Dean Peggy Cunningham of Dalhousie University's Faculty of Management is very pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Louise Spiteri to a five-year term as Director of the School of Information Management. "Dr. Spiteri's passion for her field, in-depth knowledge of her subject matter, and strong connections in the professional community make her an ideal person to take on the role as the SIM Director. I look forward to working with her, and I am confident that the School will prosper under her leadership."
Dr. Spiteri received a BA and MA in Canadian History from York University, a MLIS from the University of Western Ontario, and a BEd (History and French) and a PhD (Information Studies) from the University of Toronto. She joined SIM as a faculty member in 1998. Dr. Spiteri received teaching awards from Wayne State University and Dalhousie University, and has served as the Academic Director of the MLIS program at SIM from May 1st 2009 to June 30th 2010. Given her administrative experience, strong research record, and excellent teaching, she exemplifies the characteristics we seek in leaders within the Faculty of Management.
Dr. Spiteri teaches in the areas of the organization of information, including records management, cataloguing and classification, and indexing, and conducts research in social discovery systems, classification theory, thesaurus construction, and cataloguing. Dr. Spiteri's research has been presented at national and international academic and professional conferences. She was amongst the first scholars to examine the impact of social tagging systems and folksonomies on the integration of user-based language into subject analysis systems. Dr. Spiteri is conducting seminal and highly-cited research into the potential for social discovery tools to transform the library catalogue into an online, collaborative, and virtual experience of walking through the library's stacks. Dr. Spiteri is actively involved in several academic, professional, and not-for-profit associations, and sits on the editorial boards of a number of peer-reviewed journals.
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