Upcoming Retirements at the Dal Libraries

Three long-serving and highly valued members of the Dalhousie Libraries staff are about to retire. Sharon Longard, Tim Ruggles and Tina Usmiani will be taking early retirement effective July 1, 2012 and moving on to new chapters in their lives. All have been with the libraries for many years and have made invaluable contributions in their fields. Here are brief descriptions of their careers at Dal.

Sharon Longard, Head of Reference Services, Killam Library
As a new graduate of the Dalhousie School of Library Service, Sharon was hired in June 1978 as a Science Librarian in the Macdonald Science Library. She was appointed the subject librarian for Psychology and worked as a science reference and instruction librarian. In the early years Sharon worked closely with Psychology Department faculty members to develop an information literacy component for the Psychology 2000 class. She has been teaching psychology students about library resources, both in person and online, for over 30 years. Sharon has worked on countless Library and Faculty of Science committees through the years. She served as Head of Science Services from 1998-2004 and is currently Head of Reference and Research Services in the Killam Library.

Tim Ruggles, Health Sciences Librarian
Tim began his career at the Dalhousie University Libraries at the newly built Killam Library in 1973 as a cataloguer, eventually becoming Assistant Head in that department. For much of his time at the Killam he served as the library’s Political Science subject specialist. In 1986, after graduating with an MLS degree from Dal’s School of Library and Information Studies (now called School of Information Management), he was appointed to a librarian position at the W. K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library. This position was originally half-time in Technical Services and half-time in Public Services. In the late 1990’s Tim became the Library’s point person in evidence-based medicine. He worked closely with the Departments of Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine for many years in their ebm training programs for residents. In 2009 Dal’s Emergency Medicine Department showed their appreciation for Tim’s work by naming an award after him: the “Tim Ruggles Critically Appraised Topic Award” is now presented annually to the resident who writes the best CAT. Tim has also shared joint responsibility as liaison for undergraduate medicine for many years.

Tina Usmiani, Dalhousie Libraries Communications Officer
Tina has been working off and on at the Libraries since 1979, when she was hired as a cataloguer at the Killam and became the library’s Russian subject specialist. In 1982 she went to University of Toronto to do a PhD in Russian Studies and returned to Killam cataloguing in 1990 after working briefly in the Law Library. Tina continued her work as a library assistant in Special Collections from 1996 until 2009, when she acquired her current position as the Dalhousie Libraries Communications Officer.

3D Printing and Scanning Pilot Project Closer to Launch

3D printing and scanning for the Dalhousie community is only a few weeks away! SIM students Michael Groenendyk and Riel Gallant have been hard at work testing this service to make it user-ready for the pilot project slated to be set up in the main Killam Learning Commons in May.

3D printing has been around for decades, but only recently has it become accessible to larger audiences thanks to hobbyists and the RepRap project. 3D scanning has also increased in popularity, gaining momentum as the technology improves and becomes more affordable. Dalhousie Libraries’ new Makerbot Replicator and NextEngine 3D scanner will offer you the opportunity to explore this revolutionary technology, and prepare us all for a future shaped by 3D printing.

Here’s a little preview of what’s coming!

Killam Library Spring/Summer Hours

The Killam is now on regular spring/summer hours. These are:

April 24 – September 5, 2012
Monday – Thursday 8am – 9pm
Friday 8am – 6pm
Saturday & Sunday 10am – 6pm

The Killam will be CLOSED on the following days:

Monday May 21 - Victoria Day
Monday July 2 - Canada Day
Monday August 6 – Natal Day
Monday September 3 – Labour Day

Building Something Special with the Ecology Action Centre

The Archives and Special Collections has been working closely with the Ecology Action Centre since last year’s donation of the organization’s historical records and reference library.  We’ve been busy getting the materials described so they can be accessed in our Reading Room.  We now have a print finding aid that is available on-site.

We hope to have the full finding aid online later this year, but in the meantime, we are also digitizing some of the organization’s key records and publications.  Ryan Dyck, a Practicum Student from the School of Information Management, has been scanning annual reports, general meeting minutes, and back issues of the EAC’s primary publication, Between the Issues

Ryan has been posting the digitized material in DalSpace, the university’s institutional repository.   Right now, the collection contains some recent issues of Between the Issues, annual reports, and minutes of some of the organization’s earliest annual meetings.  While modest in size (for now!), the collection provides a window into the development and growth of one of Canada’s foremost environmental advocacy groups.

We’re also excited about some tests we’ve been doing with World Cat Local.  Ecology Action Centre materials in DalSpace can now be found in the Library Catalogue.  Try a search for Between the Issues  and use the “Downloadable Archival Material” filter on the left side of the catalogue:

If you’re only searching materials at the Killam Library, this will narrow your results to full-text, downloadable back issues from DalSpace.  The link to view and download the issue can be found in the full item record:

We have some kinks to work out, but keep an eye out for more downloadable archival material – from the EAC and other archival collections – in the months to come!

Instructions for Using New eReserves Service

In a previous post we announced a new service for Dal faculty: Libraries staff will add permanent links to your course reading lists and upload the lists to the New OWL for you, getting copyright clearance if necessary. The slides below give detailed instructions on how to use this service, including contact information for each library.

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Welcome Jason MacDonald, Intellectual Property Assistant

The Dalhousie Libraries are delighted to welcome Jason MacDonald, who joins our staff as Intellectual Property Assistant, based in the Killam Library, effective April 16. Jason comes to Dalhousie from Medicine Hat College in Alberta where he served as Copyright Information Officer/Information Services Technician.

After completing a BA degree at Dal, Jason received a Library and Information Technology Diploma from NSCC. Since 2002 he has worked at the Medicine Hat College library providing a variety of services, including reference and instruction and interlibrary loan, taking on the copyright portfolio in 2005.

Here at the Dal Libraries Jason will be working closely with Donna Bourne-Tyson and Ian Colford on copyright issues, as well as the further development of open access initiatives on campus. He will also be handling day-to-day responsibilities in the Killam Library Administration Office.

“Returning home to Nova Scotia to this exciting opportunity at Dal was an easy decision!” Jason remarks. “The natural beauty of the city and province, the appeal of being closer to family and friends as well as the reputation of the institution all combined to bring me home to stay.”

You can reach Jason with copyright questions by phone at 494-3601, or email him: jason.macdonald@dal.ca. He’s also on Twitter: @jay_macd

Please join us in welcoming Jason to the Dalhousie Libraries!

Scully Endowment Enhances Music Collection

Can you hear the drumming? Thanks to Sam Scully, Dal’s collection of music scores for percussion has just received a boost. There are now 19 scores in the Killam Library Music Collection for modern percussion music by noted contemporary composers Abe Keiko, Alvin Curran, John Cage and Iannis Xenakis.

Many of you in the Dal community will remember Sam Scully, who was our Vice-President Academic and Provost from 1998 until 2006. The Scully Endowment was set up for the Music Department by Dr. Scully in 1999, with the clearly stated mandate that the “funds […] be used primarily for the acquisition of materials to enable the performance of music. This will include scores, recordings, treatises on performance techniques and videos.”

It took a few years before the endowment reached a level where the annual earnings could support purchasing the intended materials. The first Scully Fund allocation was used in 2008 to acquire 34 high-quality DVDs of recitals and operas. In successive years the Scully Fund has also supported the purchase of 37 violin scores and 21 piano scores.

So the we all reap the benefits of Dr. Scully’s desire to facilitate music performance at Dalhousie. In a very tangible way Sam continues to support and share his love of music with the Dal community. Come on up the the Music Room on the 5th floor of the Killam and explore his gifts for yourself!

Directory of Open Access Books

OAPEN is pleased to announce the launch of the Directory of Open Access Books, a discovery service for peer-reviewed books published under an Open Access license. DOAB provides a searchable index to the information about these books, with links to the full texts of the publications at the publisher’s website or repository.

The primary aim of DOAB is to increase discoverability of Open Access books. Academic publishers are invited to provide the metadata of their Open Access books to DOAB. These metadata will be harvestable in order to maximize dissemination, visibility and impact. There are currently just over 20 publishers participating with about 750 Open Access books, and new publishers and books will be added in the next few days.

A link to DOAB has been added to our Open Access subject guide, where you’ll find a wealth of information, resources, policies etc. about OA.