Joyce Thomson

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

Academic Support Units

Faculty Member Information


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

Academic Work Experience

2003 - 2011, Library Director, Atlantic School of Theology
1992 - 1996, Head of Collection Development, Saint Mary`s University
1992 - 2003, Head of User Education (later: Information Literacy) , Saint Mary's University
1990 - 1992, Head of Technical Services, Peterborough Public Library
1987 - 1989, Branch Librarian, Bedford Branch, Halifax County Regional Library
1986 - 1987, Branch Librarian, Mary J.L. Black Branch, Thunder Bay Public Library

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
Gorsebrook Research Institute Fellowship Gorsebrook Research Institute, Saint Mary's University - 2000

Scholarly Contributions


Thomson Joyce. "Busy Business Bees - Asking and Answering Business Questions with the Labour Force Survey", 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.” ", 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,”", “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.”", Annual conference (Spring - 2000)

Service: Professional or Disciplinary

Board of Directors, Novanet Board of Directors 2008/04 - 2009/04
Steering Committee Co-chair, Libraries Nova Scotia 2008/04 - 2009/04
Policy Board / Board of Directors, Novanet 2002/04 - 2011/01