Book2Net Scanner In The South Commons

The Book2Net scanner has been moved next to the Technical Assistance desk in the South Commons for the remainder of its trial.  If you haven’t tried it yet, you really should!  It’s an easy to use machine that allows you to scan images or text and save them as a jpeg on your USB.

If you need assistance ask the Navigator.  Don’t forget to leave some feedback, either right here or by filling in a comment card available at the desk.  We are very interested in hearing your thoughts and suggestions.

Have You Seen Our Use the Source Ads?

The Dal Libraries are running an ad campaign in the Gazette this year with a Star Wars-inspired theme called “Use the Source” (click on the image for a full view of our Libguides ad).

Our ads have been used as the back covers on a couple of Gazette issues so far. Have you seen them? Do you find them effective–or not? Your feedback is essential to us!

Libraries Sustainability Team Launched

On Friday October 23 the Dalhousie Office of Sustainability officially launched its ReThink Program with a special event in the SUB lobby. The launch included an announcement about Dal’s two brand new sustainability teams–the Dalhousie Libraries Green team, the very first one on campus (yay us!), and a team from Communications & Marketing. Our Green keeners are: Linda Bedwell, Leigh Smith, Michelle Paon and Sandy Dwyer, and they’re already actively working on a variety of sustainability initiatives for the Libraries–stay tuned.

Sandy, Sarah, Marc, Michelle, Leigh

L to R: Sandy, Sarah, Marc, Michelle, Leigh

A Jeopardy match was held as part of the ReThink launch. The Libraries Green Team was pitted against a crack group of sustainability students and Communications & Marketing. Our Greenies–Leigh, Michelle, and intrepid volunteers Marc Comeau and Sarah Stevenson, came in a close and respectable second with a score of 270. We think it’s absolutely appropriate that the students trounced us all with a total of 330 points. We’re also very excited about our Sustainability Team and look forward to supporting them as they work to make our libraries greener!

Sandy Dwyer Media Star for BARA at Dal

Sandy DwyerSandy Dwyer, Head of Circulation at the Killam Library, has been in hot demand this week for interviews about the new province-wide Borrow Anywhere Return Anywhere program. Check out the article in today’s Dal News . Sandy also reports: “I was interviewed about BARA by a King’s journalism student on Monday Oct. 26, and this interview will be aired on Eastlink Channel 10, Oct. 29 at 7:30 pm.” That’s tonight so don’t miss it! The clip will also be viewable at the ‘fax, King’s School of Journalism’s blog.

Donate Personal Care Items For United Way

Dalhousie’s United Way Campaign is asking us all to help provide local residential facilities with UNOPENED personal care items on Friday October 30th. Donations will go to agencies supporting people determined to overcome addiction; women and children putting their lives together in safe, supportive housing; and providing basic personal care items to the homeless population.

The Libraries are participating with bins for these items, which will be set up at the Killam and Kellogg Library Circulation Desks on Oct. 30. The most needed items are:

  • talcum powder (non-allergenic)
  • soap
  • deodorant
  • tooth brushes & toothpaste
  • dental floss
  • mouthwash
  • feminine hygiene products
  • hand and body creams
  • tissue
  • shampoo
  • combs & brushes
  • disposable razors
  • shaving cream & shaving bags
  • emery boards & nail clippers
  • shower kit bags

To make a financial donation to Dalhousie’s United Way Campaign, go to, or contact your Area Coordinator for a paper pledge form. The goal this year is to raise $200,000, which will be used in the Halifax Regional Municipality to support many very deserving causes.

Bibliography of British & Irish History Online

Trial ends November 30, 2009

The Libraries offer you a trial of a new database, Bibliography of British & Irish History, published by Brepols Publishers. The trial will run until November 30th. Please note: You must login to explore this resource, using the username/password below:

Username: COPPUL2009
Password: COPPUL2009

Oxford Reference Online Premium Collection: Trial

Trial ends November 14, 2009

Libraries Nova Scotia (the folks behind the great new Borrow Anywhere Return Anywhere Program), are now offering all Bluenosers a free trial of Oxford Reference Online Premium Collection, until November 14. Go to the LNS site for details and to connect to this resource!

Try New Book2Net Scanner. Free!

We think you’ll love this…We’re trying out a revolutionary new public access scanner in the Killam lobby. It’s an intuitive, touchscreen, dropdead easy to use machine that allows you to scan any images or text you need and download them directly to USB.

Please give it a try (it’s FREE while on a trial basis!) and let us know what you think–give us your feedback right here, or drop a comment card in the envelope on the Library Administration door.

Did we mention we think you’ll love this?