October is Canadian Library Month & today, the third Friday in October, is Canadian Library Workers Day. Our colleagues at the Dal Libraries are talented, hard-working, and attentive to the needs of those we serve. Cheers to them and all Canadian Library Workers today!
Get the fright of your life while listening to professional storytellers Liz Newkirk, Cindy Campbell-Stone, and Steve Vernon in the suitably atmospheric Victorian Drawing Room of Shirreff Hall (6385 South Street). There is ample free parking on campus after 4:30 p.m. Please arrive early, seating is limited! Presented in partnership with the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia.
Thursday, October 24, 7 p.m.
Allan Weiss has always been a storyteller. As a child he would make up characters and scenes. He grew up to become a writer who resists being categorized, preferring instead to have the freedom to write anything in any style. He’s written mock-heroic poetry, newspaper columns, humour, drama, and both mainstream and genre fiction. A full bibliography is available here: http://www.yorku.ca/aweiss/pub.html
Allan’s new collection of short fiction, Telescope, is a story cycle about Lawrence Teitel, the protagonist of Living Room (Boheme Press, 2001). The collection deals with seeing distances: above all, the growing distancing of Lawrence’s family as they cope with new challenges and Lawrence’s own maturation, physical and spiritual. The cycle is made up of nine stories, each covering a different stage in Lawrence’s development after his family has moved from their old neighbourhood in Montreal to a somewhat wealthier suburb, Ville St. Laurent.
Thursday, October 17, 7:30–8:30 p.m.
UPDATE: 11:39 a.m., The Sexton Library has reopened.
The Sexton Library is currently closed due to a power outage. We will open as soon as operationally possible once power is restored. We will provide updates here and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
In the meantime, these are the other Dal Libraries locations that are open:
-Kellogg Library Learning Commons (CHEB)
-Wallace McCain Learning Commons
Dalhousie University’s History Department and the Indigenous Studies Program present Reconciliation and Repatriation on Haida Gwaii: Reconsidering Museum Collections and Community Engagement, a lecture by Sean Young, the Collections Curator at the Haida Gwaii Museum.
Thursday, November 7, 11:30 a.m.
Life Sciences Centre (LSC) Room P5260
Reception to follow in the Fireside Lounge, First floor, Marion McCain Building
International Open Access Week this year runs from October 21–27. We celebrate it annually at the Dalhousie Libraries, but what is Open Access Week and why should it matter to Dalhousie students and faculty?
Open Access Week provides an opportunity for academics and researchers to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation that will make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research (from the Open Access Week website). The principles of Open Access are founded on ideas of public access to publicly funded research, author rights, availability of educational resources, and affordable access to materials for educational institutions. The Dalhousie Libraries is pleased to be using these principles to bring the research activities of Dalhousie to the world.
Here are some upcoming Open Access events you can check out:
Creative Commons: What, Where, Why, & How? (webinar)
Gain a basic understanding of the different types of Creative Commons licenses and how works can be reused. Learn strategies for finding and using Creative Commons-licensed material for use in your work. Part of the Scholarship @ Dal Libraries series. To register: https://dal.libcal.com/event/3519807
Friday, October 18, 12–1 p.m.
Open Science Workshop
This hands-on, day-long workshop hosted by the Center for Open Science will show you easy, practical steps to increase the reproducibility of your work. Graduate students, postdocs, and faculty across disciplines
are welcome to attend. Please bring a laptop to this free workshop. Co-sponsored by Dalhousie Libraries and SURGE. To register: Dalhousie-openscience.eventbrite.ca
Sunday, October 20, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Open Educational Resources: Availability, Adaptability, and Affordability
Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research materials in any medium — digital or otherwise — that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation, and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions. Led by Grant Potter, the e-Learning Coordinator, Teaching Learning and Technology at the University of Northern British Columbia; this workshop will explore OER in higher education; discuss copyright and open licensing; explore avenues for identifying existing OER that can be remixed and reused; cover updates on Canadian initiatives; and highlight the emergence of open educational practices in teaching and learning. To register: https://tinyurl.com/CLT-OERworkshop
Friday, October 25, 1–3 p.m.
Predatory (Deceptive) Publishers (webinar)
Learn the difference between Open Access and predatory (deceptive) publishers and how to protect your work. Part of the Scholarship @ Dal Libraries series. To register: https://dal.libcal.com/event/3519797
Friday, November 8, 12–1 p.m.
Introduction to OER (webinar)
What are Open Educational Resources, why should we use them, and where can you find them? Part of the Scholarship @ Dal Libraries series. To register: https://dal.libcal.com/event/3519795
Friday, November 15, 12–1 p.m.
In celebration of LGBT History Month, which runs for the month of October, the Nova Scotia LGBT Seniors Archive team held an event on October 9 to celebrate the launch of the Archive, which recognizes the various human rights advances made by LGBT individuals in Nova Scotia throughout history.
Dr. Jacqueline Gahagan, Professor of Health Promotion in the Faculty of Health Professions at Dalhousie University, is the lead on the Nova Scotia LGBT Seniors Archive project. During the initial two-years of funding from the Nova Scotia Department of Seniors, the team will work with the LGBT senior’s community to build an archive of the LGBT history from across Nova Scotia. At the event, Dr. Gahagan talked about the importance of preserving the history of our LGBT seniors before their stories are lost forever, noting the archive will be a teaching and learning resource accessible to all.
Donna Bourne-Tyson, Dalhousie’s University Librarian, noted that the Dal Libraries are excited to be partnering on this initiative, and expressed our commitment to preserving, digitizing and making accessible these materials. This is a key moment in time when some of the content is being packed up as individuals downsize their possessions in preparation to move into a smaller home; we have an opportunity to preserve material that might otherwise be discarded during the move. The variety of formats have presented interesting preservation and access challenges, which has been and continues to be a great learning opportunity for the School of Information Management (SIM) interns who have been hired to assist. This initiative fits with the Libraries’ mandate to preserve community records in our Archives. There are already more than fifteen donors who have come forward with important collections to add to the Archive. The contributions and leadership of the Associate University Librarian for Archives, Special Collections and Records Management, Michael Moosberger, were acknowledged by Ms. Bourne-Tyson.
The event also featured comment from Daniel MacKay, a senior from the LGBT community; and Lydia Hunsberger, a SIM intern, who are both research assistants with the Nova Scotia LGBT Seniors Archive. They were joined by Anita Louise Martinez, a donor who has documented her community through photography for over three decades.
The Nova Scotia LGBT Seniors Archive has a projectDAL fundraising campaign until November 4, 2019. The goal is to raise $15,000 to pay a student archivist to help with the tasks associated with setting up the archive. More information will soon be available on the Dal Libraries website as well.