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Walter W. Giesbrecht

BSc (Brock), MLIS (University of Western Ontario)

Data Librarian
102F Scott Library
York University
Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
Tel: +1 416 736-2100 ext. 77551
Fax: +1 416 736-5430

Picture of Walter Giesbrecht Walter is the Data Librarian at Scott Library, York University. Besides providing assistance to users of data and statistics, he is also the local Data Liberation Initiative (DLI) contact, as well as the Official Representative for the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR). His interests include: data accessibility, web design and usability, and many other things .


  • CAPDU (Canadian Association of Public Data Users)
  • IASSIST (International Association for Social Science Information Services and Technology)
    • Member of IASSIST Publications Committee
    • Member of IASSIST Admininstrative Committee (Regional Member for Canada)
    • Chairperson of IASSIST Conference Song Action Group




  • Giesbrecht WW. 1988. The British Library's Compact Disc Experiment (book review). Canadian Library Journal 45(October):335.
  • Nicholls P, Giesbrecht W. 1992. First Canadian shareware disc from Betacorp. Canadian CD-ROM News 6(2): 1-2.
  • Giesbrecht W. 1992. North American Indians on CD-ROM. Canadian CD-ROM News 6(4): 8-9.
  • Giesbrecht W. 1993. GIGABYTE GOLD. CD-ROM Professional 6(2): 144-145.
  • Giesbrecht W. 1993. Chemistry Citation Index. CD-ROM Professional 6(2): 160-161.
  • Giesbrecht W. 1993. Compton's Interactive Encyclopedia. CD-ROM Professional 6(5): 166-167.
  • Giesbrecht W. 1994. Masterclips -- The Art of Business. CD-ROM Professional 7(1): 179-180.
  • Giesbrecht W. 1994. 1000 of the World's Greatest Sound Effects. CD-ROM Professional 7(3): 151-152.
  • Giesbrecht W. 1994. Electric Science Fiction: 1993 Hugo and Nebula Anthology. CD-ROM Professional 7(3): 145-146.
  • Giesbrecht W. 1994. Canada's Visual History. Information Highways 2(2): 28.
  • Giesbrecht W. 1994. CHOICE Reviews on Silverplatter. CD-ROM Professional 7(6): 152-153.
  • Giesbrecht W. 1995. Gale guide to Internet databases. Information Highways 3(1): 37-8.
  • Giesbrecht W. 1996. SoftQuad HoTMetal PRO 2.0. Information Highways 3(3): 36


  • "Local Area Networks" (Ontario College and Universities Library Association Winterbreak Conference, Toronto, 1989)
  • "Touring the World on the Internet" (Environment Canada, Toronto, 1993)
  • "The Internet" (Ontario Association of Library Technicians, Toronto, 1994)
  • "How to Teach Others What No One Taught You: Designing an Internet Training Program" (with V. Monty and P. Warren-Wenk)
    • FIS workshop (Toronto, 1994, 1995)
    • Metro Reference Library (Toronto, 1995)
    • Internet World (Toronto, 1996)
  • "Internet Resources for Librarians Serving Persons with Disabilities" (Ontario Library Association, Toronto, 1995)
  • "Weaving a Website"
    • Seneca College Library (1996)
    • Ontario Association of Archivists (Toronto, 1996)
  • "Notes on serving Beyond 20/20 format files in a WWW server environment" (with Laine Ruus, UofT; DLI Training - Ontario region, Guelph, 2000)
  • "Designing Web pages" (with Elizabeth Watson and Maura Matesic; CST workshop, May 2000)
  • "View from the front: dealing with information technology in an academic library" (Ontario Library Association, Toronto, 2001)
  • "Next on Oprah: Bringing Data Out of the Closet" (with Jeff Moon, Queen's University; Ontario Library Association, Toronto, 2002)
  • "The Gender & Work Database website" (GWD project consultation, Toronto, 2002)
  • "The Gender & Work Database website" (presentation to president of SSHRC, Ottawa, 2003)
  • "Doing data at the reference desk: (some of) what you'll need to know" (Ontario Library Association, Toronto, 2003)
  • "The Gender and Work Database" (poster session at IASSIST conference, 2005)
  • "Once more with meaning: the semantic web" (with Andrea Kosavic, York University; Ontario Library Association, Toronto, 2009)
  • "Using National Labour Data in Cross-National Comparative Studies on Precarious Employment" (IASSIST, Ithaca, 2010)
  • "Data Reference in Depth: Sources of International Labour Data" (IASSIST, Ithaca, 2010)
  • "Delving into data: a guide to aggregate statistics and microdata" (Managing Research Data & Communicating Research Findings series, 2012.01.23)
  • "Dataverse - a tool for managing, maintaining and sharing research data" (Managing Research Data & Communicating Research Findings series, 2012.02.13)

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