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Office of the University Librarian

University Librarian

DBT 214

Donna Bourne-Tyson

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, two learning commonsarchival collections, a Geographical Information Sciences (GIS) Centre, and a Copyright Office, we provide timely, context-sensitive 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 belong to Novanet, a consortium of Nova Scotian university and community college libraries. Through Novanet, our users can tap into the library resources of the other post-secondary institutions in the province, as well as Live Help, an instant-messaging service that puts users in touch with librarians for a live chat version of the traditional reference interview.  Beyond the holdings in our extensive research collection and the resources at other Novanet libraries, through Document Delivery, we can bring to you the resources from library collections around the world.

The Dalhousie Libraries manage an electronic reserve system for faculty to submit reading lists to ensure copyright clearance for materials and then provide easy access to library e-resources in Brightspace. Our librarians go into classrooms and teach information literacy skills linked to your upcoming assignments. We encourage serendipitous discovery by offering a little of the unexpected, most recently, a Seed Library, access to 3D printing and makerspace workshops.

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 research data sets.

I invite you to experience all that the Dalhousie Libraries have to offer, and to connect with us through social mediaemail, or in person. We are here to support your academic success.

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.