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.
Due to plumbing work that will require a water shutdown to the entire building, the Killam Library will close at 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 5. Please note: Service points close 15 minutes before the building closes.
We apologize for the inconvenience. If you need a library space on Saturday night, you can visit:
- Kellogg Library Learning Commons (CHEB, 5793 University Ave): Closes at midnight
- Sexton Design & Technology Library (5620 DaCosta Row): Closes at 10 p.m.
- Wallace McCain Learning Commons (end of Lord Dalhousie Drive): Closes at 10 p.m.
Get your team together and see if you can escape from Buccaneer Breakout: A Dal Libraries Escape Room! Teams of 2–4 are invited to sign up for this free, hour-long escape room adventure. Each time slot is limited to one team, so hurry up and save your spot!
Buccaneer Breakout requires at least 2 players. If you would like to register as an individual player and be placed with other individual players, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We will do our best to accommodate you.
Register here: https://tinyurl.com/DalLibrariesEscapeRoom
Mary donated the desk for the use of students with disabilities. The desk can be found in the rear right-hand corner of the JJ Stewart Room, which is located just off of the Gord Downie Chanie Wenjack Legacy Space on the first floor of the Killam Library.
Mary herself attended Dalhousie for many years but she is now moving out of province. “I am going to miss the Killam Library as it was like a second home,” she said.
Thank you Mary for this generous donation!
You can find height-adjustable tables at all seven of our Dal Libraries locations.