SIM is a collegial environment where long-lasting friendships are formed; your classmates become your colleagues as you move from the classroom into the professional world. Our diverse student body comprises a variety of geographic, academic and professional backgrounds. Every student has a story; read a few of them below.

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Opportunity for one-on-one mentorships (Elphege Bernard-Wesson)

Why did you choose Dalhousie and SIM?

I chose the program because I really like the practicum aspect and how the program itself is small. The size of the program provides more opportunity for one-on-one mentorships.

What has been your favourite course and why?

Managing Information Literacy has been my favourite course so far. It was amazing and I enjoyed learning how to educate other people on information literacy.

Have you been working and/or able to take part in any extracurricular activities since starting your studies?

I am the Incoming Logistics Chair for the Information without Borders (IWB) conference.

Where do you see yourself after graduation?

I’m hoping to be able to teach or work in academic libraries.

What advice would you give to someone just starting the MLIS program?

Time-management is important. Also, pick a council, association, or other extracurricular activity to be a part of.

ELPHEGE BERNARD-WESSON

Master of Library & Information Studies Candidate

Hometown

Dartmouth, NS

Education

BA (Philosophy/Anthropology),
Saint Mary's University, 2017

Everyone is willing to help and very supportive (Jason Lee)

Why did you choose Dal and SIM?

I was a librarian in Korea before immigrating to Canada. Unlike Canada and the United States, Korea has an undergraduate program in Library and Information Science. Unfortunately, my Korean degree is not accredited by the American Library Association (ALA), so if I want to work as a librarian in Canada I must complete an MLIS program here. In Canada, just eight library schools are ALA accredited, including Dalhousie, therefore it was an easy choice.

What has been your favourite course and why?

Organization of Information. This course not only taught me about organizing library related information, but also personal collections, metadata, etc. The course lessons and assignments really refreshed my existing library science skills.

Have you been working and/or able to take part in any extracurricular activities since starting your studies?

I joined the Dalhousie chapter of the Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians (CAPAL), Special Libraries Association (SLA), and the Association of Canadian Archivists (ACA).

Where do you see yourself after graduation?

My final goal is being a librarian in Canada. I would prefer to work in an academic or special library, but I welcome any opportunity.

What advice would you give to someone just starting the MLIS program?

At the beginning of the program, you may feel overwhelmed because you are new. You may not know what you can do and where to start. But there are lots of people to go to for advice, including your academic advisor and returning students. Everyone is willing to help and very supportive. Remember my favourite quote: "This too shall pass"!

How does Halifax differ from your hometown?

Halifax is not too big, and also not too small. Compared to my hometown of Seoul, Halifax is very peaceful and friendly. The nearby ocean was really attractive to me.

If you could describe Dal SIM in one word, what would it be?

Open. Do not hesitate to ask anyone at SIM if you need help.

JASON LEE

Master of Library & Information Studies Candidate

Hometown

Seoul, Republic of Korea

Education

BLIS, Sangmyung University, 2005

I have grown to love this vibrant and scenic east coast city (Nancy Li)

Why did you decide to pursue an MLIS degree?

I am passionate about research and writing and hope to combine my legal training and information management skills to be more effective at conducting legal research.

What attracted you to Dalhousie and the School of Information Management?

Situated in the wonderful city of Halifax, the combined JD/MLIS program offered through the Schulich School of Law and SIM was the perfect interdisciplinary program for me to pursue my interests in law and information management.

What particular LIS topics interest you most?

Special libraries, in particular, law librarianship. Legal research and writing. Privacy

What opportunities have you been introduced to since being at SIM?

I worked as a library student at the Stewart McKelvey law firm library this summer as well as on the circulation desk at the Sir James Dunn Law Library during the school year. I also had the opportunity to publish my article in the latest volume of the Dalhousie Journal of Interdisciplinary Management (DJIM) this spring.

What career plans or goals do you have?

I am interested in pursuing a career as a litigator, research lawyer, or law librarian.

How would you describe the atmosphere of SIM?

Friendly, collaborative and creative.

With what activities are you involved in in Halifax?

SPINCO Halifax is an amazing spin studio that has become my second home while not at school. It is so important to focus on both physical and mental wellness and maintaining a healthy daily routine is a great way to combat stress and achieve a positive mental attitude.

How does Halifax differ from your hometown?

Halifax is on the opposite coast from home, but I have grown to love this vibrant, friendly and scenic east coast city. There are endless coastal hiking trails to explore, sunsets to catch and wineries to visit!

NANCY LI

Master of Library & Information Studies/
Juris Doctor Candidate

Hometown

Vancouver, BC

Education

BA Honours (Art History/Political Science),
McGill University, 2016

Translates into various parts of modern society and the information age (Tyler Lightfoot)

What attracted you to Dalhousie and the School of Information Management?

I did my undergraduate at the University of King’s college and Dalhousie, so I was already familiar with Dal and the campus. I started working in the Dalhousie Analytics department in 2014, and shortly after began contemplating furthering my education.  After meeting with SIM I felt very welcomed and like part of the school already.  I expressed my interests in how I saw my future and the MLIS program felt like a natural complement to the work I do every day.

How would you describe the atmosphere of SIM? 

I would describe it as welcoming, encouraging, engaging, and helpful.  Like one big supportive family!

What particular LIS topics interest you most?

So far I am interested in all of the topics I have learned.  However, I am most interested in learning more about data science and management, data visualization, knowledge and records management, and user experience.

What opportunities have you been introduced to since being at SIM?

Most importantly I feel that I have been given the opportunity to become stronger in my current field, which is a field that I love working in. The MLIS program translates into various parts of modern society and has given me new insight into the way we think about the information age.  

What career plans or goals do you have?

I plan on making a career in the information management field.  My goals as of now are to expland my knowledge of LIS topics to help further the work I am currently doing to a higher level of understanding and quality. 

TYLER LIGHTFOOT

Master of Library & Information Studies Candidate

Hometown

Melvern Square, Annapolis Valley, NS

Education

BA (English/Psychology),
University of King's College, 2012

Impressed with Dal alumni and faculty recognition both locally and globally (Zara Palevani)

Why did you choose Dalhousie and SIM?

I was looking for a university with global rankings and I was impressed with DAL alumni and faculty recognition both locally and globally. I already had a solid understanding of the business environment as a result of working in the field, and I was looking for a program to help me build on this. I chose SIM because it allows me to design a program that is in line with my career goals. After graduation I want to help organizations to democratize data, create data literacy, and nurture analytics knowledge and talent in Canada. 

What has been your favourite course so far?

"INFO 5570: Organizational Management and Strategy". This course introduced me to the best in strategic planning and management tools. Class discussions, readings, guest visitors, and the on-site visit taught me about management tools and strategic execution of strategies in the most practical way possible. 

What opportunities have you been introduced to since starting at SIM?

I have served and continue to participate in various committees, events and programs on campus, including the Information Without Borders conference, SIMSA, DALConnect (a leadership certificate program), the IBM Blue Mix Hackathon, the NS Health Hackathon, and the NSCAD IDEA boot camp stipend program. I am looking forward to completing my Practicum at the NS Department of Internal Services in June. 

What advice would you give someone just starting the MLIS program?

Keep the lines of communication open and learn from faculty and students in all programs. Be open to change, don't be shy to ask questions, join associations and societies to make connections, and give back to your community by sharing what you learn at SIM (people who can advocate for, socialize and evangelize data and information are in high demand). 

ZARA PALEVANI

Master of Library & Information Studies Candidate

Hometown

Tehran, Iran

Education

BComm (Marketing/Psychology), Dubai Campus-Southern New Hampshire University/Saint Mary's University, 2008

To attend a school of Dalhousie's caliber with an ALA-accredited program (Randolph White)

Why did you decide to pursue an MLIS degree?

In my 10 years as a community library assistant with Halifax Public Libraries, I've had the opportunity to mentor several youth and some staff.  I want to provide higher level mentorship within the organization, and feel that the MLIS program will provide me with the skills to do so.

What attracted you to Dalhousie and the School of Information Management?

The opportunity to attend a school of Dalhousie's caliber with an ALA-accredited program in my hometown.  After speaking to Sandra Toze about attending the program, I felt that SIM at Dal would provide me with the flexibility to complete the degree while working full-time.

What particular LIS topics interest you most?

Public libraries, community engagement, teen services and advocacy.

What opportunities have you been introduced to since being at SIM?

The Information Without Borders (IWB) conference was an excellent networking opportunity.

What career plans or goals do you have?

To obtain a leadership role within Halifax Public Libraries and affect change in my community.

How would you describe the atmosphere of SIM? 

Warm - the students are friendly, and the professors care about the success of the students.

If you could describe Dal SIM in one word, what would it be?

Inclusive.

What would have been useful to know before applying to the MLIS program?

Start thinking about the process a year before you plan on attending. Filling out the application, securing references and funding all take time. You want to make sure you have time to be thorough and ensure successful enrollment.

RANDOLPH WHITE

Master of Library & Information Studies Candidate

Hometown

Dartmouth, NS

Education

BSc (Mathematics),
Mount Saint Vincent University, 2011