Dr Fiona A. Black, Director, School of Information Management, Dalhousie University, has been elected an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP). She was cited in recognition of "her distinguished contribution to librarianship research and education." Only three individuals in Canada have received this award since it was established in 1896 and two of them are members of Dalhousie`s School. In addition to Dr Black, Dalhousie Professor Emeritus Dr Norman Horrocks OC, was elected in 1998. CILIP is the United Kingdom's leading professional body for information specialists, librarians and knowledge managers. It includes members from the United Kingdom and 31 other countries.
Dr Black earned a BEd from Aberdeen (Scotland), MLIS from Dalhousie and PhD from Loughborough (England). Her career has taken her from an interlude at the National Library of Scotland to positions in public libraries in the Canadian prairies. In 1999 she joined the School of Library and Information Science at the University of South Florida, where she used both on site and online distance teaching methods. She came to Dalhousie in July 2001 and has been Director of the School since January 2003.
Dr Black's most frequently cited research focuses on the application of Geographic Information Systems for humanities and social science research, for which she has recently been awarded a further research grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada. She is an historian of print culture, whose research in this area centres on business links between Scotland and Canada. She was a member of the editorial team of the project for a History of the Book in Canada ̸ Histoire du livre et de l`imprimé au Canada published by the University of Toronto Press (2004-2007). In addition to this work, she researches in the area of human resources, particularly around professional and continuing education for information professionals. Some of her recent HR projects have included an international study of recruitment strategies for information studies programs, with the goal of ensuring that 21st century information professionals are proactive leaders.
Dr Black contributes to a wide array of scholarly, professional and educational societies in information studies, history, and publishing. She has served on numerous association committees, editorial boards and review panels and is currently chair of the Canadian Council for Information Studies. Her awards include those for innovation, scholarship and leadership.
JoAnn Watson, MSLIS
MLIS Programme Coordinator
School of Information Management
Faculty of Management
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