DVD of the Week: The Wire

Described by many critics as the greatest television series ever made, The Wire—an American crime drama written by author and former police reporter David Simon—is set in Baltimore and focuses over 5 seasons on different facets of the city: the illegal drug trade, the seaport, the city government and bureaucracy, schools, and the print news media. The Wire”… is recognized for its realistic portrayal of urban life, its literary ambitions, and its uncommonly deep exploration of sociopolitical themes.”

The complete series is now available on DVD at the Killam Library, on a 3-day loan. Check it out!

Video on How to Search WorldCat

Got three minutes? Watch this video on how to find library materials with WorldCat, our online catalogue.

WorldCat will link you to the Dalhousie Libraries’ catalogue, the Novanet catalogue, and also to libraries from around the world. It indexes books, articles, scholarly journals, videos, music and more!

We have lots more useful tutorials online, take a look!

Sustainability Students Slam!

Students from SUST1001: Introduction to Environment, Sustainability and Society, got their creativity on big time for an assignment called “What is the value of biodiversity?” We’ll be showcasing some their work at the Killam Library the week of March 28 – April 1.

Come and check out the students’ performance art and videos at a public reception in the LINC classroom on the second floor. Coffee, cider and nibbles will be served as you stroll around and enjoy the presentations. In addition, paintings, photos, books and other items created by some of the students will be on display in the large case in the library lobby for the entire week.


Tuesday March 29, 1:15pm
LINC Room 2600
Second floor, Killam Library
All are welcome!

Get a sneak preview with this video entitled “Apple,” submitted by Gus Guimaraes!

Love the Library? Say It In a Video!

Create a short video telling us why you love the Dal Libraries and you could win a wifi Kobo ereader, or other great prizes!

How to Enter

  1. Read the contest rules below.
  2. Grab your cell phone, camera, or any other video recording device.
  3. Tell us why you love the library in 45 seconds or less. It doesn’t need to be fancy!
  4. Submit your video by filling out this form (you’ll be asked for your NetID and password first).
  5. Be sure to include your full name and department/program when submitting your video.

Contest Rules

  1. The contest is open from February 1 until midnight February 28, 2011.
  2. All current Dal students, faculty, and staff are eligible to enter, with the exception of permanent library staff.
  3. Videos must be 45 seconds or less in length, 100 MBs or less in size.
  4. Please submit videos only in .wmv, .mov, and .avi file formats.
  5. One entry per person. You can work in teams, but each entry must be submitted under one name only. You are responsible for getting permission from everyone who appears in your video. Winner(s) may be required to provide signed waivers from all individuals appearing in their video.
  6. All content must be original. Videos will be disqualified if they use copyrighted material (i.e. music).
  7. Videos will be disqualified if they include violence, offensive language, etc.
  8. By entering your video in the contest, you grant the Dalhousie Libraries permission to use your name and video in library promotions.
  9. Have fun!

Entries will be voted on by a panel of library staff and students. Winners will be notified in early March and decisions will be final. All eligible entries will be posted for viewing via YouTube on the Libraries’ website at the completion of the contest.

Don’t feel like creating a video?
Send us an email telling us why you love the library and we’ll put your name in a draw for a chance to win a prize! Please use this form to send us your love letters, poems or other effusions.

Movie Night in the Library: Lord of the Rings

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Thursday January 20, 7:30 pm
Macmechan Auditorium
Killam Library
Free popcorn!
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.

Enter NFB’s Online Screening Room

The Dalhousie Libraries has purchased a subscription to the National Film Board’s online Screening Room. Launched in 2009, this rich site offers free, high-quality viewing of over 700 NFB productions, from historical films to current releases. Our subscription provides additional public performance rights for educational use and classroom presentation.

The NFB online Screening Room lets you watch documentaries, animation and alternative dramas in streaming video, as well as NFB playlists, upcoming films and other related resources. Check it out via the National Film Board’s awesome website (but don’t forget to get your work done too…).

Video: How to Search With a CSA Database

This tutorial shows you how to do a basic search with the CSA (Cambridge Scientific Abstracts) database interface, and how to read your results. The libraries have many major databases that use this platform, including Sociological Abstracts, MLA International Bibliography, and PAIS International.

Check our tutorials webpage for more helpful videos!