ProQuest will be performing maintenance on Ebook Central and LibCentral on Saturday, July 20 from 1–4 p.m., ADT. This work is necessary to ensure their ebook platforms remain updated and secure. They apologize for the inconvenience.
What brought you to the MLIS program at Dal?
When I moved to Halifax a few years ago, I got a part-time job at the Halifax Central Library. I’d worked in a public library in high school and an academic library during my undergraduate degree, then focused on academia for several years. I started at Central during a transitional time, and the job made me realize that libraries are where I want to be.
What drew you to the internship at the Dal Libraries?
The Killam internship provides exposure to such a wide range of experiences in academic librarianship. I also wanted the chance to do reference work with students from a variety of disciplines.
What’s your educational background?
I have a BAH from the University of New Brunswick (Saint John), an MA from the University of Toronto, and a PhD in medieval literature from Queen’s University. My interests are primarily in queer and feminist theories, and I work in both medieval literature and comics studies.
What have you been doing during your internship?
So far, I have had great training opportunities through both Dal’s Research Bootcamp series and attending the Data Liberation Initiative’s Atlantic Workshop. I’m honing my reference skills on the KLSP (Killam Library Service Point). I get to work on many projects, ranging from thematic coding of student surveys to assisting on a research guide on copyright and Indigenous knowledge to creating a management plan for photographs taken from space. I’m so excited about all the things I’ll learn through my project work this summer!
SciVal is a bibliometric tool used to visualize research activity, create performance summaries, benchmark comparisons to other institutions and analyze trends at either an institution, department or research group level.
This presentation will focus on features, data sources, and effective use of SciVal. Guillaume Warnan is returning to Dalhousie to do this session specifically designed with academic administrators in mind. Join us for an introduction or refresher to this tool that uses data from the Scopus database to do bibliometric analysis.
Date: Thursday, July 4
Time: 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Location: Rowe Building, Room 3089
Please register for the event here: https://dal.libcal.com/calendar/events/scival
Anyone interested in a personalized session with Guillaume is invited to contact him directly at email@example.com
Merran will be with the Dal Libraries for six months while she works with the UNIWeb implementation team. UNIWeb is a research information system (RSI) that will enable Dalhousie to build research networks and effectively reflect the academic output of the institution.
UNIWeb records academic activity and interacts easily with major funding tools in Canada like CCV, it also provides easy generation of downloadable CVs and has a public profile option. It enhances administrative information gathering and has potential as an annual reporting tool that is currently in development. Research information systems bring value to a university by supporting the research process and showcasing the institution’s scholarly achievements.
Merran has completed a Master of Library and Information Studies degree at the University of Alberta. She is particularly interested in scholarly communications and the role libraries play in coordinating and supporting the research activities of scholars. She has a background in theatre production and acting, which she credits with building her skills in project management, problem solving, and managing workflow.
by Morgan Fleet, NSCC PR intern
We are pleased to introduce Ahmed Mahdy as the new Systems Administrator with Academic Technology Services at Dalhousie Libraries, in the role previously filled by Jason Flynn. Ahmed started with Dalhousie Libraries on April 29.
Before joining the team at Dalhousie, Ahmed had worked for over ten years in public firms and multinational corporations in both Halifax and Cairo, Egypt. This has given him experience working in information technology and systems administration which he has always been passionate about. Ahmed previously spent six years as the Software & Hardware consultant for the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Egypt.
As the Systems Administrator for Academic Technology Services, reporting to Brian Lesser, Ahmed will be responsible for the upkeep, configuration and reliable daily operations of the computer systems such as DalSpace, Dataverse, Archivematica, OJS, Proxy, other servers and backup systems at Dalhousie Libraries. Welcome, Ahmed!
Starting Friday, May 3, access to study space and consultations in the Archives & Special Collections Reading Room will be unavailable due to renovations. Onsite research will be available by appointment only. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book an appointment or to submit reference inquires. Archives & Special Collections staff will still be able to access the collections during renovations.
The GIS Centre will remain open as usual – a path through the Archives & Special Collections Reading Room will be maintained to allow access.
During the renovations, there will be no access to any study spaces on the fifth floor.
Renovations are expected to be completed by the end of May. We will post updates as the information is available. We apologize for any inconvenience these renovations may cause and we look forward to serving you in our refreshed space which will include new paint and carpet in the Archives & Special Collections Reading Room and new carpet in the atrium hallways.
On Sunday, April 28 from 7 a.m.–5 p.m., we will be doing maintenance on our library systems, requiring an outage of almost all systems. This work is necessary to add disk space to our local storage network, giving us the storage capacity needed to grow in the coming years. We apologize for the inconvenience these outages cause.
- Room bookings
- Library Hours
- Dal Class
Services NOT affected:
- Library website (most of the website will be online, however some widgets [like the hours] will be unavailable)
- Instructional technologies (Brightspace, Panopto, Collaborate)
(originally appeared in Today @ Dal on April 16)
On April 11, the Dal Libraries launched the Chris Hadfield Space Photographs Collection to a packed house in the Killam Memorial Library. Space and geography fans of all ages gathered to get their first look at the collection on the Killam’s data visualization wall before the link to the collection was publically released.
Commander Chris Hadfield donated over 13,000 of his space photographs to Dalhousie for the purposes of sharing, preserving and promoting their use in teaching and research. The photographs capture what he saw while orbiting Earth as Commander of the International Space Station (ISS) in 2013. Due to an incredible stroke of serendipity, Dal Libraries’ GIS Specialist and Map Curator James Boxall obtained the photos from Commander Hadfield on behalf of Dalhousie.
Inspired by the photos, Boxall saw the potential in using the Story Map platform to organize the collection. Caitlin Cunningham, a PhD student and intern in the Dal Libraries GIS Centre, is the author of this Story Map. Over a year, Caitlin reviewed all the photos, selecting the best 200, and then designed a series of related Story Maps to make them interactive and accessible. Dalhousie is one of only two institutions in the world to have these photos, and the only institution to create a public archive with the images.
“We are honoured that Chris Hadfield has entrusted the Dal Libraries to preserve his collection. Commander Hadfield is thrilled with the work we’ve done so that his photos can be an ongoing resource for students and the space-curious. The potential for these photos to inspire teaching and research is limited only by our imaginations and extends far beyond Dalhousie,” said Donna Bourne-Tyson, University Librarian.
In addition to presenting the photos georeferenced to their orbital path and plotted on a map, the collection features “swipe maps,” which puts two images of the same location on top of each other, for the purposes of comparing them by sliding left and right. The swipe maps emphasize change over time, making them useful for urbanization and climate change studies. Another activity presents 56 images without a label or map location, giving the public a chance to play spatial detective by figuring out where on Earth the image is. Answers can be submitted to the Dal Libraries.
Commander Hadfield sent video greetings that were played at the launch, expressing his thanks for the work the Dalhousie Libraries have done with his photos and his Chief of Staff from Chris Hadfield Inc., Cheryl-Ann Horrocks, was in attendance.
The maintenance will take place Saturday, April 20 from 1–3 p.m. ADT. As a result, the ProQuest Ebook Central platform will be temporarily unavailable. ProQuest apologizes for the inconvenience.
For the fifth year, the Dalhousie Libraries is offering Research Bootcamp, a suite of sessions designed for teaching and research assistants and graduate students. If you or someone you know could benefit from developing effective and efficient information management techniques and literature search skills to support research endeavors, please share this information with them.
Sessions will cover:
- research skills
- literature reviews
- citation management
- writing abstracts & grant proposals
- legal resources
- PubMed & other health sciences databases
- open access & predatory publishers
- grey literature
- Canadian data & stats
- key resources in engineering & applied sciences
- managing human research data
- conference posters
- APA citation
- data management planning
- evidence synthesis
- humanities resources
- eBooks & scholarly research
- introduction to R
- ESRI Story Maps
- data holdings at the ARDC
- data visualization & pivot charts
- data cleaning with OpenRefine
Complete session list and descriptions are available at: http://dal.ca.libguides.com/ResearchBootcamp/2019/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 from the Agricultural Campus or DMNB.
Registration begins Wednesday, April 10: dal.ca.libguides.com/ResearchBootcamp/2019/Registration