Please join us for SIM Research Day to hear about the exciting research projects our graduate students are working on. Featuring lightening talks by students in the MLIS, MIM and IDPhD programs. The full schedule of speakers is below. All are welcome – no cost – no RSVP required.
From LibVine (the Dalhousie Libraries blog). Read the full post here:
We are very pleased to welcome alumna Courtney Bayne to the Dalhousie Libraries in the new role of Records Manager.
Reporting to the University Archivist and working closely with the University’s Records Committee, the Records Manager will work with all administrative and academic units across the university advising them on the development of policies and procedures that supports the implementation of the University’s Records Management Policy. The Records Manager ensures the effective, efficient, and economical management of the University’s information resources are handled in an ethical and sustainable manner.
Courtney holds a Master in Information Management from Dalhousie and has over ten years of experience in the records and information management field. She has held numerous positions with the Province of Nova Scotia and volunteers with the Canadian regional team of the International Records Management Association (ARMA).
“It is great to be a part of the warm and welcoming community here at Dalhousie,” said Courtney. “I started my journey in records management with a Libraries and Technology Diploma from NSCC and while in school I worked at the Nova Scotia Archives. After being introduced to the records management field I felt connected working with individuals in improvement of processes and providing guidance in the application of standards, procedures, and policies. Identifying the operational value of the information that is created in an organization and persevering it accordingly is very important to me. As an ARMA member I keep engaged with the ever-evolving information and records management world. I love the challenges that arise, working though puzzles, and making the end result functional and easy to apply for end users. I look forward to working with the community at Dalhousie to make a robust and proactive records management program,” said Courtney.
An interesting aspect of working in the information management field is the difficulty in explaining clearly and concisely the nature of the field. Many professions have a reasonably clear public profile, such as medical doctors, nurses, accountants, lawyers, and so forth. Information managers, on the other hand, often find themselves in the position of having to explain what they do. The same is true also for those of us who teach and conduct research in this area.
There is no standard definition of what constitutes information management (IM). The Government of Canada defines it as a discipline that directs and supports effective and efficient management of information in an organization, from planning and systems development to disposal and/or long-term preservation.
Wikipedia defines IM as [the] cycle of organizational activity: the acquisition of information from one or more sources, the custodianship and the distribution of that information to those who need it, and its ultimate disposition through archiving or deletion.
At the School of Information (SIM), we define information management as a people-centred approach to discovering, organizing, analyzing, representing, and accessing data, information, and knowledge. Effective IM gets the right information to the right people at the right time. I am undoubtedly biased, of course, but I think SIM’s definition captures the main functional areas of IM very well. We propose also the following areas of competencies for IM professionals:
- Information management leadership
- Enterprise architecture
- Risk management
- Information security
The Government of Australia has a very well-crafted information management standard that could be applied to any organization, either public or private. The standard outlines eight principles for the management of business information:
- Business information is systematically governed
- Necessary business information is created
- Business information is adequately described
- Business information is suitably stored and preserved
- How long business information should be kept is known
- Business information is accountably destroyed or transferred
- Business information is saved in systems where it can be appropriately managed
- Business information is available for use and reuse
The graphic below, from K.L. Scott & Associates, provides a good summary of IM processes:
This graphic shows the business value of IM to an organization:
Please join our information session in Victoria to learn how our Master of Information Management program can enhance your information management career. Click here to RSVP.
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 email@example.com
Raed Abdel Sater, Information Management Officer at Unicef, discusses how the Master of Information Management program is helping his career: http://bit.ly/2jTFFuo