Fiona Black

Professor (2012-2020)

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Research Clusters:

  • Information and society (business history, labour history, print culture, publishing industry and its history)
  • Information organisation and representation (geographic information systems, information visualization)


  • BEd (Aberdeen University)
  • MLIS (Dalhousie University)
  • PhD (Loughborough University)

Selected Publications:

  • Black, Fiona A., Bertrum H. MacDonald and J. Malcolm W. Black. “Geographic Information Systems: A New Research Method for Book History.” Book History 1 (1998): 11-31.
  • Black, Fiona A. “Beyond Boundaries: Book Availability in the Canadian Northwest.” In Across Boundaries: The Book in Culture and Commerce, Bill Bell, Philip Bennett and Jonquil Bevan, eds. Winchester: St. Paul’s Bibliographies; New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press, 2000,  pp. 91-115.
  • Gruzd, Anatoliy, Fiona A. Black, Thi Ngoc Yen Le and Kathleen Amos. “Investigating Biomedical Research Literature in the Blogosphere: A Case Study of Diabetes and HbA1c.” Journal of the Medical Library Association 100.1 (2012): 34-42.
  • May, Francine and Fiona A. Black. “Providing Evidence of the Life of the Space: Experiencing Nova Scotia Public Libraries.” Evidence-Based Library and Information Practice 5.2 (2010): 5-34.
  • Lamonde, Yvan, Patricia L. Fleming and Fiona A. Black, eds. History of the Book in Canada, Volume 2, 1840-1918. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2005.

Selected Awards and Honours:

  • Principal Investigator. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Insight Development Grant ($45,213) awarded for Developing Transnational Approaches in Print Culture: New Questions and Methods. 2011-2013.
  • Principal Investigator. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Standard Research Grant ($93,000) awarded for Investigating Complexity in Information Studies: The Example of Print Culture and Geographic Information Systems. 2007-2010.
  • Co-applicant. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.  Major Collaborative Research Initiative funding ($2.3 million) awarded for the History of the Book in Canada project. 2000-2006.
  • Nominated Research Fellowship. Institute for the Advanced Study of the Humanities, University of Edinburgh, 2010.
  • Honorary Fellowship (lifetime), Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (UK), 2007.