Meet the committee
The Information Without Borders executive committee is comprised of thirteen members, six returning members and seven incoming members. Members typically sit on the IWB committee for a two year term. All committee members are current candidates in Dalhousie’s Master of Library and Information and Master of Information programs.
The Co-Chairs are in charge of leading, supporting and assisting the IWB Committee in their roles. Furthermore, the Co-Chairs report to the Faculty and the School of Information Management’s Students’ Association (SIMSA) on the progress and actions of the IWB Committee.
Originally from Nova Scotia, Kathryn Newhook has a BA in English and History from the University of King’s College. Currently enrolled in the MLIS program, her main area of interest is the study of traditional knowledge systems. Her interests include attempting to teach herself the art of French pastry, and constantly reorganizing her bookshelf via colour scheme.
Jessica Kelly one of IWB’s co-chairs and is excited to be a part of this year’s conference. She has her Bachelor of Arts in English and Creative Writing and is in her second year of the MLIS program at Dalhousie University.
The Administrative Chair is responsible for managing internal affairs such as scheduling, keeping meeting minutes, and managing internal documents. The Administrative Chair assists all committee members in managing their tasks, facilitating communication and collaboration.
Nathan Hynes is a second year MLIS student. Originally from Newfoundland, he completed a BSc in Computer Science and Mathematics, and went on to study Intermediate/Secondary Education with a diploma in Technology Education. Nathan is interested in public librarianship and collection development. He worked at Halifax Central Library in Summer 2019 as an intern in the Lou Duggan Creative Studio, hosting technology programs for folks of all ages. Nathan is also an all-around geek, enjoying board, card, and video games.
The Programming Chairs are responsible for researching, contacting, and liaising with potential and confirmed individuals speaking at the IWB conference. The Programming Chairs also organize the student speaker and poster presentations.
Originally from Newmarket, Ontario, Rachel Moore has lived in Bedford, Nova Scotia since 2005. In 2017, she graduated from the University of King’s College in Halifax, having attained a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with a minor in Gender and Women’s Studies. Rachel is interested in cataloguing and collections management, with a particular focus on museum environments. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys karaoke, art museums, and having far too many strong opinions about film for her own good.
Erica Flake is originally from London, Ontario. She moved to Halifax in 2012 to attend the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University where she obtained a BA with a major in Art History and an additional BFA. Erica researches the effects of social media on the grieving process through her current Masters in Information Management degree through Dalhousie University. In her spare time Erica creates knitted graphs of information statistics and performs regular shows with her circus troupe.
The Logistics Chairs are responsible for arranging the venue the day of the conference. This includes planning and arranging catering, table dressings and technology needed the day of the conference, as well as coordinating and booking the venue.
Jill Liu, the returning logistics chair, is a 2020 candidate of the Master of Library and Information Studies program at Dalhousie University. She received her BA in English in China and taught ESL and English novel studies for many years. She is currently working as a research assistant and volunteering as an English tutor at Halifax North Memorial Public Library. Her academic interests are information literacy and research data management. She is a huge fan of anime and manga. Her hobbies are serving her cat and making crafts.
Ally is looking forward to being the co-chair of logistics for the current IWB conference. Currently she is a MI candidate in the School of Information Management at Dalhousie University. Prior to this she received her BA in Sociology and Psychology. She is originally from Regina, Saskatchewan. Hobbies include reading and photography.
Fundraising & Finance
The Fundraising & Finance Chairs are responsible for managing the bank account. This includes creating and maintaining the budget, keeping organized records, and working with the other chairs on monetary matters. They can raise money through a variety of means including, but not limited to, fundraising campaigns and applying to grants.
Jason Lee is a second-year MLIS part-time student. Originally from Seoul, Korea, Jason’s background was in Library and Information Science, he studied and worked in the library field. Hoping to expand his horizons, he immigrated to Canada where he now lives. After moved, he worked at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 as a Reference Assistant. He is currently working as a Library Services Supervisor at Dalhousie University Sexton Design & Technology Library. He is grateful for his diverse work experience and has had the opportunity to work with great people as well. As a father of a 3-year-old son, he is a little busy working and studying. Although he likes travelling and watching movies, he has a lot to do. However, Jason enjoys his position on the IWB committee.
I am Keshava Pallavi Gone, 1st year Master of Information student. I hold a second master’s degree in Computer Science. I completed my bachelor’s in information technology in India. I have nine more years of work experience as an assistant professor and product support engineer. I am aiming my career in research on social media analysis. My hobby is to upgrade myself with the latest technology in the market. I prefer to spend my free time with my children.
The Registration Chairs are responsible for researching and implementing a web-based registration system, as well as attending to the needs of all registrants. The Registration Chairs are also in charge of welcoming and guiding all attendees on the day of the conference.
Hi, I am Tamanna Moharana. I am from small city called Bhubaneswar in India. I finished my undergrad in Electronics and Communication in 2012 and then worked as a System Analyst for 6 years. My field of interest is information literacy and misinformation in the field of climate change and post-graduation, I want to pursue a career in this field. I love to hike and explore new places and food in my spare time. Huge animal lover, die-hard Potterhead and very passionate about all things green! Plant-based bibliophile trying to lead a conscious sustainable life.
Cora-Lynn Munroe-Lynds is a first year MI student with an interest in academic librarianship. Originally from Chester, Nova Scotia, she resides in Bedford with her husband and two cats. She has a combined major in French and History from Mount Saint Vincent University. In her spare time, Cora-Lynn enjoys painting, going to the beach, and spending time with her family.
Web And communications
The Web and Communications Chairs are responsible for developing and updating the IWB website and maintaining social media accounts. Web and Communication chairs also develop marketing strategies and advertising material.
Lydia Hunsberger is originally from Elmira, Ontario, moving to Halifax to pursue an undergraduate degree at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University where she obtained a BFA. Lydia researches food literacy and is interested in community-led program development and collections development. Lydia currently works as a Research Assistant for the Nova Scotia LGBT+ Seniors Archive and for the School of Public Administration at Dalhousie University. When Lydia is not busy with school, work, or extracurriculars she enjoys knitting, the outdoors, and fermenting foods.
Meaghan Rout is a first-year Juris Doctor/Master of Information student and is excited to be joining the IWB Committee as a Web and Communications co-chair. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University in 2019. Meaghan is eager to learn more about legal librarianship, government records, and human rights law during her time at Dalhousie University. In her spare time, Meaghan enjoys art, travel, and playing the piano.