On Saturday July 2, 2016 from 7:30am to 11.00am the Royal Society of Chemistry websites will be offline temporarily for scheduled maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause and thank you for your patience.
On July 5, watch for the refreshed version of the libraries.dal.ca
The refreshed website features improved navigation, a new front page layout including a tab called “My Library Account,” and a tabbed search box. We’re especially proud of the new hours widget on the front page, allowing you to see at a glance the hours of all our locations at once.
The changes to libraries.dal.ca have been made in response to user testing and focus groups that started in the summer of 2015. Usability testing and consulting continued into the spring of 2016. To all students, faculty, and staff who took part in our research and provided valuable feedback, thank you!
Libraries.dal.ca is an integral part of our services. It is our sixth library, providing access to research information to students and faculty wherever they are. Our website is the most-used website at Dal after dal.ca. Despite its high usage of 1,415,612 unique sessions and 2,890,032 page views in the past year, we knew libraries.dal.ca needed improvements. Results revealed from the LibQUAL+ survey told us that users of the website reported they sometimes had difficulty finding what they were looking for and used Google instead. We also wanted to eliminate any confusing library jargon from our website.
We are looking forward to launch day and to serving you better online. We couldn’t have made these improvements without the Dal Libraries Web Committee, Dalhousie’s Web Team, and Creative Services.
Special thanks to the University of British Columbia for sharing the code they developed for the hours widget, and to Computer Science intern Zhaoxin Li for his work on modifying it for our needs. Many thanks to recent SIM graduates Emily Colford and Charlotte MacKeigan for their assistance with usability research, redesign/layout work, and more.
On Saturday, June 25 from 1-5 a.m., maintenance will be carried out on the CRCnetBASE website (www.crcnetbase.com) and it will be unavailable during this period. We expect the site to be fully functional once the maintenance is complete. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Your input is urgently needed regarding which journals and databases you consider core scholarly resources for research and teaching. The lists of journals/databases under review are included in this survey link: https://surveys.dal.ca/opinio/s?s=33218
The W.K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library is forecasting the need to reduce collection spending by $200,000–$300,000 this coming year. Subscription prices increase on an average of over two percent annually and the weak Canadian dollar (90 per cent of our collection is paid in US dollars) means that the budget shortfall this year will be significant despite the University’s increase in the collections budget and the provision of additional funds to offset some of the impact of the weak dollar. We have examined usage statistics, the uniqueness of titles, the degree of overlap with other resources, alternative resources, and have explored other cost-saving measures, including increasing reliance on the Document Delivery Service for some items.
Your advice and feedback combined with our statistics on usage patterns, will let us identify the most-needed titles and allow us to continue to subscribe to as many titles as our budget will permit. We will provide access, as we have in the past, to lesser-used journals through Document Delivery and through the procurement of alternative resources when appropriate and possible.
Please respond to the survey by Monday, July 11 https://surveys.dal.ca/opinio/s?s=33218
Additional feedback after this deadline is welcomed and will be integrated, but we would appreciate your response as soon as possible to develop an optimal strategy. Contact: Kellogg.Library@dal.ca
Ongoing communications will be shared on our website and through your collections and liaison librarians as we move through this process.
Thank you for your participation.
Taylor & Francis Online is expected to be unavailable during a period of four hours due to scheduled database maintenance. This will take place on Saturday, June 25 from 1-5 a.m. The platform will be available again after this downtime. We apologize for any inconvenience.
On Friday, June 24, between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m., Annual Reviews have planned routine maintenance to their website. Website content may be unavailable during that time. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience.
The Killam Memorial Library, Wallace McCain Learning Commons, and Kellogg Library Learning Commons (in the CHEB) will be closed on Sunday, June 26 due to a planned power outage. We apologize for this inconvenience.
More information about the planned power outage, provided by Facilities Management:
There will be no power on Studley and Carlton campuses for 24 to 26 hours from 1 a.m. Sunday, June 26 until 3 a.m. Monday, June 27. This is to perform much needed maintenance on a transformer that brings power to Dalhousie. Facilities Management has determined that this date will enable the maintenance and cause the least disruption to campus activities.
For a complete list of buildings and how they are affected please visit this webpage.
If you are concerned about your area, particularly because of any research activities, please contact project manager Julio Ortiz as follows: Julio.firstname.lastname@example.org 902-494-1976
For first-year students, the inevitable research paper can be one of the biggest challenges they face. Fresh out of high school, students aren’t typically prepared with the skills required to research and write in academic disciplines. Trying to make sense of the volume of resources offered by university libraries is overwhelming, and students often find themselves lost before they even start.
Thanks to a grant provided by the Centre for Learning and Teaching, librarian Michelle Paon is partnering with Writing Centre manager Dr. Margie Bohan, and writing advisor Janice Eddington MacDonald, in a research project titled Sequencing Collaborations between Writing Centre Teaching and Library Research Assistance. Beginning August 2016, the project aims to help first year students understand the complexities involved in writing a research paper.
Last year alone, just under 12,000 appointments were made with the Writing Centre. With the majority of students looking to improve their research and writing skills, it made sense for the two services to collaborate. By having a librarian and a writing advisor working in the same space, students will have access to both types of assistance simultaneously. Michelle commented, “As a librarian, I’m excited about trying this approach! Over the years, the Libraries and Writing Centre have worked together closely, and we hope that this project will help us identify even more effective ways to assist students.”
The $2,100 grant will go towards purchasing qualitative software and hiring a research assistant to assist with the observations, interviews, and data analysis. Over the course of the fall semester, 20 participants will be randomly selected. Ultimately, the research initiative hopes to enhance first-year students’ academic experience through partnerships.
Research findings will be presented at the Conference for Teaching and Learning in 2017.
by Julie Darnbrough,
NSCC PR intern
We said, “Happy retirement, we’ll miss you!” to the one and only Patrick Ellis yesterday. Patrick worked for the Dalhousie Libraries for 36 years, and retired as Associate University Librarian Resources and Head of the W. K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library.
Patrick’s tireless hard work, passion for libraries, and good humour have been an inspiration to all of us here at the Dalhousie Libraries. Have a wonderful retirement Patrick, we hope it includes lots of drum playing and family time. Thank you for everything you’ve accomplished for the Dalhousie Libraries and all the lives you’ve touched.
The 2012 Vital Statistics Death Database is now available for use by researchers at the Atlantic Research Data Centre (ARDC). This is an administrative survey that collects demographic and medical (cause of death) information annually from all provincial and territorial vital statistics registries on all deaths in Canada. Prior to 2010, some data were also collected on Canadian residents who die in some American states. Starting with the reference year 2010, Canadian residents who die in American states are no longer collected. The data are used to calculate basic indicators (such as counts and rates) on deaths of residents of Canada. Information from this database is also used in the calculation of statistics, such as cause-specific death rates and life expectancy.
For more information on The Vital Statistics– Death Database: www23.statcan.gc.ca/imdb/p2SV.pl?Function=getSurvey&SDDS=3233
For more information on the ARDC and application procedures: