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New eBooks Added: Canadian Electronic Library

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The Dal Libraries have recently added over 800 eBooks to our collection from the Canadian Public Policy and Canadian Health Research subscription packages. eBooks open on the ebrary site where they can be read onscreen or downloaded to Bluefire reader for offline reading.

Titles include:

Student Safety in Nova Scotia : a review of student union policies and practices to prevent sexual violence.

BYOD: (bring your own device) : is your organization ready?

Discrimination Experienced by Landed Immigrants in Canada.

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and the Mental Health of Military Personnel and Veterans.

Public Lending Right in Canada : policy foundations /prepared for the Canada Council for the Arts.

Strengthening the Canada Pension Plan : take it to the public.

Integrating Tobacco Cessation into Addiction Treatment (ITCAT).

Global 360 : attracting investment in an increasingly competitive world.

Many other titles can be found through the catalogue or here:

More information regarding downloading ebooks can be found on the Mobile Resources & Ebooks Subject Guide:

Easter Hours at the Dal Libraries

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Here is the complete list of hours:

Sir James Dunn Law Library

Good Friday, April 18: 9 a.m.–10:45 p.m.
Easter Saturday, April 19: 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Easter Sunday, April 20: noon–10:45 p.m.
Easter Monday, April 21: 8 a.m.–10:45 p.m.

W. K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library

Good Friday, April 18: 9 a.m.–7 p.m.
Easter Saturday, April 19: 10 a.m.–11 p.m.
Easter Sunday, April 20: 11 a.m.–11 p.m.
Easter Monday, April 21: 7:30 a.m.–11 p.m.

Killam Memorial Library

Good Friday, April 18: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Easter Saturday, April 19: 8 a.m.–midnight
Easter Sunday, April 20: 8 a.m.–3 a.m.
Easter Monday, April 21: 8 a.m.–3 a.m.

Dalhousie Archives & Special Collections Reading Room (located in the Killam Library)

Good Friday, April 18: closed
Easter Saturday, April 19: closed
Easter Sunday, April 20: closed
Easter Monday, April 21: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

GISciences Centre (located in the Killam Library)

Good Friday, April 18: closed
Easter Saturday, April 19: closed
Easter Sunday, April 20: closed
Easter Monday, April 21: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., 1-4 p.m.

MacRae Library

Good Friday, April 18: closed
Easter Saturday, April 19: closed
Easter Sunday, April 20: closed
Easter Monday, April 21: closed

Sexton Design & Technology Library

Good Friday, April 18: 8 a.m.–midnight
Easter Saturday, April 19: 9 a.m.–midnight
Easter Sunday, April 20: 10 a.m.–midnight
Easter Monday, April 21: 8 a.m.–midnight


Construction update: Interior renovations at the MacRae Library

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Packing up the Agricola Collections in preparation for interior renovations.

Packing up the Agricola Collection in preparation for interior renovations.

The MacRae Library is undergoing some significant interior construction that will begin on April 14th, 2014 and expected to be completed by the end of August 2014.  In the meantime, we are open for business!

The interior renovation involves the replacement of the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) unit. This means that there will be restricted access to the lower level of the library, except for washrooms. The lower level will begin to be sealed off for construction starting the week of April 14th, 2014 and is expected to remain sealed until the end of August 2014.

These changes will allow for proper temperature control and humidity levels in the building. The project will also include a renovation of one of our rooms on the basement floor to provide proper climate and storage conditions for archival print and artifact collections. Our ultimate goal is to help protect and preserve the collection and make the environment more comfortable for you, our users.

We want you to know we are open for business during this time. We are working to provide access to the study rooms on the lower level from April 14-16. Also, Cox classrooms 136, 138 & 200 are available for you to study between 8am and midnight.* We have also arranged for additional seating on the main level of the library.  We will also be doing book retrievals for you on a scheduled basis. Due to the nature of these renovations, it will get noisy at times. Earplugs are available at the Service Point if you find the noise disruptive.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time we will continue to provide updates on the project. If you have any questions about the renovations, please contact the following people:

  • Questions about the overall project:
    • Elaine MacInnis, Association University Librarian, Access Services and Head of MacRae Library:, 893-6670
    • Verna Mingo, Head of Acquisitions & Serials:, 893-4581

*Please note: due to scheduled exams taking place in these classrooms, they will be unavailable for use as follows – Cox 136: April 10th, 3pm-7pm, Cox 138: April 15th & 16th, 11:30am to 3:30pm & April 17th, 8am-12pm. Cox 200: April 8th, 6pm to 9pm, April 11th, 11:30am to 3:30pm & April 16th, 2:30pm to 3:00pm. On April 17th the room will close at 4:30pm.


Dalhousie Libraries University Archives Receives $100,000 for the Borgese Collection

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Nikolaus Gelpke, the incoming president of the International Ocean Institute (IOI) and former student of Elisabeth Mann Borgese at Dalhousie, has donated $100,000 to the Dalhousie Libraries University Archives for an ambitions digitization project. Mr. Gelpke, publisher of the German-language periodical mare, The Magazine of the Sea, is funding the digitization of his esteemed teacher’s extensive collection of research and personal papers that are housed in the Dalhousie University Archives.

Nikolaus Gelpke, Michael Moosberger (Dalhousie Archivist), Michael Butler (Director, Halifax IOI).

Nikolaus Gelpke, Michael Moosberger (Dalhousie Archivist), Michael Butler (Director, Halifax IOI).

Elisabeth Mann Borgese is an important international figure who spent nearly twenty-five years working at Dalhousie. In the 1960s, Elisabeth and Arvid Pardo (then Maltese Ambassador to the United Nations), put forward the revolutionary concept that the oceans are “a common heritage of mankind” as part of the negotiations for the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Although it was not enforced as a principle of International Law for the oceans as a whole, it was codified for the mineral resources of the sea-bed beyond national jurisdiction. In 1972, Elisabeth continued her work in oceans by establishing the International Ocean Institute (IOI).


Elisabeth Mann Borgese (Dalhousie Libraries University Archives)

“Oceans are a priority research area for Dalhousie and the Dal Libraries are pleased to be contributing relevant historical content in this area, thanks to the generosity of marine conservationist Nikolaus Gelpke. Elisabeth Mann Borgese was an important figure at Dalhousie, but she was truly a global citizen, and soon we will be able to share her research on a global level,” said Donna Bourne-Tyson, University Librarian of Dalhousie.

Elisabeth came to Dalhousie as a Senior Killam Fellow in 1979. Initially, she was supposed to be here for a one year stay, but soon after she was made a full professor in the Department of Political Science. During her time at Dalhousie, she taught undergraduate and graduate students and continued to work with the IOI. Among her many awards and honours, she received five honorary doctorate degrees and the Order of Canada. She passed away in 2002. (Source: website, International Ocean Institute – Canada)

“Elisabeth Mann Borgese is known around the world for her work in ocean conservation and management. Her papers in the Dal Archives have attracted researchers from as far away as Germany and New Zealand. Now, with this generous donation from Nikolaus Gelpke, we can begin the digitization process on the boxes and boxes of Borgese’s papers, making them available to researchers everywhere,” said Michael Moosberger, University Archivist with the Dalhousie Libraries.

In all, there are 55.5 metres of material in the collection, meaning that the boxes of papers measure 55.5 metres when laid end-to-end. Additionally, there are fifty-one audio cassettes, forty-seven reel-to-reel audio tapes, three VHS cassettes, and two 16 mm motion picture films.

Digitization in an archival setting is the process of manually scanning primary source material into a digital format and adding metadata to the digital object to provide information about the physical and intellectual makeup of the item. Each digitized item will be uploaded into the Dalhousie University Archives’ online finding aid for the Borgese Archive, so users searching the descriptive entries in the finding aid will be able to access the digital object with just a click of their mouse.

“With Nikolaus Gelpke’s donation, we have budgeted for a year to get as much of the Borgese collection digitized as possible. The digitization of the Borgese collection will contribute to scholarship around the world, and the Dalhousie Libraries are proud to be contributing to that. We owe a sincere and deep thanks to Nikolaus Gelpke for making this project financially possible,” said Michael.

The IOI has an Operating Centre at Dalhousie. It is one of twenty-two worldwide. The goals of the IOI are to:

•             ensure the sustainability of the ocean as the source of life, and to uphold and expand the principle of the common heritage as enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea; and,

•             promote the concept of Pacem in Maribus, peace in the ocean and its management and conservation for the benefit of future generations.

Interest in Elisabeth Mann Borgese continues to bring people together. Under the chairmanship of Dr. Douglas Wallace (Canada Excellence Research Chair in Ocean Science and Technology), personnel from IOI-Canada, Dalhousie University, the German Canadian Association of Nova Scotia and the Consulate of Switzerland in Halifax, are planning to bring the Elisabeth Mann Borgese Exhibit to Halifax in 2015. The exhibit, organized by the Buddenbrookhaus in Lübeck, Germany, displays Elisabeth’s cultural and scientific contributions to ocean governance. The exhibit recently completed a tour of major cities in Germany.

Dalhousie Libraries University Archives’ Elisabeth Mann Borgese Collection Attracts International Researchers

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In January, the Dalhousie Archives hosted a researcher who travelled more than 15,000 km from home to access a part of the collection that is central to her work. Prue Taylor is a senior lecturer of law at the School of Architecture and Planning and the Deputy Director of the New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law at the University of Auckland. She was in Halifax to use the Elisabeth Mann Borgese collection held in the Dal Archives.

Prue spent four days going through some of the sixty boxes of Borgese’s papers. “It’s taken a number of years for me to get to Dalhousie. I’m thrilled to be spending some time with this collection of international importance,” said Prue.

Prue’s work on international environmental law, environmental ethics, climate change, human rights theory, and commons governance have led her to the work of Elisabeth Mann Borgese. Borgese is an important international figure who spent nearly twenty-five years working at Dalhousie. In the 1960s, before she came to Dalhousie, Borgese and Arvid Pardo (then Maltese Ambassador to the United Nations), put forward the revolutionary concept that the oceans are “a common heritage of mankind.” This proposal triggered the negotiations for the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Although it was not adopted as a principle of international law for the oceans as an integrated whole, it was codified for the resources of the deep seabed beyond national jurisdiction.


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Prue Taylor surrounded by file folders of Elisabeth Mann Borgese’s papers in the Archives & Special Collections Reading Room in the Killam Library.

Prue and fellow New Zealand scholar Lucy Stroud recently published  The Common Heritage of Mankind, A Bibliography of Legal Writing, which includes legal work available in twelve languages. “For some time, many lawyers and diplomats have held the view that the common heritage of mankind is too utopian and controversial to be used in future international agreements. However, our research for this bibliography demonstrated just the opposite. There is a wealth of interest in the common heritage, much of it buried in legal journals. There has been a renaissance in the common heritage of mankind, and by producing this bibliography we are advocating for and participating in the renaissance,” said Prue.

“Dalhousie’s Borgese collection is a hugely valuable and important collection, and when more people know about it, it will be heavily used. An international audience would be fascinated by what you have here. Elisabeth provided an interdisciplinary approach to the common heritage of mankind. Today, that concept can be applied when we talk about climate change, biodiversity loss, and governance of the commons. It has so many contemporary applications,” said Prue.

“We have a tremendous legacy here, in form of the Elisabeth Mann Borgese collection,” said Michael Moosberger, University Archivist. “Unfortunately, people aren’t doing as much primary research these days, as more and more people rely on electronic resources for all of their research. That can provide quite a disjointed view of things, without real context or analysis. Not doing primary research also removes the joy and the benefit of serendipitous discovery, which can make primary research such a fantastic adventure,” said Michael.


Elisabeth Mann Borgese (Dalhousie Libraries University Archives)

“We’re so pleased that we will soon begin the process of digitizing this collection, thanks to a $100,000 donation from Nikolaus Gelpke, a former Dalhousie student of Elisabeth Mann Borgese. We love hosting international researchers like Prue, but we know that the Borgese collection will reach so many more researchers once it’s available digitally,” said Michael.

Prue Taylor isn’t the first international researcher to come to the Dalhousie Archives to use the Borgese collection. In January 2012, two people from the Lübecker Museen’s Buddenbrookhaus came to examine Elisabeth’s papers in preparation for a major exhibit they were mounting in Lübeck, Germany, the birthplace of Elizabeth Mann Borgese, to mark the tenth anniversary of her death.

Prue’s visit to Halifax was short due to meetings and other obligations in Ottawa, but she certainly made good use of her time and enjoyed her stay. “It’s been a pleasure to spend these past four days looking closely at Elisabeth’s life, work, and correspondence. Michael and all of the archives staff have been so welcoming, delightful, and friendly. I could not have made the discoveries that I have without their expert help,” said Prue.

To learn more about the common heritage of mankind, read The Common Heritage of Mankind: A bold doctrine kept within strict boundaries, by Prue Taylor.

Copyright and the New Fair Dealing Guidelines

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Copyright & the New Fair Dealing Guidelines: What the Dal Libraries can do for you and what you can do for your students

Join the Dalhousie Libraries’ Jason MacDonald and Gwyn Pace in this session that will address Dalhousie’s new Fair Dealing  Guidelines and how they affect the use of Blackboard, classroom activities, and the libraries’ eReserve  and Document Delivery services. Services offered by the Copyright Office will also be highlighted. Questions welcome.

Thursday, April 3/12:30–1:30 p.m.
Room 2616, Killam Library

Food for Fines 2014 – thank you!

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Thank you to everyone who participated in Food for Fines at the Dalhousie Libraries between February 17–March 9. Across our five Dalhousie Libraries, we collected 786 food items and $373 in cash donations. That’s way up from the 339 food items and $155.25 collected last year. This is the first year that the Food for Fines program has been extended from ten days to three weeks.

A total of $1,296.96 in fines were waived in exchange for your food donations. Food items were divided between the Dalhousie Student Union Food Bank, Feed Nova Scotia and the Colchester Food Bank (for donations received at the MacRae Library on the Agricultural Campus).

Across Novanet (all university and college libraries in Nova Scotia), a total of 2,076 food items were collected, up from 1,113 food items collected last year. Cash donations were also up; $727.15 was collected this year, while $308.25 was collected last year. $3912.94 in fines were waived.

Thank you again for taking part in Food for Fines!


Kellogg Health Sciences Library: A Space Odyssey!

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Big changes are coming to the Kellogg Health Sciences Library as mentioned in a posting from February 11.  A new Learning Commons space will be opening in the CHEB building (now under construction)  in January 2016.  In addition, Kellogg Library staff and collections will be “taking the show on the road” to temporary quarters (but not too far away) in December 2015, while our existing main floor is renovated. The scheduled return date is September 2016. Drop in to the Kellogg Library to have a look at the plans on display and get an idea of the shape our new space will take.

In anticipation of these changes, we’d like your feedback on services you consider essential in a new library space. Our brief survey is 10 questions and takes 5–10 minutes to complete AND you could win a Kindle Fire!  Click on the image to open our survey, and be sure to include your contact information should you be a winner.

Possible service interruptions to Ebsco databases on March 28

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This Friday, March 28 EBSCOhost databases and services may be intermittently unavailable while network upgrades take place. We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience.

Makerspace Workshop, Part III

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Part III of the Makerspace tutorials will take place on Wednesday, April 2 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in room G70 of the Killam Library.

***Please note: This workshop is for those who have completed either Part I or Part II of the Makerspace Workshops, as this workshop will build on skills learned in the first two sessions.  

This workshop will cover:

Circuit #7 – Temperature Sensor
Circuit #12 – Spinning a Motor
Circuit #15 – LCD

These three circuits work well together to create a self-contained project: a temperature-controlled fan with an LCD display of temperature. The LCD for this project looks something like this:

To register for this workshop, or to learn more about these Makerspace workshops, contact

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