A New Page on SIMSA: Conference Calls

Hey, I just thought I would make people aware that I have created a new page on the website titles “Conference Calls” which will hold all of information we get about calls for abstracts, posters, essays, etc. that will be used in conferences or presentations of a higher professional capacity. This new page makes it easier to showcase all of your academic writing.

It can be found under the “Other Resources” tab in the main navigation. Feel free to email the SIMSA DPO with any comments :)

Join the IWB Conference Committee – September 19th

Info Mgmt Climate Change Adaptation

Are you an incoming student interested in joining the Information Without Borders Conference Committee this year? Send a resume and statement of interest to iwb@dal.ca by midnight on Friday, September 19th! IWB will be electing the following positions:

  • In-coming Programming Chair
  • In-coming Logistics Chair
  • In-coming Swag & Fundraising Chair
  • In-coming Web & Communications Chair
  • In-coming Registration Chair

Please visit the IWB website for more details.

SIM Students @ APLA

Students at APLA

Spotlight on Student Research

SIM students @ APLA
Left to right: SIMSA Vice-Chair (Academic) Valerie Collins, DJIM Co-Chair Carlisle Kent, APLA Past President Louise White.

SIM students took the annual Atlantic Provinces Library Association (APLA) conference by storm in Moncton, NB last week.

Valerie Collins presented her paper on “Social Media and Scientific Communication,” a collaborative project she completed as part of a reading course with Lou Duggan, Dr Anatoliy Gruzd, and Dr Bertram MacDonald. Their research explored how the dissemination of scientific information has evolved from the Age of Reason to the Information Age.

Carlisle Kent presented “Art in the Age of Digital Reproduction,” a collaborative project she completed with Maria Bartlett, Andrea Kampen, and Hilary Lynd as part of the INFO 5520 (Research Methods) course, supervised by Dr Mike Smit. Their research investigated issues surrounding the meaning, perception, and experience of visual art in the digital age.

If you attended the 2014 Information Without Borders (IWB) Conference at Dalhousie, then you may be familiar with Marc Harper‘s work concerning the human rights issue of information access in North Korea. “Information access: a study of the potential for an information revolution in North Korea” was a presentation that tapped into Marc’s personal experiences in Asia.

Gayle Graham explored the role of publication in the spread of misinformation in her project, “The Halifax Explosion and the Spread of Rumour, 1917 to the Present.

Mingyue Chen presented a pilot study of international students’ online health seeking behaviours, where she investigated barriers to finding health information for international students.

Finally, James Ross explored the dissemination of information in an environmental context in “What do users want in a State of the Environment report? A study of the State of the Scotian Shelf Report.

You can read more about the Spotlight on Student Research here.

Check out the Twitter discussion generated by student research at the APLA conference using the hashtag #InfoStudies.

IWB Conference Theme Announced

The last emperor

The last emperor

The 2015 Information Without Borders (IWB) Conference theme has been announced!

This year’s conference, “Information Management for Climate Change Adaptation,” will center on issues of social, economic, and environmental development.

IWB Co-chair Hilary Lynd said, “We are very excited about this topic, as we feel that it is timely, interdisciplinary and that there are many great potential speakers to draw on.” This is sure to be another transformative and fascinating conference, and a great opportunity for SIM students to engage with wider issues in the information field.

To get involved in the conference this year, check out more information here.


Students to CLA


From left to right: Canadian Library Association President Marie DeYoung, SIMSA Co-Chair Andrea Kampen, SIMSA Digital Publications Officer Alieda Blandford

From May 28 to May 31, 2014, information professionals from all over the country descended on Victoria, British Columbia for the annual Canadian Library Association Conference and Trade Show. The conference offered more than 70 sessions, seminars, and workshops on everything from Open Access, copyright, cloud computing, and digital collections to book repair, social media, business services, and genealogy.

SIMSA executive officers (and CLA members) Andrea Kampen and Alieda Blandford attended the conference.

Stay tuned for their conference reports in the July issue of Inform.