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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.
What brought you to the MLIS program at Dal?
After finishing my undergraduate degree in music history, I knew that I wanted to combine my love of music and libraries, and initially applied to masters’ programs in both areas, not knowing at the time of application which one I wanted to pursue first. In a spur of the moment decision, I chose the MLIS program at Dalhousie, mainly because I wanted to live by the ocean! I have ended up pursuing both degrees (musicology and MLIS) at Dalhousie.
What drew you to the internship at the Dal Libraries?
I had previously worked in public archival institutions in Ontario, and wanted some experience working in a University Archives. I have always been interested in working in archives, particularly with anything relating to music and manuscripts.
Your educational background
I have a Bachelor of Music, Honours Music History degree from Western University in London, Ontario, and received my MLIS degree at Dalhousie University in May 2018. I am currently pursuing an MA in Musicology at Dalhousie University. I also have Associate Diplomas in guitar and piano performance from Conservatory Canada.
What have you been doing during your internship?
Since starting my internship at the archives in September 2016, I have processed various collections for our online catalogue, Access to Memory (AtoM), from CKDU audio reels and MedIT video cassettes to the collections of musicians and musical organizations (e.g., Ellen Ballon, Upstream Music, Camerata Singers, and John Daniel Logan). I also digitized several scores from the Ballon, Upstream, and Logan collections, which are now available on AtoM. This summer, I am working on a project to add some of our first editions scores and music manuscripts to Répertoire International des Sources Musicales (RISM), an international online catalogue for music sources. I also help to provide on-site and email reference services; prepared a large collection of U-matic tapes from the Centre for Art Tapes for digitization; and have created various accession records.
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
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!
In conjunction with the 200th anniversary of Dalhousie, the Medjuck family is proudly commemorating 100 years and four generations of association with Dalhousie University.
This association began in September of 1918 when Abraham Medjuck of Glace Bay entered Dal Medical School at the age of 18. Remarkably, this was only ten years after he immigrated to Canada at the age of eight without knowing any English, which was an outstanding academic achievement. Following graduation, Dr. Medjuck moved to New York City where he became a pioneer in Industrial Medicine. His choice of medical practice was in response to the growing medical needs stemming from the large numbers of factories in New York’s Lower Eastside. He remained in this practice for fifty years.
In time, Dr. Medjuck would be followed at Dalhousie by his brothers, nephews, grandnephew, niece, grandniece, and great-grandniece. Ralph, Harold, and the late Frank Medjuck are his nephews. The Medjuck brothers spent much of their childhood on the playing fields of Dalhousie as their home at 293 South Street was a very short distance from Studley Campus. Seventy years later, Harold Medjuck can still visualize the large acorn and chestnut trees, dirt roads, streams, large fields, pond, and the Murray Studley horse barn that once stood on Studley Campus. During their respective years at Dalhousie, each of the three Medjuck brothers became Chancellor of Tau Epsilon Phi Fraternity (TEP) one of the fraternities affiliated with the University. This was a unique achievement in the history of both Canadian and American college fraternities.
After their father Irving Medjuck passed away in 1985, the Medjuck brothers chose to sell their family home of 50 years to Dalhousie. With the sale proceeds, the Medjuck brothers established the Medjuck Judaica Collection at the Killam Library in memory of their parents, Irving and Blanche (Pascal) Medjuck. In addition, Ralph Medjuck, the eldest Medjuck brother, has been a generous donor to Dalhousie for several decades. In recognition of his support for Dalhousie and his noteworthy accomplishments in the business community, Dalhousie awarded him an Honorary Doctor of Laws.
Several of Ralph Medjuck’s children have also graduated from Dalhousie and two of his grandchildren are currently attending. This culminates four generations of Medjuck Dalhousians, beginning with Abraham Medjuck in 1918.
In memory, honor, and appreciation of the Medjuck family’s time and place in Dalhousie history, Harold Medjuck has established the Medjuck Centenary Collection at the Dalhousie Killam Memorial Library.
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Six members of the Dal Libraries staff are on a lunchtime league baseball team called The Foul Ballers. Staff from ITS round out the team. This week, The Foul Ballers were in the final for the Challenge Cup, beating out 14 other Dal lunchtime league teams to qualify.
Mike Duggan, Kellie Hawley, Michelle McDonald, and Charles Tourneur braved the soaring temperatures and high humidity of one of the hottest days of the year to face DALplex. In addition to the four staff members who played in the final, two people from the Dal Libraries could not make the game that day: Creighton Barrett and Nellie Clyke. Creighton’s wife Nadine also plays on the team.
Despite their best efforts, the Foul Ballers were not successful in winning the cup this year. But we applaud their athleticism! Way to go, Foul Ballers.
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