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Scholarship @ Dal Libraries Series

Lunch time library series focused on research tools and resources

Open Access: Tips for planning

When people hear or see the words Open Access they think of open access journals and wonder how much they’ll have to pay to publish in them. This session will address some of the misperceptions around open access and help you build a plan to make your research openly available using open access journals and/or Dalhousie’s institutional repository (DalSpace).

Learning Objectives:

  • Building open access into your research planning (fees, publisher policies, retaining preprints and post prints)
  • Learn about what Open Access is and isn’t
  • Find out how to deposit content into DalSpace

Presenter: Geoff Brown

Geoff Brown is the Digital Scholarship and Government Information Librarian at Dalhousie Libraries. He manages DalSpace, oversees the libraries journal hosting service and is working to support open textbook development both at Dalhousie University and in the Atlantic region.

Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Taking Charge of your Professional Identity: Tools & Metrics

When publishing a paper or applying for a grant, have you been asked for your ORCiD or to provide your H-index? This session will talk about the tools that can be used to assess your research output and provide tips and tricks to help you manage your professional identity. Beyond ORCiD, tools like SciVal, Dimensions, and Google Scholar will be reviewed.

By the end of this session, participants will:

  • Have a framework or understanding of setting up an ORCiD, and other accounts
  • Identify some research metrics tools and their advantages and limitations
  • Appreciate the significance of creating and maintaining a unique, consistent scholarly identity

Presenters: Melissa Rothfus & Melissa Helwig

Melissa Rothfus is the newly appointed Scholarly Communications librarian for Dalhousie Libraries. She has experience is issues related to research impact, bibliometrics, and scholarly identity. Prior to her current position, she was a research associate at the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation.

Melissa Helwig is a librarian at the W.K. Kellogg Health Sciences librarian. When not teaching classes on PubMed or helping library patrons with their research and reference questions, she is interested in scholarly identity and impact.

Date: Friday, November 9, 2019

Copyright and Author Rights

So you are going to publish a paper and are presented with a publishing contract? What rights might you be signing away when signing these contracts? And what tools and strategies can you use to help you retain some of your rights when publishing? This session will address copyright as it relates to academic publishing contracts, and a number of resources that authors can use to assist them in retaining rights when publishing. 

By the end of this session, participants will: 

  • Have a framework or understanding the nature of copyright ownership and transfer. 
  • Understand how publishing contracts can act to inhibit authors rights to their works. 
  • Learn strategies for negotiating with publishers in order to retain rights to their publications in order to facilitate dissemination and future use by others.

Presenter: Roger Gillis

Roger Gillis is the Copyright and Digital Humanities Librarian at Dalhousie University Libraries. His expertise spans a variety of areas, including copyright, scholarly communications, and digital scholarship. He is currently a member of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) Author Rights working group. 

Date: Friday, November 23, 2018

Intro to Research Data Management

Did you know that the Tri-Agency research guidelines include research data management plans? What does a data management plan look like anyway, and why do you need one? This session will address advantages of creating a data management plan and the tools for creating one. If time, we will also briefly address platforms for sharing your data.

By the end of this session, participants will: 

  • Understanding the importance and utility of management plans for research data/materials of research.
  • Be able to built a data management/materials of research plan for a current project using the Portage DMP Assistant.
  • Have an awareness of Dataverse and FRDR data sharing platforms.

Presenters: Erin MacPherson 

Erin MacPherson is the Research Data Management librarian for Dalhousie and a reference and instruction librarian at the Agriculture campus in Truro.