Each year in November to December the Dalhousie Law Students Society and the Law Library team up to collect food and cash for FEED Nova Scotia. Students, staff, and faculty engage in a friendly competition to see who can collect the most donations. After a marathon counting event in the Library, we are pleased to announce that this year the Law School community collected 5,416 items of food, doubling last year’s efforts. Special thanks to Anne-Marie and all the library staff for their work collecting, shopping, sorting, and counting.
In the words of Gordon, LSS VP, “I am so incredibly proud of you, Weldon. We as a school were able to come together and make a huge difference for Feed NS this holiday season. I have never seen so much food piled up in the library, and I will forever be proud of the work that you put in.”
(P.S. The Faculty and Staff will win back the trophy next year!)
Kudos to the Dalhousie Feminist Legal Association and the generous students at the Schulich School of Law on collecting items for 25 shoeboxes, a total donation value of $1250.00! The Shoebox Project for Shelters collects and distributes gifts in the form of Shoeboxes to women who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness in communities. Each Shoebox is filled with items valued at $50 that any woman will likely enjoy, but may not splurge on for herself in difficult times. The Sir James Dunn Law Library is pleased to be a partner in the Shoebox Project as well as other fundraising events planned for this time of year. Thank you Dal Law students for your initiative and generosity.
We welcome our Summer Legal Research Assistants at the Sir James Dunn Law Library. Each May we offer a series of workshops to help RAs refresher their legal research skills. These sessions are for students with some prior legal research training. No registration is required and we will bring the muffins. If you have any questions please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 902-494-8856.
Monday, May 2, 2016 1-4pm (Law Library Room L408)
* Introductions, Go-to People, and Library Research Services 1:00-1:30pm
* Finding Secondary Literature: Books, Journals, Theses, Reports 1:30-2:30pm
* Coffee Break (Muffins Provided) 2:30-3:00
* Using Secondary Literature: Citation, Plagiarism, Copyright, Reference Management 3:00-4:00
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 1-4pm (Law Library Room L408)
* Comments and Questions 1:00-1:15pm
* Canadian Primary Sources – Legislation 1:15-2:00pm
* Canadian Primary Sources – Cases 2:00-2:30pm
* Coffee Break 2:30-3:00pm
* Foreign and International Primary Sources 3:00-4:00pm
Thursday, May 5, 2016 1-2:30pm ADT – Online Session for Distance Researchers (BBLearn)
* Introductions and Library Research Services
* Finding and Using Secondary Sources
* Canadian Primary Sources
Friday, May 6, 2016 1:00-2:45 (Law Library Computer Lab)
* WestlawNext Canada Refresher and Research Specific Questions 1:00-1:45pm
* LexisNexisQuicklaw Refresher and Research Specific Questions 2:00-2:45pm
Summer Position Available – Sir James Dunn Law Library
Full-Time Summer Information Desk Student – May 2016-August 2016
This competition is open to entering 2nd and 3rd year law students at Schulich School of Law. Ideally the candidate also will be willing to work part-time during the 2016-2017 academic year.
Work Hours: 30 hours per week Monday through Friday (daytime hours only). Approximately 19 weeks.
Duties: Staffing the Information Desk under the supervision of the Circulation Supervisor.
- Circulating library materials using the library’s circulation system, according to established practices.
- While seated at the Information Desk, provide basic directional information to library users about the organization of the library, location of materials, use of the library catalogue, and online resources.
- Keeping accurate statistics for items circulated manually and questions answered.
- Referring reference questions to librarians.
- Accepting payment for library fees and printing/copying.
- Emptying the main floor book return and processing returned materials promptly.
- Assisting library staff with opening and closing the library.
- Completing a variety of other assignments including but not limited to shifting and/or shelving library materials, shelf reading, preparing materials for discard, filing of looseleaf services, photocopying, word processing, and other special projects.
- Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications: Library experience preferred but willingness to learn essential. Familiarity with the policies of the Sir James Dunn Law Library is required as is a familiarity with the Law Library organization. Cash register, reception desk, service counter, or public service experience is highly desirable. Although this is a scents free environment, the work environment in the library contains dust and book mould that will trigger allergies to such substances.
Training: Will be provided.
Start Date: May 2, 2016 (or as negotiated.)
Rate of Pay: $13.00/hour
Deadline for Applications: Please submit your application and resume attention Anne-Marie White at the circulation desk or by email (email@example.com) by 4:00pm, March 14, 2016.
Join us for a series of mini-workshops on research paper writing. No pre-registration required. The sessions will be held in the Law Library Reserve Collection.
Friday, March 4, 2016
9:00 am Finding Stuff: This is a short workshop of finding books and articles using our library’s collections and online subscriptions. Explore the many research tools we have and find the best tools for your research.
9:30 am Now what? This is a short workshop on choosing and narrowing your research topic to develop a manageable research question. We will look at how to create a research plan and paper outline.
10:30 am Answer Man Can: This is a short drop-in session to ask questions and get tips on using Westlaw and Lexis Quicklaw more effectively for your research. Discover which tool is best for your research.
11:00 am Anywhere! We don’t have it? In this short workshop discover how to search and request materials from any library in the world for free through the Interlibrary loan service.
Staff have assessed the damage from the flooding and have determined the building is safe to re-open. The Law Library is open as of 9:30am Monday, Feb 23, 2015.
The Sir James Dunn Law Library will remain closed due to flooding for the remainder of Sunday. The library will be staffed but closed to the public until noon on Monday, Feb. 23, 2015 so the damage can be assessed. As soon as we are assured that the building is safe we will open.
The Sir James Dunn Law Library is closed Sunday afternoon Feb. 22, 2015 due to flooding. We will update this status as we know more.
It is a holiday tradition that the students, law staff, faculty, and library staff of the Schulich School of Law collect food for the Food Bank. Law School is a competitive place so an added incentive is the friendly (!) contest among the three program sections and the faculty/staff team to donate the most food items. Coordinated by the Law Student Society President Anthony Rosborough and Head of Circulation Anne-Marie White, over three weeks a total of 2,074 food items were donated. The Law Student Society also donated $200 to the Food Bank. Thank you to all those who donated, cajoled, and counted during a busy time of year! (P.S. The Faculty/Staff/Library Team won!)