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In thIS ISSue:

Prof. Lynne Teather


a leader in
museum Studies
informed
Informed magazine A special thank you to the
no. 62, autumn 2010 following contributors:
Publications Mail Adeela Ahmad
Registration No. 1780182
Jeannie An ’99
ISSN 1913-696X Informed (Print)
ISSN 1913-6978 Informed (Online) Professor Emerita
Margaret Cockshutt ’49, ’64
editorial Board: Judy Dunn Bisa Lovric
Kathleen O’Brien Dean Seamus Ross
Judy Donnelly ’87
Kim Silk ’98
editor: Kathleen O’Brien
Lina Wang
associate editor: Judy Donnelly ’87
Professor Emerita
Designer: Michael Fedecky Design Nancy Williamson ’50, ’64
cover Photo: Adeela Ahmad

Departments
03 Letters 10
04 Letter from FIAA President
28 Class Notes
31 Donor Appreciation
32 In Memoriam

alumni news
05 Alumni Profile 14
06 Alumni Activities
34 Spring Reunion

Faculty news
08 Events
10 Grants & Awards
12 Staffing

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14 Faculty Profile
16 Faculty Research Roundup

Student news
20 Events
22 Awards & Internships
25 Student Profile

Feature
26 Spotlight on Institutes

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Your Letters
Letters, comments, & address updates can be sent to:
Kathleen O’Brien, Editor, Informed Magazine
Faculty of Information, University of Toronto
140 St. George Street, Toronto, ON M5S 3G6
TEL: 416.978.7184 EMAIL: kathleen.obrien@utoronto.ca
www.ischool.utoronto.ca

Dear Editor:
Thank you so much for the print copy of Informed, which arrived a short
time ago.
While I am fascinated by the contemporary thrust reflected in the
publication, I must admit to not understanding most of it: 2009 is a very
different world from that of 1943.
I was sixteen when I completed Grade 13. Disturbingly, I discovered that
higher education was not available before the age of eighteen. Therefore I
took a one-year business course which I disliked intensely so decided to look
for another way of filling in the time remaining before reaching the elusive
eighteenth birthday. There was a job available in the local public library
EdiTor’s NoTE
which I was fortunate to get, and in no time I was “hooked.”
Nearly a dozen of you wrote A year later I discovered the existence of the Library School at the
in to express support of our University of Toronto. Two courses were offered: after obtaining a bachelor
moving the alumni publica- degree, a post graduate course which led to a degree was given; and a
tion online. Thank you for diploma course, for suitable high school graduates who had some library
agreeing with our efforts to be experience and a recommendation from a qualified librarian.
environmentally friendly and I was accepted and left my northern mining town of Timmins and
save printing and mailing costs. headed for the BIG CITY. It was September 1942, there were nineteen of
If you prefer to receive the us in the class: seventeen studying for the degree, two for the diploma! We
magazine in the mail, please let all took the same classes led by excellent profs: Winifred Barnstead was
me know and we’ll be happy to principal, Bertha Bassam taught cataloguing, Lillian Smith taught children’s
send a colour photocopy. literature and book collections.
To the right is a lovely There were others, equally proficient, who were involved. One
letter from an alumna with interesting class taught us how to write “library hand” so that the catalogue
fascinating recollections of cards could be read – computers were unheard of and typewriters were at
life at the library school in the a premium. Degreed persons graduated, those who received diplomas went
1940s. We love hearing about back to where they came from.
your experiences, so please I returned to Timmins for one year, then accepted work in Toronto.
write in with your stories. Marriage and motherhood came later but I was involved in short term
Kathleen o’Brien projects along the way as well as being registered in U of T Extension.
Editor Ultimately, I achieved a BA and a BLSc, which led me into more interesting
situations. Finally, I retired in 1987.
If you have managed to get through this [letter], it will give you some
idea of the strides which the profession had made over one lifetime.
Although I am not currently involved in areas now beyond me, I am proud
to have been part of the continuum which has brought it to the present day.
Gwenville Foster
Renfrew, Ontario

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FIAA President’s Letter

H
aving completed my first full I can assure you that a good time was had by all!
year as President of the Fac- Looking forward to the 2010-2011 year, the Alumni
ulty of Information Alumni Association will continue all our programs, with several
Association, I’m struck most by the additions, refinements, and improvements. It is a bit early
enthusiasm and generosity inherent to divulge our plans, but I can say that a new Alumni
in our chosen profession. I’ve had the Association website is in the works, plus many other
opportunity to meet many information professionals over wonderful things. Stay tuned!
the past year, and in every case I see smiling faces, dedica- At this time I’d like to thank my executive team for
tion to and pride in one’s work, and a great sense of fun. I their unfailing support, hard work, and sense of humour.
certainly feel lucky to be part of such an exciting profes- I am very lucky to have such a great group of people to
sion, and I’m thrilled to meet so many others who love work with, and I hope they know how much I value their
what they do. time and dedication. Together, we’re doing our part to
I’ve also had the pleasure of getting to know the cur- make a great association even better.
rent iSchool students, and I am proud to say that both the The following are the alumni who will kindly vol-
2010 graduating class and those entering their second year unteer their time to serve on the Faculty of Information
of study are a very promising group. It was an honour to Alumni Executive for 2010-2011, representing your in-
attend the iSchool Convocation and Reception this past terests, staging events, facilitating conference grants, and
June and it was a great feeling to congratulate everyone organizing helpful programs for students such as Ask an
on their accomplishments. Alum and Job Shadowing. Join me in thanking them for
Speaking of accomplishments, the Alumni Association their time and commitment to the Information community.
had a very successful 2009-2010 year. Our initiatives using
social media to reach out to our classmates continues to
grow in popularity: our Facebook group, begun in 2008, is Alumni Executive for 2010-2011
up to 326 members, our LinkedIn group has 158 members,
PRESIDENT-ELECT DIRECTORS helen Katz Jacqueline
and we have 67 followers on Twitter. We will continue to alison Stirling Jeannie an MLS ’75 White appleby
use social media networks to promote our programs and MISt ’06 MISt ’99 ricardo laskaris MISt ’10
events, so please join one or all of them to keep up to date. gillian clinton MISt ’04
INFORMATION
PAST PRESIDENT MISt ’00
The Alumni Association supports current iSchool amanda leclerq STUDENT
claire lysnes
mark eaton MISt ’10 REPRESENTATIvE
students through our Awards and Grants programs. My MISt ’04 Valerie Stevens
MISt ’06 Kate macDonald
heartfelt congratulations go to 2010 Outstanding Alumni PAST PRESIDENT meg ecclestone MISt ’09
MUSEUM STUDIES
Award recipient, Anne Bailey (’75), and to 2010 Outstand- Karen Wierucki MISt ’09 mike meth REPRESENTATIvE
MLS ’80 carolanne MISt ’06 Valentine moreno
ing Student Contribution Award recipient, Kim Stymest graham cynthea Penman MMSt ’10
(’10). In addition, we awarded ten grants of $500 each to MISt ’08 MLS ’79
support current students giving papers or poster sessions Bruce harpham Wiebke Smythe
MISt ’09 MLS ’97
at a variety of professional events around the globe.
Bob henderson Kim Stymest
Networking is an important skill we all need to hone MLS ’75 MISt ’10
on a regular basis, and to that end your Alumni Association
was a proud supporter of the iConnect@iSchool event, the
annual showcase of work presented by Vicki Whitmell’s
Have you got ideas and energy to to contribute to our
“Management of Corporate and Other Special Information
association? Don’t be a wallflower – get involved! It’s easy,
Centres” course. We sponsored several other events this
and we’re pleased to accept any amount of time you can
past year, including an End of Term iTea in December, the
give. Send an email to alumni@ischool.utoronto.ca. We
don’t-you-dare-miss-it CASLIS-SLA Toronto-FIAA Annual
look forward to seeing you at our next alumni event.
Holiday Social, our OLA SuperConference Alumni
Reception, the iSchool Job & Networking Fair, and of Kim silk (’98)
course the Spring Reunion and Convocation Reception. FIAA President

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alumni Profile

Autumn Haag
reference archivist (massachusetts archives)

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t was acute curiosity that led 2007 alumna, Autumn Haag, collections are a part of Ms. Haag’s job, but being surrounded
to a profession in archives. Interest and quizzical looks greet by historical documents such as legislation dating back to the
her when people hear she obtained her Master of Informa- 1600s, as well as architectural plans for buildings all across the
tion Studies degree from the Faculty of Information in Canada, state, are a dream come true for her. She also participates in
instead of from the library school in Boston, where she lives outreach programs and workshops that educate researchers and
and currently works. “You stand out as a graduate of the Faculty the general public about records and archives.
because of the excellent reputation of programs offered at the One highlight of Ms. Haag’s career occurred when the
University of Toronto,” says Ms. Haag. Boston Globe featured her and a colleague preparing an
Although she started in Archives and switched to the Library exhibition to allow visitors to see original copies of the U.S.
stream, Ms. Haag still took all the Archival courses that were of- Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights, worth an
fered and found that what she learned was very useful, especially estimated $100 million.
when dealing with a patron who doesn’t have an archival back- Another, more personal highlight, was being accepted as
ground, yet needs to navigate through mountains of material. a contestant on the famed American TV show, Jeopardy! “I was
After getting relevant archives experience from her surprised to be selected for an in-person interview in Bos-
internship at the Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston, ton, and even more surprised to be invited to tape a show in
Ms. Haag was offered a permanent position at the Massa- California,” she says. The show aired in June of this year. “It was
chusetts Archives, which holds official records created by the a lot of fun, and very surreal to be on the Jeopardy! set.”
Massachusetts state government. A big institution, holdings are Curiosity and excellent archival training have clearly led
organized by agency, and date from 1629 to the present. Autumn Haag to a rewarding career at an esteemed institution.
Helping people with research inquiries and talking about By Lina Wang

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alumniNews

edge management initiatives as well as


its print and online library. Mr. Tjaden was
previously an Adjunct Professor at the
Faculty of Information (1998-2004), where
he taught Legal Literature and Librarian-
ship. Established by LexisNexis Quicklaw,
the award recognizes a current CALL
member for continued excellence in law
librarianship, and for an innovative spirit.

GrAduATE PuBLisHEs
sEcoNd BooK: Ile d’Or
Mary Lou dickinson (BLS ’65, MLS ’76),
author of the short-story collection One
Day It Happens (2007), published her
second book, Ile d’Or (ISBN: 1-926708-13-
X / 9781926708133, approx. $22.95), this
past spring. Ile d’Or is a novel about gold,
greed, renewal, and hope. Set shortly
after Quebec’s first referendum, the story
PuBLisHiNG HisTory Grey Owl and his publishers, the impact
of CBC’s Canada Reads competition, and unfolds as four characters revisit Ile d’Or,
WEBsiTE LAuNcHEd the history of hockey books in Canada (by the northern Quebec mining town where

C
arl spadoni (‘80), Judy donnelly Carl Spadoni). Other iSchool authors on they grew up. Each must reconcile with
(’87), Anne dondertman (’87), and the site are: Prof. sandra Alston ‘73, P.J. their pasts of alcoholism, scandal, suicide,
Linda Quirk (’05) were main carefoote ‘02, Leanne Hindmarch ‘05, ethnic and linguistic tensions, as well
players in the development team for the Prof. richard Landon, dr. Leslie McGrath as violence and divorce, to move on with
research website Historical Perspectives ’05, John shoesmith ‘05, donna Thomson their stalled lives. The novel also explores
on Canadian Publishing (hpcanpub. ‘81, and doctoral candidate Von Totanes. how language relates to power and class.
mcmaster.ca) launched last October and Ms. Dickinson’s first
funded by the Canadian Culture Online iscHooL ALuMNus book was reviewed
Program of the Department of Canadian rEcEiVEs PrEsTiGious LAW in the Globe and Mail
Heritage. The site features ninety essays LiBrAriANsHiP AWArd and was nominated
written by established and emerging Ted Tjaden (MISt ’97) has been awarded for a ReLit Award.
scholars on various aspects of Canadian The Denis Marshall Memorial Award for Her fiction has been
publishing, based on archival collections Excellence in Law Librarianship 2010 published in numer-
at McMaster University, Queen’s Univer- from the Canadian Association of Law ous Canadian literary
sity Archives, and the Thomas Fisher Rare Libraries (CALL). He received $3,000 journals and broad-
Book Library at U of T. Letters, diaries, plus expenses to present papers on the cast on CBC Radio.
marketing materials, book jackets, topic of legal research and knowledge
and manuscripts – several thousand management at the Canadian Association cLAirE LysNEs ’04
documents in all – were digitized for the of Law Libraries annual spring conference. HoNourEd By uNiVErsiTy
site. Topics include a description of the A practicing lawyer and law librarian, Mr. For dEdicATioN
18th-century paybook kept by Quebec Tjaden is the National Director of Knowl- Last fall, University of Toronto President
printer John Neilson (essay by iSchool edge Management at McMillan law firm, dr. david Naylor and chancellor david
Professor Emerita Patricia Fleming), an where he provides invaluable research Peterson, awarded claire Lysnes (MISt
examination of Nellie McClung’s literary and information services to lawyers and ’06) the prestigious Arbor Award, recog-
legacy (by Linda Quirk), an overview of clients, and manages the firm’s knowl- nizing her committed volunteerism to the

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Faculty of Information over the past five
years. In 2005, Claire joined the Faculty
of Information Studies Alumni Associa-
FiAA ouTsTANdiNG ALuMNi
tion as a Director, and became a member AWArd 2010 WiNNEr

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of the Faculty Council a year later, as a oronto Public Library’s Anne Bailey (MLS ’75),
representative of Information profession- Director of Branch Libraries, has been awarded
als. In 2006, she became President of the the Faculty of Information Alumni Association’s
Alumni Association board, the first person (FIAA) 2010 Outstanding Alumni of the year. Each year,
to hold this position for a two-year term. the Faculty of Information chooses a distinguished
Throughout 2009, she pioneered many anne Bailey graduate for the Outstanding Alumni Award (formerly
transformations and initiatives including Jubilee Award), which recognizes an individual’s con-
a “road show” to meet with alumni in sev- tributions to innovation or leadership in libraries, information management,
eral cities across Ontario, changing the professional organizations, publications/research, or the community at large.
Association name to reflect the new name Ms. Bailey is known not only for her dedication to and passion for public
of the Faculty, helping to start a program library services, but also for hard work and innovative contributions through-
offering conference grants to students, out her career. Her nominators all noted her inspirational leadership, team-
and increasing the number of Directors of building efforts and strategic thinking rendering the best possible results. “It is
the Association. Under Claire’s direction, very humbling to receive this award, and I am very appreciative of this recogni-
tion. I have always found that we have such excellent colleagues with many fine
the Association further attracted alumni
achievements in FIAA,” Ms. Bailey says.
to its Facebook and LinkedIn groups, and
She strongly believes that libraries must consult with their patrons
established a Twitter account that has
concerning services, with a focus on the branch experience. As a result, the
helped foster a tight social community of
libraries that have been built and renovated under Ms. Bailey’s guidance
alumni who continue to feel connected to
welcome and accommodate people of all ages, and have become well-used,
the Faculty. Claire accomplished all of this
well-loved focal points of their communities. Moreover, Ms. Bailey has served
while serving as President-elect of the
as a mentor to many within and outside her workplace. Her early achievements
Toronto chapter of the Special Libraries
include leading the successful implementation of the first integrated library
Association, donating her personal time in
information system at the Etobicoke Public Library. She currently oversees
order to enrich the alumni experience.
ninety-six locations and the planning of two new branches in Toronto.

ALuMNus JoHN PAPAdoPouLos


(MisT ’97) LANds ToP LAW JourNAL HoNours
LiBrAry JoB ProF. NANcy WiLLiAMsoN
A 1997 graduate and former adjunct Faculty of Information Professor Emerita,
instructor, John Papadopoulos, became Nancy Williamson, was honoured with a
Chief Librarian at U of T’s Bora Laskin Festschrift in Cataloguing & Classification
Law Library in November 2009. After Quarterly: Vol. 48, Issue 1. This edition is
graduating from U of T law school, Mr. titled, “Special Issue: Is There a Catalog
Papadopoulos realized he loved research in Your Future? Celebrating Nancy J.
and the process of law more than its alex trebek, autumn haag
Williamson: Scholar, Educator, Colleague,
practice, and worked in libraries and Mentor.” The introduction is written by
knowledge management at several the Faculty’s dr. Lynne Howarth, and
Toronto law firms, obtaining his Master of the book includes articles by several 2007 GrAduATE WiNs sPoT
Information Studies degree. By 2003, he professors, including the iSchool’s oN JeOpardy! GAME sHoW
was back at U of T – but on the other side clare Beghtol. Former student, William Graduate Autumn Haag was chosen to
of the library counter. denton, writes in a blog: “When I arrived compete in the popular American
at library school television show, Jeopardy! Hosted by
in 2001, Nancy Canadian Alex Trebek, the June 22
Williamson had episode of the show featured Ms. Haag,
mostly retired… who works at the Massachusetts Archives
I learned a lot, as a Reference Archivist. Originally from
and I knew I was the U.S., she received her undergraduate
getting one of the and graduate degrees in Canada,
last chances to completing a Master of Information
learn from one of degree in 2007.
claire lysnes John Papadopoulos nancy Williamson
the greats.”

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FacultyNews
eVentS

Dr. matthew Brower

CONTaCT PHoToGrAPHy cultural role in relation to the broader


media environment, specifically to
ing McLuhan (May 1-31), conceived by
rebecca Lemire and seanna McEachern,
FEsTiVAL A succEss television and the Internet. Through the for their Exhibition Project Class. Probing

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he University of Toronto featured vanishing Point constituted two separate McLuhan looked at the influential life of
prominently in this year’s McLuhan- but complementary site-specific works, the theorist through an examination of his
themed Scotiabank CONTACT for which commissioned Canadian artists reflections on the photographic medium.
Photography Festival. The University of Lewis Kaye and david rokeby visu- The iSchool also sponsored an exhibition,
Toronto Art Centre’s Curator and Museum ally and aurally constructed McLuhan’s Freeze Frame on Marshall McLuhan (May
Studies instructor, dr. Matthew Brower, presence in his former seminar room 15), a lively panel discussion with pho-
was a key organizer for several exhibi- in The Coach House building. For the tographers, artists, curators, theorists,
tions presented in partnership with the installation’s framework, they drew from educators, and students, that explored
iSchool’s McLuhan Program in Culture McLuhan’s 1968 book, Through the Vanish- the effects of media and technologies on
and Technology of the Coach House In- ing Point: Space in Poetry and Painting creativity and knowledge.
stitute, under the direction of dominique (coauthored by Harley Parker), which ex-
scheffel-dunand. Along with Festival Art plores the way in which electronic media JuNior ProFEssors
Director, Bonnie rubenstein, Dr. Brower fragments the homogenous experience of rEsEArcH dAy A succEss
co-curated two of the festival’s primary space. The joint opening reception began The iSchool held its first Junior
exhibitions, The Brothel Without Walls, with the panel discussion “Nobody Can Professors Research Day on April 20,
and Through the vanishing Point, both Commit Photography Alone,” a free- 2010. Professors provided a general
part of the May 1st opening reception. wheeling conversation about photograph- introduction and a more detailed
Without Walls brought together nine ic and artistic practices and McLuhan’s presentation of a research paper in
Canadian and international photographers media theory. The festival also featured progress or recently completed, followed
whose works reflect on photography’s the student-curated exhibition, Prob- by discussion. Prof. Jennifer carter

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introduced her project, “Representation provided provocative W. h. Bayley, chairman of the museology
Department and assistant to the Director
by Design: Architectures of Display in and useful insights (seated), and Jo cruise, Secretary. taken
Museum and Exhibition Practices,” which into how key intellectu- in mr. Bayley’s office at the royal ontario
museum, 1973, home of the museum
focuses on theoretical and historical al and civic resources Studies program in its early years.
aspects of exhibition practice in museums of our contemporary
and international exhibitions, specifically cultural landscape can
in Europe and North America throughout be socially relevant
the 20th and early 21st centuries. Prof. institutions in this era
Alan Galey gave insight into his analysis of profound social
relating textual studies and the design of and environmental
digital interface tools in the humanities, change. Conference
in “Archive and Interface in Digital Textual delegates and diverse
Studies: From Cultural History to Critical communities of
Design,” that will specifically investigate practice, ranging from
the cultural history of the humanities museum research-
ers and academ-
ics to professionals
and policy makers,
addressed themes related to civil society, in Canada, but they are becoming more
sustainability, exhibition pedagogy, and more a serious economic tool,
management, and curatorship. Prof. significant as corporate places. That is a
Lynne Teather says that despite what little scary for me because I would like to
some people might think about the digital see them remain publicly driven spaces
Prof. Jennifer carter
world abandoning the traditional world that continually engage the sociopolitical
of libraries and museums, “the oppo- context. We need to understand that it
archive concentrating on Shakespeare. “If site is happening; there are just more isn’t just about ‘traditional’ in big mu-
I were to say merely that their scholarship museums growing and growing. They will seums — it’s about a shared museum.
is intellectually engaging and the passion continue to be a grassroots phenomenon That’s the Canadian way.”
in their voices when they talk about it
riveting, I would be understating the truth
significantly,” said dean seamus ross.
21sT AcM coNFErENcE oN HyPErTExT ANd HyPErMEdiA

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Other participating professors included
he iSchool hosted the opening reception for the 21st ACM (Association for
Matt ratto, yuri Takhteyev, Jenna
Computing Machinery) Conference on Hypertext and Hypermedia, held
Hartel, Kelly Lyons, steve Hockema,
at victoria College from June 13 to 16. The next day, keynote speaker,
Aviv shachak, and Matthew Brower.
Prof. Andrew dillon, University of Texas School of Information, stated: “People
need to think more about the method of communicating, sharing, and writing
coNFErENcE MArKs 40TH when using technology.” A leading researcher on electronic text, Prof. Dillon
ANNiVErsAry oF MusEuM discussed how perceptual and cognitive factors influence readability and
sTudiEs ProGrAM scanability of online information.
U of T’s Master of Museum Studies pro- While he says much remains to be determined on improving designs of
gram celebrated its 40th anniversary with hypertext structures for human use, a major gap remains in our understanding
a national three-day conference, Taking of learning, comprehension, and the impact of textual representation, form,
Stock: Museum Studies and Museum organization and construction on human response. Technologi-
Practices in Canada, held April 22-24, cal advances have led to the largest changes in the way we
2010, at Hart House. Prof. Jennifer carter communicate, Prof. Dillon contends. But the problem lies in
says creating a forum for a nation-wide losing sight of what we’re trying to accomplish: while hyper-
debate and critical examination of the text gives people the ability to see what others are sharing,
academic discipline of museum studies we cannot assume we are learning better just because we are
in Canada in historical and contemporary using the latest technology, he said. He added that we have
contexts was important. Taking Stock become a nation of “search and retrieval,” in
addressed how the field registers within our goal of finding information. As a result,
broader global traditions, pedagogies, people simply scan a site and don’t read it in
and practices. The conference’s keynote its entirety, not allowing themselves to “find the
address, given by museum consultant, true meaning of the document.”
theorist, and writer, dr. robert r. Janes,

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FacultyNews
grantS & aWarDS

THrEE iscHooL
ProFEssors AWArdEd
ssHrc GrANTs

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rofessors Barbara craig and
Twyla Gibson have been awarded
prestigious SSHRC grants. Prof.
Craig’s grant of nearly $64,000 over four
years will be used to build upon her 2005
national survey of practicing archivists
in Canada. The funding will support her
research into the practice of archival ap-
praisal in Canadian archives. Appraisal is
the term used to describe the processes
and rationales for making choices of Synthesis Grants on the Digital Economy, alternative to current identification. The
resources to save for ongoing research a one-time initiative of the Social Sci- second project, “Smart” Private Eyes in
into the richness of Canada’s many pasts. ences and Humanities Research Council Public Places? video Surveillance Analyt-
The study will feature interviews with (SSHRC), which aims to address critical ics, New Privacy Threats and Protective
cross-disciplinary users of archives (the knowledge gaps. Despite the potentially Alternatives, proposes to examine the use
public, historical geographers, historians, far-reaching effects that new develop- of video analytics (“smart” processing) in
etc.) with the aim of reaching a more ments may bring to the private, public the area of video surveillance.
comprehensive understanding of ap- and not-for-profit sectors both within
praisal practice, and also of the concep- Canada and internationally, there is little ProF. Eric yu rEcEiVEs
tions users have about that practice. Prof. social science and humanities research NsErc discoVEry GrANT
Gibson’s SSHRC grant of $89,000 over two currently underway in this area. Through Congratulations to Professor Eric yu who
years will foster research on digital text his Critical Making Laboratory, Prof. Ratto was awarded a NSERC Discovery Grant
analysis tools to further her comparative plans to inform future best practices in of $200,000 over five years, to further his
studies of ancient literature and media. this rapidly evolving field while training
research on agent-oriented modeling.
Her research focuses on a case study of new highly qualified personnel.
His work on intentional strategic actor
the Hippocratic Oath and code of ethics as relationships (i*) modeling was a basis for
the philosophical foundation for profes- ProF. ANdrEW cLEMENT the International Standard Z.151 adopted
sional ethics in information (as well as rEcEiVEs PriVAcy FuNdiNG at the ITU-T in November last year.
in medicine, science, engineering, and For rEsEArcH
business). The objective is to prototype Professor Andrew clement is one of
techniques for large-scale comparative thirteen recipients to receive funding from
ProF. MATT rATTo AWArdEd
analyses of repeating patterns of clas- the 2010-2011 Contributions Program LEAdEr’s oPPorTuNiTy
sification in ancient writings and visual from the Office of the Privacy Commis- FuNd GrANT
media across many different cultures and sioner. The awards, totaling $98,000, will Professor Matt ratto was awarded a
time periods. Both Prof. Craig’s and Prof. fund privacy research and public education Leader’s Opportunity Fund grant by the
Gibson’s SSHRC projects will support initiatives, and are affiliated with Prof. Canadian Foundation for Innovation
iSchool graduate student researchers at Clement’s involvement in The New Trans- (CFI) and the Ontario Research Fund.
the doctoral and master’s levels. Profes- parency: Surveillance and Social Sorting The $85,000 grant will support Prof.
sor Matt ratto has been awarded more research project. The first project, A Pri- Ratto’s work on the “materialization of
than $23,000 to investigate the potential vacy Protective “Proportionate ID Digital information” and was used to purchase
of digital desktop fabrication. He and Pro- Wallet” for Canadians: Open Prototyping rapid prototyping equipment including a
fessor david Wolfe (U of T Mississauga and Public Policy Alternatives, proposes 3D printer, laser cutter, and computer-
Political Science, Centre for International to demonstrate the value of a digital device controlled mill for research use in his
Studies), were each awarded Knowledge (“mobile wallet”) as a privacy-protective Critical Making Laboratory. cLicK To rEAd
oN-LiNE >

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iscHooL ProFEssor identified and recommended in reports
by Ontario Library Services North, among NO T EWO RT HY
BriNGs rEAdiNG others. The ODBS equipment, as well as
To FirsT NATioN the ODBS portal (http://odbs.knet.ca),
will enable teachers and students at the
coMMuNiTiEs Keewaywin Public School to print and

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rofessor Nadia caidi received bind digital content, create and publish
$80,000 from the Ministry of Train- their own content, and create digital
ing, Colleges and Universities to archives. The project also examines the
finance the On-Demand Book Service communities’ reading needs and prefer- FAcuLTy oF
(ODBS), to provide several First Nation
communities with better access to books
ences, in order to “identify content that
iNForMATioN
would appeal to them, based on various
and digital materials. The project is a target populations,” Prof. Caidi added. At rEAccrEdiTEd
collaboration between Keewaytinook the conference, “Reading in First Nations: By ALA

M
Okimakanak (KO), a non-political Chiefs’ Infrastructure, Access & Imagination,”
aster of Informa-
Council serving communities in northern held in late March, the ODBS equip-
Ontario, and the iSchool. As a result, KO tion (MI) students
ment was showcased in Keewaywin via
First Nation community, Keewaywin, and video conferencing, and included a do-it- depend on having
two others, will be given a set of ODBS yourself book scanner (which can scan a an accredited degree in order
400-page book in less than half an hour), to have credibility and the
developed by PhD student daniel reetz. externally-validated academic
The day began with a keynote address
qualifications required in the
by acclaimed aboriginal author drew
Hayden Taylor, who discussed his reading information workplace. U of T’s
experiences growing up in Curve Lake Faculty of Information has been
First Nation, and reflected on the lack of accredited by the American
Aboriginal writers to serve as role mod- Library Association (ALA) since
els. Prof. Caidi said future plans include 1937, when the iSchool’s BLS
the development of the ODBS portal into a
program first received ALA ap-
virtual space where community members
can access and meet people such as Mr. proval. This year, the External
Taylor, in order to ask questions and be Review Panel of the ALA found
inspired. The ODBS is made possible the MI program met the ALA
in collaboration with K-NET Services in Committee on Accreditation’s
Sioux Lookout and KO Research Institute “Standards for Accreditation of
(KORI) in Thunder Bay.
Master’s Programs in Library
and Information Studies,”
ProF. HEATHEr MAcNEiL
equipment and content (a list of titles WiNs HuGH A. TAyLor PrizE and was approved June 2010.
purchased in consultation with members “This status validates the
Professor Heather MacNeil was awarded
of the community), as part of a pilot initia- hard work of our faculty, staff,
the Hugh A Taylor Prize for her article,
tive. “The aim is to explore the realities,
“Archivalterity: Rethinking Original alumni, and students in the
barriers, and challenges to reading in
Order,” which appeared in Archivaria 66 iSchool,” said dean seamus
First Nation communities, particularly
in remote and isolated areas of North- (Fall 2008). The prize is awarded annu- ross. Accredited programs are
ern Ontario,” said Prof. Caidi. “The key ally for the Archivaria article that presents monitored regularly through
element is the importance of reading in new or refreshed ideas in imaginative
annual reporting processes and
one’s life and how we can support it.” The ways by “extending the boundaries of
archival theory in new directions.” Prof. periodic intensive reviews. They
project provided students from both the
MacNeil was awarded a cash prize and must meet or exceed standards
Information and Culture in a Global Con-
text course and Information Workshops certificate, which commends her usage regarding mission, goals and
an opportunity to engage in meaning- of cross-disciplinary insight “to explore objectives; curriculum; faculty;
ful and respectful community-based the relationship between original order, students; administration and
research. The ODBS responds to the archival arrangement, and notions of financial support; and physical
community’s collective desire for libraries authenticity and representation,” and
resources and facilities.
to offer balanced access to both physi- notes that it “offers many possibilities for
cal books and information technology, as enhanced archival practice.”

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StaFFIng

FAcuLTy oF Professor
Fiorella
works. Her research and teaching focus
on information practices involving new
iNForMATioN Foscarini media infrastructures, with an emphasis
WELcoMEs Four Dr. Foscarini holds on youth media literacy, mobile communi-
cation, and social media design. She has
NEW ProFEssors a degree in Arts and
worked and researched digital commu-

T
Philosophy from
he iSchool welcomed four new nications media for fifteen years, both
the University of
Assistant Professors this year, in companies providing services and in
Bologna, a post-
dr. Fiorella Foscarini, dr. rhonda management consulting to those compa-
graduate degree in
McEwen, dr. sara Grimes, and dr. cara nies. Dr. McEwen was recently awarded
Archival Science,
Krmpotich. Dr. Foscarini is teaching a MITACS post-doctoral research grant
Palaeography and
Managing Organizational Records; Dr. (2010-11) to investigate the mobile phone
Diplomatics from the State Archives
McEwen is teaching a workshop on information seeking practices of newcom-
School in Bologna, a Master’s degree in
Information Practice in virtual Worlds: ers to Toronto, and is collaborating with
Design and Management of Advanced
Exploring Mediation in the Information dr. Nadia caidi.
Records Systems from the University of
Environment; Dr. Grimes will teach in
Urbino, and a PhD in Library, Archival and
the areas of in children’s new media
Information Studies from the University of
and literature; and Dr. Krmpotich will be Professor
British Columbia. Her doctoral disserta-
teaching Collections Management and Cara
tion was titled “Function-Based Records
Museums and Indigenous Communities. Krmpotich
Classification Systems: An Exploratory
Study of Records Management Practices Dr. Krmpotich has
in Central Banks.” Dr. Foscarini was a as BA (Trent) in
Senior Archivist for the European Central Anthropology, spe-
Professor Bank in Frankfurt am Main, where she cializing in Museum
Sara Grimes was primarily responsible for the develop- Studies, a cer-
Dr. Grimes has tificate in Museum
ment of records management and archi-
degrees in Com- Management and
val policies and procedures. Prior to that,
munication from Curatorship (Sir
she was the Head of the Records Manage-
Simon Fraser Sandford Fleming College), and an MA
ment Office and Intermediate Archives at
University(PhD, MA) (UBC) in Anthropology, with an emphasis
the Province of Bologna (Italy).
and the Univer- in Museum Studies. She obtained her
sity of Ottawa (BA PhD at the University of Oxford, and
Hons). Her research recently facilitated the visit of twenty-one
interests are in Professor
members of the Haida Nation from Haida
children’s media culture, play studies, and Rhonda
Gwaii, B.C., to the Pitt Rivers Museum
critical theories of technology, with a spe- McEwen
and British Museum. Dr. Krmpotich is
cial focus on digital games. Her published Dr. McEwen holds producing a film and writing book on the
work includes a co-authored analysis an MBA in IT from Haida, with Laura Peers, Curator for the
(with Neil Narine) of discursive represen- City University in Americas, at the Pitt Rivers. Her research
tations of the child gamer within popular London, England, interests lie in the many relationships
film and advertising, and she has collabo- an MSc in Telecom- between museums and source communi-
rated with Andrew Feenberg, adapting his munications from ties, the interconnections between memo-
theory of instrumentalization to construct the University of ry and material culture, and theoretical
a framework for the discussion of games Colorado, and a approaches to repatriation.
as systems of social rationalization, which PhD in Information from University of
appeared in New Media & Society, The Toronto. Dr. McEwen focussed her PhD
Information Society, and Communication, dissertation research on youth mobile
Culture and Critique. phone communication and social net-

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NEW dirEcTor, ExEcuTiVE of the knowledge media that will shape and Historical Archives of Greece, and
dirEcTor, cHiEF sciENTisT, tomorrow and the insightful analysis of as Special Advisor of the Greek Foreign
ANd ProFEssor JoiN KMdi the digital media of today. Minister on cultural diplomacy and infor-
mation issues. Prof. Dallas, who took over
Professor Konstantinos (Kostas)
Plataniotis is the new Director of the ProF. cosTis dALLAs NAMEd the role from Professor Lynne Howarth,
Knowledge Media Design Institute. iNTEriM dirEcTor, MusEuM worked on initiatives to forge stronger
sTudiEs ProGrAM academic links between Museum Studies
“Kostas has the proven track record
and the Master of Information program, in
to nurture KMDI and to foster the Special thanks to Museum Studies
light of the transformations effected by in-
collaborative initiatives that will ensure Professor, costis dallas, who served as
formation technology in museums around
the Institute’s internationally recognized Interim Director of the program from
the world. He also facilitated the intro-
leadership in research and teaching January to July 2010, taking a sabbati-
duction of a thesis option for Museum
prospers,” said dean seamus ross. cal from Panteion University in Athens,
Studies students for the next academic
KMDI Deputy Director since July 2009, Greece, where he is an Assistant Profes-
year, and put plans in place to renovate
Prof. Kostas is a Professor with the with sor of Cultural Heritage Management
the fifth floor Inforum to incorporate a
and Advanced
fully-equipped Museum Studies studio,
Technologies in
carrying out the vision of the late dr.
the Department
cheryl Meszaros. The studio will provide
of Communi-
a space for students to collaboratively
cation, Media
design exhibitions, educational activities,
and Culture.
and digital exhibits, as well as deal with
“Prof. Dallas’s
object handling and essential collections
knowledge of
management, as they would in a museum
cultural heri-
environment. This fall, the Faculty has be-
l-r: Prof. Konstantinos Plataniotis, tage and digital
Prof. Peter Pennefather, gun searching for a new full-time tenure
Dr. gerald Penn, and adriana Ieraci
collections is
track professor who will also serve as the
internationally
new director of the program.
recognized, and
Electrical and Computer Engineering we were lucky to have him here,” said
(ECE) department at the University of dean seamus ross. “His on–the-ground ProFEssor sTEPHEN HocKEMA
Toronto. His research interests include museums experience and wide range of PursuEs NEW cArEEr
digital media, multimedia systems, publications have made significant theo- The Faculty of Information bade farewell
biometrics, image and signal processing, retical and methodological contributions to Professor stephen Hockema on June
and pattern recognition. He chairs the in museums, archaeology, and informa- 30 as he embarked on a new career.
Communications Group at ECE and is the tion.” Dr. Dallas joined the iSchool as a Instead of teaching and researching, Dr.
Director of Research at U of T’s Identity, part-time Associate Professor in 2008. He Hockema will develop software, working
Privacy and Security Institute (IPSI). holds Master of Philosophy and Doctor of with a partner and long-time friend on
Prof. Kostas thanked both Dean Seamus Philosophy degrees in Classical Archeol- mobile applications (such as iAnnotate)
Ross and his predecessor, Professor ogy from the University of Oxford, and and will continue to be based in Toronto.
ron Baecker, for their “strong academic has more than twenty years of research The applications will specifically target
leadership and the exemplary manner in and professional experience in the field the iPhone and iPad. He hopes to collabo-
which they executed KMDI’s integration of cultural management and cultural rate and partner with the iSchool and uti-
with the iSchool family.” He added that heritage informatics. He has been a Re- lize research from Faculty members in his
the KDMI “is perfectly situated to act search Fellow of the Digital Curation Unit, new endeavours. “Thank you to everyone
as research catalyst and be the focal “Athena” Research Centre, since 2007. for the myriad ways you made my time
point of U of T’s digital media agenda.” Previously, Prof. Dallas served as General here interesting, fun and rewarding over
Rounding out the new hires are Executive Director of the Foundations of the Hellenic the past few years,” he said. “Your col-
Director Adriana ieraci, who also runs World, as Undersecretary for Libraries legiality and friendship have meant a lot
her own consulting practice (devising to me.” “We have greatly appreciated his
products and strategies for a digital contributions, and we wish him the best
future); Chief Scientist, dr. Gerald Penn, as he pursues this exciting new direction
whose research primarily focuses on in his career. I have no doubt he will mark
spoken language processing and discrete many milestones in his new career,” says
algorithms to support natural language dean seamus ross. Dr. Hockema joined
technology; and Professor Peter the iSchool in July 2006. With a joint PhD
Pennefather, in charge of learning events in Computer and Cognitive Science from
such as lectures and colloquia, and of Indiana University, Dr. Hockema has
planning a series on sense-making. The specialized in perceptual and linguistic
Prof. costis Dallas Prof. Stephen hockema
KMDI is dedicated to the creative design development and learning.

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A Leader in
MuseuM
studies
By Adeela Ahmad

S
he traces her ancestry back to the famous Celtic centre of scholarship over the last thirty years, and is proud
warrior Queen Boudicca. She grew up next to the to have played an important role in the Museum Studies
former British outpost at DeCew Falls, Ontario, that program, which was the first of its kind in Canada. After
made Laura Secord a legend. She is a sought-after museum twenty years of supervising major research papers and
consultant, and holds one of the world’s first Doctorates managing the summer internship program, her additional
in Museum Studies. Early in her life, Professor Lynne focus has been “developing Museum Studies as a field,” says
Teather’s career path was influenced by the professions Prof. Teather, whose earliest paper on curriculum design
of her parents: her mother was an an- was published in 1978. She notes that
tique dealer and her father an accoun- enrolment has increased fifty per cent
tant. “We had the makings of a modern in the last few years, to forty students.
museum person. At least that’s the way Besides being a teacher and
I like to tell the story,” she smiles. museologist, Prof. Teather is also a
Now, after thirty years as an educa- cultural heritage consultant, who
tor and retirement just two years away, routinely questions the political
Prof. Teather is kind of a legend herself and economic set-up of cultural
in the museologist field. institutions. “There are lots of issues
Little wonder she chose to study with regard to other people’s cultures
history, first at Brock University, then and who can or should speak on
at the University of Toronto, moving on their behalf.”
to the University of Leicester to earn its The trouble, Prof. Teather has
Photo by Adeela Ahmad

first Doctorate in Museum Studies. At learned, is acknowledging that we


the time, museology was in its infancy. possess “a set of culturally conditioned
“It was brand new and a little untried eyes.” This realization was sparked
The Curator of the Kanoe and Nok Museums
as well, but if you’re Canadian,” she shows Professor Teather the Nok Caves, Nok,
by a controversial African exhibition
narrows her eyes and smiles, “of course on her research trip to Nigeria in 2005. she was involved with in 1990 at the
you’re a pioneer.” Royal Ontario Museum, one that
In 1979, Prof. Teather joined the University of incited a violent public reaction. Somewhat rattled, Prof.
Toronto’s Museum Studies program as full-time faculty Teather decided to incorporate intercultural work into
member. Since its inception forty years ago, the pro- her teaching. The experience was repeated in 2005 when
gram was housed in the School of Graduate Studies, but the governor of a northern Nigerian town invited her to
in 2006, it integrated with the iSchool, benefitting from advise on converting a cultural area into a UNESCO World
a permanent home, increased resources, and access to an Heritage Site. A doctor showed her hundreds of women
expanded community of curators. spending post-operative recovery time making traditional
Professor Teather has helped build a distinguished crafts at a nearby school, in order to stimulate a local-based

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“A museum is anywhere
people are coming together
to address cultural heritage.”

Photo by Adeela Ahmad


Professor Teather inside the AGO’s new Frank Gehry-designed sculpture gallery, the Galleria Italia.

craft industry for tourism. “I was just going to advise on a neighborhood arts project started by youth-at-risk.” As
forming a better museum, and instead learned that culture for the future of museums, Prof. Teather would like to
and heritage is linked to people’s lives. That has forever see them remain “publicly driven spaces that continually
changed how I view my vocation.” Prof. Teather says both engage the sociopolitical context.”
incidents transformed her thinking. “In Nigeria, poverty Currently, Prof. Teather is working on a two-volume
and access to education affect everything I recommend.” history of Canadian museums from 1700-1972, and is
These experiences led her to bring a more international considering writing a book about museum thinking and
sensibility to her teaching. practice for the 21st century, “with an eye to diversity and
In 1995, the Ontario Museum Association honoured inclusion,” says the soon-to-be President of the Interna-
Prof. Teather’s career with an Award of Merit, a recognition tional Committee for the Training of Personnel (a subcom-
which made her “think of the people who have gone before, mittee of the International Council of Museums).
and the many students and colleagues who have supported When asked what gives her the most sense of pride,
our Master’s program and the progress of our field.” Prof. Teather quickly responds, “the students,” and lists
Progress, indeed. The image of museums as “dusty a lengthy “Who’s Who” of past and current pupils who
places in four-walled buildings with artifacts, is morphing.” fill noteworthy permanent and internship roles, both in
Today, Prof. Teather says, a museum is anywhere people Canada and abroad. “I will miss them but at the same time,
are coming together to address cultural heritage. “At I’m not going away! This is still my community.”
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Throughout the year, professors at the Faculty of “Architecture by Design: Dis- Faculty, which was published
Information conduct rigorous, interdisciplinary, and play, Narrative and Perfor- in the Journal of Documenta-
mance in Exhibition Practice.” tion. The paper, “The Indi-
groundbreaking research that contributes to society She has also been engaged in vidual and Social Dynamics
and helps shape the field of information. Learn more the European Marie Curie- of Knowledge Sharing – An
about their recent research activities and scholarly funded series of workshop Exploratory Study,” concluded
conferences entitled “NaMu, that knowledge sharing be-
efforts over 2009-2010. Making National Museums,” haviour is influenced by three
which studies the emergence sets of dynamics: a rational
and evolution of national mu- calculus that weighs the
Matthew Brower nerable communities, includ-
seums in historic and global costs and benefits of sharing;
Dr. Brower was involved in the ing newcomers, immigrant
contexts. Currently, Prof. a dispositional preference
production of seven shows groups, and Aboriginal com-
Carter is involved in a collab- that favours certain patterns
at the University of Toronto munities. Prof. Caidi helped
orative research project, From of sharing outcomes; and
Arts Centre (UTAC), including with the integration of the On
Coexistence to Convergences: a relational effect based on
Brothel Without Walls at the Demand Book Service (ODBS),
Studying Partnerships and working relationships. Profes-
Scotiabank CONTACT Pho- permitting easy access to
Collaborating Among Librar- sor Choo also worked with
tography festival in memory reading materials as well
ies, Archives and Museums. Dr. Riva Alvarenga-Neto on a
of Marshall McLuhan, and as providing ODBS-related
paper titled “Beyond the ‘Ba’:
Gord Peteran: Recent Works. equipment for peoples of First
Joan Cherry Managing Enabling Contexts
In addition, he co-organized Nation communities. Her work
in Knowledge Organizations”,
“Feeling Photography”, a ma- has earned her numerous Besides fulfilling her respon-
which reviews and extends
jor international conference invitations to speak at various sibilities as Associate Dean,
the work of Professor Ikujiro
which addressed the theme settlement sector-related Professor Cherry conducted a
Nonaka on ‘ba’, a social space
of photography and affect, meetings, and consultant con- web-based survey of students
for creating and sharing
and attracted 130 participants tracts with Human Resources in Master’s degree programs
knowledge, and suggests
from around the world. His and Social Development in six information schools
that managing knowledge is
publications explore topics Canada, and Citizenship and across Canada including
fundamentally about creating
ranging from “photographic Immigration Canada. Dalhousie University and the
an environment that is con-
emergence” (the ability of University of Western Ontario,
ducive to knowledge interac-
the camera to make manifest Jennifer Carter investigating satisfaction rates
tion. The paper was published
things the eye cannot see), to for students in their respec-
Professor Carter was the in the Journal of Knowledge
the importance of sardonic tive programs. Initial findings
Chair of the Steering Com- Management.
portraiture in Janus Dukszta’s are that student satisfaction
mittee of the “Taking Stock
collection. is higher at UofT than the
Conference” held at Hart Juris Dilevko
average rating across the six
House and UTAC from
Nadia Caidi schools. She is also involved In addition to teaching six
April 22-24, 2010, which
in a project to study part- courses in the field of librari-
Although Professor Caidi will brought together a network
nerships and collaboration anship, Professor Dilevko will
be on sabbatical leave in fall of scholar-parishioners,
among libraries, archives, and be involved in the following
2010, her book, A Right to academic researchers, and
museums. long-term research projects:
Know? Access to Information graduate students studying
Canadian literary culture in
in a Post 9/11 World, will be museological issues. Her
Chun Wei Choo the late 1940s and 1950s; the
published for the 10th anni- research on the history and
serpentine history of school
versary of the September 11, theory of exhibition practice Professor Choo completed
libraries in the United States
2001 events. She will continue led to a public lecture invita- two collaborative research
in the late 1960s and early
to pursue her research on the tion at the Design Exchange in projects, one with sylvio cyr,
1970s; and a critical analysis
information practices of vul- Toronto, where she presented, a Master’s student at the
of the book reviews of a well-
known United States literacy
critic.

Wendy Duff
Professor Duff is the Director
of the Digital Curation Insti-
tute, and founding members
matthew Brower nadia caidi Jennifer carter Joan cherry chun Wei choo
of AX-NET, an international

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in London, England. At the
2009 Annual Meeting of the
American Society for Informa-
tion Science and Technology
(ASIST), she hosted the panel
“Toward a Positive Information
Wendy Duff Fiorelle Foscarini alan galey Jenna hartel Stephen hockema Science?” and also designed
and delivered “Metatheoretical
Snowmen,” which drew one of
team of researchers inter- This also marked the first in the E-Book Demo” at the the largest crowds at ASIST.
ested in facilitating access to year of his seven-year project, Modern Language Association The latter panel was repeated
primary materials. Her current Implementing New Knowledge conference in Los Angeles. at CoLIS in London and will be
research focuses on four Environments (INKE). He was presented again in Toronto in
areas: archival users, access the co-leader of the Textual Jenna Hartel October 2010.
to archival material, digital Studies team, contributing a Professor Hartel has created
curation, and, most recently, book chapter, “Beyond Reme- a foundation for future studies Stephen Hockema
the convergence of libraries, diation: The Role of Textual of serious leisure with her Over the past year, Professor
archives, and museums. She Studies in Implementing New work on the ethnographic Hockema refined and focused
is the principal investigator on Knowledge Environments.” He study of information in the his ongoing research with
a collaborative project explor- is continuing with the project, hobby of gourmet cooking. Her students into a coherent topic
ing said convergence. Another Archive and Interface in Digital paper, “Managing Documents revolving around parallels
of her collaborative projects Textual Studies: from Cultural at Home for Serious Leisure: between formality in software
investigated the impact of History to Critical Design, with A Case Study of the Hobby of design/development and form/
technology on museums emphasis on Shakespeare, Gourmet Cooking,” provides content/presentation distinc-
for the Canadian Heritage investigating the cultural his- the first detailed account of tions in information. On June
Information Network, which tory of the archive in scholarly hobby-related information 30, he left the iSchool to em-
resulted in three unpublished editing and building an online collecting. Professor Hartel’s bark on a new career develop-
reports and a refereed confer- library of interface compo- publications appeared in the ing software. He will work with
ence paper presented at Cul- nents. In addition, Prof. Galey Journal of Documentation and a partner on mobile applica-
tural Heritage Online called presented a paper that fo- will appear in Information in tions, such as iAnnotate. The
“Empowering Users: An Active cused on the Architectures of Everyday American Life. In ad- applications will target spe-
Role for User Communities.” the Book project, at the Mate- dition, she presented her work cifically the iPhone and iPad
rial Cultures conference in Ed- on this topic at the Seventh devices, as well as contracts
Fiorella Foscarini inburgh, and will present “The International Conference on associated with them.
Professor Foscarini joined the Ekindling Reciter: Performing Conceptions of Library and
Faculty in January 2010. She is Reading and Concealing Texts Information Science (CoLIS)
developing a new course that
builds on record management
and archival principles and
methods, and explores issues Andrew Clement

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of diplomatics, genre theory,
and structuration. Prof. Fos- rofessor Clement continues to explore the
carini presented a paper on social and public policy implications of the
new approaches to electronic emerging information/communication infra-
records management at the 8th structure, with the aim of contributing to its socially
European Conference on Digi- progressive development. His classes, research,
tal Archiving held in Geneva workshops, and lecture series bring attention to the
in April. threats to privacy, identity integrity, and other civil lib-
erties posed by the increasingly pervasive insinuation
Alan Galey
of surveillance technologies and practices. He is also
This year, Professor Galey’s working on identity, privacy and surveillance research
research has focused on the as well as related public education initiatives, affili-
history and future of the book,
ated with his involvement in The New Transparency:
bridging the fields of book
Surveillance and Social Sorting research project.
history, digital humanities, and
critical information studies.

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research on handheld tech-
nologies, such as the mobile
phone and iPod Touch devices.
In addition, she was awarded
a MITACS post-doctoral
research grant to investigate
Kelly lyons heather macneil Jens-erik mai rhonda mcewen David Phillips the mobile phone information
seeking practices of young
newcomers to Toronto.
Kelly Lyons of the evolution of an archival trustworthy. He has also been
Professor Lyons’ paper “New description over a period of giving presentations and will
David Phillips
Directions for Social Comput- eight decades. give an invited talk at the
National Taiwan University’s Professor Phillips is currently
ing in virtual Worlds: Applica-
Jens-Erik Mai International Symposium on working on two SSHRC-fund-
tions for Business and Social
Since the end of his term the Future of Information Or- ed research projects. The first,
Sciences” was listed as #17
as the vice-Dean in 2009, ganization Research, in Taipei. Spatiality, Identity, and the
in the “Top 25 Hottest Articles
Professor Mai has been busy He will co-chair the Program Infrastructure of Ubiquitous
from Science Direct.” She
preparing papers for publica- Committee for the iConference Computing: Directions for
presented two papers, one at
tion in Journal of Documenta- in 2011 to be held in Seattle, Critical Intervention, investi-
iConference 2010 and another
tion, Knowledge Organization, Washington. gates the political, economic,
at the 15th Americas Confer-
and for presentation at the and technical configuration of
ence on Information Systems,
International Conference on Rhonda McEwen “cloud” computing, or ubiqui-
and was also invited by CALIS
and SLA to give a special Conceptions of Library and It was a year of innovation for tous computing, and how the
presentation on project man- Information Science, that all Assistant Professor McEwen, infrastructure configures the
agement. In addition, she con- explore authority and trust the first faculty member to possibilities for interactions in
tributed a book chapter titled in knowledge organization offer a class on virtual worlds, public space. The second proj-
“A Framework that Situates systems. He hopes to attract addressing issues such as ect, Carrier Hotels: Mapping
Technology Research within attention to the challenges avatar identity and com- Internet Interconnections, at-
the Field of Service Science,” faced by library and informa- munity. She was featured in tempts to “ground” the cloud,
which will appear in Service tion science professionals to the national press on several by revealing exactly where In-
Systems Implementation, as design and maintain systems occasions for her cutting- ternet traffic travels on its way
a volume in Service Science: that are transparent and edge research on handheld from source to destination.
Research and Innovations in the
Service Economy.

Heather MacNeil Lynne Howarth

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Professor MacNeil published rofessor Howarth is continuing with her project,
two articles this year: “Trust- “Enhancing Pathways to Memory,” and working
ing Description: Authenticity, with the Alzheimer Society of Toronto to study
Accountability and the General how individuals with mild cognitive impairment associ-
International Standard for ated with early-stage Alzheimer/Dementia may utilize
Archival Description” and multi-modal expressions of information such as music,
“Arranging the Self: Literary photographs, physical objects, movement, audio record-
and Archival Perspectives on ings, etc., as memory cues for finding, organizing, and
Writers’ Archives,” and co- using information important to daily living.
edited a book entitled Currents She also collaborated on Museum Knowledge
of Archival Thinking. She also Worker of the 21st Century, a project for the Canadian
began work on a SSHRC-fund- Heritage Information Network, and presented a paper
ed research project examining in Rome, Italy at the International Society for Knowledge
archival description as rhe- Organization, exploring cartograms for mapping the
torical genre in traditional and diffusion of knowledge globally. In addition, she refereed
web-based environments. She at the poster session of the OLA Superconference, and
completed the data collection served as a guest editor of a special issue of Knowledge
and most of the data analysis
Organization and Cataloguing & Classification Quarterly.
for a small exploratory study

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Matt Ratto to improve care, another in share her work at six differ- at several international
Professor Ratto received two Informatics in Primary Care on ent conferences, including museology schools, includ-
grants to continue to develop usability as a critical aspect of the Seventh International ing a stint this year at the
“critical making”—a mode assessing the quality of clini- Conference on Conception of Slovenian Museology School.
of research practice that cal information systems. Library and Information Sci- Currently, she is working on a
uses material prototyping ence. She also published an project with Professor Roger
with physical computing to Brian Cantwell Smith article on one of the SSHRC’s Simon on difficult history and
supplement and extend criti- This year marks a milestone Network of Centres of Excel- museums through examining
cal thinking on the relations for Professor Cantwell Smith lence Project: DIGILAB, on the exhibition Without Sanctu-
between society, informa- as he initiates a seven-volume which she was invited to be a ary: Lynching Photographs in
tion, and technology. The first series publication of his research collaborator. America.
project, Critical Making: the major life work entitled Age
Materialization of the Digi- of Significance, which pro- Yuri Takhteyev Eric Yu
tal, is funded by the Canada vides a sustained, systematic Professor Takhteyev has Professor Yu’s research focus-
Foundation for Innovation and philosophical analysis of the completed several papers es on the analysis and design
the Ontario Research Fund. foundation of computation and and has projects underway of information systems and
The project explores how 3D intentionality. The book will be on topics ranging from open services in social contexts,
printers and open source presented in both English and source software development and knowledge management.
hardware changes the nature Chinese in traditional book to the globalization of Wikipe- His projects include designing
of expertise and will influence format, as well as online. In dia. His main, current project for security and privacy, agile
the creative environment. The addition, he has completed is an ethnography of software software development, and
second project, funded by two volumes of papers on development in Brazil, in business modeling for busi-
the Ontario Media Develop- conceptual foundations of which he looks at software ness intelligence. Professor Yu
ment Corporation, is called computing, to be published by development as a case of a has had three journal papers
Designing Digital Media for Harvard University Press. modern high-tech work and published or accepted, as well
the Internet of Things, and will how globalization is experi- as seven conference papers
use workshops to create novel Siobhan Stevenson enced in such a context. He and five workshop papers,
possibilities for shared work Professor Stevenson has has completed his dissertation and two book chapters, most
on the Internet of things (the concentrated her research for this project and is currently in collaboration with the
interconnection of everyday energies on investigating converting it to book form. students he supervised. He
objects through digital working conditions within the also co-edited a Festschrift
technologies). information economy, particu- Lynne Teather volume, Conceptual Model-
larly at public libraries. She Professor Teather helped ing: Foundations and Applica-
Aviv Shachak has developed a model that place forty students in mu- tions, in honour of his former
Professor Shachak is con- attempts to capture the dia- seum internships around the PhD supervisor and mentor,
tinuing with his case study lectic between the ascendancy world, teaching, gave work- Professor John Myopolous,
research on end-user support of library consumer-producer shops and lectures in various and plans to include the book
for primary care electronic identity and the diminishment places, and was a member in a conceptual modeling
health record implementa- of the public librarian as a of the steering committee for course. Professor Yu’s re-
tion, where the first phase of skilled, waged, and unionized the Taking Stock Conference. search focuses on information
data collection and prelimi- public service worker, which Other research areas include system analysis and design,
nary analysis of the data has provides findings for work- the history of Canadian mu- and software engineering, em-
been completed. He has also ing conditions, careers, and seums, contemporary issues phasized in his current book
published two opinion papers, labour processes across the in national and international project “Social Modeling for
one in JAMA on the potential full range of public service museum development, and Requirements Engineering.”
of incorporating multimedia occupations. Prof. Stevenson the training of museum
into electronic health records will have the opportunity to professionals. She has taught

matt ratto aviv Shachak Brian cantwell Smith Siobhan Stevenson yuri takhteyev lynne teather eric yu

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StudentNews
eVentS

sTudENTs TAcKLE
sTErEoTyPEd PErcEPTioN
oF LiBrAriANs

B
etween October 17 and 25, 2009, first year iSchool
students participated in a challenge to smash the
stereotypes of meek, mild-mannered librarians by
stepping out on to the streets and inviting the public to test
their skills and engage in a range of enlightening activities.
One of six events, “On the Street Reference” challenged
Torontonians to ask any question on any topic. Toting a
“FREE ANSWERS” sign, students took turns answering
questions, ranging from “Why do musicians tune to A
(440 HZ)” to “Are there any English language theatres
in Shanghai?”
Katya Pereyaslavska, a first-year MISt student and
Hart House Library Curator, said the class arrangement
was a “terrific experience.” More than sixty members of
the public participated on the corner of Bloor Street and
University Avenue, outside the Royal Ontario Museum.
The challenge also promoted the founding principles
of librarianship: civic engagement and the free flow of
information. Students were delighted by the measure of
support received from faculty professors, the local press,
and professional librarians, and discussed turning the
idea into a city-wide event for next year’s Library Month.
The overarching goal of dismantling the image of librar-
ians as “invisible” or “passive” grew out of a class ef-
fort spearheaded by Professors siobhan stevenson and
Nadia caidi, and evolved into a personal quest for public
awareness. “I think it can teach [the public] a lot about our
professions and our engagement with the broader society,”
said Prof. Caidi.
Other student-led challenges included a winter
clothing drive for Romero House refugees, a “Reference
Desk on Wheels” aimed at expanding public understanding
of the role of information workers, and “We Love Librari-
ans,” an event in which students asked the public what they
love about librarians. The challenges piggy-backed on the
Stephen Lewis Foundation’s “A Dare to Remember” (www.
adaretoremember.com/campaign). In addition to answering
Second-year student, questions, students also educated passersby on the HIv/
Sarah Jones
AIDS pandemic in Africa, and accepted donations to fight
the disease, raising more than $800. cLicK To rEAd
oN-LiNE >

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of Doctoral Studies, and Areti Vourinaris,
Assistant to the Dean’s Office. “The format
of PhD Research Days gave students a
chance to clarify and hone their work, and
to present it to colleagues for their advice
and critique,” says Dr. Phillips. Doctoral
students enjoyed the exposure: “I think we
get wrapped up in our own research and
this was a great opportunity to step back
and hear what our peers are doing,” said
Melissa Fritz, who presented an overview
of her research, “Mom, Apple Pie, and
Policy: Examining the Social Construction
4th annual Job & networking Fair of the standard North American Family
in Canadian Child Care Policy Debates
(2004-2009).” The program included topics
FourTH ANNuAL JoB ANd Director of the Internet Public Library, ranging from “Online Support Groups
NETWorKiNG FAir A succEss who delighted participants with his for People Living with Depression,” and
The iSchool hosted its annual job insights. Other presentations touched on “Challenges with Frameworks for Privacy
and networking fair on January 29, universal access and information poverty, Protection: Studying Systemic Failures,”
attracting more than 200 students and freedom of information and right to pri- to “Preliminary Discussion of Research
organizations from all information vacy, curation as the facilitation of access, on LGBT Archives and the Communities
fields including archives and records the Internet as library, and museums as They Serve,” and “Is Hearing Believing?
management, information systems and “access on display.” This annual confer- Perception of Online Information
technologies, library and information ence provides students with an academic Credibility by Screen Reader Users who
science, and knowledge management. platform in which to present and discuss are Blind.”
The fair provided students with many their work with peers, scholarly research-
opportunities to meet and network ers, and information professionals and
with professionals, and to learn more practitioners. Free Graduate Course
about the skills and attributes sought for New Graduates
PHd rEsEArcH dAy 2010
by today’s employers. For organizations,
The enthusiastic response to last year’s Those students who convocated
the event served as a forum in which to in November 2009, or March/June
PhD Research Day resulted in the
meet the new generation of information 2010, qualify for one free course
expansion of this year’s event to two (maximum value $600) at the School
professionals, establish a presence, and
days. On April 12 and 13, twenty students of Continuing Studies, 18 months
receive resumés from students. from the date of graduation.
presented their research to faculty, peers,
and a respondent panel—almost twice For more information call:
iNForMATioN AccEss:
as many participants as last year! The 416-978-2400
coMMoNs, coNTroLs, or drop by at: 158 St. george St.
coNTroVErsy (iA3c) event was organized by Professor david
coNFErENcE Phillips, Associate Professor and Chair
The iSchool held its second annual
student-run conference, “Information
Access: Commons, Controls, Controversy
(IA3C),” from March 19 to 20, 2010. Fea-
turing students from Toronto, Montreal,
and New York, the conference included
a keynote speaker, student presenta-
tions, and a round table discussion. The
keynote was dr. Joseph Janes, Associate
l-r: Ia3c co-chairs, Patricia
Professor at the University of Washing- ayala and laura Shtern lysanne lessard
ton’s Information School, and Founding

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StudentNews
aWarDS & InternShIPS

andrea Siemen, Janina mueller and aileen cornelio

iscHooL sTudENTs of the eleven selected Canadians, three


were from the Faculty. First-year stu-
the specialized journal collection at the
Library of the Division for Ocean Affairs
iNTErN AT THE dents Andrea siemen, Janina Mueller and the Law of the Sea (DOALOS), and

uNiTEd NATioNs and Aileen cornelio looked on as the


Queen delivered her address to the UN
editing the 2009 edition of the annual
The Law of the Sea: A Select Bibliography.

W
hat could be more exciting General Assembly (July 6, 2010). Aileen Andrea worked as a conference officer
than interning at the UN for the worked with the UN Archives within the for the Department for General Assembly
summer? Being present for Archives & Records Management Section and Conference Management, tasked
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s visit to (UNARMS) of the Department of Man- with creating a compendium that provides
its headquarters, of course! Out of 6,800 agement, implementing preservation subject access to resolutions pertaining to
applicants competing for this year’s sum- strategies on the archival records of the conference management beginning with
mer internship program at the world’s Korean Reconstruction Agency series. the 40th session (1985) and continuing to
largest international institution, and out Janina’s internship involved cataloguing the present.

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FiAA ouTsTANdiNG sTudENT Student Conference. She was also a
coNTriBuTioN AWArd poster presenter at the 2010 CLA National
Conference & Trade Show in Edmon-
coNGrATuLATioNs,
Student Council President (2009-2010), cLAss oF 2010!
Kim stymest, is the well-deserved winner ton. Kim’s paper, “The War on Women’s
Bodies: War Rape in the Democratic At a special reception held by the Faculty
of this year’s FIAA Outstanding Student of Information Alumni Association after
Contribution Award (formerly the Jubilee Republic of the Congo,” will be published Convocation in June, many of the 160
in the inaugural issue of the Journal of the graduates gathered to celebrate and
Award). Kim received a $500 cheque and
honour those who won prizes for high
plaque in recognition of her influential Motherhood Institute. She is also a double
academic achievement and contributions
contribution to student life, participation award winner this year, having been one to the community. Award winners were:
in professional organizations, academic of the recipients of the Gordon Cressy
MMst Awards valentine Moreno,
excellence, and publishing. Before being Awards. Congratulations to an outstand- Maddie Knickerboxer, victoria Kushelnyk
elected President, Kim served as Student ing student!
ontario Library Association Anniversary
Council vice-President, and joined the Prize Mark Bold and Christina Kim
editorial team of the Faculty of Information
iscHooL sTudENT cHosEN (both with 3.97 grade averages)
For 2010 NELsoN MANdELA Margaret canning Public Librarian Prize
Quarterly. As President, Kim participated
iNTErNsHiP Erin Anderson and Jessica Rovito
in Faculty Council and Graduate Student
Second-year MISt student Lindsay Library service centre Award of
Union meetings, and contributed to the Excellence in cataloguing
chick spent her summer undertaking
recent ALA Accreditation Panel. Under Erika Dickenson
archival and records management work
her leadership, the student lounge on the Kathleen reeves Memorial Award
in South Africa with the Nelson Mandela Kimberly Rawluk
7th floor of Bissell (140 St. George) was
Foundation’s Centre of Memory. This ArMA Toronto chapter Award
transformed into a welcoming space, now
unforgettable internship was supported Renee Chaput
frequented as both a work and a social
by the continued generosity of Manulife douglas Armstrong Memorial Award
hub. Kim has also been active in librari-
Financial, and provides iSchool students Jorge Rivera
anship, with memberships in OLA, SLA,
with the chance to gain invaluable Gertrude M. Boyle Memorial Award in
CLA, and ALA. She convened a session cataloguing Sarah vaisler
international work experience. Lindsay
at the OLA 2010 SuperConference, and ontario Library Boards’ Association
worked under the guidance of Verne
moderated a session at Information Ac- Prize in Public Library Management
Harris, considered to be one of the Li Chen
cess: Commons, Control, Controversy, the
leading postmodern thinkers of archival Jane Prescott Memorial Award
2nd annual University of Toronto iSchool
theory. As a professional archivist, Mr. Jana Purmalis
Harris helped transform South Africa’s sheridan Park Association Award
apartheid public records system. “I am Dylanne Dearborn

both thrilled and humbled to have the Toronto Area Archivists’ Group Award
Emily Monks-Leeson
opportunity to intern with the Centre of
Toronto Health Libraries Associa-
Memory in Johannesburg,” Lindsay says. tion Annual Prize in Health sciences
She was excited about gaining “practical, Librarianship
hands-on experience with records while Louise Donnelly
preserving the painful history of apartheid William L. Graff Memorial Prize
James Murchison
and the legacy of a truly inspirational
Kim Stymest
individual.” Motivated by her goal to rare Books and Manuscripts Award
Bridget Whittle
promote social justice and education
Beta Phi Mu Nominees Mark Bold,
through historical records, Lindsay Li Chen, Monique Flaccavento, Christina
hopes to work as a reference archivist Kim, Klara Maidenberg, Matthew
in a repository of Holocaust collections, McPherson, Emily Monks-Leeson, James
Murchison, Stephanie Orfano, Alison
“in order to expand research in the area, Schroeder, Tetiana Senyshyn, Erica
maintain the legacy and memory of Sum, Lynette Terrill, Leslie Thomson,
Jacqueline Whyte Appleby
survivors and victims, and to illuminate
issues of prejudice and intolerance.” You We welcome the graduates of 2010 as our
can read about Lindsay’s experiences in newest alumni and wish them all the best
as they advance in their careers.
lindsay chick South Africa at http://lindsayinjoburg.
blogspot.com/.

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StudentNews
aWarDS & InternShIPS

THrEE iscHooL
sTudENTs HoNourEd
WiTH GordoN crEssy
AWArd

O
n April 15, second-year students
Maddie Knickbocker (MMSt), Kim
stymest (MISt), and Erica sum
(MISt) were recognized with the prestigious
Gordon Cressy Award for outstanding
extra-curricular contributions to their
faculty and to the university as a whole.
Maddie Knickbocker served as Social
Chair and vice-President of the Museum l-r: gordon cressy award winners: Kim Stymest
Studies Graduate Student Association. and erica Sum (absent: maddie Knickbocker)
With a colleague, she curated a panel of
museum scholars in the “Taking Stock”
conference, April 22-24. Kim Stymest was managing the Student Council’s website. was also a student liaison for the Cana-
President of the Faculty of Information Erica Sum is known for her inspiring dian Association of Special Libraries and
Student Council. Her accomplishments advocacy for children and youth, including Information Services. The awards were
include spearheading high-tech renova- stimulating library service to Aboriginal established in 1994 in honour of Gordon
tions to the student lounge, mentoring youth. She served on the Student Council Cressy, former U of T vice-President of
and actively recruiting students, and and Faculty Council with distinction, and Development and University Relations.

MusEuM sTudiEs Kendra Ainsworth, Dana Fragomeni, Berrit Natalie Larsen, Elizabeth Rodriguez,
Art Gallery of Ontario Todmorden Mills (Toronto) Heritage Village (Calgary) Museum of Performance &
iNTErNsHiPs Design (San Francisco)
Heather Anderson, Meaghan Anne Froh, Lianne Catherine
This summer, the Masters of National Gallery of Scotland Canadian National Maitland, Patricia Marion Small,
Museum Studies program saw Jackie Awad, Exhibition Archives Markham Museum Brant Museum
a twenty five per cent increase Art Gallery of Ontario (Burlington, ON)
Kimberly Ginge, Rebecca Jane McGuire,
in the number of first-year Jilana Elizabeth Stewart,
Lindsay Bontoft, Guggenheim Museum Shout Out Media
student internships. Forty stu- National Museum of Art
University College London,
Sarah Lynn Heim, Erin Beau McIntyre, and Design (New York)
dents completed twelve-week Petrie Museum
Toronto Photographers Art Gallery of Ontario Kristin Emily Stoesz,
internships both in and around Diane Adele Boyer, Workshop
Samantha Morel, Gardiner Museum
Toronto and in cities as far away Todmorden Mills (Toronto)
Rachel Clare Keeling, Science North (Sudbury) Kelly Torrens,
as San Francisco, Edinburgh, Kathryn Browning, Canada Helps Royal Ontario Museum
and Athens. In the fall, the Art Gallery of Alberta Diana G. Moser,
Kristen Jade Kerr, City of Hamilton, Lisa Truong,
Faculty will host an internship Laura Bydlowska,
Ashmolean Museum Culture Division Museum of Anthropology
day during which students will Royal Academy of Arts (UBC)
(Oxford)
present posters and talks sum- Michelle Chan, Megan Alicia O‘Connor, Jennifer Mary Winter,
marizing their experiences and Royal BC Museum Mairin Shields Kerr, American School of Art Gallery of Ontario
celebrating their achievements. Getty Villa (Malibu, Archaeology (Athens)
Rheanne Chartrand, California) Catherine Grace Woltz,
Placements offer students National Museum of the Roberta Petracca, Holy Trinity Church
opportunities to work hands-on American Indian Martha Helena Kroeker, Markham Museum (Stratford-upon-Avon)
with industry professionals, Royal Ontario Museum Yan Zhou,
Michael Devaney, Cynthia Rebeca
gaining valuable experience. Royal Ontario Museum Grace Lam, Roberts Perez, Royal Ontario Museum
The following is a list of stu- vanessa Fleet, National Museum of Museum of Architecture, Cassandra Zita,
dents and their placements: Art Gallery of Ontario Ireland MIT (Boston) Schneider House (Waterloo)

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Student Notes

09 10
Nova Scotia and their settlement in Louisiana, preference, however, only 12.5 per cent of
15 GRADUATING
through the evolution and eventual 20th-century students found summer work in public libraries,
EXHIBITION
PROJECTS
commercialization of Cajun food and culture; a decrease from 2008. Nevertheless, job satis-
AND MAJOR
RESEARCH and an exhibit on the whimsical world of faction remained quite high in both years, with a
PAPERS
children’s toys. Research papers were equally large majority of students finding well-paid work
diverse, and included a discussion of historical in fields of interest. “These promising results
shifts in the presentation of culturally sensitive suggest that information organizations are doing
indigenous materials in Australian digital col- well, matching students with their desired areas
lections; an examination of the implementation of work. We believe that the increase in career
Master of Museum Studies Program
Faculty of Information
of current cultural policy at heritage sites in goal changes, coinciding with the increase in
University of Toronto
the city of Athens; and an illustrated catalogue ‘Other’ work opportunities, is reflective of the
Instructors: Dr. Matthew Brower and Dr. Jennifer Carter
Project celebration: Tuesday, April 6, 2010, Debates Room, Hart House, University of Toronto
7-11pm Speeches at 7:30
documenting the work of Canadian artist and growing diversity of job prospects in the infor-
Special thanks to the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto; Art Niemi at Atlanta Visual Communications;
and to all our partners and collaborators listed on the reverse who have made the projects possible.
designer Dora de Pédery-Hunt. mation professions,” the survey report stated.
They suggest future studies include employer
MusEuM sTudiEs sTudENT surveys to supplement student views, and the
ExHiBiTioN ProJEcTs FuTurE oF THE ProFEssioN: collection of data to form a broader picture by
Second-year Museum Studies students in
sTudENT ProFEssioNAL contrasting the positions of new graduates with
the Exhibition Project Class annually curate a dEVELoPMENT surVEy those of students in summer positions, and
variety of exhibitions at locations ranging from MISt second-year student, Kate Petch, and those in mid-degree studies.
Robarts Library to Toronto Pearson Interna- new graduate, Kim stymest, presented find-
tional Airport, providing emerging museum ings of their research survey, “The Future of FaCulTy OF INFOrmaTION
practitioners with professional curatorial expe- the Profession: Student Professional Develop- QuarTerly ENTErs 3rd yEAr
rience. Some students collaborate with partner ment at the iSchool,” at the 2010 CLA National The Faculty of Information Quarterly has launched
organizations to produce exhibitions, while oth- Conference & Trade Show in Edmonton. The its third year of publication. Over the past year,
ers create, plan, and design original projects. 25-question survey collected both quantitative graduate students solidified the journal as a
This year, twenty-five students produced fifteen and qualitative data from MISt students over forum for the voices of emerging and estab-
projects and major research papers. Exhibi- a six-week period in order to ascertain student lished scholars and practitioners in diverse
tions of varying lengths took place between perceptions of coursework, professional information fields. The latest issue features
November and May 2010 in Toronto, Homer development, and the future career goals of a special section with coursework from Prof.
(Alaska), and New Orleans (Louisiana) and those attending the iSchool. Findings show a Andrew clement’s and dr. Adam Fiser’s fall
covered a broad spectrum of topics, includ- contrast in career goals and choices between 2009 class, INF1001 - Knowledge and Informa-
ing a collection of unusual artifacts belonging the summers of 2008 and 2009, as well as a tion in Society. To contact the editors, please
to an affluent “pseudo”-victorian gentleman; reduction in wages between the years: in 2009, e-mail fiquarterly@gmail.com.Follow them on
an exploration of the significance of the white more students earned hourly rates in the $19- Facebook and on Twitter at @fiquarterly. To
wedding tradition; a multi-media exhibit trac- $20.99 range than in the $21-$24.99 range. view the latest edition, visit: https://fiq.ischool.
ing the 18th-century expulsion of Acadians from Public librarianship remained a popular career utoronto.ca/index.php/fiq cLicK To rEAd
oN-LiNE >

M
S T UDE NT P ROF ILE argaret lam is a very busy person. Besides working as a graphic designer and undertaking
part-time studies at the iSchool, she is the founding member and orchestra librarian of the
Sneak Peek Orchestra, as well as a member of the Toronto Heliconian Club.
Although well-versed in music and graphic design, Margaret came to the Faculty of Information
with little knowledge of Information Science. She was impressed by the range of expertise and the
variety of courses offered at the iSchool, and sensed that it would be a great place to explore topics in
which she was interested. The Faculty’s Knowledge Media Design Institute provided the perfect
program for Margaret.
This year she will complete her thesis option on the effectiveness of acquiring music knowledge
through online resources, such as information and communication technologies (ICT), instead of the
traditional method of being taught in person by a teacher. In April 2010, she had the exciting opportunity
to attend the British Forum for Ethnomusicology - “Music Knowledge” conference in the United
Kingdom where she shared and exchanged ideas about music and gained invaluable insights from
people outside the information technology field. If she hadn’t attended the conference, she would not
have had the pleasure of meeting Kiku Day, a jinashi shakuhachi player who teaches via Skype, the
online voice and video networking software.
Entering the 2010-11 academic year, Margaret found out that she won the Joseph-Armand
Bombardier scholarship worth $17,500 from a SSHRC grant. She will work on her thesis, “Online Music
Knowledge: The Case of the Non-Musician”, where she explores information behaviour in the context
of domain specific knowledge, in this case, music. Once she graduates, she plans to stay in the field of
graphic design and to pursue her own business that involves online music information. By Lina Wang

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Spotlight on

Institutes By Adeela Ahmad & Kathleen O’Brien

Photo credit: University of Toronto Archives, Robert Lansdale Collection.


marshall mcluhan teaching his
class at the coach house.

iscHooL LAuNcHEs diGiTAL als have led to publications that others acknowledge as having
fundamentally moved the field forward,” says dean ross, adding
curATioN iNsTiTuTE that her scholarly publications are required reading for archival

P
rofessor cheryl Misak, vice-President and Provost of the students in many North American institutions.
University of Toronto, and dr. daniel J. caron, Librarian The DCI offers a rich, interdisciplinary environment for in-
and Archivist of Canada, joined Professor Wendy duff vestigating principles and theory building related to the creation,
to launch the iSchool’s newly created Digital Curation Institute management, use, interpretation, and preservation of digital
(DCI). The Institute was officially introduced at “Curation Matters: resources. It will also provide the Faculty with a framework
The First Digital Curation Institute Conference,” on June 16, to on which to establish international research collaborations in
participants’ delight. The DCI was founded by Prof. Duff—an idea a problem domain that is of central social and economic sig-
that she says came naturally, given that “the concept of curating nificance to contemporary society. The Institute will work with
objects is one that the entire Faculty is involved in.” She notes notable guest speakers who have contributed to shaping the
that the DCI’s significance extends beyond the Faculty’s uses: current research in the field, and members of Faculty of Informa-
“Everybody’s creating data but it’s not being managed very well, tion, to define a research agenda that can form the foundation
which is important so it can be used over time.” for the DCI’s initial focus. In distinguishing it from other digital
dean seamus ross remarked that Prof. Duff’s expertise curation centres in the world, Prof. Duff notes that this is the only
makes her an ideal individual to champion an institute that must such centre situated in an iSchool faculty, with the benefit of DCI
lead a fundamental redefinition of the field of inquiry if it is to research being “flavoured” by multi-disciplinary expertise, “with
advance both theory and practice. “Professor Duff’s investiga- insights from critical theory, philosophy, museology, archives,
tions in the area of archival users and access to archival materi- and information technology.”

iscHooL iNsTiTuTE BuiLds


oN ProFEssioNAL LEArNiNG
cENTrE FouNdATioN

T
he Faculty of Information is proud to have launched the
iSchool Institute, formerly the Professional Learning
Centre (PLC), which will enable us to engage with a wider
community of professionals and the broader public. The Insti-
tute will build on the decade of success that the PLC has seen,
l–r: Dean Seamus ross, Dr. Daniel J. caron, providing continuing education for information professionals. The
Prof. cheryl misak, Prof. Wendy Duff Institute will also add more workshops aimed at senior manag-
ers, entrepreneurs, and other leaders in the community who are

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in a position to influence excellence in information work. One of computation, and cognition.
its aims is public outreach, including free monthly guest lectures Former iSchool Dean, Profes-
featuring members of the Faculty and distinguished practitioners sor Brian cantwell smith, is serving
in the information profession from around the world, with a as initial Director of the Institute for a
mandate to bring their insights to the community. “Most of five-year term, until June 30, 2014, and
Toronto doesn’t know what the Faculty of Information means,” dr. dominique scheffel-dunand is the
said the Institute’s Director, Bruce stewart. “These lectures are Director of the MPCT, which joined the
designed to change that.” Mr. Stewart chairs the advisory board, iSchool in 1994. The objective of the
replacing former Chair, rebecca Jones. Mr. Stewart, who began program is to forge new networks for coach house Institute
his role on December 14, 2009, is an accomplished and interna- knowledge exchange across genera-
tionally-recognized thinker and practitioner in the effective use tions, and scholarly engagement among
of information for organizational success. Prior to this role, he academics (e.g., information theorists, curators, and artists) and
ran his own research/consulting firm, with a new generation of students. Graduate students involved
was CEO of a publicly-traded eLearning in discussions and activities designed at the MPCT and the CHI
software company, and worked in com- will ask new questions, develop new methodologies, and create
mercial research. and work with digital technologies to solve current problems
Additionally, the board wel- and plan for future challenges in many areas including com-
comes dr. Ken Haycock (professor munications, and preservation of data or artefacts, for example.
and director of the School of Library Students will acquire enhanced skills in digital technologies and
and Information Science at San José will be encouraged to apply these new practices in the courses
State University), steven Forth (CEO they take, in their research, and by initiating outreach activities.
Bruce Stewart of Leverage Point Innovations Inc.), Watch for a new website and more information on the Marshall
christine castle (museum consultant McLuhan (1911-1980) centenary celebrations, as various projects
and recent adjunct member of the Faculty), Janet de Guzman will foster partnerships with the public and with private organi-
(OpenText), and deirdre Grimes (Ontario Legislative Assembly). zations. The Coach House itself will continue providing a space
Reflecting the growth of the information disciplines, the for projects developed in close collaboration between artists
iSchool Institute will expand its course offerings throughout the and information technologists, as was done at the Monday night
GTA, and in Ottawa. “We are also already enjoying a good recep- seminars conducted by Dr. McLuhan in the 60s and 70s. The
tion to custom offerings taught onsite, and for other forms of Coach House Salons will also resume this fall.
consulting using the expertise here at Canada’s only iSchool,”
Mr. Stewart said. The inaugural lecture, “Organized Chaos:
Social Networks and Enterprise Change,” held April 28, featured
Euan semple, an expert on open information sharing and former
cHANGEs To AdAPTiVE
BBC journalist, and on September 22, steven Forth discussed TEcHNoLoGy rEsEArcH uNiT

O
“Scenario Thinking: Urban Alternatives” (workshop) and n July 1, 2010, Ms. Jutta Treviranus took on a new role
“Leaning Along the Arch of a Life” (lecture). Other workshops as Professor at the Ontario College of Art and Design
and lectures planned for the fall are: October 27, 2010: (OCAD). At her leaving party in June, dean seamus ross
Bruce rogow, “IT Has Great Potential: Is Management Ready? commended her achievements for having “brought us interna-
(lecture)” and “Developing Information Leadership for a Reset tional standing in an area of research that is of central impor-
Economy” (workshop); November 24, 2010: Workshop with tance to society.” He added: “We appreciate all the work Jutta
Bruce stewart, “The Maw of Disorder: Moving from Expertise to has done over the past fifteen years,
Innovation in World Affairs” (lecture). For more details and especially her tireless and strategic
to register, please visit: institute.ischool.utoronto.ca pursuit of an accessible world by
creating, modifying, and rethinking
how to use technology.” In an email to
coAcH HousE iNsTiTuTE staff and faculty, Ms. Treviranus said, “I
oFFiciAL rEsEArcH uNiT believe that this field is one of the most

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critical areas of study for the academic
esponsibility for the McLuhan Program in Culture and uncertainties we face today, and I
Technology (MPCT), and for the legendary Coach House at Jutta treviranus
look forward to watching the iSchool
39A Queen’s Park Crescent, now falls under the man- progress in its important agenda.”
date of the newly formed Coach House Institute (CHI) at the The Faculty of Information will continue to collaborate with
Faculty of Information. This year, the iSchool granted it official Professor Treviranus as a contributor in the research initiatives
support as a clearly defined research unit. The CHI iexplores the taking place under the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI)
future of the academy where discussions on the implications funded Inclusive Design Institute. Professor Matt ratto will lead
of digital technologies for the content and conduct of scholarly UofT’s participation in this activity with research that will focus
research and teaching at the University are encouraged. Issues on Mobile and Pervasive Computing and be carried out under the
include access, humanistic inquiry, scholarly communication aegis of KMDI.
and broader issues such as fundamentals of information,

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classNotes

1965, 1976 1982 ability to recover, trust, and truly


love again. This is the second
at this facility is unique in the
museum world and celebrates
Mary Lou dickinson sandy Finlayson
Greetings from Philadelphia! I short story I’ve had published: a 500-year-old living tradition of
After publishing her first novel
graduated with an MLS in 1982 “A Ray for Mary Jo” appeared in Sikhs. Present in large numbers
(One Day It Happens) in 2007,
and since then have worked at the anthology, No Law Against in Canada, Sikhs live in BC,
Mary Lou Dickinson (BLS ’65,
the University of Saskatchewan Love (Highland Press, 2006). Ontario, and elsewhere.
MLS ’76), got right to work
Library from 1982-1991, was Colleagues may visit my website
planning her second. May 2010
at www.susan-barclay.ca.
marked the publication of Ile Library Director at Tyndale
Regarding my librarianship, I
1997
d’Or. Published her first novel, University College and Seminary Ted Tjaden
in Toronto from 1991-2002, and am now, I am now working part-
One Day It Happens, in 2007, Ted Tjaden (MISt 1997) used
moved to Westminster Seminary time at Waterloo Public Library,
and her second book in May the $3,000 he was awarded
in Philadelphia in 2002, where which serves a population of
2010, Ile d’Or. For full details, for the 2010 Denis Marshall
I am currently Library Director 117,000 people through its three
see article on page 7. Memorial Award for Excellence
and Professor of Theological branches.
in Law Librarianship to attend
Bibliography. I have recently and present papers on legal re-
1975 published my first book within 1996 search and knowledge manage-
susan Murray in the UK, Unity and Diversity George Jacob ment at the annual conference
Susan M. Murray was appointed the Founders of the Free Church Museum Studies alumnus of the Canadian Association of
Head of the Life Sciences of Scotland (Christian Focus George Jacob is heading Law Libraries. Mr. Tjaden was
Library at McGill University in Publications, 2010: ISBN: 13: Khalsa Heritage Centre, India’s an Adjunct Professor at the
Montreal in August 2009. 9781845505509) which exam-
From 1992 to 2009, she was ines the lives of ten key figures
Manager of the Consumer in the 19th-Century Free
Health Information Service Church, beginning with Thomas
based at the Toronto Public Chalmers. My wife, Linda, and I
Library. Murray has spoken have one son.
and written extensively on
consumer health and is the 1989
Sandy Finlayson george Jacob ted tjaden
author of a chapter on health susan (davey) Barclay
literacy in the MLA Guide to I am very excited to announce
Health Literacy at the Library. that my short story, “A Bonny largest museum complex in the Faculty of Information from
She lives near the foot of Mont- Blue Christmas,” appears in making, designed by world- 1998 to 2004, when he taught
Royal in beautiful Montreal the Christmas-themed anthol- renowned Canadian architect Legal Literature and Librarian-
with her husband John and ogy, On A Cold Winter’s Night Moshe Safdie (known for his ship. Now, alongside practicing
frisky cairn terrier, Tam. She (Highland Press, 2009: ISBN: design of the National Gallery law, he is the National Director
keeps in touch with many of her 098424994X). The story is about of Canada, and Yad vashem of Knowledge Management at
library school classmates, but a self-satisfied restaurant in Israel, among others). The McMillan law firm where he
would love to hear from others owner who unexpectedly falls spectacular 650,000 sq. ft. build- provides research and infor-
at susan.murray@mcgill.ca in love, only to discover hidden ing is situated in the Himalayan mation services to the firm’s
secrets about her new partner, foothills on a 100-acre com- lawyers and clients.
which throw into question her plex. The exhibit experience

AL UM NI BOOKS

1. mary lou Dickinson, Ile d’Or


2. Susan murray, MLA Guide to Health Literacy
at the Library
3. Sandy Finlayson, Unity and Diversity. The
Founders of the Free Church of Scotland
4. Susan (Davey) Barclay, A Bonny Blue Christmas
appears in On a Cold Winter’s Night

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collections for the BioSci de- at the University of Ottawa
partment. On the research and as a Management Librarian.
professional development front, Although it was hard to leave
she is currently spearheading Toronto behind, I’m having a
a research project revolving fabulous time in our nation’s
around the next generation’s capital. My boyfriend and I
use of mobiles and mobile are looking forward to some
gillian clinton alison Stirling luanne Freund
learning with faculty members weekend retreats throughout
on campus, and is currently Quebec and Eastern Ontario.
the vice-President and incom- I’ve recently signed up for a
2000 2008 ing President of the Greater librarian knitting club in Ottawa,
Gillian clinton Luanne Freund
Edmonton’s Library Association though meetings are held at a
My information business, Clinton Luanne Freund (PhD, Infor-
(GELA). Upon relocation, Chris- pub, so I’m not sure how much
Research (www.clintonresearch. mation Studies, ’08) happily
tina has been enjoying skate- I’ll actually learn about knitting.
ca), has taken me in unexpected received the ProQuest Doctoral
boarding summer-long in sunny Feel free to visit me at my blog,
directions over the past couple Dissertation 2009 Award. Her
cool “cottage country weather” www.meghanecclestone.com
of decades. I’ve researched dissertation, “Exploiting Task-
in Alberta, and exploring new
refrigerated foods, green roofs Document Relations in Support
ways to engage young people
for transit terminals, compara- of Information Retrieval in the Adam Fiser
in the community. If you would
tive statistics on violent crime, Workplace” was cited as “an The year 2009 was a busy one
like to get in touch with her,
and many other esoteric topics. elegant example of the integra- for Dr. Adam Fiser. In October
feel free to drop her a line at
I’ve also worked in academic tion of information behavior he successfully defended his
christina.hwang@ualberta.ca.
and corporate libraries where and interactive information PhD dissertation, “The K-Net
I’ve honed my reference skills, retrieval research to design a Broadband Governance Model:
taught information literacy, system that is seated in human dr. Herman A. van den Berg How Social Enterprise Inte-
catalogued multimedia works, behavior, and influenced by the After graduating from the PhD grated Public, For-Profit, and
initiated document control sys- real-world context.” Luanne’s program, Dr. Herman A. van Not-for-Profit Institutions to
tems, and become an expert at dissertation committee included den Berg took up a position as Enable Broadband Commu-
proposal writing. In my “copious Elaine Toms and Brian Cantwell an Assistant Professor at the nity Networking in Canadian
spare time” I love to dine out with Smith as co-supervisors, and Faculty of Business Adminis- Aboriginal High Cost Serving
friends, read, and travel: I have members Prof. Chun Wei Choo tration in Lakehead University, Areas (circa 1997 to 2007).” Dr.
just returned from Iceland; next and Mark Chignell. She is now Orillia. More recently, Dr. van Fiser also co-taught the first
up are Ottawa and vancouver. an Assistant Professor at the den Berg’s doctoral dissertation year of FI’s INF1001 with Prof.
School of Library, Archival and (supervised by Professor Chun Andrew Clement, and assisted
Information Studies (SLAIS), Wei Choo), “Knowledge-Based the Federal Department of In-
2006 University of British Columbia. vertical Integration: The Nature dian Affairs on an internal study
Alison stirling
of Knowledge and Economic of its First Nations SchoolNet
On my graduation day, I joined
Firm Boundary Location,” was program. Following up on his
the iSchool Alumni Association christina Hwang
recognized with the 2009 Emer- success, Dr. Fiser began a
executive, three library as- Since the fall of 2009, Christina
ald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral SSHRC post-doctoral fellowship
sociations, and returned to my has been an Instruction Librar-
Research Award in the Knowl- in July 2010. He is working with
non-profit organization, Health ian and Biological Sciences Liai-
edge Management category. His Dr. Catherine Middleton at the
Nexus, in a new role as Knowl- son at the University of Alberta.
prize earns him a Highly Com- Rogers School of Information
edge Developer, responsible for She is responsible for instruc-
mended Award certificate. Technology Management, Ryer-
health promotion knowledge tional initiatives and develop-
son University. In this capac-
resources, products, and infor- ment, provides expertise in the
mation management systems. use of technology, and liaises 2009 ity he will be researching the
influence of socio-economic and
My project management and with the Biological Sciences Meghan Ecclestone
political factors in next genera-
research contracts with the department. In her liaison role, I recently finished up a year-long
tion networks.
Canadian Best Practices Portal she provides instruction and contract at York University, and
have led to a new half-time reference services and develops have taken on a new position
interchange position with Health
Canada for two years to manage
the national portal. At home,
my spouse and I enjoy our cozy
cottage, two cats, bicycling,
good food, guests, and travel.
Contact me at alison.stirling@
utoronto.ca.

christina hwang Dr. herman a. van den Berg meghan ecclestone adam Fiser

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class Notes
Bruce Harpham
Since graduating in 2009, Bruce
Harpham has been a volunteer
librarian for the AskON service
of Knowledge Ontario, served
as a Treasurer of the Faculty of
Information Alumni Association,
and completed several informa- Bruce harpham rhonda mcewen thomas Berry Sambhavi chandrashekar
tion management consulting
projects. This year, he presented Librarian, and another with applying what I learned while but in the meantime I have con-
at the Canadian Library Associa- Scholars Portal OCUL, where a student at the iSchool. Aside tinued my student summer em-
tion conference in Edmonton on I work as a User Support and from work, I’ve been spending ployment: creating a research
the topic of Net Neutrality. He Instructional Librarian. It’s nice time at my family cottage in guide for Rotman’s Business
is continuing to seek out an ap- to have a foot in both academic Montreal, and enjoying the many Information Centre, working at
propriate full time position. and public libraries, as both are things that Toronto has to offer! Robarts, and a couple of really
rhonda McEwen very different. Looking to the I also took month-long trip to fun short-term contracts in
Rhonda McEwen successfully future, I want to begin a career Australia just before graduation market research. I co-presented
in the academic world, either as a birthday/graduation/vaca- a poster in June at the CLA
defended her PhD dissertation,
with a college or university. Feel tion/pre-employment present. Conference in Edmonton (the
“A World More Intimate: Explor-
free to visit my blog at: www. furthest west I’ve ever been!)
ing the Role of Mobile Phones Erika Heesen
thomasberry.ca and that was really exciting. I
in Maintaining and Extending I’m now working as the Archivist have also been happily sporting
Social Networks,” in October Intern for the Leeds & 1000
sambhavi chandrashekar my new FIAA alumni pin. If you
2009. The examination commit- Islands Historical Society, cour-
Under the academic supervision would like to get in touch with me,
tee included Prof. David Phillips, tesy of a grant from the 1000 Is-
of Professors Nadia Caidi and email me at kstymest@gmail.
Barry Wellman, Rich Ling, and lands Community Development
Stephen Hockema, doctoral stu- com. And you can check out my
Prof. Nadia Caidi. In 2010, Dr. Corporation. I’ll be organizing
dent Sambhavi Chandrashekar blog at www.kimstymest.com.
McEwen joined the iSchool as and managing the amalgama-
successfully defended her
an Assistant Professor and tion, relocation, and reorganiza- Leslie Thomson
thesis, “Is Hearing Believing?
is teaching a workshop on tion of the combined archives of I’m happy to report that on April
Perception of Online Informa-
Information Practice in virtual the Leeds and the 1000 Islands 22, 2010, I successfully defended
tion Credibility by Screen Reader
Worlds: Exploring Mediation in Historical Society and the Leeds my Master of Information thesis,
Users Who are Blind or visually
the Information Environment. and the Thousand Islands “Information in the Home Office:
Impaired.” In addition, Dr. Chan-
She is also collaborating with Municipal Heritage Committee. An Ethnographic Study of Space,
drashekar was awarded the
Beverley Junior Public School I’m also continuing to make Content, Management, and
MITACS Elevate Industrial Fel-
in Toronto to research the ef- jewellery, which can be viewed Use,” which was supervised by
lowship valued at $70,000 annu-
fectiveness of using iPod Touch at www.heesenjewellery.com. Professor Jenna Hartel. Since
ally. Her post-doctoral project,
devices to facilitate communica- graduation, I have been kicking
under the academic supervision Jessica rovito
tion and peer interaction among back and enjoying the summer.
of Prof. Nadia Caidi, will provide Jessica began working as a
non-verbal autistic children. And I’m still searching for a job, but
a research framework that part-time librarian with the
she and Prof. Nadia Caidi are in the meantime, presented a
informs and supports the busi- Toronto Public Library’s York
partnering with Wind Mobile on poster at the ACA conference in
ness goals of Comimi Research Woods Branch in May 2010.
a study of newcomer informa- Halifax this past June, visited a
Inc., Toronto, in the design and She loves her new job and
tion-seeking practices regarding friend in Ottawa, and took ad-
development of effective navi- looks forward to a long career
mobile services in Toronto. vantage of all that there is to do
gational aids for individuals with in public libraries. Jessica’s
vision impairments. in and around Toronto and at my
first professional article was
2010 published in August 2010 in the
Minden cottage with family and
Thomas Berry Laura Hallman friends. I have been working on
CLA’s Feliciter magazine. You
After I finished full-time stud- Shortly after graduation, I ac- some articles for eventual co-
can catch up with her online at a
ies at the iSchool, I switched cepted a full-time contract at the publication with Prof. Hartel and
novelprofessional.blogspot.com
into full-time job search mode, head office of United Church of gearing up to (hopefully!) publish
or at jessica.rovito@gmail.com.
and happily landed a position! Canada Archives, in Etobicoke. I my MISt thesis within the com-
I currently have two part-time am enjoying my time there, and Kim stymest ing months. I’m looking forward
contracts, one with Toronto Pub- hope that my contract will be Life has been great since gradu- to more traveling and relaxing,
lic Library as a Public Services extended. I am learning a lot and ation! The job search continues, and to jumping into my first job.

laura hallman erika heesen Jessica rovito Kim Stymest leslie thomson

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Donor Appreciation
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magdalen Lukacs muriel a. Scott
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In Memoriam
The Faculty of Information pays tribute to the family connections in both Margaret Hastings (BLS ’54)
Nova Scotia and Palmyra,
following graduates who passed away between July Ontario. Her curiosity and Lorna irwin (BLS ’51)
2, 2009 and July 1, 2010. We offer our most heartfelt creative essence, buoyed by
her love of books, guided Marjorie Kennedy (BLS ’40)
sympathies to their families. The majority of these countless adventures that Peacefully, on Tuesday, June
notices are excerpted from the Globe and Mail and spanned more than nine 15, 2010, at Kingston General
decades. Her innovative 1987 Hospital, in her 94th year.
Toronto Star, as researched by Professor Emerita report, Libraries Without Walls, Born and raised in Ottawa,
Nancy Williamson (BLS ’50, MLS ’64) and Professor remains useful today as a Ontario, Marjorie received her
snapshot and future roadmap BA from Queen‘s University
Emerita Margaret Cockshutt (BLS ’49, MLS ’64). for Canadian health libraries. in 1939 and subsequently
A raconteur par excellence, earned a Bachelor of Library
Ms. Flower’s poems and Science from the University
rebecca Jane Abitbol of IFLA’s work, he felt the stories vividly chronicle her of Toronto. She worked for
(MLS ’96) Federation, as an international travels and life experiences. twenty-five years in the
non-governmental body, Predeceased by husband federal civil service, retiring
Peggy Pepper Anderson had an important role to George, she is survived by her as Chief Librarian from the
(BLS ’47) play in supporting library daughter, her grandson and Department of Energy, Mines
Passed away October 5, 2009, development in post-colonial his wife, her granddaughter and Resources in 1968 when
peacefully at Oak Bay Lodge, and emerging nations. He and her partner, plus three she moved to Kingston to
victoria, BC. was also active in UNESCO delightful great-grandchildren. marry. Beloved wife of Russell
endeavours. Harry was Kennedy, step-mother of four
Patricia (Pat) Anne Berry predeceased by his wife Sylvia John Fodi (MLS ’90) children, grandmother and
(née Walsh) (BLS ’46) Woodsworth Campbell and his great-grandmother.
Passed away October 6, 2009, son Robin.
Hazel Grimsey (BLS ’38)
at Scarborough General Joan Lampel (BA ’42, BLS ’49)
Hospital in her 93rd year. rita Etherington (BLS ’51) Passed away March 12, 2010.
Educated in Toronto Catholic Burdetta (Peggy) Hains Born December 10, 1920.
Schools, St. Michael’s College, douglas Mason Fisher (BLS ’41) Graduated from the University
U. of T. and The School of (BLS ’50) Peacefully passed away of Toronto Library School in
Library Science, University Died peacefully in Ottawa, on January 22, 2010. Born 1949.
of Toronto. Ms. Berry served the eve of his 90th birthday. November 7, 1918 in
overseas in World War II as Douglas was born and raised Woodstock, N.B., Ms. Hains Moira Lynch (MLS ’64)
Petty Officer Librarian. She in Sioux Lookout, Ontario. was a proud graduate of the
also worked in public libraries Doug returned to northern University of New Brunswick Alan Macdonald (BLS ’64)
in Canada and the United Ontario (Thunder Bay) to set up (‘40) and the University of
States and ended her career as a forestry research library and Toronto (Bachelor of Library Katharine Jean Martyn
a storyteller in Metro Toronto to teach high school history Science). Peggy enjoyed a (née Leemann) (BLS ’61)
Catholic Schools. at Port Arthur Collegiate rich and varied life. Upon Peacefully passed away on
Institute. He came to national completing her studies, she January 28, 2010. Katharine
Henry c. (“Harry”) campbell attention in 1957 after volunteered for the navy was a librarian at the Thomas
(BLS ’41) defeating Liberal minister and was stationed in Halifax Fisher Rare Book Library,
Passed away on July 31, 2009. C.D. Howe, and represented and then Esquimalt, BC. University of Toronto, for 36
Following his graduation from Port Arthur and Thunder Bay She taught at the Hamilton years. Beloved wife of Bill
the University of Toronto, Mr. for the CCF/NDP from 1957 Teachers College and then Martyn for 48 years.
Campbell was employed at the to 1965. He became a political worked with a dedicated
National Film Board and with commentator, co-authored group to develop the Oakville Mary Kathleen Mccaskill
the United Nations Archives. Canada’s Sporting Heroes, Library system. Her team (née Armstrong) (BLS ’41)
He completed an MA in Adult wrote a nationally-syndicated established the new West Died peacefully on February
Education from Columbia newspaper column for the Oakville-Woodside Library. A 22, 2010, in Edmonton,
University in 1949. Harry was next 44 years, and hosted a work-life balance was struck Alberta. Born in vancouver on
appointed Chief Librarian, weekly political television by her interest in gardening, March 24, 1916, Kay went on
Toronto Public Library, in 1956, show in Ottawa. He is survived landscaping, and theatre. She to receive degrees at UBC, U
and retired from that position by his former wife, Barbara, also embraced the rigors and of T, and Western. Following
in 1978, remaining on as a their five proud sons, and six pleasures of rural life and was service in the RCAF, she
consultant for three years. grandchildren. an enthusiastic farm owner married Jack McCaskill, and
He joined the CLA in 1964 near Shelburne, Ontario. Ms. raised four children in several
and served as its President M.A. (Muriel Armstrong) Hains was pre-deceased by communities across Western
in 1973-1974. He was active Flower (BLS ’69, MLS ’75) her beloved husband, Donald. Canadian and in Libya. She
in the library community in Died September 8, 2009 at her Her spirit lives on in her three played an active role in each
Canada and internationally home in Kingston, Ontario. Ms. children and grandchildren. community, as a founder of Oil
right up to the time of his Flower was born November Wives, an actor in little theatre,
death. A strong supporter 1, 1916 in Connecticut with Norma Hawkins (BLS ’56) a school trustee, a Welcome

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Wagon representative, a nieces, and great-nieces and Prior to starting a career in St. of Stockholm in General Arts.
member of the United Church, nephews. Catharines, June was Chief of She met her lifelong love,
a teacher of English as a the then-newly-established Uno Prii, on the ski slopes
second language, and a charity Kristen Jane McKnight Public Relations Division of the of Sweden; they married
fundraiser. Kay was devoted to (MISt ’01) National Library of Canada. in 1946 in Stockholm. They
her family and will be lovingly Passed away September 22, Her library career had begun immigrated to Canada in 1950,
remembered. 2009. She is survived by her at the Sault Ste. Marie Public settling in Toronto where she
adored husband, Peter Turner, Library in 1938, and from there immediately obtained her
Jane McElhean (née Munro) of Hamilton, ON; her parents, she moved to London, Ajax, degree in Librarianship from
(BLS ’40) Rick and Nancy McKnight, and Leaside Public Libraries. the University of Toronto in
Passed away December Barrie, ON; her brother and She was with the Canadian 1952. She began her career
12, 2009 at her home in her nephew and niece. Library Association in Ottawa working for the Toronto
Potsdam, NY. Jane was born from 1959 to1961. From 1961to Public Library system and
in Cleveland, Ohio on October clara G. Miller (BLS ’44, 1970, June was Supervisor was a fine arts specialist who
22, 1917. She attended MLS ’71) of Extension Service, Ontario was recognized as a valued
the University of Toronto, Passed away January 10, 2010. Provincial Library Service, and professional in her field. Silvia
where she graduated with Born St. John’s Newfoundland, editor of the Ontario Library is survived by their adopted
a Bachelor of Arts degree Clara established the Imperial Review. She became Director children.
in Fine Arts and History in Oil Library in 1947, and of Library Services at the St.
1939, and a Bachelor’s degree contributed greatly to the Catharines Public Library in Beverly sutton (BLS ’50)
in Library Science in 1940. profession before retiring in 1973 and was instrumental in
Mrs. McElheran began her 1973. For her contributions, the building of the new library. W. Wray roulston (BLS ’70)
professional career in 1940 as she received the FI Alumni She retired in 1982. June was
a young people’s librarian in Association Jubilee Award, the recipient of several awards sheila swanson (BLS ’64)
ClevelandIn 1947 she moved the FLIS Distinguished including Librarian of the Passed away April 11, 2010.
to Potsdam with her husband, Graduates Award (1989), and Year and St. Catharines YWCA “Mrs. S” was for many years
and began a 35-year career U of T Arbor Award. Clara Women of Distinction Award the librarian of The Academy
at the Congdon Campus was also an instructor for a in 1968. of Medicine, Toronto. She
School. She was awarded Special Libraries course at the was the wife of the late Dr. J.
with Honorary Lifetime University of Toronto Library Mrs. Katalin Nagy (BLS ’67) Norrie Swanson, the mother
Membership in the SUNY School from 1951 to 1972. Any of five children, and a beloved
Potsdam Alumni Association contributions in her memory silvia Prii (née Kikas) grandmother and great-
in 1988. Predeceased by her can be made to the Emergency (BLS ’52) grandmother.
husband N. Brock McElheran, Student Bursary Fund. Passed away March 15th,
internationally renowned 2010. Born in valga, Estonia Compiled and edited by
choral conductor at the June Munro (Dip. Lib ’43, on October 30, 1924, Silvia Jeannie An ‘99
Crane School of Music. Mrs. BLS ’62, MLS ’72) was an avid scholar and
McElheran is survived by two Passed away May 15, 2010. graduated from the University

LiBrAry coMMuNiTy speaking about the future of libraries, and was the Faculty’s
Jubilee Award winner in 1999. Colleagues remember him fondly.
MourNs Loss oF
“Alan was a co-founder of The Alberta Library and the
ALAN MAcdoNALd ’64 Northern Exposure to Leadership Institute, among many leader-
Alan Macdonald (BLS 1964), Librarian ship roles. It was a role in which he excelled; indeed, he was a
Emeritus at the University of Calgary mentor to a couple of generations of Canadian librarians,” says
and one of our alumni, passed away Wendy Newman, Senior Fellow, Faculty of Information.
in January of this year. A highly Born in Ottawa but raised in Halifax, son of the Honorable
respected and much loved father, he Mr. Justice vincent C. MacDonald, Q.C., and Hilda MacDon-
was also a husband, friend, colleague ald, he earned a Bachelor of Arts from Dalhousie University
and mentor. and a Bachelor of Library Science from this Faculty. He began
“Alan was one of our most distinguished graduates and his library career at Dalhousie in 1964, moving to become the
he will be sorely missed by the library community in Canada. University of Calgary’s Director of Libraries in 1979 and its
He made tremendous inroads and contributions as President Director of Information Services in 1992. He held additional posts
of CLA and by advancing the profession of academic research and received many national and international awards.
librarianship,” says Prof. seamus ross, Dean of the Faculty of He was often most widely recognized by Calgarians as the
Information. “Until last May, when I had the privilege to speak University Orator who presented 127 honorary degrees at convo-
at Calgary, I was only familiar with Alan by reputation. On that cations from 1989 to 2002. In retirement he combined a lifelong
occasion he took time to share some of his insights and wisdom passion for aviation with volunteer contributions to the libraries
with me; and the ideas he expressed have come to resonant of the Calgary Aerospace Museum and the Military Museums; in
in some of my own.” his encyclopaedic knowledge, film had a special place.
Mr. MacDonald continued his connection to the Faculty as A Celebration of Alan’s Life was held on February 19,2010,
presenter of the Bertha Bassam Lecture in Librarianship in 1994, and a tree was planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park in his memory.

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Alumni Spring Reunion

Karen Wierucki ‘80, Nancy Williamson ‘50, ‘64, Laura Hallman ‘10, Claire Lysnes ‘04, Kathy Flanagan ‘89,
Kim Silk ‘98, Bonnie Horne ‘75 Leslie Thomson ‘10 Heather Wilson ‘89, Shelley McBride ‘90

Anne Bailey ‘75 Ilze Bregzis ‘60 , Mary Williamson ‘60, Barbara Slawek- Kim Stymest ‘10, Jacqueline Whyte
Sheila Laidlaw ‘60, Joan Winearls ‘60 Matyszezvk ‘85 Appleby ‘10, Patricia Ayala ‘10

Peter Rogers ‘69, ‘74, Ken Setterington ’82, May Yan ‘10, Kate Johnson ‘10, Susan Li ‘10,
Prof. Wendy Duff, Judy Dunn Murray Coultes Elysia Guzik ‘10 Mark Bold ‘09, Christina Kim ‘10

Joan Winearls ‘60 Candice Fry ‘10, Bryan Shannon ‘10, Robert Keshen ‘10, Marianne Brett ‘40, Barbara Slawek-Matyszezvk
Marie-Lyne Bergeron ‘10, Ericka Brosseau ‘10 Dr. Jeff Wilson ‘85, Alison Stirling ‘06

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Student Award Winners

one conVocatIon aWarD BegInS, one enDS

This spring, alumna Jean orpwood (BLS ‘63 , MLS ‘71), Professor richard Landon, Director of the Thomas Fisher
presented the first “Margaret Canning Public Librarianship Rare Book Library, congratulates student Bridget Whittle
Prize” to graduating student, Erin Anderson. The Convo- on receiving the Rare Books and Manuscripts Award for
cation Prize was established by Ms. Orpwood in memory ranking highest in this course. Prof. Landon has decided
of her dear friend and fellow alumnna, Margaret canning to retire from instructing this course, which he has taught
(BLS ‘65, MLS ‘73). 41 times!

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