IM Public Lecture – October 2

Quinn Dupont

A Rational Economy? From Bitcoin to Ubiquitous Cryptography

Quinn Dupont will be presenting a free lecture on Thursday, October 2, from 1:30 – 2:30, in Rowe 1014. The PhD student from the University of Toronto studies the intersections of code, new media, philosophy, and history, with particular attention to the role of cryptography in contemporary life. Using the approaches and methodologies of critical code studies, software studies, digital humanities, and new media studies, Quinn has published on a wide range of issues.

Thursday’s talk focuses on Bitcoin and its derivatives. Collectively known as “cryptocurrencies”, these powerful technologies rely on encrypted code systems. Since the 1990′s, cypherpunks have lauded the development of cryptography as a guard against snooping and overreaching governments. Activist organizations such as Wikileaks have benefited from unstoppable, uncrackable, and decentralized funding through Bitcoin.

For more information on this and other upcoming lectures, please visit the IM Public Lecture Series website.

Summer Shine 2014

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Are you curious about what the Dalhousie Libraries interns have been doing over the summer? Are you interested to hear about the current projects being undertaken in your university libraries?

The 2014 Summer Shine Series will take place on Wednesday, August 13, from 3:30-5 p.m. in Rowe 1009. This event has been designed to give the Dalhousie Libraries interns an opportunity to present projects they have been working on. The presentations promise to be varied and interesting, so come on out and see your classmates, the summer interns of the Dalhousie Libraries, shine.

Presenters & topics:

1. Valerie Collins
Preserving Digital Data: Institutional Repositories and the U15

2. Hilary Lynd
Digitizing the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s Journal (1924-1973)

3. Gabrielle Brydges
 It Takes a Village to Raise a Scholar: LibGuides, Librarians and Faculty

4. Emily Colford
MSA Project: Agricultural and Campus History

5. Andrea Kampen
Centre for Art Tapes: Archiving Multimedia

6. Andrew Roy
Using LibAnalytics to Improve Reference Services at Dalhousie Libraries

7. Kaitlin Haley & Alison Manley
Kellogg on the Move: Planning for a New Chapter

IWB Conference Theme Announced

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The 2015 Information Without Borders (IWB) Conference theme has been announced!

This year’s conference, “Information Management for Climate Change Adaptation,” will center on issues of social, economic, and environmental development.

IWB Co-chair Hilary Lynd said, “We are very excited about this topic, as we feel that it is timely, interdisciplinary and that there are many great potential speakers to draw on.” This is sure to be another transformative and fascinating conference, and a great opportunity for SIM students to engage with wider issues in the information field.

To get involved in the conference this year, check out more information here.