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News Archives for February 2017

Fundamentals In Digital Scholarship: GIS For Humanities Workshop

GIS and Spatial Data for Humanities: Introduction to ESRI’s Story Maps

Date: 11 February 2017, 1pm – 4pm

Location: Harriet Irving Library Data/GIS Lab (HIL 310)

Have you ever wanted to map the spaces and places in a literary or historical work or body of work?  If so, this workshop is for you. UNB Libraries Data/GIS Librarian, Siobhan Hanratty, will introduce you to some basic concepts that will help you on your way.  During this workshop you will use ESRI’s story maps <//> templates to situate your data and add text, images, and multi-media content as applicable. Time permitting, we shall also explore sources of data and more robust tools for thematic mapping.

To register, visit //

Fundamentals in Digital Scholarship is a new series of free workshops hosted by UNB Libraries’ Centre for Digital Scholarship, and aimed at introducing the UNB community to current topics, tools, and techniques in digital scholarship. For more information on the series, please contact Erik Moore (

Intro To Palaeography (2-part Session)

scanned image of a handwritten document

Do you need help reading handwritten documents?

If so, come to these two sessions to learn techniques and strategies that you can use to approach reading, transcribing, and analyzing manuscripts.

Part One:

Wednesday, February 15th (4-5:30pm), HIL Milham Room
An historical introduction to writing materials and styles (hands), plus techniques, strategies, and principles to use in approaching a manuscript, illustrated by examples from the 18th- and 19th-century Atlantic world.

Part Two:

Wednesday, February 22nd (4-5:30pm), HIL Milham Room
Hands-on practice using sources from the 18th-century and 19th-century Atlantic word (including North America and Great Britain).

These free sessions are primarily intended for undergraduate and graduate students working with primary documents, but all interested researchers are welcome. No registration is required.

For more information, please contact Dr. Leah Grandy ( | 453-4834).

Romancing Roberts: Rescheduled For Feb. 28th

Sir Charles G.D. Roberts, born in 1860 in New Brunswick, was a UNB graduate, known as one of the Fathers of Canadian Poetry, and is among those recognized at UNB’s Poets Corner of Canada, a designated historic site. He was also an inveterate correspondent exchanging letters with acquaintances, friends, literati, and several women with whom he was known to have had romantic relationships.

Robert’s letters to Evelyn Smith, about whom little was known, add another name to the list. On Feb. 28th, we will tell the story of how UNB’s Archives & Special Collections came to acquire this previously unknown collection, and to reveal something about the nature of Smith and Robert’s liaison.

Date: February 28, 2017
Time: 4:00 – 5:00pm
Location: The Lord Beaverbrook Room, 4th Floor, Harriet Irving Library (an accessible building)

February Is Black History Month

UNB Libraries offers a variety of resources that support research into black history, such as the following databases:

Find more resources:

Also check out the blog posts on Atlantic Loyalist Connections:

  • “The Importance of the Book of Negroes”
  • “Black Refugees of the War of 1812”

If you are in the Harriet Irving Library, take a look at the Black History Month book display in the Learning Commons in front of the Research Help Desk.

Digitization Basics Workshop – Feb. 18th

Instructors: Mike Meade and Erik Moore

Date: 18 February 2017, 1pm – 4pm

Location: Harriet Irving Library, Milham Room (#100)

Why digitize a photograph, historic primary text, or a collection of objects? Join Erik Moore and Mike Meade, of UNB Libraries’ Centre for Digital Scholarship, in exploring some fundamental tools and skills of digitization. Whether you’re an undergraduate assigned a digitization project, a grad student augmenting a thesis or dissertation, or a researcher fulfilling part of a Tri-Agency grant, this workshop will help you consider numerous aspects of artifact digitization, including identifying your intended audience, dealing with limitations of available equipment, producing high-quality images for the web, developing metadata, using and re-using your digitized work, and considering your digital project’s life cycle. We’ll also give you an inside look at digital imaging operations in the Centre for Digital Scholarship, and provide you with some resources for further exploration.

To register, visit //

Fundamentals in Digital Scholarship is a new series of free workshops hosted by UNB Libraries’ Centre for Digital Scholarship, and aimed at introducing the UNB community to current topics, tools, and techniques in digital scholarship. For more information on the series, please contact Erik Moore (

Fair Dealing Week, 20-24 Feb 2017

In recognition of Fair Dealing Week, educational institutions across Canada celebrate the Fair Dealing provisions of the Canadian Copyright Act. These provisions balance the rights of creators and users of copyright-protected content. As a user-focused exception, fair dealing facilitates the sharing of short excerpts of copyrighted works for the purposes of research, private study, education, parody or satire, criticism or review, and news reporting.

Since the Copyright Modernization Act of 2012, or Bill C-11, expanded the application of Fair Dealing to new contexts of parody, satire, and education, Fair Dealing has become an important option for students, faculty, and researchers sharing copyright-protected content. In the context of teaching, Fair Dealing broadens the range of course readings available to students. For instance, it enables faculty to provide students with readings for interdisciplinary courses and emerging fields of study where textbooks are unavailable. Fair Dealing also facilitates the analysis of short excerpts from course readings and media clips in the classroom. In the context of research, Fair Dealing enables faculty and graduate students to share the latest research, including data sets, with their colleagues.

Overall, Fair Dealing promotes the development of culture and education by facilitating the dissemination of intellectual and creative works.

Under Fair Dealing, you can provide short excerpts of copyrighted content to students and faculty via handout, e-mail communication, D2L, lecture presentation, and classroom display. Specific examples of short excerpts include:

  • a copy of an article from a scientific, technical, or scholarly periodical;
  • a newspaper article;
  • an entry from an encyclopaedia, annotated bibliography, or similar reference material;
  • a short story, play, poem, or essay from a publication containing other works.

Useful Links

Fair Use Week in the United States

Note that Fair Dealing Week in Canada is a counterpart to Fair Use Week in the United States. Keep in mind that Fair Dealing and Fair Use are distinct legal doctrines. Follow these links, to learn more:

For more information, see UNB Libraries’ Copyright pages.

Fair Dealing supports teaching, learning, and research!

CSA Standards And Codes Online

UNB Libraries provides access to the full Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Standards and Codes electronic collection and archives via the CSA web portal. You can now access CSA standards, and more, from any location with internet access using your UNB login credentials.


  • Over 3,000 current and historical CSA standards
  • IT and Telecommunications standards
  • Standard-related documents, such as handbooks, guidelines and commentaries


The Canadian Standards Association is a not-for-profit standards development, membership-based association for business, industry, government and consumers. CSA is the largest standards development organization (SDO) in Canada and is accredited in Canada and the U.S. to develop standards in a wide range of subject areas.

For more information about the CSA collection, please contact Saran Croos, Engineering & Computer Science Librarian, at UNB Fredericton (506-458-7959).