Kimberly Silk is a librarian with a background in academic and data librarianship and a passion for conducting research to demonstrate how libraries impact their communities. As the Strategic Planning & Engagement Librarian at Hamilton Public Library, Kim supports the CEO and senior management team by providing research and data to inform decision-making, conducting social impact research, leading community engagement and facilitating the strategic planning process.
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 conduct research demonstrating the social impact of libraries. In 2014 she created the Library Research Network, a not-for-profit, curated, web-based repository of research relevant to 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 May 2017.
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 served on the SLA Board of Directors (2013-2017) and is Past President (2013) of the SLA Toronto chapter. She is a member and active volunteer with the Ontario Library Association, and is past president of the Faculty of Information Alumni Association (2009-2011). She is also a member of the Canadian Evaluation Society, where she is working towards her designation as a Credentialed Evaluator (CE).
Kim received a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English Literature from the University of Waterloo, followed by a Master of Library Science at the University of Toronto. She anticipates completing a Graduate Certificate in Evaluation from the School of Public Administration at the University of Victoria in December 2019.
For a complete picture of Kim’s work experience, visit her LinkedIn profile.
Contact Kim at kimberly.silk (at) gmail.com.