John D. Blackwell

Director [Retired]
Research Grants Office (RGO)

St. Francis Xavier University (StFX)

Lane Hall, Room B116
P.O. Box 5000
Antigonish, Nova Scotia, B2G 2W5

Phone: (902) 867-3733
Fax: (902) 867-3246

Responsibilities: Facilitation, promotion, and coordination of faculty pre-award research activities, including grant applications and special research project development.

Education: M.L.I.S., School of Library and Information Studies, Dalhousie University; M.A., British and Canadian History, Queen's University at Kingston; B.A. (Hons.), History, Huron University College, Western University.

Academic Appointments: Director, Research Grants Office, StFX (2002-2018 Retired); Academic Funding and Research Officer, StFX (2000-2002); Reference Librarian/Collections Coordinator (permanent), Brandeis University Libraries, Waltham, Massachusetts (1998-2000); Coordinator of Information Services (tenured faculty member), Wishart Library, Algoma University College, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario (1995-1998).

Professional Activities: Chair, Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library Board (2018-present); Member, Alumni Focus Group, Review of MLIS Program, School of Information Management, Faculty of Management, Dalhousie, University, (2016); Invited Observer, Research Advisory Committee, StFX (2015-2018); Member, Library Acquisitions Budget Working Group, StFX (2015-2018); Member, Ad Hoc Copyright Committee, StFX (2015); Member, Committee on Graduate Studies Electronic Theses and Dissertations Working Group, StFX (2015); Member, Open Access Working Group (2015-2018); Member, Insight Advisory Committee, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), (2014-2018); Member, University Faculty Ad Hoc Data and Records Management Committee, StFX (2014-2015); Member (for Province of Nova Scotia), Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library Board (2014-present); Editor, StFX Research Services Newsletter (2012-2014); Chair, SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship Adjudication Committee, Faculty of Education, StFX (2011-2018); Member, Working Group to Develop StFX Conflict of Interest Policy (2008-2010); Member (ex officio), Centre for Regional Studies, StFX (2001-2016); Member (ex officio), University Council for Research, StFX (2000-2009); Member, Regional Partnership Program Advisory Committee [Nova Scotia], Canadian Institutes of Health Research (2001-2007); Member (ex officio), Adjudication Committee, Service Learning Faculty Development and Research Support Fund, StFX (2006-2012); Member, Professional Development Committee, Canadian Association of Research Administrators (2005-2008); Member, Advisory Committee, NSERC-Atlantic, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (2004-2009); Treasurer, Community Science Centre Association (2005-2006); Member-at-Large, Executive Committee, Canadian Association of University Research Administrators (2003-2005); Member, Regional Committee, Canadian Association of Research Ethics Boards (2003-2007); Chair (2000-2002) and Member (1998-2002), Editorial Board, CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, Association of College & Research Libraries (A Division of the American Library Association); Member (ex officio), Publications Committee, Association of College & Research Libraries (2000-2002); Member, Research and Development Committee, Canadian Library Association (2000-2001); Member-at-Large (and Moderator of DalSLIS-Grad Mailing List), Executive, Associated Alumni of the School of Library and Information Studies, Dalhousie University (2000-2002); Member, Monographs Editorial Board, Canadian Library Association (1998-2000); Chair, Australian/Canadian/New Zealand Studies Discussion Group, Association of College & Research Libraries (1999-2000); Member, Awards and Scholarships Committee, Canadian Library Association (1996-1998); Member, Feliciter Advisory Committee, Canadian Library Association (1994-1996). 

Has also worked as a freelance researcher, editor and writer.

Current Memberships: Canadian Association of Research Administrators (CARA); Beta Phi Mu (International Library Science Honor Society); Bibliographical Society of Canada;.

Publications: Author of numerous journal articles, book chapters, newspaper submissions, and Web documents; Co-author (with Dr. Laurie Stanley-Blackwell) of Canadian Studies: A Guide to the Sources; Contributor to The Canadian Encyclopedia, Dictionary of Canadian Biography, The Junior Encyclopedia of Canada, and Oxford Dictionary of National Biography; Reviewer for American Reference Books Annual, Canadian Book Review Annual, CHOICE, Database (now EContent), Epilogue, Feliciter (formerly Canadian Library Journal), Libraries & Culture, and Library and Information Science Annual; occasional contributor to various newspapers, including The Globe and Mail (Toronto) and National Post (Toronto); co-ordinator, compiler and editor, 2014-2015 Scholarship Report (Antigonish, NS: St. Francis Xavier University, 2016) and 2015-2016 Research & Scholarship Report (Antigonish, NS: St. Francis Xavier University, 2017).free site statistics