Geoffrey Robert Little

Associate University Librarian, Scholarly Communications, Concordia University Library
Director, Concordia University Press

Geoffrey Robert Little
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 7748


Master of Arts in History, Concordia University
Thesis: "An Extensive and Unknown Portion of the Empire: The Montreal Natural History Society's Survey of Rupert's Land, 1827-1830"

Master of Information Studies, University of Toronto

Honours Bachelor of Arts with Distinction, University of Toronto

Research interests

History of books and printing 
History of libraries
History of the North American West
Scholarly publishing

Teaching activities

GLIS 612: History of Books and Printing, School of Information Studies, McGill University, Fall terms 2014-18

Selected publications

Book chapter and articles

"Susan Charlotte Buchan [née Grosvenor], Baroness Tweedsmuir of Elsfield (1883-1977)," Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (August 2019).

"'Save the Cross Campus': Library Planning and Protests at Yale, 1968-1969, Information & Culture: A Journal of History 52, no. 2 (2018): 153-74. 

"Old Traditions and New Technologies: Creating Concordia University Press," Journal of Scholarly Publishing 49, no 2 (January 2018): 213-30.

“Teaching Librarians to be Censors: Library Education for Francophones in Quebec, 1937-61.” In Censorship and the Limits of Literacy, edited by Nicole Moore, 93-103. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2015.

“Introduction: What Is the History of [Electronic] Books?” Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada 51 (Spring 2013): 11-17.

‘”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.

“Eton College,” “Inns of Court Libraries,” “Royal Library, Windsor,” and “Royal Society Library.” In Oxford Companion to the Book, edited by 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 (Spring 2009): 75-91.

Book reviews

Review of The American Antiquarian Society: A Bicentennial History, by Philip F. Gura. Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada 52, no. 2 (2014): 474-76.

Review of A Social History of Books and Libraries from Cuneiform to Bytes, by Patrick M. Valentine. portal:Libraries and the Academy 14 (January 2014): 123-24

Review of Places to Grow: Public Libraries and Communities in Ontario, 1930-2000, by Lorne Bruce. Library & Information History 28 (2012): 151-52.


“What Is the History of (Electronic) Books?” Special issue of The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada 51 (Spring 2013): 1-175.

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

Conference Presentations, Exhibitions, and Editorial Service

Conference papers and seminars

Panelist, "The Lovely Treachery of Canadian Book Publishing: Current Circumstances, Future Directions." Bound by Three Oceans: Reading, Writing, Printing and Publishing in Canada since Confederation, joint conference organized by the Bibliographical Society of Canada and the Canadian Association for the Study of Book Culture, Toronto, ON, May 30, 2018.  

"'A continuous mineral story from one ocean to the other:' The Geological Survey of Canada atthe World’s Columbian Exhibition, 1893.” Canadian Historical Association annual conference, Toronto, ON, May 29, 2017.

"'One of the noblest duties of a university': Planning Concordia University Press." Libraries as Publishers IFLA 2016 Satellite Meeting, Ann Arbor, MI, August 11, 2016. 

"'This very extensive and almost unknown portion of the empire': The Montreal Natural History Society’s Surveys of Rupert’s Land.” Canadian Historical Association annual conference, Ottawa, ON, June 3, 2015.

"'Print paper ought to be as free as the air and water': American Newspapers, Canadian Newsprint, and the Payne-Aldrich Tariff, 1909-1913." American Printing History Association annual conference, San Francisco, CA, October 21, 2014.

"'A Campus is For Students, So We Must Help Plan It': Student Activism and Library Design at Yale, 1968-69." Library History Research Forum, American Library Association annual conference, Chicago, IL, June 30, 2013.

"Adaptées aux milieux canadiens-français et catholiques": Educating Librarians to be Censors at l’Université de Montréal, 1937-61." History of Libraries Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, University of London, UK, May 7, 2013.

"Special Collections: Hidden & Unique Holdings." Quebec Library Association, Montreal, QC, March 11, 2013.

"'We first saw the Southern Prairies in the tragic days': Exploring the History of the Lady Tweedsmuir Prairie Library Scheme, 1936-40." Canadian Library Association annual conference, Halifax, NS, May 31, 2011.

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

Editorial service

Editorial Board, Journal of Academic Librarianship, 2010-2015.

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