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Donna Bourne-Tyson

University Librarian

DBT 214

Email: donna.bourne-tyson@dal.ca
Phone: (902) 494-4089
Fax: (902) 494-2062
Mailing Address: 
Administration Office
Killam Memorial Library
6225 University Ave.
PO Box 15000
Dalhousie University
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

Welcome to the Dalhousie University Libraries

The Dalhousie University Libraries serves the needs of students, faculty, and staff by strengthening the university’s learning and research communities with our expertise, spaces, and collections. With five libraries, an archive, a Geographical Information Sciences (GIS) Centre, and a Copyright Office, we provide high-quality service to our users, whether they are at one of our physical locations or using our online resources. We employ a user-focused philosophy of anticipating, listening to, and responding to the needs of those we serve.

We collaborate with our colleagues across the university and the region to provide services that extend our reach. One of our mutually beneficial partnerships is with Novanet, a consortium of Nova Scotian university and community college libraries. This partnership allows our users to tap into the library resources of the other post-secondary institutions in the province. Through Novanet we also offer Live Help, an instant-messaging service that puts users in touch with librarians for a live chat version of the traditional reference interview.

In addition to providing access to research expertise, study spaces, resource materials, and computers and software, the Dalhousie Libraries manage an electronic reserve system that faculty use to submit reading lists to ensure copyright clearance for materials. Our librarians also go into classrooms and teach information literacy skills. We encourage serendipitous discovery by offering a little of the unexpected, most recently, access to 3D printing.

We’re meeting the needs of researchers by developing a research data management planning service in DalSpace, the institutional repository. It contains all the e-theses for Dalhousie graduates, faculty publications, and data sets. 

I invite you to experience all that the Dalhousie Libraries have to offer, and to connect with us through social media, email, or in person.

Dalhousie Libraries’ Mission and Vision

Dalhousie Libraries strengthen the University’s learning and research communities with our expertise, services, spaces and collections, all reinforced through innovation and strategic partnerships.

Dalhousie Libraries will be one of the top ten university libraries in Canada and the leader in Atlantic Canada by stimulating learning, discovery, innovation, and community engagement.

Read the Dalhousie Libraries' Strategic Alignment Plan.

Biographical Information

Donna Bourne-Tyson came to Dalhousie as the University Librarian in November 2011. As University Librarian, Donna is responsible for meeting the needs of Dal Libraries users, working with a team of 120 librarians and staff dedicated to user-centered service delivery.

Donna is actively involved in the Dalhousie community as a member of the senior administrative team reporting to the Provost & Vice-President Academic, serving on Deans’ Council, Senate, several Senate sub-committees and the Dalhousie Art Gallery Advisory Board. She also represents the Dal Libraries on regional and national boards and consortia.

She is particularly interested in open access, scholarly communications, research data preservation, transliteracy, copyright, learning communities, student-centered service enhancements, patron-driven acquisitions and academic integrity issues. She obtained her MLIS from Dalhousie, and holds an MA in English literature from the University of Western Ontario.