Elisa Sze


Librarian, Collections & Public Services Coordinator

Elisa Sze

Librarian, Collections & Public Services Coordinator

Elisa and her team are responsible for the development, management, and organization of the Inforum library collections, as well as ensuring that faculty, students, researchers, and professionals have access to the information resources that they need.

Her teaching experience includes: designing and delivering cataloguing and classification workshops for the iSkills workshops series; collaborating with instructors as a course associate for INF1320; teaching Cite It Right; leading an ebooks workshop at the Bendale Branch of the Toronto Public Library; and designing and teaching INF2145 Creation and Organization of Bibliographic Records.

Her writing has appeared in The Globe and Mail, Hart House Review, Faculty of Information Quarterly, and Cataloging & Classification Quarterly. She holds an ARCT diploma in piano performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto.

Elisa first joined the Faculty of Information as a student in the MISt program and an Inforum information desk assistant. Upon graduation, she worked on contract for the Serials Automation Project, and later, as the cataloguing librarian for the Museum Studies collection. Prior to coming to the Faculty, she served as library curator (2004-2005) and member of the Literary and Library Committee, Facilities Subcommittee (2002-2005) at Hart House, University of Toronto.

Research highlight: Elisa is conducting historical research on the Toronto Public Library’s participation in the settlement house movement during the early 20th century. She presented a research poster on this topic at the OLA Super Conference 2018 (in Toronto), and a paper at the Canadian Historical Association Annual Meeting 2018 (at the University of Regina).

From 2014-2015, Elisa collaborated on a research project that explored how cataloguers articulate their value within the broader realm of library assessment and advocacy. As part of that project, she co-presented a paper at FSR 2014: Faster, Smarter, and Richer: Reshaping the Library Catalogue (Associazione Italiana Biblioteche and the Vatican Library), and co-authored the article “Asserting catalogers’ place in the ‘value of libraries’ conversation”, published in Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, volume 53, issue 3-4 (2015).

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