Dal Libraries displays Elections Canada brochures/information


Election Day is a mere three weeks away! To help you prepare to get out and rock the vote, the Dalhousie Libraries have set up displays in each library with brochures, postcards and posters that have information on how this process works.

The following websites also provide lots of great tips:

Something else to take note of: This year, Elections Canada has launched a pilot project to open voting centres on a number of campuses across the country:


Two of these centres will be located at Dalhousie University (one at LeMarchant Place and one at the SUB). They will be open from Oct. 5th-8th and will be locations where you can get in-depth information, register to vote, and vote in an advance poll.

New sculpture at the Law Library

Have you had the opportunity to check out the beautiful new sculpture in the Law Library?

Sol is a metal and stone sculpture created in 2015 by Nova Scotia sculptor and blacksmith Brad Hall, whose forge is located in Annapolis Royal, NS. More specifically, the piece is comprised of forged steel atop a sandstone base, and its dimensions are approximately 65” x 49” x 39” (165cm x 124cm x 99cm).

It is a classic example of Hall’s work, particularly in its usage of forged metal with detail attributes that conclude or connect the carefully shaped strands of steel. As the title might suggest, it was inspired to some extent by historic sun dial designs, though it is not intended to be functional as such. The steel is intentionally rusted but stable, and this lends a timeless quality to the feeling of the piece and its materials. Not at all symmetrical, it is nevertheless intuitively well balanced, and different viewpoints reveal different interrelationships of the forms and the open spaces between them.


Law Library Sculpture


The Open Library of the Humanities Launches

The Open Library of the Humantities (OLH) has just launched this week after two years of planning and preparation!The platform starts with seven journals, supported by 99 institutions (at a cost of $6 per institution per open-access article.)


OLH is similar in many ways to the PLoS model in that OLH functions as a multidisciplinary journal itself, but also consists of seven discipline specific journals. Articles are released on a weekly rolling cycle, which means there is always new content being released.

Read the full launch announcement here: https://about.openlibhums.org/2015/09/28/olh-launches/
Here is the list of journals currently being produced: https://www.openlibhums.org/site/journals/


Dal Reads news: Lawrence Scanlan coming to Dal on October 14!

Lawrence Scanlan, the author of the Dal Reads 2015 selection A Year of Living Generously, is coming to Dalhousie!

When: Wednesday, October 14 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Special Collections & Archives Reading Room, fifth floor, Killam Library

Lawrence has been a journalist for almost four decades – with daily newspapers (editor of The Nelson Daily News in B.C., literary editor of The Whig-Standard in Ontario), magazines (managing editor of Harrowsmith), and in radio with two national CBC programmes (producer on Morningside and Writers & Company). He has won numerous prizes for his writing, including three National Magazine Awards.

A Year of Living Generously, follows Lawrence as he volunteers with 12 different charities, among them well-known institutions Habitat for Humanity, the St. Vincent de Paul Society and Canadian Crossroads. Drawing from first-hand experiences, he tests the ideas and theories on global aid and charity and makes a compelling case for greater commitment and real connection, in the form of on-the-ground volunteer work, from us all.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see Lawrence Scanlan in person as he reads from A Year of Living Generously.

You can pick up your free copy at any of our five libraries!


GISciences Centre’s Lunchless Learn Series, Fall 2015

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The GIS Centre’s Lunchless Learn Series is back for the fall term! These are hands-on tutorials, held around lunchtime, open to all on campus (without the food).

A GIS, or Geographic Information System, is “a computer system for capturing, storing, checking, integrating, manipulating, analyzing and displaying data relating to positions on earth’s surface.” In other words, it’s an easy and fun way to look at the world differently.

This series gives people a taste of what GIS is and how it can be used. We are offering the same session at different times and locations, so choose the one that fits your schedule best. These sessions are meant to be self-contained; after the intro session–take only the topics that are of interest to you.

Due to the high level of interest in these sessions, we ask you to sign up for each session. To sign up, contact gis@dal.ca

Intro – First Encounters of the GIS Kind

Mon. Sept. 21/15
Killam Library – G70

Tues. Sept. 22/15
Sexton Campus – C Building room C300

Wed. Sept. 23/15
Killam Library – G70

Data – So you want to make a map – Where and How to Find Data

Mon. Sept. 28/15
Killam Library – G70

Tues. Sept. 29/15
Sexton Campus –C Building room C300

Raster – How to become a Raster Master

Tues. Oct. 13/15
Sexton Campus –C Building room C300

Mon. Oct. 19/15
Killam Library – G70

Carto – Maps – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Tues. Oct. 20/15
Sexton Campus –C Building room C300

Mon. Oct. 26/15
Killam Library – G70
ArcGIS Online – GIS that’s in the Cloud(s)!

Mon. Nov. 2/15
Killam Library – G70

Tues. Nov. 3/15
Sexton Campus – C Building room C300

And don’t forget, the GISciences Centre is located on the fifth floor of the Killam Library.

Intern Profiles 2015: Alanna McLellan, Sexton Design and Technology Library

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Alanna McLellan comes to the Dalhousie Libraries all the way from Vancouver, BC!

She attended Simon Fraser University where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree studying History and Humanities and a Certificate in Liberal Arts

“Prior to moving out to Nova Scotia, I had an internship at the SFU Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology and worked as a library assistant at a public library,” says Alanna. “From these experiences, I knew I was pursuing the right career path in the field of information.

Alanna enrolled in the MLIS program because she has a passion for helping connect people with the information they need and want.

“I was intrigued by the MLIS program at Dalhousie University in particular because of its placement within the Faculty of Management, and its course content that covers traditional and non-traditional aspects of the information field,” says Alanna. “I also wanted to live and experience a different part of Canada, and Halifax was a city of interest with its east coast culture, while still being near an ocean.”

This Summer Alanna helped organize the library after extensive renovations in late spring. She also provided research assistance at the reference desk and worked on several projects including: designing posters and handouts, a new virtual tour of the library, processing and cataloguing donations, and helped with the migration of the librarians’ subject guides on the LibGuides platform.

“The experience at Sexton Design and Technology Library and the MLIS program has widened my perspective on what I hope to do after graduation. I continue to be passionate about public librarianship, but my interest in working in academic libraries has also grown enormously this past year,” says Alanna. “This is an exciting field to be a part of, and as I enter my final year, I am looking forward to different opportunities as I continue to learn more about the challenges and innovations in the information field.”

Free Plant Giveaway on Tuesday 15th


Welcome students! There will be a free houseplant giveaway at the Kellogg library on Tuesday September 15th. They will be  available for pickup just inside the main doors of the library.

Plants not only make an apartment feel more cozy, they also provide oxygen and improve indoor air quality. See you on Tuesday!

Library Access to BMJ Best Practice Renewed



Following some helpful feedback from students and faculty, Dalhousie Libraries have renewed the subscription to BMJ Best Practice for the remainder of this year and will be renewing for the next subscription year as well.

This fall, Dalhousie Libraries will be trialing an updated version of another evidence based resource, Dynamed Plus.

We will again be looking for your advice on the value of Dynamed Plus to your work and its place in our suite of evidence based resources

ProQuest EBL platform temporarily unavailable on September 15


In preparation for the upcoming ProQuest Ebook Central launch, the ProQuest EBL platform will be unavailable for up to three hours September 15, 2015 to combine ebrary and EBL content into a single new back-end system. This update means that when Ebook Central launches, it will have all the content and access models you’re enjoying with EBL and ebrary today.

The EBL Patron Interface and EBL LibCentral will not be available at these times: 7:00 pm -10:00 pm September 15. Apologies for any inconvenience.


Intern Profiles 2015: Michelle Boychuck, Killam Memorial Library

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Michelle comes to us from Edmonton, Alberta. She has a Bachelor of Arts with a major in English from the University of Alberta.

She chose Dalhousie mainly with location in mind—“I wanted to see what life was like on the east coast, to expand my theory of mind and learn more about the fullness of this country. Additionally, the focus of Dalhousie’s MLIS program on management alongside more classic skills appealed to me because of its wider situational applicability,” says Michelle.

Over the summer, she has been working on several different projects, but they all share roots in collections management. Working with Kat Felix, the other Killam Intern, a bookmark has been created which explains the meaning of the Library of Congress call numbers and which floor of the Killam each letter is on. She’s also assisted in the move from Libguides V1 to V2.

“I’m not exactly sure what I would like to do after graduation–I’m hoping this final year of studies will help me focus my passion–but I am finding myself gravitating towards digital collections, curation, preservation and all the technical skills that go along with those areas,” says Michelle.