ProQuest will be performing maintenance on Ebook Central and LibCentral on Saturday, July 20 from 1–4 p.m., ADT. This work is necessary to ensure their ebook platforms remain updated and secure. They apologize for the inconvenience.
The Dal Libraries has signed a final contract with RefWorks, a web-based citation manager that allows one to compile, edit and format bibliographies by importing references directly from online databases.
Our final year under the contract will come to an end on April 20, 2020. There are a number of useful and free alternatives available, Zotero for instance, and we’re seeing many users moving to those options on their own. Some faculties at Dal also subscribe to EndNote.
Dwindling usage of RefWorks is one of the main factors driving this decision. In the next month, we’ll begin the process of notifying faculty and students. We will provide assistance to RefWorks users who want to move their content from RefWorks to the service of their choice.
For more information about migrating content from RefWorks, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Have you heard of UNIWeb, but not quite sure what it can do for you? Or do you have an account in UNIWeb and just want some tips on using it more effectively?
Join us for this practical hour-long workshop that covers getting started with Dalhousie’s new documenting, management and networking tool for all your academic activity.
The virtual session will include tips on navigation, data entry, and easy CV and report generation using UNIWeb. Also see how to create a public profile, indicate your research interests, network with others and more. It will be offered on Wednesdays from 12–1 p.m., July 17, 24, 31, August 7, and 14. Register for the Wednesday session you’d like via the libraries’ events calendar: https://dal.libcal.com/calendar/events/?cid=7504&t=m&d=0000-00-00&cal=7504
Sessions will be delivered via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/214167700
For the first time, an institution outside of Nova Scotia will become part of Novanet. We are in the process of bringing New Brunswick’s Mount Allison University in to Novanet.
You will soon gain access to Mount A’s collections. While the collection is being added to Novanet, some key functions will be unavailable. Effective immediately and until Monday, July 15, you will not be able to access your Novanet account information. That means we cannot tell you which items you have out, when they are due, etc.
You will also not be able to place holds through Novanet, but you can continue to request books and other materials through Document Delivery by following this link: https://caul-cbua.relais-host.com/user/login.html?group=patron&LS=NSHD
You may also find that checking out books in person goes a little slower for the next few days as we will be using a manual system during the downtime. We apologize for any inconvenience this outage may cause and we look forward to bringing you access to an additional collection very soon.
Where are you interning? Sir James Dunn Law Library
What brought you to the MLIS program at Dal? I’m one of those people who wants to do all of the things. As a kid, I could never just pick one activity. I wanted to be in dance and theatre and play soccer… and do gymnastics. Fast-forward twentyish years and I found myself struggling, in the last year of my undergrad, to figure out what my next step should be. I knew that I hadn’t reached the end of the academic road yet, but for the life of me, I could not decide which path to pursue. I was interested in law, technology, ethics, digital media, and politics, among other things, so having to pick just one felt like the ultimate injustice. What did all of these disciplines have in common then? The conclusion that I came to was, information. Studying the theory of information has allowed me continue pursuing research that draws from a variety of academic disciplines. It is the critical lens through which I now navigate through the sea of academia. And, ever the over-achiever, I opted to do the combined MLIS/JD option. If you’re a free-spirit with an insatiable curiosity who dreads the thought of devoting yourself to just one area of scholarship, consider the MLIS program at Dal. Scratch all of your itches!
What drew you to the internship at the Dal Libraries? As a combined degree student beginning law school in September 2019, having my two academic worlds collide in the form of such a wonderful opportunity was just too good to pass up. Since law school will be taking over my life for the next three years, I was keen to find a way to keep one foot in the library world. The opportunity to work at the Dunn library over the summer and throughout the school year not only allows me to stay connected to the library culture that I have come to adore, it will, hopefully, make me a better law student as well.
What’s your educational background? B.A. in Cultural Studies and History from Mount Saint Vincent University, 2018.
What have you been doing during your internship? Learning all of the quirky things that set law libraries apart from other libraries, preparing rare books for digitization, managing LibGuides, avoiding being surprised by mouse-traps.
The publisher at LexisNexis, one of the Dal Libraries’ news and law information databases, is replacing the platform with Nexis Uni. Nexis Uni works similarly to LexisNexis, but you may need to adjust some of your search strategies when using this new platform.
You can get started using Nexis Uni now: https://dal.ca.libguides.com/nexisuni. The publisher has advised that LexisNexis will no longer be available after July 31.
Tips for searching on Nexis Uni are available here: http://www.lexisnexis.com/pdf/academic/nexis-uni/Search-FAQ.pdf.
Video tutorials are also available: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLdbPh35WxTMqcEizkbuKF6ev9PIvupOAJ
Please note: If you’ve previously linked to material found in LexisNexis Academic, you will need to recreate those links. Information about creating new links is available here: http://www.lexisnexis.com/pdf/academic/nexis-uni/Permalinking-FAQ.pdf
by Cynthia Holt, Executive Director, Council of Atlantic University Libraries (CAUL)
All residents of Atlantic Canada now have full access to The Cochrane Library thanks to the Atlantic Health Knowledge Partnership. Led by the Council of Atlantic University Libraries / Conseil des bibliothèques universitaires de l’Atlantique (CAUL-CBUA), this partnership includes post-secondary institutions, health authorities, and hospitals in the Region and was struck with the goal of supporting healthy communities.
The Cochrane Library is a collection of databases in medicine and other healthcare specialties which summarize and interpret the results of medical research and are a key resource in evidence-based medicine. Plain language summaries are also available.
To access The Cochrane Library from within Atlantic Canada, go to https://www.cochranelibrary.com/ and start searching.* Access to The Cochrane Library when outside of Atlantic Canada is possible through your home institution (CAUL-CBUA member, health authority, hospital) or local public library website.
Tutorials, webinars, and guides for using The Cochrane Library are available here: https://www.workcast.com/ControlUsher.aspx?cpak=9621168547619827&pak=5334253650203132
Region-wide access is made possible by financial contributions from Dalhousie University, Cape Breton University, St. Francis Xavier University, Mount Saint Vincent University, the Nova Scotia Community College, Memorial University, the University of Prince Edward Island, the University of New Brunswick, the Nova Scotia Health Authority, Horizon Health Network, Réseau de santé Vitalité, and the IWK.
*When you access the Internet from your home, some Internet Service Providers (such as Bell, Rogers, or Xplornet) assign IPs (Internet addresses) that might be from outside of the Atlantic Region. Your provider usually assigns you a new IP each day, and as a result, some days you may have an IP from the region and other days you may have an IP from outside the region. If you are physically located in the region and are having difficulty getting to the full text of the articles, please go to https://www.iplocation.net/find-ip-address to see if the IP you’ve been assigned that day is from the region. If it is not, you’ll need to access The Cochrane Library through your home institution or local public library website.
Once again, the Dalhousie Libraries participated in the province-wide Spring Into Action initiative. Spring Into Action is annual event sponsored by Horizons Community Development Associates. The goal of the challenge is to get participants moving at least 30 minutes each day, five days each week, for improved and sustained health and well-being.
Across Nova Scotia, 168 individuals participated on 23 teams. The Dal Libraries entered three teams in the Spring Into Action challenge, which ran from April 22–May 24. Two of the teams won one of the weekly draws and one of our participants won one of the individual prizes.
Congratulations to the Heart Throbs, The Scrambled Legs and 2 Fit 2 Quit on your active lifestyles!
SciVal is a bibliometric tool used to visualize research activity, create performance summaries, benchmark comparisons to other institutions and analyze trends at either an institution, department or research group level.
This presentation will focus on features, data sources, and effective use of SciVal. Guillaume Warnan is returning to Dalhousie to do this session specifically designed with academic administrators in mind. Join us for an introduction or refresher to this tool that uses data from the Scopus database to do bibliometric analysis.
Date: Thursday, July 4
Time: 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Location: Rowe Building, Room 3089
Please register for the event here: https://dal.libcal.com/calendar/events/scival
Anyone interested in a personalized session with Guillaume is invited to contact him directly at email@example.com
by Michelle Paon
After 38 years with the Dal Libraries, Karen Chandler is retiring.
Karen’s career at Dalhousie began in August 1981 when she accepted a Clerk-Typist position in the Killam Library’s Circulation Department. In January 1984, she was promoted to Head of Reserve. By December 1991, Karen had advanced to become the Head of the Serials & Microform Department (later known as the Serials Unit).
In December 2013, Karen was promoted to the position of Manager, System-Wide Resources, a role in which she skillfully negotiates vendor licenses for direct subscriptions to electronic resources & databases and shepherds the subscription renewals of a vast array of consortially-purchased products.
Proficient in dealing with financials, Karen forecasts expenditures and calculates variances that are crucial in preparing Resources budgets. Karen provides timely information to Library Heads and librarian liaisons to enable their decision-making with regard to licensed consortial products. She also alerts her Resources team members of license and product changes to assist in providing seamless access to electronic resources.
Karen has contributed in valuable ways to both the Dal Libraries as well as to the broader Novanet community. She served as Co-Chair of the Novanet Acquisitions/Serials Committee as well as being a long-standing Acquisitions/Serials Functional Contact. She was a member of the Novanet Data Migration Team and the Novanet Training Team (Acquisitions/Serials clients “Train the Trainers”). Within the Dal Libraries, Karen served on the Technical Services Management Team, the Dal Libraries Technical Services Task Force, and more recently on the Resources Managers Group.
We will miss Karen’s astute negotiation skills, conscientious attention to detail, and remarkable memory and record-keeping with regard to serials and database subscriptions.
Please join us in congratulating Karen on her upcoming retirement.