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.”
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
Please join us for SIM Research Day to hear about the exciting research projects our graduate students are working on. All are welcome – no cost – no RSVP required. Full presentation schedule below.
Thursday, April 6th, 2017 from 11:30am-2:00pm
Room 3087/89, Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building
6100 University Ave
EVALUATION AT UNICEF: BRINGING THE INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE TO THE LOCAL SETTING
This workshop is sponsored by Dalhousie’s Master in Information Management Program (MIM) and the Nova Scotia Chapter of the Canadian Evaluation Society (CESNS).
This interactive workshop will provide the opportunity to examine the influence of international evaluation demands and practice on our local work. There will be a panel of local evaluators who will comment on the applicability of international evaluation to the local setting.
The workshop will explore the following topics:
- UNICEF and its relationship with the UN
- Evaluation requirements and use in decision making at UNICEF
- UNICEF evaluation examples
- Discussion of evaluation in local and international settings
- Data mining and visualization
The Presenter – Raed Abdel Sater
Raed Abdel Sater is the information manager for the UNICEF Lebanon office. Since 2012, he worked in different emergency operations for UN agencies intervening in the middle east and supporting planning, implementation and management of monitoring and evaluation systems.
Before joining UNICEF in 2014, Raed served as Data manager in the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Lebanon supporting national and international research and intervention access programs.
Raed is a MIS specialist with extensive experience in design and management of research, monitoring and evaluation, capacity building on evaluation methodologies; promotion of a culture of information use and utilization of information for evidence-based decision-making.
Raed is a student in the Masters in Management Information Program at Dalhousie. He is studying on-line from Lebanon.
Starts: Friday April 7, 2017 – 09:00 AM
Ends: Friday April 7, 2017 – 12:30 PM
Location: Room 3089, Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building, 6100 University Ave., Halifax
Additional Information: Register by April 5, 2017: https://cesns.ca/store/evaluationunicef.html
The workshop is provided free of charge by CESNS and the MIM Program at Dalhousie.
Light refreshments will be provided.
For questions, contact Dorian Watts at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Monday, March 6th, 2017
Room 1016, Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building
6100 University Avenue
*embedded in the class INFO 6540: Data Management
Abstract: This presentation will begin with a review of what has brought libraries to this point in serials acquisition history and how the current state of things affects serials collection management decisions. This will be followed by an overview of the current state of affairs in serials management at Trent University and a description of the use of citation analysis, along with other tools, in the aid of making better informed decisions about serials management.
Biography: Ken has worked at Trent University for the past 28 years occupying roles as a serials cataloguer, serials librarian, access services librarian, and is currently the head of Trent’s first branch library on its Durham Campus in Oshawa, Ontario, and the University’s Copyright Officer. He obtained a BMusEd from Dalhousie in 1980, a Master of Library and Information Science from UBC in 1984, and a Graduate Professional Certificate in Library Sector Leadership from the University of Victoria in 2011.In addition to his work in the Library, he was Principal of Lady Eaton College, one of Trent’s five residential colleges, from 1996 to 2000, and was Acting Head of the Durham Campus in 2012/13.
During his sabbatical year, he will be undertaking a citation analysis of publications of Trent Humanities and Social Sciences faculty for a 2 or 3 year period in order to gain a better understanding of the types and sources of the resources that faculty have been using in their research. The goal is to provide the Library with a better sense of whether the resources it collects and makes accessible are meeting the research needs of the faculty. He will also continue to actively monitor developments in copyright, both nationally and internationally, and provide advice and guidance to the Trent University community on how any changes may effect the application of copyright law to community practices.
(Reblogged from here)
This Valentine’s Day, find love in the library.
Blind Date with a Book
Rescheduled to: Thursday, February 16
Where: Killam Library (11 a.m.–3 p.m.) and MacRae Library (11 a.m.–1 p.m.)
What: Fall in love with a good book.
If you’re looking for mystery, fantasy, poetry, romance, or… science fiction, the Killam and MacRae libraries are where you’ll want to be this Valentine’s Day.
Blind Date with a Book wants to set you up with the book of your dreams, featuring sharp and witty profiles better than anything you’ll find on Tinder.
Just come to the lobby of the Killam Library (Studley Campus) or the MacRae Library (Agricultural Campus) on February 14. Check out the display of discreetly wrapped books and peruse the descriptive tags. You’re sure to find one that quickens your pulse.
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.”