Toni Samek, PhD, MLIS, Hrs. BA

Professor, Faculty of Education - School of Library and Information Studies

Contact

Professor, Faculty of Education - School of Library and Information Studies
Email
toni.samek@ualberta.ca
Address
7-167J Education Centre - North
8730 - 112 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2G5

Availability
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Overview

Area of Study / Keywords

expressive freedom; information ethics; librarianship; human rights; artificial intelligence and ethics


About

Dr. Toni Samek is a Professor and former Chair (2015-2020) at the School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta. Toni’s books include: Intellectual Freedom and Social Responsibility in American Librarianship 1967 to 1974; Librarianship and Human Rights: A twenty-first century guide; She Was a Booklegger: Remembering Celeste West; Information Ethics, Globalization and Citizenship: Essays on Ideas to Praxis; and, Minds Alive: Libraries and Archives Now. Her scholarship appears 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 recently served on the Canadian Federation of Library Associations’ Intellectual Freedom Committee and its Indigenous Matters Committee, and currently serves on the Advisory Board of Canada’s Centre for Free Expression and the Advisory Board of the International Centre for Information Ethics. 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 Distinguished Alumna Award. She is the recipient of the 2017 Library Association of Alberta President’s Award, which recognizes the efforts of an individual who has made a major impact on a province-wide basis in the library field in Alberta. And in 2018, Toni was awarded an Honourary Membership into the Golden Key International Honour Society University of Alberta Chapter in recognition of her academic and career achievements, as well as ability to build strong connections between the School of Library and Information Studies, the University of Alberta and students.


Research

Toni's sustained research and scholarship are in information ethics, intercultural information ethics and global information ethics.


Teaching

Teaching Awards:

  • 3M National Teaching Fellow, Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 2012
  • Graduate Teaching Award, Faculty of Education, University of Alberta, 2009
  • Library Journal Teaching Award, 2007

Upcoming Teaching in 2021-22:

  • LIS 501 Foundations in Library and Information Studies
  • LIS 592 Intellectual Freedom and Social Responsibility in Librarianship


Courses

LIS 501 - Foundations of Library and Information Studies

Introduction to the historical, current, and potential roles of libraries and of library and information professionals in western society. Required course. Sections may be offered at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Tuition and Fees page in the University Regulations sections of the Calendar.

Fall Term 2021
LIS 592 - Intellectual Freedom and Social Responsibility in Librarianship

An examination of the central concepts of intellectual freedom and social responsibility and the range of related issues impacting librarians, library institutions, and library associations. Sections may be offered at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Tuition and Fees page in the University Regulations sections of the Calendar. Prerequisite: LIS 501 or consent of instructor.

Winter Term 2022

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Publications

AI and Ethics in Higher Education: An LIS Perspective
Author(s): Huang, C., Samek, T. and Shiri, A.
Publication Date: 8/12/2021
Publication: Journal of Education for Library and Information Science
Volume: 64
Issue: 2
External Link: https://www.utpjournals.press/doi/abs/10.3138/jelis-62-4-2020-0106
Minds Alive: Libraries and Archives Now
Author(s): Editors Patricia Demers and Toni Samek
Publication Date: 2020
Publication: University of Toronto Press

An examination of IFLA and Data Science Association ethical codes
Author(s): C. Trepanier, A. Shiri and T. Samek
Publication Date: 12/1/2019
Publication: IFLA Journal
Volume: 45
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 289-301

Reflection on Risk in the Endeavours of Librarianship and Human Rights
Author(s): Samek, T.
Publication Date: 2018
Publication: Türk Kütüphaneciliği (of the Turkish Librarians’ Association)
Volume: 32
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 19-25

Information Ethics, Globalization and Citizenship: Essays on Ideas to Praxis
Author(s): Editors Toni Samek and Lynette Shultz
Publication Date: 2017
Publication: McFarland Publishers, Inc. (USA)

"Assembling PeerlessU: A Canadian Makeover Comes to Grief” in Assembling and Governing the Higher Education Institution: Democracy, Social Justice and Leadership in Global Higher Education
Author(s): Len Findlay and Toni Samek
Publication Date: 2016
Publication: London: Palgrave MacMillan
Volume: Edited by Lynette Schultz and Melody Viczcko
Page Numbers: 291-310

University Social Software Guidelines and Academic Freedom: An Alarming Labour Trend
Author(s): Tayrn Lough and Toni Samek
Publication Date: 7/1/2014
Publication: International Review of Information Ethics
Page Numbers: 45-56

“Looking to Our Own: Ethical Library and Information Workers at Risk” in Ethical Dilemmas in the Information Society: Codes of Ethics for Librarians and Archivists
Author(s): Toni Samek
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, Papers from the IFLA/FAIFE – Satellite Meeting 2014
Volume: Edited by Amélie Vallotton Preisig, Hermann Rösch and Christoph Stückelberger
Page Numbers: 137-153

"You Can’t Hurry Love”: Slow Library Education in Culturally Diverse Society”.
Author(s): Toni Samek
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, World Library and Information Congress 2013 Paper Repository

She Was a Booklegger: Remembering Celeste West
Author(s): Toni Samek, K.R. Roberto and Moyra Lang
Publication Date: 2010
Publication: Library Juice Press (USA)

Librarianship and Human Rights: A Twenty-first century guide
Author(s): Toni Samek
Publication Date: 2007
Publication: Chandos (Oxford UK)

Intellectual Freedom and Social Responsibility in American Librarianship, 1967-1974
Author(s): Toni Samek
Publication Date: 2001
Publication: McFarland Publishers, Inc. (USA)