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Allan Weiss has always been a storyteller. As a child he would make up characters and scenes. He grew up to become a writer who resists being categorized, preferring instead to have the freedom to write anything in any style. He’s written mock-heroic poetry, newspaper columns, humour, drama, and both mainstream and genre fiction. A full bibliography is available here: http://www.yorku.ca/aweiss/pub.html
Allan’s new collection of short fiction, Telescope, is a story cycle about Lawrence Teitel, the protagonist of Living Room (Boheme Press, 2001). The collection deals with seeing distances: above all, the growing distancing of Lawrence’s family as they cope with new challenges and Lawrence’s own maturation, physical and spiritual. The cycle is made up of nine stories, each covering a different stage in Lawrence’s development after his family has moved from their old neighbourhood in Montreal to a somewhat wealthier suburb, Ville St. Laurent.
Thursday, October 17, 7:30–8:30 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.
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 email@example.com. 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.
We are pleased to announce this year’s Dal Reads book is Song of Rita Joe: Autobiography of a Mi’kmaq Poet. Free copies of the book are available at the Dalhousie Libraries and for the first time this year, an eBook is available by searching Song of Rita Joe through Novanet. If you don’t have an eReader app on your computer or device, you will need one before you can access the eBook. (Note: Most iOS devices have the iBooks app so you don’t need to download an eReader. Android devices will often have Google Books. Macs will open the eBook in iBooks and most PCs will open the eBook in Microsoft Edge.) Having problems? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit one of the Dal Libraries’ IT Help Desks in the Killam or Sexton Libraries or the Wallace McCain Learning Commons.
About Song of Rita Joe:
Rita Joe was born in Cape Breton in 1932 and was a residential school survivor. She published six books of poetry and this autobiography. Rita wrote poetry because she wanted to inspire her people and tell her own story. “My greatest wish is that there will be more writing from my people, and that our children will read it. I have said again and again that our history would be different if it had been expressed by us.” (From Song of Rita Joe.)
About Dal Reads:
Dal Reads is designed to encourage people in the Dalhousie community to share their love of books. Launched in 2009, the program brings the Dalhousie community together through the shared experience of reading the same book and taking part in programming related to the book.
Programming for 2019/20:
by Michelle Paon
On September 1, Resources staff member Darlene Hazel retired from the Dal Libraries after a 37-year career. Darlene began work at Dalhousie in 1982 as a Clerk in the Killam Library’s Order Department. Over the years, she progressed to the position of Invoicing Assistant for the Dal Libraries. In 2017, she was one of several Libraries’ staff members to be honoured with a 35-year milestone certificate by then President Richard Florizone.
Darlene’s colleagues valued her frankness and sense of humour. They also appreciated the festive cheer that Darlene’s colourful decorations added to the workplace during seasonal holidays!
Please join us in wishing Darlene a happy retirement. Congratulations, Darlene!
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 give people a taste of what GIS is and how it can be used. To accommodate more people we are offering the same session at different locations. These sessions are meant to be self contained. After the intro session, take only the topics that are important or of interest to 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
Wed., Sept. 18/1–2:30 p.m. | Killam Library, Room G70 (Studley Campus)
Mon., Sept. 23/1–2:30 p.m. | C Building, Room C300 (Sexton Campus)
Tues., Sept. 24/1–2:30 p.m. | Killam Library, Room G70 (Studley Campus)
Data: so you want to make a map – where and how to find data
Mon., Sept. 30/1–3 p.m. | C Building, Room C300 (Studley Campus)
Tues., Oct. 1/1–3 p.m. | Killam Library, Room G70 (Studley Campus)
Raster: how to become a raster master
Mon., Oct. 7/1–2:30 p.m. | C Building, Room C300 (Sexton Campus)
Tues., Oct. 8/1–2:30 p.m. | Killam Library, Room G70 (Studley Campus)
Carto: maps — the good, the bad, and the ugly
Tues., Oct. 15/1–2:30 p.m. | Killam Library, Room G70 (Studley Campus)
Mon., Oct. 21/1–2:30 p.m. | C Building, Room C300 (Sexton Campus)
ArcGIS Online – GIS that’s in the cloud(s)
Mon., Oct. 28/1–2:30 p.m. | C Building, Room C300 (Sexton Campus)
Tues., Oct. 29/1–2:30 p.m. | Killam Library, Room G70 (Studley Campus)