available at: http://dal.ca.libguides.com/ResearchBootcamp/2019/Schedule
Faculty can recommend the workshops to their RAs/TAs or register on their behalf. Participants can attend most sessions in-person in Halifax (various Halifax campus locations) or via video conferencing from the Agricultural Campus or DMNB.
Registration begins Wednesday, April 10: dal.ca.libguides.com/ResearchBootcamp/2019/Registration
Fair dealing is only one exception from the Copyright Act, but it receives a lot of attention. There are numerous other exceptions and resources that overlap and supplement fair dealing allowances in an educational setting.
One exception is Section 30.04(1) of the Copyright Act that provides for an exception from copyright infringement for copying, communicating and performing in public by an educational institution or a person acting under its authority for educational or training purposes of a copyright protected work that is available through the Internet. However, this use is subject to several important restrictions. To find out more about the educational exception for works available through the Internet, visit our website: https://libraries.dal.ca/services/copyright-office/for-faculty/using-materials-from-the-internet.html
Under Section 29.5 of the Copyright Act, films may be shown by faculty and staff to students, without permission of or compensation to copyright owners, provided the screening takes place on the premises of an educational institution, the recording is a legally acquired copy, used in pursuit of education to an audience consisting mainly of students with no admission being charged. There is no longer the need to ensure a public performance license is in place if these conditions are met. Works may be performed live (such as a play) without permission under these conditions as well. For more information on showing films in a classroom setting, please visit the following section of the Copyright Office website: https://libraries.dal.ca/services/copyright-office/for-faculty/showing-films-on-campus.html
These exceptions and others are explained in detail on the Copyright Office website. Please note that all of these exceptions are subject to specific restrictions and guidelines. When in doubt, contact the Copyright Office with any questions or comments at firstname.lastname@example.org