News from the School of Information Management, Dalhousie University

Jenn Cox and Melissa Anez

SIM Owned the Podium at the Faculty of Management Awards Ceremony

The annual Faculty of Management retreat was held on November 10, 2011.  The retreat included an award ceremony, where outstanding contributions by faculty and staff were celebrated.  This year SIM was well represented with five award recipients; in fact, it’s safe to say that SIM owned the awards podium.  SIM is indeed lucky to have such dedicated professionals, who are very worthy of recognition.

JoAnn Watson, Administrative Professional of the Year.

Vivian Howard, Academic Leadership in the Faculty of Management.

Bertrum MacDonald, Award for Exceptional Interdisciplinary Endeavour in Scholarly Research.

Anatoliy Gruzd, Rookie of the Year.

Sandra Toze, Faculty of Management Teaching Award.

Please join us in congratulating our colleagues for their hard work and dedication!

Photos are courtesy of Tim Richard (

Join SIM’s Facebook Page

All are welcome to join the School’s Facebook page, where you can keep up with School activities, and post items of interest to the School, its members, and alumni.

Congratulations to our New SIM Graduates

Congratulations to our new SIM graduates, who received their degrees at the October Convocation ceremony:

  • Jennifer Grek Martin, Sarah Gilbert, and Laura Landon (MLIS).
  • Will Bembridge, Charles Bloom, Sarah Horrocks, and Jennifer Woods (MIM).

The ceremony included a welcome message from SIM’s Associated Alumni chair, David Ryan:

The Associated Alumni is a wonderful peer network, comprised of professional librarians and information managers who have all stood where you’re standing now. From coast to coast, you’ll find us. As subscribers to this listserv, you’ll get updates on Alumni events and what your colleagues are doing. Here are some other great ways to stay in the loop:

The SIM Associated Alumni websiteFacebook; and Twitter.

By networking with us, you’ll be able to get great career advice and stay in touch with friends. You’ll have the chance to get together with other Alumni across Canada and beyond, at conferences and events.

This Convocation was particularly special since it marked the very first recipients of the Master of Information Management degree from the program that we established in 2008.

Online Professional Masters Degrees and Programs

Dalhousie’s programs provide professionals with the opportunity to continue to focus on their career goals while working towards a Master’s degree. Contact the Centre for Advanced Management Education (CFAME) to find out how they can support you to achieve success in both.  Applications are being accepted for the Spring and Autumn terms in the Master of Information Management program.

Norman Horrocks Leadership Fund

Friday, October 14, marked the one-year anniversary of Norman’s passing.  To honour Norman’s memory, please consider making a donation to the Horrocks Leadership Fund, established to help ensure the future of the MLIS program at SIM.  The School, and the MLIS profession, were very important to Norman, and so this is a fitting tribute to honour his memory.





SIM Plays Host to Design Competition

On October 18th, the Social Media Lab at the Dalhousie School of Information Management played host to the first ever Elsevier WebApp Concept Design Competition. Dalhousie students were challenged to develop and present an original idea for a web application for Elsevier’s new SciVerse search and discovery platform, helping more than 15 million researchers, medical professionals, librarians and students to navigate scientific content, improve scientific search and discovery, visualize sophisticated data in more insightful and attractive ways, and stimulate collaboration.

The event was organized by Dr. Anatoliy Gruzd (Assistant Professor, School of Information Management; Director of the Dalhousie Social Media Lab), Vishal Gupta (Director Developer Network, Elsevier, Inc.), Philip Mai (Dalhousie Social Media Lab Research Manager), and MLIS students Melissa Anez and Jennifer Yurchak. Elsevier offered $3000 in prizes and further support for development of the winning entries.

Over 50 students from four different programs submitted entries on themes ranging from the integration of social media in academic research, presenting information through geography, creating bibliographies, and visualizing search results in novel ways. The winners were announced on November 1st:

First Place:  BlobCube by Raheleh Makki, Ozge Yeloglu, and Axel Soto from the Faculty of Computer Science.

Second Place: Snippets  by Laura Dukowski, Terry LeBlanc, and Craig MacEachern from the School of Information Science Third Place: MiSTeRy Visualizer  by Farhan Jamal Khan and Ishan Patel from the Faculty of Computer Science

Development is underway for these winning entries, and plans are in place to develop other entries into full-fledged SciVerse Apps. For more information and to view posters and detailed descriptions of contest entries, please visit

Launch of the Dalhousie Journal of Interdisciplinary Management

The 2011 launch of the Dalhousie Journal of Interdisciplinary Management (DJIM) took place on October 3rd. The DJIM executive appreciated the strong presence students and faculty alike.

Please see the most recent issue here.