It’s that time of year again! The Kellogg Library is open until 11:00 pm every night to provide a quiet place for exam study. Extended hours will be in effect from November 15 to December 17.
What's going on at the Dalhousie Libraries
Archived posts for Health Sciences:
Update: Access to PsychiatryOnline has been restored.
The Dalhousie Libraries’ subscription to PsychiatryOnline, which includes DSM-5, is down. Our serial vendor is working with the publisher to enable access as soon as possible. We apologize for the inconvenience.
UPDATE (Friday, November 8, 5:12 p.m.): Regular access has been restored.
Taylor & Francis Online is currently experiencing intermittent server problems. Some users are receiving a “Server Busy” error message. Their tech support is aware of the problem and treating it as a priority.
UPDATE: Access restored (11:49 a.m. on Thursday, November 7)
Wiley Online Library is currently experiencing network problems and is therefore unavailable. Their technical team is working to restore access as a matter of urgency. We will post an update when access has been restored.
They apologize for the inconvenience this causes their users.
The Dalhousie Libraries are this year’s winner of the Healthy Workplace Award! We are sharing this honour with Facilities Management.
The Libraries’ Health & Wellness Committee nominated the Dalhousie Libraries for this award based on the libraries’ staff participation in various health and wellness initiatives, including initiatives of the libraries’ committee and larger Dalhousie initiatives.
A truly healthy workplace involves the six dimensions of wellness: physical, emotional, intellectual, interpersonal/social, spiritual, and environmental. This includes taking part in events like Pink Day and the Pride Parade.
All of our libraries have decided to open after 11 a.m. on Remembrance Day, Monday, November 11. The eleventh hour on Remembrance Day is significant because it is the time Canadians are asked to pause in memory of the thousands of men and women who sacrificed their lives in military service. There are also many Remembrance Day services happening around HRM at 11 a.m., and by delaying our opening time we hope more people will be available to attend these services.
From Today @ Dal: 11 ways to remember on November 11
Changing our hours to open after 11 a.m. was a recent decision, so please see the hours of the libraries below. Please note, no hours have been lost as a result of this change, each library is still scheduled to be open for same amount of hours, we’ve just delayed opening by an hour or two in some cases. We’ll be open later into the evening to make up for the change.
The Remembrance Day hours for the Dalhousie Libraries are as follows:
Sir James Dunn Law Library: Noon-10:45 p.m.
W. K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library: Noon-8 p.m.
Killam Memorial Library: 1-9 p.m.
MacRae Library: 1-10:30 p.m.
Sexton Design & Technology Library: 1-9 p.m.
Food Services Hours in the Killam atrium from Friday, November 8-Tuesday, November 12:
Over the past few weeks, students and faculty have provided a lot of valuable feedback regarding library cuts. We appreciate your concerns, and we understand the important role that the Dal Libraries plays in your academic work.
To recap, this is the current situation: The acquisitions budget has sustained a 1% cut this year. In addition to the cut, external factors have put additional pressures on the acquisitions budget, making the cut feel larger. The cost of electronic resources is inflating at a rate of 4-8% annually and many of the resources are purchased in American funds, resulting in an unfavourable exchange rate on the US dollar.
Yesterday, Dr. Carolyn Watters, Vice-President Academic and Provost of Dalhousie, announced the University will provide funds to cover the urgent shortfall this year and that they will work with the Library to review the acquisitions budget to ensure that it is sustainable over the longer term. This funding will help to ensure all course-related and student research-related library needs are being met.
Here is the memo:
To: The Dalhousie University community
From: Carolyn Watters, Vice-President Academic and Provost
Date: October 28, 2013
Re: Dalhousie Library budget
I am writing to update you on the Dalhousie Library’s budget situation, of which there has been some significant discussion recently among both students and faculty.
The University Library has a $5.7 million acquisitions budget. The purchasing power of the acquisitions budget has been reduced this year due to a combination of factors: the decrease in the value of the Canadian dollar, inflationary costs and a one per cent budget cut. Because of this, the acquisitions budget has ended up in shortfall.
The University will provide funds to cover the urgent shortfall this year. At the same time, we will work with the Library to review the acquisitions budget to ensure that it is sustainable over the longer term.
Vice-President Academic and Provost
How important to you is the future of libraries and archives? You are invited to join a discussion on Friday, November 8 from 2-4 p.m. in University Hall, in the MacDonald Building.
This event is sponsored by the Royal Society of Canada. Join the conversation! RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
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