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Lisa Sloniowski

BA (Hons) (Queen's), MA (York), MISt (UofT)

Associate Librarian (English Literature)
Scott  Library
York University
Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
Tel: +1-416-736-2100 ext. 20072
Fax: +1-416-736-5920


Lisa 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).

Publications (selected)

Presentations (recent)

  • “Stripping 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)

  • "Who 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.

  • "Solidarity 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 2011.

  • “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). October 2011.

Creative Contributions

  • 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.

Research Guides