Intern Profiles 2015: Alanna McLellan, Sexton Design and Technology Library

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Alanna McLellan comes to the Dalhousie Libraries all the way from Vancouver, BC!

She attended Simon Fraser University where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree studying History and Humanities and a Certificate in Liberal Arts

“Prior to moving out to Nova Scotia, I had an internship at the SFU Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology and worked as a library assistant at a public library,” says Alanna. “From these experiences, I knew I was pursuing the right career path in the field of information.

Alanna enrolled in the MLIS program because she has a passion for helping connect people with the information they need and want.

“I was intrigued by the MLIS program at Dalhousie University in particular because of its placement within the Faculty of Management, and its course content that covers traditional and non-traditional aspects of the information field,” says Alanna. “I also wanted to live and experience a different part of Canada, and Halifax was a city of interest with its east coast culture, while still being near an ocean.”

This Summer Alanna helped organize the library after extensive renovations in late spring. She also provided research assistance at the reference desk and worked on several projects including: designing posters and handouts, a new virtual tour of the library, processing and cataloguing donations, and helped with the migration of the librarians’ subject guides on the LibGuides platform.

“The experience at Sexton Design and Technology Library and the MLIS program has widened my perspective on what I hope to do after graduation. I continue to be passionate about public librarianship, but my interest in working in academic libraries has also grown enormously this past year,” says Alanna. “This is an exciting field to be a part of, and as I enter my final year, I am looking forward to different opportunities as I continue to learn more about the challenges and innovations in the information field.”

Intern Season 2015

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Every summer, the Dalhousie Libraries welcome students from Dal’s Master of Library and Information Studies program for internships. Working with these bright and enthusiastic individuals is one of our favourite things about summer at the Dalhousie Libraries!  Over the next week, we’ll be featuring profiles of these fantastic folks here on our blog, highlighting the great work they’re doing to make the libraries better. Keep checking back regularly!

Thinking about adding an ebook as a textbook for your Fall or Winter courses?

Some publishers limit the number of readers who can use an ebook at the same time. This publisher-controlled limitation can make it difficult for an entire class to use the same ebook. Other ebook publishers offer better access choices.
Ebooks also vary significantly in price depending on whether the Libraries subscribe to the ebook or buy the ebook. In some cases, there are user limits on ebooks that the Libraries¹ own.
Before adding an ebook as a textbook to your course, check with your library liaison who can work with the Resources team to determine if a particular ebook will meet your needs. Not sure who your library liaison is? Check this list:


Do you use Dalhousie Libraries’ Subject Guides for research help and ideas?

On July 1st, our Subject Guides will be going through a system and interface upgrade. During this time, there may be minor interruptions and downtime.

Old Site

New site

New site

The helpful content on the guides will remain the same, but the guides themselves will have a different look. The pages for the Subject Guides will now be accessible via side navigation rather than top navigation.

If you visit our Subject Guides homepage at after July 1st (or by clicking “Subject Guides” from the Libraries homepage), you’ll be able to browse through a list of all of our guides, as well as a list of many of our online databases and resources.

If you are a frequent user of our Subject Guides, we hope you enjoy the new interface. If you’ve never used the guides before, we encourage you to check them out!


E-Book Survey Winner

winner_eBooksurveyThe names of all e-book survey participants were entered in a draw for an Amazon gift card, donated by Springer.

Congratulations to our winner, N. Jackson!

Thanks to all who completed the survey. The results will help us make decisions about future purchases and improve services at the Dalhousie Libraries.

Sexton Library Renovations & Temporary Closure

Beginning April 30, 2015, the lobby, circulation and staff areas of the Sexton Library will undergo extensive renovations. The scope of the work requires demolition of the existing circulation desk, drilling through the roof and ceiling to alleviate drainage issues and fix a leak, full replacement of carpeting, painting, and removal and replacement of lighting.

The extent of the work will require the Library to close from Thursday, April 30 until Sunday, May 3, inclusive. This closure comes after exams end and precedes the beginning of the new term, Monday, May 4.

The Library was scheduled to be open Thursday, April 30, 8:00am – 9:00pm; Friday, May 1, 8:00am – 6:00pm; Saturday, May 2, 1:00pm – 6:00pm. The Library is currently scheduled to be closed Sunday, May 3. We will re-open on Monday, May 4 with regular Spring/Summer hours, 8:00am – 9:00pm, in effect.

The renovation will not be complete by May 4, but we will be able to open and to resume operations. The four days of closure will enable workers to complete most of the demolition, carpet removal and installation, and painting.

During the closure, patrons may visit any of the other 4 Dal Libraries, consult the Libraries’ web page , or seek assistance from the LiveHelp service.

Please contact the Sexton Library (; 494-3255) if you have any concerns at all about this closure.


World Book and Copyright Day


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UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) has declared April 23 World Book and Copyright Day.

” . . . Let us join together to celebrate books as the embodiment of creativity, the desire to share ideas and knowledge, to inspire understanding, dialogue and tolerance.” — UNESCO

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Introduction to 3D Design and Intermediate 3D Design

Interested in learning how to design models for use on the Dal Libraries’ 3D printers?

We’re hosting some Introduction to 3D Design workshop where we’ll teach what you need to know to create your own 3D models. The workshop will walk you through some of the basic tools in Sketchup.  By the end of the session you’ll have a simple farmhouse model of your very own.

No previous experience is required to participate in the introduction course. With your new-found Sketchup skills, you’ll be well on your way to bringing your ideas into reality with the Dal Libraries’ 3D Printing service.

We’re also offering a few intermediate 3D design sessions. The intermediate workshop builds on the intro workshop introducing students to more advanced Sketchup tools and using those tools to design a more complex model. It is recommended that those interested in attending the intermediate course have participated in the introduction course.

In the days following the workshop, we’ll print you a free copy of your model and notify you when it’s ready to be picked up

Below are the dates and times for the winter term. All classes will take place in Killam G70.


Feb 19, Thurs      Introduction to 3D Design Workshop:  ‘Farmhouse’           12:30-1:30

Feb 27, Friday     Intermediate 3D Design Workshop I: ‘Star Castle’               12:00-1:00


Mar 19, Thurs     Introduction to 3D Design Workshop:  ‘Farmhouse’            12:30-1:30

Mar 26, Thurs     Intermediate 3D Design Workshop I: ‘Star Castle’               12:30-1:30


Apr 9, Thurs         Introduction to 3D Design Workshop:  ‘Farmhouse’           12:30-1:30

Apr 10, Friday      Intermediate 3D Design Workshop I: ‘Star Castle’              12:00-1:00

To register, contact and indicate which session(s) you’d like to attend.  The workshops are open to members of the public.

The farmhouse model as it looks in Sketchup.

The farmhouse model as it looks in Sketchup.


The finished product, once printed on the 3D printer.

The finished product, once printed on the 3D printer.

GISciences Centre’s Lunchless Learn Series, Winter 2015

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The GIS Centre’s Lunchless Learn Series is back for the winter term! These are hands-on tutorials, held around lunchtime, open to all on campus (without the food).

A GIS, or Geographic Information System, is “a computer system for capturing, storing, checking, integrating, manipulating, analyzing and displaying data relating to positions on earth’s surface.” In other words, it’s an easy and fun way to look at the world differently.

This series gives people a taste of what GIS is and how it can be used. We are offering the same session at different times and locations, so choose the one that fits your schedule best. These sessions are meant to be self-contained; after the intro session–take only the topics that are of interest to you.

Due to the high level of interest in these sessions, we ask you to sign up for each session. To sign up, contact

Intro – First Encounters of the GIS Kind
Thurs., Jan. 22/11:30 a.m.-1:00p.m.     Room G70, Killam Library, Studley Campus

Census – Count Yourself In!
Tues., Jan.27/noon–1:30 p.m.                Room C300, C Building, Sexton Campus 
Thurs., Feb.5/11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.      Room G70, Killam Library, Studley Campus

Georeferencing/Geocoding – Where am I?
Tues., Feb.10/noon–1:30 p.m.                Room C300, C Building, Sexton Campus
Thurs., Feb. 26/11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.  Room G70, Killam Library, Studley Campus

ArcOnline – GIS that’s in the Cloud(s)
Tues., Mar. 3/noon–1:30 p.m.                  Room C300, C Building, Sexton Campus
Thurs., Mar. 12/11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.   Room G70, Killam Library, Studley Campus

And don’t forget, the GISciences Centre is located on the second floor of the Killam Library.