Dear colleagues, 

MLIS students in the School of Information Management organized the highly successful 3rd annual Information Without Borders conference on 16th February 2009. Thank you to those employers and other professionals who participated in the largest of these conferences to date. 

These conferences are designed to emphasize the central role of information management to individuals, organizations and society. The interdisciplinary topics this year included two wonderful keynote addresses. The first keynote speaker was Dr Ted Boadway on an information tool to measure the health and economic costs of air pollution. The second keynote address was by Mark Leggott who was superbly provocative concerning the open source movement and organizational effectiveness, notably in libraries. Panel sessions addressed the timely subjects of geospatial information management and how IT continues to change the way professionals work and serve clients in such fields as health informatics, law, and public libraries. The panel presenters, professionals from a variety of information-related domains, offered key insights.

Dean of Management, David Wheeler helped set the interdisciplinary stage at the start of the conference. In addition to keynotes and panels, the students set up an excellent technology “petting zoo” including robot dogs and e-book readers (not that the former were reading the latter!). An additional, rich component of the conference was a collection of several fascinating research posters presented by current MLIS students. These posters offered descriptions and analyses from term projects, independent study courses and theses. 

The student s who planned, implemented and contributed to this year’s conference dealt professionally with a steep learning curve. They demonstrated both leadership and collegiality and are exemplars of our Faculty’s goal to educate those who “manage with integrity and get things done.” Those of you who hire our graduates may wish to snap up these new, proactive professionals.

My thanks and congratulations to the following students, and to the great group who helped out on the day in a variety of voluntary roles: 

Conference planning committee

Jen Anderson

Janet Ayles

Cheryl Caballero

Rodney Howland (chair)

Sarah McCormack

Cordelia Perry

Kendra Rush

Key volunteers

Nola Russell

Jason Tentor

Tasya Tymczyszyn

Poster presenters

Charmaine Fraser

Greg Hutton

Lara Killian

Nola Russell

Sarah Ziolkowska and Kimberly Johnson

Student technology petting zoo demonstrators


Emily Blackmore

Kathleen Gadd

Cynthia Nield

Nola Russell

Diane Zerr

I am immensely proud of all of this effective effort. 

Finally, special thanks to the Atlantic Provinces Library Association, Dalhousie University Libraries and to the Faculty of Management (Dean’s Office) for their sponsorship of this event, complementing the School’s and Student Groups’ sponsorships.

We look forward to seeing you at next year’s Information Without Borders conference!

Best wishes,

Fiona A. Black, PhD, Associate Dean of Management (External Programs)
and Director, School of Information Management
Faculty of Management
Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS B3H 3J5, Canada
Voice: Int +1.902.494.1901
Fax: Int +1.902.494.2451