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.
SIM joins the many colleagues and connections of Marie DeYoung across the country in mourning the loss of an exceptional librarian and friend. Marie endlessly supported SIM and our students, and among her many honours she was awarded the SIMAA Outstanding Alumni award. We feel fortunate to have had her in our community, and are celebrating her life well lived with all of you.
From the obituary (click here to read in full):
Marie Elizabeth DeYoung hung out a perfect line of clothes a week before she died. “That’s my last line,” she said as her sheets dried in the wind and sun just as they were supposed to do. A day later, Marie spent the last day in her Halifax home putting her documents into folders – one for legal documents, one for subscriptions, one for appliance manuals, one for bank and credit card accounts. A librarian by vocation and by disposition, she saw putting files in the right folders as a first principle. A principle with a purpose. Get yourself organized, and you might just put the precious time you have on earth to good use. Marie did just that. In her last year of life, after major surgery, Marie seized the day by taking one final trip to Europe. She always flew business class, stayed in good hotels, dined well and came home after a few days to her spotless home on a leafy Halifax street to watch Jeopardy on her ancient cathode ray TV. Earlier in the day, pre-Jeopardy, Marie would tune her stereo to CBC Radio to listen to classical music while she read a book. A glass of fresh water was left on an end table for Alice, her cat. A half dozen or so novels, borrowed from the Halifax Public Library, were stacked neatly on the coffee table.
Marie worked in libraries for most of her career, though she never called it work. Managing information, cataloguing books, guiding students through the stacks and through life – these were all part of the vocation she loved. Her distinguished career was also reflective of that passion. After completing her Master of Library Service degree at Dalhousie University in 1980, Marie managed libraries at the Nova Scotia Departments of Justice and Labour before taking senior positions at the Nova Scotia Community College and finally Saint Mary’s University, where she served as University Librarian for ten years before retiring in 2018.
A private celebration of Marie’s life will be held at a later date. Donations can be made to a charity of your choice. Marie’s favourites included the World Wildlife Fund and Bide Awhile animal shelter.
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.
Feel free to share. This event will be recorded and posted to our YouTube channel.
Via Microsoft Teams (<–click link at above date/time to join. If you already have Teams, it will open. If you do not have Teams, you can watch in your browser – move the Teams download request window and click the option to open in browser. Note: Safari is NOT recommended due to issues with video and audio. Instructions for downloading Teams are attached if needed).
Click here to learn more about research in the School of Information Management.
Attention IM professionals/employers:
You’re invited to the Master of Information (MI) Program Meet and Greet event, on Monday March 28, from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm (AT) / 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm (ET).
This event is to provide an opportunity for students to meet employers in the library and information management field and for a chance for employers to meet the graduating class, as well as the first year students, looking for summer employment. It is also a chance for you to network with your colleagues and give back to the profession. Please feel free to share this invitation with your colleagues.
The event will be held on the Wonder Virtual Event platform. (More information about this platform can be found below.)
Please RSVP by March 25 to: https://forms.office.com/r/9zNfdiKdPx
(We like to have a sense of who is coming so students can be better prepared with their questions for you.)
A link to the Wonder platform will be sent to you closer to the event date.
I hope to see you there!
Thanks for your support of our students,
Wonder is an event platform that allows you to navigate a virtual room and engage in individual or group conversations as you would in a physical room.
You can try it out in a test room we have created: https://app.wonder.me?spaceId=3d2be8bb-36a5-4241-9aa8-8e18f2398796
Read more about using Wonder at https://help.wonder.me/en/articles/5627532-a-guest-s-guide-everything-you-need-to-know
A few additional notes about Wonder:
- Supported Devices & Browsers
- Wonder is designed for use on desktop and laptop computers and is supported with Google Chrome, Firefox, or Microsoft Edge.
- Wonder is not currently supported by tablets (including Ipads) or mobile devices.
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Sandra Toze, PhD (she/her)
Director, School of Information Management (SIM)
Faculty of Management, Dalhousie University