IM Subject Librarian

Lindsay McNiff is the IM Liaison Librarian. She can be reached at

As your liaison librarian, I'm available and happy to provide research help to you via email or phone/videoconference. If you have questions about using the library or need research assistance, please send me an email to set up an appointment and we'll find a time to chat.

Do you need help with research for an individual or group project?

  • View the online research guide for MI students here.
  • View the online research guide for MIM students here.

2022-2023 Academic Support Series Schedule

Note: Some sessions are mandatory and/or require advance registration. Read details below carefully and contact Lindsay with any questions. Sessions are a mix of online and in-person delivery.

Click here to watch the introductory video on the SIM YouTube channel.

FALL 2022

APA Citation

Monday, September 12th, 2022 from 3:00pm-4:30pm
Location TBC

Learn how to cite better in APA! In this session, you will learn the basic principles of APA, practice creating citations, and hear the answers to some tricky FAQs related to this citation format.

*This session is mandatory for incoming students*

Finding and reading LIS literature

Friday, September 16th, 2022 from 10:00-11:00am
Online (Microsoft Teams)

Organizing your research with Zotero

Monday, September 26th, 2022 from 3:00-4:30pm
Location TBC

Tools & Strategies for Group Work (with Betsy Keating)

Monday, October 17th, 2022 from 3:00-4:30pm
Location TBC

Evidence shows a link between group work and academic achievement, but many students cite negative experiences with group work due to a number of factors. In this session, we will look at both social and technological tools for facilitating group work. Students will gain an understanding of how groups work and why, as well as strategies for both repairing and preventing group conflict.

Easy Excel (with Julie Marcoux)

Friday, October 28th, 2022 from 10:00am-12:00pm
Online (Microsoft Teams)

Learn to beautifully format and print tables of data. Discuss some common fixes that can be applied to messy external data. Practice cleaning and analyzing data using Excel's built in tools. This workshop covers formatting, filtering, and conditional formatting. Prerequisite: be comfortable selecting cells and groups of cells in Excel.



PowerPoint Basics

Thursday, January 12th, 2023 from 10:00-11:30am
Location TBC

Effective Class & Conference Presentations

Thursday, February 2nd, 2023 from 10:00-11:30am
Location TBC

Conferences are a great way to disseminate new insights, research, and approaches in the information profession. As a graduate student, you will probably have to present your work in class, and may also have the opportunity to present at a conference. In this workshop, students will gain tips on how to organize an awesome presentation, increase the strength of their presence, and create great slides.


Intro to Opinio

Date and time TBD*

*Embedded in INFO 5520: Research Methods but open to other SIM students

Opinio is a complete survey software application that enables you to produce and publish surveys in minutes using a regular web browser. You may have to use Opinio to do qualitative research in some of your courses. In this workshop, we will walk through the basics of setting up and managing a survey, and adding branching. Students will work in pairs to create a basic survey.

Intro to Conference Posters

Date and time TBD*

*Embedded in INFO 5520: Research Methods but open to other SIM students

Learn how to create effective posters for your projects, research and conference presentations. Participants will create a 4' x 6' poster (in theory). The workshop will include: setting backgrounds, inserting text (font styles and sizes), and working with images, graphs, and tables. Some previous experience with PowerPoint is an asset but not required.