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Join us on Oct. 26 for a reading with Alison Watt, author of Dazzle Patterns, a novel of the Halifax explosion, with characters loosely based on her own family history. The release of this novel coincides with the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion.
Alison will read from the novel in the Dalhousie Art Gallery, surrounded by drawings made by Arthur Lismer, best-known as a painter and a member of the Group of Seven. Lismer lived in Halifax in 1917, when he was President of the Victoria College of Art (now NSCAD University). Arthur Lismer is a character in Dazzle Patterns.
Thursday, October 26/6:30 p.m.
Dalhousie Art Gallery
6101 University Avenue
This event is co-presented by the Dalhousie Libraries and the Dalhousie Art Gallery.
Free copies of We Were Not the Savages will be available at the lecture. All are welcome.
Monday, October 23, 7 p.m.
Kenneth C. Rowe Building (6100 University Avenue)
Join Gaeten Landry and Dal Libraries staff members Lindsay McNiff and Margaret Vail for a discussion of Wikipedia followed by a learning session on Wikipedia editing. Participants will then embark on an on-site “edit-a-thon,” working with the aid of facilitators to edit Wikipedia. Participants work independently or in groups to locate and update/edit pages and citations.
Gaeten Landry is a faculty member on the Agricultural Campus, and has been a Wikipedian since 2006. He has created about 175 articles and contributed over 190,000 edits. A member of the Bots Approval Group since 2011, he is responsible for overseeing the operation of bots on Wikipedia. He has written articles in The Wikipedia Signpost and is involved with several WikiProjects.
We encourage you to register for a free Wikipedia account before the event, but you can also register on-site if you prefer. Bring your own laptop if you can; a limited number will be available for use at the event.
Facilitators: Gaeten Landry, Lindsay McNiff, & Margaret Vail
Tuesday, October 24, 12–1:30 p.m. (bring your lunch)
Killam Memorial Library, Room 2902 & MacRae Library, Cobequid Room
This session will explore current trends in open access for research data; new funder expectations for data management, discoverability, and sharing; direct and indirect benefits to publishing research data openly; and a brief overview of the current tools and platforms available to help researchers share their data.
We will also provide a demonstration of the DMP Assistant: a free online tool that guides researchers through the steps of creating a data management plan that is based on best practices and compliant with funder requirements.
Thursday, October 26, 10:30–11:30 a.m.
Collaborative Health Education Building (CHEB), Room C266
5793 University Avenue
RSVP to Erin.MacPherson@dal.ca
Remote Attendance Available: A guest link will be sent closer to the presentation date.
Presented by: Erin MacPherson, Research & Instruction Librarian, Dalhousie University; Lee Wilson, Interim Service Manager, Portage/ACENET and Maggie Neilson, Librarian, Acadia University.
The event will be opened by HRM Poet Laureate, Rebecca Thomas.
Wednesday, October 18/12:30 p.m.
University Hall, MacDonald Building (6300 Coburg Road, also accessible from University Avenue)
Yes, it can!
Have you ever tried to access an online resource, only to find that it’s unavailable? Publishers frequently have to cut Dalhousie Libraries’ access to electronic journals and databases because of suspected or actual fraudulent activity associated with weak or shared passwords. When access is cut, everyone at Dal is affected. The Resources and Academic Technology Services teams of the Dal Libraries work as quickly as possible to restore access, but even then it can take several days.
The Dalhousie Libraries sign licence agreements with many publishers — these licences are a key part of providing access to databases, journals, and ebooks. The licences include clauses that allow publishers to temporarily shut down Dalhousie’s electronic access if they suspect hacking, fraudulent downloading, or other misuses of their site. Most publishers monitor activity on their sites and when they see unusual download patterns from a Dalhousie account, they shut down access to every single Dalhousie user until we can address their concerns.
A common cause of misuse of publishers’ sites is when a NetID and password are stolen as a result of a phishing email. A phishing email tricks people into sending their credentials to a fake website posing as a trusted one. Another common cause of misuse of publishers’ sites is password sharing.
Keep your password safe. Never share it and never respond to emails requesting confidential information such as passwords. Banks, governments and Dalhousie will never ask for your password in an email.
Need to reset your password? Do it here: https://password.dal.ca/
Guidance on what makes a good password: https://www.dal.ca/dept/its/security/topics/passwords.html
by Roger Gillis and Jessica Ruzek
Scrapbooking, which may be considered by some a trivial pastime, gives scholars interesting insights. In the case of the Kipling scrapbooks, we can see the works as they were originally printed. This post will focus on the collectors who compiled a selection of works by and about Rudyard Kipling and who chose to arrange these in the form of scrapbooks.
The Digital Kipling Project, an endeavour to digitize and make available these otherwise unseen gems surrounding Kipling’s legacy, got underway in the summer of 2017. Diana Doublet, the Digital Kipling’s Digitization Assistant, carefully digitized the content of a variety of scrapbooks created by several notable nineteenth and twentieth century Kipling enthusiasts: Sir William Garth, Ellis Ames Ballard, G. D. Wells, James Todman Goodwin, and three unidentified collectors.
These scrapbooks, informal and sometimes haphazard compilations of works written by or about Kipling, were acquired by James McGregor Stewart for his prestigious Kipling collection, which was donated to Dalhousie University in 1954. The Kipling Collection shows Stewart’s admiration of Kipling and the legacy Kipling left in the world of literature and culture.
The scrapbooks likewise demonstrate a regard for a figure whose impact was far-reaching in the British Empire and beyond. Not only do they preserve early works of Kipling’s and some of the criticisms and responses to his work during Kipling’s life, but the scrapbooks also reveal something of the scrapbook collectors themselves.
For example, The “Letters of Marque” surrounds Kipling’s early journalistic works for the Anglo-Indian newspaper The Pioneer Mail. These “Letters” are preserved in their entirety, clipped directly from the Pioneer as they were printed from December 14, 1887 to February 28, 1888, and carefully pasted and organized into a handsome leather and paper bound scrapbook.
The scrapbook the letters appear in, titled Extracts from the Pioneer Mail: Being Rudyard Kipling’s Contributions Thereto During the Years 1887-1888, was created by Sir William Garth (1854–1923), a British lawyer and advocate serving in Kolkata from 1885–1913. During Garth’s appointment in India, he became an admirer of Kipling’s writings, and collected newspaper clippings of Kipling’s works and pasted these into his scrapbook.
The digitized scrapbook, along with several others, is now available on Dalspace. In addition, a “Letters of Marque” exhibit will be released this fall as part of the Dalhousie Libraries Digital Exhibit initiative. In this exhibit, not only will each “Letter” be available for viewing, an interactive map will be accessible to view the locations and landmarks Kipling visited in India while writing the “Letters.”
Following Garth’s death in 1923, his impressive collection of arts and letters were sold to Sotheby’s in London where a Philadelphia barrister, Ellis Ames Ballard, acquired the Garth scrapbook. Ballard (1861–1938), also a devotee and collector of Kipling’s works, valued Garth’s scrapbook immensely. In his book, My Kipling Collection, Ballard states: “The Garth Album is of such importance that I have included it in the catalogue proper.” It is presumed that Stewart acquired the Garth scrapbook following Ballard’s death, and entered it into the collection that we have today.
Garth’s scrapbook, as well as the remaining ten scrapbooks compiled by the other seven collectors, are testaments to the nineteenth and twentieth century reading experience. Demonstrating a dedication to preserving ephemeral media, these scrapbooks reveal a time when the average person could curate their own accumulation of information and make sense of the world around them. While this practice may find its equivalent today in the form of bookmarking or hashtagging, the process of scrapbooking is involved in what scrapbook scholar Ellen Gruber Garvey calls, in her book Writing with Scissors: American Scrapbooks from the Civil War to the Harlem Renaissance, “gestures of preservation,” the physical process of reading, flipping, selecting, clipping, organizing, and finally, pasting material into a physical book dedicated to this activity.
Garth’s scrapbook in particular expresses his relationship with Britain, and his admiration for the “Letters’” “globe-trotting Englishman” who represented his nation’s interests. His loyalty to his country is glued into the pages of his scrapbook, effectively curating Kipling’s early writings and Garth’s own sense of national belonging. Had Garth not felt the compulsion to collect these works of Kipling’s, the original format of the “Letters of Marque” may have been lost forever.
A number of the Kipling scrapbooks have now been digitized and are available on Dalspace.
Public lecture: The Future of Open Access to Research and Scholarship: Lessons from the Medieval to the Early Modern Era
Dr. John Willinsky
Lecture Details: Monday, October 23, 4–6 p.m., Great Hall, University Club
This talk will set the current state of open access in scholarly publishing within a larger history of access to learning that reaches back to the medieval period in the West. It will consider the role of the intellectual properties of learning played in the rise of both the university and modern copyright law. This history suggests a number of principles that might be kept in mind when considering today’s various initiatives for pursuing universal open access to research and scholarship, now that such access is being increasingly accepted as the longterm goal for scholarly publishing.
Biography: John Willinsky holds a PhD from Dalhousie University and is Khosla Family Professor of Education at Stanford University, as well as Professor (Part-Time) of Publishing Studies at Simon Fraser University. He directs the Public Knowledge Project, which develops open source scholarly publishing software and his forthcoming book is entitled The Intellectual Properties of Learning: A Prehistory from Saint Jerome to John Locke (University of Chicago Press).
Co-sponsored by Dalhousie Libraries, the School of Information Management and the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences. Part of International Open Access Week. Content originally from: https://www.dal.ca/faculty/management/school-of-information-management/news-events/information-managementpubliclectureseries.html