Danielle Allard, PhD, MISt
Danielle Allard is an Assistant Professor at the School of Library and Information Studies in the Faculty of Education. She received her PhD and Masters of Information Studies (MISt) from the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto.
My research falls at the intersection of culture and community, information (its usages, representations, and institutions), and the role that information and information institutions might play in feminist, decolonizing, and anti-violence efforts. My research interests include: the information practices of newcomer and migrant communities; Indigenous, community, and activist archives; sexual violence and sexual harassment in libraries; critical information studies; and the inclusion of marginalized communities, cultural heritage, and knowledge domains in digital and real-world information institutions.
My previous research on the SSHRC funded (2013-2017) Digital Archives and Marginalized Communities project examined how digital information systems and archival platforms can be used to create participatory activist archives that challenge violent, colonizing, and stigmatizing representations of Indigenous peoples - especially women and girls - and of sex work activists. Building on this work, and in partnership with Sex Professionals of Canada's Executive Director Amy Lebovitch and Dr. Shawna Ferris, my present SSHRC funded research (2018-2022) on the Sex Work Activist Histories Project (SWAHP) engages in an exploration of sex work activism in Canada and the production of related histories and representations.
In collaboration with Dr. Tami Oliphant and former SLIS student Angela Lieu, my most recent research draws from feminist anti-violence frameworks to examine patron-perpetrated sexual harassment in libraries.
An introduction to reference and information services and resources. Includes history and varieties of reference services, user populations, instruction, ethics, access issues, the reference interview, search strategies, evaluation of services, and the organization, selection, evaluation, and use of major information resources. Required course. Sections may be offered at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Tuition and Fees page in the University Regulations sections of the Calendar. Pre or corequisite: LIS 501 or consent of instructor.
Examines the central concepts of diversity and inclusion and a range of related issues and contributions with respect to specific populations and traditionally underrepresented groups, and their support systems, in library and information settings. Pre or corequisite: LIS 501 or consent of instructor.
Introduction to theories, standards and methods used in modern archives, with an historical overview and an emphasis on critical and contemporary theory and practice. Pre or corequisite: LIS 501 or consent of instructor.