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 www.dal.ca.libguides.com 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 (sexton.library@dal.ca; 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 libsys@dal.ca 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 gis@dal.ca

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.

Academic Term Hours for the Dalhousie Libraries, winter 2015

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Welcome back from the holiday break! The five Dalhousie Libraries are getting back into the swing with our academic term hours. Check each location for specific hours and the start date.

Killam Memorial Library

Effective Monday, January 5

Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–midnight
Saturday & Sunday:10 a.m.–midnight

Open from 1–8:45 p.m. on the following holidays:
Munro Day (Friday, February 6)
Viola Desmond Day (Monday, February 16)
Good Friday (Friday, April 3)

MacRae Library

Effective Monday, January 5

Monday–Thursday: 8:30 a.m.–10:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
Saturday: noon–5 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m.–10:30 p.m.

Holiday hours
Viola Desmond Day, Monday, February 16: CLOSED
Good Friday, April 3: noon–midnight
Easter Monday, April 6: 10 a.m.–midnight

Sexton Design & Technology Library 

Effective Friday, January 2

Monday–Thursday: 8 a.m.–midnight
Friday: 8 a.m.–9 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m.–10 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m.–midnight

Sir James Dunn Law Library

Effective Monday, January 5

Monday–Wednesday: 8 a.m.–10:45 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m.–8 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
Saturday: noon–6 p.m.
Sunday: noon–10:45 p.m.

Holiday hours
Munro Day (Friday, February 6) 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

W.K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library

Effective Saturday, January 3

Monday–Thursday:  7:30 a.m.*–11 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m.*–7 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m.–11 p.m.

* Note: Circulation opens at 8 a.m. Mon.–Fri

 

 

New Database Subscription: Scopus

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The Dalhousie Libraries now subscribe to Scopus, a large abstract and citation database of journals, books, and conference proceedings with strong Science, Technology, Engineering, and Medical content.  Humanities and Social Science content is also indexed in Scopus. Faculty members and students in the Faculty of Agriculture will be familiar with this database from before the merger. Halifax-based university community members may have used Scopus during a 2011-2012 trial.

Scopus offers a wide range of search, discover, and analytics tools. In particular, Scopus provides tools to assist researchers in tracking various impact factors. If you’d like to get started using Scopus, a short video overview of the main functions is available.

Scopus is available on and off campus if you have a valid Dalhousie Net Id and password.
http://util.library.dal.ca/dmsearch/click.php?product=Scopus&pid=20452&site=http://ezproxy.library.dal.ca/login?url=http://www.scopus.com

Esri Canada GIS Scholarship

Through the Esri Canada GIS Scholarships program, Esri Canada is proud to recognize students at Canadian post-secondary institutions who are involved in projects. The scholarships are provided through schools, Dalhousie being one of 50 schools across the country, that demonstrate strong, multidisciplinary GIS courses and programs. This scholarship provides recipients with great networking opportunities, funding and access to extensive GIS resources including Esri ARCGIS software, books and training to develop their GIS skills and knowledge.

The deadline to apply is 4 p.m. on Monday, January 26, 2015.

For more information: ESRI Scholarship