Congrats to MLIS student, Mark Tambal, for recently receiving his Canadian citizenship! We are happy to have many hardworking international students in our program.
The Fall 2018 Faculty of Management convocation ceremony took place on Tuesday, October 2nd.
SIM extends congratulations to the seven MIM students who graduated this week. Your future is bright and you should be very proud of your accomplishments! Chris Donnelly was the recipient of the SIM Director’s Award, which is awarded to the MIM grad with the highest overall GPA.
To all alumni: We consider you to be part of the SIM family and look forward to hearing about your successes and supporting you in your ongoing careers. Please continue to communicate with us via email, Facebook, Twitter (@dalsimnews), and this blog.
The School of Information Management is pleased to announce that Master of Library and Information Studies student, Rachel Fry, has been selected as the sixth recipient of the Dalhousie-Horrocks National Leadership Fund.
This Fund was established in 2007 to honour Dr. Norman Horrocks, OC, PhD, FCLIP (1927-2010) for his outstanding leadership in the field of librarianship in North America, Australia, and Europe. Over several decades Dr. Horrocks, former Director of the School of Information Management and Dean of the Faculty of Management at Dalhousie University, pursued a distinguished career of very active involvement in professional associations in the United Kingdom, Cyprus, Australia, the United States, and Canada. His many contributions, for which he received local, national and international recognition, have advanced the field and the careers of countless individuals. The fund supports a scholarship and an associated lecture series through an endowment donated by the many former students, colleagues, friends and admirers of Norman Horrocks.
Rachel Fry is a second year Master of Library and Information Studies student originally from Janetville, Ontario. Rachel grew up on her family’s cattle farm, and her interest in libraries was sparked at the age of fourteen when she began her first job at her local public library.
Rachel attended Trent University and graduated on the President’s Honour Roll as a joint major in Sociology and Gender and Women’s Studies. After graduating, she relocated to Halifax to pursue her Master of Arts in Women and Gender Studies at Saint Mary’s University. Her thesis, called “Craftivism: The role of feminism in craft activism,” focused on how themes of activism are represented in modern craft. While at SMU, she received a Social Science and Humanities Research Council Scholarship, a Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research Fellowship, as well as a Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research Award.
In 2014, Rachel began working for Halifax Public Libraries where she has filled a variety of roles. Currently, Rachel works as a Circulation Lead Hand at Halifax Central Library, and holds a position as a Library Assistant 3 at Alderney Gate Library from which she is currently on educational leave. She also acts as a Student Assistant for the School of Information Management.
Rachel has a passion for learning and a wide variety of interests including public and academic librarianship, special librarianship and records management. Outside of work and academics, Rachel has a passion for music, animals, and loves living close to the ocean.
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!
Re-posted from CEGE Connection (the Centre for Executive & Graduate Education blog):
Dalhousie’s 13th annual student-run Information Without Borders Conference (IWB) will be held on Tuesday, February 12th, 2019. IWB conferences are recognized for their relevant, progressive and thought-provoking themes aimed at professionals in the field of information management. Past conferences have focused on topics such as Digital Governance, Managing Health Information, and Climate Change Adaptation. An added incentive to attend: the 2019 IWB Conference is being held during the year that the School of Information Management is celebrating SIM50.
In a recent virtual interview, CEGE Connection spoke with Cassandra Larose, the IWB 2019 Co-Chair, to discover what is being planned for IWB 2019.
Plans for the 2019 IWB Conference are well underway. Our 2019 theme is Access to Information, which is relevant within our world of advanced technology. For example, access is the topic of a recent media discussion in Nova Scotia. Access to information applies to everyone, not only corporations or governmental agencies. Who has access to information, including personal information? How do we obtain and make use of the information that is available? What information should be accessible? Or protected? What policies should be in place to facilitate the transfer of knowledge and information?
We are excited about the conversations that will come out of this conference and invite anyone interested to consider attending. We encourage you to connect with us over our social media venues for updates in the coming weeks: @IWB_Conference on Twitter and @iwbconference on Facebook. Our website is iwbconference.ca. Registration information and speaker announcements will be coming Fall 2018.
A special message from SIM students on the executive committee: We want to hear from you! Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or suggestions.
Congrats to Laura (MLIS ’19) from everyone at SIM! More information about SIM’s awards and scholarships can be found here.
When Stephanie Downs returned to Canada from the UK to become a librarian, she chose to enter the MLIS program at Dalhousie for its sense of community, welcoming faculty and Maritime culture. Diagnosed with cervical cancer at the end of her last year at SIM, Stephanie graduated with her MLIS but lost her hard-fought battle to her illness on May 27th, 2007.
Remembered for her enthusiasm, Stephanie was a “doer” and very active in school life, serving as 2005-2006 Co-Chair of SIMSA and SIM Team Captain for the 2005 Halifax “Run for the Cure”. She was also awarded the Student-to-CLA travel award to attend the 2005 CLA Conference in Calgary. This award was established by Stephanie’s family and friends in her memory.
Originally from Moncton, N.B., Laura Little is an energetic and passionate information professional aiming to complete her MLIS at Dalhousie’s School of Information Management by June 2019. After completing her undergraduate studies at Dalhousie with a unique combined Bachelor of Science degree with Honours in Biology and the History of Science & Technology, she was bound for a dynamic career.
She began working at the University of King’s College Library and Archives during her undergraduate studies, then moved to Toronto and worked in corporate records management, and part time at the public library in a diverse west-end neighborhood. All the while, she volunteered with a variety of groups including the Canadian Lesbian & Gay Archives and The Ryerson Star Spot Podcast. Inspired by the diversity of cultures and languages in Toronto, she moved to Madrid to teach English and learn Spanish. She fell in love with teaching, and continues to do so as a Teaching Assistant for Professional Communication Skills, and throughout the course of her University Teaching Certificate at Dalhousie.
As a Dalhousie Libraries intern, she excels at programming, designing educational resources and providing reference and research assistance. She hopes to encourage and inspire students to reach their full potential. She’s continued her extracurricular enthusiasm as the Information Without Borders Programming Co-Chair. She is passionate about good communication while building and maintaining relationships. She considers herself an interactional learner, and loves playing basketball and climbing with her classmates. If you see her hustling around campus, she’ll give you a huge smile and talk your ear off.
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]
The School of Information Management shares with the Dalhousie community our sadness over the passing of MLIS student, Colleen Faulkner. While Colleen was only a student with us for a short time she will be greatly missed.
In Memoriam – Colleen Faulkner
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Colleen Suzette Faulkner, age 37, of Clayton Park, NS, from complications due to cystic fibrosis, on June 8th, 2018. She died peacefully, surrounded by her husband, friends and family.
Born in Carbonear, Newfoundland, she spent most of her adult life in Nova Scotia, but always longed to return home.
She lived life to the fullest and had the respect and admiration of her former colleagues at the Coady International Institute at St. FX and Continuing Professional Development at Dalhousie University.
Colleen was predeceased by her mother Sharon (née Green), uncle Douglas Green, and aunt Jacqueline Harvey (née Faulkner). She will be missed by her husband, Mark Theriault; Clayton Park, NS; father William (Kay) Faulkner; Bonavista, NL, brother Ryan Faulkner; Bonavista, NL, sister Crystal (Jeff) Baker, nephew Noah and niece Claire; St. Philip’s, NL, and many other relatives and close friends.
A celebration of life will take place Saturday June 16th, 1-3pm, in the community room of 110 Greenpark Close, Halifax. A memorial service in Bonavista, Newfoundland will be held at a later date. Arrangements have taken place under the care of T.J. Tracey Cremation and Burial Specialists.
Donations in her memory may be made to Cystic Fibrosis Canada.
Online condolences and sharing of memories can be made to Colleen’s family by visiting www.tjtracey.com
From SIM Director, Dr. Sandra Toze: The School of Information Management would like to congratulate all of our newest MLIS & MIM graduates! It was an eventful few days with a reception hosted by the Faculty of Management Monday night, followed by our breakfast and awards ceremony Tuesday, and finally the formal convocation ceremony and reception that afternoon. As was highlighted at our morning event, our students are impressive, and it was wonderful to meet and celebrate your achievements with your friends and families. We extend our best wishes to those graduates who were not able to attend.
To celebrate Dal’s 200th anniversary all graduates received a Dal 200 pin, and a beautiful commemorative book.
We encourage you to read this wonderful profile about our MLIS graduate Brian Lesser produced by Nicole Maunsell in the Dean’s Office, Faculty of Management.
We welcome all our new graduates to the SIM alumni family, look forward to hearing about your successes and supporting you in your ongoing careers. Please continue to communicate with us via LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter (@dalsimnews), and this blog. You are all now members of our SIM Associated Alumni, and we look forward to seeing you at Alumni events.
Special thanks also to our Award sponsors including APLA, NSLA, SLA, the Vagianos and Harrison families and our alumni. And special congratulations to the 2018 convocation award winners (see full list below).
– Dr. Sandra Toze
2018 SIM Convocation Award Winners
Anne Galler Award (Special Libraries Association, Eastern Canada Chapter): Rebecca Shaw
Atlantic Provinces Library Association Award: Margaret Vail
MLIS Director’s Award: Alison Brown
MIM Director’s Award: Sean Hofstetter
Information Technology Leadership Award: Alicia Whidden
SIM Leadership Award: Lindsay Warner
Louis Vagianos Medal: Brian Lesser
Nova Scotia Library Association (NSLA) / SIM Graduate Award: Christine Cousins & Adrienne Colborne
SIM Research Award (MLIS): Alison Brown
SIM Research Award (MIM): JoAnne Akerboom & Monty Price
SIMSA Outstanding Service Award: Rebekah Prette
Beta Phi Mu Candidates: Alison Brown, Brian Lesser, Kim Mortimer, Rebekah Prette, & Rebecca Shaw