SIMSA Executive 2017-2018


RebekkahRebekah Prette

Rebekah Prette is from Victoria, British Columbia and graduated from the University of Victoria with a BA in History. Her acceptance into Dalhousie MLIS program was a continuation of Rebekah’s journey towards the goal or becoming a librarian, a dream she has had since childhood. It was her experience with the University librarians, during her undergrad, where her passion for working in academic libraries was developed. Additionally, her experience through her practicum at the Legislative Library in Victoria, BC has developed a curiosity to explore that aspect of librarianship as well. Rebekah has been working as an intern at the Sexton Design and Technology Library since the fall of 2016. As, well she had been very involved in student groups on campus, including being the Chair of Dalhousie’s chapter of CAPAL and ACA. Having come across the country to study in Halifax has been very rewarding and an incredible experience of growth academically, professionally and personally. Outside of this intense schedule, Rebekah uses her extra time to cook, explore used bookstores, go to movies with friends, and explore Halifax, especially the amazing seaside market. You can email Rebekkah at rprette AT


AdrienneAdrienne Colborne
Academic Vice-Chair

Adrienne Colborne is a second year MLIS student. She graduated from the University of King’s College with a Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary Studies and Creative Writing. Adrienne’s interest lie in research data management, non-profit information services and collection development. She also loves to read, write and ski. Adrienne currently works as a research assistant and is also the outgoing Programming Chair for the Information Without Borders conference. You can reach her at



Lindsay Warner
Non-Academic Vice Chair

Lindsay Warner is a second year MLIS student from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. She graduated from Acadia University with a major in French and a minor in Computer Science. During her time at Acadia, Lindsay developed a love and respect for French literature, Quebec literature, and Canadian literature. She has previously worked in public libraries with the Cape Breton Regional Libraries, archives with the Beaton Institute at Cape Breton University, museums, at Marconi National Historic Site, and academic libraries with Acadia University and currently Dalhousie’s Killam Library. Her love and genuine care of others drives her interest in public librarianship. Outside of librarianship, Lindsay loves her cat, Grumpy, spending time listening to the blues at Bearly’s, skiing, playing video games, and napping.

In addition to her role as VP Non-Academic for the 2017-2018 year, Lindsay is also the technical chair for the Dalhousie Journal of Interdisciplinary Management and a member of Librarians Without Borders.

You can reach her at Lindsay.Warner AT

AliciaAlicia Whidden
Communications Officer

Alicia Whidden is a second year MLIS student from Truro, Nova Scotia. She graduated from Mount Allison University with a major in History and double minor in French and Classics. Alicia currently works as one of the two W.K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library and is looking to become an academic librarian or a health or law librarian. Outside her interest in librarianship, she enjoys reading, watching Netflix and going to movies.
In addition to her role as Communications Officer for the 2017-2017 year, Alicia is also a member of Librarians Without Borders, the outgoing Web and Communications chair of the Information Without Borders Conference, and the Chair of SIMConnect.
You can reach her at Alicia.whidden AT

ScarlettScarlett Kelly
Financial Officer

Currently in the joint Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) and Master of Public Administration (MPA) programs at Dalhousie University, Scarlett Kelly has a diverse academic and professional background includes English literature, consecutive interpretation, natural science, program evaluation, and database management. Her research focuses on information system infrastructure in the Canada governments and her research interest includes information behaviour, human rights law, diversity, and health policy and information management. Scarlett recently published a book “Digital Information Revolution Changes in Canada: E-Government Design, the Battle against Illicit Drugs, and Health Care Reform,” which content was presented in the 2016 Atlantic Conference on Public Administration (ACPA) in Halifax, NS and the 5th annual Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration (CAPPA) Conference on Research in Public Policy and Public Administration in Quebec City in 2016. Other than maintaining excellent academic performance, serving in several committees, and volunteering, Scarlett is also an award-winning academic/creative writer, chess player, cellist, soprano, and film and stage actress. After completing her co-op at Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) evaluation branch in the summer 2016, Scarlett spends her summer in 2017 conducting research on information creation behaviour and serving as a social scientist in a collective data mining team at the institut national de recherche en informatique et en automatique (inria) in Rennes, France with the supports of the Mitacs Globalink Research Award.

KimKim Mortimer
Digital Publications Officer

Kim Mortimer is an MLIS student from Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia. They graduated from McMaster University in 2014 with a Master of Science in Physics with thesis. Kim currently works on the reference desk and in the information literacy department at the Patrick Power Library at Saint Mary’s University. Their interests outside of librarianship include playing video games, LGBTQ+ issues, science fiction, bad kung-fu movies, cacti and succulents, cider and chocolate.

As well as being the Digital Publications Officer for SIMSA 2016-2017, Kim is also a co-chair with the Information Without Borders Conference. You can reach them at k.mortimer AT


DianaDiana Castillo
Information Without Borders Conference Co-Chair

Diana Castillo is a second year MLIS student at the Dalhousie School of Information Management. A California native, she completed her BA in Government and Latin American Studies at Smith College down in the United States, where she was got her first taste working at a small public library. After graduation, she moved to Washington, D.C., working at a non-profit advocacy group for three years before deciding to finally pursue her library degree. In addition to serving as co-chair for the Information Without Borders conference, Diana is a student representative on the curriculum committee and works as a research assistant for the Environmental Information: Use and Influence group. She is interested in the intersection of information and policy, and is currently working on her master’s thesis.

In addition to school, Diana enjoys reading, exploring the craft beer scene, playing video games, watching women’s soccer, and speculating about Star Wars.