Dan Scott - Curriculum vitae

Associate Librarian
Department of Library and Archives
Laurentian University


Masters of Information Studies

(Information Systems stream): 1996-1998
Faculty of Information Studies
University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada


  • FIAA Student Jubilee Award (1998)
  • Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award (1998)
  • University of Toronto Open Master’s Fellowship (1997)

Bachelor of Arts

(English and Philosophy): 1992-1996
Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada


  • University of Sudbury Scholarship (Bishop Alexander Carter, 1994)
  • University of Sudbury Scholarship (Ruth Fee, 1993)
  • First Year English Essay Prize (1993)
  • Laurentian University Faculty Scholarship (1993)

Professional experience

Laurentian University (2006-)

Associate Librarian (2016-)

Responsibilities have included:

  • Accessibility
  • Data and GIS
  • Installing, creating, customizing, and maintaining information systems
  • Scholarly communications & publishing
  • Liaison to faculties and schools, varying over time:
    • Faculty of Arts
    • Faculty of Education & Health
    • Faculty of Graduate Studies
    • Faculty of Management
    • School of Architecture
  • Research data management

Chair, Department of Library and Archives (2016-2018)

  • Primary author of a constitution which was adopted by the Department of Library and Archives (2016-2017)
  • Initiated monthly department meetings for formalized information sharing and collegial decision making processes

Assistant Librarian (2006-2015)

  • Contributed to the development of, and led migration to, the Evergreen library system by the Conifer consortium of Algoma University, Laurentian University, and the University of Windsor
  • Installed, created or customized, and maintained information systems, including the LU|Zone|UL institutional repository implementation of DSpace
  • Served as liaison to the Faculty of Management, Faculty of Education, Department of Math and Computer Science, and School of Human Kinetics

IBM Canada, Toronto (1998-2006)

Product manager, DB2 Universal Database for Linux and UNIX (2004-2006)

  • Coordinated product requirements with customers and partners including Red Hat and Zend
  • Led the development of and documented the ibm_db2 driver and the PDO standard database API for the PHP programming language

Information architect, DB2 Universal Database and IBM Software Group (2001-2004)

  • Led a team of 25 writers and 5 editors in Toronto and Silicon Valley to rearchitect a library of 40 manuals as a single set of web-based, topic-oriented documentation
  • Developed a documentation indexing, linking, and build system with PHP and DB2
  • Piloted and standardized the adoption of the Eclipse Information Center as IBM Software Group’s documentation search and delivery solution

Technical writer, DB2 Universal Database application development (1998-2001)

  • Updated manuals including the DB2 Application Development Guide and the DB2 Message Reference
  • Wrote and tested sample applications on Windows, Linux, UNIX, and OS/2 in C, C++, COBOL, Fortran, Java, Perl, PHP, and REXX

Scholarly activity


Zikopoulos, P., Scott, D., & Baklarz, G. (2006). Apache Derby: off to the races. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson Pub. as IBM Press.

Articles - peer-reviewed

Scott, D. (2015). White Hat Search Engine Optimization (SEO): Structured Web Data for Libraries. Partnership: The Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research, 10(1). Retrieved from https://journal.lib.uoguelph.ca/index.php/perj/article/view/3328

Articles - refereed

Allison-Cassin, S., & Scott, D. (2018). Wikidata: a platform for your library’s linked open data. The Code4Lib Journal, (40). Retrieved from http://journal.code4lib.org/articles/13424
Maley, D., & Scott, D. (2016). The Labour Studies Index. Canadian Association for Work & Labour Studies. Retrieved from http://cawls.ca/en/1167-2/
Scott, D. (2010). Easing Gently into OpenSRF. The Code4Lib Journal, (10). Retrieved from http://journal.code4lib.org/articles/3284
Scott, D., & Beswick, K. (2008). Quick Lookup Laptops in the Library: Leveraging Linux with a SLAX LiveCD. The Code4Lib Journal, (2). Retrieved from http://journal.code4lib.org/articles/49
Beccaria, M., & Scott, D. (2007). Fac-Back-OPAC: An Open Source Interface to Your Library System. Computers in Libraries, 27(9), 6–8, 53–54, 56.
Scott, Dan (2005). PHP on IBM Cloudscape. International PHP Magazine.

Published conference proceedings

Fortier, A., Pretty, H., Scott, D., and Spéciel, O. (2020). Are Canadian Libraries Ready to Transition from MARC to BIBFRAME? In Proceedings of the Annual Conference of CAIS / Actes Du congrès Annuel De l’ACSI. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.29173/cais1164
Scott, D. (2014). Seeding Structured Data by Default via Open Source Library Systems. In V. Presutti, C. d’Amato, F. Gandon, M. d’Aquin, S. Staab, & A. Tordai (Eds.), The Semantic Web: Trends and Challenges (Vol. 8465, pp. 659674). Cham: Springer International Publishing. Retrieved from http://link.springer.com/10.1007/978-3-319-07443-6_44
Scott, D., & Seagren, R. (2002). Creating a Massive Master Index for HTML and Print. In Proceedings of the 20th Annual International Conference on Computer Documentation (pp. 186–193). New York, NY, USA: ACM. https://doi.org/10.1145/584955.584983


2017 Bibliothek & Information Deutschland conference participation grant to attend SWIB17