IM Subject Librarian

Hello, MI & MIM students! I am Lindsay McNiff, a Learning & Instruction Librarian at  Dal, as well as the liaison librarian for the School of Information Management.

Based out of the Killam and Kellogg Libraries, I provide research support and instruction to SIM students in a variety of ways:

Fall 2020 Office Hours in SIM:

Wed. Sept. 19, 11:30am-1:00pm

Mon. Sept. 23, 12:00-1:00pm

Mon. Oct. 7, 12:00-1:00pm

Mon. Nov. 4, 12:00-1:00pm

Wed. Nov. 6, 11:30am-1:00pm

 

Research Consultations

Do you need help with research for an individual or group project? Contact me for a consultation! lindsay.mcniff@dal.ca

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

2019-20 Academic Support Series*

SIM Academic Support Series 2019 on Biteable.

Click here for video transcript.

*UPDATE: The date of the APA Citation session has changed to Wednesday, September 11th at 3:00-4:30, Room 3089, Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building
*SPACE IS LIMITED-REGISTRATION REQUIRED (unless otherwise stated) Click here to register
Questions about these sessions can be directed to Carol Richardson: carol.richardson@dal.ca
Details subject to change-check back regularly
 

2019-2020 SASS Schedule

FALL 2019

APA Citation

Wednesday, September 11th, 2019 from 3:00-4:30pm
Room 3089, Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building

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 first-year students. 

*Attendance required for incoming students
*Limited space for interested returning students

 

Tools & Strategies for Group Work

Tuesday, September 24th, 2019 from 12:00-1:30pm
Room 3089, Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building

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. Students in INFO 5530 can earn participation marks.

 

 

Citation Management

Tuesday, October 8th, 2019 from 12:00-1:30pm
Room 4001, Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building

Citation management programs can help you store and organize your references, connect to full-text articles, and format your papers. They can really make your academic life easier! In this hands-on session, we will explore two programs: Zotero and Mendeley. Students will have the opportunity to try both programs and determine which best meets their needs.

 

 

Effective Class & Conference Presentations

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019 from 12:00-1:30pm
Room 3089, Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building

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. Students in INFO 5530 can earn participation marks.

 

 

Easy Excel (with Julie Marcoux)

Tuesday, November 19th, 2019 from 12:00-2:00pm
Room 4001, Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building

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.

 

 

WINTER 2020

Intro to Opinio

Date TBA, from 4:00-5:25pm
Room 1007, Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building

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.

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

 

Intro to Conference Posters

Date TBA, from 4:00-5:25pm
Room 1007, Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building

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.

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