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Geoffrey Robert Little

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

Geoffrey Robert Little
August Klintberg
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 7748
ORCID: 0000000184674149

Since 2018 I have been Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Communication at Concordia University Library and Director of Concordia University Press. My primary duties are to scholarly communication writ large including digital preservation; copyright; open educational resources; the university's institutional repository; publishing; and interlibrary loans. I came to Concordia in 2010 from Yale University, where managed communications and public affairs for Yale University Library. 

As Director of Concordia University Press, I am responsible for the operations and editorial program of a non-profit publisher of peer-reviewed books that cross disciplinary boundaries and propel scholarship into new areas. I also founded and edit Text/Context: Writings by Canadian Artists, a series dedicated to 'artists who write.' Collections have appeared by Ken Lum (2020), Colin Campbell (2021), and Liz Magor (2022), and Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald (in press, 2023). 

My research interests are varied but centre on bookish things. I have published articles or chapters on Florence Nightingale's childhood library; newsprint production and consumption in North America in the first half of the twentieth century; philanthropic library programs during the Great Depression; education for French Canadian librarians before 1960; and the history of publishing and electronic books. My work has appeared in American PeriodicalsOxford Dictionary of National BiographyInformation & CultureOxford Companion to the BookJournal of Academic LibrarianshipJournal of Scholarly Publishing, and Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada, among other venues. In 2022-23 I was the Patricia Fleming Visiting Fellow in Bibliography and Book History at the University of Toronto and a Visiting Scholar at Massey College. In 2020 I was awarded the Bibliographical Society of Canada's Bernard Amtmann Fellowship. Earlier in my career I was a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Academic Librarianship and editor of its 'Managing Technology' section. 

I have an Honours BA (with distinction) in History and an MISt from the University of Toronto, as well as an MA in Canadian History from Concordia. For several years (2014-18) I taught a graduate course on the history of books and printing at McGill University's School of Information Studies. I have been active in the Bibliographical Society of Canada and the Association of University Presses and I am a member of the American Printing History Association, the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP), the Elizabethan Club of Yale University, and the Grolier Club. 


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

MISt, University of Toronto

Honours BA (with distinction), University of Toronto

Selected publications

Book chapter and articles

“Henry Charles Darling (1780-1845),” Dictionary of Canadian Biography. In press.


“’The Relics … What are they?’: Locating Florence Nightingale in her Childhood Library” in Collection Thinking: Within and Without Libraries, Archives, and Museums, edited by Jason Camlot, Martha Langford, and Linda Morra, 170–80. London: Routledge, 2022.

“’Print paper ought to be as free as the air and water’: American Newspapers, Canadian Newsprint, and the Payne-Aldrich Tariff, 1909-13,” American Periodicals 32, no. 1 (2022): 53-69.


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


“’Save the Cross Campus’: Library Design and Protests at Yale, 1968-69,” Information and Culture 53, no. 2 (2018): 152-74.


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


“Teaching Librarians to be Censors: Library Education for Francophones in Quebec, 1937-61.” In Censorship and the Limits of the Literary, 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, 1936-40.” Library & Information History 28 (June 2012): 103-16.


“Eton College,” “Inns of Court Libraries,” “Royal Library, Windsor,” and “Royal Society Library.” In The 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 Intimacy of Paper in Early and Nineteenth-Century American Literature, by Jonathan Senchyne. Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada 59 (2022): online. 

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.


Series editor, Text/Context: Writings by Canadian Artists, 2019-Present, Concordia University Press.

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

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

Conference Presentations, Exhibitions, and Editorial Service

Selected conference papers and presentations

Moderator/organizer, “What University Librarians Want Publishers to Know.” Annual meeting of the Association of University Presses, Detroit, MI, 13 June 2019.


“’Book I had when a child’: Queen Mary’s Collection of Children’s Books.” Annual meeting of the Bibliographical Society of Canada, Vancouver, BC, 2 June 2019.


Moderator/organizer, “Where the Stress Falls: Exploring Challenges in the University Library-University Press Relationship.” Charleston Conference, Charleston, SC, 7 November 2018.


“Relics in the Magic Circle, or, Looking for Florence Nightingale in Florence Nightingale’s Childhood Library.” Collection Thinking Conference, Concordia University, Montreal, QC,

13 June 2018.


“University Libraries and University Presses: Working Towards True Collaboration, or Creating a University Press from Scratch.” Library Publishing Forum, Minneapolis, MN, 22 May 2018.

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, 2017.  

"'A continuous mineral story from one ocean to the other:' The Geological Survey of Canada at the 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.

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