Elysia is interested in the role that information plays in religious and spiritual life. Her dissertation research uses narrative interviews, timeline drawings, and participant observation to explore how Muslim converts in the Greater Toronto Area develop religious identities through the ways they seek, evaluate, and share information. While at the iSchool, Elysia has presented at ALISE, Canadian Association for Information Science (CAIS/ACSI) Annual Meeting, ISIC: The Information Behaviour Conference, Kent State University Center for the Study of Information and Religion (CSIR)’s Annual Conference, and Ontario Library Association (OLA) Super Conference. She has published peer-reviewed articles in the Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science (2013), and Journal of Religious & Theological Information (2015), and has a forthcoming co-written chapter on Muslim veiling in contemporary Quebec in an edited English-language book on lived religion in that province. Elysia has also been involved in the iSchool community as the Doctoral Student Association’s representative on the Graduate Students’ Union (GSU) and a planning committee member for the Coach House Institute’s Culture & Technology Lecture Series (2013-2014). Elysia chose the iSchool at U of T for its interdisciplinary approach to the study of information and its affects on knowledge production, social contexts, and cultural institutions. The iSchool at U of T also offers learning opportunities through the Inforum’s workshops, access to the UTL system’s wide array of collections and resources, and the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI)’s Teaching Assistants’ Training Program (TATP).
Elysia GuzikSupervisor: Jenna Hartel
information behaviour and practice, history of library and information science, qualitative research methods
M.I.St. (Library Science, University of Toronto)
B.A. (Anthropology and Religion & Culture, Wilfrid Laurier University)