Welcome John Yolkowski, Dal Libraries new Copyright Services Coordinator

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We are pleased to welcome our new Copyright Services Coordinator, John Yolkowski!

John is not a stranger to the Dalhousie Libraries. For the past year, he has been the project manager for the Elisabeth Mann Borgese Digitization Project, working with the Research & Scholarly Communications / Archives team on the fifth floor of the Killam.

John’s educational background includes an MLIS from Western and an MA from Guelph. He has previous experience working in archives, research, teaching, and providing chat reference service with OCUL’s Scholars Portal.

“The Dalhousie Libraries Copyright Office provides support to faculty, staff and students, to facilitate fair and ethical use of copyright materials for learning and teaching,” says Donna Bourne-Tyson, University Librarian. “John brings with him relevant experience, expertise and a willingness to work with our community to ensure everyone benefits from the wealth of scholarly material available.”

Whether it’s booking a film screening on campus, putting course materials into Blackboard, applying Fair Dealing, or learning about Creative Commons licenses, John is looking forward to answering any questions staff, faculty, or students have about how copyright affects them. Part of this work will be educational in nature, and he especially excited about delivering a series of presentations to various faculties here in the coming months to discuss copyright at Dalhousie.

“Often people can find the whole concept of copyright a bit overwhelming,” says John. “But with many of the changes that have happened in the last couple of years, educational institutes have a whole new range of options and possibilities and I look forward to helping people see what is possible in their research, teaching, and studying.”

John will be based out of the Killam Library. If you have questions about Copyright, contact copyright.office@dal.ca  or 902-494-4346.
Welcome John!

 

Go Online with Your Reading List: eReserves Service for Faculty

eReserves

Make course-related articles and book chapters available electronically to your students! The Dalhousie Libraries are offering faculty an option to have links to licensed e-content added to their reading lists and uploaded to BbLearn or Brightspace (for the Faculties of Agriculture,  Management (CFAME), Architecture and Planning and Health Professions [Social Work programs] ) by one of the Dal Libraries’ staff, with copyright clearance obtained if possible.

You can do this online via the Reserve page on our website.

  • Go to the Reserves page and select the appropriate library submission form
  • Login and fill in the brief course particulars
  • Choose “Upload Reading List for OWL” (you still have the option to fill out our regular form for “In-Library Reserves” if you don’t want your list annotated and added to your BbLearn/Brightspace course)

And that’s it! Once you’ve submitted your list, Libraries’ staff will create persistent URLs for electronic items and post the list to BbLearn or Brightspace for you.

A note of caution: Some publishers limit the number of readers who can use an ebook at the same time. This publisher-controlled limitation can make ebooks challenging to use as textbooks. Before adding one of the Libraries’ ebooks to your syllabus, check with your library liaison who can work with the Libraries’ Resources team to determine if a particular ebook will meet your needs. Not sure who your library liaison is? Check this list: http://util.library.dal.ca/Subspecialists/

We work with paper as well! We’ll seek copyright clearance for print material—articles and book chapters—through our Copyright Services Coordinator and then scan and upload the items into BbLearn or Brightspace. If we’re not able to obtain copyright clearance, the material will be placed on Reserve at the Service Point/Circulation Desk of your selected library and you will be notified of this change.

By offering this service the Libraries are hoping to build new partnerships with faculty, meet the students where they are, and provide quick and reliable access to library resources. We also hope you find it useful!

Note: Please allow at least 2 weeks for your reading lists to be processed. Lists are processed in the order in which they are received.For further information or to get started, please contact:

  • Nancy Melvin, Killam Memorial Library, 494-2147
  • Jan Pelley, Kellogg Health Sciences Library, 494-3895
  • Jolene Reid, MacRae Library, 902-893-4578
  • Amanda Sparks, Sexton Design & Technology Library, 494-6095
  • Please contact the Dunn Law Library directly for Reserve information at that location.
  • John Yolkowski, Dalhousie Libraries Copyright Services Coordinator, 494-4346

Public presentations by the Research & Instruction Librarian candidates at the MacRae Library

Candidates for the position of Research & Instruction Librarian at the MacRae Library have been invited to make a presentation to the Dalhousie community on the following topic:

The TriCouncil funding agencies (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR) have recently released their guidelines for research data management and planning. The Faculty Council of the Faculty of Agriculture has invited you to give a 20 minutes presentation to the Council to introduce them to research data management & research data planning, and the related resources for them to meet these guidelines.

Thursday, August 20, 9:00am-9:35am – Erin MacPherson
In Truro: Librarian’s Corner, MacRae Library
In Halifax: Room 2902, Killam Library (video-conference)

Friday, August 21, 9:00am-9:35am – Maggie Nielson
In Truro: Librarian’s Corner, MacRae Library
In Halifax: Room 2902, Killam Library (video-conference)

Monday, August 24, 11:15-11:50am – Alison Ambi
In Truro: Librarian’s Corner, MacRae Library
In Halifax: Room 2902, Killam Library (video-conference)

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Maintenance completed: Proquest emergency maintenance: Wednesday, August 12

Proquest

Update: Maintenance has been completed

Proquest emergency maintenance will be performed from 10:00 PM to Midnight ET on Wednesday, August 12, 2015. ProQuest will be unavailable during this time. Questions or issues? Contact Technical Support.

Update: Trial to Dynamed Plus now including ACP Smart Medicine

DynamedtoACPSmartMedicine

Updated August 31

A trial has been set up for Dynamed Plus, which will run until the end of September.  Dalhousie currently subscribes to Dynamed and to ACP Smart Medicine (formerly known as ACP PIER). By the end of the year, ACP Smart Medicine will be discontinued as a stand-alone product and the content will be incorporated into Dynamed Plus.

Please check it out during the trial period and provide your feedback on any advantages a subscription to Dynamed Plus might deliver by the end of September.

Please provide feedback through this online form by the end of August.

 

Thinking about adding an ebook as a textbook for your Fall or Winter courses?

Some publishers limit the number of readers who can use an ebook at the same time. This publisher-controlled limitation can make it difficult for an entire class to use the same ebook. Other ebook publishers offer better access choices.
 
Ebooks also vary significantly in price depending on whether the Libraries subscribe to the ebook or buy the ebook. In some cases, there are user limits on ebooks that the Libraries¹ own.
 
Before adding an ebook as a textbook to your course, check with your library liaison who can work with the Resources team to determine if a particular ebook will meet your needs. Not sure who your library liaison is? Check this list: http://util.library.dal.ca/Subspecialists/

 

OVID maintenance outage August 8-9

There will be a service outage due to scheduled maintenance overnight Saturday August 8th.

The following products may be unavailable during this time:

  • Bates Visual Guide
  • Journals and books on the OVID platform

We apologize for any inconvenience.

eTherapeutics/eCPS renamed RxTx – August 14

On August 14, eTherapeutics/eCPS will switch over to RxTx, a new robust and intuitive product with a powerful search engine that gives you the drug and therapeutic information you need in fewer steps.

The switchover means you’ll see RxTx when you first login. You’ll still be able to access the older interface by clicking on the link in the bottom banner. Please note that the publisher has provided a link to a survey in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.

If you haven’t tried RxTx, we encourage you to do so before the switchover date. You can also register for the RxTx Product Overview webinar.  Attend this live, interactive product tour on August 11th, 12th or 13th to familiarize yourself with the new interface.

Embase service interruptions this weekend

On July 31st, Embase will release new features that make it easier to identify relationships between drugs, diseases and devices and their associated events. Due to this release, users are advised to avoid saving searches or email alerts for a period of 8 hours beginning at 6 am EDT/12 pm CEST
(i.e., July 31st from 6 am EDT/12 pm CEST – 2 pm EDT/ 8 pm CEST).

For more information on the Embase release, please click here.

In addition, on Saturday, August 1, access to Elsevier platforms – including Embase — will be unavailable due to a scheduled maintenance for approximately 4.5 hours starting at 6 pm EDT/12 am CEST.

These events will be communicated via in-product messaging and Twitter, and they will indicate via in-product messaging when you may resume using the saved search/email alert function.

We apologize for any inconvenience.