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Alex is a Dalhousie alumnus, with a degree in psychology. He also holds a diploma in Geographic Sciences with a specialization in GIS from the Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS) in Lawrencetown. He comes to us with program development skills and is currently pursuing a computer science degree to compliment his GIS background.
In addition to working for MapDev Technology Solutions, the Department of National Defense and SEG Consulting with clients that included Nova Scotia Power and Halifax Water, Alex has volunteered his skills to plan a habitat suitability analysis for wood turtles. Wood turtles are considered a vulnerable species in Nova Scotia.
Alex is part of the Academic Technology Services (ATS) team and also works with the GIS team, both within the Dal Libraries. He will be creating programs for GIS that will perform common GIS processing tasks, as well as developing apps that will support the collection and use of geospatial data. Alex will also be working on our website, libraries.dal.ca; our data repository, DataVerse; and our digital preservation system, Archivematica.
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 help give people a taste of what GIS is and how it can be used. To try and accommodate more people we are offering the same session at different times and locations. These sessions are meant to be self contained. After the intro session, take only the topics that are important or of interest you.
Due to the high level of interest in this series, we ask you to sign up for session(s). To sign up, contact email@example.com
Intro – First Encounters of the GIS Kind
Mon., Sept. 24/11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. in the Killam Library – Room 2902
Fri., Sept. 28/11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. in the Killam Library – Room 2902
Tues., Oct. 2/11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. in the Killam Library – Room 2902
Carto: maps — the good, the bad, and the ugly
Mon., Oct. 22/11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. in the Killam Library – Room 2902
Tues., Oct. 30/11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. in the Killam Library – Room G70
The Dalhousie Libraries is partnering with the School of Information Management on their second Information Management (IM) Public Lecture of the year.
1994 Called – It Wants its FOI Law Back: Things Nova Scotians Should Know About Their Right to Know
by Janet Burt-Gerrans, Office of the Information & Privacy Commissioner for Nova Scotia
Tuesday, September 25/12 p.m.
Weldon Law Building, Room 104 (6061 University Ave)
Abstract: Almost 25 years have passed since Nova Scotia’s access to information law was proclaimed. Our law is badly outdated and no longer up to the task. September 28 is Right to Know Day around the world. What better time to discuss the shortcomings of our law, recommendations for improvement and things citizens need to know to ensure that they continue to have a robust and meaningful right to access government information. Join Janet Burt-Gerrans from the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for a lively discussion of big data, access martyrs, duty to document and other access problems and solutions.
Biography: Janet Burt-Gerrans, BA, JD is a legal professional with multi-sector public administration experience spanning roles in government consulting, labour relations, and public service delivery. She is a Senior Investigator with the Information and Privacy Commissioner’s Office responsible for leading
The Information Management Public Lectures give attention to exciting advances in research and professional practice. The topics are diverse reflecting the importance and global extent of Information Management in today’s society. The lectures are open to all members of the Dalhousie campus and surrounding community. Click here for the full schedule. We encourage you to attend in person, but if that is not possible you can access a recording on the SIM website following the lecture. Live streaming is not currently available.
Set in the near future in a dystopic Toronto, Brown Girl in the Ring contains themes of folklore, feminism, and magic realism steeped in Afro-Caribbean culture. The novel won multiple awards around the time of its release in 1998 and was a Canada Reads finalist in 2008. It’s an important book to explore as we celebrate Dalhousie’s 200th year.
Dal Reads is the unity reading program at Dalhousie, designed to encourage community engagement and thought-provoking dialogue among readers. Pick up a free copy at one of the five Dalhousie Libraries and watch for an announcement regarding public events with the author later this year. You’ll also be able to follow any conversation about Brown Girl in the Ring on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using #DalReads. This will be a great place to post your thoughts or any questions you might have about the book.
Looking forward to reading and discussing Brown Girl in the Ring with you!
We’re so excited to welcome you into the newest Dal Libraries space: the beautiful Student Learning Commons on the top floor of the MacRae Library. In addition to a stunning mural by the Dal Ag campus’s own Art Stevens (soon to be re-installed) and a gorgeous living wall, the space features a number of services new to the Agricultural Campus. Inside, you’ll find:
- Quiet meditation/prayer room with a nearby ablution station
- Bookable study rooms
- Self-serve cafe
- Bookable student meeting room (with Video Conferencing)
- Library services
- Program rooms for student groups
- DASA offices
- Gender neutral washroom
Check it out today!
What brought you to the MLIS program at Dal?
I worked at the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) as a Cardiology Research Assistant before I decided to pursue graduate studies. During my work term at NSHA, I became very interested in information technology implementation and data management in the health care field. That was what initially brought me to the MLIS program.
What drew you to the internship at the Dal Libraries?
I value hands-on experience at work. I am interested in international travel. I am also a firm believer of knowledge transfer and international development. The Agricultural Transformation Through Stronger Vocational Education (ATTSVE) internship offers me an opportunity to provide library training to library staff in four colleges in Ethiopia, which was everything that I hoped for from an internship at the Dal Libraries.
What’s your educational background?
I have a BA (honours) from St. Thomas University. I was an English major. I also have a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Dalhousie University.
What have you been doing during your internship?
There were two components of my internship:
1. I spent four weeks in the MacRae Library in Truro from April 23 to May 18. I received systematic training in cataloguing, circulation, and other aspects of academic library operations. I also sent out a workplace survey to the four colleges in Ethiopia that I would visit. The survey results were valuable when determining training priorities and needs. I also attended orientation sessions on Ethiopian culture and travel tips. During my time in Truro, I prepared slides and a variety of materials, such as a list of open-access journals and databases in agriculture, for the later visit to Ethiopia.
2. I visited four libraries at Nedjo, Wolaita Soddo, Woreta, and Maichew in Ethiopia from May 23 to July 6. I provided 5-day training in each library in the areas of cataloguing, online resource search and usage, the Essential Electronic Agricultural Library (TEEAL) offline database usage, borrowing and facility usage policy drafting, and library staffing and services. There were variations among libraries because of the different sizes of book collections, staff computer skills, and existing practices. At the end of each training session, I drafted recommendations on the improvement of library management, staff training, and services to college senior managers.
Fun and interesting facts about you:
I have published a book and five articles (soon to be six) in peer-reviewed journals in the areas of the effects of digital revolution in Canadian government functions and services, social media in health care field, communication strategy in data mining, e-learning and professionalism, and evidence in policy/decision making. I have also presented ten times in international, national, and regional conferences, including the 51st Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS), the 5th annual Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration (CAPPA), and the 43rd Atlantic Provinces Political Science Association (APPSA) conference. Nevertheless, many people still do not think that I know how to speak English or how to write in English. Guess my battle against stereotyping and various forms of racism will never end…
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