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Kenneth D. Gariepy

Dr. Kenneth D. Gariepy, PhD

Department Head & Associate Professor

Abbotsford campus, C-2456

Phone: 604-557-4042

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Dr. Gariepy is the academic and administrative Head of UFV’s Department of Library & Information Technology, Chair of the Faculty of Professional Studies Curriculum Committee, and Vice-chair of Professional Studies Faculty Council. He is also Associate Professor of knowledge organization and information management systems.

Holding a PhD in educational policy studies and a master's degree in information science, Dr. Gariepy is a multi-disciplinary academic/administator with a strong record of scholarship and over a decade of teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has taught at three universities in the disciplines of library science, business communications, and educational policy studies, and his peer-reviewed books can be found in more than 150 academic libraries worldwide, including Harvard, Stanford, Cornell, Purdue, and the University of Chicago. He has won many prestigious scholarships and a major grant during his career. He is known for his thoughtful, principled, and passionate approach to leadership, teaching, and learning. His academic excellence has been recognized by invited, lifetime memberships in the Beta Phi Mu and Golden Key international honour societies.

Before embarking upon his academic career, Dr. Gariepy worked for over 20 years in public libraries, managed a special library, and was a professional editor.

Selected presentations and peer-reviewed publications are listed below.


PhD (Alberta), MLIS (Alberta), BGS (Athabasca)

Teaching Interests

Courses frequently taught:

  • LIBT 115  Descriptive Cataloguing Techniques
  • LIBT 140  Introduction to Reference Services
  • LIBT 145  Internet Information Retrieval
  • LIBT 200  Information & Society
  • LIBT 205  Supervision in Information Centres
  • LIBT 250  Records Management
  • LIBT 265  Practicum/Capstone Project
  • LIBT 270  Archival Techniques

Research Interests

  • Academic and intellectual freedom policy
  • Sociology of information, emerging technologies, and privacy
  • Postsecondary educational administration, leadership, and governance
  • Postsecondary program evaluation, effectiveness, and improvement
  • Foucauldian philosophy


Gariepy, K.D. (2015, December). The discourse of academic freedom in Canada. Lecture presented to Professional Studies Faculty Council, University of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, BC.

Gariepy, K.D. (2015, January). Systematic reviews in the social sciences. Workshop presented at the School of Business, University of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, BC.

Gariepy, K.D. (2011, January). Collection development in a small, non-profit organization. Guest lecture presented at the School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB.

Gariepy, K.D. (2009, September). Censorship in the public library. Paper presented at the Northern Lights Library System Annual Conference, Elk Point, AB.

Gariepy, K.D. (2008, February). Developing and maintaining a special collection using an open source ILS. Guest lecture presented at the School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB.


Gariepy, K.D. (2016). Power, discourse, ethics: A policy study of academic freedom. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Gariepy, K. D. (2012). Towards a genealogy of academic freedom in Canadian universities. In B. L. Spencer, K. D. Gariepy, K. Dehli, and J. Ryan (Eds.), Canadian education: Governing practises & producing subjects (pp. 70-89). Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Gariepy, K. D., Spencer, B. L., & Couture, J-C. (Eds.). (2009). Educational accountability: Professional voices from the field. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Samek, T. (with Gariepy, K. D.) (2007). Librarianship and human rights: A twenty-first century guide. Oxford, England: Chandos.

Spencer, B. L., Gariepy, K. D., Dehli, K., & Ryan, J. (Eds.). (2012). Canadian education: Governing practises & producing subjects. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

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