University Archives celebrates African Heritage Month

In celebration of African Heritage Month, staff at the University Archives have digitized a number of items relating to the University’s relationship with Black Nova Scotians, as well as the Centre for African Studies, and the African Students’ Association. Among the items digitized is a report from the Department of Social Work, entitled “Breaking Barriers: Report of the Task Force on Access for Black and Native People,” which helped inform the Indigenous Blacks and Mi’kmaq Initiative at the Schulich School of Law.

African Heritage Month

African Heritage Month

Materials have been selected in accordance with the province’s 2015 theme “Social Justice-Roots of Progress.”  We’ll be sharing links to these items on our Facebook page and the Libraries’ Twitter feed over the next couple weeks. Stay tuned!

Nova Scotia Heritage Day Hours

Nova Scotia Heritage Day Hours

Library hours for Nova Scotia Heritage day, Monday, February  16, will be as follows:

W. K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library
9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Killam Memorial Library
1 p.m.-9 p.m. (Killam Library Service Point and the Help Desk in the South Learning Commons.)

MacRae Library
10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Sexton Design & Technology Library
10 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Sir James Dunn Law Library
9 a.m. – 10:45 p.m.

Warren Lehrer presents multimedia performance of A Life in Books


When: Friday, March 13 at 12:00 p.m.

Where: Paul O’Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library

Award-winning writer/designer/visual literature pioneer Warren Lehrer is coming to Halifax to present a multimedia performance/reading of his new “illuminated novel,” A Life in Books: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley.

Lehrer is known as a pioneer in the fields of visual literature and design authorship. His books have been acclaimed for capturing the shape of thought and reuniting the traditions of storytelling with the printed page.

A Life in Books, Lehrer’s first novel, contains 101 books within it, all written by Lehrer’s protagonist— who is a controversial author that finds himself in prison looking back on his life and career. In this funny and thought provoking performance, Lehrer presents an overview of Bleu Mobley’s life in books via many of Mobley’s cover designs and other biographical materials, including animations and video performances of Mobley book excerpts.

Don’t miss this chance to see William Lehrer’s multimedia presentation of A Life in Books in person!

Reviews for A Life in Books:

“In A Life In Books, Warren Lehrer has written a profound commentary on this nausea-inducing unique moment in the grand transition from Silly Mind to Machine Mind. Amusingly and smartly enough, he may have helped transition ‘the last great American novel’ to the first ‘great illustrated novel’ which is how novels started. A Life In Books is brilliant, beautiful, delicious for eyes and mind.”
-  Andrei Codrescu poet, novelist, journalist, public radio commentator

“In Warren Lehrer’s ingenious, one-of-a-kind novel, A Life In Books: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley, we see all the covers of all 101 books supposedly written by the narrator over the last several decades… A tour-de-force!”
- Kurt Andersen Studio 360

“For anyone who has ever resisted judging a book by its cover, now’s your chance: In A Life In Books, author and graphic design visionary Warren Lehrer crafts a vivid kaleidoscopic odyssey that frames one man’s life through not one, but one hundred different books—and book jackets. In this quirky, yet unmistakably modern evocation of the illuminated manuscript, Lehrer’s book reminds us that we are what we do. And, for that matter, what we publish.”
- Jessica Helfand graphic designer, writer, educator, founding editor Design Observer

“A meticulously illustrated chronicle… Lehrer’s 101 cover designs for Mobley’s books are pitch perfect. And like the best film title sequences, which establish moods or introduce plotlines, these fictional covers are vehicles by which Lehrer illuminates Mobley’s tale of success and failure… Lehrer has created a parallel art world”
- Steven Heller The Atlantic

This presentation is jointly sponsored by Dalhousie Libraries, the Mount Library at Mount Saint Vincent University, the Patrick Power Library at Saint Mary’s University, the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design Library and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design Department of Design. A special thank you to the Halifax Central Library for their support of this event.

University Archives puts historical maps online

The Libraries’ University Archives is pleased to announce the release of three new historical map online resources:

Pullen Map Collection (MS-2-756) – This collections contains fourteen historical maps and charts of Eastern Canada and one illustration, produced by cartographers such as Thomas Jeffreys and Jacques-Nicolas Bellin. Nine of the fifteen items have been digitized.

Edward J. Mullaly Map Collection (MS-2-46) – This collection contains twelve historical maps of Eastern Canada, produced by cartographers such as Giovanni Battista Ramusio and Girolamo Ruscelli. Mullaly’s donation also included copies of Kershaw’s “Early Printed Maps of Canada” and “A Monograph of the Evolution of the Boundaries of the Province of New Brunswick” by William F. Ganong. Both volumes were transferred to the Killam Library Special Collections. All twelve maps in this collection have been digitized.

David and Marilyn Janigan Map Collection (2011-006) – This collection contains eighteen historical maps of the Eastern Seaboard and Nova Scotia municipalities, produced by cartographers such as Jacques-Nicolas Bellin and Giacomo Gastaldi. The donation was highlighted in the Dalhousie Magazine (Volume 28, Number 1, Spring 2011). Eight maps have been digitized.

Nova Francia et Regiones Adjacentes by Johanne de Laet

Nova Francia et Regiones Adjacentes by Johanne de Laet. From the David and Marilyn Janigan Map Collection (2011-006, OS Box 3, Folder 1)

You can read more about our historical maps on the Archives’ website.

Introduction to 3D Design and Intermediate 3D Design

Interested in learning how to design models for use on the Dal Libraries’ 3D printers?

We’re hosting some Introduction to 3D Design workshop where we’ll teach what you need to know to create your own 3D models. The workshop will walk you through some of the basic tools in Sketchup.  By the end of the session you’ll have a simple farmhouse model of your very own.

No previous experience is required to participate in the introduction course. With your new-found Sketchup skills, you’ll be well on your way to bringing your ideas into reality with the Dal Libraries’ 3D Printing service.

We’re also offering a few intermediate 3D design sessions. The intermediate workshop builds on the intro workshop introducing students to more advanced Sketchup tools and using those tools to design a more complex model. It is recommended that those interested in attending the intermediate course have participated in the introduction course.

In the days following the workshop, we’ll print you a free copy of your model and notify you when it’s ready to be picked up

Below are the dates and times for the winter term. All classes will take place in Killam G70.


Feb 19, Thurs      Introduction to 3D Design Workshop:  ‘Farmhouse’           12:30-1:30

Feb 27, Friday     Intermediate 3D Design Workshop I: ‘Star Castle’               12:00-1:00


Mar 19, Thurs     Introduction to 3D Design Workshop:  ‘Farmhouse’            12:30-1:30

Mar 26, Thurs     Intermediate 3D Design Workshop I: ‘Star Castle’               12:30-1:30


Apr 9, Thurs         Introduction to 3D Design Workshop:  ‘Farmhouse’           12:30-1:30

Apr 10, Friday      Intermediate 3D Design Workshop I: ‘Star Castle’              12:00-1:00

To register, contact and indicate which session(s) you’d like to attend.  The workshops are open to members of the public.

The farmhouse model as it looks in Sketchup.

The farmhouse model as it looks in Sketchup.


The finished product, once printed on the 3D printer.

The finished product, once printed on the 3D printer.

Student, Staff, Faculty and Alumni Fine Art and Fine Craft Exhibit at the MacRae Library

fine art MacRae

Call for submissions: Submit by February 13
Opening reception: Thursday, February 26/7 p.m.
Exhibit runs: February 26–March 4

Please join us for our 3rd Annual Fine Art & Fine Craft exhibit showcasing the works of students, staff, faculty and alumni of the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus. The exhibition will run from February 26– March 4, 2015 at the MacRae Library.

It is a celebration of the creative abilities of all the people who study, learn, and thrive at the Agricultural Campus and is designed to show the community how this inspiration takes form.

The Exhibition Committee is seeking all forms of fine art and fine crafts to be displayed in this exhibit. Whether your interest is painting, photography, sculpture or pottery, please consider submitting your work.

All pieces must be “ready to hang” or display. A digital submission of up to three pieces must be submitted by February 13th. Entry forms, including complete details for submissions, are available at the MacRae Library. An electronic version of the form is also available.

The opening reception will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 26th. Everyone is welcome to attend.

For further information please contact the Exhibition Chair, Crystal Fullerton, at or Elaine MacInnis, Head, MacRae Library, at

Munro Day Hours

Munro Day

Library hours for Munro Day, Friday, February 6, will be as follows:

W. K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library
9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Killam Memorial Library
1 p.m.-9 p.m. (Killam Library Service Point and the Help Desk in the South Learning Commons.)

MacRae Library
8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Sexton Design & Technology Library
8 a.m.-9 p.m.

Sir James Dunn Law Library
Closed due to construction

Why do we celebrate Munro Day? Learn more about who George Munro was, and then read these top 5 facts about Munro Day.

Food for Fines is back!

Steel can

 This year, Food for Fines will run from February 9–March 1. That’s three full weeks to bring in food donations while reducing or clearing your library fines.

For every non-perishable food item donated, participating Novanet libraries* will reduce your library fine by $2, to a maximum of $50. All food donations will be given to the Dalhousie Student Union Food Bank, Feed Nova Scotia, and the Colchester Food Bank (for items collected at the MacRae Library on the Agricultural Campus).

Bring your donations of canned goods or other non-perishable foods to the front desk at any of the Dalhousie Libraries during open hours. We accept cash as well, and you can make contributions even if you don’t owe book fines. By donating to the Food for Fines campaign we will waive overdue fines, but not charges for lost items.

Last year, the Dalhousie Libraries waived $1,296.96 in fines, collected 786 food items and raised $373 in cash donations.

*Food for Fines is an initiative of the libraries at Dalhousie University, Mount St. Vincent University, University of King’s College, Cape Breton University, Atlantic School of Theology, St. Francis Xavier University, Saint Mary’s University, I’Université Sainte Anne, NSCAD University, and the Nova Scotia Community Colleges