What is your favorite summer activity? Or your favorite Halifax activity?
Taking a long evening walk on the waterfront (my go-to place) makes me feel relaxed. I love to spend my Saturday mornings at the Halifax Brewery Market exploring local food, fresh produces, and live music altogether in one place. Halifax Public Gardens are also one of the finest places for me to spend some peaceful time amid beautiful flowers and trees.
What internship are you affiliated with?
I am affiliated with the Multidisciplinary Reference Internship supporting the Killam, Sexton, and MacRae libraries.
What brought you to the MI program at Dal?
I worked at the academic and special libraries in India before coming to Dalhousie University to pursue MI. During this time, I developed a passion for working in libraries. When I decided to pursue further education in Canada, I wanted to stick to this field only and my research about the institutions that offer the LIS degree with ALA accreditation led me to the MI program. This program at Dal is designed for anyone coming from any educational or professional background. The variety of courses offered in this program opens horizons for students to explore different subjects of information management and then decide their career paths.
What drew you to the internship opportunity at the Dal Libraries?
I wanted to gain experience in a variety of disciplines of an academic library. The multidisciplinary internship could fulfill this desire. I also heard from my seniors about gaining hands-on experience in this internship can lead my library career to greater heights. Moreover, it always feels amazing to stay connected to the Dal community through this internship.
What’s your educational background?
Bachelor of Commerce with specialization in Accounting, Statistics, and Business Management.
Master of Library & Information Science.
What projects have you worked on so far during your internship?
I have been engaged in various projects at Killam, Sexton, and MacRae (remotely). I am a part of reference and research services virtual or in-person for Killam (research assistance shifts), MacRae, and Sexton libraries.
My big projects are – to renew the Environmental Science LibGuide with fresh content and design; develop the layout and content for a General Science LibGuide after comparing the Faculty of Science learning outcomes with the ACRL Framework for information literacy; evaluate Dal libraries’ eBooks collection platforms through the survey developed in Opinio to support Nova Scotia’s Accessibility 2030 legislation.
A Literature Review on the topic of ‘Reference Services Models in Academic Libraries’ has been helping me to polish my research abilities. I have been assisting the library with creating online tutorial videos using Camtasia. I am also a part of the collection development process at the Sexton Libraries for subjects like Chemical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Internetworking Food Science, and MacRae Libraries for their subjects related to the Faculty of Agriculture.
Blind date with a book is also another super exciting project I am involved in. Selection of the books by browsing through the bookshelves, going through their content, building a story around that book, and presenting it to the patron in a form of a wrapped surprise is fun.
The initial training through Brightspace at the beginning of my internship and the internship enrichment program are well-designed and great learning experiences. They have been helping me to proceed through all these projects.