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 iSchool’s information resource collections, as well as ensuring that faculty, students, and researchers have access to the resources they need.

She has taught selected workshops for the iSkills workshop series, visited classes as a guest speaker, and collaborated with instructors as a course associate for INF1320, Introduction to Bibliographic Control. She provides research assistance for questions related to collection development, library technical services, cataloguing and classification, organization and arrangement of collections, and e-books. She is part of the University of Toronto Libraries’ RDA Implementation training team. Additionally, she volunteers for the iSchool’s Ask an Alum program.

Elisa’s work has appeared in The Globe and Mail, Hart House Review, Faculty of Information Quarterly and Cataloging & Classification Quarterly. She holds an A.R.C.T. 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 information desk assistant at the Inforum, the Faculty’s integrated library and laboratory. 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 of Information, 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 recently collaborated on a research project that explored how cataloguers articulate their value within the broader realm of library assessment and advocacy. She co-presented a paper at FSR 2014: Faster, Smarter, and Richer: Reshaping the Library Catalogue, an international cataloguing conference hosted by the Associazione Italiana Biblioteche and the Vatican Library. A longer version of the paper, co-authored with Kate MacDonald (Graham Library, Trinity College) and Juliya Borie (Robarts Library), appeared in Cataloging & Classification Quarterly in 2015.

Her current research explores the role of libraries within Toronto’s settlement house movement in the early 20th century.

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