Due to the current conditions, all Dal Libraries spaces will be closing at 6 pm tonight. Stay safe everyone!
On the recommendation of Dalhousie’s Health & Safety Office related to concerns about insufficient ventilation, the Sexton Library will not be opening for student and faculty use this fall. Instead, the Dalhousie Libraries will be offering alternative study space on the Sexton campus in the classroom across the hall from the Sexton Library.
The space will offer 10 socially distanced study tables for three-hour bookable time slots. In addition, a printer workstation will be available for 30-minute bookable time slots.
Starting September 21, bookable hours in the alternative Sexton Library space will be:
9 a.m.–12 p.m.
Please note: The space will be closed for cleaning between morning and afternoon appointments.
Please bring your DalCard and wear a non-medical face mask. Enter via 5260 DaCosta Row (main entrance to B building).
To speak with staff, contact the Sexton Library Service Desk: 902-494-3240
Update, Sept 20, 9:51 a.m.: Bookings for the week of September 21 can be made now.
The move to online teaching this fall presented a number of new challenges for everyone. One area where the Dal Libraries have seen exponential growth over the past few months is in the number of requests we’ve received for streaming videos.
Since classes have moved almost exclusively online, we have received over 280 requests for videos. Even if a film is already held as a physical copy in the Dal Libraries’ collection, we still must find a streaming source of the video for the online teaching environment.
To support online teaching and learning, the Dalhousie Libraries have recently added several streaming video collections: Audio Ciné, Criterion, Curio, Films-on-Demand, and Kanopy. (The content on Kanopy is limited to a selection of films purchased to support specific classes.) All of the videos found in these collections can be used in online teaching.
Despite the now thousands of films and documentaries that are available through the Dal Libraries in these new streaming video resources, faculty members often require videos that are not held in one of the streaming collections we subscribe to. When that happens, the Dal Libraries need to find the distributor of the video and acquire a licence for that video.
Tracking Down Videos
Films are a particular challenge to locate. Unlike books and journals, we don’t have access to a standardized and comprehensive list to locate a distributor. Sites like IMDB offer clues but the information is not always complete, up-to-date, or accurate. Once we do locate the distributor, we then explain that a professor at Dalhousie University wants to screen their film to a class online and ask if they have the option of providing us with an educational streaming licence.
Sometimes the distributor does not have a streaming service or digital files they can share with us, or we learn that the distributor we located no longer holds the rights and we have to conduct another search. Sometimes, the distributor can’t acquire Canadian streaming rights.
When we do find the correct distributor who has a version of the video available for educational purposes with Canadian streaming rights, our Copyright Office then reviews the licence. If all is well, we sign the licence. Staff on the Resources team then make the video accessible through the Novanet catalogue and we notify the faculty member that the video is ready.
Timelines and Costs
The process to acquire a single title can take a week to over a month and on average costs $200–$300 for a licence. A licence usually lasts for 6–12 months. Within these ranges, there is much variation. One distributor was charging as much as $4,000 US for a one-year licence. Some licences last for only two weeks.
What about Netflix and YouTube?
Services such as Netflix, HBO, and Crave only sell subscriptions to individuals for household use and do not offer educational licensing. If the video you are seeking is exclusively available through one of these commercial subscription services we are not legally able to provide access to the video.
Additionally, for students living and studying outside of Canada, content across these services will vary depending on where the user lives. For example, the content on Netflix in Canada is not the same as the content on Netflix in the US. YouTube raises similar problems — some countries have completely blocked access to their residents.
We encourage faculty to start their search for streaming videos in our existing subscriptions before placing a request, but we recognize there will be times when a specific film or documentary is needed. As the timeline to locate the distributor and review and sign the licence can take up to a month for a single video, the earlier these requests can be submitted, the better. If it turns out the video is not available for streaming in Canada, the faculty member will be informed as soon as possible so they can adjust their syllabus accordingly.
Dalhousie faculty and staff can complete this form to request a specific streaming video to support 2020/21 online teaching. A Dalhousie login is required.
Streaming Video Subject Guide
The Dalhousie Libraries’ Streaming Video subject guide provides links to the streaming video services we subscribe to and copyright guidance as it relates to using video in online teaching.
These subscriptions provide access to thousands of feature films, documentaries, educational films, and video clips covering a wide range of subject matter and genres, available to Dalhousie and King’s faculty, students, and staff. The guide also includes listings for a number of sources that are freely available on the internet.
New Streaming Video Collections at the Dalhousie Libraries
- Aclands Video Atlas of Human Anatomy
- APA Clinical Training Videos: psychotherapy demonstration videos.
- Audio Ciné: mostly recent feature films from major studios
- Criterion-on-Demand: a mix of recent and older feature films and documentaries
- Curio.ca: CBC video and audio materials in French and English
- Digital Theatre Plus: British theatre productions
- Films on Demand: a wide-ranging mix of educational films and documentaries
- Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE): added biology, chemistry, and immunology materials
- Kanopy: limited number of titles licensed to support specific courses.
Having a problem with an eResource? (films, journals, books, databases)
Please use this form. It collects the information we need to solve the problem.
Stahl Online will be undergoing maintenance on Saturday, September 19.
We expect it will be unavailable for approximately 12 hours starting at 4 a.m. ADT. The publisher apologizes for any inconvenience caused.
Birds of the World will be unavailable Tuesday, September 15, from 6 a.m.–3 p.m. (ADT) for necessary upgrades.
The publisher apologises for any inconvenience.
The following spaces are open by appointment for limited and safe access to Dal Libraries spaces for current Dalhousie faculty, instructors, students, and staff.
Locations not listed (Sexton Library, Sir James Dunn Law Library) are not yet ready to be booked. Weekend hours will roll out in the coming weeks.
Please note: The spaces will be closed for cleaning from noon–1 p.m. and from 4–5 p.m.
After you log in to the booking system, choose the location you want (or express printing) from the drop-down menu to see which time slots are available. Depending on the space, a study table, study room, or a computer can be booked for three-hour time slots. Computers can also be booked for 30 minute express printing.
Bookings should be made a minimum of 24 hours in advance by completing this form.
- You will receive an email to confirm your booking has been received and an email when your booking is confirmed.
- You must bring your DalCard to gain entry to the space.
- The wearing of non-medical masks is mandatory.
- Furniture in the spaces has been adjusted to encourage social distancing. Library staff will perform some cleaning between time slots.
- If you want access to materials from the Dalhousie Libraries’ collections, please continue to request items through the Curbside Pickup service.
Join us for a wonderful evening of Atlantic literature and stimulating conversation.
We’ll start with readings by the 2020 finalists of the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award — Shandi Mitchell (The Waiting Hours), Jaime Burnet (Crocuses Hatch from Snow), and Michael Crummey (The Innocents).
Following the readings, there will be a conversation between St. John’s, Nfld. writers Michael Crummey and Sharon Bala.
Thursday, September 17/7 p.m.
Online via Zoom
Please register using this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1R4tHrYTQPWFTLgb30yjEw
Starting September 8, the MacRae Library will be available for bookable appointments for current Dalhousie students, faculty, and staff.
You can book a:
- study room (single)
- study room (double — one person can book a double, but two people will need to sign in)
- study table
- computer for printing
For the week of September 8–11, the bookable time slots will be:
|Tuesday–Thursday (Sept 8–10)||Friday (Sept 11)|
|9 a.m.–1 p.m.||9 a.m.–12 p.m.|
|2 p.m.–6 p.m.||1–5 p.m.|
Bookings can be made via email: email@example.com or by calling the service desk at 1-902-893-6669.
The rest of our fall hours for the term will be rolled out in the coming weeks. Don’t forget to wear your mask and bring your DalCard!
A message from the Dean of Libraries, Donna Bourne-Tyson
We are really looking forward to welcoming you back to our on campus spaces, some of which have been closed since March due to COVID-19. Since March, we’ve been busy providing services online and now we’re excited to see you back on campus as well.
No matter where in the world you will be this fall, we’re here for you online, with all of the services and supports you’d expect from a research library system. On campus, while you’ll still get many of our regular services, there are a number of changes I’d like to tell you about.
The health and safety of all Dalhousie students, faculty, and staff is our top priority. We’ve worked closely with the University’s Return to Campus Committee to establish the process of opening our spaces safely.
By mid-September, most of our library spaces will be open on a new fall schedule, which will include evening hours but not late-night hours. Spaces will be accessible by booking a time slot with your Dal Card. Consult the hours table on libraries.dal.ca for specific reopening dates and hours by location.
Here’s what you can expect as each of our spaces open in the coming weeks:
- In accordance with Nova Scotia public health guidelines, everyone entering Dal Libraries’ spaces will be required to wear a non-medical mask. Masks can be removed while eating.
- Food and drink will be permitted in Dal Libraries spaces, but the microwave ovens have been removed as a health and safety precaution.
- Most food outlets on campus will not be opening this September.
- The libraries will be operating on a schedule of reduced hours.
- Access to library spaces will be limited to current Dalhousie students, staff, and faculty.
- Buildings will be locked. Library staff will meet you at the door to check you in using your Dal Card for appointments to study, use a computer, or print.
- You will be required to book a timeslot to use a study space or computer.
- The number of people in library spaces at one time will be limited.
- Physical distancing is required at all times.
- Every second chair at computer workstations and some of the chairs in study rooms and other library spaces have been removed to support physical distancing.
- Depending on the space, access may be limited to certain floors and spaces.
- When available, supplies will be provided to wipe down your space before use.
Services and Resources
- Physical access to collections for the purpose of browsing will be by appointment only.
- If you want a specific circulating item or items, either currently on the shelf in a Dalhousie library or brought in from another Novanet library, you can access these materials by placing a hold in Novanet as you normally would, and picking them up through the curbside pickup service.
- Our curbside pickup service has been expanded to include alumni and off-campus borrowers.
- Students within Canada but more than 100 km away from a Dalhousie Libraries location can have library materials mailed to them.
- As always, you’ll have access to a vast collection of electronic scholarly resources – eBooks, eJournals, and more.
- Document Delivery will continue to provide access to digital materials from outside of the Dalhousie Libraries, but will not be getting books from outside of Novanet at this time.
- Research help will be provided virtually through the LiveHelp chat service. In-person research help will not be available.
- The subject liaison librarians will be available for in-depth consultations in your subject area via email and virtual meetings only.
- Assistance from the IT Help Desk, including Brightspace support for students, will be available via phone and email only.
- Brightspace support for faculty will continue virtually and by email.
- One month extended loans for laptops will be available for students.
- Librarians will provide virtual instructional sessions and other supports for faculty.
And don’t forget to check out the library events calendar, found by clicking the “Events” link on our landing page, to find virtual library orientation sessions and other events. For more information and updates, visit the Dal Libraries’ COVID-19 page.
We’re counting on you to help us keep everyone using the Dal Libraries safe. We ask for your cooperation and thank you for your patience while we all work together to create safe and welcoming learning spaces.
I would like to thank all the staff of the Dalhousie Libraries who have worked so hard in getting us ready to open on campus, spending countless hours planning as well as doing hands-on tasks like moving furniture and setting up new booking systems. Everyone has worked incredibly hard to make the libraries as safe and as accessible as possible.
Things will definitely be different this term, but the Dalhousie Libraries are still here for you, both online, and on campus. Wishing you all my best for a successful and safe term.
Dean of Libraries
Library intern at the Killam Memorial Library
1. What brought you to the MI program at Dal?
I got a Master of Archival Studies at UBC in 2012 and worked as an archivist in Ontario since then, but I wanted to move back to the east coast and decided to come to Dal to get a background in librarianship.
2. What drew you to the internship opportunity at the Dal Libraries?
I have a background in archives, but have never worked in a library before, so when I heard about the internship opportunity at the Dal Libraries, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to get familiar with that setting and put everything I was learning in my classes to good use.
3. What’s your educational background?
I have a Master of Archival Studies (2012) from the University of British Columbia (UBC) and a Bachelor of Arts (2009) in History from St. Francis Xavier University (StFX).
4. What have you been doing during your internship and how has the pandemic shaped your internship?
Like everyone, I am sure this pandemic is shaping my internship in both positive and negative ways. I was very much looking forward to working with everyone in person this summer, but I am enjoying the challenge and independence of working from home. So far this summer, among a few other projects, I have begun looking for copyright licenses for films to be used in classes this fall.
5. What is your favourite summer activity? Or your favourite Halifax activity?
I like going for long drives in the summer to small towns around Nova Scotia, seeing the sites and eating at local restaurants. The Annapolis Valley is a favourite destination.