FIMS Profile

Leah Brown

About Me


My undergraduate degree was a specialization in anthropology, including sociocultural, bioarchaeological (skeletal forensics and paleoepidemiology), and primate conservation ecology. My fourth-year thesis was on Stephen Jay Gould (supervisor Dr. Regna Darnell). While I'm now working within the domains of Library and Information Science, the common thread through my work remains a deep interest in studying complex information ecologies and the factors of effective knowledge mobilization.


My current Ph.D. research explores sensemaking across modalities, the design of information environments that support sensemaking, and the interplay between the self, technology, and community in an information space.


Updates on my work are found on my social media links below:


Mapfulness (personal site)


Mapfulness on Medium




Google Scholar







Mastodon Administrator, 

I'm part of the global team of admins who run the instance on Mastodon. Fediscience is a social network for publishing scientists to disseminate their research activities. Fediscience hosts many scientists and researchers from around the world and has grown substantially since the recent acquisition of Twitter.


Copyeditor, Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science/CJILS (2021 - present)

I'm part of the editing team that produces the journal of the Canadian Association for Information Science,  CJILS. 


Committee Chair 2020, Canadian Association for Information Science (CAIS-ACSI)

I was on the co-chair team responsible for organizing the CAIS/ACSI conference originally as part of Congress 2020 (physical event canceled). I was then part of a collaboration organizing an alternative virtual event for the Fall.



Honors and Awards


2023 Information Is Beautiful Awards - Longlist

Issued by Data Visualization Society (DVS) · Sep 2023

My visualization entry for the IIB 2023 awards, "101 Derivatives of French Mother Sauces" was selected for the longlist in the category Arts, Entertainment & Culture.


2023 World Data Visualization Prize - Longlist

Issued by World Government Summit in partnership with Information Is Beautiful (IIB) · Feb 2023

My entry "Panta Rhei - Everything Flows" was selected for the static visualization longlist of this year's prize.