Welcome to CAIS 2023

Imagining Information

51st Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Information Science /
l’Association canadienne des sciences de l’information (CAIS/ACSI)
June 6-9, 2023

The Canadian Association for Information Science / l’Association canadienne des sciences de l’information (CAIS/ACSI) invites submissions for its 51th Annual Conference, June 6-9, 2023. For the fourth year in a row, the conference will be free and open to all, online.

We meet and structure the world through Imagination. The act of imagining enables inner and outer transformation. It assists in the construction of ourselves, our societies, and even our reality, it helps us to envision and to realize what is possible but it also limits. Collective imagining figures into forming hopes and strategies for the future, but also constructs the past. Imagination can be speculative, but imagination coupled with action can also be resistant and a powerful method toward moving toward liberation. Imagination has a strong connection to imagining, whether imagining new theoretical pathways, reflecting on the past, constructing or utilizing imagining as methodology. Imagination, while sometimes devalued, is a creative and resourceful force.

For the 51st annual conference of the Canadian Association for Information Science, we invite attendees to consider imagining in its many senses and forms, from imagining potential futures for the field and our society, to the nature and function of imagination in information experiences and phenomena.

Download PDF version of the program here.


Day 1 - Tuesday, June 6
SessionTime (EDT)Presentation
Welcome1:00pm - 1:15pmOpening Remarks
Keynote1:15pm - 2:45pmCritical friendships, technology myths, and the design of just sustainability
Christoph Becker
Break2:45pm - 3:00pm
Award - Best Paper3:00pm - 3:30pmUse of Hashtags by Two Canadian Public Libraries: A Comparative Review
Dinesh Rathi
Award - Best Student Paper3:30pm - 4:00pmThe clamour for change: A thematic analysis of the #ProtectLibraryWorkers movement
Sam Vander Kooy
Award - Best Professional Paper4:00pm - 4:30pm‘O Author, Where Art Thou?’ An Analysis of Affiliation Indexing in Canadian Journals and Bibliometric Research Potential
Simon van Bellen
CAIS Awards 2023
Moderator: Roger Chabot
4:30pm-5:00pmMaster’s Research Award, Emerging Leader Award, Doctoral Dissertation Award, Career Achievement Award
Day 2 - Wednesday, June 7
SessionTime (EDT)Track 1SessionTime (EDT)Track 2
Panel Session 111:00am - 12:30amWelcome to Information Science
Jenna Hartel, Vishma Bhattarai, Travis Wagner, Laverne Gray, Sandy Littletree, Valerie Nesset and Lin Wang
Panel Session 211:00am - 12:30amClimate Action @ the Library: Supporting Sense Making & Meaning Making in the Midst of Uncertainty and Difference
Luanne Sinnamon, Lisa Nathan, Saguna Shankar, Mckelle Hansen and Diana Marshall
Break12:30pm - 1:00pm
Library Labour
Moderator: Heather Hill
1:00pm - 1:30pmEpistemic Injustice In Library Work: A Case Study Of Patron-perpetrated Sexual Harassment
Tami Oliphant, Danielle Allard and Angela Lieu
Open Access
Moderator: Philips Ayeni
1:00pm - 1:30pmMeasuring Data Reuse in OpenAlex by Researchers, Institutions, and Countries
Geoff Krause, Timothy Bowman, Domenic Rosati, Michael Smit and Philippe Mongeon
1:30pm - 2:00pm1:30pm - 2:00pmThe value of a diamond: Understanding global coverage of diamond Open Access journals in Web of Science, Scopus, and OpenAlex to support an open future
Marc-André Simard, Madelaine Hare, Isabel Basson, Vincent Larivière and Philippe Mongeon
Break2:00pm - 2:30pm
Scholarly Communications
Moderator: Roger Chabot
2:30pm - 3:00pmThe use of institutional Repository for self-archiving in Canadian Universities
Poppy Riddle, Marc-André Simard, Pallavi Gone, Vinson Li and Philippe Mongeon
Artificial Intelligence
Moderator: Claudia Bapista
2:30pm - 3:00pmProtocols Not Platforms: The Case for Human-Centered Explainable AI (HCXAI)
Michael Ridley
3:00pm - 3:30pmImagining A Fuller Potential For Plain Language Summaries: A Case Study Of Canadian Science Publishing
Lynne Bowker
3:00pm - 3:30pmImagining Future Human-centred AI: From Idea to Action
Ali Shiri
Break3:30pm - 4:00pm
Information Behaviour
Moderator: Richard Yanaky
4:00pm - 4:30pm“I’m Bored, and I Want Something New!”: Affective Information Acquisition in Everyday Culinary Practices
Siyao Cheng, Lo Lee, Melissa Ocepek and Merin Oleschuk
Libraries & Society
Moderator: Philips Ayeni
4:00pm - 4:30pmReimagining “palaces for the people”: A critical review of public libraries’ engagement with the asocial society
Nicole Dalmer, Paulette Rothbauer, Pam McKenzie, Kevin Oswald, Ebenezer Martin-Yeboah and Anne Goulding
4:30pm - 5:00pmExploring how casualization complicates Canadian academics’ information practices
Rebekah Willson, Owen Stewart-Robertson, Heidi Julien and Lisa M. Given
4:30pm - 5:00pmCommunity, context, and communication: Responses of Canadian libraries to difficult situations involving medical mis- or disinformation
Julia Bullard, Caroline Mniszak and Devon Greyson
5:00pm - 5:30pmReimagining Library and Information Science Evaluation Frameworks for Relational Knowledge-Exchange Work
Heather O'Brien, Kristina McDavid and Jess Yao
5:00pm - 5:30pmJunk and Priceless China: A Chronology of Cataloging at the Museum of Anthropology
Peyton Moriarty and Hannah Turner
5:30pm - 6:00pm5:30pm - 6:00pm“May be a picture of a dog and a book": The inaccessiblity of public library social media feeds
Heather Hill and Kevin Oswald
Day 3 - Thursday, June 8
SessionTime (EDT)Presentation
Lightning Talks
Moderator: Maddie Hare
11:00am - 12:00pmDesigning the Presentation of Hyperlinks to Reduce Overload in Online Health Information
Yifan Liu and Luanne Sinnamon
Digital Afterlives: Imagining Effective Policies and Regulations for Digital Remains
Nilou Davoudi
Using immersive planning tools to reimagine virtual libraries
Richard Yanaky and Catherine Guastavino
Matrixes for Data Collection in Information Research: Issues Related to Data Reduction and Display
Denise Agosto and Roger Pereira Domingues
Cross Media Reader Advisory
Brittany Renaud
Break12:00pm - 12:30pm
Imagining and Social Justice
Moderator: Mike Ridley
12:30pm - 1:00pmThe Respectful Terminologies Platform Project and Envisioning Indigenous Governance
Stacy Allison-Cassin and Camille Callison
1:00pm - 1:30pm(Re)Imagined Black Informational Past: Chicago’s New Negro Intercollegiate Club and the Wonder Books, 1927 & 1929
Laverne Gray and Alex Shoshani
1:30pm - 2:00pmImagining A Fat Future: Physical And Figurative Fitting In Libraries
Roger Chabot and Heather Hill
Break2:00pm - 2:30pm
Panel Session 32:30pm - 4:00pmReimagining LIS Education: Everything We Wanted to Say but Were Afraid To
Kim Thompson, Briony Birdi, Jenny Bossaller, Keren Dali, Anne Goulding, Sarah Beth Nelson and Emily Vardell
Break4:00pm - 4:30pm
LIS Education
Moderator: Stacy Allison-Cassin
4:30am - 5:00pmDoctoral Degree Programs and Soft Skills: Reflections by Faculty Members
Dinesh Rathi, Jennifer Branch-Mueller and Crystal Stang
5:00am - 5:30pmThe Erasure Of Women From The History Of Western Political Theory Via Syllabi Construction And Library Classification
Kayla Dold
Day 4 - Friday, June 9
SessionTime (EDT)Event
SRF11:00am - 1:00pmStudent Research Forum
Open to all
Moderator: Danica Facca
Break1:00pm - 2:00pm
AGM2:00pm - 4:00pmCAIS Annual General Meeting
All attendees are welcome to join this meeting


For further information, please contact the CAIS/ACSI 2023 Conference Co-Chairs:

Philips Ayeni, PhD Candidate
McGill University

Roger Chabot, PhD
Western University

Stacy Allison-Cassin, PhD
Dalhousie University