Vivian Howard (Draft Profile)
Vivian Howard, BA, MA (UBC), MLIS (Dalhousie), PhD (Aberystwyth)
Associate Dean (Academic)Email: email@example.com
Phone: (902) 494-3031
Fax: (902) 494-2451
Vivian Howard is an Associate Professor in the School of Information Management and is the Associate Dean (Academic) for the Faculty of Management. Her primary research interests involve the pleasure reading habits of various groups, particularly youth. Her doctoral research analyzed the role of pleasure reading and the public library in the lives of young teens, aged 12-15 years of age. This research explored the key barriers and motivators underlying both pleasure reading and public library use for this age group. A currently funded research project involves the creation of an information portal devoted to Atlantic Canadian authors and illustrators of books for children and teens.
Her teaching closely parallels her research interests, teaching elective classes in services and resources for children and teens (INFO 6250 and 6450). She also developed a new elective class on Reading and Reading Practices (INFO 6070) which examines various issues related to contemporary reading practices including book clubs, mass reading events, book marketing and digital reading. As Academic Director of the Bachelor of Management Program, she has a strong interest in management practice and theory and therefore feels particularly fortunate to teach the core classes INFO 5570 (Organizational Management and Strategy) and MGMT 5000 (Management Without Borders).
Howard, V. Working group participant, Third National Reading Summit, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, May 2-4 (2012)
Read local: Regionalism and representation in Atlantic picturebooks and the impetus for Sea Stacks Howard, V. 39th annual conference of the Children's Literature Association, Simmons College, Boston, MA, June 14-16 (2012)
The ABCs from coast to coast: A survey of early literacy programs in Canada Canadian Association for Information Science Conference, Fredericton, NB, June 2-4, 2011 (poster presentation). Co-presented with Naomi Balla-Boudreau & Deirdre O'Reilly.
Sea Stacks: Atlantic Canadian books for children and teens Canadian Library Association Conference, Halifax, NS, May 26, 2011. Co-presented with Keith Lawson & Nicole Dixon.
Forty-one year old female academics aren’t supposed to like comics!”: Comic books and adult readers Howard, V. Presented at Southwest Texas Popular Culture Conference, Feb (2010)
Teens and pleasure reading Howard, V. Atlantic Provinces Library Association Conference, Halifax, June (2009)
Connecting libraries to teens in the digital age Howard, V. Navigating with Youth, IFLA Satellite Meeting, McGill University, Montreal, August 5-7 (2008)