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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
What brought you to the MLIS program at Dal?
I fell in love with the idea of becoming a librarian after working as a C@P (Community Access Program) intern at a public library. I spent the summer teaching adults and seniors new technology skills, as well as working circulation and participating in events for the summer reading program. Upon graduating from my undergrad, I began working at the same public library and it was during this time that I seriously began to think about taking my MLIS.
Originally from Cape Breton, attending Dalhousie meant that I could live close to my friends and family back home; I attended Saint Mary’s University in Halifax and loved living in the city. Dalhousie’s MLIS program offered opportunities that interested me such as internships, mentorship program, and research opportunities.
What drew you to the internship at the Dal Libraries?
I have a background working in public libraries and I wanted a different experience during my time at Dalhousie. In the future, I hope to work at an academic library in a research or teaching capacity, therefore getting academic library experience was important to me.
I was drawn to the Sexton Library internship because of the smaller size of the library and their focus on engineering and architecture. With my arts background, I worried about working at a library that focuses on disciplines I know little about, but have found it challenging and rewarding to interact with students from different backgrounds.
Your educational background
I have a Bachelor of Arts with a major in English and a minor in Classics from Saint Mary’s University. During my undergraduate, I participated in the International Chinese Studies Program at Beijing Normal University Zhuhai in Zhuhai, China.
What have you been doing during your internship?
During the school year, I assisted with the on-going serials project. We moved serials, listed record information in a spreadsheet, updated record holdings, and weeded serials we were not keeping. This project has been ongoing and will continue into the summer as we work on the basement serials.
So far this summer, I have worked updating LibGuides to the new format, created informative displays, continued to conduct reference interviews, assisted staff, worked the circulation desk, created training materials, cleaned damaged materials, and organized holdings.
Fun and interesting facts about you:
My roommate and I are working on a children’s book about my two cats, Charles and Frankie. Emily, a NSCAD student, will illustrate and I will write the story.
Both of my parents are avid readers and supporters of our local library. I owe my love of books and the library to them.
I am Co-Chair of SIMSA for 2018-2019, an executive member of SIMConnect, and look forward to getting more involved during my second year.
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!
The Classroom Technologies Unit, part of Dalhousie Libraries’ Academic Technology Services Team (ATS), invite faculty and instructors to start the academic year off right by checking out the technology in classrooms on the Studley and Sexton campuses in late August.
Classroom Technologies staff will be on hand to answer technology-related questions. Here’s to a successful fall term for all!
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Michelle Paon as Interim Associate University Librarian and Head of the Sexton Design & Technology Library. As Associate University Librarian – Resources, she oversees the Libraries’ acquisitions budget, and works closely with the Resources Management Librarian and library staff across the system who select, acquire and provide access to relevant scholarly resources in a variety of formats. As Interim Head of the Sexton Library, she oversees the provision of library resources and services to faculty and students in the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Architecture and Planning.
Michelle Paon has been a science librarian at the Dalhousie Libraries since 2002, supporting faculty and students in the study of biology, the environment, oceanography, and marine management, and for shorter periods, psychology and neuroscience, sustainability, and Indigenous issues.
Michelle was actively involved in the establishment of the DalSpace online research repository and the Killam Library Learning Commons – at the time, both ground-breaking projects for a Canadian research library. She has served on the Curriculum Committees of the Dalhousie Faculty of Science and College of Sustainability. In recent years, she has partnered with colleagues at the Dalhousie Writing Centre to provide integrated research-writing services for students and to conduct related research. Michelle has also provided mentorship and inspiration in the Dal Libraries as a leader in the delivery of effective liaison librarian services.
Michelle holds a Master of Library and Information Studies from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Science (Biology) from St. Francis Xavier University. She is a member of the Atlantic Provinces Library Association and is a past President and life member of the Nova Scotian Institute of Science. Her research interests include collaborative service initiatives, open access, information literacy, and environmental history.
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