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Karim Tharani MLIS, PhD Faculty Rank: Associate Librarian

IT Librarian, Library Systems and Information Technology

163 Murray Library, 3 Campus Dr., Saskatoon SK, Canada, S7N 5A4
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As an academic librarian, I specialize in Information Technology which encompasses processes and systems to facilitate description, discovery, access, and preservation of physical and digital knowledge resources. In this role, I contribute to various strategic priorities and projects of the University Library. Before joining the University of Saskatchewan, I was an information systems consultant at IBM Canada.

I have a PhD in Education from the University of Saskatchewan. As part of my PhD dissertation, I designed and prototyped an online tool to incorporate contemporary online language-learning strategies with traditional transmission and teaching of the Ginans, an oral tradition of the Ismaili Muslim community. I have a Master of Library and Information Studies degree from the University of British Columbia and a BSc in Management and Systems Science from Simon Fraser University.


As a practitioner-researcher, I explore creative and user-centric ways to utilize the existing library information technology infrastructure to foster knowledge equity and justice for non-Western and marginalized knowledge traditions and materials. I engage in community-based research to understand and address unique and complex information and technological needs of ethnocultural communities with rich cultural and intellectual heritage. I am the lead researcher for Ginan Central and Geets Portal.

Current Research Areas: digital libraries, digital access and preservation, knowledge organization systems, relational and linked data systems, Wikidata, and Ginans.