As a Digital Scholarship Librarian with the Concordia University Library, I (Joshua Chalifour) assess and identify new possibilities that emerging technologies open for academic work (researching, teaching, and learning). This involves collaborating in research processes across disciplines. I’m interested in exploring the junctions of physical and digital information ecosystems and I’m especially concerned with ethical and open principles of access to knowledge maintained in digital systems.
In a hybrid role, I also liaise with the Building, Civil, and Environmental Engineering, the Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the Chemical and Material Engineering departments as their subject librarian. I help people discover, assess, and obtain information to support research, teaching, and learning. I also am responsible for developing the print and digital collections.
Some of my key interests include the following.
- intellectual liberty
- digital culture and society
- information ethics
- open access
- digital scholarship
- information professionals’ subjectivity
- digital repositories / institutional repositories
- knowledge preservation and access over the very long term
- information policy
- digital libraries
In the past, I’ve taught courses on government documentation, the publishing industry, indexing and abstracting, and library/archives public relations.
Many years ago I started this blog (originally titled Thus Prate the IT Pundit) to express some things that I dealt with in a former career. At that time, I led a team of 30 people as the Director of Knowledge Services for an enterprise software advisory firm. We worked with private sector, government, and other institutions to assess a range of issues related to information management. I’ve performed competitive intelligence on enterprise software, government planning, and other topics like open innovation in biotech. I’ve done a great deal of work with various content management systems. I also developed web content strategy, analyzed large sets of data, assessed user requirements, and long ago worked as a copyeditor.
I live in Montréal, Québec, Canada and graduated with a Masters in Library and Information Studies from McGill University. Before that, I completed a degree in philosophy from the University of California at Berkeley.
I also write at phydeau.org.
The things I write here do not represent current or former employers.