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Makerspace Workshop, Part II

Dalhousie Libraries News - Mon, 2014-03-03 11:00

In this, the second of three Makerspace Workshops, you’ll learn to work with multiple LEDs, a shift register, buttons, and a servo to bring some movement to your projects.  This follow-up session to our first workshop uses some more advanced interactive components.

The tutorial will be held on March 5 from 12:30–1:30 p.m. in room G70 of the Killam Library.  If you would like to register for this workshop, please send an email to libsys@dal.ca

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2014 National Engineering Month

Dalhousie Libraries News - Sat, 2014-03-01 08:00

Sexton Design & Technology Library is celebrating

National Engineering Month

by participating in a special event at MicMac Mall

Public Engineering Display and Student Design Competitions

Date: Saturday, March 29th, 2014
Starting at 10:00am

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Daily access to print layout of The Globe and Mail

Memorial University Library News - Fri, 2014-02-28 13:02

Memorial University Libraries is once again providing access to the current edition of The Globe and Mail with the same layout as the daily printed version. The Globe (“Canada’s National Newspaper”) ceased delivering print editions to Newfoundland and Labrador at the end of September 2013. Following negotiations with the Globe to devise a new way to deliver the daily paper to library users, we now offer access to Globe 2 Go via iPad. This version is a replica of the Atlantic edition of the print newspaper in PDF format.

Borrow a Globe 2 Go iPad from the Circulation Desk at

  • QEII Library
  • Marine Institute Library
  • Health Sciences Library

There is currently one Globe 2 Go iPad available at each library for a 2-hour loan period. The QEII plans to add two more Globe 2 Go iPads soon, and one will be available for 3-day loan.

Other access to current Globe content

Current students, faculty and staff continue to have access to the content of the daily Globe and Mail online via the libraries’ subscriptions to the Factiva and Lexis-Nexis databases. According to Factiva, their Globe and Mail content includes “all staff writer, signed freelance and wire service articles, but does not include unsigned freelance articles or rights-restricted content.”

Access to older issues of the Globe

Memorial University Libraries also provides online access to the Globe and Mail from 1844 to 4 years ago through the database Proquest Historical Newspapers: The Globe and Mail, and from 1936 to 3 months ago on archival microfilm housed in the QEII Library.

For help accessing The Globe and Mail in any format, ask us.

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Extended hours at the Dal Libraries for Exams

Dalhousie Libraries News - Thu, 2014-02-27 19:39

Extended hours at the Dalhousie Libraries started this week at most of our locations. Check out this handy schedule, and best of luck on your exams!

Sir James Dunn Law Library (Studley Campus)

Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–10:45 p.m.*
Saturday: 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Sunday: noon–10:45 p.m.
*Open from 9 a.m.–10:45 p.m. on Friday, April 18, Good Friday.

Effective Thursday, April 3–Saturday, April 19


W. K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library (Carleton Campus)

Monday–Friday       7:30 a.m.*–11 p.m.
Saturday                    10 a.m.–11 p.m.
Sunday                       11 a.m.–11 p.m.

Effective Friday, February 28–Friday, April 19

*Staff is available at 8 a.m.

Killam Memorial Library (Studley Campus)

Night Owls
Effective Sunday, March 9–Friday, March 28

Sunday 10 a.m.–3 a.m.
Monday–Thursday 8 a.m.–3 a.m.
Friday 8 a.m.–midnight
Saturday 10 a.m.–midnight


Night Owls + Extended Weekend Hours
Effective Saturday, March 29–Saturday, April 26

Sunday–Thursday 8 a.m.–3 a.m.
Friday 8 a.m.–midnight
Saturday 8 a.m.–midnight

MacRae Library (Agricultural Campus)

Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m.–11 p.m.
Saturday noon–5 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m.–11 p.m.

Effective Monday, March 24Wednesday, April 16


Sexton Design & Technology Library (Sexton Campus)

Monday–Friday  8 a.m.–midnight
Saturday 9 a.m.–midnight
Sunday 10 a.m.–midnight

Effective Friday, April 4–Saturday, April 26


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Makerspace Workshop

Dalhousie Libraries News - Thu, 2014-02-27 09:34


(Please note this is a repeat of the workshop we offered on February 12. Part II of this workshop will be offered next week, an announcement is coming shortly.)

Imagine creating a simple machine that will water your plants. Or hacking your coffee maker so that it will make coffee before you get out of bed. Artists, designers, hobbyists, and tinkerers are learning new and easy techniques to bring such projects to life.

The Dalhousie Libraries, in partnership with the Halifax Makerspace, want to get you started in the basics of electronics and the Arduino platform. Arduinos are a piece of technology that you can fit in the palm of your hand, connecting your project to electronics, giving it “life.”

The kit you get in the workshop.

This will be the first in a series of workshops that will help you understand how the technology works. No prior knowledge is necessary and we provide all the materials you’ll need. The first workshop will teach you how to set up an LED that’s controlled by a small program and one that’s controlled by a dial. Later workshops will explore buttons, motors and sensors.

I made the LED light up!

The workshop will take place Thursday, February 27 from noon–1 p.m.in the Killam Library, room G70. Seating is limited, so please email libsys@dal.ca asking to register for the Makerspace Workshop. We can’t wait to see you!


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Scheduled Maintenance for Some eResources this Weekend

Dalhousie Libraries News - Thu, 2014-02-27 09:10

On Saturday, March 1, the sciences and social sciences journal database Annual Reviews will have a scheduled maintenance period starting at noon (8 a.m. PST). The work is expected to take up to 16 hours, and during that time Dalhousie Libraries users will not have access to the site.

Taylor and Francis reports that their www.tandfonline.com online platform will be undergoing maintenance. The maintenance window will also start at noon (8 a.m. PST) and last up to 16 hours. During this maintenance window, Taylor and Francis Online will be completely unavailable for the majority of the duration. The TFO- and TFE-specific maintenance pages will be displayed throughout the entire maintenance window.

The EBL platform will be unavailable from 8 p.m. until midnight on March 1 for enhancements and updates to the system.  During this time Dalhousie Libraries users will not have access to the site.


Finally, the NRC Research Press reported that due to maintenance, their website will not be available from Saturday, March 1 at noon through to Sunday, March 2 at approximately 4 p.m.

We apologize for the inconvenience these maintenance periods will cause.

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Grad Student Session

UNB Library News - Fri, 2014-02-21 17:58

Services for Graduate Students

Drop in to learn about the many ways in which UNB Libraries can support your graduate research & writing!

Free, 30-minute session!

Harriet Irving Library Seminar Room (417)

  • Wednesday, February 26 (3pm)
  • Thursday, February 27 (6pm)
  • Tuesday, March 4 (10:30am)

for more info at the HIL Research Help Desk.

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On Trial: Environmental Sciences & Pollution Management (ESPM)

Memorial University Library News - Fri, 2014-02-21 12:06

Environmental Sciences & Pollution Management (ESPM)

  • multidisciplinary database which provides comprehensive coverage of the literature relating to environmental sciences dating from 1967 to the present.
  • millions of abstracts and citations are included from scientific journals ensuring researchers have the maximum opportunity to discover articles or papers for their search queries.
  • beyond the mainstream peer reviewed journals in this field, ESPM also provides abstracts of hard-to-get, low circulation grey literature publications (conference proceedings, reports, monographs, books and government publications), sometimes with links back to the full text (typically open access repositories).
  • also includes good coverage of international content including non English language content.

User Guide for ESPM - http://proquest.libguides.com/espm

This trial expires - March 31, 2014


  1. Link to -

Please Note: This trial is limited to current Memorial faculty, staff, and students.  If you are accessing this product from off-campus, you will be prompted for your User ID and PIN. For more information, go to our Off-campus guide.

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On Trial: Leisure Tourism

Memorial University Library News - Wed, 2014-02-19 17:39

Leisure Tourism

A vast amount of information has been collated from around the world since the 1970s on all aspects of tourism, hospitality, leisure and recreation, as well as on selected aspects of sport and culture, and made it available to researchers, students and practitioners in the Leisure Tourism Database.

Key Facts

  • Over 140,000 bibliographic records with detailed keyword (metadata) tagging

  • Over 4000 full text documents (journal articles, conference papers, reports)

  • Over 2000 eBook chapters from CABI’s renowned tourism book portfolio

  • News and research updates – over 3200 searchable articles

  • Events calendar of leisure and tourism conferences/meetings

This trial expires - March 18, 2014


  1. Go to: http://www.med.mun.ca.qe2a-proxy.mun.ca/munlib/password.html

    Please Note: this trail is limited to current Memorial faculty, staff, and students. If you are accessing this product from off-campus, you will be prompted for your User ID and PIN. For more information, go to our Off-campus guide.

  2. Scroll down to Leisure Tourism to obtain the user name and password.
  3. Connect to Leisure Tourism using the URL provided.
  4. Give us you comments!

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Connecting Cultures at Dalhousie, March 6-8

Dalhousie Libraries News - Tue, 2014-02-18 10:44

As part of its Imagining Canada’s Future initiative, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) is supporting a series of regional events in Canada that will “highlight insights from research in the social sciences and humanities on issues related to a future challenge area.”

Dalhousie is hosting the Atlantic region event, “Connecting Cultures,” March 6-8, 2014.  It will feature SSHRC-funded research from six different Faculties at Dalhousie, on a wide range of topics, including environment, education, social policy, and culture.  A schedule is below. Receptions will follow each part of the event.

“Connecting Cultures” is open to the public as well as the Dalhousie community. All are welcome.


Connecting Cultures

A SSHRC-Sponsored Event on “Imagining Canada’s Future


March 6, 4–5:30 p.m., Chemistry, Room 226
“Technology, Development, Environment”

Opening Remarks:
Bernard Boudreau, Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies

David Black (Lester B. Pearson Professor of International Development Studies)

Matthew Schnurr (International Development Studies), “Can Genetically Modified Crops Help African Farmers? Using Mixed Methods to Assess Farmers’ Attitudes and Intentions to Adopt GM Banana in Uganda”
Ted Cavanagh (Architecture), “Building Innovation on the Rural Coast: Local Place and Global Reach”
Robert France (Environmental Sciences / Rural Research Centre), “The Alewife: Still Waters, Lost; Still, Waters Lost”

Reception to follow at the University Club (downstairs).

March 7, 4–6 p.m.,  Ondaatje auditorium, McCain Building
“Digital Cultures: A Roundtable”

Opening Remarks:
Martha Crago (Vice-President Research)
Stephen Coughlan (Associate Director, Law and Technology Institute)
Jennifer Bain (Music), “Medieval Musicology in a Digital World: The Optical Neume Recognition Project
Heather Castleden (Resource and Environmental Studies), “Sharing Our (Digital) Stories: Huu-ay-aht Youths’ Visions for a New Treaty Era”
Anatoliy Gruzd (Information Management), “Research at the Social Media Lab”
Anna MacLeod (Medical Education), “Button-Mediated Medical Education: Becoming a Doctor in a Digital Age”

Reception to follow.



March 8, 2:30–4 p.m., Ondaatje Auditorium, McCain Building; International Women’s Day
“Circulating Knowledge, Crossing Borders: A Roundtable”

Opening Remarks:
Robert Summerby-Murray (Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences)
Jacqueline Warwick (Coordinator, Gender & Women’s Studies)
Pauline Gardiner-Barber (Sociology & Social Anthropology), “Transnational Refractions of Canada’s Just-in-time Immigration Reform”
Fiona Black (Information Management; Associate VP Academic), “Transnationalism in Print Culture: Investigating Book History through Geographic Lenses”
Letitia Meynell (Philosophy), “The Significance of Situating Science”
Marjorie Stone (McCulloch Chair in English), “The Culture of No Culture”
Elizabeth Kay-Raining Bird (Human Communication Disorders), “Bilingualism and Developing Discourse Skills”

Reception to follow.

Follow Connecting Cultures on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ConnectingCultures2014) and Twitter (@Connecting2014).

e-mail: cc2014@dal.ca

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Public Consultation: Library Budget Allocation

Dalhousie Libraries News - Tue, 2014-02-18 10:17

The Dalhousie Libraries have been hard at work developing an acquisitions allocation formula that will guide how we will allocate our budget in the future. Three different formulas with various strengths and weaknesses have been developed for consideration by the Dal community, and one of these formulas will become the model that the Dal Libraries will use.

The Dal Libraries are addressing historical allocations of the budget so that resources can be divided equitably across the five libraries. The three allocation formulas are based on elements such as:

• university priorities (operating budgets and research dollars)

• the number of faculty members in each faculty

• the number of students per faculty

• the types of materials needed

• relative purchasing power in each faculty

The plan is to apply the chosen formula in phases, easing into the allocations per faculty. The formula will be assessed and updated regularly to reflect current realities at Dalhousie (enrolments, faculty numbers, etc.).

If you want to learn more about the three budget allocation formulas and to ask questions, we are hosting two public consultation opportunities:


Tuesday, February 25, 4–5 p.m.
Room 226, Chemistry Building (changed from the McCain Building)
Studley Campus

Thursday, February 27, 4–5 p.m.
Room B228, B Building Addition
Sexton Campus

RSVP to marlo.mackay@dal.ca

A session for the Agricultural Campus will be planned for the spring. Stay tuned for details.


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Library Research Help: STUesdays

UNB Library News - Tue, 2014-02-18 09:45

STUesdays with Barry!

On Tuesdays, Barry Cull, Harriet Irving Library’s St. Thomas University Liaison Librarian, will be holding office hours at STU in Brian Mulroney Hall, Room 203, normally from 10am until 3pm.

Walk-in service is available by chance, but appointments are preferred, and can be made on short notice by e-mailing Barry at bcull@unb.ca or calling 458-7057.

Barry will be available to assist students, faculty, and staff with any library-related question.  Individuals and small groups are welcome.

No library research question is too basic or too advanced! Whether you do not really know what a peer-reviewed article is, are having trouble digging out an obscure information source, or need assistance with an advanced database, Barry can help you with any type of research problem.


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Over 5,000 eBooks Added!

Dalhousie Libraries News - Tue, 2014-02-18 09:28

photo source: freedigitalphotos.net

The Dalhousie Libraries recently added over 5,000 eBooks in a wide variety of subject areas. These eBooks are from the STM (scientific, technical, and medical) publisher Springer. New titles include:

Tsunami events and lessons learned

Simulations, serious games and their applications

Under a crimson sun

Human environment interactions

Assessment of environmental impact by grocery shopping bags

Crop improvement under adverse conditions

Doves, diplomats, and diabetes

New Springer eBooks can be found using the “Books and More” search from the Libraries’ homepage, or you can browse Springer eBooks and eJournals here: http://ezproxy.library.dal.ca/login?url=http://link.springer.com/


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Food for Fines on again

SMU Patrick Power Library News - Mon, 2014-02-17 10:37
Every year around this time the various libraries in the Novanet system come together for a good cause.  Food for Fines, as its name implies, allows those who have overdue books to bring in food donations  and, in return, have their fines reduced. 

Every non-perishable food item is worth $2 in fines (to a maximum of $50).  In other words, if you currently owe $14, just bring in 7 items worth about a dollar each and you'll save $7.  And all the food goes either to Feed Nova Scotia or the SMU Food Bank so a lot of people benefit.

This year's campaign runs a little longer than in the past, from February 17 and right through to March 9 so you have plenty of time.

Donations can be dropped off at the Circulation Desk, just inside the entrance.  Thanks in advance.
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A Reading with Douglas Gibson

Dalhousie Libraries News - Fri, 2014-02-14 15:07

When: Tuesday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Special Collections & Archives Reading Room, fifth floor, Killam Library

Douglas Gibson is an editor, publisher, writer, and raconteur. His work as an editor and publisher in Canadian literature is unsurpassed, having edited and published many of Canada’s best-known and accomplished authors.

A storyteller in his own right, Douglas Gibson’s essays have appeared in many Canadian publications. His experiences have also been published in Douglas Gibson Unedited and Stories About Storytellers. He has been nominated for a National Magazine Award for Humour, as well as being named Editor of the Year at Book Expo in 2005. Don’t miss this chance to see Douglas Gibson tell his stories in person! This public reading is co-sponsored by the Canadian Literary Collections Project and the Dalhousie Department of English.
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Food for Fines

MSVU Library News - Wed, 2014-02-12 18:56

February 17th to March 9th
Reduce or clear your library fines at participating Novanet Libraries — with food!

Novanet libraries will reduce your fine by $2 for every non-perishable item donated (maximum of $50). Donations will be given to the MSVU Campus Food Bank. Please contact the Library for further details.

Visit the Mount Saint Vincent University Library website.

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Finding and copying images and media for your assignments

MSVU Library News - Wed, 2014-02-12 17:46
Photo credit: Mike Avery, Mount studentUncertain about which images and media you are allowed to copy/download to show in your class and Moodle presentations? This session will provide strategies and guidelines for the type of images and media you can legally use with your academic work.

Join us at 6 p.m. today for an online session via Blackboard Collaborarte

Visit the Mount Saint Vincent University Library website.

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PsychiatryOnline Down for Scheduled Maintenance

Dalhousie Libraries News - Wed, 2014-02-12 12:54

PsychiatryOnline (POL) will have a scheduled maintenance period from 11:59 p.m. EST February 12 through 4 a.m. EST February 13. Please be advised that your access to POL will be periodically unavailable during this maintenance window. Cumulative downtime is expected to be two hours. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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ProQuest Down Briefly this Weekend

Dalhousie Libraries News - Tue, 2014-02-11 16:49

ProQuest will be down briefly this weekend in order to make improvements to accommodate a growing number of users and to reduce the need for future downtime. Some ProQuest products may be unavailable during this time. We apologize for the inconvenience.


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