Brown Bag Lunch: Dr. David Michels, Dalhousie School of Law & Sir James Dunn Law Library

When: November 28, 12:30-1:30 pm
Where: SIM Board Room

Findability – A New Academic Challenge

Good research makes an impact. New technologies offer academics exciting possibilities for online publishing, data sharing, and research dissemination. However, the blizzard of digital tools and resources can be overwhelming. Librarians are skilled information managers and navigators; we know how to find information and how to improve its findability. I will share how our librarians are helping faculty and graduates to make their research findable through search engine optimization, digital archiving, online portfolio development, and social media. Finders know findability.

About the speaker: Dr. David Michels

Dr. David H. Michels has been a member of the School of Law since 2000. He is the Public Services Librarian for the Sir James Dunn Law Library where he provides legal reference and research support to the Dalhousie community. He is an Instructor of Legal Research at the Law School and is a lecturer in the School of Information Management. David is also a Research Associate with the national Religion and Diversity Project and publishes on Religion, Law, and Information Behaviour.

IM Public Lecture: “In the Readers’ Own Words: How User Content in the Catalogue Can Enhance Readers’ Advisory Services”

Lecture Details
Thursday, November 24th, 2016
5:35-6:35pm *embedded in the class INFO 5500: Information in Society
Room 1011, Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building, 6100 University Avenue

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 our website following the lecture. Live streaming is not currently available. 

Louise Spiteri
School of Information Management, Dalhousie University

Abstract: This session will discuss the findings of two studies conducted to explore user-generated content in public library catalogues, and its potential contribution to readers’ advisory (RA) services. The session will explore how user content, in the form of tags and reviews, provides a rich data set that connects to traditional RA access points. Further, the session will discuss the creation of three taxonomies for memory, emotion, and mood based on user content, and the use of these taxonomies to enhance discovery and the reading experience.

Biography: Dr. Louise Spiteri is Associate Professor in the School of Information Management, where she teaches courses in the areas of the organization of information, metadata, knowledge management, and records and information management. Dr. Spiteri’s research interests include social tagging, folksonomies, web-based discovery systems, and taxonomy design.

IM Public Lecture: “Comparing Field Data Collection with Commercial Datasets in Mapping Urban Areas”

Lecture Details
Thursday, November 3rd, 2016
5:35-6:35pm
Room 1011, Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building, 6100 University Avenue

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. 

Mathew Novak
Saint Mary’s University

Abstract: A wealth of data is needed to properly understand and manage the complexity of urban areas.  Using Halifax as a case study, this talk examines the benefits and issues of securing data on urban retailing from commercial providers or collecting the data through field work using smartphone technology. Attention is paid to smaller, independent stores since many commercial datasets may overlook these establishments. The talk concludes with a discussion of incorporating the data into a Geographic Information System (GIS) for use in managing and analysing the spatial component of the information.

Biography: Mathew Novak is an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Geography and Environmental Studies at Saint Mary’s University.  His research focuses on the development of the urban landscape, using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to map processes and patterns of urban change.  Underlying his research is the understanding that the built environment is shaped by and simultaneously a shaper of human activity; the urban landscape can be read as an indicator of human culture and modified to influence activities of its inhabitants.    His current research is looking at changes to the inner-city landscape of Halifax, which is experiencing a rash of new condominium developments and reinvention of inner-city retail districts.

Hacking Google Office Suite: An Introduction to Google Productivity

When: Thursday, October 27,  4-5:20 PM
Where: 4th floor computer lab, Rowe 

Please bring your laptop!

Below are the topics that will be covered in the workshop:

* Why Google V. Microsoft Suite

  • Mobile and platform integration
  • Web application – why they are > than desktop

* Why use Chrome?

* An introduction to Drive, Sheets, Docs, Inbox, Hangouts, Photos, Calendars etc.

* Learning Shortcuts for Google Office

*  Communication and Sharing in Google Office

  • Social Media/Communication + Cloud Storage + WebApp = Productivity
  • Everything in one place
  • The data management magic of cloud storage

* Pitfalls – Non-Gmail users – iOS

* Plugins for Google Office

* Integration using IFTTT, Zapier

* Introduction to Google App Script

* Live demonstration of Annotated Bibliography Script

Come learn skills that you can put on your resume!

LWB Bake Sale & Cans for Candy

When: Thursday, October 27, 2016
Where: Rowe Atrium

Librarians Without Borders is having a bake sale this Thursday in the Rowe Atrium! They are also collecting cans for candy. If you bring in a donation for the Dalhousie food bank, you will receive Halloween candy. Donations can be dry goods, canned goods, or hygiene products.

See you there!

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Returning and Outgoing Student Practicum Reference from 2016

Here is a list of practicums completed by returning students in 2016. This list is just to showcase some of the options available to students, as there are many other options available for practicum locations. Due to the wide variety of student interests, this year’s placements could be completely different than those from 2016.

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