Intern Profiles 2015: Amy Sutherland, W.K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library

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Amy Sutherland is originally from Woodstock, NB and attended St. Thomas University in Fredericton, NB, where she studied English with Honours.

Amy came to Dal because she wanted to stay within the Maritimes for grad school. She also really liked the fact that the Dal MLIS program offers courses in children and youth services.

“This summer I have been helping the library prepare for its upcoming move by creating a video (Kellogg on the Move) and weeding our collection. I’ve also been working on the reference and circulation desks, while also covering some Document Delivery shifts,” says Amy. “I’ve edited LibGuides, helped to create a Citations Managers LibGuide, and created two videos about finding health statistics and data. I have also been helping Robin Parker with a systematic review.”

After graduation, Amy hopes to work in a library, either public or academic. “I’d love to stay in the Maritimes, but ultimately I’ll go wherever my work takes me. At the end of the day, I’ll be satisfied if I can help people fulfill their information needs.” says Amy.

Intern Profiles 2015: Leah Boulos, W.K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library

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Hailing from Halifax, NS (her favorite place in the world!), Leah Boulos came to Dalhousie after receiving her Bachelor of Music from Mount Allison University in 2010.

“After spending time away for school, travel, and work, I knew it was time to come home to Halifax,” says Leah. “The MLIS program at Dalhousie attracted my attention because of its unique location within the Faculty of Management.”

As a Kellogg Library intern, Leah feels fortunate to have worked on quite a variety of projects and tasks. These include reference work, a number of informational and tutorial videos, systematic review support, subject guide content creation, weeding the collection, working in circulation and document delivery, and more.

“Thanks to the wide array of training that I have received as a Kellogg intern and Dalhousie MLIS student, I feel like the world will be an open book for me after graduation. Right now my interests lie mainly in health sciences librarianship, but I can also see myself working in any form of academic or public library,” says Leah. “Above all, I intend to use my skills to help members of the public access information – a core tenet of librarianship that I value highly.”

Intern Season 2015

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Every summer, the Dalhousie Libraries welcome students from Dal’s Master of Library and Information Studies program for internships. Working with these bright and enthusiastic individuals is one of our favourite things about summer at the Dalhousie Libraries!  Over the next week, we’ll be featuring profiles of these fantastic folks here on our blog, highlighting the great work they’re doing to make the libraries better. Keep checking back regularly!

W.K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library is preparing for the Big Move!

Our summer interns Leah Boulos and Amy Sutherland have created a short video to explain what will be happening over the next few months in anticipation of the upcoming Kellogg Library move.

Take a few minutes to find out where specific resources will be housed and what services will be offered in the brand new Kellogg Learning Commons in the Collaborative Health Education Building and the Kellogg ‘swing space’ in Chapter House. You’ll also hear more about the timeline of when these transitions will be taking place.

As we prepare for the move, you might wonder why some of our shelves have a few bare spots. Fear not! Some materials are going off site and have been packed for the journey to their new temporary home. We will have them back on the shelves and accessible to you as soon as possible. Raymond Bennett, a student with the Kellogg Library since 2014, has been doing much of the heavy lifting on this project, and we are very grateful for all of his hard work.

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Raymond Bennett, a student with the Kellogg Library

If you have questions about the move, please contact Carol Pottie at

Issue resolved: ProQuest databases and full text access temporarily unavailable

Update: August 26 – This issue has been resolved. Thank you for your patience!

Some ProQuest databases and access to full text content are temporarily unavailable. The Libraries are working with ProQuest to restore access as quickly as possible.


Welcome John Yolkowski, Dal Libraries new Copyright Services Coordinator


We are pleased to welcome our new Copyright Services Coordinator, John Yolkowski!

John is not a stranger to the Dalhousie Libraries. For the past year, he has been the project manager for the Elisabeth Mann Borgese Digitization Project, working with the Research & Scholarly Communications / Archives team on the fifth floor of the Killam.

John’s educational background includes an MLIS from Western and an MA from Guelph. He has previous experience working in archives, research, teaching, and providing chat reference service with OCUL’s Scholars Portal.

“The Dalhousie Libraries Copyright Office provides support to faculty, staff and students, to facilitate fair and ethical use of copyright materials for learning and teaching,” says Donna Bourne-Tyson, University Librarian. “John brings with him relevant experience, expertise and a willingness to work with our community to ensure everyone benefits from the wealth of scholarly material available.”

Whether it’s booking a film screening on campus, putting course materials into Blackboard, applying Fair Dealing, or learning about Creative Commons licenses, John is looking forward to answering any questions staff, faculty, or students have about how copyright affects them. Part of this work will be educational in nature, and he especially excited about delivering a series of presentations to various faculties here in the coming months to discuss copyright at Dalhousie.

“Often people can find the whole concept of copyright a bit overwhelming,” says John. “But with many of the changes that have happened in the last couple of years, educational institutes have a whole new range of options and possibilities and I look forward to helping people see what is possible in their research, teaching, and studying.”

John will be based out of the Killam Library. If you have questions about Copyright, contact  or 902-494-4346.
Welcome John!


Go Online with Your Reading List: eReserves Service for Faculty


Make course-related articles and book chapters available electronically to your students! The Dalhousie Libraries are offering faculty an option to have links to licensed e-content added to their reading lists and uploaded to BbLearn or Brightspace (for the Faculties of Agriculture,  Management (CFAME), Architecture and Planning and Health Professions [Social Work programs] ) by one of the Dal Libraries’ staff, with copyright clearance obtained if possible.

You can do this online via the Reserve page on our website.

  • Go to the Reserves page and select the appropriate library submission form
  • Login and fill in the brief course particulars
  • Choose “Upload Reading List for OWL” (you still have the option to fill out our regular form for “In-Library Reserves” if you don’t want your list annotated and added to your BbLearn/Brightspace course)

And that’s it! Once you’ve submitted your list, Libraries’ staff will create persistent URLs for electronic items and post the list to BbLearn or Brightspace for you.

A note of caution: Some publishers limit the number of readers who can use an ebook at the same time. This publisher-controlled limitation can make ebooks challenging to use as textbooks. Before adding one of the Libraries’ ebooks to your syllabus, check with your library liaison who can work with the Libraries’ Resources team to determine if a particular ebook will meet your needs. Not sure who your library liaison is? Check this list:

We work with paper as well! We’ll seek copyright clearance for print material—articles and book chapters—through our Copyright Services Coordinator and then scan and upload the items into BbLearn or Brightspace. If we’re not able to obtain copyright clearance, the material will be placed on Reserve at the Service Point/Circulation Desk of your selected library and you will be notified of this change.

By offering this service the Libraries are hoping to build new partnerships with faculty, meet the students where they are, and provide quick and reliable access to library resources. We also hope you find it useful!

Note: Please allow at least 2 weeks for your reading lists to be processed. Lists are processed in the order in which they are received.For further information or to get started, please contact:

  • Nancy Melvin, Killam Memorial Library, 494-2147
  • Jan Pelley, Kellogg Health Sciences Library, 494-3895
  • Jolene Reid, MacRae Library, 902-893-4578
  • Amanda Sparks, Sexton Design & Technology Library, 494-6095
  • Please contact the Dunn Law Library directly for Reserve information at that location.
  • John Yolkowski, Dalhousie Libraries Copyright Services Coordinator, 494-4346

Public presentations by the Research & Instruction Librarian candidates at the MacRae Library

Candidates for the position of Research & Instruction Librarian at the MacRae Library have been invited to make a presentation to the Dalhousie community on the following topic:

The TriCouncil funding agencies (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR) have recently released their guidelines for research data management and planning. The Faculty Council of the Faculty of Agriculture has invited you to give a 20 minutes presentation to the Council to introduce them to research data management & research data planning, and the related resources for them to meet these guidelines.

Thursday, August 20, 9:00am-9:35am – Erin MacPherson
In Truro: Librarian’s Corner, MacRae Library
In Halifax: Room 2902, Killam Library (video-conference)

Friday, August 21, 9:00am-9:35am – Maggie Nielson
In Truro: Librarian’s Corner, MacRae Library
In Halifax: Room 2902, Killam Library (video-conference)

Monday, August 24, 11:15-11:50am – Alison Ambi
In Truro: Librarian’s Corner, MacRae Library
In Halifax: Room 2902, Killam Library (video-conference)

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Maintenance completed: Proquest emergency maintenance: Wednesday, August 12


Update: Maintenance has been completed

Proquest emergency maintenance will be performed from 10:00 PM to Midnight ET on Wednesday, August 12, 2015. ProQuest will be unavailable during this time. Questions or issues? Contact Technical Support.