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:

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:

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:

 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 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, or you can browse Springer ebooks and ejournals here:


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 before October 31st. Thank you.

Kellogg Library Closed this Saturday

The Kellogg will be closed Saturday, September 20 due to a water shutdown in the Tupper Building. We apologize for the inconvenience.

For alternate study locations on Saturday, these are the hours of the closest Dal Libraries:

Killam Memorial Library: open from 10 a.m.–midnight on Saturday
Sexton Design & Technology Library: open from 10 a.m.–10 p.m. on Saturday
Sir James Dunn Law Library: open from open from noon–6 p.m. on Saturday

Intern Profiles 2014: Kaitlin Haley, W. K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library

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Kaitlin is from Vancouver and holds a degree in history and political science from the University of British Columbia. Prior to working in a library, she volunteered with the Vancouver City Archives and found that she really enjoyed it. She also worked as a flight attendant for the United Nations for a year. She was stationed out of Juba and Darfur and lived on a military base during that time.

She enrolled in the MLIS program because she was interested in working with people, from a social and educational perspective, but wasn’t interested in becoming a social worker or a teacher. “I like connecting people to information and teaching them how to use information. I like helping them to determine what is reliable information, and what’s not.”

Kaitlin is spending her summer internship at the Kellogg Health Sciences Library, helping them to prepare for an upcoming move and providing reference assistance. “I love health sciences because I know that equipping health care professionals with information helps them to make better decisions for their patients. I also did a 3-week practicum at Capital Health, which really ignited my interest in this area of librarianship,” said Kaitlin.

“I came to Halifax because I was interested in moving, but I didn’t want to be away from the ocean. People who have graduated from the MLIS program at Dal speak very highly of it and the work experience opportunities provided. I think this program really equips grads to be hireable, which of course is my ultimate goal,” said Kaitlin.