The Crossroads of INFORMATION & LOVE

The Crossroads of
A Top 10 List
(Valentine to Information Science)

Jenna Hartel

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, or simply to celebrate our shared humanity, this short video brings together two of my favorite concepts: INFORMATION and LOVE.

At the beginning, you may have no idea who or what exists at such an intersection. As the video unfolds, I suspect you will think, “Oh yeah! Of course….” By the end, other information and love combinations beyond these may have come to mind. Kindly place such ideas in the comments below for all to enjoy. Of note, there were originally 20 iLove (!) or alternatively LovInf (!), combos on my list and it was difficult to limit the video to just 10.

The purpose of this multimedia Valentine is to entertain, uplift, and inform students, educators, researchers, in Information Science and its related professions. Another goal, like all my INFIDEOS, is to bring more spacious, artful, emotionally resonant, sensual, playful, and organic ideas, motifs, and melodies to the Information Science conversation. Feel free to circulate this video to students, Faculty, family, friends, and other social worlds. Educators could share it in their classes during the next week, and invite students (working alone or in small groups), to come up with other relevant INFORMATION & LOVE confluences.

Of note, Valentine’s Day was originally a Christian feast day honoring the martyr, St. Valentine, but today is mainly a minor secular holiday, celebrated on February 14, in which people express love and affection for those they hold dear.

Cite this article in APA as: Hartel, J.  (2022, February 7). The crossroads of
information & love. Information Matters, Vol. 2, Issue 2.

Jenna Hartel

I am an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto. As an interdisciplinary social scientist devoted to the field of Library and Information Science (LIS), I conduct research in three related areas: 1) information and the "higher things in life" that are pleasurable and profound; 2) visual and creative research methods; and 3) the history and theory of LIS. In the Master of Information program at the Faculty of Information, I mostly teach graduate students in the Library and Information Science concentration. Both my research and teaching aim to be an imaginative forms of intervention in the field of LIS, through unorthodox projects such as Metatheoretical Snowman, Welcome to Library and Information Science, and the iSquare Research Program. See my website at or my YouTube Channel, INFideos.