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Dr. Rachel Harris

Scholarly Publishing Librarian, Concordia University Library

About me
I am a librarian, educator, and researcher. As a librarian, I lead our open educational resources services and collaborate on projects related to our institutional repository, ORCID, open access, and copyright, as well as diversity initiatives. Expanding from my doctoral thesis in art history, I remain interested in the intersections between art history and book history as a researcher. Finally, as an educator, I believe in increasing access to higher education


Doctor of Philosophy, Inter-University Program in Art History, Concordia University

Masters of Information Studies, McGill University

Masters of Arts in Art History, York University

Bachelors of Arts in Fine Arts with Honours in Art History, Minor Classical Studies, and Thomlinson Curatorial Internship, Bishop’s University

Creative Commons Certificate

Research interests

> Print culture: illustration, interpictoriality, advertisement, storyboards

> History of the book: text-image interactions, children’s books, artists’ books

> Fairy tales: images, narrative variation, characters, publishing history

> Issues of age, gender, race, as well as animality

> EDID: Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Decononlization in libraries and book studies

> Open Educational Resources

Research Groups: Global Emergent Media (as member)

Teaching activities

Courses taught

ARTH 396: Art and Culture: Artists’ Books, Art History Dep., Concordia University, Summer term 2019 

GPTK 704: Seminar in University Teaching for Graduate Students – Fine Arts Section, CTL, Concordia University, Winter terms 2016-2020

ARTH 388: Narration in Art: Visual Evolution of Fairy Tales, Art History Dep., Concordia University, Summer term 2015   

Select librarian-led workshops

General Workshops

GPLL266: Interdisciplinary Scholarship: Advanced Bibliographic Searching

GPLL263: Peer Review Roundtable

OER Workshops and Events

Copyright module within the Thesis Boost

Past Workshops 

I developed and offered subject-specific workshops across disciplines in Cinema, Music, Dance, Political Science, Government Information, Philosophy, Women's Studies. I have updated and offered general library workshops such as The Way of APA, Zotero, Researching in the Library.


Memberships and Service


Art Libraries Association of North America (ARLIS/NA)
ARLIS/NA Montreal Ottawa Quebec MOQ Chapter
C-ARLIS/NA Canada Chapter
Bibliographical Society of Canada (BSC)
Global Emergent Media Lab (GemLab)
International Association of the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA)

Universities Art Association of Canada (UAAC) 2015-2016, 2018-2019
L'association des bibliothécaire du Québec Library Association 2017-2018


Editorial Service

Book Review Editor, Papers/Cahiers, BSC, 2020-present
Editor, MOQDOC, ARLIS/NA MOQ, 2016-2021

Profesional Associations Service

ARLIS/NA (Advocacy and Public Policy Committee member, 2021-2022)
C-ARLIS/NA (MOQ Representative, 2021-2022)
ARLIS/NA MOQ (VP and President, 2019-2021)
BSC (Conference planning member, 2022)
Special Collections Interest Group BSC (2021-present)

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