Keynote Speaker

Professor Nadia Caidi


We are very pleased to welcome Professor Nadia Caidi as this year’s keynote speaker.

Diversity by Design: Libraries as Sites of Disruption?

Professor Caidi will introduce and expand on the concept of ‘Diversity by Design’ that she and Professor Dali first wrote about in the Library Quarterly Journal (Caidi & Dali, 2017). By promoting the idea of diversity as “integral and structural,” rather than a “mere add-on” (p. 89), Caidi & Dali’s approach encourages the LIS field to look underneath the surface and start an (at times) uncomfortable  conversation within our circles, our conferences, and in our boardrooms about the personal, social, familial, historical, and community-wide causes of diversity tensions. In so doing, it is surmised that libraries, archives, and museums could well become sites of potential disruption; a worthwhile aspiration if we are serious about being truly inclusive, and about making space for other ways of knowing, learning and being in our practices, processes, values and payrolls.

Speaker Bio

Nadia Caidi is a Professor at the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on human information behaviour, societal implications of information and communication technologies, and information policy. Her current research is situated in the context of global migration and the role that information resources, institutions, and technologies play in the everyday lives of displaced and marginalized people. She focuses on three key areas: 1) Information for Social and Economic Inclusion (i.e., interactions and rituals that support migrants’ settlement, inclusion and contributions to Canadian society) ; 2) Digital diaspora (i.e., dynamic processes of identity construction and transnational community building supported by digital/social media); and 3) Diversity by Design (i.e., how institutions’ values, tools, practices and payrolls are (or ought to be) altered in light of changing demographic realities).

Dr. Caidi was the 2016 President of the International Association for Information Science & Technology, and the 2011 President of the Canadian Association for Information Science. She consulted extensively on information/media practices for a range of governmental agencies and foundations.