Thanks to the Dalhousie Office of Sustainability, we’re giving away black-eyed Susan seeds at all five Dal Libraries in celebration of Earth Day. Go to any one of the Access Services desks to get your free seeds and don’t forget to plant them. The bees and butterflies will thank you!
Engaging in a creative and skilled craft can improve cognitive ability, reduce stress and improve your mood.* Everyone is welcome to join us at for this exam stress buster by busting out your crafting stash and getting creative. Bring your lunch and crafting supplies.
Friday, April 7/noon–1 p.m.
Wednesday, April 12/noon–1 p.m.
Friday, April 21/noon–1 p.m.
Program Room, MacRae Library
*Riley, J., Corkhill, B., Morris,C. (2013) The Benefits of Knitting for Personal and Social Well-being in Adulthood: Findings from an International Survey. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 76(2), 50-57. http://dx.doi.org/10.4276/030802213X13603244419077
This May, the Killam Library will be hosting a very special production by Zuppa Theatre Co. called The Archive of Missing Things. It promises to be a theatrical production unlike any you’ve ever experienced.
Zuppa describes the production as, “An online scavenger hunt in the middle of an immersive, undercover performance that happens in libraries.” Imagine it: You’re at a table in a library with a wireless headset and an iPad, you get to be a sleuth in an online mystery. You choose your own path, and clues are everywhere – in the library all around you and in the live conversations you overhear in your headset. You have exactly 90 minutes to solve the puzzle. Can you do it? The Archive of Missing Things was created with Trillium-Award-winning writer Kate Cayley, award-winning sound designer Brian Riley, and computer programmer Ned Zimmerman. It is a theatrical scavenger hunt through the big ideas and little tragedies of the past.
The inaugural run of this innovative production will run May 15–27, as part of the Stages Theatre Festival. They have already been invited to perform this at other festivals such as the International Agatha Christie Festival in Torquay, England in the fall of 2017.
Courtney Boudreau is starting Monday, April 3rd as the new Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick (DMNB) Librarian, covering the maternity leave of Jackie Phinney. Courtney will be providing research support and instruction services to DMNB students and faculty, and working collaboratively with colleagues at the Kellogg Library, and the Dalhousie Libraries to support initiatives remotely.
She is proud Maritimer (from Saint John, NB) who grew up in Hamilton, Ontario. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Information and Communication Studies at the University of New Brunswick (Saint John Campus, 2014) and her Master in Library and Information Science degree at the University of Western Ontario (2015).
Courtney has an interest in how elementary and secondary school students’ scholarly research skills and library usage are preparing them for higher education. She is also interested in community outreach, A/V and new media, user experience, privacy and surveillance, the digital divide, open access, and mental health. Courtney sits on the Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians (CAPAL) Communications Committee.
She can be reached at 506-648-5693.
For the third year, the Dalhousie Libraries is offering Research Bootcamp, a suite of sessions designed for teaching and research assistants and graduate students. Learn effective and efficient information management techniques and literature search skills to support research endeavours.
Sessions will run from May 15–June 13 and will cover: library basics; literature reviews (searching and writing); citation tools; writing abstracts & grant proposals; copyright, open access & academic publishing; legal resources; engineering resources; PubMed and other health sciences databases; humanities resources; Canadian data and stats; grey literature; research data management; Excel; data visualization; conference posters. Complete session list and descriptions are available at http://dal.ca.libguides.com/ResearchBootcamp/2017/Schedule
Faculty can recommend the workshops to their RAs/TAs or register on their behalf. Participants can attend most sessions in-person in Halifax (various Halifax Campus locations) or via video conferencing at the Agricultural Campus or DMNB.
Event website, including schedule, session descriptions, FAQs http://dal.ca.libguides.com/ResearchBootcamp
(by Marlo MacKay, via Dal News)
When technology fails in the classroom, everybody suffers.
A University Senate forum held late last year brought university administrators and academic support units together to provide input on some of the challenges that arise when audio visual and video conferencing technologies don’t function as expected. The basic message: these technologies are critical to fulfilling Dal’s academic mission and supporting learning and teaching.
In response to the feedback gathered at The Future of Dal’s Technology Enabled Learning Environment forum, and as recommended in a review led by Susan Spence Wach, vice-provost planning; and Donna Bourne-Tyson, university librarian; the consolidation of two teams of A/V professionals will result in the new Classroom Technologies unit — increasing capacity to support audio visual equipment in classrooms and video conferencing equipment.
This change, effective April 1, brings the responsibilities of technical support for the physical and virtual classrooms together under one unit, based in the Dalhousie Libraries’ Academic Technology Services (ATS) department. The new unit comprises three staff members from Information Technology Services (ITS) and three staff members from the Centre for Learning & Teaching (CLT).
The unit will be based out of the Dalhousie Libraries as part of ATS (previously named Library IT Services or LITS) which will continue to provide all the services they have been known for, such as Help Desk support, 3D printing, NetID management, Brightspace administration and training, and statistical software licensing and support.
“There is a high level of co-operation among CLT, ITS and the Dal Libraries, and all three will continue to play key roles in integrated planning initiatives related to classroom design, in conjunction with the Provost’s Office and Facilities Management,” says Spence Wach.
Prioritizing user-centric services
“We’re very happy to welcome six experienced Dalhousie staff members to our team,” says Marc Comeau, who will move into the role of ATS director from his current position as director of LITS. “The delivery of A/V support requires more IT knowledge than ever before, and these staff members will be surrounded by other IT professionals in our unit who are also providing critical, user-centric services.”
Employees David George, Jeff Langille, Richard Payne, Graham Denman, Spencer Cantley, and Roger Brush will be moving into the new unit. In addition to the six staff members, there are part-time student assistant positions that will be joining ATS and the Classroom Technologies team.
ATS will receive some additional resources to improve A/V and video conferencing services in the form of training for staff and student assistants, some infrastructure money, and an additional position that did not previously exist at Dalhousie to coordinate video conferencing support. Hiring for that position will take place later this year.
The funding from the administration will have a positive effect on the delivery of these services. A major challenge ATS will face is the significant deferred maintenance of A/V equipment in classrooms, so improvements to the services will at first be incremental, but continuous.
“ATS will develop collaborative relationships with CLT, ITS, MedIT, and Facilities, ensuring a service rooted in best practices. This is a positive change for Dalhousie that faculty will experience first-hand. Students will also feel the benefits of having reliable, functioning technology in the classrooms,” says Bourne-Tyson.
Knowing who to turn to
Early on, the team will be improving the communication between those who install equipment and those who support it, increasing training for full-time and student staff, and streamlining processes to report technology problems. Issues that will be addressed over the longer-term include standardization of equipment, remote monitoring to improve response times and avoid technology failures, and closer integration with the classroom scheduling system Infosilem.
“The biggest improvement that should be felt from the start is that faculty will know where to turn for technical support in the classroom and will feel confident that support will be reliable and effective,” said Comeau.
Working with the provost, vice-provost, planning, and through the Classroom Planning Committee, the Senate Learning & Teaching Committee and the Academic IT Steering Committee, ATS aims to identify challenges earlier by consulting users for new and emerging requirements, and employing strategies such as scheduling regular maintenance of A/V equipment in classrooms.
Exam season will soon be upon us! Extended hours and Night Owls are on at the Dalhousie Libraries. Check out this handy schedule, and best of luck on your exams!
Kellogg Library Learning Commons (CHEB)
Effective Monday, March 20–Tuesday, April 25
Sunday: 8 a.m.–3 a.m.
Monday–Thursday: 7:30 a.m.–3 a.m.*
Friday: 7:30 a.m.–midnight*
Saturday: 8 a.m.–midnight
*Exception: Good Friday, April 14: 10 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Please note: Tiger Patrol is running until 3 a.m. during Night Owls. Call (902)499-1831 or (902)718-9908 for more information.
Killam Memorial Library
Effective Sunday, March 26
Sunday: 10 a.m.–3 a.m.
Monday–Thursday: 7:30 a.m.–3 am.
Friday: 7:30 a.m.–midnight
Saturday: 10 a.m.–midnight
Effective Saturday, April 1–Tuesday, April 25*
Sunday–Thursday: 8 a.m.–3 am.
Friday: 8 a.m.–midnight
Saturday: 8 a.m.–midnight
Please note: Tiger Patrol is running until 3 a.m. during Night Owls. Call (902)499-1831 or (902)718-9908 for more information. There is also free parking in the McCain Building parkade from 11:30 a.m. until 3 a.m. during Night Owls.
*Exception: Good Friday, April 14: 1–9 p.m.
All Dalhousie & King’s students are welcome, but after midnight you’ll need your DalCard for access.
Effective Monday, March 20–Friday, April 21*
Monday–Friday: 8:30 a.m.–midnight
Saturday & Sunday: 10 a.m.–midnight
*Exception: Hours on Friday, April 14 (Good Friday) will be 10 a.m.–midnight.
Sexton Design & Technology Library
Effective Friday, April 7–Wednesday, April 26
Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–midnight
Saturday & Sunday: 10 a.m.–midnight
Sir James Dunn Law Library
Effective Thursday, April 6–Saturday, April 22*
Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–10:45 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m.–5:45 p.m.
Sunday: noon–10:45 p.m.
*Exception: Hours on Friday, April 14 (Good Friday): 9 a.m.–10:45 p.m.
Please note: Hours in the W.K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library (Tupper location) and the Wallace McCain Learning Commons will not be extended during exams.
On Tuesday, March 28, the J.J. Stewart Reference Room in the Killam Library will be closed from 8–10:30 a.m. for a staff project. During this time, the accessibility workstation in that room will still be available.
We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience.
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