Beyond Bindings and Binaries: the Information Professional in 2050

When and Where

Thursday, March 30, 2023 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Innis Town Hall
Innis College
2 Sussex Avenue


Lynne C. Howarth


The University of Toronto, Faculty of Information, and Faculty of Information Alumni Association (FIAA) invite you to the 17th edition of the Bertha Bassam Lecture. The lecture, “Beyond Bindings and Binaries” will be delivered this year by the Faculty of Information's Dean and Professor Emerita, Professor Lynne Howarth, who will discuss the 21st century information landscape and the "Future Search" planning methodology.


“Beyond Bindings and Binaries: The Information Professional in 2050"

The dynamic nature of the 21st information landscape challenges us to regularly revisit, rethink, and indeed re-envision, how we create, disseminate, acquire, and find new opportunities in the mass of data in multiple media formats that technological advancements now afford us. Using a “Future Search” planning methodology, the Bertha Bassam Lecture will offer an opportunity to “get there from here,” to engage in a strategic visioning process that reveals what 2050 will hold for, and require of an information professional. Join colleagues in exercising your amateur information futurist.

Event details:

Doors open at 6:00 PM

Bertha Bassam Lecture: 6:15 PM

Cocktail reception: 7:30 PM

Lecture and reception are complimentary, but registration is required. Registration is indivdual and every guest must register by March 27th. Everyone is welcome!

Location: 2 Sussex Avenue, Innis Town Hall, University of Toronto


Innis College is accessible on the main floor, including Innis Town Hall. There are four dedicated spaces for assistive mobility devices at the rear of Innis Town Hall, and the theatre has power-assisted doors for full access. Please note: while the stage is accessible, stage doors are not power assisted. Assistive-listening devices are also available. An accessible gender-neutral washroom is located next to the Innis Café. Please direct any accessibility inquiries to

About the speaker:

Lynne C. Howarth is Dean and Professor Emerita at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto who has left a lasting legacy by contributing towards research, teaching and service. Professor Howarth completed her Ph.D. in 1990 and was appointed to the Faculty of Information Studies the same year, becoming Dean in 1996. She served in that position until 2003. She was Associate Dean, Research from July 2010 to June 2013, and Interim Director of the Museum Studies Program from September 2008 to December 2009. She held a 33-year long career at the faculty, received more than $1.4 million in funding from academia and industry and published 166 academic articles.

About the lecture series:

The Bertha Bassam Lecture in Librarianship was established by the Faculty’s Alumni Association to honour Dr. Bertha Bassam, Director of the Library School from 1951 to 1964. The lectures, which are open to the profession and members of the public, are delivered every three to four years by an outstanding individual, whose topic and experience are relevant to librarians and librarianship.

Contact Information


Faculty of Information


2 Sussex Avenue