Research

I also hold degrees in Social Work (BASW) and LIS (MISt). As a result, much of my work is situated at the crossroads of psychology and reading, and LIS education.

Research Highlights

Diversity in academia, libraries, and information settings; LIS education and innovative pedagogies; Information literacy; User services; Libraries and immigrant users; Reading and readership studies; International LIS credentials and the integration of immigrant professionals into the North American labor market.

Projects in Progress

  • Dali, Keren. “Challenges and Rewards of Serving Multicultural Communities: Insights from Urban Libraries in Canada and the U.S.” (in progress)
  • Dali, Keren. “Spanish-Speaking Readers in Multicultural Cities of Toronto and New York: A Comparative Analysis of Reading and Information Literacy Practices” (supported by SSHRC; in progress; data processing complete)
  • Dali, Keren. “A Comparative Analysis of Reading Preferences by Spanish- and Russian-speaking immigrants in Canada and the U.S.” (supported by SSHRC; in progress; data processing complete)
  • Dali, Keren. “Readers’ Advisory in Academic Libraries: A Story of Achievements and Siloization” (in progress; data collection complete)
  • Dali, Keren. “Building on the common foundation: The shared mission and values of Information Science and Social Work.” (in progress).

Books

Book Chapters

  • Dali, Keren. “Integrating Social Work Perspectives into LIS Education: Blended Professionals as Change Agents” (under review for the Advances in Librarianship book series, 2017).
  • Dali, Keren, and Juris Dilevko. “Smoothing the Transition: Retraining Centers in Canada for Immigrant Librarians from Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union.” In International Librarianship: Critical Concepts in Media and Cultural Studies, Vol. II. Abingdon, New York: Routledge, 2015, pp. 161-183 (reprint of the article from SEEIR).

Online Projects

Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • Dali, Keren and Paul T. Jaeger. “Beyond Scholarly Publishing: Peer Review in Library & Information Science as a Community Staple.” (accepted for publication in The Library Quarterly). Abstract
  • Dali, Keren and Debbie L. Rabina. “On Responsibility in the Classroom and the Ubiquity of Politics:  Post-Election Reflections from the U.S. and Canada, by Way of the World.” The Library Quarterly 87, no. 4 (2017): forthcoming. Abstract
  • Dali, Keren. “The Way of WalDorF: Fostering Creativity in LIS Programs.” Journal of Documentation 73, no. 3 (2017): forthcoming. Abstract
  • Dali, Keren and Nadia Caidi. “Diversity by Design.” The Library Quarterly 87, no. 2 (2017): 88-98. Abstract
  • Dali, Keren. “Readers’ Histories as a Way of Studying and Understanding Multicultural Library Communities” The Library Review 65, no. 8/9 (2016): 519-534. Abstract
  • Dali, Keren and Nadia Caidi. “A Two-Way Street: Building the Recruitment Narrative in LIS Programs.” New Library World 117, no. 7/8 (2016): 499-539. Abstract
  • Dali, Keren, Andrea Lau, and Kevin Risk. “Academically Informed Creative Writing in LIS Programs and the Freedom to be Creative.” Journal of Education for Library & Information Science (JELIS) 56, no. 4 (2015): 298-324. Abstract
  • Caidi, Nadia and Keren Dali. “Can We Talk? Perceptions of Diversity Issues by Students with Diverse Backgrounds, and a Rumination on Personal Roads to Systemic Change.” New Library World 116, no. 11/12 (2015): 748-780. Abstract
  • Dali, Keren. “How We Missed the Boat: Reading Scholarship and the Field of LIS.” New Library World 116, no. 9/10 (2015): 477-502. (Award: Highly Commended Paper in the 2016 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence) Abstract.
  • Dali, Keren. “Readers Advisory: Can We Take It to the Next Level?”  Library Review 64, no. 4/5 (2015): 372-392. Abstract.
  • Dali, Keren, and Lana Alsabbagh. “Learning about Translators from Library Catalog Records: Implications for Readers’ Advisory.” New Library World 116, no. 5/6 (2015):264-276. Abstract 
  • Dali, Keren, and Lana Alsabbagh. “Access to Translated Fiction in Canadian Public Libraries.” Reference Services Review 42, no. 4 (2014): 569 – 602. Abstract
  • Dali, Keren. “From Book Appeal to Reading Appeal: Redefining the Concept of Appeal in Readers’ Advisory.” The Library Quarterly 84, no. 1 (2014): 22-48. Abstract
  • Dali, Keren. “‘Ask Me What I Read’: Readers’ Advisory and Immigrant Adaptation.” New Library World 114, no. 11/12 (2013): 507-526. Abstract
  • Dali, Keren. “Hearing Stories, Not Keywords: Teaching Contextual Readers’ Advisory.” Reference Services Review 41, no. 3 (2013): 474-502. Abstract
  • Dali, Keren. “Books in Their Suitcases: Leisure Reading in the Lives of Russian-Speaking Immigrants in Canada. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science (JoLIS) 45, no. 4 (2013): 261-293. Abstract
  • Dali, Keren. “Reading Their Way through Immigration: The Leisure Reading Practices of Russian-Speaking Immigrants in Canada.”  Library & Information Science Research (LISR) 34, no. 3 (2012): 197-211. Abstract
  • Dali, Keren. “Readers’ Advisory in Public Libraries and Translated Fiction.” The Reference Librarian 51, no. 3 (2010): 175-88. Abstract
  • Dali, Keren. “Readers’ Advisory Interactions with Immigrant Readers.” New Library World 111, no. 5/6 (2010): 213-22. (Selected for inclusion in Emerald Reading ListAssist). Abstract
  • Dali, Keren and Juris Dilevko. “The Evaluation of  International Credentials and the Hiring of Internationally Trained Librarians in Canadian Academic and Public Libraries.” International Information and Library Review (II&LR) 41, no. 3 (2009): 146-62. Abstract
  • Dali, Keren and Juris Dilevko. “Smoothing the Transition: Retraining Centers in Canada for Immigrant Librarians from Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union.” Slavic and East European Information Resources (SEEIR) 8, no.  1 (2007): 77-102. Abstract
  • Dali, Keren and Juris Dilevko. “Toward Improved Collections in Medical Humanities: Fiction in Academic Health Sciences Libraries.” Journal of Academic Librarianship 32, no. 3 (2006): 259-73. Abstract
  • Dali, Keren. “Russian-Language Periodicals in Toronto: Information Sources for Immigrants and Records for Documenting Community.” Slavic & East European Information Resources (SEEIR) 6, no. 1 (2005): 57-100. Abstract
  • Dali, Keren and Juris Dilevko. “Beyond Approval Plans: Methods of Selection and Acquisition of Books in Slavic and East European Languages in North American Libraries.” Library Collections, Acquisitions and Technical Services 29, no. 3 (2005): 238-69. Abstract
  • Dali, Keren. “Reading by Russian-Speaking Immigrants in Toronto: Use of Public Libraries, Bookstores, and Home Book Collections.” International  Information and Library Review 36, no. 4 (2004): 341-66. Abstract
  • Dali, Keren. “From Russia with Books: Reading and Readership in the Russian-Speaking Community in Toronto.” Toronto Slavic Quarterly, 2 (2002).
  • Dilevko, Juris and Keren Dali. “Book History and Ideological Hierarchies.” Intercultural Education 17, no. 2 (2006): 221-33. Abstract
  • Dilevko, Juris and Keren Dali. “The Self-Publishing Phenomenon and Libraries.” Library and Information Science Research 28, no. 2 (2006): 208-34. Abstract
  • Dilevko, Juris and Keren Dali. “Improving Collection Development and Reference Services for Interdisciplinary Fields through Analysis of Citation Patterns: An Example Using Tourism Studies.” College and Research Libraries 65, no. 3 (2004): 216-41.
  • Dilevko, Juris and Keren Dali. (2004). “Reviews of Independent Press Books in Counterpoise and Other Publications.” College and Research Libraries 65, no. 1 (2004): 56-77.
  • Dilevko, Juris and Keren Dali. “Electronic Databases for Readers’ Advisory Services and Intellectual Access to Translated Fiction not Originally Written in English.” Library Resources and Technical  Services 47, no. 3 (2003): 80-95.
  • Dilevko, Juris and Keren Dali. “The Challenge of Building Multilingual Collections in Canadian Public Libraries.” Library Resources and Technical Services 46, no. 4 (2002): 116-37. Abstract

Presentations & Posters

  • Dali, Keren. “There is no pill for an unkind heart: The duty to accommodate and limitations of policies in academic settings” (paper presented at the University of Maryland Disability Summit 2017 “Disability in a Polarized Nation”; http://ipac.umd.edu/disability2017/presentations)
  • Dali, Keren (convener), Denice Adkins, Nadia Caidi, Nicole A. Cooke, Paul T. Jaeger, and Toni Samek. “Sustaining Community Engagement and Fostering Social Responsibility: Teaching and Learning about Diversity in LIS Programs” (panel accepted for presentation at the 2017 ALISE Conference, Atlanta, GA)
  • Dali, Keren. “Educating Creative Minds: Do Our Pedagogical Practices foster Meaningful Community Engagement?” (paper accepted for presentation at the 2017 ALISE Conference, Atlanta, GA)
  • Interviewed as an expert for: Beeson, L. “Exploring the health benefits of fiction therapy,” The Toronto Star, Dec. 19, 2016. Available at: https://www.thestar.com/life/2016/12/19/exploring-the-health-benefits-of-fiction-therapy.html?utm_source=Daily_News_Email&utm_campaign=Tuesday_December_20_2016
  • Dali, Keren. “LIS Professionals as Change Agents: Tapping into Our True Potential through Collaboration with Social Work.” (invited pre-conference workshop presented at the 5th Annual 2016 Conference on Inclusion and Diversity in Library and Information Science, the University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA, October 20-21, 2016) http://ipac.umd.edu/events/cidlis2016-workshops (abstract). Slides available here .
  • Dali, Keren. “Researching the Experiences of Internationally Educated LIS Professionals in the North American Job Market: Implications for Education Quality Assessment” (paper presented at the 2016 IFLA Satellite Meeting co-organized by the Section on Education and Training and Section on Library Theory and Research, August 10, 2016, Dublin, OH, USA). Full-text available.
  • Dali, Keren and Nadia Caidi (organizers); John Bertot, Anita Komlodi and Chirag Shah (facilitators). “From Information Professionals to Information Creatives: On Educating Future Generations in iSchools.” A Session for Interactive Engagement (SIE); the 2016 iConference in Philadelphia, PA, USA (March, 2016).
  • Dali, Keren. “LIS Professionals and Social Work: Facilitating the Change and Transition of Immigration” (paper presented at the 2016 ALISE Conference, Boston, MA, USA. https://alise2016.sched.org/event/5aow/session-31-c-juried-paper-lis-professionals-and-social-work-facilitating-the-change-and-transition-of-immigration).
  • Dali, Keren and Rich Gazan. “Changing It Back for the Better: Expanding the Use of Oral Exams in LIS” (paper presented at the 2016 ALISE Conference; SIG for Innovative pedagogies, Boston, MA, USA. https://alise2016.sched.org/event/5DpV/session-12-sig-session-innovative-pedagogies-in-lis-education).
  • Caidi, Nadia and Keren Dali. “A Different Kind of Diversity: Ruminations on the (Un)attractiveness of LIS Programs to Culturally Diverse Students” (paper presented at the 2015 ALISE Conference, Boston, MA, USA. https://alise2016.sched.org/event/5apa/session-72-a-juried-paper-a-different-kind-of-diversity-ruminations-on-the-unattractiveness-of-lis-programs-to-culturally-diverse-students).
  • Dali, Keren (convener), John M. Budd (U of Missouri), Clara M. Chu (U of Illinois, Urbana), and Heather O’Brien (UBC). “Making an Impact through Experiential Learning.” Panel presentation at the 78th Annual Conference of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), 2015, St. Louis, MO, USA.
  • Dali, Keren and Diane Granfield. “Promoting Reading for Pleasure in Academia to Educate the ‘Whole Person’” (paper presented at the Canadian Applied Literature Association [CALA], June 2, 2015). Abstract.
  • Dali, Keren, Andrea Lau, and Kevin Risk. “Is there a place for creative writing in LIS programs?” Presentation at the SIG on Innovative Pedagogies, Association for Library and Information Science Education [ALISE], Chicago, January 28, 2015.
  • Dali, Keren. “The Whole of Life,” or Why Teach and Study Reading in LIS Programs?” Invited talk at the iSchool, University of British Columbia, October 21, 2014.
  • Dali, Keren. “Serving Immigrant Readers More effectively.” Key-note address at the “RA [Readers’ Advisory] in Half a Day” conference, British Columbia Library Association, October 20, 2014.
  • Dali, Keren, Gwen Fisher, Jordan Patterson, Kate Restivo, and Matthew Rohweder. “Readers’ Advisory in Academic Libraries.” Poster presented at the Ontario Library Association Superconference (January 2014). View here: http://reading.ischool.utoronto.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/OLA-poster-final-Jan21.pdf
  • Dali, Keren. “Reading and Immigrant Communities.” Invited speech and workshop delivered at the “RA in a Day” [RA=Readers’ Advisory] Conference, Ontario Public Library Association, November 15, 2013, Toronto Reference Library, Toronto.
  • Caidi, Nadia, Keren Dali, and Costis Dallas (alphabetical order). “The Many Faces of Partnership: Partnership-Based Education and Graduate Professional Programs.” Panel presentation at the 8th Annual Teaching & Learning Symposium “Learning Across & Beyond Borders”, October 2, 2013, Hart House, University of Toronto.
  • Dali, Keren. “Reading Transnationalism from Below: Ethnic and Transnational Communities of Russian-Speaking Readers.” Presentation at the SHARP conference, Helsinki, Finland, August 18, 2010.
  • Dali, Keren. “Reading Practices of Immigrants.” Poster Presentation at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Library Association (CLA), Montreal, May 31, 2009.
  • Dali, Keren. “International LIS Credentials and Internationally Trained Librarians in Canada.” Poster Presentation at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Library Association (CLA), Montreal, May 31, 2009 (based on the study conducted in collaboration with Juris Dilevko).
  • Dali, Keren. “The Role of Leisure Reading in the Lives of Russian-Speaking Immigrants in Toronto.” Presentation at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of Slavists (CAS), Carleton University, Ottawa, May 23, 2009.
  • Dali, Keren and Juris Dilevko. “Retraining Centres in Canada for Immigrant Librarians from Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union.” Presentation at the Faculty of Information Studies (FIS) Research Day, March 30, 2007.
  • Dali, Keren and Juris Dilevko. “Smoothing the Transition: Retraining Centres for East European (EE) Immigrant Librarians in Canada.” Presentation at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of Slavists (CAS), York University, Toronto, May 28, 2006.

Non- Peer-Reviewed & Invited Articles