Makerspace Workshop, Part III

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Part III of the Makerspace tutorials will take place on Wednesday, April 2 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in room G70 of the Killam Library.

***Please note: This workshop is for those who have completed either Part I or Part II of the Makerspace Workshops, as this workshop will build on skills learned in the first two sessions.  

This workshop will cover:

Circuit #7 – Temperature Sensor
Circuit #12 – Spinning a Motor
Circuit #15 – LCD

These three circuits work well together to create a self-contained project: a temperature-controlled fan with an LCD display of temperature. The LCD for this project looks something like this:

To register for this workshop, or to learn more about these Makerspace workshops, contact

A successful seed library launch

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On Monday, March 17, the MacRae Library on Dalhousie’s Agricultural Campus celebrated the official launch of Seeding Ideas, a seed library.

We would like to thank all the students, staff, faculty, and community members who attended the launch—more than fifty people attended. We now have thirty-two borrowers registered and have circulated over 1,500 seeds to our community (that’s just over 100 packages of seed), including seeds in the categories of ornamental, edible, and herbs.

We continue to hear from people from all corners of Nova Scotia who want to get involved. There’s still time to register and chose your seeds. We can be reached at, on Facebook at Seeding Ideas: a seed library, and on Twitter, @seeding_ideas

Here are some pictures from Monday’s launch:


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Dean Gray about to officially open the seed library.

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And the ribbon is cut!

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Registering for seed library membership.

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Some resources available to help guide your planting and harvesting.

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More eager registrants.

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A guide to the seeds in the seed library.

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A beautiful old card catalogue gets a second life as keeper of the seeds.

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Finding the perfect seeds.


Notice: Access to Wiley eBooks provided by Knovel is changing

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As of March 31, Knovel will no longer provide access to eBooks published by Wiley. In order to provide access to these titles for as long as possible, Wiley titles currently available via Knovel will not be removed from the online catalogue until after March 31.

Knovel has identified and secured alternative content for 318 of the 374 Wiley titles, representing 92% of Wiley’s content within Knovel. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Library Collections Snapshot: A quick look at Ebsco eBook Academic

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The Ebsco eBook Academic package is a very large collection of titles (121,417 titles) that the Dalhousie Libraries subscribe to. The content is multidisciplinary, covering topics from Agriculture to World History.

A few broad subject areas and numbers of titles:

  • Fine Arts: 1549
  • History of the Americas: 5886
  • Language and Literature: 20,113
  • Law: 4510
  • Medicine: 8296
  • Philosophy, Psychology, Religion: 14,217

The package is well-used by Dalhousie. Here are the top 20 titles by use:

Title Total uses 2012–Feb 2014
Research as resistance:  critical, indigenous and anti-oppressive  approaches 561
Emerging perspectives on anti-oppressive practice 262
Future forms and design for sustainable cities 247
The United Nations and changing world politics 228
Modern South Asia: History, Culture, Political Economy 195
Changing politics of Canadian social policy 180
A survey of Hinduism 156
Colonising Egypt 127
Recognizing reality:  Dharmakirti’s philosophy and its Tibetan interpretations 120
Crisis intervention handbook:  assessment, treatment, and research 120
Handbook of applied social research methods 116
Hindu goddesses:  visions of the divine feminine in the Hindu religious tradition 113
Latin America since 1780 91
Encyclopedia of Feminist Theories 91
Enterprise sales and operations planning :  synchronizing demand, supply and resources for peak performance 86
The economics of happiness:  building genuine wealth 81
Introduction to Healthcare Quality Management 79
Narrative Approaches in Social Work Practice :  A Life Span, Culturally Centered, Strengths Perspective 78
Lowering higher education:  the rise of corporate universities and the fall of liberal education 76
Gendering the nation:  Canadian women’s cinema 75
Refuge denied 75
The essential Dewey:  Ethics, Logic, Psychology 75
Aggregated packages such as this will have a built in redundancy, with some titles already purchased and held by the library. But there are many more unique titles in the collection than duplicates. Cost per title and the wide use of the titles across our spectrum of users makes this database very cost effective.To access the database:,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=e000xnaFor help downloading an ebook to your mobile device from the Ebsco database, please refer to the details at the bottom of this page:

Seed Library to launch at MacRae Library

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The MacRae Library on the Agricultural Campus is launching Seeding Ideas, a new seed lending library. All are welcome to attend the launch of Seeding Ideas on Monday, March 17 at 2 p.m. in the MacRae Library.

Seeding Ideas will provide access to a collection of non-hybrid, non-genetically modified seeds that can be “borrowed” by members of the community. Those who borrow from the seed library will grow the seeds, enjoy their harvest, and leave a few plants unharvested so they will return to seed. The seed borrower will then collect those seeds and return them to the seed library.

The collection currently contains more than 80 varieties of seeds for edible and ornamental plants. The original collection of seeds for the library was purchased from Annapolis Seeds in Middleton, Hope Seeds in Granville Ferry, and Incredible Seeds in Lawrencetown. There are more than 150 seed libraries across North America; however, Seeding Ideas is the first university-funded seed lending library in Canada.

The collection will serve the community from early February until late June for borrowing, and then become active again during the autumn harvest for seed solicitation. For more information contact or ‘like’ Seeding Ideas on Facebook.


We’re under construction! Exterior Renovations at the MacRae Library

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As you may have noticed, the MacRae Library is undergoing some significant construction that began March 3rd and is expected to be completed by the end of July. In the meantime, we are open for business as usual!

The exterior renovation involves the replacement and repair of all windows and brick on the building. Currently, scaffolding has been set up on the south and west sides of the building (the upper level at the parking lot and main door to the Library).

So what are the benefits? These changes will help make the building more efficient to heat and cool, stop leaking windows and replace an aging exterior. Our ultimate goal is to help protect and preserve the collection and make the environment more comfortable for you, our users.

We want you to know we are open for business during this time. However, because of the nature of these renovations, it might get a bit noisy sometimes. We have earplugs at the Service Point if you find the noise disruptive.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time we will continue to provide updates on the project. If you have any questions about the renovations, please contact the following people:

Questions about the overall project:

  • Elaine MacInnis, Association University Librarian, Access Services and Head of MacRae Library:, 893-6670

Dal Libraries Team ‘Here There Bee Tigers’ have a great showing at Word On The Street Annual Spelling Bee


In a nail biting test of wits Team Here There Bee Tigers fought their way into the semi-finals in an epic 29 word battle with the Halifax Public Library Word Warriors (OK maybe there was one BuzzAgain second chance).  The word that won the match was URSPRACHE (any hypothetical extinct and unrecorded language reconstructed from groups of related recorded languages) thanks to speller extraordinaire Joe Wickens.

Thanks to all who supported Team Here There Bee Tigers by signing up for Breakfast At Your Desk or buying something delicious at a bake sale or donating directly online to WOTS.

For lots more pictures of all the action go to:

Next year the finals!!!!

Team Captain, HTBT

Guess whooooo’s back this weekend!

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Beginning  March 9, you can study at the Killam till 3 a.m. Sundays-Thursdays* and until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. These late night hours will be in effect until April 26.

In addition to these late night hours, beginning the weekend of Saturday, March 29, we’ll be extending our opening hours on Saturday and Sunday mornings, opening at 8 a.m. instead of at 10 a.m. The last morning we will open at 8 a.m. on the weekend will be Saturday, April 26.

All Dalhousie & King’s students are welcome, but after midnight you’ll need your DalCard for access.

Night Owls

Effective Sunday, March 9–Friday, March 28

Sunday 10 a.m.–3 a.m.
Monday–Thursday 8 a.m.–3 a.m.
Friday 8 a.m.–midnight
Saturday 10 a.m.-midnight

Night Owls + Extended Weekend Hours
Effective Saturday, March 29–Saturday, April 26

Sunday–Thursday 8 a.m.–3 a.m.
Friday 8 a.m.–midnight
Saturday 8 a.m.–midnight

These extended hours apply to the Learning Commons and atrium only. The Help Desk, Service Point, and upper library floors will close at midnight. Students in those areas can move to the Learning Commons or atrium. At midnight, all students in the building will need to swipe their DalCard in a mobile card reader as requested by the commissionaires.


To improve safety, the McCain Building Parkade* across from LeMarchant Street will offer FREE parking from midnight until 3 a.m., Sundays through Thursdays, until April 26.

If you’re walking or biking, consider becoming “study buddies” with friends or classmates who live near you, and head home together.

*The McCain Building Parkade is the main parking area for events at the Arts Centre each evening and a fee will be charged if you park there before midnight. After midnight, parking is free of charge until the Learning Commons and atrium closes at 3 a.m.

Have questions about Night Owls? You can call the Killam Library Service Point at 494-3617.

Good luck with your studies!

Makerspace Workshop, Part II

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In this, the second of three Makerspace Workshops, you’ll learn to work with multiple LEDs, a shift register, buttons, and a servo to bring some movement to your projects.  This follow-up session to our first workshop uses some more advanced interactive components.

The tutorial will be held on March 5 from 12:30–1:30 p.m. in room G70 of the Killam Library.  If you would like to register for this workshop, please send an email to