Dr. Denice Adkins

School of Information Science & Learning Technologies, University of Missouri

Denice Adkins is an associate professor at the School of Information Science & Learning Technologies at the University of Missouri. She was a Fulbright Scholar to Honduras in 2008 and the President of REFORMA (The National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking) in 2012-13. She currently serves as Councilor-at-Large for the American Library Association and Secretary-Treasurer for the Association of Library and Information Science. Her research interests include information needs of Midwestern immigrants, library services to diverse audiences, and public libraries. She is a co-investigator on the ALISE/OCLC grant funding this project.

Dr. Danielle Allard

Digital Archives and Marginalized Communities (DAMC) Project, University of Manitoba

Danielle Allard holds a SSHRC postdoctoral research fellowship on the Digital Archives and Marginalized Communities (DAMC) Project at Mamawipawin, Indigenous Governance and Community Based Research Space at the University of Manitoba on Treaty 1. She holds a Ph.D. from the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto. Danielle’s research considers how digital information systems and archival platforms can be used to create activist participatory archives that challenge violent, colonizing, and stigmatizing representations of vulnerable populations. Her doctoral research examined the information experiences of people who have migrated from the Philippines to Winnipeg, Canada.

Ahmed Alwan

California State University, Northridge

Ahmed Alwanahmed ( is faculty at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) and a Research, Instruction and Outreach Librarian in the Oviatt Library. In the most recent years leading up to his appointment at CSUN, Ahmed was the Information Literacy Librarian at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. Ahmed has a Bachelor of Arts in History and Religious Studies from York University, a Master of Information Science from the University of Toronto.

Tarida Anantachai

Syracuse University Libraries

Tarida Anantachai is a Learning Commons Librarian at the Syracuse University Libraries. She received her MS in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her BA in English and American Literature from Brandeis University. Her research interests include diversity and inclusion, early career development, and outreach programming. Prior to her stint in librarianship, Tarida also worked in the academic publishing industry.

Innocent Awasom

Texas Tech University, Lubbock

I am an Associate Librarian (Science) at Texas Tech University Lubbock, with collection development and liaison responsibilities to the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, the Department of Biological Sciences and the International Center for Arid and Semi-Arid Land Studies. My career has taken me through Africa and the United States. Prior to joining Texas Tech University Libraries, I worked as Science Librarian at the St Paul Campus Magrath Library of the University of Minnesota. I am holder of a BSc, MSc in Zoology from the University of Ibadan, as well as a Masters in Information Science from the African Regional Center for Information Sciences (ARCIS), University of Ibadan-Nigeria. My research interest includes International Librarianship, User Studies, Bibliometrics, social Informatics, Information and Religion, Ethnography and the future of academic libraries.

Houman Behzadi

University of Toronto

Houman Behzadi is the Music Collection Development Librarian at the University of Toronto Music Library. He is the chair of the CAML Collections Committee and a member of the Music Library Association’s Resource Sharing and Collection Development Committee. His research surrounds the future of music collections in Canada, especially in connection with the recent devaluation of the Canadian dollar.

Ian Bigelow

University of Alberta Libraries

Ian Bigelow is the Cataloguing Coordinator at the University of Alberta Libraries and is currently a member of the Canadian Linked Data Initiative Metadata Working Group and the PCC Task Group on URI in MARC.

Dr. Bobbie Bushman

University of North Texas

Bobbie Bushman received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology in 2001 from Missouri State University in Springfield, MO and worked as social worker for the mentally ill and deaf. After receiving her Masters of Library and Information Science in 2008 from the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO, Bobbie discovered her passion in libraries while working as Youth Services Manager at the Midtown Carnegie Library Branch of the Springfield-Greene County Library in Springfield, MO. She left that position in 2010 to pursue her Ph.D. in Information Science and Learning Technologies from the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO. Bobbie is currently the Houston-based Program Coordinator and Information Science Lecturer at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX. She has taught classes with an emphasis on public libraries, services to children and young adults, and services to marginalized and special needs populations. Bobbie has completed research about library services to children with disabilities and early literacy approaches in the library for deaf/hard of hearing children. She has presented at other conferences on the topics such as The Invisible Minority: LGBTQ Teens and Their Literature.

Dr. Nadia Caidi

Faculty of Information, University of Toronto

Nadia Caidi, PhD is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Information (iSchool), University of Toronto, Canada. Dr. Caidi’s research interests focus on human information behaviour, and information policy. She has received several grants for her research on information control and the public’s right to know in times of crisis. Her current research is situated in the context of global migration and the role that information resources, institutions, and technologies play in the everyday lives of migrant and refugee communities. She was the 2016 President of the international Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) and the 2010-11 President of the Canadian Association for Information Science (CAIS). E-mail:

Anne Carr-Wiggin

University of Alberta Libraries

Anne Carr-Wiggin is NEOS Manager, and coordinates Indigenous initiatives at the University of Alberta Libraries. She also serves on the Guiding Council of RISE (Reconciliation in Solidarity Edmonton) and is a team co-lead on the CFLA-FCAB Truth and Reconciliation Committee.

Martin Chandler

Faculty of Information, University of Toronto

Martin Chandler is a writer, composer, and educator from Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is currently Mastering Information at the University of Toronto, preparing for a life of librarianship and creative world-changing, not necessarily in that order.

Camille Chesley

University at Albany Libraries

Camille Chesley is a Reference Librarian and Subject Librarian for Journalism at the University at Albany Libraries. She received her MS in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her BA in East Asian Studies from Oberlin College. Her research interests include gaming and gamification in library instruction, information literacy assessment, critical librarianship, and diversity and inclusion in LIS.

Rose L. Chou

American University Library

Rose L. Chou is Budget & Personnel Manager at the American University Library, where she also serves as Chair of AU Library’s Internal Diversity & Inclusion Committee. She received her MLIS from San Jose State University and BA in Sociology from Boston College. Previously, Rose worked as Reference Archivist at the Smithsonian’s National Anthropological Archives and as a Reference Librarian and Circulation Specialist at AU Library. She is co-editor of the forthcoming book Pushing the Margins: Women of Color and Intersectionality in LIS (Library Juice Press). Her research interests include race, gender, and social justice in LIS.

Dr. Clara Chu

University of Illinois, Urbana

Dr. Chu is the Director of the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs and the Mortenson Distinguished Professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She has an incredible range of experience in international library work and education. She has published in leading international journals and presented at conferences around the world in English and Spanish. Prof. Chu has held successive leadership positions in ethnic, regional, national, and international professional library and information associations (most recently as a member of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Governing Board. Prof. Chu specializes in the social construction of library and information use, practices, and systems that impact access and collective memory in multicultural communities. Her transnational, ethnic minority, and multilingual background provides her a distinctive and critical lens in the social study of information issues to transform professional practice and education internationally.

Dr. Nicole A Cooke

University of Illinois, Urbana

Nicole A. Cooke, PhD, MEd, MLS, is an Assistant Professor and Director of the MS/LIS Program at the School of Information Sciences, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She holds a M.Ed. in Adult Education from Pennsylvania State University, and an MLS and a Ph.D. in Communication, Information and Library Studies from Rutgers University. Her research and teaching interests include human information behavior (particularly in an online context), critical cultural information studies, and diversity and social justice in librarianship (with an emphasis on infusing them into LIS education and pedagogy). She was named a “Mover & Shaker” by Library Journal in 2007, she was the 2016 recipient of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Equality Award, and she is the 2017 Achievement in Library Diversity Research Award presented by ALA’s Office for Diversity, Literacy & Outreach. Her latest work is Information Services to Diverse Populations (Libraries Unlimited, 2016)

Dr. Keren Dali

Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary

Dr. Keren Dali is with the Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary, Canada. Her primary research interests are in diversity and marginalized communities, relationships between LIS and Social Work; the inclusion of people with disabilities in work places and policy-related implications for inclusion in academia; LIS education with the focus on creativity, accreditation, and humanistic pedagogies; and reading behaviours as an adaptation strategy. With the background in Social Work and LIS, Dr. Dali holds the inaugural Outstanding Instructor Award from the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto; the inaugural ALISE/Connie Van Fleet Award for Research Excellence in Public Library Services to Adults; the Outstanding Reviewer distinction and the Outstanding and Highly Commended Paper distinctions from the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence. Her work has been funded by the grants from the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the American Library Association, among others. With 15 years of intensive publication and research experience, Dr. Dali serves as an editorial board member for the Library Quarterly and the Journal of Education in Library & Information Science (JELIS); an international advisory board member for the Journal of Librarianship & Information Science (JoLIS); and a co-editor of the International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion. She’s active in ASIS&T, ALISE, and IFLA, chairing committees for both ASIS&T and ALISE.

Daisy Dowdall

Faculty of Information, University of Toronto

Daisy Dowdall is a rising second-year student in LIS at the iSchool. She received her BA in history from Wellesley College, during which she also completed an undergraduate research program at Mansfield College, University of Oxford. In 2015, she received her MA in history from the University of Toronto. Daisy hopes to become an academic librarian upon completing her degree at the iSchool.

Durham Library Partners in Diversity (DLPD), Samantha Burdett and Sabrina Yung

Durham Library Partners in Diversity (DLPD) is a network of public library professionals from the eight municipal library systems in Durham Region, Ontario plus representation from the Local Immigration Partnership (LIP). The DLPD provides opportunities for members’ professional development, and opportunities to collaborate on research or activities aimed at improving multicultural services to diverse populations in Durham region libraries. Samantha Burdett is a Policy Advisor, Diversity and Immigration Program in the Regional Municipality of Durham. Sabrina Yung is Chair of the DLPD, Manager of Community Engagement, Pickering Public Library.

Sharon Farnel

University of Alberta Libraries

Sharon Farnel is Metadata Coordinator at the University of Alberta Libraries, and a part-time Interdisciplinary PhD student researching the development of a framework for designing and applying culturally aware and appropriate metadata in digital libraries.

Debbie Feisst

University of Alberta

Debbie Feisst is Acting Head at the HT Coutts Education & Physical Education Library, University of Alberta, where she specializes in Secondary Education and the Faculty of Education’s Aboriginal Teacher Education Program (ATEP).

Julieta Garcia

California State University, Northridge

Julieta Garcia currently works at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) as a member of the Special Collections and Archives, processing material for the International Guitar Research Archives (IGRA). She is in the process of completing her Master in Library Information Science degree at San Jose State University and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. In an attempt to continuously develop her knowledge in the archival field, Julieta attends conferences such as Society of California Archivists and the Society of American Archivists, and is involved with community organizations like LA as Subject (LAAS) and LA Archives Collective (LAAC).

Jamila Ghaddar

Faculty of Information, University of Toronto

Jamila Ghaddar holds a Masters of Information from the University of Toronto’s iSchool, where she is currently completing a Doctorate in Information funded by a CGS Joseph-Armand Bombardier SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship. Jamila has had the privilege of working on the personal papers of Nelson Mandela at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory; of archiving the Constantine Zurayk collection as a Library & Archival Fellow at the American University of Beirut; and of managing the records of the Memory, Meaning-Making & Collections Project, a partnership between the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto and the University of Toronto’s iSchool. This work informs her research, as does her many years’ experience in the social service and immigration sectors.

Samra Habib

Toronto Artist

Samra Habib is a queer Muslim journalist, visual activist and founder of “Just Me and Allah: A Queer Muslim Photo Project.” Her body of work aims to bring light to the struggles and often complicated experiences of queer Muslims around the world by documenting their visual history and narratives through amazingly personal and reflective photographs. “I’m hoping that the work I create helps combat Islamophobia by humanizing the subjects I photograph,” Samra tells The Huffington Post. Samra’s art-infused perspective will bring a unique tune into the symposium voices through the holistic combination of religion, sexuality, art, critical analysis, and lived experiences. Samra is currently working on a memoir (Viking Penguin) entitled We have always been here. Her writing has been featured in the Guardian, the New York Times, the Advocate, the Globe and Mail and Fashion magazine. Her portraits have exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Contact Photography Festival, and Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives.

Dr. Jenna Hartel

Faculty of Information, University of Toronto

Dr. Jenna Hartel received a Doctorate of Philosophy in Information Studies from the Department of Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. She says, “My work aims to be an imaginative, energetic, and committed form of intervention in the field of library and information science (LIS). I believe a different character of LIS is possible, one that moves beyond pragmatic concerns with information resources and technologies to consider positive and upbeat information phenomena across the entire human experience. I have committed myself to promoting that vision through the substance of my research into information within leisure, pleasurable, or profound contexts. To the same end, my ideas are expressed and packaged in non-standard forms of presentation that are playful and accessible to all. I hope to be a catalyst, endeavouring to inspire and encourage the field of LIS to explore new areas, import new methods, break out of traditional boxes in which it conducts its research, and entertain new possibilities.

David James Hudson

University of Guelph

David James Hudson is an associate librarian and information studies scholar at the University of Guelph in Attawandaron territory (also known as Guelph, Ontario). His research and writing is primarily concerned with using critical race and anti-colonial perspectives as a basis for exploring the intersections of librarianship (and LIS more broadly) with structures of racialized power. He is the author of several recent articles on these issues, including “On Dark Continents and Digital Divides: Information Inequality and the Reproduction of Racial Otherness in Library and Information Studies” in Journal of Information Ethics, and “On ‘Diversity’ as Anti-Racism in Library and Information Studies: A Critique” in the inaugural issue of Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies.

Sabina Iseli-Otto

National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS)

Sabina Iseli-Otto is the Public Services Librarian for the National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS). Sabina works with librarians across Canada to help provide material in accessible formats for patrons with print disabilities. If you call the NNELS help line, chances are you will reach Sabina (and she will be happy to talk to you!). She is also interested in bicycles, her dog Chelsea, and everything related to expanding the information commons.

Dr. Paul Jaeger

University of Maryland

Dr. Paul T. Jaeger is Professor, Diversity Officer, and Director of the Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program of the College of Information Studies and Co-Director of the Information Policy and Access Center (iPAC) at the University of Maryland. His teaching and research focus on the ways in which law and public policy shape information behavior, with a specific focus on issues of human rights and social justice. He is the author of more than one hundred and sixty journal articles and book chapters, as well as more than a dozen books. His research has been funded by the Institute of Museum & Library Services, the National Science Foundation, the American Library Association, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, among others. Dr. Jaeger is Editor of Library Quarterly, Editor of Advances in Librarianship, and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion. He is founder and chair of the Conference on Inclusion and Diversity in Library and Information Science (CIDLIS), and co-founder and co-chair of the first UMD Disability Summit. In 2014, he received the Library Journal/ALISE Excellence in Education Award, the international educator of the year award for the field of library and information science. He is a recipient of the President’s Commission on Disability Issues Outstanding Faculty Award for 2017 at UMD.

Kim Johnson

Public Library Services Branch, Government of Alberta

Kim Johnson is a consultant for the Public Library Services Branch with the Government of Alberta. Kim works on resource sharing initiatives, such as Alberta-Wide Borrowing, interlibrary loan, and library services for people with print disabilities.

Ken Kongkatong

Faculty of Information, University of Toronto

Ken Kongkatong is a student in the Master of Information Program studying in User Experience Design at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information. He is interested in User Experience Design and hopes to conduct research that will inform its theoretical foundations, which is a young yet relevant area of research.

Denise Koufogiannakis

University of Alberta

Denise Koufogiannakis is Associate University Librarian responsible for Collection Strategies, Bibliographic Services, and Access Services at the University of Alberta. She holds an MLIS from the University of Alberta, and a PhD in Information Studies from Aberystwyth University.

Blair Kuntz

University of Toronto

Blair Kuntz has been the Near and Middle Eastern Studies Librarian at the University of Toronto since 2003. He catalogs and performs collection development for Arabic, Turkish and Persian-language materials.

Kayla Lar-Son

University of Alberta

Kayla Lar-son is a Metis student currently enrolled in the Master of Library Studies, UofA. Interested in issues of diversity, human rights, intellectual freedom, social responsibility and libraries, and alternative forms of knowing, Kayla is part of the de-colonizing description working group, which focuses on implementing the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission within the UofA Libraries. She is also an Indigenous Intern in Rutherford Library, UofA, who works actively with Indigenous students through library information sessions at the Aboriginal Student Services Center and participates in Indigenous and diversity initiatives off-campus. She brings a treasured firsthand perspective into the discussion of diversity, empowerment, and traditional knowledge.

Sheila Laroque

University of Alberta Libraries

Sheila Laroque is an Academic Resident Librarian in Bibliographic Services at the University of Alberta Libraries. Sheila is originally from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, where she finished her BA at the University of Saskatchewan in 2010. She finished her MI from the University of Toronto’s iSchool in 2016. She is happy to be in Edmonton; a city with more than one professional sports team, but still back home in Treaty 6 territory.

Ebony Magnus

SAIT Polytechnic

Ebony Magnus is the Assessment & User Experience Librarian at Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) where she critically evaluates and communicates the impact and value of the library for students and faculty. Prior to joining SAIT, she was the UX & Assessment Librarian at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI. Ebony is an alumnus of the Minnesota Institute for Early Career Librarians from Traditionally Underrepresented Groups (2014), a 2012-14 Association of Research Libraries’ Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce Diversity Scholar, and a 2012 American Library Association Spectrum Scholar. In addition to her MLIS (University of British Columbia, 2013) she holds an MA in English Literature from Carleton University in Ottawa, ON (2009).

Julia Martyniuk

Faculty of Information, University of Toronto

Julia is a full time student in Master of Information program. She is currently pursuing a concentration in critical information policy studies (CIPS) and library and information studies (LIS).

Dr. Heather Moulaison Sandy

School of Information Science & Learning Technologies, University of Missouri

Heather Moulaison Sandy: assistant professor at the iSchool at the University of Missouri. Moulaison Sandy’s primary research focus is the organization of information in the online environment, leading her to investigate areas related to the use of web-based and mobile technologies in libraries. An ardent Francophile and 2008-2009 Fulbright senior scholar in Morocco, Moulaison Sandy is also interested in international and intercultural aspects of access to information. She is a co-investigator on the ALISE/OCLC grant funding this project.

Dr. Lisa Nathan

University of British Columbia

Dr. Lisa Nathan is an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the First Nations Curriculum Concentration at the UBC School of Library, Archival and Information Studies. Her research interests include Indigenous information initiatives, information ethics, and the reimagining of information practices and information management in a way that addresses decolonization, social justice, and challenges. She leads research projects in these areas through the Sustaining Information Practice (SIP) studio, a project that is funded from multiple sources including SSHRC and the U. S. National Science Foundation (NSF). Dr. Nathan’s work that merges humanistic, ethical, technological, and cultural heritage dimensions brings a unique insight into the diversity debate at the symposium.

Anh Thu Nguyen

Faculty of Information, University of Toronto

Anh Thu’s research focuses on the informational experience of mindfulness. To expand understandings of LIS, she is pausing and questioning ontological and epistemological assumptions. She believes the topic of ‘mindfulness meditation’ is particularly suitable to this endeavour, as mindfulness, in both its Buddhist and secular iterations, destabilizes certain theories and models of information. Utilizing Marcia J. Bates’ theoretical framework, Anh Thu is examining the ways in which the elusive yet permeable notions of ‘information’ and mindfulness’ intersect. She anticipates this will diversify and give new meanings to current research approaches.

Dr. Jonathan A. Obar

Department of Communication Studies, York University

Jonathan A. Obar, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at York University. He also serves as a Research Associate with the Quello Center for Telecommunication Management and Law at Michigan State University. His research focuses on information and communication policy, and the relationship between digital technologies, civil liberties and the inclusiveness of public culture. Recent academic publications address Big Data and privacy, internet routing and NSA surveillance, network neutrality, and digital activism. He is co-editor of Strategies for Media Reform: International Perspectives, published by Fordham University Press. Email:

Glyneva Bradley Rideout

Faculty of Information, University of Toronto

Glyneva Bradley Rideout is a second year student at the iSchool, concentrating in library and information science. You can also find her behind the reference desk at Gerstein Science Information Center and the Engineering and Computer Science Library. Following graduation, Glyneva hopes to pursue a career in academic librarianship.

Corinne de Réland

Ottawa Public Library

Corinne de Réland is a Staff Training and Development Officer at the Ottawa Public Library. Ms. de Réland has many years of experience in providing learning opportunities for adults in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion. Ms. de Réland has delivered many Diversity Training Workshops, as a volunteer, for members and leaders of Amnesty International Canada and will be co-presenting a workshop on Transgender Rights at their next AGM in June 2017. Most recently, Ms. de Réland was the lead on adapting, and delivering, training at the Ottawa Public Library (OPL) based on the City of Ottawa’s Equity and Inclusion Lens.

Maria Ruiz

Faculty of Information, University of Toronto

Maria Ruiz is a recent graduate of the University of Toronto’s Master of Information program, where she studied Library and Information Science as well as Book History and Print Culture. She has a keen interest in finding novel applications for a user-centred approach to libraries, as well as investigating the impacts of digital technology on information behaviour. Maria currently works part-time at the University of Toronto Mississauga Library and aspires to a career in an academic library.

Elisabeth Saunders

Faculty of Information, University of Toronto

Elisabeth Saunders, known as Lisl, is a recent graduate of the Faculty of Information, in the concentration of Library and Information Science. Like her participants, she enjoys crocheting in class as a tool for concentration. She is hoping to one day be an academic or special librarian.

Kathleen Scheaffer

Faculty of Information, University of Toronto

Kathleen works closely with current librarians, faculty, researchers, professionals, and students to offer teaching and learning opportunities for information and heritage graduate students at University of Toronto. Providing loci for the application of social, practical, and theoretical concepts is at the forefront of her endeavours. Having a strong commitment to outreach initiatives, she also serves as a specialist in developing, implementing, and creating venues for heritage and information community members to connect with Inforum resources, services, facilities and staff. Kathleen’s research interests and pursuits stretch across an array of information studies topics.
Her most recent research examines how concrete and emergent policies, terms, norms, and guidelines impact practices of connection to information, ideas, and each other in physical and digital environments. concepts is at the forefront of her endeavours. Having a strong commitment to outreach initiatives, she also serves as a specialist in developing, implementing, and creating venues for heritage and information community members to connect with Inforum resources, services, facilities and staff. Kathleen’s research interests and pursuits stretch across an array of information studies topics. Her most recent research examines how concrete and emergent policies, terms, norms, and guidelines impact practices of connection to information, ideas, and each other in physical and digital environments.

Saguna Shankar

School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, iSchool at the University of British Columbia

Saguna Shankar is a doctoral student in Library, Archival and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia. She is interested in how information practices are designed and adapted over time, particularly in the context of migration.

Ali Shiri

University of Alberta, Edmonton

Dr. Ali Shiri is Associate Chair & Graduate Coordinator at the School of Library & Information Studies, UofA, and an accomplished researcher, whose large-scale projects have been funded by several sources including SSHRC. He is currently leading the “Digital Library North: Creating a Path for Information Access in Canada’s North” supported by a SSHRC Insight grant, the goal of which is to build a digital information and communication infrastructure in response to information needs in Canada’s Northern regions and “to improve connectivity in the Mackenzie Valley and the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (ISR),” among others ( The project engages community partners from the respective Northern communities.

Nafiz Zaman Shuva

Western University, London, ON

Nafiz Zaman Shuva is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at The University of Western Ontario, London, Canada. He is an Assistant Professor (on study leave) in the Department of Information Science and Library Management at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Nafiz holds two Masters in Library and Information Science—one from the University of Dhaka and other from the three European universities in Norway, Estonia, and Italy (Erasmus Mundus program). Nafiz’s doctoral study seeks to understand the transitional information practices of immigrants in Canada and the role of information in their Canadian lives, looking in particular at the information practices that occur between pre-arrival and after arrival information needs and seeking related to settlement into Canada. Nafiz is the founder president of the Bangladesh Association of Young Researchers (BAYR) and is one of the ASIS&T (SIG-III) international paper contest winners of 2004. His research revolves around information practices, the role of information in society, digital inclusion, digital libraries, public libraries, and open access.

Charles C. Smith

Artist, Toronto

charles c. smith is a poet, playwright and essayist who has written and edited twelve books, and his poetry has appeared in numerous journals and magazines. charles is currently the Executive Director for Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario and Artistic Director of the wind in the leaves collective. charles was the founder of the Black Perspectives Cultural Program in Regent Park and is the author of Pluralism in the Arts in Canada: A Change is Gonna Come (2012). Charles’ writings on racial profiling and Black lives in Canada have been extensively published. His research has been commissioned by several institutions including the African Canadian Community Coalition on Racial Profiling, the Court Challenges Program of Canada, the Chief Justice of Ontario (former) Task Force on Professional Responsibility, the Ontario Ministries of the Attorney General and Community Safety ‘Community Task Force on Hate Crimes’.

Marie Tossios

Faculty of Information, University of Toronto

Marie Tossios is a first year Masters student at the University of Toronto’s iSchool. Her area of interest is in digital and spatial humanities, and she is currently working with text analysis utilities to examine Holocaust survivor testimonies in the context of digital archiving, GIS, and personal narratives.

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