Welcome Jason MacDonald, Intellectual Property Assistant

The Dalhousie Libraries are delighted to welcome Jason MacDonald, who joins our staff as Intellectual Property Assistant, based in the Killam Library, effective April 16. Jason comes to Dalhousie from Medicine Hat College in Alberta where he served as Copyright Information Officer/Information Services Technician.

After completing a BA degree at Dal, Jason received a Library and Information Technology Diploma from NSCC. Since 2002 he has worked at the Medicine Hat College library providing a variety of services, including reference and instruction and interlibrary loan, taking on the copyright portfolio in 2005.

Here at the Dal Libraries Jason will be working closely with Donna Bourne-Tyson and Ian Colford on copyright issues, as well as the further development of open access initiatives on campus. He will also be handling day-to-day responsibilities in the Killam Library Administration Office.

“Returning home to Nova Scotia to this exciting opportunity at Dal was an easy decision!” Jason remarks. “The natural beauty of the city and province, the appeal of being closer to family and friends as well as the reputation of the institution all combined to bring me home to stay.”

You can reach Jason with copyright questions by phone at 494-3601, or email him: jason.macdonald@dal.ca. He’s also on Twitter: @jay_macd

Please join us in welcoming Jason to the Dalhousie Libraries!

Welcome New University Librarian Donna Bourne-Tyson

The Dalhousie Libraries are pleased to welcome Donna Bourne-Tyson as our new University Librarian, effective November 1, 2011. Donna comes to Dal from Mount Saint Vincent University where she has been University Librarian since 2005.

Donna has led successful initiatives in the areas of open access, institutional data preservation, learning communities, user-driven e-book acquisitions, the re-imagining of library spaces, and information literacy. She has been recognized for creating a collaborative, inclusive work environment and a culture of service innovation.

Donna has served in leadership roles with professional associations, including terms as president of three provincial or divisional library associations. She has presented frequently at various national and regional events and conferences. Donna is a founding member of Libraries Nova Scotia, a partnership of all public and academic libraries in the province. She is an alumna of Dalhousie’s Master of Library and Information Studies program. View Donna’s profile

Welcome to Dal, Donna–we’re look forward to working with you!

University Librarian Elected to ARC

Bill MaesWilliam Maes was recently elected as Vice Chair/Chair Elect of OCLC’s Americas Regional Council. He will be the first Canadian to head this Council. This also makes him a member of OCLC’s Global Council for 3 years.

This was the first election of officers for the Americas Regional Council since OCLC governance changed from a single Members Council to a Global Council and three regional councils–Americas; Asia Pacific; and Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Americas Regional Council is comprised of members from libraries and cultural heritage organizations in Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean and the United States.

Founded in 1967, OCLC is a non-profit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world’s information and reducing library costs. More than 72,000 libraries in 171 countries have used OCLC services. OCLC also produces and maintains WorldCat, the world’s largest online database for discovery of library resources with over 1.6 billion records. The Dalhousie Libraries acquired WorldCat in June 2009.

More details here.

Killam Library Limited Term Librarian Position

The Dalhousie University Libraries are seeking an innovative, service-oriented professional librarian to develop online information modules offered through the Libraries’ website and to provide front-line reference service at the Killam Library. This is a full-time, one year, limited-term position. The deadline for applications is May 21, 2010.

For details please see the complete job posting.

Killam Welcomes Mary Wong

Mary WongWe are very pleased to welcome Mary Wong as our new Killam Library Circulation/Stack Maintenance Assistant. Mary began working here on March 10.

Originally from Hong Kong, Mary grew up and went to high school in Amherst, Nova Scotia, and moved to Halifax in 2005. She graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in Urban Geography. She also has an Honours Bachelor of Community Design (2008) degree from Dalhousie’s School of Planning and a Library and Information Technician Diploma from Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology, Toronto.

Mary comes to us with extensive library experience. She has worked at the centre for Creative Communications at Centennial College in Toronto, the Toronto Public Library System, and in elementary and high school libraries with the York Catholic District School Board in Markham. More recently she worked at Dalhousie’s Faculty of Architecture and Planning Resource Centre and at the Sexton Design & Technology Library as a student assistant.

Mary says she’s looking forward to new challenges and to working at Killam. We look forward to working with you too Mary!

Librarians Rock

The Dalhousie Libraries are pleased to announce the following promotions and appointments:

Allison Fulford
Allison Fulford
, Digital Initiatives Coordinator and Engineering Librarian, Sexton Design & Technology Library: Promoted to Librarian 4

Linda Bedwell
Linda Bedwell
, Reference & Research Services Librarian, Killam Library: promoted to Appointment Without Term

Congratulations on your well-deserved success!

New Job for Valerie Reashor

I am very pleased to announce that I’ve accepted a new position as Distance Education Assistant in the School of Social Work. After working within the Dalhousie University Libraries system for the past 23 years, I am looking forward to new challenges at the School. In my new position I will be a resource person for both students and faculty in the area of Distance Education programs along with all the technical work behind the scenes.

I’ve met a lot of nice people over the years working at Dalhousie University Libraries and I know I will truly miss my dear friends and colleagues. I look forward to starting anew with the School of Social Work!

Document Delivery Welcomes Christine Hatton

Christine Hatton (bottom right); with colleagues Amy Harding, Kellie Hawley &; Marlyn McCann (standing) and Angela Manyangara

Christine Hatton (bottom right); with colleagues Amy Harding, Kellie Hawley& Marlyn McCann (standing) and Angela Manyangara

Document Delivery staff at the Killam Library are delighted to welcome Christine Hatton, who joined the department on May 19.

Christine comes to the Killam from the Sexton Library where she has worked since 1990.  She was responsible for all the interlibrary loan services offered from that library prior to and after the re-organization of the Dalhousie Libraries document delivery services in 2007.  In her new capacity Christine will have the opportunity to become familiar with all aspects of the document delivery management system and to refresh her expertise with processing incoming patron requests.  Her experience and knowledge will be very valuable to the department.  Welcome Christine!

Document Delivery Welcomes Amy Harding

Document Delivery is very pleased to welcome Amy Harding, who began a term position on January 12th for the duration of Clare Cheong’s maternity leave. Amy obtained her undergraduate degree from Harvard University and while a student at Harvard was Circulation Supervisor at their Lamont Library. In 2005-06 Amy worked with the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia as the Atlantic Book Festival Coordinator, and in 2007 Amy was a teaching assistant with the Ryerson University’s Writing Centre.