What is your favorite summer activity? Or your favourite Halifax activity?
During the summer I am usually tending to my garden or going for a dip in the Atlantic! I also love cooking with seasonal produce: Nova Scotian strawberries, rhubarb, fiddleheads, the list goes on! I am hoping to get out clam digging this year; it brings me so much joy to cook and eat things I’ve grown or gathered myself. During the summertime I also find it hard to extract myself from the Halifax Public Gardens, my favourite place in the city.
What internship are you affiliated with?
I am an intern at the W. K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library located on Dalhousie’s beautiful and historic Carleton campus.
What brought you to the MI program at Dal?
Having earned my BA and MA at Dalhousie, I had already strong ties with the school and deep connections with its community. My background is in History and I had my sights set on Archival Studies. Upon researching programs in the field, I once again found myself looking at the dynamic program at Dalhousie’s School of Information Management. After attending one information session I was sold on its esteemed faculty, close-knit community, and the potentials and opportunities for applying its curriculum to any realm of Information Management.
What drew you to the internship opportunity at the Dal Libraries?
I began working at the W. K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library as a student assistant when I started the MI program. I thought it would be a good way to gain experience working in an academic library setting, learn more about the needs of the community it serves, and put what I was learning at SIM directly into practice. After meeting the 2021-2022 interns, Vinson and Kendell, I learned about how the internship was an immersive and fulfilling experience. I was interested in expanding my knowledge by learning from librarians and other Dalhousie staff. I also developed a strong interest in the Health Sciences after spending so much time among the Faculty of Medicine. I had heard from my peers that the internship program helped them grow a great deal as information professionals and I was interested in challenging myself to develop my Information Management competencies.
What’s your educational background?
I am a long-time Dalhousie attendee, having completed both my BA and MA in History here in 2017 and 2021, respectively.
What projects have you worked on so far during your internship?
I have been working on a diversity of different projects so far! Dalhousie Libraries recently switched to using the system Alma. I worked on updating Health Sciences LibGuides to make sure links to Dalhousie’s catalogue are working and accessible for patrons. Many of the libraries’ video tutorials have also required updating as a result of this migration, and I have been assisting with creating new online video tutorials using Camtasia.
Additionally, I have performed a bit of Collections work which involves searching for textbooks and other literature to supplement the Kellogg library’s current holdings. I received training on Health Sciences databases and am now conducting PRESS reviews and search translations. Using these skills, I have worked on translating searches and am looking forward to further developing my search competencies. Through shadowing librarians’ consultations with students and faculty working on systematic reviews and other research projects, I have enjoyed learning more about evidence synthesis, how to construct effective and comprehensive searches, and how to teach these skills to patrons. I am working on integrating this new knowledge into providing reference services for students, faculty, and the broader community.
Projects I have had the opportunity to work on with the extended Dalhousie library community include putting together a book display on Nova Scotian medical history for Dr. Allan Marble’s book launch. It was great to get a sense of how the practice of medicine evolved over the centuries, while working with Dalhousie students and faculty in the modern-day field!