Munro Day Hours

Munro Day

This Friday, February 5,  Dalhousie celebrates Munro Day. But why? Learn more about who George Munro was, and then read these top 5 facts about Munro Day.

All of the libraries will be open on Munro Day, but will be observing reduced hours:
Kellogg Library Collection (Chapter House)
 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Kellogg Library Learning Commons (CHEB)
 12–4 p.m.

Killam Memorial Library
1–9 p.m.

MacRae Library
10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Sexton Design & Technology Library
10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Sir James Dunn Law Library
9 a.m.–4 p.m.

For a full list of library hours, check out our library hours page.

Esri Canada GIS Scholarships Program

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 Dalhousie award will be divided into two scholarships: one for graduate students and one for undergraduate students.


  • $1500 from Esri Canada
  • A perpetual license for Esri’s ArcGIS software for educational and research purposes and one year of complimentary maintenance license
  • One Esri Canada instructor-led training course
  • A virtual campus premium annual user license
  • A one-year subscription to the Esri Developer Network (EDN)
  • Registration for one of Esri Canada’s User Conferences in 2016


  • $1000 from Esri Canada
  • Select Esri Press publications
  • One Esri Canada instructor-led training course


Applicants must be registered as full-time students at Dalhousie University in the term when the award is being assessed.  Students must also have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 (B+) or higher.

Expectations of the scholarship recipients

The successful candidate will be asked to submit to Esri Canada a poster demonstrating their project, lab work, or interesting research in a special setting (eg. promoting education, conservation, disaster response, urban planning, business, engineering, social science, et cetera) and its outcomes using Esri’s ArcGIS software as the focus of the work. Along with the poster, the successful candidate will be asked to provide a write up summary of his or her work in the form of a paper with maps that express or visualize the project effort. The poster and write up are due to the selection committee by the end of the school year in which the award is provided to be displayed at the local Esri User Conference.

We also expect the students to meet with an Esri Canada representative for a photo-op of receiving the award and be willing to be featured in a DalNews article on the scholarships.

Application process

The following must be submitted by email to with subject line “Esri Scholarship Application” or by hardcopy in a sealed envelope to the main reception of the Faculty of Computer Science, 6050 University Ave.

Applicants should address the elements of the selection criteria in their submission.

The submissions must include the following information:

  • Cover page with your name, student number and contact information, your major, and minors
  • Academic transcript (unofficial one is acceptable)
  • A summary of significant course work and/or postgraduate research using Esri technology.  Courses of particular interest that should be highlighted to the committee are:
  1. Courses in which GIS is a core focus of the course
  2. Applied GIS courses
  3. Remote sensing course
  4. ESRI online certificates (providing copies of the certificates)
  • A summary of projects relating to or using Esri technology.  A summary can consist of of:
  1. A digital copy of a poster demonstrating the use of GIS
  2. A GIS-based web site
  3. A written description (two page maximum) of a project that includes use of and analysis with GIS.  The submission should include an illustration of the results.
  • A maximum of one page description of what you would do with a 1 year supply of Esri software, virtual campus and access to instructor led learning courses


All applications must be submitted, either in hardcopy or electronically to by noon on Monday, February 8, 2016.

Announcement of the scholarship recipients

The recipients of the award will be notified on or before February 16, 2016.

Additional information

For more information on the Esri Scholarship contest

Copyright Office presents on changing Access Copyright Licensing Agreement.

As you may be aware, Dalhousie will be experiencing changes to our copyright licensing scheme effective January 1, 2016

To prepare for these changes, the team at the Copyright Office has had a busy fall providing 26 presentations on copyright to many of the university’s departments and faculties (including FASS, Science, Engineering, Health Professions and Medicine).

The goal of these short, 10-15 minute, presentations has been to discuss the changes in licensing, why they are important and the tools that faculty and instructors have at their disposal in making materials available.Although the major discussion has focused on Fair Dealing and licensing changes, the presentations have served as springboards for discussions on various copyright issues.

Check out some Common Copyright Questions.

Interested in having the Copyright Office team present to your faculty or department? Contact Copyright Services Coordinator, John Yolkowski by email at, or by phone at (902) 494-4346.

Looking for more information about Copyright? Visit


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!


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.


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.

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



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.

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