Tour report: APSEA

APSEA Tour – October 31st, 2014 @ 11:45

On Halloween, thirteen SIMsters visited the Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority (APSEA). It was a crowded tour, but quite informative! The APSEA Library generously gave its time to allow us to see their work and ask questions.

This special library is located on South Street in Halifax, and serves children and youth who are hard of hearing, deaf, deafblind, blind or visually impaired. It is an interprovincial agency between the four Atlantic provinces, and the library supplements the curriculum and educational needs of these youth by providing material such as large print books, Twin Vision books, and Braille translations.

Twin Vision book from APSEA
A Twin Vision book – printed text on one side, Braille on the opposing page

Our tour guide, Samantha Neukomm, led us through the library, which is broken up into sections by format and intended audience. Because the library is meant to support the curriculum, books and material are limited to what’s being taught in the classrooms, but we saw copies of The Hunger Games and other popular fiction titles as well. The library was also a blast from the past for any of us who used to have Dewey Decimal in our school libraries. Unlike the Library of Congress system found in academic libraries, APSEA uses good ol’ Dewey. During the tour of the library, Sam emphasized the need to weed continually to keep room for current books. The library is also unique because of its storage room, where APSEA supplies teachers and students with supplies that they will need, free of charge.

APSEA translates Braille textbooks on location, and it turns out that the twist from the end of Book of Eli isn’t quite so feasible after all. One Braille textbook could be up to 40 spiral bound volumes long! During the tour, Sam was also kind enough to show us some of the cataloguing process. APSEA doesn’t use MARC records, which means that the catalogue is unique, and the importance of having a controlled vocabulary while cataloguing is even more critical. Currently, APSEA is working with a software developer towards creating a more integrated catalogue.

Thanks to everyone who came out and helped make this another successful tour of the SLA!


Workshop: Medical and Legal Searching

Hey all you SIMsters! On Friday, November 14th, SLA will be hosting an hour long workshop with Dr. Paul McKenna (Law), and Robin Parker and Melissa Helwig (Medicine). The workshop will focus on h0w to do effective medical and legal searches.

  • When: November 14th @ 11:30am
  • Where: Room 4001 in Rowe

We look forward to seeing you there.

Tour: Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority (APSEA)

We’re proud to announce our first tour of the 2014-2015 academic year! On Friday, October 31st, we’ll be visiting the Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority (APSEA). The mandate of APSEA is to support the educational needs of deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, blind, or visually impaired. It’s bound to be an educational and incredibly interesting tour.

  • When: Friday, October 31st, @ 11:30
  • Where: Meet in the Rowe Lobby, and we’ll walk there together.


Introducing New Executive Members

We had a very successful AGM, thanks to everyone who attended!

We are pleased to announce our new executive members:

  • Incoming Chair – Charlotte MacKeigan
  • Incoming Communications Officer – Kat Felix
  • Incoming Secretary/Treasurer – Mariah Blackmore
  • Incoming Web Administrator – Michelle Boychuk

Looks to be the makings of a great year. We have an awesome team assembled, as well as a great group of members to draw upon.

Our next meeting will be after the SIM colloquium. Hope to see you there!

Special Libraries Association AGM

A happy welcome to all of the new faces joining us this year in SIM, and it was good to see all of you at the Associations Display. We’re pleased to announce that SLA will have its annual general meeting next Monday, September 15th, @ 1:30 in the SIM Common Room. We’re looking forward to seeing you there. Any outgoing students with an interest in special libraries are more than welcome as well. Come one, come all!

We’ll be voting on the new executive positions at the AGM, and the open positions are:

  • Incoming Co-Chair
  • Incoming Communications Officer
  • Incoming Website Administrator
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer

Call for SLA Executive Members

For those of you interested in getting involved with student groups in SIM, there are a number of executive positions open in SLA for the 2014/15 year. For more information on the duties entailed with the positions, come visit us at the Associations Display on 05 September in the McKay Boardroom, or send us an email!

The available positions are:

  • Incoming Co-Chair
  • Incoming Communications Coordinator
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Incoming Website Administrator

Event: Associations Display

For all of the incoming and outgoing students, come check SLA out at the SIMSA Associations Display to be held on Friday, September 5th at noon. We’ll be there to chat with you about all of the awesome things SLA will get up to in the coming year, and to let you know how you can take part.

The SIM Luncheon will be right next door, so get some food and come chat with our representative at the SLA table.

Where: Rowe 3052 (McKay Boardroom)

When: Friday, 05 September 2014 @ 12:00 – 1:00pm


End of year announcements!

Posted by Valerie C., March 28, 2014

It’s the time of year again. Everyone is sprinting to the finish line, and it’s time to say good-bye to old faces and welcome in some new. Good luck to all of our outgoing chairs, we wish you all the best. We’re welcoming Alyssa Dawson as our treasurer for the coming year, and we know she’ll be great. One final announcement: we’ve created a new email account for the SLA Student Group of Dalhousie, and you can contact us at

Thank you so much to everyone who showed up to our tours and events. It’s been a great year, and we can’t wait for the next.

Tour of the Chronicle Herald Library

Posted by Nicole B., March 08, 2014

SLA has arranged for a tour of the Chronicle Herald library! The tour will be this coming Wednesday March 12th at 12pm. Meet us the Killam Atrium at 11:20am, and we’ll head over together. Contact Karen, Pia, or any of the SLA exec to let us know if you’re coming, or please mark your name down on the sign up sheet available in the common room. Capacity is 12 students. You will need to bring government issued ID to go on the tour.

We hope you will join us!

Zine Making @ the New Plan B Zine Library

Posted by Nicole B., March 06, 2014

On Wednesday the SLA organized a Zine Making Workshop at the new Roberts Street Social Centre location at Plan B on Gottingen street. SIM students learned about what a zine is all about and how to make one. Then they made a collaborative zine titled: “Library School Confidential!” Thanks to everyone to particpated. We can’t wait to see the zine when it’s finished!