Kimberly Silk is a librarian with a passion for conducting research to evaluate how libraries impact their communities. She is the Senior Planning & Development Officer at Hamilton Public Library in Ontario, Canada.
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. In 2014 she created the Library Research Network, a not-for-profit, curated, web-based repository of research relevant to public, academic, government and special libraries. 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 is actively involved as a volunteer in the library community and is an enthusiastic proponent of the role of the library and librarians in successful organizations. She has served on the SLA Board of Directors (2013-2017) and is Past President (2013) of the SLA Toronto chapter. She is a member and active volunteer with the Ontario Library Association, and is past president of the Faculty of Information Alumni Association (2009-2011). She is also a member of the Canadian Evaluation Society, where she is working towards her designation as a Credentialed Evaluator (CE).
Kim received her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English Literature from the University of Waterloo, followed by a Master of Library Science at the University of Toronto.