“Information is what we are all about. We are passionate about data management, information literacy, accessibility, preservation, connecting communities and many more current information topics. This blog is a reflection of that passion: Stories from our community of innovative information managers who are turning their knowledge into action, within Dalhousie and beyond.” INFORM
The Year 2018 celebrated #DAL200, the beginning of Dalhousie’s third century, a profound testament to the resilience of scholarship that has been passed down from generation to generation. The year 2019 heralds another Dalhousie milestone. The School of Information Management will commemorate its 50th anniversary. Our sister blog, INFORM, will be featuring the event in the coming months. We highly recommend a visit to this exciting virtual space.
CEGE Connection reached out to Kim Humes, INFORM’s Editor and Blog Coordinator, to share her thoughts on creating a virtual space that discusses cutting-edge research within the complex world of information management.
INFORM is a wonderful way to keep up-to-date about information management. Our blog articles are mostly about people in the School of Information (SIM) and what they are up to. We love to highlight the accomplishments of our students, faculty and alumni whenever possible. Feedback from our readership indicates that these articles attract the greatest interest. For example, a recent post highlighted a public lecture given by Anatoliy Gruzd & Philip Maia.
INFORM advertises upcoming events, such as the SIMAA Welcome Reception, and recaps past ones (both our events, and external events that may be of interest those in our community). We also advertise IM-related jobs or volunteer opportunities and share updates about our faculty research projects and awards. We may be a small school, but our faculty and alumni are remarkable. SIM’s stellar research and accomplishments are prolific, relative to our size, and are well-known within academic and business circles. INFORM blog is rarely at a loss for content!
My 5-year anniversary as Editor and Blog Coordinator for INFORM is only a few months away. I have enjoyed being involved in this exciting project that continues to respond to an ever-changing technological environment. Over the years, INFORM has transitioned from a biannual newsletter to a dynamic virtual space. Back issues of the newsletter are available on the School of Information Management website. Our blog was separate and entitled “SIMCast”. In August 2016, we renamed the blog “INFORM” and discontinued the newsletter in an effort to streamline our communications. The blog provides a more active way of sharing news in real-time, and provides readers with a more accessible, central place for news coming out of SIM.
SIM50 promises to be an outstanding celebration. We have many plans for SIM50! Most are still in flux, but the anniversary will run officially from September 2019 to August 2020 (as in the 2019-2020 academic year, which aligns with our usual timelines). We hope to hold a signature event here on campus in October 2019, to coincide with Dalhousie Homecoming, but there will be lots of other fun things happening throughout the year. In the meantime, we recommend people keep an eye on the SIM50 pages of the Blog and Website and the #SIM50 hashtag on Facebook/Twitter.
Stay tuned for more information, which will be sent via e-mail to those on our mailing list. If you would like to know more about SIM50 or add your name as a volunteer, we encourage you contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We appreciate your help in creating a memorable celebration.
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