Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) Info Session – September 21st

In this information session, Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) representatives will outline employment opportunities within the CSIS Information Management Division for MLIS students and graduates.

Currently, there are two employment opportunities at CSIS for MLIS students:

Incoming students can apply for Position A:

  • CO-OP/Internship PROGRAM – 4 month work term during completion of your MLIS program (NOTE: this position would count for the extended work placement for INFO 0590 Practicum)

Potential 2016 graduates can apply for Position B:

  • GRADUATE PROGRAM – 12 month work term after MLIS Program completion.

Those interested in these positions are encouraged to attend this session. Information will be also provided concerning security clearance the application process and timeline. There will be a question and answer period.

This event will be held in Room 430, Jacob Slonim Conference Room, Goldberg Computer Science Building, 6050 University Ave at 12:00 pm – 1:30 on September 21st, 2015.

Visit their website for more information about CSIS in general:


MLIS Career Discovery Tour – Toronto, ON

Career Discovery Tour - Toronto

On December 9 & 10, 2014, join Management Career Services in Toronto, ON for the 8th annual Career Discovery Tour!

This will be a great opportunity for MLIS students to explore a variety of different careers that will be available to you post-graduation, and will also allow you to begin creating a professional network in both public and private sector institutions. In addition to tours of potential places of employment, this tour will also include a mock interview, an alumni reception, and countless networking opportunities.

The registration deadline for the Career Discovery Tour is October 20, 2014 at 4:30pm. Enrollment is limited to 15 students and will be determined on a first come, first served basis. Students must pay a $100 refundable deposit upon registering.

More information about the Career Discovery Tour (including the registration form) can be found on the Management Career Services website.

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.

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.