Dalhousie University Libraries is seeking a collaborative, innovative and enthusiastic individual to serve as the Head, Killam Memorial Library. The deadline for applications is April 10, 2012. For details please visit our Library Job Vacancies page.
Killam Holiday Hours
Wednesday Dec. 21: 8 am – 6 pm
Thursday Dec. 22: 8 am – 6 pm
Friday Dec.23: 8 am – 12 pm
Saturday Dec. 24: CLOSED
Sunday Dec. 25: CLOSED
Monday Dec. 26: CLOSED
Tuesday Dec.27: CLOSED
Wednesday Dec. 28: 10 am – 6 pm
Thursday Dec. 29: 10 am – 6 pm
Friday Dec. 30: CLOSED
Saturday Dec. 31: CLOSED
Sunday Jan.1, 2012: CLOSED
Monday Jan. 2, 2012: CLOSED
Regular hours resume on Tuesday January 3, 2012.
Construction at Killam This Summer
This summer the Killam Library will be undergoing several construction projects inside and out. In addition to the “facelift” you can see now making repairs to external walls, visitors will also notice the following happening on the second floor.
- Construction of washrooms adjacent to the LINC classroom. Materials are expected to start arriving on site for this project this week with construction beginning shortly thereafter. This project is expected to be completed by the end of August. Please note there will be some noise involved as holes will need to be drilled through the floor to accommodate plumbing. We have requested that the noisiest work be completed between 7:00 and 10:00 a.m., realizing that some exceptions to this may be needed for short periods of time.
- An emergency exit will be constructed off the balcony from the second floor reading room. Tentative start date for this project is the week of June 13th. It will get noisy at times as well, as the existing balcony will have to be demolished and the anchors to support the new structure will have to be installed. Use of some equipment (possibly a bobcat) will also be required.
We apologize for the disruption as we continue to make improvements to your library!
Happy 40th Killam Library!
The Killam has seen a lot of changes since then. With a capacity for one million books (the collection at the time numbered just over 300,000), it was originally equipped with conference rooms, reading areas, telex equipment, “public typing rooms” and a “conduit structure” wiring each room to the Computer Centre in the basement. Now the Learning Commons, group study rooms, and most recently the Learning Incubator & Networking Centre are transforming the Killam to meet the needs of the 21st century while remaining true to its fundamental purpose as the knowledge hub of the campus.
As with all older building on campus, the Killam has its share of stories. Did you know, for instance, that the McMechan Auditorium was named after Archibald McMechan, who was an English professor from 1889 to 1933, and University Librarian from 1906 to 1931? Or that the Brazilian rosewood trim found throughout the building was chosen by President Hicks, a skilled cabinetmaker, who felt it would give the space an “expensive feeling”?
But the real stories about a library are found in the people who use it. Do you have a special memory or story about the Killam? Join the celebration by sharing them here. And please join us in person on Friday March 11 in the Killam lobby for birthday cake, coffee and a raffle for prizes!
Read more about the Killam Library in our Buildings of Dalhousie Illustrated History.
Extended Hours at Killam for Dal Night Owls
Stressing about finals? Need more late night study time? We hear you!
Starting Sunday March 6 and continuing through April 27, use your DalCard to access Dal Night Owls extended hours in the Killam Learning Commons and Atrium. Dal Night Owls runs Sundays through Thursdays, from midnight to 3am. Please note that extended hours apply to the Learning Commons/Atrium only. The Help Desk, Circulation Desk, and upper library floors (2nd to 5th) will close at midnight.
Access is restricted to current Dalhousie or University of King’s College students with a valid DalCard. Just swipe your card through the reader at the main University Avenue entrance. Students already in the Learning Commons/Atrium at midnight will need to swipe their DalCard in a mobile card reader as requested by Library staff.
Free parking in the McCain Parkade* will also be available throughout Dal Night Owls extended hours. If you’re walking or biking, remember to stay safe by travelling with “study buddies” — friends or classmates who live in your area.
For more information on Dal Night Owls, please contact the Killam Circulation Desk at 494-3617. Good luck with your studies!
*The McCain Parkade is the main parking area for events at the Arts Centre. A fee will be charged if you park prior to midnight. After midnight, parking is free of charge until the Learning Commons closes at 3 am.
Libraries Welcome Suzanne Hayes
We’re delighted to introduce you to Suzanne Hayes, who began working as a full-time Stack Maintenance / Circulation Assistant at the Killam Library on February 1, 2011.
Suzanne is currently in the third year (part-time) of a Library Technician Program at the Nova Scotia Community College. She comes to us from Dal’s Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology where she worked as Administrative Secretary for a year and a half. Suzanne has also held positions in Admissions at Saint Mary’s and the Mount, so she’s completely at home in a university environment.
Suzanne’s job with the Circulation Dept. involves doing maintenance—reshelving books, tidying up around the copiers etc.—in the stacks and working at the Circ Desk. Or as she puts it, “I do the quiet stuff in the mornings and the socializing in the afternoons!”
Suzanne enjoys sports and is an avid volleyball and basketball player. She also loves to read, particularly historical fiction and biographies. Her experience working with students and her lovely smile will make her a real asset to the Libraries!
Something Completely Different: The LINC
The LINC is Dal’s first interactive learning studio. Located on the second floor of the library adjacent to the Upper Learning Commons, it is intended to provide both an innovative teaching facility for faculty and a collaborative study space for students. The LINC includes the following features:
- 19 wired pods with large wall-mounted display screens
- wall-mounted whiteboards around the room to write on
- a mobile wireless teaching station connected to all screens
- various seating arrangements and types of chairs
- mobile video camera and lapel microphones
- built-in data projectors with dedicated screens
- VHS and DVD support for videos
From a teaching perspective the most innovative aspect of the LINC is that both professors and students are able to project their work onto all of the screens. In addition there is a “private” mode for individual pods which means each group can work on just their own screen.
The Learning Incubator & Networking Centre offers opportunities for collaboration and interaction limited only by your imagination. What do you think of the LINC? Send us your comments!
Movie Night in the Library: Lord of the Rings
Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Thursday January 20, 7:30 pm
Entry by food or cash donation
As part of the Dalhousie Libraries food drive this January, the Killam Library will be offering a FREE screening of Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, from our own DVD collection (we have the complete trilogy). Free popcorn too! Entry by food or cash donation, to be given to the Dalhousie Student Food Bank.
This event is co-sponsored by the Dal Circle K student society, “the oldest and largest university service and leadership organization in the world.”
Novanet Libraries Food Drive, January 17-28, 2011. At all four Dalhousie Libraries.