Louise Spiteri

Professor; Academic Director (MIM)

Faculty Profile_Louise Spiteri (214x210)

Related Information

Email: louise.spiteri@dal.ca
Phone: (902) 494-2473
Fax: (902) 494-2451
Mailing Address: 
School of Information Management
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 have taught a number of courses in the areas of cataloguing and classification, indexing, records management, database searching, and the organization of information.  I have served as the Director of the School of Information Management, as well as the academic director of the Master of Library and Information Studies, and 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; the education needs of cataloguers; knowledge organization systems, with a particular emphasis on facet analysis; records and information management; and enterprise use of social media. My personal interests include choral singing, in which I have been involved since a young age. I’m an ethical vegan with a keen interest and a promoter of animal welfare and rights. I am keenly interested in environmental sustainability, and embrace zero-waste living, 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.