About Kimberly

Kimberly Silk has over fifteen years of digital media experience and is actively engaged in the Interactive Media, Library and Education industries. She is currently the Data Librarian at the Martin Prosperity Institute, a think-tank at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. Between 2001 and 2009 her consultancy, BrightSail, served a variety of clients including corporate, academic, government and non-profit organizations. Kim has a particular passion for digital collections and online communities. As a librarian, she prides herself on understanding how to provide the right information to the right audience at the right time, with a focus on ensuring a positive and rewarding user experience. Kim’s corporate experience includes several years at Rogers Media, most recently as Director, Strategic Internet Development. There, she collaborated with the New Media and Publishing divisions to develop Internet ventures from concept to market. Prior to joining Rogers, she was Webmaster for Discovery Channel Canada, the first Canadian specialty channel to launch an interactive online component. Kim earned her M.L.S. (Library Science) from the University of Toronto, and a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Waterloo.

CLA 2014: The Economic Impact of Libraries

The Economic Impact of Libraries, part of the CLA 2014 workshop, “Driving Change for Community Impact”. Presented by Kimberly Silk, University of Toronto and Elizabeth Glass, Toronto Public Library. Silk begins with a look at different types of impact studies and then introduces how the Toronto Public Library engaged the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto in 2013 to study of the economic impact and benefits of the library in its community. TPL shares the findings of the study, discusses the importance of demonstrating the economic benefits of public libraries to key stakeholders including city councils, library board members, and the local community, and provides tips for others wanting to show the impact of their libraries.