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.
Scott first came to the Dal Libraries in the spring of 2019 while doing a work term to complete his diploma in Library Information & Technology. Scott then stayed on in the Resources and Access Services departments in a temporary position based in the Killam Library, so he is already a familiar face to many.
In addition to his diploma from Nova Scotia Community College, Scott also holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of King’s College.
Please join us in congratulating Scott!
Deborah has worked as a librarian at Simon Fraser University and as a research and innovation coordinator at Acadia. In 2016/17, Deborah worked as a reference assistant in the Killam Library while she completed her Master of Library and Information Studies degree. Deborah also holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Arts, both in English.
Deborah is a published author. Her novel Throw Down Your Shadows is published by Vagrant Press and will be released in June of this year.
Please join us in welcoming Deborah!
Louise has worked as a research librarian in Australia and as a bookmobile librarian in Nova Scotia. She has also worked as a research assistant, a summer reading program coordinator, and an executive assistant. She has experience with data management, developing collections, building resources, and preparing and delivering instructional material. In addition to holding her Master of Library and Information Science, Louise holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.
Over the last fifteen years, Louise has lived and worked in five different countries, developing strong communication skills and an appreciation for diversity.
Please join us in welcoming Louise!
-BMJ Best Practice (offline access will be available via the app)
-Research to Publication
We apologize for the inconvenience.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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/
Classes are about to start; join the Dal Libraries for Brightspace Bootcamp. Drop in for a session or stay for the whole morning. Bring your questions! We’ll also have a regular Brightspace Drop-in session on Thursday, January 2 from 12–1:30 p.m. in Room 3601.
Friday, January 3
9 a.m.–12 p.m.
Room 2600 (LINC), Killam Memorial Library
9–10 a.m. Brightspace Refresher
Would you like some help optimizing your course space? Maybe you need to add a TA into Brightspace. Come to our Brightspace refresher hour to get set up for your fall courses.
10–11 a.m. Collaborate/Panopto
Learn all the tips and tricks on running a successful webinar, recording it, and adding it to your course space.
11 a.m.–12 p.m. Urkund and New Features in Brightspace
Urkund is plagiarism detection software that you can add to your course space. Use it for individual files or for an entire assignment folder. We will also feature tools such as Assignment Annotation & Quick Eval.
The Classroom Technologies Unit, part of Dalhousie Libraries’ Academic Technology Services Team (ATS), invite faculty and instructors to check out the technology in classrooms before classes start.
Can’t make these dates? Don’t see your room listed? Have a question about classroom technology? Contact email@example.com Please note: Opportunities to “Try Your Room” are significantly reduced once classes start due to room bookings.
Every Thursday from 1–4 p.m. until April 2, GIS Analyst Jen Strang will be available at the Sexton Design & Technology Library Service Point. There’s no appointment needed, just drop in. Jen can assist with the following:
- finding geospatial data
- using ArcGIS
- solving spatial problems
- making maps