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  • Get creative at a Walker wellness workshop

    Take a stress break! Come join artists from the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts for a drop-in zine and button-making workshop on Dec. 12, 11:30 am to 2:00 pm. Everyone is welcome! RSVP on ExperienceBU or just pop in to make a button or two.

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  • On display: When the Prince of Wales came to Niagara

    The first royal visit to Canada happened in 1860 when the Prince of Wales crossed the Atlantic for a five month goodwill tour. Among the many stops was the Niagara area where the planned events either went off better than expected or were complete disasters.

    View the engaging and humorous exhibit devoted to Prince Albert Edward’s visit when you next pass by the Library and Learning Commons display cases. A parallel online exhibit hosted and maintained by the Brock University Digital Scholarship Lab uses Omeka software to bring the Prince’s trip back to life some 150 years after his travels.

    When the Prince of Wales came to Niagara is on display through December 21, 2018.

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  • Expanding access to the technology literature: IEEE Xplore now available!

    If it’s impacted by technology it’s probably being discussed in IEEE. In great news for Brock researchers, we are happy to announce access to the complete IEEE Xplore Digital Library.

    With content from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and its publishing partners, the database provides web access to more than three-million current full-text documents from some of the world’s most highly cited publications in electrical engineering, computer science and electronics. Scholarly online books, journals, magazines, courses, conference proceedings, as well as current and historical standards are available.

    Brock faculty and students can explore the following research areas and more:

    • bioengineering
    • biomedicine
    • big data
    • emerging areas in communication technologies, manufacturing and sustainabilit
    • interactivity
    • augmentation
    • smart cities

    Contact tribaric@brocku.ca if you wish to know more about this database and what it can offer you.

     

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  • On Display: Monopoly (Pompeii edition)

    This week the Library and Learning Commons display cases are filled with creative depictions of life in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii. Come and view how Professor Carrie Murray’s Classics 3p31 students cleverly adapted the board game Monopoly to capture the essence of life in Roman times. Working with staff in the Library Makerspace, replicas of ancient objects, architecture and engineering marvels were 3D printed and used as game pieces. A very smart collaboration indeed!

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  • New trial databases on offer

    The Library is happy to offer Brock researchers two new databases on a trial basis.

    The AgeLine database focuses exclusively on issues of aging and the population of people aged 50 years and older. Updated on a weekly basis, AgeLine is the premier online resource for social gerontology research. Take a look at the database until January 31, 2019. Feedback to Elizabeth Yates, Liaison Librarian to the Faculty of Applied Heath Sciences is most welcome at eyates@brocku.ca

    The Pro Sound Effects Library develops highly curated sound effects libraries for sound artists, editors, designers, audio engineers, media companies, schools and nonprofits. Their goal is to inspire and empower you to tell any story with the highest quality sounds available. Browse and listen until December 15, 2018. Please send any feedback about the database to Justine Cotton @ jcotton@brocku.ca

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  • Introduction to ArcGIS – DSL Style

    On Wednesday, December 5 from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. in Classroom A on the main floor of the James A. Gibson Library, the Digital Scholarship Lab, in partnership with the Map, Data and GIS Library, is hosting an Introduction to ArcGIS workshop.

    Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are used to create maps and analyze geospatial data. GIS tools can be used to create data visualizations for a variety projects and its functionality is not constrained to geographical research projects alone. Some examples of diverse GIS applications include research on: disease control, agriculture, tourism, astronomy, archaeology, human behavior, shipping routes and traffic, wildlife tracking, climate change, crime patterns, banking, gaming, history, humanitarianism, and sports. The options really are endless.

    In this workshop you will learn basic functionality of Esri’s front-running software, ArcGIS Pro. Using a fictional scenario, we will use GIS to determine where Starbucks Corporation should build a new coffee shop based on certain criteria. Although previous experience with GIS is helpful, beginners are welcome! This workshop is a great first step in determining if GIS can be applied to your research projects and presentations.

    Sign up at: ExperienceBU or email us at dsl@brocku.ca

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  • Celebrate GIS Day @ the MDGL

    Celebrate and explore the power of maps on GIS Day (November 14th) at the Map, Data & GIS Library. Held during Geography Awareness Week, GIS Day “provides an international forum for users of geographic information systems (GIS) technology to demonstrate real-world applications that are making a difference in our society.” (gisday.com)

    At Brock, all are invited to enjoy:

    • pizza lunch (at minimal cost) sponsored by TAGS (Tourism and Geography Society) students
    • Esri scholarship contest presentations
    • Digital Scholarship Lab presentation
    • Games, Trivia, Prizes
    • ArcGIS Workshop
    • Cake

    The days events run from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Mackenzie Chown C306

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  • Library charging station ready for your devices

    Students have a new option when looking to charge their phones on campus. A new charging station, courtesy of BUSU, is now in operation in the library.  The locker-style unit is easy to use. Simply open a box, plug in your phone, set an access code of your choice on the pin pad, and walk away. Each locker has 3 cables: an apple lightning cable, a USB type-C cable, and a micro USB cable.

    The charging station is located on the main floor of the library, next to the copiers and vending machines.

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  • Join us for The Human Library

    Celebrate International Education Week and check out a human book!

    The library has gathered “books’ from countries and regions around the world. Members of the Brock community can meet and chat for short conversations.  Each conversation is an opportunity to hear someone’s story and share your own!

    When: November 15, 2018, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
    Where: Main floor of the Library

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  • Introductory OpenRefine Workshop

    The Brock University Digital Scholarship Lab invites you to attend a workshop on the powerful data management tool OpenRefine.  If you work with data in spreadsheets, you will find this tool particularly useful. OpenRefine allows you to work with CSV data in intuitive and efficient ways.  Spot trends in your results, ensure accuracy, and perform transformations to all rows of data based on formulas.  OpenRefine quickly takes messy data and transforms it into a more comprehensive format.  This tutorial starts at the very beginning and provides hands on examples for you to explore.

    When: Monday, November 12th, 2018, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    Where: Classroom A (ST228), James A. Gibson Library, Brock University

    Sign-up at: https://experiencebu.brocku.ca/organization/dsl

    Questions? Contact the DSL team at: dsl@brocku.ca

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