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.
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.
From the media release:
“After a meticulous and thorough search process, the Library Board determined that Rae-Lynne’s leadership style, focus on customer-service excellence and broad-based experience make her the ideal candidate to lead Brantford Public Library into the future,” said Brantford Public Library Board Chair Marion McGeein.
Aramburo joined the Brantford Public Library in November, 2015 as Manager, Customer Engagement and has been Acting CEO/Chief Librarian since former CEO Kathryn Goodhue retired at the end of May 2018.
“We’ve selected someone who will be able to guide important initiatives currently underway, while creating new opportunities that build on the Library’s vision and strategic plan,” said McGeein. “Rae-Lynne’s strong relationship-building skills, her proven ability to turn plans into action – most recently with responsibility for implementing the new service delivery model – coupled with her enthusiasm for gaining understanding of the community and its needs, equip her to move into this leadership role.”
Re-posted from LibVine (the Dalhousie Libraries blog):
Melissa worked both as an intern and as a term librarian for the Dalhousie Libraries and we are thrilled to be welcoming her back. In addition to her work with the Dalhousie Libraries, Melissa has been a research associate with the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation and with CNODES (Canadian Network for Observational Drug Effectiveness Studies).
Melissa comes to us with an extensive teaching and research background. Prior to becoming a librarian, she obtained a PhD in Classics and worked as a Classics professor at several universities in History and Classics departments.
As the Scholarly Communications Librarian, Melissa will focus on programming that promotes education throughout the community on issues such as open access publishing and methods of tracking research impact.
In addition, Melissa will also be the subject liaison for the School of Nursing. She is based at the W. K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library.
Congrats to Michelle Paon (MLIS ’98), who has been appointed Interim Associate University Librarian and Head of the Sexton Design & Technology Library.
From the Dalhousie Libraries blog:
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Michelle Paon as Interim Associate University Librarian and Head of the Sexton Design & Technology Library. As Associate University Librarian – Resources, she oversees the Libraries’ acquisitions budget, and works closely with the Resources Management Librarian and library staff across the system who select, acquire and provide access to relevant scholarly resources in a variety of formats. As Interim Head of the Sexton Library, she oversees the provision of library resources and services to faculty and students in the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Architecture and Planning.
Michelle Paon has been a science librarian at the Dalhousie Libraries since 2002, supporting faculty and students in the study of biology, the environment, oceanography, and marine management, and for shorter periods, psychology and neuroscience, sustainability, and Indigenous issues.
Michelle was actively involved in the establishment of the DalSpace online research repository and the Killam Library Learning Commons – at the time, both ground-breaking projects for a Canadian research library. She has served on the Curriculum Committees of the Dalhousie Faculty of Science and College of Sustainability. In recent years, she has partnered with colleagues at the Dalhousie Writing Centre to provide integrated research-writing services for students and to conduct related research. Michelle has also provided mentorship and inspiration in the Dal Libraries as a leader in the delivery of effective liaison librarian services.
Michelle holds a Master of Library and Information Studies from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Science (Biology) from St. Francis Xavier University. She is a member of the Atlantic Provinces Library Association and is a past President and life member of the Nova Scotian Institute of Science. Her researchinterests include collaborative service initiatives, open access, information literacy, and environmental history.
From Dal News (read the full article here). Featuring MLIS student, Tyler Lightfoot.
Tyler Lightfoot didn’t plan on becoming a data analyst. A degree in English and Psychology, plus years of working in sales and service, do not necessarily point to a highly technical career.
“If you had told me five years ago where I would be today, I probably would have laughed in disbelief,” Tyler says. “But when my current position [Institutional Analyst with Dalhousie Analytics] was posted, it immediately interested me.
“The job description not only fit with my education and service experience, but also my love of learning and finding and producing information. Being able to help produce results from evidence found in data was something that immediately attracted me.”
Finding a new path
Growing up in the small town of Melvern Square in the Annapolis Valley, Tyler thought he might become a firefighter, police officer or even a chef like his mother. It turns out that his self-proclaimed “obsession” with reading scientific research journals would become useful.
Tyler didn’t plan on graduate studies either. Until a co-worker who had recently graduated from Dalhousie’s Master of Information Management (MIM) program encouraged him to apply, he didn’t believe further education was a possibility for him. He is now completing his second year in the Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) program.
“The School of Information Management and the Faculty of Management feels like a family. The encouragement and willingness to help, collaborate and bring people together is wonderful. That level of collegiality constantly pushes me to do better.”
He has found a way to link his graduate work to his day job. A conversation with SIM professor Lori McCay-Peet gave Tyler the confidence to apply for a research assistant position with the Consumer Trust and Social License project, helmed by Sylvain Charlebois, Vivian Howard, Tony Walker, Peggy Cunningham, Michelle Adams and Jeffrey Friesen.
The project attempts to answer if Canadians believe that organizations are trustworthy, socially responsible, environmentally sensitive and ethical. In other words: do Canadian organizations have a “Social License to Operate,” or “SLO”? ? The group recently published the Food Retail Sector Consumer Trust Report.
“There are a lot of highlights so far with this project,” he says. “It’s the first of its kind to look at SLO in multiple sectors, and this research has given me a new perspective on data analysis and survey administration. I want to investigate that further, so I’m looking forward to writing a paper on this subject as part of a directed reading course. Later, it will hopefully translate into a master’s thesis proposal, then a PhD.”
Applying his skills
In the meantime, Tyler has also been applying his analytical skills to data collected from the “Impact Together” consultation sessions regarding the strategic direction of research across campus.
Not surprisingly, this work fascinates him.
“It has opened my eyes to the incredible research happening here at Dalhousie that I never would have known about. I am proud to be involved with the future of innovation on campus.”
It seems his success is a surprise only to him. When asked about working with Tyler, Sylvain Charlebois (Dean, Faculty of Management) said: “Tyler is incredibly open-minded, which allows him to learn a great deal. His work on our seminal SLO project received media attention from across the country, a huge accomplishment for a young scholar.”
Tyler’s journey shows that you should never be afraid to pursue an unfamiliar path or to chase after whatever captivates you.
“Taking the MLIS degree and getting involved with these projects has opened my eyes to the fact that I have a drive and passion for real-world research, and if I can, I’d like to make a career out of it.”
[Photos by Daniel Abriel]
Dr. Norman Horrocks, OC, PhD, FCLIP (1927-2010) is being honoured today as a “Dalhousie Original”.
SIM and Dalhousie have a very special, long-standing relationship with the Horrocks family. Dr. Horrocks was Director of the School of Information Management and Dean of the Faculty of Management.
The Dalhousie-Horrocks National Leadership Fund was established in 2007 to honour Norman for his outstanding leadership in the field of librarianship in North America, Australia, and Europe. As stated in the obituary, donations to the Fund in memory of Sandra Horrocks are appreciated. Visit our website for more information about how to donate.
Norman Horrocks (1927-2010) never forgot a face. The professor, dean and school director considered the “lifeblood” behind library sciences at Dal, Horrocks was known for his ability to recall nearly everyone he encountered, whether at a conference of the American Library Association or in a hallway at a publishing house.
Was it a skill he’d learned as a spy in the British Army’s Intelligence Corps during World War II? Perhaps. But it’s also that whether as a mentor, an ambassador for library studies or just as a friend, he took great pride in his connections with people—a one-man social network, decades before the likes of Facebook existed.
Horrocks began his career in libraries in his hometown of Manchester, earning three degrees and working in libraries in England, Cyprus, Australia and the U.S. In 1971, thanks to a connection with a colleague, Horrocks joined the fledgling School of Library Service at Dalhousie. Instrumental in convincing the American Library Association (ALA) to accredit the Master of Library Service program, Horrocks was vital to the progress of library studies at Dalhousie, and eventually became dean of the Faculty of Administrative Studies (now the Faculty of Management).
He had a similar impact on the field of library studies more broadly, earning national and international renown. Horrocks was a strong advocate for the accessibility of information and for decreasing censorship. He argued for the blending of library expertise with management and business expertise — later a focus of Dal’s interdisciplinary Faculty of Management — and embraced the use of computers to store and disseminate information.
Social, thoughtful and visionary, Horrocks did much to dispel the stereotype of librarians as what he called LOLITS: “little old ladies in tennis shoes.” As he put it in 1982: “The great challenge to the profession now is the opportunity to make available knowledge . . . to take all that knowledge and link it to people.”
Horrocks left Dalhousie for a job in the publishing industry in 1986, but returned to the university in 1995 and stayed until his retirement. Decorated with multiple awards, he was the first person to have been elected an honorary member of the Canadian, American and British national libraries and in 2006 was named an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Throughout his career, Horrocks never forgot the importance of what brings many librarians to the field: a love of books and information. While information science continues to progress, he said, “Books will be around for a long time.”
SIM is a sponsor of this event. Visit the ICKM website for full details.
14th International Conference on Knowledge Management
November 9th – 10th, Vancouver, Canada
CALL FOR PAPERS & PARTICIPATION
Knowledge Management seeks to spark action and change, moving beyond the end goals of collection and storage in previous iterations of practice and theory in the field. This separates KM from many other related fields. Even when focusing attention on codification and the elements that enable action, the end goal is always what that codification allows organizations and systems to do. The 14th annual International Conference on Knowledge Management seeks research and practice into work with knowledge that sparks action, decision making, change, etc. It will mark an important moment for reflection and advancement in the field. All topics are welcome, but topics that specifically address this action element are especially welcome.
ICKM provides academics, researchers, developers, practitioners, Information Professionals, and users from all over the world a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas concerning theoretical and practical aspects of information and Knowledge Management.
ICKM has a proven track record of success with the first conference held in Singapore in 2004, subsequent conferences have been held in Charlotte, North Carolina 2005; Greenwich, London 2006; Vienna, Austria 2007; Columbus, Ohio 2008; Hong Kong 2009; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2010; Johannesburg, South Africa 2012; Montreal, Canada 2013; Antalya, Turkey 2014; Osaka, Japan 2015; Vienna, Austria in 2016; Dallas, Texas in 2017. ICKM 2018 will be held jointly with ASIS&T 81st Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Canada.
All submissions will undergo blind peer review. Submissions should be labeled under one of the following types:
- Research Papers. This is to present quality state-of-the-art research in all related KM areas; for researchers with interest in KM and related areas this is a primary citation source. Submissions should not exceed 20 pages. These papers can be in many different formats to include: integrative literature reviews, theories/frameworks, case studies, the broad spectrum of quantitative and qualitative studies.
- Experience Reports. This is for developers or users of KM systems having interesting evidence to share about a practical KM approach, product, solution, or application. Submissions should not exceed 15 pages.
- Capacity Building Workshops. This come from trainers, teachers, or facilitators having done work of survey or wanting to share in-depth educational knowledge with a broad audience. The education track is an excellent opportunity to share tutorial and methodological findings. The anticipated audience will consist of additional interested people from industry. Submissions should not exceed 5 pages plus demonstrational material. Each contribution should include empirical application evidence.
- Best Practice Demo or Forum. This is for practical work that can be presented through hands-on-experience or presentations to receive focused feedback. It is an opportunity to show KM cases, discuss and receive feedback from all participants. Submissions should not exceed one page plus technical installation requirements (if any).
- Gong Show Contributions. This will consist of very short presentations about visionary and outrageous ideas towards the next generation of KM. The audience will vote for the best idea. If you have far-reaching idea about either technology or novel use this is your opportunity to share, get feedback, and even win an award. The submission required is a 5-page extended abstract indicating the originality of the approach.
- Young Researcher Networking Event Contributions: Master or PhD students in one of the above mentioned areas, either in early stage or late stage, are encouraged to share ideas with peers and receive feedback in a relaxed atmosphere with senior people from research and development communities. Supervisors of master or PhD students are kindly asked to encourage their respective student participation. The submission required is just a one page abstract reflecting the theme and status of the work.
- Works-in-progress posters. This is for research or practice in early stages looking to solicit feedback and spark discussion. Submission should include an extended abstract (not to exceed 1,000 words).
- The deadline for research paper submission is June 15, 2018.
- The deadline for all other submissions is July 15, 2018.
Submit Online at: The Conftool submission site is available here: https://www.conftool.com/asist2018
For Further Information go to https://www.asist.org/events/ickm/
Read the full story here:
From the article: “Reed has been the librarian at George Stevens Academy in Blue Hill for 12 years. Prior to that, he was assistant director at the Blue Hill Public Library. He holds a master’s in Library Science from Dalhousie University and a bachelor’s in American Studies from Brandeis University. He moved to Mount Desert Island with his family several years ago.
‘In the past few years since my family moved to MDI, I’ve loved getting to know the Southwest Harbor Public Library as a vibrant community hub,” Reed said. “I look forward to engaging with the community and staff to continue the library’s role as a cultural center and a public resource for lifelong learning.'”