Kimberly Silk

Strategic Planning & Engagement Librarian, Hamilton Public Library

Kimberly Silk

Strategic Planning & Engagement Librarian, Hamilton Public Library

Biography

Kimberly Silk is a librarian with a background in academic and data librarianship and a passion for conducting research to demonstrate how libraries impact their communities. As the Strategic Planning & Engagement Librarian at Hamilton Public Library, Kim supports the CEO and senior management team by providing research and data to inform decision-making, conducting social impact research, leading community engagement and facilitating the strategic planning process. She is co-author of “So Much More: The Economic Impact of Toronto Public Library on the City of Toronto,” published in 2013 and the first library economic impact study of its kind in Canada. Her most recent collaboration with Dr. Bill Irwin, “Creating a Culture of Evaluation: Taking Your Library from Talk to Action”, was published by OLA Press in May 2017. Kim received a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English Literature from the University of Waterloo, followed by a Master of Library Science at the University of Toronto. She anticipates completing a Graduate Certificate in Evaluation from the School of Public Administration at the University of Victoria in December 2019.