Emerald Maintenance Notice: Tuesday June 9, 2015

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Emerald Insight will be “read-only” during planned maintenance on Tuesday 9 June 2015 which will make the following functionality unavailable for the duration of the upgrade:
  1. Activating access tokens
  2. Adding publications as favourites
  3. Alert subscriptions
  4. Any changes to ‘My Account’ and ‘Institutional Account’
  5. E-commerce
  6. Registration
  7. Search.
Please note that during this maintenance Emerald Insight may become unavailable for up to 15 minutes. If you should access the website during this time you will receive a ‘connection timeout’, or similar message, within your browser. Please note that this may also affect some functionality on emeraldgrouppublishing.com

Dal Libraries celebrates Bike Week with archival photographs

bikeweeklogoBike Week is here again! To help celebrate the occasion, the University Archives has selected a handful of photographs of bicycles from our Waldren Studios Collection.

Next week, we’ll post a Bike Week Photo of the Day to our Facebook Page to show how it used to be common for individuals and families to have portraits made with their bicycles.  Just “Like” our page to see which images we’ve selected!

Check out the Bike Week Schedule of Events for information on events at Dal and around town. Happy cycling!

Welcome to Julie Marcoux – Our new data librarian!

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We are pleased to welcome our new data librarian, Julie Marcoux, to the Dalhousie Libraries.

Julie comes to Dalhousie from the Université de Moncton, where she served as the reference, data and geospatial data Librarian. In that role, she particularly enjoyed having the opportunity to help the nursing, psychology and science students and professors with their research, and helping anyone in the uMoncton community find and access data and statistics.

Julie is especially proud of her Excel expertise which has led to several invitations to present at various Data Liberation Initiative (DLI) regional workshops: Atlantic Canada, West Canada, Québec, and Ontario. She was the DLI representative for uMoncton, and recently became one of two Atlantic DLI Regional Training Co-ordinators.

Julie completed her Bachelor in Information Management with Université de Moncton in 2009, and graduated in 2011 from the University of Ottawa’s bilingual Master of Information Studies.

Julie’s main responsibilities at Dalhousie will be to serve as liaison to the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience and to help students, professors and researchers on all campuses with their data and statistics questions.

Some of her first projects will include establishing a network of support for data questions across all Dalhousie libraries, helping researchers transition from Equinox to SDA, joining Dal’s Research Data Management team, and attending some excellent geospatial software training by colleagues from the GISciences Centre.

Julie can be reached by email at Julie.marcoux@dal.ca or by phone at 902-494-3189

Welcome Julie – We are all looking forward to working with you!

Having trouble with electronic journal access?


Last summer, the Dalhousie Libraries made changes to journal and database subscriptions in order to achieve a balanced collections budget. As a result, some subscriptions were cancelled. In the majority of cases, subscriptions were moved to a more economical delivery format, or an Open Access option was available. In a few cases duplicated content was dropped.

When a subscription for an electronic journal expires, the link is removed from the catalogue if we no longer have access to any of the content. In some instances, our access to older content that has been paid for over the life of the subscription will remain, though we will not be able access more recent content.

If you are having trouble accessing a journal that was available in the recent past or has been bookmarked or accessed through a Table of Contents alerting service, please consult the Novanet catalogue or the eJournals list. This will confirm whether or not we still have an active subscription. If the journal is still part of an active subscription, please report the problem to Library.Eresources@Dal.ca.

If you require content from a journal that we no longer subscribe to, you can place a request for specific articles through Document Delivery: https://libraries.dal.ca/locations_services/services/document_deliveryservices.html

Lists of changed subscriptions are posted on the Dalhousie Libraries collections page: (http://libraries.dal.ca/collection.html)
If you are unable to confirm that the journal you need was cancelled and require assistance resolving an access problem, please contact:Library.Eresources@Dal.Ca

Learn more about a key figure in ocean studies – Check out the Elisabeth Mann Borgese finding aid

No longer will researchers have to visit the Dalhousie University Archives in order to examine the personal papers of ocean expert and former Dal professor Elisabeth Mann Borgese. All they’ll need is a computer with an internet connection.
Over 115,000 papers and more than 700 photographs have been scanned and are being made available online as part of the Elisabeth Mann Borgese Digitization Project, the result of a $100,000 donation from an associate of Borgese’s who wished to see her work preserved for future generations and made accessible to people all over the world.
From correspondence with Ted Turner to copies of United Nations conventions to family Christmas cards, the collection includes materials that cover every aspect of the late Borgese’s life.
Available through the Elisabeth Mann Borgese finding aid, Borgese’s documents are presented as PDFs with searchable text, which should help those wishing to learn more about a key figure in ocean studies, maritime law, and German history and culture.


Upcoming Refworks migration

Refworks_imageOn June 19 at 1:00 PM Atlantic, all Refworks accounts for Dalhousie University will be migrated to RefWorks’ main servers based in the United States. The Canadian server that previously hosted RefWorks will no longer be available after June 2015. While there are other online citation management tools available to users, none offer Canadian hosting.

One of the benefits of moving to the RefWorks U.S. servers is that you can now take advantage of some updated features that were not available on the ScholarsPortal server, including the removal of the group code for log in. RefShare is now easily accessed and viewed within your RefWorks account. You can learn more about RefShare here.

We anticipate a downtime window of several hours while account data is migrated, during which time you will not be able to access RefWorks. All of your references, folders, attachments, and shares will be fully intact.

Some changes associated with this migration:

  • You will no longer need your group code to access your RefWorks account. In order to eliminate the group code, we now enforce the need for a unique login name. If your current login name is already in use by another RefWorks user, you may receive a separate email notifying you of with details on your how to access your account and adjust your username. Otherwise, your current login credentials will work.
  • Write-N-Cite (now called ProQuest for Word) will need to be re-installed after the migration. Please uninstall your current version and go to Tools>> Write-N-Cite in your new RefWorks account to download the latest version of ProQuest for Word. After closing all programs on your computer please run the Word Plug-in installer and follow the online instructions.
  • The RefGrab-It bookmarklet will need to be updated so it can send data to your new account. To update RefGrab-It we recommend you delete your current bookmark. You can re-install RefGrab-It by logging into your new RefWorks account and following the instructions located here.

Once everything has been migrated, you will have a new URL to access your RefWorks account, located at http://www.refworks.com/refworks. Links to RefWorks will be updated on the Library Web site.

If you do not want your data moved to the U.S., you can export all of your data for storage elsewhere, then request to have your account deleted. (Accounts can only be deleted by the RefWorks administrator.)

  • Choose References > Export from the RefWorks menu. (You may do this for the entire account at once, or for each of your folders individually.)
  • You may then choose an output format using the Export Format drop-down, and click Export References. Your references will appear as a Web page. Use the browser’s Save As function to save the contents as a text file (.txt)
  • This exported file can be imported to other citation management systems. The Tab-Delimited format may also be stored in Microsoft Excel. Note: It will not be possible to export your attachments (files you added to any existing reference stored within your RefWorks database), such files will have to be saved individually before asking for your account to be deleted.
  • Once you are satisfied that your references are stored, contact Shelley McKibbon (mckibbon@dal.ca) to have your RefWorks account deleted. You will need to provide either the username of your RefWorks account or the Dalhousie email address associated with your account. (If you have multiple accounts please supply the usernames for the accounts you wish to have deleted.)

Keep in mind that all online citation management systems (e.g. Endnote, Mendeley and Zotero) utilize servers located outside of Canada.

Please contact Shelley McKibbon (mckibbon@dal.ca) by June 15, 2015 if you have any questions about RefWorks or the migration, or if you prefer to have your account deleted before the migration.

Dal Libraries adds 453 ebooks to collection

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The Dal Libraries have recently added 453 eBooks to our collection from the Canadian Public Policy and Canadian Health Research subscription packages. eBooks open on the ebrary site where they can be read onscreen.

Some of the titles that have been added include:

  • Planters, paupers, and pioneers: English settlers in Atlantic Canada
  • Immigrant skill selection and utilization: a comparative analysis of Australia, Canada and the United States
  • Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder awareness and prevention strategies: learning from the reported alcohol knowledge and behaviours of college-age youth
  • Diabetes and the urban aboriginal population
  • “Poverty”: a whispered word in the NWT

Many other titles can be found through the catalogue or here: http://ezproxy.library.dal.ca/login?url=http://site.ebrary.com/lib/dal

More information regarding downloading ebooks can be found on the Mobile Resources & Ebooks Subject Guide: http://dal.ca.libguides.com/mobile

ebooks can be downloaded to Bluefire reader for offline reading.

Victoria Day Hours at the Dalhousie Libraries

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Who’s open, who’s closed this holiday Monday (May 18)?

Sir James Dunn Law Library — closed

W.K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library — 10:00 a.m.6:00 p.m.

Killam Memorial Library — closed

MacRae Library — closed

Sexton Design & Technology Library — closed

The rest of the weekend, all of the libraries will be on regular summer term hours.

The Kellogg Health Sciences Library will soon be on the move!

The W.K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library will be on the move in just a few months.

Starting this coming December, after exams are over, here’s a timeline of what you can expect.

In December 2015, the Kellogg Library will close for the move to Chapter House. During this time, a small service desk will be available in the lobby or the Link.

In January 2016, a brand-new, permanent space, the Kellogg Library Learning Commons will open on the second floor of the Collaborative Health Education Building (CHEB). This exciting new space will be where you will have access to technology, IT assistance, Document Delivery, some quick reference services from library staff and a staffed service desk. The Kellogg Library Learning Commons will also offer many productive study spaces (individual, small group and bookable group study rooms). There will be seating for 300+.

Also in January 2016, the Kellogg Library will move into to Chapter House (5743 University Ave) while renovations take place on the main floor of the Tupper building. At Chapter House, you will have access to the collection and in-depth reference assistance from librarians. There will also be some study spaces where the print collection and some services will be located.

During this time, many reserve readings will be converted into electronic form so that they are accessible anywhere. For those materials that cannot be made accessible electronically a print reserve will most likely be held in the Kellogg Library Learning Commons until the Kellogg Library moves back to the Tupper Building.

In September 2016, the Kellogg Library moves back to the Tupper building, and will then be located on the first floor. The Kellogg will then have two distinct sites: The Kellogg Library (main floor Tupper Building) and the Kellogg Library Learning Commons (2nd floor CHEB).

Staff will be available to answer reference and research questions during all phases of the moves, at both locations.

Want to know more? Check out our Frequently Ask Questions sheet.

If you have any questions about this project, please contact Carol Pottie at carol.pottie@dal.ca

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Collaborative Health Education Building

Chapter House

Chapter House

W.K.Kellogg Health Sciences Library

W.K.Kellogg Health Sciences Library

Celebrate Europe Day on May 9

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In celebration of Europe Day, May 9, the Killam Library has organized a display in the library’s lobby that will be exhibited throughout the week.

Teaming up with the European Union Centre of Excellence (EUCE) at Dalhousie, the display showcases books, eBooks, information and interesting facts about the European Union. The EUCE was established at Dalhousie University in 2006 and is funded jointly by the European Union and Dalhousie. It is one of five Centres across Canada and part of a network around the globe.

Here are some books from the collection on the topic of the European Union, currently part of the Europe Day display:

The European Union and Sustainable Development: Internal and External Dimensions

The Outermost Regions: European Regions of Assets and Opportunities

European Union Assistance to the Turkish Cypriot Community

Targeting of Aid for the Modernisation of Agricultural Holdings

Specific Measures for Agriculture in Favour of the Outermost Regions of the Union and the Smaller Aegean Islands

Access to European Union: Law, economics, policies

Designing the European Union, From Paris to Lisbon

European Union Non-Discrimination Law: Comparative Perspectives on Multidimensional Equality Law

The dynamics of European integration : why and when EU institutions matter

The history of the European Union : origins of a trans- and supranational polity 1950-72

The powers of the Union : delegation in the EU

Here are some eBooks from our collection on the topic of the European Union:

The Rise and Fall of the EU’s Constitutional Treaty

The EU as a Global Actor

Comparative Regional Integration: Europe and Beyond

The Making of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty: the Role of the Member States

The Lisbon Treaty: Institutional Choices and Implementation

To learn more about the European Union and the European Union Centre of Excellence at Dalhousie, visit: http://www.dal.ca/diff/euce.html