SIM faculty, staff, and students:
Did you know that SIM is turning 50 in 2019? This is a time of reflection and celebration. We invite you to accompany us on the journey by following this blog, our website, and the #SIM50 hashtag on Facebook and Twitter.
Re-posted from CEGE Connection (the Centre for Executive & Graduate Education blog):
CEGE Connection reached out to Dr. Bertrum MacDonald, Professor, School of Information Management, to share his thoughts on reaching the 50th year mark, given the ever-increasing influence of information management within our society.
Thank you for opportunity to share my thoughts on the evolution of information management. Indeed, we are experiencing exponential leaps in how information is applied within our daily interactions. I agree that INFORM provides invaluable information on current research that is being conducted by Dalhousie.
I have been a faculty member in the School of Information Management for many years – more than half of the 50 that the School will celebrate in 2019! During this period, I have served as Director of the School, then Associate Dean (Research) in the wider Faculty of Management, and recently for a short term as Interim Dean of the Faculty. I have taught courses in the Master of Information Management since it was launched in 2008, beginning with the first course offered in the program: Information, People, and Society.
I head the interdisciplinary Environmental Information: Use and Influence research program (EIUI), based in the School of Information Management. My primary research area focuses on questions about information use and influence in marine management and policy development. The goal is to advance understanding of the many pathways of information (scientific, social science, and local) at the science-policy interface in marine environment contexts.
I look forward to joining the CEGE Conversation and highlighting the strength of the School of Information Management programs. The need to increase literacy in information management has reached a critical juncture.
We have come a far distance in 50 years. We have a solid foundation upon which to build for the future.
Dr. Bertrum MacDonald
This lovely update was recently shared with us by MLIS alumna, Sharon Longard: The MLS graduating class of 1978 celebrated our 40th anniversary June 13th, 2018 with a luncheon at the Waegwoltic Club in Halifax.
It is wonderful to see our alumni keeping in touch after so many years.
(L-R back row) Marg Machum, Marion MacArthur, Sharon Longard, Eric Richards / (L-R front row) Linda Hodgins, Joan Fage and Linda Keddy / (Not pictured) Christina Corkett
SIM IS TURNING 50!
We are excited about the possibility of more reunions, as we move into our 50th Anniversary celebrations in 2019! Planning is underway, and we want to hear from alumni of all programs (MLS, MLIS and MIM). We will be forming a committee over the summer, and we encourage you to get involved! We would love to have representation from all locations, sectors and years. Please contact us at email@example.com if you are interested in helping out, or have any ideas.
More details to come as plans are finalized. Keep an eye on our website, this blog (specifically the 50th Anniversary category), our Facebook and Twitter pages (hashtag #SIM50), and your email inbox. We look forward to reconnecting with you.
Dave MacNeil (MLIS ’09 – manager of collections and access, Halifax Public Libraries) is featured in this article (The Star Halifax) discussing new library kiosks at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport. More great ideas from HPL!
From the article: “Wednesday will mark a book launch of a totally different kind as a joint venture between Halifax Public Libraries and Halifax Stanfield International Airport takes flight.
The unveiling of two library kiosks — one located pre-security, the other post-security — will provide travellers, airport staff and local residents with the opportunity to check out a varied collection of between 350 and 400 books.
Described as similar to “big, glass-doored fridges,” the two kiosks will be stocked with books accessed by using a Halifax Public Libraries card.
“You simply scan in your card, type in your PIN number, open the door and browse the books in there. Then you take what you want, close the door, and you’re good to go. It’s very easy to use,” said Dave MacNeil, manager of collections and access for Halifax Public Libraries.
The RFID tags on the books — a radio frequency identification similar to the tech on credit and debit cards that allow users to tap to pay — will tell the kiosk when a book has been removed. Once a user selects a book and closes the door, the kiosk scans what’s inside, knows which book is not there, applies the borrowed book to the user’s account and prints out a receipt.
MacNeil said a little more than a year ago, the airport approached them about a partnership to help promote the library’s digital resources. That discussion quickly grew into a partnership to co-share the cost of two kiosks to provide a physical library presence at the airport.
“We’re trying to cater to all audiences so there’s a good mix of general fiction for adults, picture books and board books for kids, lots of quick reads that would include short stories, general trivia, your Chicken Soup type books, travel books,” MacNeil said.
“All things you can pick up if you’re travelling to pass some time waiting for your flight or choose from any of the number of novels that you might want to take with you on your trip.”
MacNeil said the kiosks are similar to “an unstaffed branch,” with all the same rules in place. You can have your books for three weeks, renew them online if need be, and drop them back off at the kiosk, a drop-off box at the airport’s baggage pick-up area, or at any of the 14 library branches across HRM.
Although the book-borrowing kiosks are initially limited for the time being to those who possess a Halifax Public Libraries card, MacNeil said they’re looking at ways to expand the system.”
[photo credit: YVETTE D’ENTREMONT /STARMETRO]
Submitted by Lara Killian (MLIS ’10):
Lara is a librarian educator at Nova Scotia Health Authority with a full weekday schedule of handling medical literature searches, patient education information, and training health care staff to find the information they need to help their patients. Lara is keen to support our provincial health care system with her info management skills, and she also loves to keep up with technology and trends in gadgets and social media. To that end, Lara co-hosts and produces a long-running tech podcast that has recently been rebooted as a monthly Facebook Live production, with the first half hour “webisode” filmed in February 2018. (http://ambermac.com/commandn-feb-2018-deepfakes-healthy-tech-pixelbook-giveaway-more/)
commandN (commandn.tv) started in 2005 with podcast founders Amber Mac and Jeff MacArthur as a YouTube production, and Lara joined the team as a co-host in 2011. The show covers tech, gadgets, and geek culture, and includes reviews and interviews with tech-related entrepreneurs and personalities. As new social networks emerged and attention spans shortened, the team moved the show to Instagram in 2014 and rebranded it as @15secTech, in honour of the maximum length of video clips users were allowed to post. As Instagram grew, the platform changed the max clip length to a full minute, which completely changed the concept of the series. After 350 mini-episodes, the team took a break to consider what the future of the show would be.
Taking note of the popularity and community engagement possible via Facebook Live productions, the team decided to take their mix of tech banter and quick “canned” reviews to Facebook, and fit the show into their now busy family lives by making it once a month, with a mix of live and pre-taped segments. (If you’re not on Facebook, it’s also posted to YouTube.) Amber and Jeff host the show in Toronto, while Lara moderates the chat (and will sometimes Skype in) from Halifax and all three contribute review segments as well as topic ideas.
The next Facebook Live show will run on Wednesday April 11th at 9 pm Atlantic with Amber and Jeff hosting live from Toronto. Check it out online (you can watch it live and join in the comments, or after the fact!) and feel free to ‘like’ the commandN page! https://www.facebook.com/commandN/
From Dal News (read the full article here). The story features photos and quotes from MLIS students Christine Cousins and Ali McLaughlin.
The MLIS Career Discovery Tour is just one of the ways in which Management Career Services supports our students. Learn more here. You can also read MLIS student Rebekah Prette’s personal account of her Discovery Tour experience here.
In December, Faculty of Management students in the Master of Library Information Studies (MLIS) and Master of Resource and Environmental Management (MREM) programs took part in Career Discovery Tours. These two-day experiential learning opportunities allow students to connect in person and network with program alumni and professionals in related careers and organizations. Students also visit a range of workplaces, participate in practice interviews with industry professionals, and learn about career choices available after graduation.
The MLIS tour to Toronto was organized by Management Career Services (MCS). Robert Wooden, Acting Director of MCS, led nine students through two jam-packed days of activities designed to prepare them to take full advantage of their education and training. “They don’t necessarily know all the different directions their degree could take them or understand how their competencies could apply in many different industries,” he explains. On this tour alone, students visited the Toronto Public Library, the University Health Network and Michener Institute, Ryerson University Library and Deloitte Consulting. They also attended panel discussions, networked with alumni and gained invaluable feedback through practice interviews.
Second-year MLIS student Christine Cousins, from Guelph, was struck by the “openness among my future colleagues and their willingness to talk and answer questions. If you’re undecided or uncertain about where you want to go, this tour is excellent because it gives you lots of options. Information management is not just libraries anymore—our professors tell us this, but it’s good to see how it plays out in real life.” Cousins is leaning toward public librarianship.
When first-year MLIS student Alison McLaughlin signed up for the tour, she wasn’t sure what to expect. She’s interested in academic librarianship, but she’s also considering special libraries and other non-library information management careers. For her, the tour demystified the process of choosing a career path. “I’ve been a student my whole life,” she explains. “It made the whole starting to work thing a little less daunting. We had panels and got to ask people questions about how they got where they are and how they made that decision.”
Another bonus was discovering that a city like Toronto might be a fun place to live. Coming from tiny Grand Falls, New Brunswick, McLaughlin had never experienced a city bigger than Halifax. The verdict? “I could live in a big city and actually like it!” McLaughlin even scored an unscheduled tour of the Toronto Public Library with the head librarian.
[photo: L-R: Benji Spagat, Emilie English, Christine Cousins, Alison McLaughlin]
The Province of Nova Scotia, the School of Information Management and the Rowe School of Business (Faculty of Management, Dalhousie University) are excited to announce the
2nd Annual Nova Scotia Open Data Contest!
The event is taking place on March 3 – 4, 2018 in conjunction with International Open Data Day.
Visit our Event Page for full details and to register. Invite attached.
This event is open to all. $4,000 top prize available.
Participants will build and prototype an app, produce compelling visualizations, or generate predictive models—all incorporating NS open data.
MLIS student, Nicole Dalrymple, can already be found in various places on campus and off. Now you can also see her above the sidewalks: Nicole is representing Graduate Studies on the brand new Dal 200 lamppost banners, installed to commemorate Dal’s bicentennial. These colourful banners will welcome students, staff, faculty and visitors as they explore the campus throughout the coming year.
We are proud to have a SIM student included in this initiative. These banners are sure to add some colour to our campus this year.
Read the full article on the Dal 200 banners here.
SIM alumni, Lee Wilson (MLIS ’16) was married in Moncton on August 5th. Congrats Lee and Erica on a beautiful wedding day! We send you best wishes for a happy future together.
SIM is happy to celebrate significant life events with our alumni. Do you have something to share? Submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org anytime.
From NSLA: In honour of the 150th Anniversary of Confederation, NSLA and Nova Scotia’s nine regional library systems present Libraries 150, a province-wide project to promote reader engagement in the celebration of Nova Scotia’s writers and citizens, ideas and attitudes, culture and environment, stories and treasures.
The cornerstone of Libraries 150 is the 150 Books of Influence, a compilation of 150 books that Nova Scotians feel have somehow influenced or defined them. The titles on the list will be those books that have captured Nova Scotians’ hearts and minds; books that tell Nova Scotia’s stories and inspire its citizens.
To find out more about the project, or to suggest a title for the list, visit www.150booksns.ca