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Kimberly Silk, MLSKimberly Silk is a librarian with a background in academic and data librarianship and a passion for conducting research to evaluate how libraries impact their communities.

She is co-author of “So Much More: The Economic Impact of Toronto Public Library on the City of Toronto,” published in 2013 and the first library economic impact study of its kind in Canada. As Principal Consultant of BrightSail Research, she continues to work with public libraries across Canada to extend this methodology. In 2014 she created the Library Research Network, a not-for-profit, curated, web-based repository of research relevant to public, academic, government and special libraries. Her most recent collaboration with Dr. Bill Irwin, “Creating a Culture of Evaluation: Taking Your Library from Talk to Action“, was published by OLA Press in April 2017.

Since 2015 she has worked with the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) as Special Projects Officer where she collaborates with academic libraries and other stakeholders to coordinate research projects to support transformations in scholarly communication.

From 2008 to 2015 Kim was the Data Librarian at the Martin Prosperity Institute (MPI) at the University of Toronto. At MPI, she developed integrated library and research services to support the MPI research process, and gained expertise in the role of public assets, such as libraries, parks, schools and museums, on the prosperity of cities and regions.


Kim’s (much longer) Bio

Kimberly Silk is a librarian with a background in academic and data librarianship and a passion for conducting research to evaluate how libraries impact their communities.

She is co-author of “So Much More: The Economic Impact of Toronto Public Library on the City of Toronto,” published in 2013 and the first library economic impact study of its kind in Canada. As Principal Consultant of BrightSail Research, she continues to work with public libraries across Canada to extend this methodology. In 2014 she created the Library Research Network, a not-for-profit, curated, web-based repository of research relevant to public, academic, government and special libraries. Her most recent collaboration with Dr. Bill Irwin, “Creating a Culture of Evaluation: Taking Your Library from Talk to Action“, was published by OLA Press in April 2017.

Since 2015 she has worked with the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN), a consortium of Canadian universities dedicated to expanding digital content for the academic research enterprise in Canada. In her role as Special Projects Officer, Kim works closely with member institutions and other stakeholders to coordinate research projects and related initiatives in the academic library space. Recent projects include analyzing scholarly journal usage at a national level, and developing a toolkit to increase awareness about issues in scholarly communication.

From 2008 to 2015, Kim was the Data Librarian at the Martin Prosperity Institute (MPI) at the University of Toronto. At MPI, she developed integrated library and research services to support the MPI research process at every stage, from hypothesis development and literature review to data discovery, citation management, publication and distribution.

Kim’s early career experience began in the corporate world with the Discovery Channel and Rogers Communications, where she participated in the development of several of Canada’s first online properties.

Kim is actively involved as a volunteer in the library community and is an enthusiastic proponent of the role of the library and librarians in successful organizations. She is currently serving on the SLA Board of Directors as Secretary and Past Chapter Cabinet Chair, and is Past President (2013) of the SLA Toronto chapterShe is a member of the Ontario Library Association, and is past president of the Faculty of Information Alumni Association (2009-2011). She is also a member of ACRL, a division of ALA

Kim received her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English Literature from the University of Waterloo, followed by a Master of Library Science at the University of Toronto.  In addition, Kim has taken courses in strategic and knowledge management from Queen’s School of Business and the Schulich School of Business at York University. In 2008, Kim was recognized with the University of Toronto Arbor Award for volunteer service.

Contact Kim at kimberly.silk (at) gmail.com.


Photography by Shannon Eckstein.