Series: Information Management Public Lectures

The Information Management Public Lectures give attention to exciting advances in research and professional practice. The topics are diverse reflecting the importance and global extent of Information Management in today’s society. The lectures are free of charge and open to all, unless otherwise stated.

  • Lectures are arranged in reverse chronological order. 
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2019-2020 Lectures

FALL 2019

Problematic Publishing: The predatory, the deceptive, and the just plain bad (Melissa Rothfus)

Melissa Rothfus
Dalhousie University

Lecture Details
Wednesday, October 31st, 2019
Room 3089, Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building
6100 University Ave

Abstract: The academic community is increasingly aware of the problem of “predatory publishing” – few published authors have been spared SPAM emails from unscrupulous publishers soliciting contributions to their low-quality journals. Checklists and guidelines for ensuring the legitimacy of a journal abound; and while these provide valuable advice, they may also give a false sense of security. Between unassailable integrity and outright villainy is a grey zone of journals with poor or inconsistent quality control, difficult to distinguish from those more rigorous. Sometimes deceptive, sometimes simply bad, they pose a serious threat to the integrity of scholarly communications.


Academic Libraries and the Digital Culture: How should we be preparing for the future? (Guylaine Beaudry)

Guylaine Beaudry
Concordia University

Lecture Details
Wednesday, November 27th, 2019
Room 3089, Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building

Bio: Guylaine Beaudry is Vice-Provost, Digital Strategy and University Librarian at Concordia University (Montreal). She led the major renovation of the Webster Library and the transformation of the chapel of the Grey Nuns motherhouse into a reading room. Since August 2017, she has been leading the university-wide digital strategy. She was previously Executive Director of Érudit (, a publishing platform for humanities and social sciences scholarly books and journals. She wrote many publications on scholarly publishing, notably, the books La communication scientifique et le numérique, (Hermès/Lavoisier, Paris), Le nouveau monde numérique et les revues scientifiques (Les Presses de l’Université de Montréal (PUM) and La Découverte, Paris, France), that was translated and published by University of Calgary Press (Scholarly Journals in the New Digital World) and Profession : bibliothécaire  (PUM). She was recently elected member of the Royal Society of Canada and served in 2014 on its Expert Panel on the status and future of libraries and archives in Canada. She holds a doctorate in history of the book from École pratique des hautes études (Paris). Her thesis is entitled “Scholarly communications and the digital revolution: Analysis of a mutation period from a historical perspective”.