SIMSA Fall Potluck!

Its that time of year again, that time where everyone brings a bunch of tupperware for us all to share. The food in the tupperware… not the tupperware itself. First take time to give thanks with your family (blood or otherwise) this weekend, and then come celebrate with us on Tuesday!

Come one come all to a lovely feast in the SIM common room on October 13th, 2015 at Noon until the food is cold or gone.

Here is a link to the google sign-up if you’d like to contribute to this delicious feast!

Please note if there are any allergens in your culinary creations, or if they are going to be particularly suited to any dietary restrictions.



This year SIM is participating in Dalhousie University’s annual Movember fundraiser. Please visit our team page and donate to this worthy cause today!

Lee Wilson, Ben Worth, and Mark McCumber are doing their bit to change the face of men’s health by growing a Mo to raise money for prostate cancer research. Alieda Blandford, Maria Bartlett, Hannah Steeves, and Tam Proulx will also be selling handmade Mo pins by donation.


Welcome New Executive Members


SIMSA is pleased to welcome our new Executive Officers!

Incoming Student Representative: Hannah Steeves

Hannah SteevesHannah grew up in the Annapolis Valley, frolicking in apple orchards and rock hunting on the coast. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, then acquired her Bachelor of Education at St. Thomas University. She spent the next 2 years working in recruitment for UNB and as an autism support worker. She is very happy to be back in school and in NS, close to her family, the ocean, and academia. She has too many hobbies/interests to actually excel at any of them, but among them are fitness, music, Netflix, vodka, and food. Given that her interests are so broad, please strike up a conversation – you’ll probably have something in common!

Out-going Student Representative: Tamara Proulx

Tam Proulx

Tam Proulx is an outgoing year MLIS student from Ontario. She holds a Bachelors of Arts from the University of Toronto. When it comes to libraries, she is interested in censorship, special collections, cataloging and reader’s advisory. Outside of libraries, she is very fond of hanging out with friends, tea, music and food. She looks forward to representing her fellow outgoing years and working closely with SIMSA.


Assistant Digital Publications Officer: Jenna Knorr

Jenna KnorrJenna hails from Fredericton, NB, where she grew up and earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from St. Thomas University. She spends her free time reading books of all kinds and scribbling poems on whatever bits of paper are within reach. She enjoys spending lots and lots of time outside, even if that just means reading on a bench somewhere. She is always down for a game of Settlers of Catan.

Brown Bag Lunch, “Conference Sessions” – September 23

Brown Bag Lunch

SIMSA’s Brown Bag Lunch series kicks off this Tuesday, September 23, at 12:00 noon in the Common Room. The discussion topic, “What’s the Deal with Conferences Anyway?”

Speakers include:

  • Jennifer Grek Martin, veteran researcher and conference presenter
  • Alieda Blandford, attendee to the 2014 Canadian Library Association National Conference in Victoria, B.C.
  • Jennie Thompson, co-chair for the 2015 Information Without Borders Conference Committee

Topics will include planning, attending, and presenting at conferences, and we will discuss why conferences are such an important element in professional development.

Hope to see you there!

SIMSA AGM & Elections – September 16



The Dalhousie School of Information Management Student Association (SIMSA) is hosting its annual General Meeting on Tuesday, September 16, at 12:00 noon in the SIM Common Room. All SIM students are very welcome and encouraged to attend! Aside from discussing this year’s goals, we will also be electing two incoming student positions:

  • Incoming Year Representative
  • Assistant Digital Publications Officer

You can find out more about the open SIMSA positions here.

We will also hold elections for the School Committees, including

  • One returning student for the Admissions & Scholarships Committee
  • One returning student for the Appointments, Promotions & Tenure Committee
  • One incoming student for the Curriculum Committee
  •  A number of students for the Petitions & Grievances Committee
  • One incoming and one returning student for the School Council

You can find more information about the School Committees here.

We welcome nominations from all SIM students, and interested students are also encouraged to nominate themselves! The meeting will follow Robert’s Rules and the elections will take place via secret ballot. Please contact us with any questions.

E-Mail Buddies

E-Mail buddies

Summer is around the corner, and you know what that means: 30 new students have been accepted into the Dalhousie MLIS program next fall. If you are a current SIM student, then you’ll remember being paired with an e-mail buddy before launching into the (somewhat overwhelming) orientation week in September.

Please consider volunteering a few moments of your time to help an incoming student and participate in the e-mail buddy program this year. You can volunteer by contacting SIMSA here, tweet to @DalSIMSA, or find us on Facebook.