Joyce Thomson

Digital Services Librarian
Liaison for Statistics Canada Data Libertion Initiative
Library Collections Liaison for Management, Marketing, and Economics

Academic Support Units

Faculty Member Information


Workplace information literacy; Information behaviours; Digital humanities; Women's life-writing; Social history, especially eastern North America, pre-WWII, esp. Women's professionalization, organization, recreation and community-building;


M.A., Atlantic Canada Studies, Saint Mary's University, 2006
Other, Adult Education , Henson College, Dalhousie University, 1994
M.L.S., Library Sciences, Dalhousie University, 1986
B.A., English, Dalhousie University, 1984

Non-Academic Work Experience

1993 - 1996, Sole Proprietor, Thyme & Tide Creations


2014 - Present, American Library Association
2014 - Present, Association of College and Research Libraries (Division of ALA)
2014 - Present, Reference & User Services Association (Division of ALA)
2014 - Present, Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians
2012 - 2014, International Association for Social Science Information Services and Technology (IASSIST)
2005 - Present, Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing
1992 - Present, Atlantic Provinces Library Association
1992 - 1998, Halifax Library Association


Governor General's Gold Medal Saint Mary's University - 2006
President's Hall of Academic Excellence Saint Mary's University - 2006
Gorsebrook Research Institute Fellowship Gorsebrook Research Institute, Saint Mary's University - 2000

Scholarly Contributions

Book Chapters

Thomson Joyce. (1998). "“Scholarly Surfing: Smart Strategies for Internet Research”", Words in Common: Essays for Canadians on Language, Culture and Society, 396-403


Thomson Joyce. "Busy Business Bees - Asking and Answering Business Questions with the Labour Force Survey", Statistics Canada: Data Liberation Initiative - Atlantic Regional Training (Spring - 2017)
Thomson Joyce. "“To open their minds and incline their hearts”: Nova Scotian Presbyterians and the First Mission Press in Aneityum, Vanuatu, 1848–1855", Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Printing (SHARP), Annual Conference (Summer - 2007)
Thomson Joyce. ""My Heart has a Strange Courage:" One Diarist's Journey through Young Womanhood in 1930's Halifax.” ", Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society: Public Lecture, 15 March 2006 (Winter - 2006)
Thomson Joyce. "“From Henceforth You Must Hold My Secrets:” Clandestine Diaries and the Ethical Limits of Social History,”", University of Sussex: Centre for German-Jewish Studies Conference: “Dear Diary: New Approaches to an Established Genre” (Fall - 2001)
Thomson Joyce. "“A Community of Readers: Halifax Women’s Pages and the Creation of Women’s Culture during the 1930's.”", British Association of Canadian Studies - Annual conference (Spring - 2000)

Other Publications

Thomson Joyce. "My heart has a strange courage : challenging the female life-course in Depression-era Halifax "
Saint Mary's University [Master's Thesis, Atlantic Canada Studies] (Fall - 2005)

Service: Professional or Disciplinary

Chair, Board of Directors, Novanet Library Consortium 2008/04 - 2009/04
Steering Committee Co-chair, Libraries Nova Scotia 2008/04 - 2009/04
Member, Board of Directors, Council of Atlantic University Libraries (CAUL) 2003/01 - 2010/04
Member, Board of Directors, Novanet Library Consortium 2002/04 - 2011/01


<p>Reference &amp; Research Consultant and Instructor with wide-ranging academic experience in humanities, social sciences and commerce; Current SMU Library Liaison for Management, Marketing and Economics collections; Also SMU Library liaison for Statistics Canada DLI Microdata Services; Mad about: Maritime History, LifeWriting, &amp; Ephemera; Digital humanities geek; Will read your diary if you let her ;-)</p>