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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.
Drop by the atrium and South Learning Commons of the Killam Memorial Library to see the exciting displays about science being put on as part of Science Literacy Week. Participants include the Natural History Museum, the Canadian CubeSat Team (part of the Canadian Space Agency), the GIS Centre, and our 3D printing team.
Display day is just one day of Science Literacy Week, a national celebration of science taking place this year from September 17th – 23rd. Visit the Killam Library throughout the week to see the book display and posters. Get some free swag courtesy of the Science Literacy Week team.
It’s time to get excited about science!
Wednesday September 19, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Killam Memorial Library atrium and Learning Commons
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 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.
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!
As part of our ongoing 200th anniversary celebrations, the Dal Libraries are pleased to be at Word on the Street featuring a selection of engaging authors, poets and scholars who all have a connection to Dalhousie.
Saturday, September 15
2nd floor, Halifax Central Library
Featured presenters include:
11 a.m. – Shauntay Grant
12 p.m. – Linda Little
12:30 p.m. – Erin Wunker
1 p.m. – Steve Mannell
2 p.m. – El Jones
Please note: Sherry Pictou, scheduled to appear at 10 a.m. and Afua Cooper, scheduled to appear at 1 p.m., are no longer available to join us.
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!
The Killam Library, the Wallace McCain Learning Commons and the Kellogg Library Learning Commons will be CLOSED THIS SATURDAY due to a planned power outage that’s necessary to complete some electrical work.
We apologize for the inconvenience. More information about the outage is available here: https://www.dal.ca/news/today/2018/08/13/planned_power_outage_____saturday__august_18_2018.html