Defibrillator for the Killam Atrium

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There’s a new defibrillator installed in the Killam Library Atrium thanks to the Hillel of Atlantic Canada and the Jewish Students’ Association. The two groups decided they wanted to give back to Dalhousie for all it gave to them, so they raised the $1,500 needed to purchase the defibrillator through the Mikey Network—a national organization that aims to place defibrillators in public areas.

There was a small ceremony held in the Atrium of the Killam Library to recognize the achievements of these groups and to thank Dalhousie staff for their support. Naomi Rosenfeld, Hillel of Atlantic Canada’s director of Jewish student life said the groups were guided by a Jewish value called “tikkun olamm,” which translated to English means “repairing the world.”

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There are now 28 defibrillators on campus, two have been used successfully in the past three years. Defibrillators can provide assistance in the event that a student, staff member or visitor suffers a cardiac arrest. The next time you’re visiting the Killam, make a mental note of where it’s located just in case it ever needs to be used!

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Photo: Left-to-right: Naomi Rosenfeld (Hillel of Atlantic Canada); students Shad Brown, Sarah Ellis, Tamar Ellis, Jesse Zelunka, Hilary Hendin; Danny Shanahan (DSU VP student life).

Welcome Library Interns!

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Every year, the Dalhousie Libraries hire student interns from the School of Information Management and NSCC  to give them hands-on library experience. Intern training day gives these interns a chance to learn more about all aspects of the Dalhousie Libraries.

The students heard presentations from representatives of all five Dal libraries, the Archives and GIS centre, copyright, and Library IT services. The interns also participated in an activity called Inventory, which allowed them to figure out what style of person they are in a work setting: Driver, Amiable, Analytical or Expressive. The interns also learned about updating subject guides, navigating the library website, searching techniques, and RefWorks.

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Watch for the interns this summer in a Dalhousie Library near you. They are ready and willing to help. Welcome library interns!

Refurbishment of the McNab Reading Room

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May 27: Scroll down for an update about the space.

The McNab Reading Room, located on the second floor of the Killam Library, is undergoing a refurbishment.

One of the Killam’s most-used quiet study spaces, the McNab Reading Room had been showing some wear and tear. We’re thrilled with the new carpeting and bursts of colour offered by the new paint job.


A pop of colour along the the ductwork.

New tile carpeting gives the who room a fresh feel.

New tile carpeting gives the whole room a fresh feel.

Hang in there if you’re missing your favourite quiet study space; the McNab Reading Room is scheduled to reopen next week.

On the hunt for an alternative quite study space?
2nd and 3rd floors: Stack area
4th and 5th floors: Stack area and Atrium hallway

On the hunt for another Learning Commons?
1st floor: South and North Learning Commons


UPDATE (May 27): The NcNab Reading Room has been reopened. Check out the refreshed space for yourself!

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Nellie Renzelli Joins the Office of the University Librarian


Nellie Renzelli has worked at the Killam Library for almost twenty years. In that time she has worked in conservation, preserving and repairing materials; and in the bindery, binding journals and other printed library materials. Nellie also worked in serials and in the mail room. In addition, she has also provided public assistance with serials and the microforms.

“It was my great pleasure to supervise Nellie for a number of years. Her positive attitude toward her work and her willingness to take on new challenges make her a real asset to the library. It will be wonderful to see her friendly face in the Library Administration Office!” said Susan Harris, one of Nellie’s supervisors.

We now welcome Nellie into her newest role, Administrative Assistant in the Office of the University Librarian, located in the Killam Memorial Library. “I am so happy to join the team in the Administration Office,” said Nellie. She will be providing reception services, putting items on e-reserve (materials faculty want put on reserve for students), providing front-line customer service at the Killam Library Service Point, and other administrative duties.

“I’m very happy that Nellie has joined the Administration Office and I look forward to working with her,” said Janice Slauenwhite.

Nellie will also be taking part in the 10k run in the Bluenose Marathon this weekend. Best of luck, Nellie!

Victoria Day Hours at the Dalhousie Libraries

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Who’s open, who’s closed this holiday Monday (May 19)?

Sir James Dunn Law Library — closed

W.K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library — noon–6 p.m.

Killam Memorial Library — closed

MacRae Library — closed*

Sexton Design & Technology Library — 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

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

*Please note that the MacRae Library is closed on Friday, May 16 due to construction.

Kellogg Grand Prize Winner

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Congratulations to Charles Kalinsky (BScN student) who won the Grand Prize of a Kindle Fire for filling in the Kellogg Library Services Survey.

Thanks to Charles and 70 others who took the time to complete our survey.  The feedback will be a great help as we plan our new library space coming January 2016. Our thanks to Elsevier for their generous donation of the Kindle Fire.

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Charles holding his new Kindle Fire.


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The original promotion for the survey and the prize.

Copyright and Fair Dealing 101: Audiovisual materials in the classroom

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Copying Audiovisual Works

Under the fair dealing guidelines, Dalhousie faculty and staff may make a copy of up to 10% of a copyright-protected audiovisual work and distribute the short excerpts (see Fair Dealing Guidelines, section four) for research, private study and educational purposes, among other purposes, subject to the safeguards discussed below.

Acceptable methods of distribution include inclusion in a classroom presentation or in an learning management system (LMS), and emailing the excerpt to students.
Audiovisual works include motion picture films, television programs, and videos in any format or on any medium.

Copies of short excerpts of audiovisual work are only to be provided or distributed to:
• students enrolled in a course of study;
• to other Dalhousie faculty members and administrative staff of the university; and/or
• to faculty members or students at another university with whom the faculty member is engaged in collaborative research
Performing Audiovisual Works

(a) Performance to students, at Dalhousie premises, for educational or training purposes
The fair dealing guidelines do not apply to the public performance of an audiovisual work. However, Dalhousie faculty and staff can rely on the exception in section 29.5(d) of the Copyright Act, which permits Dalhousie faculty and staff to perform an audiovisual work:

• before an audience consisting primarily of students, instructors or any person who is directly responsible for setting curriculum at Dalhousie;
• on Dalhousie premises;
• for educational or training purposes; and
• the copy of the work being performed is not an infringing copy or the person responsible for the performance must have no reasonable grounds to believe that it is an infringing copy.
Please note: this exception does not permit the copying of any part of an audiovisual work, even if it is necessary to copy the work in order to perform it.

(b) The Exception for Works Available through the Internet
Section 30.04 of the Copyright Act permits reproducing, communicating and performing in public by an educational institution or a person acting under its authority, for educational or training purposes of a Work that is made available through the Internet. This includes an audiovisual work posted to the Internet (e.g., a video posted on YouTube).

These materials are adapted from materials developed and owned by The University of British Columbia (the “UBC Materials”), and are used with consent of The University of British Columbia (“UBC”).  They are provided for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as legal advice. UBC takes no responsibility or liability for any use of these materials, or the UBC Materials, including any changes or modifications made to the UBC Materials.


Copyright and Fair Dealing 101: Copying for coursepacks

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A course pack is a compilation of excerpts of different works to be used as required or supplementary readings by students enrolled in a course of instruction.Dalhousie may rely on the fair dealing guidelines to make copies of short excerpts, and to incorporate them into course packs produced and sold by Dalhousie on behalf of Dalhousie Faculty, subject to complying with the Guiding Principles and Safeguards describe below.
Guiding Principles
The guiding principles behind the fair dealing guidelines are:
• Faculty ought not copy and distribute short excerpts (see Fair Dealing Guidelines, section four) under the fair dealing guidelines as a substitute for the purchase of the work. In order to respect that principle, it is necessary to implement certain safeguards, described below.
• No “profit” can be made on course pack production and sale. If there is no “profit” made in the production or sale of course packs and, the other requirements of the fair dealing guidelines are followed, then the making and sale of course packs incorporating copies of short excerpts is permitted under fair dealing.
• Dalhousie may not utilize the fair dealing guidelines if it opts to send course packs to a commercial copy shop for production and/or sale.
Records should be created and maintained (in paper or electronic form) that show for each course pack:
• the identity of each work included in the course packs,
• identification of the publication from which the excerpt was copied (if applicable),
• the length of each excerpt included,
• the basis upon which each excerpt was copied (e.g. fair dealing, library licence, work made available over the Internet, transactional licence),
• if the basis upon which the excerpt was copied was fair dealing, details sufficient to establish that the excerpt is a “Short Excerpt” (for example, if the excerpt is 10% or less of the work, then the record should indicate the number of pages copied and the total number of pages of the work from which the copies were made),
• where a transactional permission is used to copy an excerpt for a course pack, a copy of the transactional permission.
Each copy of a course pack that includes copies of Short Excerpts made under the Fair Dealing Requirements should include substantially the following notice printed in a prominent location on the course pack (e.g. on the front cover) in addition to any other notice that may be otherwise required.This course pack is made in accordance with the university’s Fair Dealing Requirements for sale to and use by students enrolled in the course of study for which it was made. This course pack may also include copyright-protected material pursuant to permissions granted by the copyright holder. Any reproduction or other use of this material is prohibited, except as otherwise permitted by law.These materials are adapted from materials developed and owned by The University of British Columbia (the “UBC Materials”), and are used with consent of The University of British Columbia (“UBC”).  They are provided for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as legal advice.  UBC takes no responsibility or liability for any use of these materials, or the UBC Materials, including any changes or modifications made to the UBC Materials.

At, we’re always open

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You might be familiar with our five Dal Libraries, the W. K. Kellogg Health Sciences, the Killam Memorial, the MacRae, the Sir James Dunn Law, and the Sexton Design & Technology, but did you know that we have a sixth library? is always open and ready for business, offering the following services:

search for titles
find articles
access eBooks
book study rooms
get Live Help (not a 24-hour service)
access full-text journal and newspaper databases
listen to streamed classical music
watch streamed operas and music recitals
watch tutorials about library services
access archival materials
learn about the major special collections
renew materials
place items on hold
make bibliographies using RefWorks
submit large-format or 3D print jobs
use subject guides (LibGuides)


Drop-in Copyright Sessions

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Copyright questions, issues, concerns? Join staff from the Dal Libraries’ Copyright Office for one of these drop-in sessions.

Thursday, May 15/12:30–1:30 p.m.
Room B228, B Building, Sexton Campus

Wednesday, May 21/12–1 p.m.
Room 2616, Killam Library

Wednesday, June 11/12–1 p.m.
Room 2616, Killam Library

Watch for upcoming sessions as they are announced throughout the summer months.