Professor Profiles

Toni Samek

Toni Samek, PhD, MLIS, Hrs. BA

Professor and Chair


Library and Information Studies, School of

About Me

Dr. Toni Samek is a Professor and Chair at the School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta, where she has taught since 1994. Toni’s books include Intellectual Freedom and Social Responsibility in American Librarianship 1967 to 1974 and Librarianship and Human Rights: A twenty-first century guide. Her scholarship has appeared in translation in such countries as Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Japan, Spain, Sweden and Turkey. Toni twice convened the Canadian Library Association’s Advisory Committee on Intellectual Freedom and served two consecutive terms on the Canadian Association of University Teachers’ Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of Canada’s new Centre for Free Expression at Ryerson University. Toni received the debut Library Journal Teaching Award in 2007, a Faculty of Education Graduate Teaching Award in 2009, and the 3M National Teaching Fellowship from the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in 2012. In 2013, Toni was honoured with the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) Distinguished Alumna Award. Toni is the recipient of the 2017 Library Association of Alberta President’s Award, which recognizes the efforts of an individual who has made a major impact on a province-wide basis in the library field in Alberta. Toni was awarded an Honourary Membership into the Golden Key International Honour Society University of Alberta Chapter in recognition of her academic and career achievements, as well as ability to build strong connections between the School of Library and Information Studies, the University of Alberta and students.


Research and scholarship includes: academic freedom; critical librarianship; library ethics, rights and values; intercultural information ethics; global information justice; global citizenship; human rights; intellectual freedom; and, social responsibility.


Recent courses taught include: Foundations in Library and Information Studies; Intellectual Freedom and Social Responsibility in Librarianship; LIS Services in Culturally Diverse Society; Collection Management; and,
Directed Study (e.g., Information Ethics, Librarianship & Human Rights).