by Aingeal Stone, Head Editor, INALJ Northwest Territories
Aingeal’s Hunt: first stop, Dalhousie University’s MIM Program
Dalhousie’s Master of Information Management (MIM) program (http://www.dal.ca/academics/programs/graduate/information-management.html) is the program I have been leaning towards for a couple of years now as I complete my undergraduate degree. I am mid-career and am looking for new challenges professionally which, apparently, will only come if I have a graduate degree. Plus I have realized that I am a much better student as an adult than I was as a young person, and I am enjoying it immensely!
Dalhousie University is in Halifax, Nova Scotia, a city I once lived in for a brief period a few years ago. It is a fantastic city and I hope to live there again. But residency is not necessary for the MIM program.
6 reasons to pursue Dalhousie’s MIM (from http://www.dal.ca/academics/programs/graduate/information-management.html):
- Unique: Our degree – the first one of its kind in Canada – builds on your existing knowledge and experience to help you develop the critical information, risk and change management skills and best practices you need to help your organization excel.
- Career Opportunities: Develop the insight, vision and skills needed to lead at a global level in today’s knowledge-based society.
- Credentials: you’ll have the opportunity to earn two major Information Management-related credentials while you work toward your Master’s.
- Flexible: Enjoy a highly flexible timeframe that caters to your lifestyle and learning needs. Our program’s blend of distance and face-to-face learning provides you with a chance to learn from anywhere in the world.
- Quality teaching: World class academics deliver our program from within an award-winning faculty – all part of a university that leads in management education.
- Networking: Build a lifelong network of like-minded professionals, both in Canada and internationally.
Now you might be wondering why not just get a MLIS? That’s a good question. It is because I believe Information Management is the wave of the future, and the future is now. There are more opportunities, more varieties of opportunities I can pursue with a MIM instead of a MLIS. Also, because this program is delivered via distance education, I can begin as soon as I am ready, wherever I may be living, which is important since I have moved house 4 times in the last 10 years and will be moving again in the next year or two. The first 19 years of my 28 year career has been in public libraries, actually, in one public library system. The work was rewarding and enjoyable. But then I worked in academic libraries, government special libraries, a legislative library, and now I am working in a local history museum’s library and archives. Working in these other libraries opens a whole new world of library work and I love the challenges and new learning they bring. Particularly the work I am doing with the organization of archival materials I find fascinating. I think of myself more of an information manager than a library technician anymore.
But don’t take my word for it. Here’s a link to the profiles of 3 students who have graduated from the program : http://www.dal.ca/academics/programs/graduate/information-management/student-profiles/student-profiles/student-profile1.html
In my next blog post I will introduce the program from an Australian distance education institution that I am also interested in.