IM Subject Librarian

Deborah Hemming is the interim IM Liaison Librarian. She can be reached at Deborah.Hemming@Dal.Ca

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.

2020-2021 Academic Support Series Schedule

All sessions are on Friday's at Noon (Atlantic Standard Time) unless otherwise specified. All sessions will be held virtually (links provided when possible). Please check with Deborah if any details are missing from this page.

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

FALL 2020

APA Citation

Friday, September 11th, 2020 from 12:00-1:30pm
Microsoft Teams (click link at above date/time to join)

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*

Tools & Strategies for Group Work

Friday, September 25th, 2020 from 12:00-1:30pm
Microsoft Teams (click link at above date/time to join)

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

Friday, October 2nd, 2020 from 12:00-1:30pm
On Zoom (click link at above date/time to join)

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

Friday, October 30th, 2020 from 12:00-1:30pm
On Zoom (click link at above date/time to join)

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)

Friday, November 20th, 2020 from 12:00-2:30pm

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.





Intro to Opinio

This session is cancelled for the 2020-2021 academic year, as it's not possible to offer it online. Stay tuned for the 2022 session details!

*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

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2021 on Brightspace

*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.