Kathleen Scheaffer

Contact Information
kathleen [dot] scheafferatutoronto [dot] ca
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Librarian, Outreach and Instructional Services Coordinator

BGS, Armstrong Atlantic State University, 2003

MISt, University of Toronto, 2007


As the director of the iSchool's orientation workshop series and coordinator of the iSchool iSkills workshop series, Kathleen works closely with current faculty, researchers, professionals, and students to enrich teaching and learning opportunities by providing loci for the application of social, practical, and theoretical concepts.

Having a strong commitment to outreach initiatives she serves as a specialist in developing, implementing, and creating venues for heritage and information community members to connect with the Inforum's resources, services, facilities and staff.

Honours & awards: 

Jubilee Award, 2007

Sheridan Park Award, 2007

Research description: 

Kathleen's research interests and pursuits stretch across an array of information studies topics, including: collaboration, social media, mobile phone usage, digital identity literacy, and the changing role of the library within and information-based economy. Her current research examines how practices of connection to information, ideas, and each other in physical and digital environments can be shaped by concrete and emergent policies, terms, and guidelines.

Presented at the following conferences:

  • TRY Conference,Toronto,2016
  • OLA Super Conference, Toronto, 2016
  • IAAP 2015: Canada Education Convention (CEC), Toronto, 2015
  • Information In Formation, Toronto, 2014
  • ASIST, Montreal, 2013
  • Theory, Practice, and Praxis, Toronto, 2013
  • Concordia Libraries Research Forum, Montreal, 2012
  • TRY Conference, Toronto, 2012
  • International  Conference on Cultural Policy Research (ICCPR), Barcelona, 2012
  • iConference, Urbana-Champlain, 2010
  • TRY Conference, Toronto, 2010
  • Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC) Conference, Singapore, 2010
Selected publications: 

Scheaffer, K., & Rousseau, P. (2016) Seven Lucky Charms for Sabbatical Success. OLA Open Shelf

Scheaffer, K. (2014) Digital Identity: A New Literacy Challenge for Librarianship. OLA Open Shelf 

Scheaffer, K. (2014) Champions of Digital Literacy: Fostering a World of Informed Digital Producers. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 40(3-4), 408-409. 

McEwen, R. & Scheaffer, K. (2013) Virtual Mourning and Memory Construction on Facebook: Here are the Terms of Use. Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society, 33 (3-4), 64 - 75.

McEwen, R. & Scheaffer, K. (2012). Orality in the Library: How Mobile Phones Challenge Our Understandings of Collaboration in Hybridized Information Centers. Library and Information Science Research, 34(2), 92-98.

Media Coverage of her research: 

CBC Metro Morning; Ontario Morning News; Varsity Student Newspaper; TechVibes; Death and Digital Legacy.com; Talk Radio 980AM (Vancouver) the Bill Good Show; CBC Mainstreet (Sydney)

Affiliations & collaboration: 

Chair, Librarians' Committee, UTFA, http://www.utfa.org/content/librarians-committee

Strategic Co-lead, Digital Tattoo, http://digitaltattoo.ubc.ca/


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