Creighton Barrett – SIM alumnus (MLIS ’11), instructor and Digital Archivist at Dalhousie University – recently stopped by CBC Radio to discuss ways librarians like him are using police forensic techniques to solve the mystery of data storage in the 21st century.
SIM alumna, Hannah Steeves (MLIS ’16) will be presenting at the 2017 CALL (Canadian Association of Law Libraries) Conference in Ottawa, May 6-11th.
Her lightning talk, Lawyers, Gymnasts, and Researchers: Using a Flipped Classroom to Teach LRW, discusses the current landscape of how legal research is taught to law students across Canada and how a flipped classroom approach can add value to their education and simultaneously improve soft skills. From Hannah: “The poster below, Canadian Legal Information Professionals’ Information Activities: What do they do and how to they tweet?, outlines a research paper completed during my time at SIM as a student on a topic that continues to interest me today. I am grateful for the opportunity to present these items and thank those at SIM for getting me started.”
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Mary Elizabeth Dykstra Lynch has been included in Marquis Who’s Who. As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
As a professor emeritus of the School of Information Management, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, Dr. Lynch has proven her commitment to the principles of higher education and learning throughout her distinguished career.
Before starting in the field as head cataloguer for Dalhousie University Library, she earned a BA from Calvin College in Michigan and a Master of Library Service degree from Dalhousie University. Shortly after receiving her master’s degree she was appointed as an assistant professor at Dalhousie’s School of Library Service, later called the School of Library and Information Studies. She was an associate professor there from 1978-1982. The following year she left to become senior audiovisual librarian at the National Film Board of Canada in Montreal, returning to the Dalhousie University school in 1983. In 1986 she became director of the same institution, at the same time graduating with her Ph.D. from Sheffield University, England. From 1987 she served as a professor at Dalhousie for ten years, seven of those years continuing as director.
Throughout the course of her notable and lengthy career, Dr. Dykstra Lynch has had the opportunity to parlay her knowledge into marketable works such as “Access to Film Information” and “PRECIS: a primer” (published as the textbook of its indexing system by the British Library, London). She has served on various boards and as consultant to several libraries and other institutions in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Additionally she has been featured in Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in Science and Engineering.
Lara Killian (MLIS 2010) and co-author Margo Coletti of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston published an article on medical jargon and the importance of clear patient-provider communication in the March 2017 issue of AMA Journal of Ethics <http://journalofethics.ama-assn.org/2017/03/pfor1-1703.html>.
To keep the conversation going online, Lara and Margo will take part as guest experts for a dedicated health literacy and shared decision making chat on Twitter using the hashtag #EthicsChat and moderated by the Journal editorial staff. The tweet chat will be held on Thursday March 30 from 3-4 pm Atlantic time.
Lara manages the patient education pamphlets collection for the Nova Scotia Health Authority, and has partnered with Nova Scotia Public Libraries as well as Halifax Public Libraries to index the pamphlets in all public library catalogues throughout the province. Check out the collection <http://library.nshealth.ca/PatientGuides> of patient education resources she manages in Libguides to find health-related apps, podcasts, videos (not to mention hundreds of patient pamphlets) and increase your own health literacy!
Killian L, Coletti M. The Role of Universal Health Literacy Precautions in Minimizing “Medspeak” and Promoting Shared Decision MakingAMA Journal of Ethics. March 2017, Volume 19, Number 3: 296-303. doi: 10.1001/journalofethics.2017.19.03.pfor1-1703. http://journalofethics.ama-assn.org/2017/03/pfor1-1703.html
Ryan Deschamps (MLIS/MPA ’05) has successfully defended his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) thesis at the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (University of Saskatchewan), in the field of social media and policy agenda setting. The thesis title is: “Policy Agenda Setting and Twitter: Three Cases from Canada.” Former SIM Professor, Dr. Anatoliy Gruzd (now of Ryerson University) was the External Examiner. Ryan was the first graduate of the combined MLIS/MPA (Master of Library & Information Studies/Master of Public Administration) program.
Congrats Ryan, from everyone at SIM!
Podcasts (digital audio files made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or mobile device, typically available as a series) are more popular than ever. They are a great way for enthusiasts to share information and communicate with like-minded people in the digital age. Many of our MLIS alumni have started their own podcasts and we highly recommend you check them out – here are just a few:
Name of podcast: The Rules
- Description: The Rules is an improv writing podcast where co-hosts Adam and Jenna workshop, write, and perform stories – all while following a set of rules.
- URL: http://www.therulespodcast.com/
- Twitter Handle: @therulespodcast
- Co-hosts: Jenna Knorr (MLIS ’16) and Adam Ganong
- Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Name of podcast: BookRage
- Description: For the mad reader/talking nerdy about books
- URL: https://soundcloud.com/bookjacket OR https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/bookrage-for-the-mad-reader/id1067337515?mt=2
- Twitter Handle: @BookRagePodcast
- Co-hosts: Laura Emery (MLIS ’07) & Denise Corey (MLIS ’06)
Name of podcast: You Were Going to be Fantastic
- Description: A podcast about where you thought you’d be as a grown-up, where you actually are, and how that makes you feel.
- URL: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/you-were-going-to-be-fantastic/id1125846352?mt=2
- Twitter Handle: @ywgtbf
- Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ywgtbf/
- Co-hosts: Ann Foster (MLIS’07) & Jenny Ryan
By Monique Woroniak: Recently, I had the privilege – in every sense of that word – to deliver the Dalhousie-Horrocks National Leadership Lecture for the School of Information Management. Titled “Beyond Colonialism? Libraries for a Canada We Don’t Yet Know”. I tried to address what I have been taught are some necessary steps and approaches for beginning to re-set relationships with Indigenous individuals, communities and governments.
I want to share that I feel I am still somewhere at the beginning of my own journey with respect to this work. I want to continue to become a more informed and useful person when it comes to supporting Indigenous peoples in achieving the goals and the change they seek. This truly is long haul work and I am mindful of the need to always be learning. When I said “to never stop” in my lecture, I meant it. I hope that if I am called on to give a similar talk in the future it will contain some new knowledge and practices. I will be concerned if it doesn’t.
Along that vein, it was correctly asserted during the question period that I and others like me need to do more to “walk our talk”. Specifically, it was suggested that a lecture like this one should have shared space with an Indigenous voice from the library community – an Indigenous voice beyond the valued words shared by the Elder present. I feel that audience member was entirely correct and I am grateful to them for raising the point and for the conversation we had afterward. It was another lesson for me about intention versus outcome – more on that below.
But everyone has to start somewhere. Whether it is as a (non-Indigenous) individual community member, library worker, library system or other organization, I encourage people to begin. Engage with Indigenous peoples’ accounts of the history and current-day realities of this country and, in particular, of the community where you live. Read or listen to what they have to say about what they want and need from non-Indigenous individuals and communities. Remember this work is far less about intention than it is about outcome. Pay attention to the oppressive cycles and ways of relating that your actions may replicate. Become knowledgeable about power and privilege – who has it, who doesn’t – and how they are reproduced with almost no effort.
Look for ways to break those cycles. If you can’t always see them, be open to them being pointed out.
Librarians are concerned with providing access to the widest range of information possible and to helping people navigate that range and evaluate what it is they find. When we are at our best, we help dissolve ignorance and we model continuous learning.
Non-Indigenous people in Canada need access to the best – read: the most authentic – information about Indigenous peoples available. It is our responsibility as librarians to centre Indigenous voices (knowing that this often means simply getting out of the way or removing barriers) through collections, programming and hiring practices. We also have an obligation to provide support to Indigenous libraries/community knowledge centres and workers on their own terms. The Indigenous library and cultural memory workers I have interacted with have been among the most inspiring and instructive voices I’ve learned from.
The knowledge that is acquired through centring Indigenous voices and working in relationship with Indigenous individuals and communities should then be something we also share with the public. Communities across this country are in great need of examples of how to responsibly take direction from Indigenous peoples and grow relationships based in solidarity and justice. If we choose, we can be that example.
With respect and much love,
Winnipeg Public Library
Treaty 1 Territory and the homeland of the Red River Métis
Students and other members of the library and information management community sometimes ask me what I’m reading or listening to. A short list of books and writers was circulated at the lecture and can be found here. This page from groundworkforchange.org contains a list of websites, including those that host podcasts, I and many others return to again and again. Additional print sources can be found on the site here. Read SIM’s recap of the Horrocks lecture here.
Monique Woroniak, a graduate of the Dalhousie Master of Library and Information Studies program and this year’s Horrocks Leadership lecturer, gave a talk on January 23rd entitled ‘Beyond Colonialism—Libraries for a Canada We Don’t Yet Know’ (view the recorded lecture here). The lecture focused on the need for Canada as a whole, and libraries as an institution, to acknowledge colonial history. “The colonial past is present,” Woroniak reminded us, and it is vital to remember this in order to move forward.
Through her own experience with Indigenous communities, Woroniak described the need to build meaningful relationships between non-Indigenous and Indigenous peoples. Relationships take work, she emphasized, but they are vital to engaging with history and creating a future where power is shared rather than taken.
The colonial project has been, and remains, about attempting to disappear Indigenous peoples. And it is the responsibility of everyone – including libraries – to work against this disappearing, to ask at each step: “Where is the Indigenous knowledge? Where are the Indigenous voices? Where are the Indigenous bodies?”
Woroniak affirmed that a great place for this work to occur was in fact in libraries. Libraries support learning and making connections; these must be discussed in terms of learning about Indigenous peoples and about creating solidarity-based connections in their communities. There is work to be done, but if libraries succeed in these ventures, Woroniak suggests that in time they will have a new collection to take care of and to share, one which describes “the path they chose to walk.”
The YA Hotline is a bi-annual newsletter published by the School of Information Management at Dalhousie University. The newsletter contains information and resources for both young adults and young adult librarians including book reviews, resource lists, bibliographies, feature articles, interviews and more. The editor of the newsletter is Vivian Howard, Associate Professor and Associate Dean (Academic) and the articles in each newsletter are written by SIM students/alumni.
Issue 104 explores the evolving world of FANFICTION and includes discussions of the history of fanfiction, where to find fanfiction, ideas for using fanfiction in programming, and the relationship of copyright and fanfiction. This issue was written by MLIS alumna Gabrielle Brydges, Caitlyn Carson, Laurie Chase, Alyssa Dawson, Claire Dionne, and Megan O’Brien. This issue is freely available at https://ojs.library.dal.ca/YAHS/issue/view/685.