Due to the current conditions, all Dal Libraries spaces will be closing at 6 pm tonight. Stay safe everyone!
The following spaces are open by appointment for limited and safe access to Dal Libraries spaces for current Dalhousie faculty, instructors, students, and staff.
Locations not listed (Sexton Library, Sir James Dunn Law Library) are not yet ready to be booked. Weekend hours will roll out in the coming weeks.
Please note: The spaces will be closed for cleaning from noon–1 p.m. and from 4–5 p.m.
After you log in to the booking system, choose the location you want (or express printing) from the drop-down menu to see which time slots are available. Depending on the space, a study table, study room, or a computer can be booked for three-hour time slots. Computers can also be booked for 30 minute express printing.
Bookings should be made a minimum of 24 hours in advance by completing this form.
- You will receive an email to confirm your booking has been received and an email when your booking is confirmed.
- You must bring your DalCard to gain entry to the space.
- The wearing of non-medical masks is mandatory.
- Furniture in the spaces has been adjusted to encourage social distancing. Library staff will perform some cleaning between time slots.
- If you want access to materials from the Dalhousie Libraries’ collections, please continue to request items through the Curbside Pickup service.
Join us for a wonderful evening of Atlantic literature and stimulating conversation.
We’ll start with readings by the 2020 finalists of the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award — Shandi Mitchell (The Waiting Hours), Jaime Burnet (Crocuses Hatch from Snow), and Michael Crummey (The Innocents).
Following the readings, there will be a conversation between St. John’s, Nfld. writers Michael Crummey and Sharon Bala.
Thursday, September 17/7 p.m.
Online via Zoom
Please register using this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1R4tHrYTQPWFTLgb30yjEw
A message from the Dean of Libraries, Donna Bourne-Tyson
We are really looking forward to welcoming you back to our on campus spaces, some of which have been closed since March due to COVID-19. Since March, we’ve been busy providing services online and now we’re excited to see you back on campus as well.
No matter where in the world you will be this fall, we’re here for you online, with all of the services and supports you’d expect from a research library system. On campus, while you’ll still get many of our regular services, there are a number of changes I’d like to tell you about.
The health and safety of all Dalhousie students, faculty, and staff is our top priority. We’ve worked closely with the University’s Return to Campus Committee to establish the process of opening our spaces safely.
By mid-September, most of our library spaces will be open on a new fall schedule, which will include evening hours but not late-night hours. Spaces will be accessible by booking a time slot with your Dal Card. Consult the hours table on libraries.dal.ca for specific reopening dates and hours by location.
Here’s what you can expect as each of our spaces open in the coming weeks:
- In accordance with Nova Scotia public health guidelines, everyone entering Dal Libraries’ spaces will be required to wear a non-medical mask. Masks can be removed while eating.
- Food and drink will be permitted in Dal Libraries spaces, but the microwave ovens have been removed as a health and safety precaution.
- Most food outlets on campus will not be opening this September.
- The libraries will be operating on a schedule of reduced hours.
- Access to library spaces will be limited to current Dalhousie students, staff, and faculty.
- Buildings will be locked. Library staff will meet you at the door to check you in using your Dal Card for appointments to study, use a computer, or print.
- You will be required to book a timeslot to use a study space or computer.
- The number of people in library spaces at one time will be limited.
- Physical distancing is required at all times.
- Every second chair at computer workstations and some of the chairs in study rooms and other library spaces have been removed to support physical distancing.
- Depending on the space, access may be limited to certain floors and spaces.
- When available, supplies will be provided to wipe down your space before use.
Services and Resources
- Physical access to collections for the purpose of browsing will be by appointment only.
- If you want a specific circulating item or items, either currently on the shelf in a Dalhousie library or brought in from another Novanet library, you can access these materials by placing a hold in Novanet as you normally would, and picking them up through the curbside pickup service.
- Our curbside pickup service has been expanded to include alumni and off-campus borrowers.
- Students within Canada but more than 100 km away from a Dalhousie Libraries location can have library materials mailed to them.
- As always, you’ll have access to a vast collection of electronic scholarly resources – eBooks, eJournals, and more.
- Document Delivery will continue to provide access to digital materials from outside of the Dalhousie Libraries, but will not be getting books from outside of Novanet at this time.
- Research help will be provided virtually through the LiveHelp chat service. In-person research help will not be available.
- The subject liaison librarians will be available for in-depth consultations in your subject area via email and virtual meetings only.
- Assistance from the IT Help Desk, including Brightspace support for students, will be available via phone and email only.
- Brightspace support for faculty will continue virtually and by email.
- One month extended loans for laptops will be available for students.
- Librarians will provide virtual instructional sessions and other supports for faculty.
And don’t forget to check out the library events calendar, found by clicking the “Events” link on our landing page, to find virtual library orientation sessions and other events. For more information and updates, visit the Dal Libraries’ COVID-19 page.
We’re counting on you to help us keep everyone using the Dal Libraries safe. We ask for your cooperation and thank you for your patience while we all work together to create safe and welcoming learning spaces.
I would like to thank all the staff of the Dalhousie Libraries who have worked so hard in getting us ready to open on campus, spending countless hours planning as well as doing hands-on tasks like moving furniture and setting up new booking systems. Everyone has worked incredibly hard to make the libraries as safe and as accessible as possible.
Things will definitely be different this term, but the Dalhousie Libraries are still here for you, both online, and on campus. Wishing you all my best for a successful and safe term.
Dean of Libraries
Our curbside pickup service has expanded to include alumni and off-campus borrowers!
Circulating materials from most Novanet libraries are now available by placing a hold through the Novanet catalogue. Materials can be picked up at the Kellogg, Killam, MacRae, and Sexton libraries. The Sir James Dunn Law Library is still currently limiting their curbside service to current Dalhousie students, faculty, and staff.
More information about the curbside pickup service is available here: https://libraries.dal.ca/borrow/curbside-pickup-service.html
Archives Student Intern for the Dalhousie University Archives
1. What brought you to the MI program at Dal?
I knew that I wanted to work in a library setting when I was working on my undergraduate degree. I was very lucky to be given the opportunity to work in the university archives while finishing my undergraduate, and I discovered that archival work was my real passion. I applied to Dal because I was attracted to the diversity of the program and career opportunities, and particularly because of the archives concentration offered in the program.
2. What drew you to the internship opportunity at the Dal Libraries?
Coming straight from my undergrad, where I worked for four years as a student assistant in the university library and, later, archives, I was eager to look for employment opportunities on campus when I moved to Halifax to start my graduate degree. I remember listening to last year’s Summer Shine presentations, particularly the archives’ summer internship presentation, and thinking “Next year, that could be me.” I was prepared to apply to all and any jobs until someone wanted me, and I jumped on the archives student intern job posting. I was shocked to be given an interview opportunity, thought that I’d take it for the practice experience, and was even more shocked (but thrilled) to be offered the job.
3. What’s your educational background?
I have a certificate in Biblical and Theological Studies from Providence University College, and a B.A. Combined Honours from Brandon University, where I majored in English and History, and minored in Creative Writing.
4. What have you been doing during your internship and how has the pandemic shaped your internship?
I am working on organizing the records of a fonds and preparing an archival appraisal report along with it. I’m also doing preliminary research for authority records and helping to standardize information for a collection in the archives’ database, AtoM (Access to Memory). I would like to think that the pandemic hasn’t changed much in terms of my work because it’s relatively independent work regardless and my bosses are readily available when I have questions. I do find it harder to convince myself to get up in the morning, however, especially when I’m only moving four feet from bed to desk to start my workday.
5. What is your favourite summer activity? Or your favourite Halifax activity?
I love swimming, long hikes, and I’ve been really lucky to get out kayaking this summer! When the weather’s not permitting, I’m more than happy to read all day. I’m looking forward to exploring more around Halifax this summer, but I’ve really enjoyed exploring the many urban parks and green spaces around the city.
As we approach the fall 2020 term, the Dal Libraries are working to provide alternative access to the print course reserves collection. Among the readings on course reserves, there are usually a number of course textbooks (e.g. items from the library’s collection, or books loaned to the library by an instructor).
With teaching and learning moving largely online for the fall term, instructors are asking that print textbooks on reserve be replaced by e-textbooks, to provide better access to students. However, there are numerous textbook publishers that do not permit libraries to purchase electronic textbooks. Many existing course textbooks are simply unavailable to libraries in any other format than print. Textbook publishers have built their profit models around selling textbooks directly to students.
Despite the library’s commitment to make copies of required readings available to students where possible, the following publishers are examples of those that will not allow us to purchase an e-textbook version of their publications:
- McGraw Hill
- Oxford University Press Canada (Textbook Division)
- Elsevier imprints (especially in veterinary and health science) such as:
- Elsevier Health Science
This means that in courses that have adopted textbooks by these publishers, students who purchase the print or e-textbook will have access, but the textbook in its entirety will not be available via print or electronic course reserves.
The Dal Libraries encourage instructors to explore and identify viable alternatives to textbook readings, including:
- Using an existing eBook in the relevant subject area from the library’s eBook collection or requesting that the library purchase one. There are many academic eBooks that aren’t considered textbooks, and are therefore available for the library to purchase.
- Adopting an Open Educational Resource (OER). OERs are freely available educational materials that are openly licensed to allow for re-use and modification by instructors. Resources for locating OER textbooks are available on the Dal Libraries Open Textbooks guide. However we realize that sometimes it can be difficult to find OERs and that OERs may not exist for every course.
- Creating an online course reading list through Brightspace by:
- Posting individual book/textbook chapters or excerpts and scanned copies of the content, subject to copyright limitations. For reading requests sent via e-Reserves, copyright permission will be sought where feasible in cases where the excerpt falls outside of fair dealing guidelines. However, in some cases, it may not be possible to obtain permission or licenses.
- Stable links to content from the library’s existing collection of electronic resources (eBooks, journal articles, streaming media, and other digital materials) or, if needed, acquiring new content.
The Dal Libraries will seek to secure online materials that are free from digital rights management restrictions (DRM) in order to ensure relative ease of student access and use. DRM includes limits on the number of users that can access a resource at any one time, as well as limits on copying, printing and downloading.
Instructors who are teaching Fall term courses are advised to submit course reading lists to the Dal Libraries’ Course eReserves submission form as soon as possible. If faculty wish to consult the library about specific resources, liaison librarians/subject selectors are available to provide support.
The above text was adapted with permission from a June 22, 2020 news post by the University of Guelph Library (https://www.lib.uoguelph.ca/news/commercial-textbooks-present-challenges-virtual-environment).
Released August 4, 2020
by: Deborah Hemming, Louise Gillis, & Melissa Helwig
As you prepare for fall courses, know there are many teaching and learning services and resources available through the Dal Libraries.
To make it as easy as possible for you to access our services while you work from home, we created some quick links and descriptions to our teaching and learning library services and tools. Stay home and stay safe!
Library Orientation & Research Skills Sessions
Do your students need to brush up on their research skills? Ask a librarian to provide a customized session for your online class. Whether live or prerecorded, librarians are available to teach your students about how to use the library, searching for books and articles, evaluating sources, citation styles, and more. Contact your liaison librarian to request a session for your fall courses.
As part of a library session, librarians can create complementary exercises or quizzes so students can put their new research skills into practice. If students have questions or run into issues after the session, encourage them to contact their liaison librarian for follow-up help and guidance.
The Dal Libraries website also has a collection of informative handouts to support students in accessing library materials and completing research. These cover everything from “Choosing a research topic” to “Identifying and reading scholarly works.” You can link to the Dal Libraries handouts on your course page and even pair them with assignments to provide direction for your students.
Course readings supports
Course reserves are not just for print materials. Dal Libraries Course Reserves services include providing faculty with Persistent URLs (PURLs) to our Dal Libraries’ online resources — no more broken links! Simply submit your reading lists to us and we will provide PURLs to electronic books and articles for as many readings as possible. Submit your reading lists early!
Beyond the traditional course reserves, you can chat with your liaison librarian about selecting and accessing alternatives such as Open Education Resources (OERs). OERs are teaching, learning, and research resources that are created with the intention of being freely available to users and can be in the form of textbooks, readings, and multimedia files. To learn more, check out our OER page or contact your liaison librarian.
Looking for instructional videos on topics such as accessing library resources, renewing books, using academic databases, and citing sources? The Dal Libraries has a collection of closed captioned video tutorials that address library basics and much more. Direct your students here, or link through Brightspace.
CLT, Education Literature, and ATS
Want to learn more about teaching online? Check out the Centre for Learning and Teaching‘s online panels, webinars and workshops. Material is offered by faculty with experience in online design, remote teaching and student engagement. Sign up and learn something new!
Interested in reading up on education theory and practice? Dal Libraries provides access to books, journals, and on topic databases. We have two LibGuides to help you get started: Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Resources Guide and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Resource Guide.
If you’re seeking technical assistance for Brightspace, instructional technologists with Academic Technology Services (ATS) of the Dalhousie Libraries provide live, one-on-one virtual support as well as regular training sessions on Brightspace and many of its tools.
Reach out to your liaison librarian and consider adding their contact info and links to subject specific LibGuides in your syllabi. Having a library contact and a tailored LibGuide can help your students get started on course assignments and research. To learn more about liaison librarians and services see our previous post, Top 5 Tips To Stay Connected from Home.
And don’t forget to think beyond the library: there are many academic supports for your students when it comes to learning.
The Killam Library will be closed on Monday, August 24 due to a planned power outage. The outage is necessary to perform an urgent repair on one of the main electrical feeds coming in to the building.
If you need access to a library space (study room or computer) that day, you can book time in the Wallace McCain or Kellogg Library learning commons. We apologize for any inconvenience.
by Sarah Jane Dooley, Louise Gillis, & Melissa Helwig
We miss you and we are here for you!
Despite our physical locations being closed many of our services are available online, like access to thousands of e-journals and e-books. Start your search here: https://libraries.dal.ca.
For the most up-to-date information regarding our spaces, remote services and collections, please keep checking back here: https://libraries.dal.ca/covid-19-updates.html
To make this as easy as possible for you, we created a Top 5 Tips to stay connected with us while you work from home. Stay home and stay safe!
Tip #1: Ask a Librarian
Did you know you have a personal librarian? Each program and faculty at Dalhousie has a subject librarian. You are welcome to email them directly at any stage of your research process. Your librarian is ready to help you and is accessible by email or by remote research appointment.
We are also still providing services such as LiveHelp (via chat) and Brightspace and IT HelpDesk assistance at email@example.com.
Tip #2: Subject Guides
Overwhelmed or unsure at where to start with electronic resources? Try a Subject Guide. These curated collections of subject specific resources are an excellent starting point for your research. They highlight relevant databases, useful journals, e-books and more. Still stuck? Your librarian’s contact details are listed too!
Tip #3: Register your DalCard
Why should I register my DalCard with the library? It allows you to access Document Delivery (see below for more important details). It also allows you to look at your library account info online and check due dates. Currently due dates are being adjusted in alignment with potential opening dates/times. See the online registration form here: https://libraries.dal.ca/borrow/library-cards.html
Tip #4: Document Delivery
How do I access journal articles and book chapters that Dal Libraries doesn’t have or that I can’t currently access in print?
Document Delivery (aka Interlibrary Loan) is a free service that delivers journal articles and book chapters to you electronically. Even though some of our physical spaces are closed, this service allows you to order items we might only have in print or might not own at all.
You can use the patron request (aka order form) from the Document Delivery page or check our YouTube tutorial on using Getit@Dal to access Document Delivery. To log in you need to have your DalCard registered at the library (see above). Your login is the barcode on your DalCard and your username is the last four digits of the phone number associated with your library account. To learn more about Document Delivery services during COVID see our recent Dal News article.
Tip #5: Book Pick Up & Drop Off
Where do I pick up my books?
Curbside Pick Up is now available! Circulating materials from the Dalhousie Libraries are once again available to Dalhousie and King’s faculty, staff, and students. Fill out the form and choose to pick up your books at the Kellogg, Killam, MacRae, or Sexton Libraries. This service cannot provide access to materials from other Novanet institutions at this time.
Where do I return my books?
All due dates have been moved to September 30 and will be reassessed as needed. This applies to Dalhousie items, as well as material borrowed from universities and colleges throughout Nova Scotia and from Mount Allison.
If you would like to make a return, the Killam Library’s book return is open 24/7! Use it to return material from any of the Dal Libraries. Note: If you are self-isolating, please do not return items.