IM Public Lecture Series: “Designing Virtual Environments for Children and Teens: Challenges and Opportunities”

Presented by  Dr. Jamshid Beheshti @ McGill University

Virtual environments (VEs) provide the unique experience of a sense of being within a 3D space, where the user is involved by interacting with objects. In education, immersion and presence can have strong motivational impact for students, who can actively be engaged in building their own internal models of the world. VEs may also be used as an alternative information retrieval tool by presenting a more engaging browsing environment for children and teens. Creating informational and educational VEs, however, can be perplexing, requiring multitudes of experts, advanced technologies, funds and time. In this presentation the challenges and opportunities in the design process of two different VE projects will be discussed.

Jamshid Beheshti, in collaboration with his colleagues, has produced more than one hundred publications, and has obtained close to three million dollars in research grants from SSHRC and other organizations over the past two decades. His research has focused primarily on investigating the information behavior of children and youth, and on designing and developing tools to assist them in their information seeking in the academic milieu. The culmination of his experience has led to the publication of two books on the topic of information behaviour. He served for five years as the Interim Dean and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Education, and for six years as the Director of the School of Information Studies at McGill University.

Lecture Details:
Monday, February 22nd, 2016 from 2:30-3:30pm
Room 3001, Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building, 6100 University Avenue

2016 Horrocks Lecture Recording

If you missed the 2016 Horrocks Lecture given by Dr. Ingrid Parent, don’t worry, there’s a video! Click Here.

There’s also a great write-up by one of our own, Domenic Rosati, on the SIM blog.

Lecture details:
Driving Influential Leadership in a Global Context in the Information Profession
Dr. Ingrid Parent (University Librarian, University of British Columbia)

Abstract: Librarians on the leadership track are encountering a fast-paced and changing landscape. UBC’s University Librarian and former President of the International Federation of Library Associations, Ingrid Parent, shares her insights on how today’s librarians can become influential leaders, drawing from her international perspective and leadership style.

Dr. Ingrid Parent, speaking at a podium at Dalhousie on Feb 4th, 2016

IM Public Lecture Series: Bridging the Gap: The Communication of Information in Complex, Multi-sectoral Networks – Recording Available!

*****Edit: Recording of this lecture is available here!*****
Presented by: Lee Wilson (Dalhousie University)

Research has shown that the development of strong communication and information-sharing networks is essential to the success of natural resource developments, particularly those taking place in highly active, and often hotly contested, coastal areas. In the Bay of Fundy region, tidal power offers a source of clean, renewable energy, as well as a means to strengthen local economies. The implementation of tidal power affects many stakeholders, e.g., municipal, provincial, and federal government agencies; non-governmental organizations (NGOs); environmental groups; industry both domestic and foreign; universities; and community groups, including First Nations communities. This lecture will present the results of a mixed-methods case study that used Social Network Analysis (SNA) and semi-structured interviews to examine tidal power stakeholder communication networks operating in the Bay of Fundy region of Nova Scotia. Understanding how, and indeed if, stakeholder organizations are communicating yields insights into how communication channels may be improved, which can also be applied to similar contexts, e.g., the offshore wind and wave energy industries. Among the many findings emerging from this research, the importance of “bridger” organizations, particularly from the NGO sector, in facilitating the flow and use of information among diverse organizations is highlighted.

Monday January 25, 2016 – 01:00 - 02:00 PM

Rowe 3001 (embedded into the class INFO 6100: Information in Public Policy and Decision Making)

Invigorating Winter Semester Potluck

!!Edit: This event have been postponed a week due to ❄snow❄!!

As you reintegrate into school after your (hopefully) rejuvenating winter break, we’d like to assist you in the task through some tasty treats and collegial meets!

Come on down to the SIM Common room on Wednesday, January 13th 2015 Wednesday, January 20th, 2015 to share in our Invigorating Winter Potluck. It starts at 11:30 am and will continue officially until 1 pm or until all the food is gone.

There will be a sign-up sheet in the common room, but if you aren’t there often please make note of your foodstuffs on this form. SIMSA will be providing some food, so don’t feel like you need to bring something in order to participate.

End of Semester Celebration


The End of Semester Celebration will be held on December 11th, 8:00PM-midnight at the University Club! Food will not be provided (due to the lack of snacks ticket prices have been decreased), but drinks are available for purchase.

Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for faculty. They will be on sale Monday, Nov. 23rd and may be purchased from:

  • Jacob Ericson
  • Andrew Moore
  • Hannah Steeves

Hope to see everyone there to mix, mingle, and marvel at our accomplishments over the past view months!