Five Tips for Smarter Social Networking

The following link from the Harvard Business Review poses some provoking thoughts on how to make better use of the potential of social networking: Five Tips for Smarter Social Networking – John Hagel III and John Seely Brown – John Hagel III and John Seely Brown – Harvard Business Review.

I must admit that I am ambivalent about points 2 and 3:  Mix professional and personal lives and Provoke.  My Facebook and Twitter accounts were created for personal use only, although I’ve noticed that it’s very hard to continue to draw that fine line, especially when your social network friends post information about your professional life on your behalf.  The “provoke” concept is particularly troubling, as I feel an obligation to conduct myself publicly with understanding that most people who read my posts know who I am and my professional career.  I can’t help but feel that I need to remember that anything I say publicly may reflect on my employer.  I think that the ‘provoke’ advice is risky at best, since how many people have lived – or will live to – regret posts that may damage their professional careers and reputations?  Even if I remove a post, there is no telling if or how someone else chooses to use that post without my consent.


National Survey on Early Literacy Program

A survey conducted by Dalhousie University’s School of Information Management and the Read to Me! Nova Scotia Family Literacy Program to gather information on early childhood literacy programs across Canada may be found at:

Read to Me!.

Congratulations to Dr. Vivian Howard, and MLIS students Deirdre O’Reilly and Naomi Balla-Boudreau for this important work.

Rebels versus leaders

I came across this feature that discusses the difference between being a rebel and a leader. I must admit that this piece resonated with me, as I am finding that increasingly, people are less willing to express their concerns, for fear of being branded “negative” or uncooperative. Sadly, I’m seeing this trend permeating some academic committees, too.

Kindle overtakes Amazon book sales

This latest news about the popularity of the Kindle should not come as much of a surprise. I haven’t come across any figures for Kobo, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Chapters were experiencing similar sales figures. I know that Chapters ran out of Kobos during the Christmas season, as a number of my acquaintances found out. I’m still using the non-wireless Kobo; I’m not in any rush to switch to the wireless version, as I don’t mind the minute or two needed to download items from my computer to the e-reader.

Public Lecture – Anne Matthewman & Kate Greene Stanhope – School of Information Management

Life on the Frontlines of Law Librarianship: Working with Law Students, Lawyers & Judges
Anne Matthewman, Chief Law Librarian, Sir James Dunn Law Library, Dalhousie
& Kate Greene Stanhope, Regional Reference and Training Librarian, McInnes Cooper


Date: Thursday, January 27th, 2011
Time: 5:30pm
Location: Rowe 1016

Lecture Abstract

What does it mean to be a law librarian?  What type of person makes a good law librarian?  What do law librarians do?  How can you prepare to be a law librarian?  Working in a law library is a stimulating and intellectual experience which offers a world of variety along with the opportunity to play an important role in the legal process.

Join Anne Matthewman and Kate Greene Stanhope as they discuss their experiences and the lessons learned in three different types of law libraries:  law school, court/bar association, and private law firm.

Anne and Kate will address the practical realities of being a law librarian including one’s role in the organization, changing expectations of law librarians, evolving job functions, the value of continuing education, and the nitty-gritty of managing budgets, collections and staff.

Speaker Information

Anne Matthewman has been the Chief Law Librarian at the Sir James Dunn Law Library, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University since August 1, 2010.  Prior to coming to Dalhousie, she was the Library Manager/Executive Director of the Toronto Lawyers Association for 22 years.   She has also worked in a public library.  Anne has served on several committees and the Executive Boards of both the Canadian and American Association of Law Libraries and is currently the Past President of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries.

Kate Greene Stanhope is the Regional Reference and Training Librarian for the Atlantic Canadian law firm of McInnes Cooper. Prior to joining McInnes Cooper, Kate was the Manager of Library Services for the firm of Patterson Palmer and Librarian at the Nova Scotia Teachers’ Union. Kate is a 2003 graduate of the Dalhousie School of Information Management, a 2000 graduate of Dalhousie Law School, and was called to the Nova Scotia Bar in 2001. Kate is currently co-chair of the Halifax Area Law Libraries group.

Information without Borders Conference

The students at the School of Information Management will be hosting the 5th Information without Borders Conference on February 3, 2011, at Dalhousie University. The Conference is a student-led initiative by the School of Information Management at Dalhousie University. This one-day event provides a forum for interdisciplinary discussion on a central topic affecting all professions represented at Dalhousie’s Faculty of Management. This year’s program looks exciting and multidisciplinary, and includes a number of keynote speakers and panels. The theme of this year’s conference is Change Management, which is indeed very timely and relevant to today’s information landscape. A student poster competition will take place during the Conference and a cash prize will be awarded to the winner.