Embase service interruptions this weekend

On July 31st, Embase will release new features that make it easier to identify relationships between drugs, diseases and devices and their associated events. Due to this release, users are advised to avoid saving searches or email alerts for a period of 8 hours beginning at 6 am EDT/12 pm CEST
(i.e., July 31st from 6 am EDT/12 pm CEST – 2 pm EDT/ 8 pm CEST).

For more information on the Embase release, please click here.

In addition, on Saturday, August 1, access to Elsevier platforms – including Embase — will be unavailable due to a scheduled maintenance for approximately 4.5 hours starting at 6 pm EDT/12 am CEST.

These events will be communicated via in-product messaging and Twitter, and they will indicate via in-product messaging when you may resume using the saved search/email alert function.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Dalhousie Libraries acquires online access to Oxford Arabic Dictionary


The Dalhousie Libraries have recently acquired online access to the Oxford Arabic Dictionary.

This is the most authoritative English-Arabic/ Arabic-English dictionary ever published. Based on real modern evidence and computational analysis of hundreds of millions of words in both English and Modern Standard Arabic, the dictionary boasts more than 130,000 words and phrases and 200,000 translations. It has been designed for both Arabic and English native speakers and includes up-to-date vocabulary from computing, business, the media, and the arts, across both languages.

The Oxford Arabic Dictionary can be accessed through the Novanet Online Public Catalogue and the Databases page on the Dalhousie Libraries website.

SFX migration scheduled to begin Sunday July 19, 2015

SFX Migration

The link resolver SFX (The Get it@Dal button) will be unavailable on Sunday 19 July 2015 while Ex Libris migrates it to a newer, more modern data center. In order to retrieve an article you need during this time, you can use Novanet Classic or Primo to search the name of the journal and click through to the journal homepage. From there you can navigate to the required article.

On Monday and Tuesday SFX will be “view only” while the reconfiguration takes place. Users should not be affected by this change but staff will not be able to make any updates to the SFX database. After that, Ex Libris will make the switch to go Live with SFX on the new environment. Our SFX BaseURL will not change when we are moved to the new environment.


Delayed opening for Killam Library on Saturday, July 18

UPDATE: JULY 15 – 4:00

The timeline for the scheduled power outage has changed, and the Killam will open at 10 a.m., as usual.

As part of Dalhousie’s facilities renewal program, it is necessary to remove a piece of redundant electrical equipment from the Weldon Law Building campus electrical vault. This work is scheduled to take place on Saturday, July 18, 2015 between 5 and 11 a.m. (times approximate).

During this time, buildings located on Studley and Carleton campuses will be without power, and the Killam Library will have restricted access. As a result, the library will open at 12:00 p.m., instead of 10 a.m.

Congratulations Mick!


We’re delighted to announce that Mick Bottom will be taking on a new role with the Dalhousie Libraries!

Mick’s new position is the Manager of Services, Support and Training, where he will be responsible for overseeing the integration of Instructional Technologies support, Help Desks, and Library Desktop support into a unified service team.

“With Mick’s leadership, the unified team will help expand our service capacity and allow us to be more responsive in responding to the regular surges in demand for each area.” Says Marc Comeau, Director of Library IT.

“‎I am thrilled to be given this opportunity, and to continue working with LITS and my colleagues in the libraries” says Mick Bottom. “I’m proud of the great services already offered by LITS and I am looking forward to further developing and enhancing those services in the future.”

Congratulations Mick! We wish you all the best in your new role.

LITS is on the move (temporarily)

Effective immediately, Library Information Technology Services (LITS) will temporarily be relocated to a new space on the fifth floor, room 5630.

This move is to allow for the renovation of the current LITS office on the third floor. Construction is scheduled to begin in late summer, and will last until late fall.

The temporary offices on the fifth floor will still be accessible for those needing OWL (BbLearn) support.

Canada History Week


Canada History Week kicks off today!  To help celebrate the occasion, we’ve selected a handful of photographs from the three map collections held within the archives (The David and Marilyn Janigan map collectionThe Pullen map collection  and The Edward J. Mullaly map collection:

We’ll be posting post a Canada History Week Photo of the Day to our Twitter and Facebook accounts.  Just “Like” us or “follow” us  to see which images we’ve selected!




Presentation – Measuring Impact: Quantitative Methods by Melissa Rothfus, MLIS, PhD.

When: Wednesday, July 8th at 10 a.m.
Where: Tupper Link – 2L3. *
Seating is limited to 24.

In many parts of the world, the past two decades have witnessed the development of a direct and explicit link between research funding and research impact. How that impact might be defined and measured is open to interpretation by funding organizations and varies according to context. In general, impact refers to the demonstration that one’s research has in some way made a contribution to his or her field. A variety of factors and issues are involved in demonstrating research impact and both quantitative and qualitative methods have been developed or are developing. The goal of each of these is to create objective means by which the importance and value of research can be judged.

While North American institutions have largely been less receptive to an impact based funding model, international collaboration coupled with a competitive funding environment suggests that North American researchers would be wise nonetheless to consider how their own research impact can be tracked and demonstrated. In their role as supporters and facilitators of research, as well as researchers themselves, librarians are well positioned to provide valuable assistance in demonstrating research impact. This presentation will offer a summary of some of the most critical tools available.

Video conferencing will be available for those in Truro interested in the presentation.

* The Tupper link is the windowed hallway between the Kellogg and Tim Horton’s. Take the staircase nearest the bathroom and make a left at the top of the stairs (so you don’t end up in the student lounge) and go through 2 sets of doors and the room is on the right.