ACP withdraws ebooks

The American College of Physicians (ACP) has withdrawn their books from the StatRef ebook platform. Their decision means that effective December 1st, 2015 Dalhousie users will no longer have access to the ebooks: MKSAP for students 5 and Internal medicine essentials for clerkship students. However, MKSAP for students 4 is available in print at both the Kellogg and UNBSJ libraries and a newer edition of both titles is on order at both libraries (rebranded “IM Essentials: Text and IM Essentials: Questions”). Neither book is available electronically to institutions.

These books are kept on reserve at both libraries to ensure availability. Books on Reserve cannot be borrowed through Document Delivery but individual chapters may be available. Requests can be placed through Dalhousie Document Delivery.

Effective January 1st, 2016 ACP Smart Medicine will no longer be published (the content is in the process of being merged with Dynamed Plus). AHFS DI Essentials, which was bundled with ACP Smart Medicine on StatRef, will be available as AHFS Drug Information via MedicinesComplete.

Your guide to extended hours at the Dal Libraries


Exam time is quickly approaching! But fear not, the Dal Libraries are here for you, providing you with longer hours to linger in the library with your favourite study buddy or night owl.

For more information about the Night Owl program at the Killam Library, see here.

Killam Memorial Library
Effective November 21- December 20*

Sundays: 8 a.m.–3 a.m.*

Mondays-Thursdays: 8 a.m.–3 am.

Fridays: 8 a.m.–midnight

Saturdays: 8 a.m.–midnight

*On Sunday, December 20, the Killam Library will be closing at 6 p.m.

**Access to the Killam Library from midnight to 3 a.m. is for Dalhousie and King’s students only. Students must have their student ID with them to get in. Regular library services are not offered during this time, students will have access to the South Learning Commons or the atrium.

MacRae Library
Effective November 23 –December 16:

Monday–Friday: 8:30 a.m.–midnight

Saturday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Sunday: 10 a.m.–midnight

Sexton Design & Technology Library
Effective December 4 – 20th:

Monday – Friday: 8:00am – midnight

Saturday: 10:00am – midnight

Sunday: 10:00am -midnight

Sir James Dunn Law Library

Friday, December 4: 4 p.m.–10:45 p.m.

Saturday, December 5: 6 p.m.–10:45 p.m.

Friday, December 11: 4 p.m.–10:45 p.m.

Saturday, December 12: 6 p.m.–10:45 p.m.

W. K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library
Effective November 6 –December 19:

Monday–Friday: 7:30* a.m.–11 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m.–11 p.m.

Sunday: 11 a.m.–11 p.m.

*Circulation is available at 8:00 a.m., Monday-Friday

* The Kellogg Library will be closed from December 21-January 3.

Copyright and the LMS

CpoyrightVideoWith the winter term quickly approaching, it is a busy time getting course readings ready in Brightspace and Blackboard. Given some of the recent copyright changes here at Dalhousie, We’d like to remind you how this can be done in a manner that is respectful of Canadian copyright law, and Dalhousie’s Fair Dealing Guidelines:

If you wish to upload materials yourself into Brightspace/Blackboard, we’ve made it easy to figure out if what you want to put online is copyright compliant. Libraries staff have put together a short video tutorial which explains Dalhousie’s Fair Dealing Guidelines, and will provide you with guidance when it comes to making sure your materials are copyright compliant. Check it out here:

Thank you for helping foster sustainable and ethical copying practices at Dalhousie!


Digital Humanities brown bag talk: “Digitizing and exhibiting the archives of artist-run centres in Halifax, Nova Scotia”

Creighton Barrett, Digital Archivist in the University Archives, will give a digital humanities brown bag talk this Friday.

Title: Digitizing and exhibiting the archives of artist-run centres in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Date and Time: Friday, 20 November, 12:00 p.m.

Location: McCain Building, Room 2130

Creighton will discuss some of the theoretical and practical challenges associated with preparing archival material for an upcoming exhibition at the Dalhousie Art Gallery.

Exhibition Title: “Why are we saving All these artist publications + Other Galleries stuffs? The Emergence of Artist-Run Culture in Halifax.

"Why are we saving All these artist publications + Other Galleries stuffs?"

Excerpt of roll call for Eye Level Gallery meeting, ca. 1979, Eyelevel Gallery fonds, MS‐3‐35, Box 18, Folder 12, Item 2, Dalhousie University Archives.

Tentative Dates: 15 January to 17 April 2016

Curated By: Creighton Barrett, Digital Archivist, Dalhousie University Archives and Peter Dykhuis, Director/Curator, Dalhousie Art Gallery

Extended Weekend Hours at the Killam Library



In addition to Night Owls (the Killam Library will be staying open til 3 a.m. Sundays-Thursdays from November 1 until December 17), the Killam will also be offering extended hours on the weekends leading up to exams.

Beginning on Saturday, November 21, the Killam Library will open at 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday mornings (instead of opening at 10 a.m.).  The last day the Killam will open at 8 a.m. on the weekend for this exam season will be Sunday, December 20.*

* On Sunday, December 20, the Killam Library will be closing at 6 p.m., since no exams will be written that evening.

To review, these are the hours of the Killam leading up to exams (effective Nov. 21 and ending Dec. 20)

Sundays 8 a.m.-3 a.m.
Mondays 8 a.m.-3 a.m.
Tuesdays 8 a.m.-3 a.m.
Wednesdays 8 a.m.-3 a.m.
Thursdays 8 a.m.-3 a.m.
Fridays 8 a.m.-midnight
Saturdays 8 a.m.-midnight

Happy studying!

Geography Awareness Week – November 15-21


Geography Awareness Week (GAW) is taking place from November 15-21!  Launched in 1987, this week provides a global opportunity for people and organizations to celebrate what geography is, what it can do, and how it helps us understand the world, people and culture, the environment, and the interactions among those features from a spatial viewpoint.

During Geography Awareness Week, GIS (Geographical Information Sciences) Day will also be take place (Wednesday, Nov. 18th.) GIS Day was developed in 1999 to support the aims of GAW and to focus attention on the role GIS and other spatial technologies play in developing solutions that are based upon spatial science and geographic understanding.

There is an added bonus to this year’s celebration of GAW and GIS Day. The events take place during International Map Year (IMY). The theme for IMY is “We Love Maps”, and the year has been endorsed by the United Nations and numerous national and international organizations, companies, government and not-for-profits. Led by the International Cartographic Association (ICA), IMY for 2015-2016 is being celebrated in Canada with the leadership of a number of key organizations, companies and governmental departments. (IMY for Canada can be found at or @IMY_CA).

Dalhousie Libraries has always played a role in promoting and celebrating both GIS Day and GAW, and this year joining in for International Map Year. Over the years, we have hosted special lectures, public displays, and events joining with other partners across organization with the support of the Geomatics Association of Nova Scotia (GANS).

With the support of the Libraries GIS Centre, this year we will be hosting fun and interactive map displays where students, faculty and staff from across the campus can help create our very own “Where is Dalhousie” web map. They will be located online, as well as in the lobby and South Learning Commons of the Killam Library. You will be able to add in a place marker of where you come from, your hometown or city. This will be a public display viewable by other people involved in GIS Day and GAW, and it will give us a chance to show where our Dalhousie community comes – no matter where in the world our hometowns are.

Enjoy the week and don’t forget – “We Love Maps”.

(The online map will be available before and during Geography Awareness Week from November 10th to 20th.)

Remembrance Day Hours for the Dalhousie Libraries



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Remembrance Day is the day for all Canadians to recognize the contribution our veterans have made and to honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of Canada.

Remembrance Day is always on November 11. The Dal Libraries will be observing holiday hours on Wednesday, November 11.

Killam Memorial Library
1–9 p.m.

MacRae Library
1–10:30 p.m.

Sexton Design & Technology Library
10 a.m.–6 p.m.

W. K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library
10 a.m.–11 p.m.

Sir James Dunn Law Library
9 a.m.–10:45 p.m.

Wallace McCain Learning Commons
1:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

“Archives and Privacy within a Culture of Access”: Talk by Archivist Michael Moir

On Tuesday November 17, 2015, respected archivist Michael Moir will present a talk “Archives and Privacy within a Culture of Access”:

Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Location: Dalhousie University Archives and Special Collections Reading Room, 5th floor Killam Library.

Archivists, librarians, and curators face increasing pressure to preserve and share the documentary legacy of a generation of Baby Boomers facing retirement, domestic downsizing, and the end of their days. Archives become the means to commemorate their contributions to society, including events that can be quite recent. Such material often contains personal information about third parties who have no awareness that it has entered the public sphere. Those tasked with managing such collections must find a delicate balance between the need for access to pursue knowledge (an activity that lies at the heart of the reasons we preserve archival records), and the ethical concern for the privacy of third parties.

The situation has become more complicated by European court rulings involving Google and the right to be forgotten, and the legal battle over access to interview recordings from the “Belfast Project” that were deposited at Boston College.

This presentation will discuss how a project funded by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries reviewed news media, blogs, scholarly journals and government websites to track changing attitudes toward privacy and recorded information, and how these perspectives can influence practical aspects of stewarding archival holdings in terms of acquisition, description, reference, and outreach through digital initiatives.

Michael Moir is the University Archivist and Head of the Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections of York University Libraries. He was the Director of Corporate Records Systems and City Archivist for the newly amalgamated City of Toronto from 1998 to 2004, and has served as an adjunct instructor and guest lecturer at the University of Toronto’s iSchool. His research interests vary from the management of unique research collections, to Canadian shipbuilding during the Great War.

This talk has been organized by the Council of Nova Scotia Archives. All are welcome!

Author Reading with Darren Greer


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When: Tuesday, November 10 at 4:15 p.m.
Where: Special Collections & Archives Reading Room, fifth floor, Killam Library

Darren Greer is the author of three novels and a book of essays.

He grew up in several towns in Nova Scotia, including Greenfield and Liverpool, and studied literature at the University of King’s College, Halifax, as well as Carleton University, Ottawa.

Greer’s first novel, Tyler’s Cape, was published in March 2001 to critical acclaim and was on the bestseller list of the Halifax Chronicle-Herald. Still Life with June was nominated for the Pearson Readers’ Choice Award at The Word On The Street, Toronto, in 2003 and is the Winner of the 2004 ReLit Award.

He is the winner of the 2015 Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award Prize for Just Beneath my Skin

Don’t miss this chance to see Darren Greer tell his stories in person!
This public reading is sponsored by the Canadian Literary Collections Project

Killam Quest: Discover the not-so-scary Killam Library

We’ve planned a little something special today at the Killam Library for all of our visitors and regular patrons.

Between 10 a.m.-2 p.m., you can participate in the Killam Quest–a chance to get a self-guided tour of many of the services offered in the Killam Library, while qualifying to win a prize. Prizes include Dal sweatshirts donated from the Dal Bookstore, Tim Hortons gift cards and a 15-meal gift card donated by Food Services. Since Halloween is only a day away, there will also be candy for everyone!

So come and see all that the Killam Library and the Dal Libraries have to offer by checking out the Killam Quest today.

Thank you to all of our sponsors!

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