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.
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.
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 give people a taste of what GIS is and how it can be used. To accommodate more people we are offering the same session at different locations. These sessions are meant to be self contained. After the intro session, take only the topics that are important or of interest to 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
Wed., Sept. 18/1–2:30 p.m. | Killam Library, Room G70 (Studley Campus)
Mon., Sept. 23/1–2:30 p.m. | C Building, Room C300 (Sexton Campus)
Tues., Sept. 24/1–2:30 p.m. | Killam Library, Room G70 (Studley Campus)
Data: so you want to make a map – where and how to find data
Mon., Sept. 30/1–3 p.m. | C Building, Room C300 (Studley Campus)
Tues., Oct. 1/1–3 p.m. | Killam Library, Room G70 (Studley Campus)
Raster: how to become a raster master
Mon., Oct. 7/1–2:30 p.m. | C Building, Room C300 (Sexton Campus)
Tues., Oct. 8/1–2:30 p.m. | Killam Library, Room G70 (Studley Campus)
Carto: maps — the good, the bad, and the ugly
Tues., Oct. 15/1–2:30 p.m. | Killam Library, Room G70 (Studley Campus)
Mon., Oct. 21/1–2:30 p.m. | C Building, Room C300 (Sexton Campus)
ArcGIS Online – GIS that’s in the cloud(s)
Mon., Oct. 28/1–2:30 p.m. | C Building, Room C300 (Sexton Campus)
Tues., Oct. 29/1–2:30 p.m. | Killam Library, Room G70 (Studley Campus)
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5TH, 7 P.M.
PAUL O’REGAN HALL,
HALIFAX CENTRAL LIBRARY
Every year, we host the winner of the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award. Congratulations to the 2019 winner Lisa Moore for her short fiction collection Something for Everyone.
Lisa, born and based in Newfoundland, is the author of four books of short fiction and four novels. She has been nominated for the Giller Prize, the International Dublin Literary Award, and the Man Booker Prize. Lisa won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Best Book Award, Caribbean and Canada Region for her novel Alligator and the Atlantic Canadian Alistair MacLeod Short Fiction Prize for Something for Everyone.
The stories in Something for Everyone pulsate with raw energy and a fierce, searching intelligence. In a series of unconventional tales that explode off the page, Moore ushers her reader into a familiar but fractured and anything-but-straightforward reality. Her characters’ anxieties mirror our own: family, love, employment, finances. But from these commonplace lives she conjures spellbinding mini-dramas, drawing us in from each story’s opening line, generating great suspense and fully engaging our sympathies. The writing is vibrant, uninhibited and packed with sensual detail. (From the juror’s citation.)
This reading is presented in partnership between Dalhousie Libraries, the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia, and Halifax Public Libraries.
Charles has worked with the Dalhousie Libraries since 2009, demonstrating his technical expertise by working on both the Help Desk and the Access Services Desk.
Charles holds diplomas in Library Information Technology and Electronics Engineering from the Nova Scotia Community College. He is skilled in the area organization, which will serve him well in his new role.
Classes are about to start, join the Dal Libraries for Brightspace Bootcamp. Drop-in for a session or stay all day. Bring your questions!
Friday, August 30
9 a.m.–2 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. Top Hat (student response system)
Representatives from Top Hat will be on hand.
1–2 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 some new tools such as Assignment Annotation & Quick Eval.