Professor Profiles


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. Toni’s books include: Intellectual Freedom and Social Responsibility in American Librarianship 1967 to 1974; Librarianship and Human Rights: A twenty-first century guide; She Was a Booklegger: Remembering Celeste West; Information Ethics, Globalization and Citizenship: Essays on Ideas to Praxis; and, Minds Alive: Libraries and Archives Now. 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 recently served on the Canadian Federation of Library Associations’ Intellectual Freedom Committee and its Indigenous Matters Committee, and currently serves on the Advisory Board of Canada’s Centre for Free Expression and the Advisory Board of the International Centre for Information Ethics. 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 Distinguished Alumna Award. She 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. And in 2018, 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: free expression; critical librarianship; library ethics, rights and values; intercultural information ethics; global information justice; global citizenship; and, librarianship and human rights.


Sample 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).