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Markham YorkU Scholars Hub - Information, Search and Diversity

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Markham Village Library

6031 Highway 7

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Markham, ON L3P 3A7

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In our community, issues related to diversity and inclusion, social responsibility are coming to the fore. At the same time, algorithms are increasingly shaping how people come to understand themselves and the world around them. Problematic practices related to gender, sexuality and racialization are often hidden in methods of description and language of online content in information sources like libraries and Wikipedia, impacting what we see in search results. In this talk Allison-Cassin will talk about structured data, Wikipedia and algorithms in the context of social justice.

Join Markham Public Library and York University as we bring to Markham a taste of the university experience. Each month YorkU faculty will bring their amazing research and provide an opportunity for our community to learn something new.


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Stacy Allison-Cassin is the W.P. Scott Chair in E-Librarianship, an endowed chair position which she began at York University in January 2015. This is a two-year appointment has been extended to December 2017. She is researching the application of Linked Open Data (LOD) in libraries and archives through the development of a framework to map the folk music scene in Toronto during the 1960s. This draws on the archival collection of the Mariposa Folk Festival Foundation and other related collections such as the Toronto Telegram newspaper photo archive.

Allison-Cassin was appointed to the position of Cataloguing Librarian for music materials at York University in May, 2005 and received a continuing appointment in 2011. She has also previously in a one-year seconded position (Digital Humanities Librarian) in the Research and Collections Department at Scott Library. Allison-Cassin has been a professional librarian since 2004.

Allison-Cassin is a PhD candidate in the interdisciplinary Humanities program at York University and her dissertation, currently entitled: Fugitive Phrases: Arcade Fire and Ideas of Love, is focused on indie rock music, Proust and, of course, love.

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