MLIS-Alum Assisted Patient Education Resource Launches in NS

We’re excited to share the following announcement from the Nova Scotia Provincial Library:

As we close out Canadian Library Month and our theme of Healthy Living, we are pleased to announce that the Nova Scotia Health Authority (formerly Capital Health) Patient Education Pamphlets are now available in all library catalogues in Nova Scotia. These are sources of reliable and locally produced medical information written by NSHA professionals, that are easy to read, and which bring familiarity to unknown medical procedures. 

Our MLIS alumni, Lara Killian and David MacNeil spearheaded this valuable project. Take a look yourself by searching your local library catalogue for “patient education pamphlets”.





Beyond the Stacks: Innovative Careers in Library and Information Science

Beyond the Stacks

Beyond the Stacks is a fascinating podcast exploring interesting and unexpected career paths for librarians and information professionals. Host Derek Murphy (a current MS-LIS student at Simmons College) interviews librarians and information science professionals to discover the unexpected ways one can use a Master’s Degree in Library or Information Science.

The podcast just launched on October 1st, 2015 and two episodes have been posted so far, including interviews with a User Experience Researcher (from Mozilla) and a Data Librarian (from the Integrated Digital Scholarship Ecosystem Project at the Canadian Research Knowledge Network). 

Tune into Beyond the Stacks today:



Students & Faculty: Call for Submissions to the Partnership Journal

Partnership, Canada’s open access journal for library practitioners, welcomes submissions for the next issue.

This is an excellent opportunity to share your research or your perspective on any topic relevant to library and information sciences that would be of interest to our readers.

  • Have you attended or presented at a conference? The Conference Spotlight section invites articles based on presentations at Canadian library or library-related conferences. The article may be based on a presentation or poster presented at a conference and transformed into an engaging article by the conference presenter(s). Or, it may be a personal reflection on the theme of a conference you attended.
  • Getting close to graduating? The Professional Development section is looking for submissions to this question: What was the most useful thing you learned during your library education?
  • We are also accepting articles for peer-review, as well as book reviews, and first-person view points.

The submission deadline for the next issue is: October 2, 2015 (with some flexibility!).

A full description of the journal’s section policies, the online submission process and author guidelines are available at:

If you have any questions about the submission process or would like to discuss an article for future publication, please contact:

Robin Bergart
519 824 4120 ext 54094

Free event: Academic Librarians as Successful Researchers (with Kristin Hoffman)

Kristin Hoffman, Head of Research & Instructional Services at the D.B. Weldon Library (University of Western Ontario), will be joining us for an interactive discussion of her research on librarians in the role of researcher. This will be an exciting opportunity to discuss librarian research endeavors and to talk about a role that many of us find challenging. Please note that there is limited seating and all participants must register (see below). Here is a more fulsome description and event details:
Academic Librarians as Successful Researchers

How have librarians successfully embraced the role of researcher? How can we best support and encourage each other to develop as researchers? To help answer these questions, we’ll look at a recently published paper, 
“Examining success: Identifying factors that contribute to research productivity across librarianship and other disciplines,”* co-authored by Kristin Hoffmann, Selinda Berg, and Denise Koufogiannakis. This is the first phase of a research project investigating factors that contribute to academic librarians’ success as researchers. Kristin Hoffman will lead the discussion about how to build on those successes and encourage continued development for librarians as researchers. The initial findings of her research will facilitate conversation about what it looks like to be librarian-researchers and how we can foster a supportive research culture for librarians.

About the speaker: Kristin Hoffmann is Head, Research & Instructional Services at the D.B. Weldon Library, University of Western Ontario. She began her career as a science librarian at the University of Victoria in 2004, and has been at Western Libraries since 2006. She was the 2013 President for the Ontario College and University Library Association, and in July 2015 will take on the role of President for the University of Western Ontario Faculty Association. She has a keen interest in supporting librarians’ research, serving as a Peer Mentor for the CARL Librarians’ Research Institute and as Program Chair for the 2015 LRI. Her research interests include academic librarians’ professional identity and the role of librarians as practitioner-researchers. Her publications and presentations are available at 
When: Thursday, April 9, 2015, 12:30-2pm (arrive at 12:15 for light refreshments; feel free to bring your own lunch/snacks as well)
Where: Halifax Central Public Library, Creative Lab (2nd floor)
Register (this event is free, but registration is required):
This event has been generously sponsored by the Atlantic Provinces Library Association (APLA), the Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians (CAPAL) Dalhousie Student Chapter, the Halifax Library Association (HLA), and the School of Information Management Student Association (SIMSA).
Please direct any questions about this event to Lindsay McNiff:
* Hoffmann, Kristin, Selinda Adelle Berg, and Denise Koufogiannakis. 2015. “Examining Success: Identifying Factors That Contribute to Research Productivity across Librarianship and Other Disciplines.” Library and Information Research 38 (119): 13–28. 

New CEO of Halifax Public Libraries

To: The Dalhousie University community

From: Carolyn Watters, Provost and Vice-President Academic

Date: September 23, 2014

Re: Åsa Kachan to become new CEO of Halifax Public Libraries

It is with great pride and a hint of sadness that I share the news that Åsa Kachan, Dalhousie’s Assistant Vice-President of Enrolment & Registrar, will be leaving the university to become the new Chief Executive Officer of Halifax Public Libraries.

It is wonderful to see one of our university’s most able and accomplished leaders taking the reins of such an important and vital public institution in our community. I have no doubt Åsa will bring the same vision and leadership she’s shown in her 10 years at Dalhousie to the Libraries at a key moment in their history, with the new Halifax Central Library set to open this fall. It is my hope this will present some exciting new opportunities for Dal to collaborate with Åsa, and the Libraries, in the future.

The work of Åsa’s team in the Registrar’s Office (over 120 staff in four service locations) spans the entire Dalhousie experience, from the first time students think about coming to Dal to their walk across the stage at Convocation to receive their degree. By listening to our students and being attuned to their needs, Åsa has led a number of critical transformations including revamping our entrance scholarship program to offer more renewable bursaries and consider broader criteria like leadership and community service, as well as improving front-end customer service in the Registrar’s Office. Chief among her accomplishments is the growth in the university’s student population: Dalhousie is more than 4,000 students stronger than when Åsa started, but also more national and international than ever before. It’s fair to say that without this expanding and broadening of our student enrolment, achieved through a reshaped recruitment operation, many of Dal’s achievements of the past decade would not have been possible.

Åsa would be the first to note her accomplishments were team efforts, enabled and supported not only by her own staff but by partners in Faculties, departments and service units all across campus. There is no doubt, though, that her inspired leadership and passion for our students’ success will be greatly missed. Thankfully, she leaves behind a very talented team, with Mairead Barry, Deputy Registrar & Executive Director of Enrolment Services, set to serve as Acting AVP Enrolment Management & Registrar effective November 1 until the search for Åsa’s successor has been concluded.

Please join me in congratulating Åsa on her exciting news and wishing her well at Halifax Public Libraries.

Carolyn Watters
Provost and Vice-President Academic

A National Digital Infrastructure: ideas wanted!

The Leadership Council for Digital Infrastructure has launched a crowdsourcing campaign to get fresh ideas for how to build a world-leading advanced digital infrastructure ecosystem for Canada.

Your input is important and will inform the development of a policy framework and roadmap for achieving an advanced DI.  Visit the Council’s new website at and participate early in the campaign.

Broad participation from the entire DI (digital infrastructure) community will help ensure a more integrated, inclusive, comprehensive, accessible and sustainable advanced DI ecosystem that will accelerate research, education and innovation in all sectors, and at all levels.

The campaign is open to all researchers, academic administrators, project managers in government and academe, students, policy makers and anyone else who stands to use and benefit from an advanced DI ecosystem in Canada.

Please share this notice widely through your networks.

SIM and other Dalhousie students collaborate to create an open access 3D-model archive

The website recently posted an article on the 3D Model Archive project currently being taken on by me and a number of other Dalhousie students.

As part of this project, SIM student Riel Gallant is now working on the 3D digitization of a number of objects from the Dalhousie Libraries’ Archives, while SIM student Amy Lorencz will soon be developing a method for cataloguing the 3D models created through this project and adding them to the Dalhousie Libraries’ 3D Model Repository.

Outside of SIM, Masters of Engineering student Gautam Chawla has also joined our team as a 3D Digitizer, while International Masters of Business Administration student Hugo Be Touze has come on board as a Researcher, bringing with him his extensive marketing experience.


3D Scanning at the Thomas McCulloch Museum. Photo Credit: Chris Putnam


Right now we are digitizing and cataloguing a large selection of marine biology related items from the Thomas McCulloch Museum, in addition to the Dalhousie Archives’ objects Riel is focusing on. Next we plan to proceed to the 3D digitization of on-campus artwork and human-anatomy related models and specimens.

Thanks to a grant from the Canadian Association of Research Libraries and the continued, generous support of CBCL Ltd., everyone involved in this project is receiving a wage for their work, which allows us to devote our full attention to ensuring that the objects we are working with are preserved and catalogued as accurately as possible.

Also, thanks to the Dalhousie Libraries and Donna Bourne-Tyson, we have access to a NextEngine laser scanner that allows us to digitize these objects.

If you see any objects on the 3D Model Repository that you really like, you should consider printing them off on the Killam Library’s 3D Printer and taking them home with you.


Mike Groenendyk

First Brown Bag Lunch of 2013

SIM students,

Join three librarians from the Dalhousie Libraries this Friday, January 25 for the first Brown Bag Lunch of 2013! January’s Brown Bag Lunch theme is HIRING and the lineup of speakers includes:

Geoff Brown (Technical Services Librarian)

Sarah Jane Dooley (Head of Reference and Research Services, Promotions & Liasons Librarian – Sexton Library)

Sarah Stevenson (Physical Sciences Librarian – Killam Library, Libraries Web Publisher)

Each speaker has served on search committees for both internship and professional hiring committees, as well as Appointments/Promotions/Tenures committees within the Dalhousie Libraries system.  Learn about getting the interview with tips for the application process (what hiring committees are looking for from application documents), and preparing for the interview with tips for background research and interview style.  First year students will get some valuable guidance for applying for summer internships! Second year students can learn what to include when applying for professional employment!

Brown Bag Lunch will take place in the SIM Common Room (4th floor Rowe) this Friday, January 25th from noon to 1pm.  Bring yourself and your questions!  As always, snacks and beverages will be provided.

If you have any questions, contact Tara at