BA (Hons) (Queen's), MA (York), MISt (UofT)
Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
Tel: +1-416-736-2100 ext. 20072
Sloniowski was hired at York University in 2005 as the
Information Literacy Program Coordinator and in that role
was the principal author of the York Libraries inaugural
program policy and planning document - the Information
Literacy Manifesto. Since 2008 Lisa has
been the English Literature Liaison Librarian at York
University Library. In this role she builds literary
collections and offers research instruction and assistance
to faculty and students in English Language and
Literature, and in the Creative Writing Program. She is the chair of
York Libraries' Special Collections Working Group.
Lisa’s research interests surround feminist archives and special collections, literary archives and special collections, information literacy for citizenship and advocacy for librarians. She also thinks about the role of libraries in knowledge production. In 2009 Lisa co-founded the Feminist Pornography Archive and Research Project with Dr. Bobby Noble, Associate Professor of Sexuality and Gender Studies in the School of Women’s Studies. This project was awarded a three year Social Science and Humanities Research Council standard research grant in 2010. In 2013 Lisa entered the Phd program in Social and Political Thought at York University. Lisa is currently a member of the Women and Gender Studies et Recherches Feministes, the Sexuality Studies Association, the Ontario Library Association, and the Progressive Librarians Guild (Toronto Chapter).
- “The Public Academic Library: Creating Friction in the
Teflon Funnel.” in Information
Literacy and Social Justice: Radical Professional Praxis.”
Eds Shana Higgins and Lua Gregory. Sacramento, CA:
Library Juice Press. Co-authored with Patti Ryan.
Repository copy available at: http://yorkspace/xmlui/handle/10315/26285
- "In the Stacks of Barbara Godard or Do Not
Confuse the Complexity of this Moment With Chaos." In Trans/acting
Culture, Writing, and Memory: Essays in Honour of
Barbara Godard. Ed. Eva C. Karpinski, Jennifer
Henderson, Ian Sowton, and Ray Ellenwood. Waterloo:
Wilfred Laurier University Press. 2013. Repository copy
Justice Librarianship for the 21st Century." Access: The
Magazine of the Ontario Library Association. 18:3
; (Summer 2012). Co-authored with Mita Williams.
is Not a Love Story: Libraries and Feminist Porn”.
Access: The Magazine of
the Ontario Library Association. 18.2 (Spring
a National Information Literacy Online Repository for
Learning Objects: The CORIL Story.” Inside OCULA. (Summer
- Samek, Toni. “Intellectual
Freedom and Social Responsibility in American
Librarianship, 1967-1974.” Elan 40. (Fall 2006).
- "Finding your Way in Cyberspace." Canada Online: The
Best of Canada on the Web. Supplement to Canadian Geographic.
Nov/Dec. 2000. and 2001.
- Reprinted in Foundations
of English 12. Ed. Doug Hilker and Sue Harper.
Toronto: Harcourt Canada, 2002.
- "She was Framed: an Analysis of Hothead Paisan." Siren 1.1 (April/May 1996).
the Stacks: Librarians, Pornography and Pedagogical
Possibility.” Women and Gender Studies et
Recherches Feministes Conference 2013 (at the Canadian
Federation for Humanities and Social Sciences Congress).
Panelist with Professor Bobby Noble (York). June 2013.
- "Information Literacy: A Critical Appraisal" with
Francesca Holyoke (University of New Brunswick) and Meg
Raven (Mount Saint Vincent University), WILU 2013,
University of New Brunswick, Fredericton. May 2013.
- "Grinding the Gears: Academic Librarians and Civic
Responsibility" with Mita Williams (University of Windsor)
and Patti Ryan (York University), The 2013 LACUNY
Institute: Libraries, Information, and the Right to the
City, April 5, 2013, John Jay College of Criminal Justice,
New York, New York.
- Commemorating Barbara: The Barbara Godard Collection.
Panel: Fragments of Feminist Commemoration. 40th
Anniversary of Resources for Feminist Research. University
of Toronto. November 2012. (invited Speaker)
Speaks for Libraries and Librarians." Contested
Terrain: Shaping the Future of Academic Librarianship.
Co-presented with Jennifer Dekker (Carleton) Canadian
Association of University Teachers: Librarians Conference.
Ottawa. October 2012. (Invited Speaker)
- “The Collector is Dead: Feminist Archives, Subjectivity
and the Question of Provenance.” Canadian Women's Studies
Association 2012. Panelist with Professor Bobby Noble
(York). May 2012.
- “Embodying the Archive: The Noisy Feminist Challenge.”
interPLAY. (York University) Panelist. March 2012.
is a Two Way Street." Ontario Library Association
Superconference 2012. Panelist with Dr. Sam Trosow
(Western) and Francesca Holyoke (UNB). February 2012.
- “Vexing the Library: The Feminist Porn Archive and
Research Project” invited presentation at “On the Edge: Sex and the
Library” a Progressive Librarians Guild
(University of Western Ontario chapter) event. November
- “The Collector is Dead: Feminist Archives, Subjectivity
and the Question of Provenance.” Canadian Association of
Cultural Studies 2011. Panelist with Professor Bobby Noble
(York) and Professor Kate Eichorn (The New School).
- Be it resolved the physical reference desk is not dying.
It's dead.” The CLA's Great Debate. Canadian Library
Assocation 2010. Co-argued the affirmative of the
resolution with Anne Smith, Acadia. Opponents were Krista
Godfrey (McMaster) and Mary Jane Bilsland (Edmonton Public
- “Digital Outreach and Social Engagement: Connecting With
Users.” Umbrella 2007 (University of Hertfordshire).
Co-presenter with Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe. June
2007. (Invited Speaker. Umbrella is the semi-annual
conference of the Chartered Institute of Library and
Information Science Professionals in the United Kingdom)
- “Be it resolved we teach them nothing: Library
instruction doesn’t work.” The CLA’s Great Debate.
Canadian Library Association 2005. Co-argued the negative
of the resolution with Mita Williams of the University of
Windsor. Opponents were Melody Burton and Nancy McCormack
from Queen’s University. June 2005. (Invited Speaker)
- “Media Rich, Information Poor.” WILU 2005. May 2005.
- Digitize and/or Destroy. William Denton, Adam Lauder and
Lisa Sloniowski. HASTAC: The Storm of Progress.
Toronto: Scott Library. April 27, 2013. Performance.
Grants and Awards
- SSHRC Standard Research Grant. "The Feminist Porn Archive and Research Project." Co-investigator. 2011-2014.
- York University Libraries Research Release Award. 2012.
- York University Libraries Research Release Award 2011.
- York University Merit Award. 2006.
- York University Libraries Minor Research Grant 2006.
- York University Merit Award. 2005.
Scholarship at York Libraries (with Nick Ruest and
Anna St. Onge)
Against Women Research Guide. (with Patti Ryan).
Your Mind Research Guide. (with Patti Ryan).
- Iraq 2003:
Sources of News (with Mita Williams)