Breathing new life into the profession: LIS education in the 21st Century

by Lorne Madgett on June 11, 2012

in 2012 Lecture,Archived Presentations,Vancouver Lectures

 The BC Research Libraries Group is proud to present:


Caroline Haythornthwaite

Louise Spiteri

Director, School of Library, Archival & Information Studies

University of British Columbia


Director of the School of Information Management

Dalhousie University

Speaking about…

Breathing new life into the profession: LIS education in the 21st Century

***Archived webcast***


Wednesday, June 27, 2012: 10:00-12:00pm

The Dodson Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, University of British Columbia, Vancouver


***Coffee and refreshments will be served prior to the presentation beginning 9:30am***

 Libraries and library roles are undergoing rapid transformation in the 21stcentury. In the face of such enormous change, some libraries are choosing non-library trained professionals to fill key new roles. Others are looking to non-library professional programs to help train library professionals in new roles. While others are demanding library education change immediately to meet the demands for new skill sets required for new library positions. Two innovative esteemed Canadian Library School Directors will speak to the many challenges facing library and information professional programs in preparing library and information professionals for 21st century roles.

About the Speakers:

 Dr. Haythornthwaite is Director of the School of Library, Archival & Information Studies, the iSchool at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Prior to coming to UBC in 2010, Dr. Haythornthwaite was Professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2009-10 she was the Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor, Institute of Education, University of London. Dr. Haythornthwaite was among the first to apply social network analysis to the study of online communities and online learning, and she has produced seminal work in these areas. Her research examines how the Internet and computer media support and affect work, learning, and social interaction, with a focus on how information and knowledge is shared through social networks, and collaborative practices are facilitated and extended through information technologies. Her studies have examined social networks of work and media use, the development and nature of community online, distributed knowledge processes, the nature and constraints of interdisciplinary collaboration, and the transformative effects of the Internet and web 2.0 technologies on learning and collaborative practices. She has written extensively on the Internet, online social networks, and online learning (e-learning). Major publications include The Internet in Everyday Life (Blackwell, 2002, with Barry Wellman); Learning, Culture and Community in Online Education: Research and Practice (Lang, 2004, with Michelle M. Kazmer), a special issue of the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication on Computer-Mediated Collaborative Practices and Systems (2005), and the Handbook of E-learning Research (Sage, 2007, with Richard Andrews). Her latest book, E-learning Research and Practice (Sage, 2011, co-authored with Richard Andrews) particularly addresses the way learning is changing with the Internet and social media.

Dr. Spiteri is the Director of the School of Information Management (SIM) at Dalhousie University. She received a BA and MA in Canadian History from York University, a MLIS from the University of Western Ontario, and a BEd (History and French) and a PhD (Information Studies) from the University of Toronto. She joined SIM as a faculty member in 1998.  Dr. Spiteri received teaching awards from Wayne State University and Dalhousie University, and has served as the Academic Director of the MLIS program at SIM from May 1st 2009 to June 30th 2010.

Dr. Spiteri teaches in the areas of the organization of information, including records management, cataloguing and classification, and indexing, and conducts research in social discovery systems, classification theory, thesaurus construction, and cataloguing. Dr. Spiteri’s research has been presented at national and international academic and professional conferences.  She was amongst the first scholars to examine the impact of social tagging systems and folksonomies on the integration of user-based language into subject analysis systems.  Dr. Spiteri is conducting seminal and highly-cited research into the potential for social discovery tools to transform the library catalogue into an online, collaborative, and virtual experience of walking through the library’s stacks. Dr. Spiteri is actively involved in several academic, professional, and not-for-profit associations, and sits on the editorial boards of a number of peer-reviewed journals.

For more information about the Lecture series, contact BCLRG Lecture Series Coordinators:

Nancy Black (, Joy Kirchner (, Tracie Smith (, Don Taylor (

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