Louise Spiteri


Faculty Profile_Louise Spiteri (214x210)

Related Information

Email: louise.spiteri@dal.ca
Phone: (902) 494-2473
Fax: (902) 494-2451
Mailing Address: 
Department of Information Science
Dalhousie University
Rowe Management Building, Room 4010
6100 University Avenue
PO BOX 15000
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

Research Clusters:

  • Educational and information services (readers' advisory services)
  • Information organisation and representation (cataloguing, classification, folksonomies, metadata, knowledge organization, social tagging, taxonomies, thesauri)
  • Data, information and knowledge management (data management, information management, records management)
  • Human information interaction (online catalogue retrieval systems, web-based recovery systems)


  • BA (York University)
  • MA (York University)
  • BEd (University of Toronto)
  • MLIS (University of Western Ontario)
  • PhD (University of Toronto)


I started my professional life as a high school teacher (French and History), then switched career paths to cataloguing and knowledge organization. During my time at Dalhousie, I teach in the areas of cataloguing and classification, knowledge management, records management, and the organization of information.  I have served as the Director of the School of Information Management and am the academic director of the Master of Information Management programs. My research interests span the following areas: social tagging and folksonomies; linked data; the contribution of user-generated metadata to library catalogues and readers’ advisory services; knowledge organization systems; enterprise use of social media, and online zero-waste communities. My personal interests include choral singing, in which I have been involved since a young age. I am keenly interested in environmental sustainability, and embrace zero-waste living, veganism, slow food and fashion, and minimalism. I am an avid cinephile, with a particular love of films of the silent era – especially German Expressionism – and the films of the 1930s and 1940s.