Woman with long red hair holding a pile of cookbooks

Photo by Raquel Russell

About me:

I’ve been a librarian at UTSC for over 10 years. In my role as a liaison librarian I work closely with faculty and students in the development of research and critical thinking skills, and I develop library collections to support curricular needs and community interests. I also run the UTSC Seed Library in partnership with Edible Campus.

I am committed to social justice and I approach my work through critical praxis. As a long-time prison and policing abolitionist, much of my thinking and action in both my professional and personal realms is driven by abolitionism and anti-racism, as well as feminism, queer politics, and fat liberation.

My areas of interest include critical librarianship, critical information literacy, prison and police abolition, prisoners’ rights, critical history, privacy rights and surveillance, and many more! I have volunteered and done community-engaged research with a local organization that supports formerly incarcerated women, The Second Chance Foundation. For more info about my research work, check out my research page.

My professional service work focuses primarily on labour issues through the University of Toronto Faculty Association (UTFA), which includes serving on UTFA’s Executive Committee, Council, Librarians Committee, Appointments Committee, Librarian Systemic Bias Working Group, and the Policies for Librarians negotiating team.

In my personal time I enjoy sewing, gardening, softball, going to the movies, and hanging out with my dog, Honey.