Dr. Philippe Mongeon was awarded a connection grant from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). The project is a partnership with Dr. Jean-Sébastien Sauvé (Co-PI) from the University of Montreal, the Canadian Association for Research Libraries (CARL) and the Maritime Institute for Science, Technology, and Society (MISTS). It aims to foster greater collaboration between practitioners and academic researchers in Canada by creating an exhaustive database of these groups’ scholarship, by developing a visual interface to explore that literature and identify new research and collaboration opportunities, and hosting an online conference on collaboration between practitioners and academics in Library and Information Science.
Please join us for (virtual) SIM Research Day to hear about the exciting research projects our graduate students and colleagues are working on. Featuring virtual lightning talks from graduate students, alumni, and professionals. All presentations will be 3 minutes + 2 minutes for questions. This event is free and open to all. No need to RSVP. Simply click the link below to join.
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Dr. Mike Smit (SIM Professor) and Lachlan MacLeod (Dalhousie Libraries, MI student) were awarded an Open Educational Resource Grant for their project “Research Data Management in the Canadian Context: A Guide for Practitioners and Learners“.
They are part of a national collaborative project to leverage the expertise of Canadian librarians, data managers, and other experts to provide a comprehensive, bilingual, peer-reviewed textbook introducing readers to managing research data. This book will, among other things, serve as a replacement textbook for the MI course INFO 6290: Managing Research Data.
This grant is offered in partnership between the Dalhousie Centre for Learning and Teaching, and Dalhousie Libraries through the support of Dalhousie’s Strategic Initiatives Funding.
Congrats Mike and Lachlan!
SIM Professor, Dr. Bertrum MacDonald, has received the Faculty of Management Research Impact Award. The Impact Award is given to a FoM researcher in recognition of their overall lifetime achievement to date. This decision is guided by traditional research metrics, such as impact factors and citations and additional considerations of the nature of the impact.
Dr. MacDonald was nominated by Acting SIM Director, Dr. Vivian Howard. From the nomination:
As a senior faculty member in the School of Information Management, Bertrum has had a distinguished career as a researcher and has been recognized with the Marie Tremaine Medal (the highest honour awarded by the Canadian Bibliographical Society) and a Dibner Resident Scholar Fellowship at the Smithsonian Institute, in addition to SSHRC and CFREF research grants totalling nearly $1 million. Throughout his career with SIM, he has been instrumental in creating and sustaining an enriching, supportive, and productive research culture.
Bertrum has been involved in many distinguished research initiatives during his career with SIM, but his leadership of EIUI, the Environmental Information: Use and Influence research group over the past decade is one of the most significant and far-reaching. This research group focuses on the complex interface of scientific information and policy decisions, using marine environmental and fisheries information as case studies. The output of this research group is truly impressive: EIUI has produced 45 journal articles, 11 book chapters, one book, 76 national and international conference presentations, and 16 Masters and Doctoral theses. Bertrum has successfully created a dynamic, collaborative, and interdisciplinary environment within his research group, and he and his team members are tackling some of the key environmental questions of our time, including strategies to mobilize scientific research in the public sphere, understanding information flows in coastal and marine decision making and in the recovery process for endangered marine species. The impact of EIUI’s output continues to grow as does the importance and overall significance of their findings.
One of Bertrum’s most outstanding (and less visible) contributions is his encouragement of students as emerging scholars. He helps students see they have the potential for scholarship, then ensures they have the assistance, tools, support, and guidance to succeed. Bertrum is known for his rigor and his attention to detail, but also for his incredible curiosity and joy in the research process. He genuinely treats each student and their project as unique and important, and ensures they have the support to think critically and to exceed their own expectations in their development as independent researchers. The positive impact of his mentorship of scores of students in a diversity of programs over the years really is incalculable.
We are happy to share the following recent research accomplishments by SIM faculty/students:
From Dr. Colin Conrad:
- I was awarded a SSHRC Insight Development Grant titled “What is the role of mind wandering in work productivity when using remote workplace platforms?”. We are currently exploring this question using mixed methods (questionnaires, EEG, field studies) with a diverse team consisting of SIM students, Psychology & Neuroscience students, and colleagues in Germany.
- I had a cool paper titled “Measuring mind wandering during online lectures assessed with EEG” which was published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.
From Dr. Louise Spiteri:
- Presenting a keynote paper Indigenizing Knowledge Organization Sytems and the Semantic Web at the IV Seminário do Grupo de Pesquisa MHTX – 2021. Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG) | Escola de Ciência da Informação (ECI), Brazil, November 25. This paper focuses on Indigenous Knowledge Organization (IKO, which is an emerging field of study focused on the protocols and methods of describing, naming, co-locating, and providing access to objects and materials that are of importance to Indigenous ways of knowing.
From Dr. Philippe Mongeon:
- Mongeon, P., Brown, A., Dhaliwal, R., Hill, J., & Matthews, A. (2021). A bibliometric analysis of race-related research in LIS. Education for Information, 37(2), 231–246.
- Aagaard, K., Mongeon, P., Ramos-Vielba, I., & Thomas, D. A. (2021). Getting to the bottom of research funding: Acknowledging the complexity of funding dynamics. PLOS ONE, 16(5), e0251488.
- Ferreira, M. R., Mongeon, P., & Costas, R. (2021). Large-scale comparison of authorship, citations, and tweets of Web of Science authors. Journal of Altmetrics, 4(1), 1.
- Mongeon, P., Siler, K., Archambault, A., Sugimoto, C., & Larivière, V. (2021). Collection Development in the Era of Big Deals. College & Research Libraries, 82(2), 219.Papers
- Grant: Mongeon, P., & Sauvé, J.-S. (2021-2022). Breaking the research silos: improving interactions between LIS academics and practitioners. SSHRC Connection Grant.
From Dr. Mike Smit:
- Information is everywhere! I’ve been working with amazing students who take me in so many fun directions. These 6 articles are the tip of the iceberg: user experience, urban forests and citizen engagement, research data management and Indigenous Traditional Knowledge, neo-natal intensive care, how to describe research data in plain language, and using social media images as data for environmental research.
From Dr. Bertrum MacDonald:
- New Publications
- Moreland, H. R., De Santo, E. M., & MacDonald, B. H. (2021). Understanding the role of information in marine policy development: Establishing a coastal marine protected area in Nova Scotia, Canada. FACETS, 6, 1–30. https://doi.org/10.1139/facets-2020-0109
- Black, F. A., Grek Martin, J. M., & MacDonald, B. H. (2021). Geographic information systems and book history. In Oxford Research Encyclopedia, Literature ( p.). Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780190201098.013.1151
- Conference Session: Dr. Patricia Manuel, School of Planning, and I organized and presented a session at the international MARE, People and the Sea conference, entitled, “Out of the Blue”: Integrating Land and Marine Planning for Coastal Community Resilience.” The speakers included Daniel Martinez Calderon, Dalhousie Interdisciplinary PhD student, and Monica DeVidi, Dalhousie Master of Planning student, both of which are co-supervised by Dr. Manuel and me. Additional speakers were based in London, Ireland, and Norway. A report about the conference session is posted at https://coastalfutures.ca
- Conference Papers
- Melnick, K., Moharana, T., Toupin, R., Gone, P., MacDonald, B. H., & Mongeon, P. (2021). The intersection of shark research, policy, and the public: A bibliometric and altmetric view. Canadian Association for Information Science Annual Conference, Edmonton, 7-11 May 2021. https://www.cais2021.ca/talk/27.melnick/
- Mongeon, P., Moharana, T., Melnick, K., Toupin, R., Gone, P., & MacDonald, B. H. (2021). Advancing marine conservation through understanding the distribution of media and scholarly attention across shark research communities. Coastal Zone Canada Conference, Iqualuit, Nunavut, Canada, 13-16 June 2021. https://www.coastalzonecanada.org/czc2021/
- Conference Posters
- Ryder-Burbidge, S., MacDonald, B. H., & Soomai, S. S. (2021). A coastal case study: Can cultural ecosystem services frameworks accurately interpret plain language survey responses. International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) Annual Science Conference, Virtual. 6-10 September 2021. https://www.ices.dk/events/asc/ASC2021/Pages/default.aspx
- MacDonald, B. H., De Santo, E. M., Mongeon, P., Soomai, S. S., Stewart, I., & Wells, P. G. (2021). The critical need to understand barriers to the flow of information in science-policy interfaces. International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA) Conference, Montreal, 30 August – 2 September 2021. https://www.ingsa.org/ingsa2021/
- Cadman, R., Martin, C., Moreland, H. R., & MacDonald, B. H. (2021). Engaging stakeholders: Exploring participation in environmental governance. Coastal Zone Canada Conference, Iqualuit, Nunavut, Canada, 13-16 June 2021. https://www.coastalzonecanada.org/czc2021/
- MacDonald, B. H., De Santo, E. M., Soomai, S. S., & Wells, P. G. (2021). Advancing coastal and marine management and conservation through understanding enablers and barriers in the use and influence of research information. Coastal Zone Canada Conference, Iqualuit, Nunavut, Canada, 13-16 June 2021. https://www.coastalzonecanada.org/czc2021/
- Martinez Calderon, D., Manuel, P., & MacDonald, B. H. (2021). Towards meaningful engagement of stakeholders in marine spatial planning: Five key elements of effective management. Coastal Zone Canada Conference, Iqualuit, Nunavut, Canada, 13-16 June 2021. https://www.coastalzonecanada.org/czc2021/
- Current research projects: In collaboration with the California Ocean Science Trust, the Environmental Information: Use and Influence (EIUI – www.eiui.ca) research team has launched a project to investigate the information seeking activities of staff of the California Legislature (who report to Assembly Members and Senators) that deal with coastal and marine subjects. Tamanna Moharana, MI 2021, is assisting with this project. The EIUI research team is also completing a synthesis analysis of numerous case studies EIUI has conducted over the past several years to draw out common themes about information pathways in science-policy interfaces. Lisa Long, MI 2021, is assisting with this project. The results of these initiatives will highlight the importance of understanding how reliable information is used for policy and management regarding marine environmental sustainability. The Ocean Frontier Institute research group on Marine Spatial Planning, co-led by Dr. Patricia Manuel, Dalhousie School of Planning, and me, is conducting research about information activities in community decision-making processes and the role of municipal governments in marine spatial planning.
From CAUL/CBUA, re. Lindsay McNiff (SIM liaison librarian & instructor):
- Lindsay McNiff, Learning & Instruction Librarian, Killam Memorial Library Dalhousie University; and Nicole Carter, Reference & Research Librarian, Patrick Power Library, Saint Mary’s University, have been awarded $1,000 to help support their project, Investigating the experiences of academic librarians on temporary contracts in Canada before and during COVID-19. In their proposal, Lindsay and Nicole propose to investigate the demographics of those academic librarians engaged in precarious work in Canada (including age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, years since graduation), in what postsecondary environments they have been employed precariously (college, university, size of institution), the nature of these contracts (reason, duration), and some key questions about their experience in these positions, including those raised in prior literature around training, socialization, and supervision. This is the first Canada-wide survey to investigate these questions with a focus on academic librarians with temporary contracts. The study will also zero in on how COVID-19 has affected the working life of librarians holding temporary contracts in academic libraries. The CAUL-CBUA Collaborative Research Grant is intended to encourage collaborative research by librarians and staff working in academic libraries in the region through projects which involve structured, evidence-based research. We are pleased to continue offering support to researchers in the region and look forward to the results of Lindsay and Nicole’s study.
Click here to read the full article.
More than a dozen researchers from Dalhousie have received funding for novel social sciences and humanities projects that will explore such things as accessible design standards for an aging population to the challenges of being a frontline retail worker during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Colin Conrad (SIM Assistant Professor) received a SSHRC Insight Development Grant.
Dr. Joyline Makani (SIM Assistant Professor and Killam Librarian) was awarded a SSHRC Partnership Engage Grant.
Thirteen selected projects received almost $791,000 from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Development Grants program, which distributed $39.5 million in total to 662 recipients. Two additional Dal projects were awarded a SSHRC Partnership Engage Grant and a SSHRC Connection grant.
SSHRC is 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. Insight Development Grants are available to both emerging and established scholars for research initiatives of up to two years. These grants support research in its early stages, enabling the development of new research questions, methods, and ideas. Partnership Engage Grants provide support for research that will inform decision-making at a partner organization while Connection Grants support activities that facilitate the exchange of research knowledge.
“Congratulations to our latest SSHRC grant awardees,” says Alice Aiken, vice president research and innovation at Dal. “This essential funding allows our researchers to do important, early stage inquiry that will ultimately lead to a deeper understanding of how we interact with each other and with the world around us.”
For more information, visit the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council’s website.
Congrats Colin and Joyline!
Dr. Mike Smit (SIM Professor) has been awarded an NSERC research grant for his project “Assessing the quality of research data infrastructure software”. More details below. Click here to read the full announcement.
Pushing back and exploring the frontiers of knowledge
A total of 44 Dal researchers are the recipients of over $7.3 million in funding from NSERC’s Discovery Grants and Research Tools and Instruments Grants Programs.
The Discovery Grants (DG) program is NSERC’s largest and longest standing program. By supporting ongoing research programs with long-term goals, Discovery Grants give researchers the flexibility to explore promising avenues of research as they emerge. Recipients are not only making an impact on their field of study, but are specializing in research with the potential to impact the world.
The Research Tools and Instruments (RTI) grants program fosters and enhances the discovery, innovation and training capability of university researchers in the natural sciences and engineering by supporting the purchase of research equipment.
Some of the successful projects include:
Researcher: John Frampton
Project: A bioprinter system for fabricating advanced biomaterials
Researcher: Kimberly Brewer
Project: Development of quantitative multi-contrast molecular imaging
Researcher: Julie LaRoche
Project: Renewal of essential flow cytometry instrumentation for the study of marine microbes
Researcher: Mark Obrovac
Project: New chemistries for metal matrix composites
Researcher: Mike Smit
Project: Assessing the quality of research data infrastructure software
More on NSERC’s Discovery Grant program can be found here.
We are happy to share the following recent research accomplishments by SIM faculty/students:
- From Dr. Mike Smit (Professor): Released in February 2021, our paper on the Mobile Application User Experience Checklist (website) describes our process building and evaluating a tool for evaluating apps (specifically, apps that are used to present information to users). Such a checklist is particularly helpful for systematic app reviews, which is actually how we started down this road. This work is in collaboration with colleagues in the School of Nursing, and used an assignment in INFO 6630 (2018) for some of our data collection. Journal of Human-Computer Interaction.
- From Dr. Louise Spiteri (Professor): Also in February, the paper entitled Zero-Waste Instagram Communities: A Thematic Analysis of ZW Activities through the Lens of the Lifestyle Movement Framework was published in The Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science.
- Congratulations to Dr. Philippe Mongeon (Assistant Professor), Alison Brown (Lecturer), and students* (Ratna Dhaliwal, Jessalyn Hill, Amber Matthews) who were recently awarded CAIS (Canadian Association for Information Science) Best Paper for their submission: A bibliometric analysis of race-related research in LIS. This paper was presented at the 2021 CAIS conference: https://www.cais2021.ca/program/ . Other papers written/co-written by SIM students presented include:
- The established archives: A bibliometric overview of archival research (Kendell Fitzgerald, Grace Bourret, Jordan Audas, Lisa Olson, Ana Roeschley, Philippe Mongeon)
- Is archival scholarship for everybody? A bibliometric analysis of gender and knowledge production in the archival field, 1981 – 2019 (Lisa Olson, Jordan Audas, Grace Bourret, Kendell Fitzgerald, Ana Roeschley, Philippe Mongeon)
- The intersection of shark research, policy and the public: A bibliometric and altmetric view(Kory Melnick, Tamanna Moharana, Rémi Toupin, Pallavi Gone, Bertrum MacDonald-SIM Professor, Philippe Mongeon)
- Mapping the Canadian library and information science research landscape (Cora-Lynn Munroe-Lynds, Marc-André Simard, Vinson Li, Emily McClean, Philippe Mongeon)
- Information literacy in Nova Scotia: Systematic mapping of high school learning outcomes(Cora-Lynn Munroe-Lynds)
*SIM students names in bold
- Dr. Colin Conrad (Assistant Professor) was awarded a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Grant from the Dalhousie Centre for Learning and Teaching.
- MI students Poppy Riddle and Kendell Fitzgerald have been awarded scholarships from Coalition Publica for their theses.
- MI student Tamanna Moharana accepted a Research Assistant position with the Environmental Information: Use and Influence (EIUI) group, where she will assist with a project in partnership with the California Ocean Science Trust. MI student Lisa Long will also continue as a Research Assistant with EIUI.
Congratulations to all!
This week’s Faculty of Management researcher of the week is Sandra Toze (SIM Director/Assistant Professor):
Dr. Sandra Toze is exploring how key changes including social, mobile, analytics, cloud and automation are affecting how we find, interact and use information to solve problems and to learn. Her research centres on three related themes: 1) collaborative information and data processes of groups; 2) digital governance; and 3) user-specific, social and mobile information interactions.
Her thesis work focused on better understanding how groups work with information. Outcomes included a better conceptualization of group information processes, which identified how and when information needs emerge, the tools and sources used to facilitate the finding of information and the tasks and activities required by groups to use information collectively. This work identified points where interventions can be made to enhance group effectiveness and provided specific evidence of the features and tools needed to better support group information process.
Dr. Toze was a collaborator in a SSHRC Partnership Development Grant – Transforming Government Work for the Digital Era, which facilitated discussion across Canada. More recently Dr. Toze was the primary investigator for a training needs analysis that examined digital competencies across the Government of Canada. Recommendations included the need to broaden and deepen digital literacy and to foster a more proactive training culture.
Based on her prior work experience, Dr. Toze also serves as an expert in examining and offering insights into the effect of interruptions on search, in designing task-sensitive retrieval systems, and in researching further aspects of social and mobile information interactions.
(re-posted from here)