Welcome Andrew Wood

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Andrew Wood is a Dalhousie alumnus, having graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies in 2006. He stayed in the Theatre Department as a teaching assistant from 2007 to 2015 in various Film Studies courses.

Last year, Andrew graduated from NSCC’s Library & Information Technology program. Before becoming a library services assistant at Dalhousie, he worked at the Dal Libraries doing Document Delivery, Access Services, shelving, and Novanet LiveHelp.

Andrew’s homebase library is the Killam, but he is available to “float” among the other Dalhousie Libraries when help is needed. His main focus will be resources (cataloguing and acquisitions-related work), Access Services at the Killam Library Service Point, and digital initiatives and scholarly communication.

Andrew brings a lot of customer service experience to his role at the Dalhousie Libraries, having worked ininsurance and retail sales, customer service, and visual merchandising. As a volunteer, he created a classification system, a cataloguing manual, and a library for the Dartmouth Heritage Museum – cataloguing over 800 books since 2014. This year he is the volunteer entertainment coordinator for the Atlantic Provinces Library Association’s 2016 conference.

In his spare time, Andrew enjoys film noir, genealogy research, and travelling.  He’s been to Thailand, New Orleans, and Mexico, to name a few places. “While completing my degree at Dalhousie, I knew I was a part of something special. To continue my relationship by making my career here is truly a joy,” he says.

Welcome Seungkyoo Lee


Seungkyoo has worked in administration and customer service for more than ten years in Korea and Canada. She holds a Bachelor of Economics and an International Commerce Degree from Sejong University in Seoul, South Korea. In 2014, Seungkyoo obtained a Master’s degree of Information and Library Science from the University of Montreal, where she lived for nine years.

Since then, she has worked in the library at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography and at Halifax Public Libraries. In January, Seungkyoo joined the Dalhousie Libraries’ team. Seungkyoo will perform duties in the areas of course reserves, resources, and circulation at the Killam Library; in addition she will “float” among the other Dalhousie Libraries when her help is needed.

“I am excited, enthused, and highly motivated to establish myself in a productive work relationship with the team at the Dalhousie Libraries. My past library experience and being trilingual in English, French, and Korean will positively benefit the team and enhance customer service,” says Seungkyoo.

Student Feedback Wanted: Dalhousie Libraries External Review

Students, your input is wanted for the Senate Review of the Dalhousie Libraries.

As part of the Dalhousie University Senate Review of University Libraries, the external reviewers, Mr. Gerald Beasley (Vice-Provost and Chief Librarian, University of Alberta) and Ms. Vivian Lewis (University Librarian, McMaster University) will be on campus February 11 and 12. Students, library staff, faculty, and representatives of associated units are encouraged to participate in the review.

The open forum for students (in person) is scheduled in the Killam Library, room 2902,  on Friday, February 12 at 1 p.m. Complimentary coffee and cookies will be served. Sessions for faculty are Thursday, February 11 at 2 p.m. and Friday, February 12 at 3 p.m.

If you want to participate but can’t make it in person, teleconference sessions can also be arranged on February 11th and 12th. To RSVP to a group session, or to arrange an individual or group meeting, please contact Courtney Sutton at (902) 494-7806 or courtney.sutton@dal.ca

Written submissions are also welcome and should be addressed to the External Reviewers for the University Libraries and emailed in confidence to Courtney Sutton. Verbal and written inputs are strictly confidential to the External Reviewers.

Welcome Jason Lee



Over the next week, we’ll be profiling some of the newest members of the Dalhousie Libraries staff. We start today with a profile about Jason Lee.


Jason first came to Halifax in 2006, and studied English at Saint Mary’s. He then returned to his native Korea where he complete his Master’s in Library Science degree. He spent some time working in a university library, and was a project manager for a company that builds library programs like Primo. He also worked as a program tester, user trainer, and overseas presenter for the company, travelling to Lithuania, Malaysia, and China.

Jason came back to Canada in 2012 and worked at Pier 21 as a reference assistant. During that time, he participated in Pier 21’s Welcome Home to Canada program, which gave him the opportunity work at the Killam Library for ten Wednesdays.

Last February, Jason joined the staff at the Dalhousie Libraries. He is now the evening/weekend supervisor at the Sexton Library and he will “float” among the other Dalhousie Libraries when his help is needed. In addition to supervising student assistants and all the activities at the Access Services desk, he does cataloguing and end-processing, such as barcoding and labelling books.

“I’m really happy to be back at the Dal Libraries,” says Jason. In his spare time, he enjoys exploring Halifax and the Maritimes with his wife. Jason’s spare time is short these days, though, having recently become a father; his son is three months old. Congratulations, Jason!

Excavation: We Are Here.

Exhibit hosted in the atrium at the Schulich School of Law “…the first non-gallery/museum to host this project, will feature newly created pieces reflecting on the broad theme of Black people and the law. ”

Excavation: We are Here

Excavation: We Are Here

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Exhibition Co-Curated by Dalhousie Libraries’ Creighton Barrett

Creighton Barrett, the Digital Archivist for the Dalhousie Libraries, and Peter Dykhuis, Director/Curator of the Dalhousie Art Gallery, have curated an exhibition about artist-run culture in Halifax. The exhibit will run in the Dalhousie Art Gallery (6101 University Avenue) from January 22 until April 17, with an opening reception on Thursday, January 21 at 7 p.m.

Mariah Blackmore, a Dalhousie Libraries’ intern who is based in the Dalhousie Archives, will be providing archival reference service in the gallery on Fridays from 12–4. Brennan Dempsey, a graduate student in the History Department, will be providing reference services on Tuesdays from 12–4.

Special thanks to Dalhousie Libraries staff members Dianne Landry and Kelly Casey who have provided assistance throughout the project, and to Shirley Vail who scanned a variety of material from both of these archival fonds.

Here are the full details about the exhibit:

“Why are we saving All these artist publications + Other Galleries stuffs?”

Curated by Creighton Barrett, Digital Archivist, Dalhousie University
Archives, and Peter Dykhuis, Director/Curator, Dalhousie Art Gallery

OPENING RECEPTION Thursday 21 January at 7 PM

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Canadian artists began to self-organize and establish independent spaces for creating and presenting contemporary art. These spaces were called “parallel galleries” or “alternative spaces” and are now known as artist-run centres. Halifax is home to some of the oldest artist-run centres in the country: between 1970 and 1975, Charlotte Townsend-Gault organized the artist-run Mezzanine Gallery at NSCAD. In 1972, a group of female artists established the Inventions Gallery, but the gallery closed after a fire in 1973. A few former members of Inventions Gallery collaborated to found Eye Level Gallery in 1974. The burgeoning interest in video and installation art led to the establishment of Centre for Art Tapes (CFAT) in 1978.

The emergence of artist-run culture is part of a larger historical narrative of 1960s counterculture, cultural policy debates, and widespread interest in communications and technology. This exhibition explores the formative years of artist-run culture in Halifax, from 1970 through the mid-1980s, by presenting posters and invitations from the Mezzanine Gallery fonds, Eyelevel Gallery fonds, and the Centre for Art Tapes fonds in an integrated chronology. The order is periodically disrupted by thematic groupings of textual records and ephemera clustered around quotations from these early archival documents that capture the growing pains and aspirations of this nascent culture.

“Why are we saving All these artist publications + Other Galleries stuffs?” is the only question scrawled on a list of Eyelevel Gallery members present at a board meeting sometime in 1979. There is no record of an ensuing conversation (unless it remains to be discovered among the linear metres of administrative records). The exhibition will also feature a temporary Archives Room with the archives of Eyelevel Gallery and the Centre for Art Tapes presented in the way in which they are permanently stored in the Dalhousie University Archives. These materials will be available for supervised consultation on Tuesdays and Fridays from 12 to 4 p.m. Visitors are invited to perform research in the gallery and craft their own answer to this everlasting question.

Eyelevel Gallery and the Centre for Art Tapes have been invited to present contemporary programming alongside this historical retrospective, which complements the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia’s exhibition The Last Art College: Nova Scotia College of Art and Design 1968-1978.

DAG_Calendar Jan to July 2016

Winter ESL Workshops

ESL Writing for Graduate Students
ESL Speaking and Pronunciation for Graduate Students

Two 12-hour courses focusing on the oral and written communication skills needed for graduate study. Mondays 4–6 p.m. (Writing) and Wednesdays 4–6 p.m. (Speaking and Pronunciation). Visit www.dal.ca/esl to register.


Free Workshops: Focus on Oral Communication and Writing

Drop in for a different topic each week. Develop your speaking and listening skills for a variety of specific contexts and improve your academic writing through a focus on grammar. Tuesdays & Thursdays 4–6 p.m. in Mona Campbell 2110. Visit www.dal.ca/esl to register.


IELTS Preparation Course

This course is designed to help you prepare for the Academic Module of the IELTS examination. Each class will focus on one of the four areas of the IELTS examination (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking) and will provide an opportunity to work with authentic IELTS material, as well as take a practice test (reading and listening modules) under examination conditions. Next course starts Jan. 20. Visit www.dal.ca/esl to register.

University Archives adds almost 70,000 records to the Archives Catalogue and Online Collections

Next semester, Dalhousie students and faculty will have even greater access to archival material held by the Dalhousie Libraries. The University Archives just added nearly 70,000 catalogue records to the Archives Catalogue and Online Collections.

The Archives Catalogue is a new online tool for searching the Libraries’ rich archival collections. The catalogue provides fully-searchable “finding aids” to over 650 archival fonds and collections held in the University Archives. Plans are underway to add finding aids to archival material at the MacRae Library.

Many of the finding aids have detailed descriptions of individual files and items and, with the new batch of descriptions, there are now over 237,000 records in the catalogue. New finding aids include:

The Archives Catalogue also includes hundreds of new digital objects, including digitized material from the Centre for Art Tapes fonds and the Eyelevel Gallery fonds that will be featured in an upcoming exhibition at the Dalhousie Art Gallery.

Dalhousie students, staff, and faculty are invited to use the pilot Archives Document Delivery Service and submit requests for free digitized copies of files and items of interest. The pilot is running until the end of April 2016.

We have detailed instructions on searching the Archives Catalogue and you can always drop into the Archives and Special Collections reading room from 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, or contact us at any time. Enjoy!

Copyright Office presents on changing Access Copyright Licensing Agreement.

As you may be aware, Dalhousie will be experiencing changes to our copyright licensing scheme effective January 1, 2016

To prepare for these changes, the team at the Copyright Office has had a busy fall providing 26 presentations on copyright to many of the university’s departments and faculties (including FASS, Science, Engineering, Health Professions and Medicine).

The goal of these short, 10-15 minute, presentations has been to discuss the changes in licensing, why they are important and the tools that faculty and instructors have at their disposal in making materials available.Although the major discussion has focused on Fair Dealing and licensing changes, the presentations have served as springboards for discussions on various copyright issues.

Check out some Common Copyright Questions.

Interested in having the Copyright Office team present to your faculty or department? Contact Copyright Services Coordinator, John Yolkowski by email at jyolkowski@dal.ca, or by phone at (902) 494-4346.

Looking for more information about Copyright? Visit http://www.dal.ca/dept/copyrightoffice.html