I (Josh Chalifour) work as an academic librarian with the Concordia University Library. Liaising with the Engineering and Computer Science departments, I help people find, assess, and obtain information to support their research and projects. I also handle a variety of systems to deliver digital library services to our community.
Digital scholarship, open access, information policy, and managing knowledge over the very long term cover some of my key interests. I’ve also taught courses on the publishing industry, government documentation, indexing and abstracting, and public relations.
Many years ago I started this blog (originally titled Thus Prate the IT Pundit) to express things that I dealt with in my former career. Now, I use this blog in support of my work with the university students and faculty.
About my former career: I led a team of 30 people as the Director of Knowledge Services for an enterprise software advisory firm. We worked with private sector, government, and other institutions to assess a range of issues related to information management. I’ve performed competitive intelligence on enterprise software, government planning, and other topics like open innovation in biotech. I also developed web content strategy, analyzed large sets of data, and assessed user requirements.
I live in Montréal, Québec, Canada and graduated with a Masters in Library and Information Studies from McGill University (archives focus). Before that, I completed a degree in philosophy from the University of California at Berkeley.
I also write at phydeau.org.
The things I write here do not represent current or former employers.