ProQuest databases will be unavailable at this time; the vendor apologizes for any inconvenience.
Starting Monday, July 19 you can book a one-hour in-person appointment with a help desk technician in the Killam Library. Once logged into the booking system, choose “Killam Help Desk” in the drop-down menu. This service is for current Dalhousie and King’s students, faculty, and staff and is available Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. in the Downie-Wenjack Legacy Space, the Learning Commons space in the Killam Library, main floor.
If you prefer to receive remote Help Desk assistance, you can still reach us at email@example.com, 902-494-HELP (4357), or toll-free at 1-800-869-3931. Remote assistance is available Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m.‒9 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m.‒6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Please join us in welcoming Melissa Helwig (she/they) to the role of Associate Dean Research & Scholarly Communications and Head of the Kellogg Library. Melissa has been with the Dalhousie Libraries since 2012, serving as an Information Services Librarian based in the Kellogg Health Sciences Library.
Melissa has worked as a health sciences librarian for just over 15 years. In her previous role with the Dalhousie Libraries, she was focused on supporting the College of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, and the School of Health Administration. As an Information Services Librarian, she participated in a variety of initiatives like Research Bootcamp, the Scholarship at Dalhousie Libraries Series, and the International Student Support Strategy group.
As Associate Dean Research & Scholarly Communications, Melissa will be providing leadership to a portfolio that looks to support researchers, faculty, students, and staff through the research lifecycle including services and systems that enable scholarly communications, open science, data management and research analytics. This includes initiatives such as the Dalhousie Current Research Information System – UNIWeb.
As Head of the W. K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library, Melissa will provide leadership in the development and provision of knowledgeable and flexible library services and scholarly resources at the local level for the two spaces under the Kellogg banner: the Kellogg Library Learning Commons in the Collaborative Health Education Building and the Kellogg Health Sciences Library in the Sir Charles Tupper Medical Building.
Melissa is a member of the Maritime Health Libraries Association, the Aligning Health Needs and Evidence for Transformative Change: A JBI Centre of Excellence at Dalhousie University, and the AFMC Network on Libraries. She is a member and the Continuing Education Director for the Canadian Health Libraries Association.
Last week, our colleague Ann Barrett wrapped up a long and successful career at Dalhousie. As a tribute to the accomplished career Ann has had, we would like to share a few highlights with you; with thanks to colleagues Gail Fraser and Jan Pelley for providing many of the details.
Ann graduated with her MLIS from Dalhousie in 1981 and worked at the Kellogg Library as an intern from 1979–81. Before making the Kellogg Library her permanent workplace, she worked as hospital librarian at Tawam Hospital in the United Arab Emirates and at the Saint John Regional Hospital in New Brunswick.
In 1986, Ann returned to the Dalhousie Libraries, where she held a number of positions in public services, document delivery, systems, and for many years was the liaison librarian for the School of Nursing and for the Divisions of Pediatrics, Oncology/Hematology, and Obstetrics & Gynecology. Following several leaves from Dalhousie, working at the University of Papua New Guinea and later at the Institute for Marine Biosciences Library, National Research Council, Ann became Head of Public Services in the Kellogg Library, and supervised many staff and library interns over the years.
In her last role as Associate Dean Scholarly Communications and Head of the W. K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library, Ann coordinated collections, liaison services, and communications and operations at the local level for the two spaces under the Kellogg banner: the Kellogg Library Learning Commons in the Collaborative Health Education Building and the Kellogg Health Sciences Library in the Sir Charles Tupper Medical Building. As the Associate Dean Scholarly Communications, she led a team of librarians and staff from across the Dal Libraries in the development of Open Educational Resources production services, the consolidation of Dal Libraries services under the Research Commons umbrella, the implementation of the University’s research information system UNIWeb, and increased capacity for bibliometric analysis and services, Open Access support and digital preservation via our institutional repository DalSpace.
It would be impossible to list all of Ann’s impressive accomplishments and achievements from her 35 years with us, so we will share just a few where she was a trail blazer. In 1999, Ann initiated the first implementation of a proxy service for the Dal Libraries, and between 2003–2005 she coordinated the implementation of the Learning Commons in the Kellogg Health Sciences Library. Ann acted as project manager for the implementation of WorldCat Local in 2009, Dalhousie Libraries’ first discovery layer, and she coordinated the implementation and evaluation of a Single Service Point in the Kellogg Library, a first for the Dalhousie Libraries, in 2012.
More recently, Ann coordinated the planning for the move of the Kellogg Health Sciences Library staff and collections into new and renovated spaces in the CHEB and the Tupper Building. We will always think of Ann during our annual Research Bootcamp for RAs and TAs and the Summer Shine presentation event for MI interns, two enduring initiatives that were both conceived of by Ann.
Ann was truly dedicated to providing the best service to library users; she was always passionate about the education and training of staff, as well as mentoring library interns and early career librarians. She was a calm and measured voice on the Libraries’ senior leadership team and a source of inspiration and innovation.
Thank you Ann for your tremendous leadership, dedication, and unwavering collegial approach to your work, especially during the upheaval of the past year!
Effective July 5:
We’re so happy to offer these additional services and welcome community members back into our spaces!
Clearing up Copyright is a free, self-paced course available to current faculty, staff, and students at Dalhousie University. The course is intended as a self-enrolled, stand-alone course and is available in Brightspace.
The content within the course is intended to be a helpful starting point for understanding copyright in general, and specific copyright exceptions for Canadian Universities.
There are two modules that are part of the course:
Registration for the course is open to anyone at Dalhousie with Brightspace access (current faculty, staff, and students). To register for the course:
For any questions related to the course, please contact the Dalhousie Copyright Office (firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that all locations of the Dalhousie Libraries will be closed for a two-day university holiday this week on Thursday, July 1 and Friday, July 2. Our spaces will reopen on July 5, some with expanded hours.* We wish everyone a restful and reflective break.
Job title: Website Renewal Intern
Program stream: Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage (graduates)
Job location: Halifax, NS
Length of assignment: 2021-07-12 – 2021-12-24
Hourly wage: $21.80
The Dalhousie University Libraries is seeking an enthusiastic, talented, and focused individual to work full-time for 24 weeks in a range of identified website renewal areas. The Libraries’ website is its virtual branch and is one of the most frequently used sites on the Dalhousie domain, dal.ca. The university has launched a renewal project for the entire dal.ca site, including the Libraries.
The intern will be responsible for laying the groundwork for the renewal of the Libraries website. They will prepare an inventory of all pages of the Libraries’ website, provide recommendations for the de-duplication of information, and prepare an environmental scan of other research-intensive university libraries in Canada (U-15). In addition, they will prepare an annotated bibliography of user experience testing and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), and propose a revised information architecture and site wireframe, bearing in mind WCAG requirements for accessibility. The intern will be involved in user experience methods as well as making recommendations for testing of a prototype site. The intern will consult with key stakeholder groups both internal and external to the Libraries to inform and advance the renewal process.
The Dalhousie University Libraries serves the information, teaching, and research needs of thirteen faculties of Dalhousie University. With five libraries, two learning commons, archival collections, a Geographical Information Sciences (GIS) Centre, a Records Management Office, and a Copyright Office, the Dalhousie Libraries provide timely, context-sensitive service in person or online. The successful candidate will report to the Libraries’ communications coordinator.
Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from Indigenous persons, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit www.dal.ca/hiringfordiversity.
Note: To be eligible, internship candidates must be under 30 years of age and legally entitled to work in Canada. Priority will be given to graduates who have not previously participated in YCW internship programs. The scope and duration of this project is contingent upon receipt of project funding.
Application deadline: Friday, July 2, 2021
Start date: July 12, 2021
End date: December 24, 2021
Applications must be submitted through the Young Canada Works Interactive Website.
For additional information, please contact: Marlo MacKay, communications coordinator, Dalhousie University Libraries, email@example.com, (902)494-3907
Thomas is the new Library and Geographic Information System Developer; he will be a part of the Academic Technology Services unit and will work very closely with the Data & GIS team.
Thomas has previously worked as a GIS Developer for a consulting company in Halifax and before moving from Switzerland to Canada in 2017, he worked for eight years as a software engineer. He holds a master’s degree in Geographic Information Science & Systems (UNIGIS MSc) from the University of Salzburg in Austria as well as a Diploma in Geographic Sciences – Cartography from the Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS), Nova Scotia Community College.
Thomas’s first day with us was June 21.
June is National Indigenous History Month and today is National Indigenous Peoples Day. This year, National Indigenous History Month is dedicated to the missing children, the families left behind, and the survivors of residential schools.
Below is a selection of books curated by Indigenous Services Librarian, Samantha Adema. Thank you, Samantha! Check out Sam’s LibGuide for Indigenous History Month 2021 for more resources.
|Black Indian by Shonda Buchanan||Split Tooth by Tanya Tagaq|
|The Reason You Walk by Wab Kinew||One Drum by Richard Wagamese|
|Arctic Dreams and Nightmares by Alootook Ipellie||Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead|
|Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer||Disintegrate/Dissociate by Arielle Twist|
|Beyond Blood: Rethinking Indigenous Identity by Pamela Palmater||Seven Fallen Feathers by Tanya Talaga|