About

Joshua Chalifour

As a digital scholarship librarian with the Concordia University Library, I (Joshua Chalifour) assess and identify new possibilities that emerging technologies or forms of scholarship open for academic work (researching, teaching, and learning). This can involve collaborating on research processes across disciplines. I am also the subject (liaison) librarian for journalism and communication studies.

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.

I also write at my other blog, Chroknowlogy. Using these two blogs, I try address some of my key interests, which includes topics such as the following.

  • intellectual liberty
  • digital culture and society
  • information ethics
  • open access
  • digital scholarship
  • experimental scholarship
  • digital repositories / institutional repositories
  • knowledge organization
  • information policy and digital rights
  • freedom of expression
  • information literacy
  • critical thinking
  • librarianship
  • digital humanities
  • information professionals’ subjectivity
  • research techniques

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 (MLIS) from McGill University. Before that, I completed a degree in philosophy (BA) from the University of California at Berkeley. Oh, and if you like abstract strategy board games (e.g. Chess or Go) check out Adomoc, which I conceived of in 02001.

Articles I’ve published

The things I write here do not represent current or former employers.