Attending the ARMA NCR Fall IM Days (Ottawa) next month? Don’t miss the keynote address from SIM Associate Professor, Dr. Mike Smit. The talk takes place Thursday, November 15th, 2018 from 9:30-10:30am. There is a workshop sale happening this week only, so perhaps a good time to register!
The Information Management Public Lectures give attention to exciting advances in research and professional practice. The topics are diverse reflecting the importance and global extent of Information Management in today’s society. The lectures are open to all members of the Dalhousie campus and surrounding community. Click here for the full schedule. This event will NOT be recorded or live-streamed.
Event Poster [PDF – 1.62 MB]
You are invited to join us for two exciting panel discussions around the topic “Science in Public Life”. Both events are free and open to anyone, so please share. Full details for both events can be found here.
The Fall 2018 Faculty of Management convocation ceremony took place on Tuesday, October 2nd.
SIM extends congratulations to the seven MIM students who graduated this week. Your future is bright and you should be very proud of your accomplishments! Chris Donnelly was the recipient of the SIM Director’s Award, which is awarded to the MIM grad with the highest overall GPA.
To all alumni: We consider you to be part of the SIM family and look forward to hearing about your successes and supporting you in your ongoing careers. Please continue to communicate with us via email, Facebook, Twitter (@dalsimnews), and this blog.
The SIM Alumni Association (SIMAA) hosted their annual Welcome Reception & Outstanding Alumni Award Presentation on Monday, September 24th in Room 3089, Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building. Attendees mingled, snacked on delicious hors d’oeuvres, and listened to remarks from SIMAA Chair David McDonald (MLIS ’99), SIM Associate Professor Vivian Howard (MLIS ’95), and SIM Director Sandra Toze. Sandra distributed gifts to alumni celebrating anniversaries (from 5 to 38 years!) on behalf of Marianne Hagen (Alumni Officer, Faculty of Management).
The 2018 Outstanding Alumni Award was presented to Dr. Fiona Black. Dr. Black shared some special career memories and gave incoming students some tips for “a joyous life as an information professional”. Those tips are: 1. Aim for excellence, and help others to join you, 2. Be inclusive, walk the walk, and make the right things happen, and 3. turn a potential whine on its head, think constructively about a resolution – all important tips for everyone to keep in mind! Dr. Black also gave special thanks to her colleagues in SIM, Dr. Bertrum MacDonald (who kickstarted her life as an academic) and to her MLIS and MIM students throughout the years.
SIM is proud of the legacy of our programs, and the connection we continue to have with our alumni. This event is always a wonderful opportunity for SIM alumni, students, faculty and staff to catch up and network.
Cheers to all alumni and friends who joined us on September 24th – we hope to see you again soon!
(Perhaps during our 50th anniversary celebrations?!)
The Information Management Public Lectures give attention to exciting advances in research and professional practice. The topics are diverse reflecting the importance and global extent of Information Management in today’s society. The lectures are open to all members of the Dalhousie campus and surrounding community. Click here for the full schedule. We encourage you to attend in person, but if that is not possible you can access a recording on our website following the lecture. Live streaming is not currently available.
Cybervetting and the Public Life of Social Media Data
Monday, November 19th, 2018
Room 3089, Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building
6100 University Ave
Abstract: Social media data is a rich source of behavioral data that can reveal how we connect and interact with each other online in real time and over time. Once collected, the data can be combined with other types of data to reveal even more sensitive information about the users. Currently, much of the data being collected from social media platforms are being used in ways that are not always transparent to users. In the aftermath of the Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal and other data breaches, issues around data privacy is once again on the public’s mind.
In this talk, we will provide an overview of the work that we do at Ryerson University’s Social Media Lab. We will also share the result of a recently completed study led by Anatoliy Gruzd, Jenna Jacobson and Elizabeth Dubois, examining users’ attitudes towards organizations’ use of public social media data to screen job applicants. The study applied the Communication Privacy Management theory to assess whether and to what extent users’ privacy concerns are influenced by factors such as: culture, gender, motivation, and risk-benefit ratio. The results revealed a nuanced nature of people’s information privacy expectations in the context of hiring practices. The talk will be of interest to privacy, organizational studies and communication scholars as well as everyday social media users who are interested in online privacy.
Anatoliy Gruzd is a Canada Research Chair in Social Media Data Stewardship, Associate Professor at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University, and Director of Research at the Social Media Lab. Anatoliy is also a Member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists; a co-editor of a multidisciplinary journal on Big Data and Society; and a founding co-chair of the International Conference on Social Media and Society. His research initiatives explore how social media platforms are changing the ways in which people and organizations communicate, collaborate and disseminate information and how these changes impact the norms and structures of modern society.
Philip Mai is the Director of Business and Communications at Ryerson Social Media Lab at Ted Rogers School of Management and co-founder of the International Conference on Social Media & Society. In his work at the Social Media Lab, he focuses on knowledge mobilization, information diffusion, business and research partnerships, and the practical application of social media analytics.
The School of Information Management is pleased to announce that Master of Library and Information Studies student, Rachel Fry, has been selected as the sixth recipient of the Dalhousie-Horrocks National Leadership Fund.
This Fund was established in 2007 to honour Dr. Norman Horrocks, OC, PhD, FCLIP (1927-2010) for his outstanding leadership in the field of librarianship in North America, Australia, and Europe. Over several decades Dr. Horrocks, former Director of the School of Information Management and Dean of the Faculty of Management at Dalhousie University, pursued a distinguished career of very active involvement in professional associations in the United Kingdom, Cyprus, Australia, the United States, and Canada. His many contributions, for which he received local, national and international recognition, have advanced the field and the careers of countless individuals. The fund supports a scholarship and an associated lecture series through an endowment donated by the many former students, colleagues, friends and admirers of Norman Horrocks.
Rachel Fry is a second year Master of Library and Information Studies student originally from Janetville, Ontario. Rachel grew up on her family’s cattle farm, and her interest in libraries was sparked at the age of fourteen when she began her first job at her local public library.
Rachel attended Trent University and graduated on the President’s Honour Roll as a joint major in Sociology and Gender and Women’s Studies. After graduating, she relocated to Halifax to pursue her Master of Arts in Women and Gender Studies at Saint Mary’s University. Her thesis, called “Craftivism: The role of feminism in craft activism,” focused on how themes of activism are represented in modern craft. While at SMU, she received a Social Science and Humanities Research Council Scholarship, a Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research Fellowship, as well as a Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research Award.
In 2014, Rachel began working for Halifax Public Libraries where she has filled a variety of roles. Currently, Rachel works as a Circulation Lead Hand at Halifax Central Library, and holds a position as a Library Assistant 3 at Alderney Gate Library from which she is currently on educational leave. She also acts as a Student Assistant for the School of Information Management.
Rachel has a passion for learning and a wide variety of interests including public and academic librarianship, special librarianship and records management. Outside of work and academics, Rachel has a passion for music, animals, and loves living close to the ocean.
Many of our MLIS students complete internships with Dalhousie Libraries during their studies. Internships are just one of the work-integrated learning opportunities available to students in our MLIS program.
Courtney Vienneau, Kristy Hancock, Emily Hines, Brian Jenkins, Scarlett Kelly, Laura Little, and Becky Shaw all completed internships at Dalhousie Libraries this year. Click on each name to read their profile, and learn more about why they came to the MLIS program, and what projects they worked on at their respective libraries. Their stories illustrate the breadth of experiences available in our program and the field.
Special thanks to Dalhousie Libraries for their continued support of our students!
School of Information Management
Lecturer, Assistant Professor or Associate Professor
The School of Information Management (SIM) invites applications for a probationary tenure-track, tenure-track or tenured position at the rank of Lecturer, Assistant Professor or Associate Professor commencing July 1st 2019 (negotiable).
The Faculty of Management is developing a new Masters program in Digital Innovation jointly with the Faculty of Computer Science. Positions relating to this new program are being advertised in the Faculty of Computer Science, Rowe School of Business, and School of Information Management. It is an occasion to join a strong and diversified team, in an environment where new programs are being introduced. Please see also the Rowe School of Business posting (https://blogs.dal.ca/academiccareers/2018/09/21/rowe-school-of-business-career-stream/) and Computer Science posting (https://blogs.dal.ca/academiccareers/2018/09/21/faculty-of-computer-science-career-stream/) for details on those positions and how to apply. Qualified candidates are encouraged to submit applications to more than one competition.
This position combines teaching, research, and administrative responsibilities. The School seeks candidates with a strong interest in, and capacity for, interdisciplinary research. Candidates will be expected to teach in at least two programs at the graduate or undergraduate levels. Professional information management experience will be an asset.
The successful candidate will have a PhD (or ABD status) in information management or a related discipline, with research expertise and/or teaching experience in one or more of the following areas:
- Data management, including analytics, visualization, curation, and preservation
- Information systems
- Information risk management
- New and emerging media and/or technology, including digital transformation
- Other relevant areas including organizational learning, collaboration, user experience, or knowledge management
The SIM (http://sim.management.dal.ca) offers two graduate programs: the American Library Association-accredited Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) program, and the mid-career blended learning Master of Information Management (MIM) program. At the undergraduate level, the School provides core and elective courses in the Bachelor of Management program, delivered collaboratively with the three other schools in the Faculty of Management. The School also participates in Dalhousie’s Interdisciplinary PhD program.
The SIM is part of the interdisciplinary Faculty of Management (http://www.dal.ca/faculty/management.html), which also includes the School of Public Administration, the School for Resource and Environmental Studies, and the Rowe School of Business. The Faculty of Management’s mission is to collaboratively advance management knowledge and practice, and its vision is inspiring managerial solutions to transform lives. We seek an additional colleague who will contribute to, and thrive in, this environment.
Dalhousie University (http://www.dal.ca/) is one of Canada’s leading teaching and research universities, with four professional faculties; a Faculty of Graduate Studies; and a diverse complement of graduate programs. Inter-faculty collaborative and interactive research is encouraged, as is cooperation in teaching. Dalhousie University inspires students, faculty, staff and alumni to make significant contributions regionally, nationally, and to the world.
Dalhousie University is located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Halifax is a vibrant capital city and is the business, academic, and medical centre for Canada’s east coast.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from Aboriginal people, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community.
Review of applications will begin on October 22, 2018. To receive full consideration, please submit your application by this deadline. Applications received after October 22 may also be considered.
Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, copies of past teaching evaluations, and statements of teaching philosophy and of research interests. (Each statement should be approximately one page.) Applications must also include a completed Self-Identification Questionnaire, which is available at www.dal.ca/becounted/selfid.
Applications should be directed to:
Ms. Kim Humes
School of Information Management
Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building
6100 University Avenue, Suite 4010
PO BOX 15000
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Electronic applications are preferred.