A native of Cape Breton, I have been in my current role of Associate Vice President, University of New Brunswick (Saint John campus) since 2012, arriving via several career moves, universities and cities that took me from Halifax to Toronto and back to Halifax before landing in Saint John. I wear many hats in my work and have oversight for a number of areas including student affairs, athletics, enrolment management, IT and experiential education. I came to Dalhousie’s MLIS program while I concurrently filled the temporary role of Acting Director, Information Services and Systems (ISS) at UNB (encompassing library services and IT) between 2015-2017. Suddenly finding myself a library director while not a librarian was daunting but deeply gratifying as I worked closely with professional librarians and library staff to understand how I could support them in their mission to assist our faculty, students and staff. It didn’t take long for me to become hooked on learning more, and soon I had started researching MLIS programs in Canada and beyond. Deciding to pursue yet another degree at this stage in my career (I completed my PhD in Medieval Studies at University of Toronto in 1999, and had done two Masters degrees previous to that) was a daunting prospect, not only academically but also logistically. I decided to apply to Dalhousie and the rest is history. I found myself on the journey from lifelong library user and bibliophile to something quite different.
During the winter 2017 semester, while taking INFO 6750, Health Sciences Literature and Information Sources I had the opportunity to explore how my MLIS studies connected with my “day job” in a real and relevant way, as the timeframe aligned with pending legalization of adult-use cannabis in Canada (initially scheduled for July 1). I was chairing a committee at UNB to determine how we would respond to the legislation and how we could educate and inform our students, faculty and staff on the new reality. As we explored how to develop policy for the use of a substance that was not yet legal, we realized there was little public health material available to guide our work, and few other Canadian universities had materials available to consult. This problem, the lack of accessible and reliable information at other universities lead me to the topic for my final research paper for the course, and ultimately to its publication in the Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association (JCHLA/JABSC), appropriately entitled “Cannabis on campus: gateway to student health literacy for academic health science librarians.” I am deeply grateful to the course instructors, Robin Parker and Melissa Helwig (both Dalhousie librarians) for their guidance and support. They exemplify for me what my experience of the MLIS has been thus far – superb instruction, meaningful and relevant content and a genuine desire to see students succeed and prepare us for the future as information professionals.
I also presented on this UNB policy work at a national policy conference on cannabis on campus, and even chaired the conference. The opportunity to explore the challenges of cannabis education in post-secondary environments within the MLIS course helped immensely both in the policy work, and in framing many of the discussions that the conference sparked. It has also opened up new opportunities on our campus to connect non-academic units such as student health services, student affairs and residence life with academic librarians who can work with them to identify resources that supports their work and our students alike.
I find that the MLIS program has provided me with knowledge that not only fulfills my own personal interests (cataloguing!) but has also been directly relevant to my work at UNB. I have greatly enjoyed the variety in curriculum of the MLIS courses I’ve taken thus far, and have benefitted greatly from opportune moments to apply my studies to my day job, in particular the application of Dr. Spiteri’s Records Management course to a complete revisioning of my own professional files. I was also recently appointed to UNB’s Records Management Steering Committee, and I know that I will be applying what I learned to helping UNB develop and implement an effective and sound records management process.
I continue to juggle part time studies (commuting at least one semester per year each week for classes) with my work at UNB, and am looking forward to eventually earning my MLIS degree and continuing to promote the importance of “all things library” to colleagues and friends alike!
Please join us for a day of stimulating discussion and presentations on Indigenous knowledge and access! The Indigenous Knowledge and Access Symposium will be held in Halifax on Thursday, November 15.
Co-hosted by Dalhousie Libraries, Dalhousie’s School of Information Management, and Library and Archives Canada, the event will focus on the work and challenges of documenting and improving access to Indigenous knowledge. The day features a keynote address by Elder Albert Marshall and Dr. Cheryl Bartlett, presentations from the Mi’kmawey Debert Cultural Centre and Beaton Institute and much more!
This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited. Please be sure to register in advance, and prior to Monday, November 12.
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Registration opens at 8 a.m. (AST)
Sessions begin at 8:45 a.m. (AST) and run all day until 4:10 p.m. (AST)
Collaborative Health Education Building (CHEB), Room 170
Dalhousie University, 5793 University Avenue
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Reserve your spot for this event now! All seating is general admission.
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.
Submitted by Dr. Bertrum MacDonald (SIM Professor):
One of the most challenging issues facing the world today is how to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change. The quantity of information on this subject is massive and growing, which presents another challenge. How can the best and relevant information be brought to the attention of decision makers and everyone else who has a stake in the future of the planet? A new book on the subject grapples with this question.
You can read a review of Communicating climate change information for decision-making, written by Curtis Martin, a graduate student working with the Environmental Information: Use and Influence (EIUI) research program, headed by Dr. Bertrum MacDonald, at this link.
Re-posted from CEGE Connection (the Centre for Executive & Graduate Education blog):
“My research interests emerged from my professional experience and focus on understanding the ways in which the modern workplace is being transformed through innovative information and knowledge management practices, facilitated by technology and increased collaboration.” Dr. Sandra Toze, Director, School of Information Management
Advances in technology have transformed the way in which we view information management. My first experience in the information management arena came when I worked as a librarian in financial services, an industry which generates vast quantities of information and massive data sets. This was at a time when there were no easy or intuitive interface mechanisms. With a background in history and politics, my exposure to data was limited. I quickly learned that working with data was different than working with information, you needed to understand how the data was collected and assessed. The “data” about data was critical.
Today, I am looking at how changes in the information landscape including collaboration, big and open data affect what we know about human information interactions. This is an evolving area of exploration. How do people deal with data? How do digital changes including social, mobile, analytics, cloud and automation affect how we find, interact and use information to solve problems, and to learn.
When I talk about data, I am talking about collection of numbers that we can manipulate statistically. When you see numbers on a spreadsheet, that is only part of the story. The background story relates to how the data was collected? What do these numbers represent? These are critical factors that will lead to a robust understanding of what we can do with that data. All of this is not necessarily intuitive. How do we know with certainty that the collected data is accurate and without bias?
I look forward to sharing my research in the coming series of interviews with CEGE Connection. Digital technologies are transforming the structures of society: governments, business, educational institutions, entertainment, travel. Without question, the governance of information and the need for advanced information skills are essential to realize the potential of this field of enquiry.
Congrats to Dr. Mike Smit (SIM Associate Professor) on receiving a SSHRC insight grant! Dalhousie researchers received a total of $2.4 million in funding for various social sciences and humanities projects.
From the announcement: The funding is being awarded through grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), one of the three federal granting councils responsible for supporting the researchers and scholars who are strengthening science and evidence-based decision-making, while nurturing a culture of curiosity in Canada.
The announcement was made on May 28 at the University of Regina by the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities. Over 800 research projects across Canada received more than $158 million in funding. This is the largest investment in fundamental research in Canadian history through Budget 2018.
“Thanks to the work of the hundreds of researchers being recognized today, Canadians can gain a better understanding of the world we live in,” says Minister Duncan in a news release. “It is my honour to support these talented researchers and help them push the boundaries of knowledge that will mean a better environment, better health, better society, and a better economy for all Canadians.
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/