Concordia University

Geoffrey Little

Scholarly Communications Librarian
History Subject Librarian
Azrieli Holocaust Collection Librarian

Office: S-LB 331 
J.W. McConnell Building,
1400 De Maisonneuve W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 7748


Master of Arts in History (In Progress). School of Graduate Studies. Concordia University.
Master of Information Studies (2007). Faculty of Information. University of Toronto.
Honours Bachelor of Arts with Distinction (2002). Trinity College. University of Toronto.

Research interests

Collection development
History of libraries
History of the North American west

Selected publications

Peer reviewed book chapter and articles

‘Collection Development in Support of Theological Education,’ in Library Collection Development for Professional Programs: Trends and Best Practices, ed. Sara Holder (Hershey, PA: IGI Global, 2012), 112-127.

‘”The people must have plenty of good books”: The Lady Tweedsmuir Prairie Library Scheme, 1936-1940.’ Library & Information History 28 (2012): 103-116.

‘Collection Development in Library and Information Science at ARL Libraries.’ Collection Building 30 (2011): 135-139.

Entries for ‘Eton College,’ ‘Inns of Court Libraries,’ ‘Royal Library, Windsor,’ and ‘Royal Society Library,’ in The Oxford Companion to the Book, eds. Michael Suarez, SJ and H.R. Woudhuysen (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010).

‘”I think Canada has a future”: William Inglis Morse and the Canadian Collection at Yale University Library.’ Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada 47 (2009): 75-91.

Book reviews

Serving LGBTIQ Library and Archives Users: Essays on Outreach, Services, Collections, and Access, edited by Ellen Greenblatt. Feliciter (2012): in press.

Places to Grow: Public Libraries and Communities in Ontario, 1930-2000, by Lorne Bruce. Library & Information History 28 (2012): 151-152.


Yale Library Studies: Library Architecture at Yale. (New Haven, CT: Yale University Library and Yale University Press, 2009).

Recent conference papers and presentations

‘What I Wished I Had Learned in Library School: Skills for Administrators of Collection Development.’ Panelist at the American Library Association annual conference, Anaheim, CA, June 23, 2012.

Convener/organizer of ‘Current Issues in LGBTQ Libraries and Librarianship’ session at the Canadian Library Association annual conference, Ottawa, ON, June 2, 2012.

‘Scholarly E-Book Packages: New Trends in Access to Monographs in the Humanities and Social Sciences.’ Co-presented with David Macaulay at the Quebec Library Association annual conference, Montreal, QC, May 3, 2012.

‘It’s Not Me, It’s You: Breaking Up with Perpetual Access.’ Co-presented with Kirsten Huhn at the XXXI Charleston Conference: Issues in Serial and Book Acquisition, Charleston, SC, November 4, 2011.

‘”We first saw the Southern Prairies in the tragic days”: Exploring the History of the Lady Tweedsmuir Prairie Library Scheme, 1936-1940.’ Canadian Library Association annual conference, Halifax, NS, May 31, 2011.

‘Mobile Technologies at Yale University Library.’ Co-presented at the Standing Committee on Professional Development Forum, Yale University Library, New Haven, CT, December 1, 2009.

‘Libraries and Facebook.’ Teaching with Technology Tuesdays series, Yale University Library, New Haven, CT, September 16, 2008.

‘Reading the Royal Family: Four Royal Biographies.’ Colloquium in Book History and Print Culture, Massey College, University of Toronto, March 22, 2007.

‘”We looked at the possibility of buying Cat Fancy”: An Attempt to Negotiate the Archives of Maclean-Hunter Limited.’ Faculty of Information Studies Research Day, University of Toronto, March 10, 2006.

Exhibitions curated

‘Coeducation at Yale’ (co-curator). Sterling Memorial Library, Yale University, New Haven, CT, May-July, 2010.

‘”Your sincere and heterodox friend”: Charles Darwin’s Letters to J.D. Dana, 1849-1863.’ Sterling Memorial Library, Yale University, New Haven, CT, January-March 2009.

‘Rough Proof: Photographs of Readers in Yale Libraries from the Collection of Manuscripts and Archives.’ Sterling Memorial Library, Yale University, New Haven, CT, November 2007-January 2008.

Editorial service

Editorial Board, Journal of Academic Librarianship (New York: Elsevier), 2010-

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