This year’s keynote speaker raises awareness about human rights that relate particularly to core library values, information ethics and global information justice such as freedom of thought, freedom of religion, freedom of opinion and expression, right to association, right to peaceful assembly, cultural rights, and the right to education. She will address the inherent tension between intellectual freedom and social responsibility, as it sits underneath many aspects of our work. This keynote goes to the heart of the critical question: what constitutes teacher librarian work today?
Dr. Toni Samek is a Professor and Chair at the School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta, where she has taught since 1994. Toni’s books include Intellectual Freedom and Social Responsibility in American Librarianship 1967 to 1974 and Librarianship and Human Rights: A twenty-first century guide. Her scholarship has appeared in translation in such countries as Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Japan, Spain, Sweden and Turkey. Toni twice convened the Canadian Library Association’s Advisory Committee on Intellectual Freedom and served two consecutive terms on the Canadian Association of University Teachers’ Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of Canada’s new Centre for Free Expression at Ryerson University. Toni received the debut Library Journal Teaching Award in 2007, a Faculty of Education Graduate Teaching Award in 2009, and the 3M National Teaching Fellowship from the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in 2012. In 2013, Toni was honoured with the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) Distinguished Alumna Award.