Call for submissions: Diversity by Design Two Day Symposium September 13 – 14, Toronto, ON, Canada

September 13-14, 2017 (Toronto, ON, Canada)

We will hold a two-day Symposium in Toronto in September 2017 on the state of diversity in Canada’s informational and cultural sectors. The symposium will invite an open multi-sided dialog at the time when Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary, with the field of Library & Information Science (LIS) strategically positioned to initiate and lead this conversation. The conversation will transcend the boundaries of a single discipline and
profession and serve as a springboard for engaging a wider community in reconsidering and expanding diversity discourse and practices.

The 150th Anniversary of Canada is an opportune time to look back, take stock, re-assess the present, and plan for the future. The goal of the Diversity by Design Symposium is to reframe the diversity debate by expanding the definition of diversity and bringing together institutions of higher education, information and cultural institutions, community partners, and governmental organizations.

· Clara Chu U of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, “Diversity on the Library and Information Agenda: The Local-Global Nexus”
· Samra Habib Artist, Toronto ‘Just Me and Allah’: Witnessing Queer Muslims’ Lived Experiences
· Kayla Lar-Son U of Alberta, “All We Need Is Some Diverse Students? Thinking Differently about Inclusive Programs”
· Lisa Nathan UBC, Vancouver, “Humility, Discomfort & Awe: Developing Our Capacity for
Engaging with Diversity”
· Ali Shiri U of Alberta, “Digital Library North: Access to Digital Cultural Heritage in the
Inuvialuit Settlement Region (ISR) in Canada’s North”
· Charles Smith Artist, Toronto “Pluralism in the Arts in Canada: A Change is Yet to Come”

In addition to keynote speeches, we seek submissions in the following categories:
· Papers (includes completed research papers and research-in-progress papers)
· Posters
· Sessions for Interactive Engagement (including interactive, hands-on workshops developed around case
studies and/or real-life scenarios)
· Alternative formats

All submissions will be refereed and subsequently considered for publication in a web-based free-access symposium proceedings, which will evolve into a ‘living document’, continuously curated by several symposium collaborators. Online proceedings will be enriched by multimedia, such as video- or audio-recorded presentations and workshops.

· Engagement of diverse populations by cultural institutions.
· Incorporating traditional knowledge and heritage knowledge of immigrant communities into Canadian information literacy policy.
· Developing cultural competency through interdisciplinary art.
· Combining LIS and Social Work practices for community empowerment and partnership.
· Beyond employment equity (affirmative action) programs: Creating collegial and supportive workplaces to ensure the retention of diverse staff.
· Decolonizing descriptions in archives, libraries and museums.
· A semblance of the “accessible”? Making cultural and learning experiences in museums and entertainment venues inclusive of people with disabilities.
· Declaring the “global” but teaching the “local,” or How to make our graduate curriculum truly international.

Submissions will be accepted through March 31, 2017, 10:00pm EST. All submissions must be in English or French. All submissions must include the author’s name and position; full affiliation including email and telephone; a brief bio; presentation title, up to five keywords, and an extended abstract of no longer than 1000 words. Email your submissions to: We specifically encourage submissions that propose interactive engagement sessions as well as papers and posters involving community-oriented research, community engagement projects, and practical applications of theory. We welcome submissions from outside of Canada.

· March 31, 2017 (10pm EST): Proposal submission deadline (extended abstracts).
· April 30, 2017: Refereeing/peer-review completed; acceptance/rejection decisions.
· September 13-14, 2017: Diversity by Design Symposium.

This symposium is organized by Dr. Nadia Caidi (Faculty of Information, U of Toronto) and Dr. Keren Dali (School of Library and Information Studies, U of Alberta) and supported by a SSHRC Connection – Connecting for Canada’s 150 grant, and by the following partners:
· The Faculty of Information, U of Toronto
· The McLuhan Centre for Culture & Technology
· The Ontario Trillium Foundation
· The Toronto City Archives
· The Art Gallery of Ontario
· The Ontario Library Association

For information, contact Dr. Caidi ( and Dr. Dali ( For general inquiries, email us at


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Systems Librarian (Term Appointment) Mount Allison University

Mount Allison University Libraries and Archives invite applications from qualified candidates for the position of Systems Librarian. This is a non-renewable term appointment at the rank of Assistant Librarian and will be effective as soon as possible. The appointment will end on June 30, 2018.  For more information go here:
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Limited-Term Instruction/Liaison Librarian: Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick

The Dalhousie Libraries seek a collaborative, flexible, innovative and service-oriented individual for the position of Instruction/Liaison Librarian for the Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick (DMNB) program based in Saint John, New Brunswick (12 month limited-term).

This position reports to the Head, Kellogg Library and also works closely with the AUL Library Services and other colleagues across the Dal Libraries system. The W. K. Kellogg Health Sciences Library serves the learning, teaching and research needs of an extensive range of disciplines in the Faculties of Medicine (New Brunswick / Halifax campuses), Dentistry and Health Professions. Our services extend to students and faculty on campus and remotely throughout the Maritime Provinces and beyond.

The incumbent will take an active role with the Faculty of Medicine, working closely with colleagues at Dalhousie’s two medical campuses. The incumbent will participate in teaching, collections support, general reference and research duties, including evidence synthesis projects, evidence-based health care initiatives and research consultations.

Main Areas of Responsibility:

  • Act as library liaison to DMNB faculty and students. This position will require extensive coordination and cooperation with colleagues on the Halifax campus to insure equitable and effective services and access across sites.
  • Work with faculty members to develop appropriate instructional content to support the goals of evidence- based and inter-professional practice.
  • Establish effective communication with the students and faculty to deliver resources and services in the methods and places that work best for them, e.g. dynamic subject guides, online courseware and tutorials, mobile formats, etc.
  • Teach information literacy content relevant to various levels of students in the health sciences via a range of styles and modes, both in class and online.
  • Execute and assist with searches of the literature to support the development of evidence synthesis projects.
  • Maintain a superior knowledge of various electronic databases used to investigate topics in medicine and the health professions.
  • Sustain proficiency in productivity tools, bibliographic managers, tutorial creation software, statistical packages, social media, mobile and other emerging technologies.
  • Contribute to a positive team environment to offer general reference service for both on site and remote users, including assistance by in person appointments, via Livehelp, and other remote communication tools.
  • Keep current with new knowledge in the field of academic health librarianship in order to contribute to evidence based practice in medical libraries and medical education.
  • Serve on various library committees, teams, and task forces within the Kellogg Health Sciences Library, the Dalhousie Libraries, and the Faculty of Medicine.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in library/information sciences from an ALA accredited institution
  • 1-2 years relevant experience within a health sciences library environment
  • Superior written and oral communication skills including the ability to communicate effectively at a distance
  • Demonstrated ability in teaching and in supporting research needs
  • Experience using and advising on health sciences databases and resources
  • Strong information technology skills
  • Strong team player who can demonstrate confidence, collegiality, enthusiasm, and reliability Proven ability to work well independently and within large and complex teams


  • Demonstrated excellence in student engagement
  • An undergraduate degree in a health or science discipline
  • Familiarity with the academic library environment
  • Experience in developing knowledge synthesis search strategies in health sciences
  • Experience supporting research needs of faculty and students
  • Interest in scholarship, professional development and service

Salary and Benefits:

Rank and salary are dependent upon qualifications and experience, and subject to the terms of the Dalhousie Faculty Association Collective Agreement.  The position will not be filled at a rank higher than Librarian II.

Availability of the position:

The position has a proposed starting date of February 27, 2017. Deadline for applications: December 31, 2016.

Application package: letter of interest, addressed to Donna Bourne-Tyson, University Librarian; curriculum vitae, including examples of educational or teaching materials [links preferred where available]; the names of three references; and a completed Self-Identification Questionnaire, which is available at:

Send in care of:

Janice Slauenwhite, Administrative Officer
Dalhousie Libraries Administration Office, Killam Library
6225 University Avenue, PO Box 15000
Halifax, NS B3H 4H8

Electronic submissions (Word or pdf) are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:

Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from qualified Aboriginal people, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and all qualified candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community.All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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Systems Librarian (Term appointment) – Mount Allison University

Mount Allison University Libraries and Archives invite applications from qualified candidates for the position of Systems Librarian. This is a non-renewable term appointment at the rank of Assistant Librarian and will be effective as soon as possible. The appointment will end on June 30, 2018.


The successful candidate will ensure the smooth functioning of library systems and will lead the search to  replace our current Integrated Library System and the possible addition of a discovery layer. As a member of the team of librarians, the candidate will also contribute to the planning and delivery of library services including reference service and participation in collegial governance by serving on Library and University committees.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Overseeing the configuration, implementation, maintenance and upgrading of library systems, authentication and link resolving systems, discovery tools, archiving and repository systems, and other library and archival resources and databases
  • Playing a leading role in the search for a new Integrated Library System
  • Monitoring and compiling usage data of electronic resources
  • Working with librarian colleagues and staff, faculty and students to identify new tools and solutions that support the teaching, learning and research needs of the Mount Allison community

The successful candidate may also be assigned responsibilities in other areas befitting the Libraries’ priorities and dependent on the successful candidate’s strengths and expertise. Shift duties for reference service may include evenings and weekends.

Required qualifications:

  • ALA -accredited MLS or equivalent degree
  • Experience managing library systems
  • Knowledge of the delivery of reference service
  • Knowledge of or experience in data management and analysis
  • Evidence of successful collaboration and leadership
  • Strong knowledge of resources and scholarship in library systems with
  • the ability to effectively communicate new developments in this field to library and non-library staff
  • Ability to multitask and work in a complex and detailed environment
  • Demonstrated skills in project development and implementation
  • Demonstrated commitment to patron service
  • Strong oral and written communication as well as critical thinking skills
  • Knowledge of existing and emerging library technologies
  • Enthusiasm for an innovative and changing environment

Additional qualifications (preferred):

  • Experience with SirsiDynix systems and / or open source alternatives
  • Degree in Science / Computer Science preferred
  • Experience providing data -related library services (archiving, preservation, and access to research data)
  • Knowledge of or experience in writing custom scripts in one or more computer programming languages
  • Experience with collection development, teaching, and providing reference services in an academic library setting
  • Demonstrated experience in research, scholarship, or professional development in librarianship/information sciences
  • Knowledge of resources and scholarship in science and data preferred

This position is represented by the Mount Allison Faculty Association and participation and involvement in research, creative activity or scholarship, and service to the University are

expected. The appointment will be made at the rank of Assistant Librarian. Salary will be within the established range and commensurate with qualifications and experience. A cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three referees should be sent to:

David Mawhinney, Chair of the Search Committee
Mount Allison University Libraries and Archives
49 York Street
Sackville, NB E4L 1C6
Fax: (506) 364-2617

Applications will also be accepted in electronic form [pdf format or Microsoft Word] and should be e-mailed to Carol Wilson, Administrative Assistant, at . Applicants receiving further consideration may be asked to submit additional information as needed.

The deadline for applications is 1 January 2017. Hiring is subject to budgetary approval.

Mount Allison University welcomes diversity in the workplace and encourages applications from all qualified women and men, including aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Canadian and permanent residents should indicate their citizenship or residency status in their application.

Mount Allison University, located in Sackville, New Brunswick, is a leader in providing quality liberal education to undergraduate students in arts, sciences, social sciences, fine arts and music. Mount Allison’s intimate educational environment extends learning beyond the classroom, encouraging the growth of the whole person through a full range of experiences in the campus and community.

The Mount Allison University Libraries an d Archives are committed to working with students and faculty in order to meet their academic and research needs. Mount Allison Libraries includes the Ralph Pickard Bell Library which is the main library, the Alfred Whitehead Music Library, and the University Archives. We invite you to look at our website for more information about the Libraries and about the University at For further information please consult the following websites:

  1. Mount Allison Faculty Association (MAFA) collective agreements:
  2. Town of Sackville: 
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Distributed Learning: Pedagogy and Technology in Online Information Literacy -co-edited by Tasha Maddison and Maha Kumaran

Hello everyone, happy to announce this publication. Hope your library collections will benefit from this:

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If you are a Canadian academic librarian in tenured or tenure-track position…

Hello folks, We are surveying Canadian academic librarians in tenured and tenure-track positions on the research support they receive. If you are one of them please fill out the survey below. You can do say either in English or French. Thank you. (Maha and Carolyn)

Dear colleagues, please take a moment to participate in our survey regarding the various support personnel or systems available to you as a tenure-track or tenured librarian.

The purpose of this research is to 1) determine what kinds of research supports are currently available to Canadian academic librarians in tenured and tenure-track positions, and, 2) what other supports academic librarians would like to have available to them. The research supports available could be either financial (such as paying a proofreader, grant writer, editor, etc) or personnel (such as having a research facilitator or research personnel to help you initiate, conduct, and disseminate your research).

There are around 30 questions or less depending on the options you choose. It should take about 15 – 20 minutes to complete. The first page of the survey has more information explaining our research project, ethics, right to withdraw, and contact information of both researchers. No personal identifying information is collected. Please do not hesitate to contact one of us if you have any further questions.

The survey closes on November 9, 2016.  Here is the link:

Maha Kumaran and Carolyn Pytlyk


Chers/Chères collègues,

Veuillez prendre un moment pour participer à notre sondage sur la disponibilité du soutien administratif ou des systèmes d’appui pour vous à titre de bibliothécaire adjoint(e) (poste menant à la permanence) ou de bibliothécaire permanent(e).

Cette recherche a pour but de 1) déterminer les types d’appui à la recherche actuellement disponibles pour les bibliothécaires dans des postes permanents ou menant vers la permanence, et 2) les appuis supplémentaires auxquels les bibliothécaires universitaires aimeraient avoir accès.  Les appuis à la recherche pourraient être disponibles sous forme financière (p. ex. défrayer les coûts associés à la révision, la rédaction de demandes de subvention, l’édition, etc.) ou en ressources humaines (p. ex. avoir un facilitateur de recherches ou du personnel dédié à la recherche pour vous aider à initier et effectuer votre recherche et en disséminer les résultats).

Le sondage compte environ 30 questions ou moins selon les options que vous choisirez. Il faudra environ 15 à 20 minutes pour le compléter.  La première page du sondage contient plus de renseignements sur notre projet de recherche, l’éthique, le droit de retrait et les coordonnées des deux chercheurs.  Aucune information d’identification ne sera recueillie.  N’hésitez pas à contacter l’un de nous si vous avez d’autres questions.

Ce sondage prendra fin le 9 novembre, 2016.  Voici le lien

Très sincèrement,
Maha Kumaran et Carolyn Pytlyk

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Leanne Templeteon and I had the pleasure of working on a poster to present at the National Diversity in Libraries Conference.  I wasn’t personally there to present it and many thanks to Leanne for taking it there and meeting with everyone who came to see our poster. We interviewed public library board members in Alberta and Saskatchewan to gather information for this project. You can find our poster here:  poster-presentation-for-national-diversity-in-libraires_august_5_2016_final

It was well received, in line with the topic, and some viewers found it enlightening.

Let us know if you have any questions.
Maha Kumaran and Leanne Templeton


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