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Oct 1 / Kimberly

Beyond the Stacks: Innovative Careers in Library and Information Science

In January 2015, I was fortunate to be invited to take part in a fantastic and inspiring 2-day conference entitled “Envisioning our Information Future & How to Educate for It“. Focusing on the importance of leadership and cutting-edge skills in LIS education, this conference represents an opportunity for “evaluating and implementing relevant curriculum focused on innovation, continuous learning, and critical engagement within a global context.” The grant for this conference was led by Dr. Eileen G. Abels, School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College along with partners Dr. Linda C. Smith, Graduate School of Library and Information Science University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and Dr. Lynne C. Howarth, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto.

During the forum, participants agreed on the importance of promoting awareness of the “cool” careers one can pursue in the information science field in libraries, archives, museums, and beyond. In support of this goal, principal investigators Eileen Abels, Lynne Howarth, and Linda Smith collaborated with Abels’ Dean’s Fellow, Derek Murphy, to create this podcast. Each episode features an interview with a different conference participant exploring a nontraditional area in Library and Information Science. Episode 1 features Gemma Petrie on User Experience Research, and Episode 2 features Kimberly Silk on Data Librarianship.

Feb 18 / Kimberly

Things You Can Do as a Library Student to Prepare for a Career as a Data Librarian

A terrific post by Celia Emmelhainz for students interested in Data Librarianship. Hats off to Stephen for sending it my way.

We do so much in library school—take classes, work, study, and figure out how to market ourselves when we graduate. In this post, I’d like to talk about how I became a data librarian, and what you can learn about data while still in library school!

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Feb 4 / Kimberly

The census: Little knowledge is a dangerous thing

As published by The Globe and Mail:

On Wednesday evening, the House of Commons will vote on reversing a move that holds an exalted place in the pantheon of stupid political decisions.

The bill in question seeks to restore the compulsory long-form census. It was tabled by an opposition MP, Liberal Ted Hsu, which means there is almost no chance it will pass. But it should. This is an opportunity to right a wrong.