Why is Open Access important on university campuses?

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Open Access Week, a global event now entering its eighth year, is an opportunity for the academics and researchers to continue to learn about the potential benefits of open access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make open access a new norm in scholarship and research. (from the Open Access Week website)

This week, the Dalhousie Libraries will be doing a blog post a day on different topics related to open access, as well as hosting two events. 

Why is Open Access important on university campuses?

Scholarly publishing is broken in a simple but fundamental way and that’s what’s at the heart of the push towards open access publishing. The reason scholars publish is to communicate with each other and with students. That’s the primary goal. There are certainly other short term objectives such as tenure and promotion but in the larger context, scholars publish in order to communicate.

Since the late 1960s, commercial academic publishers have diluted the goals of scholarly communication. Commercial publishers don’t just want people to read the content, they want people to purchase it so the publisher can turn a profit. By limiting access, these publishers protect their financial interests in the works of scholars and are able to charge a fee for people to read.

One of the things that makes this all possible is that publishers require authors to transfer their copyrights to the publisher. Possession of the copyright allows publishers to control distribution of scholarly work and is thereby directly connected to the ability to turn a profit.

The open access publishing movement removes the toll on readers and this has resulted in a renewed interest in author rights management. When content is made freely available for all to read, there is little or no need for publishers to require that authors transfer their copyright to the publisher. In fact, in the context of scholarly communications, it makes a lot more sense for scholars to retain copyright of open access published works and to make more nuanced declarations around acceptable use and re-use of their works. This is the reason behind the Creative Commons rights management framework.

Creative Commons (CC) is perfect for scholars in that it assumes, as a starting point, that content creators wish to have their ideas as widely distributed as possible and re-used with attribution. This is fundamental to all areas of scholarship—new knowledge is created when scholars build on the ideas of those that preceded them and use copies of other scholars’ research outputs in their own teaching and research.

For academic authors that wish to use (CC) licensing there are a suite of 6 licenses http://creativecommons.org/licenses/ designed to meet individual needs and circumstances.

The Dalhousie Libraries will be hosting two events for Open Access Week:

Differing Perspectives on Open Access: a panel discussion
Thursday, October 23/4–5:30 p.m.
Room 224, Student Union Building

Open Access at MIT Press: OA in a large university press
Friday, October 24/1 p.m.
Room 2616, Killam Memorial Library


Happy Canadian Library Support Staff Day!

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Today is Canadian Library Support Staff Day and we just want to say thank you to all of the support staff at the five Dalhousie Libraries. Thank you for your hard work and commitment to excellent library service!

Proclamation about Canadian Library Support Staff Day by Canadian Library Association President, Marie DeYoung.

New eBooks

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The Dalhousie Libraries recently added a number of new eBooks to our collection, in a wide variety of subject areas, from the scientific, technical, and medical publisher, Springer. New titles include:

Dao Companion to Japanese Confucian Philosophy

Blue Urbanism : Exploring Connections between Cities and Oceans

Ester Boserup’s Legacy on Sustainability

Trends in Nanoscale Mechanics

Cardiac Energy Metabolism in Health and Disease

Atlas of Plant Cell Structure

Reconceptualizing the Nature of Science for Science Education

Patient Safety in Surgery

Wealth, Income Inequalities, and Demography : the Long-Term Policy View

And many more.

New Springer ebooks can be found using the “Books and More” search from the Libraries’ homepage, or you can browse Springer ebooks and ejournals here: http://ezproxy.library.dal.ca/login?url=http://link.springer.com/

(Please note that we do not have access to all Springer books and journals; titles or articles displaying a yellow “locked” icon are not available).

In Memoriam – Ann D. (Manning) Nevill

Ann, at her retirement from the Kellogg Library in 1989.

Ann, at her retirement party from the Kellogg Library in 1989.

It is with great sadness that we announce the recent passing of Ann D. (Manning) Nevill, former director of the W. K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library from 1979–89.

Ann was an effective and innovative leader in the Canadian library community. At the Kellogg Library she directed the library through its merger with Dalhousie University Libraries. She led the library’s first steps into the electronic environment and led the development of a circuit rider health librarian program in the Annapolis Valley. As director, she partnered extensively with other health libraries in the region.

As well as directing Kellogg Library, Ann directed the Bedford Institute of Oceanography Library, and was the first trainer of the Medlars system in Canada during her time with the Health Sciences Resource Centre at National Research Council-CISTI. At various times, she served as president or on the executives of the Canadian Library Association, Atlantic Provinces Library Association, the International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries and Information Centers (IAMSLIC), and others. Of particular note, she was a member of a small group of Canadian librarians who led the founding of the Canadian Health Libraries Association.

Ann also chaired the project committee that led to Libraries Without Walls authored by MA (Babs) Flower.

Her colleagues remember her fondly and with gratitude for her mentorship and leadership.


Important Security Notice: Adobe Digital Editions 4

We have recently been notified that Adobe Digital Editions 4 Reader, software used to read eBooks downloaded from the Dal Libraries’ collections, has been logging data on the books used with this application (and possibly other eBooks already downloaded on the devices of users) and sending the information in an unencrypted form to Adobe servers. This poses a security risk since unencrypted data may be open to interception.

Adobe Digital Editions is the most commonly used desktop application for accessing eBooks that contain Adobe’s digital rights management (DRM) software. The Adobe DRM is used by many booksellers and online library lending services such as EBL, ebrary, and EBSCO.

You do not need to download eBooks using Adobe Digital Editions to use them effectively; you can continue to read them online. You may receive a message that the time period for viewing an eBook has elapsed, prompting you to create a loan. You can do so, as this does not invoke Adobe Digital Editions. One advantage to reading eBooks online is that any notes you make while reading will persist, and will be available to you at any time. Ask us how.

If you have an iOS or Android device, use a tablet-based reader app such as BluefireReader. These apps can unlock eBooks protected with the Adobe DRM but do not communicate reading data to Adobe.

If you have concerns about the operation of the new Adobe Digital Editions, you may wish to:

  • Uninstall the Adobe Digital Editions 4 Reader if you have downloaded this version of the software on your computer or device.
  • Use older versions of Adobe Digital Editions, which do not communicate with Adobe except to validate the license to unlock the DRM protected book. Previous versions are available at:  http://www.adobe.com/support/digitaleditions/downloads.html

If you have concerns please contact Patrick Ellis, Associate University Librarian, Resources.

Canadian Library Month

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What is Canadian Library Month?

Canadian Library Month is the time to celebrate the inspiration created in and by libraries. Canada’s libraries help to inspire us to celebrate our culture while playing a role in preserving our heritage. Libraries give Canadians equitable access to information and they support lifelong learning. 

Did you know over 21 million Canadians hold a public library card, making public libraries the most popular cultural institution in Canada? Over 97 per cent of Canadians live in communities served by a public library. Academic libraries, school libraries, and special libraries add to the creativity and personal, professional, and academic growth of Canadians, serving students and faculty and those in the corporate, government, and non‐profit sectors. (Source: http://librarymonth.ca/what-is-library-month/)

Fittingly, this year’s theme for Canadian Library Month is “Libraries Inspire.” So, how do libraries inspire you? The Canadian Library Association wants to know, have libraries inspired in you a sense community belonging? a new friendship? an idea for a great creative work? Share your story here: http://librarymonth.ca/stories/share-my-story/

 And if you want to share how the Dal Libraries inspire you, please comment here too!

Thanksgiving Hours at the Dal Libraries 2014

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Monday, October 13 is Thanksgiving Day. Because it’s a holiday, some of our libraries will have reduced hours that day.

W.K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library
10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Killam Memorial Library
1 p.m.–9 p.m.

Sir James Dunn Law Library
9 a.m.–10:45 p.m.

MacRae Library
10 a.m.–10:30 p.m.

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


Introduction to 3D Design

Interested in learning how to design models for use on the Dal Libraries’ 3D printers? We’re hosting an 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 all of the basic tools in Sketchup.  By the end of the session you’ll have a simple farmhouse model of your very own.

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. No previous experience is required to participate. 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.

Introduction to 3D Design will be offered twice in Room G70 in the Killam Library.

Tuesday, September 30 from 12:30–1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 1 from 2–3 p.m.

To register, contact libsys@dal.ca and indicate which session you’d like to attend.


The farmhouse model as it looks in Sketchup.


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



New Springer ebooks added

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The Dalhousie Libraries recently added a number of new ebooks to our collection, in a wide variety of subject areas, from the scientific, Technical, and medical publisher Springer. New titles include:

Concise dictionary of engineering

Vulnerability of agriculture, water and fisheries to climate change

Adolescent identity treatment

Law and religious cultural heritage in Europe

Early neoplasias of the gastrointestinal tract

The significance test controversy revisited

And many more.

New Springer ebooks can be found using the “Books and More” search at libraries.dal.ca, or you can browse Springer ebooks and ejournals here: http://ezproxy.library.dal.ca/login?url=http://link.springer.com/


Trial Database: Dentistry and Oral Sciences Source (EBSCO)

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The Dalhousie Libraries have trial access to the EBSCO database: Dentistry and Oral Sciences Source until the end of October. It is available both on and off campus.

Dentistry and Oral Science Source covers all facets of dentistry including dental public health, endodontics, facial pain & surgery, odontology, oral & maxillofacial pathology/surgery/radiology, orthodontology, pediatric dentistry, periodontology, and prosthodontics.

Please send comments to Patrick.ellis@dal.ca before October 31st. Thank you.