Lisa Sloniowski


Associate Librarian

310M Scott Library, York University
Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
Tel: +1-416-736-2100 ext. 20072
Fax: +1-416-736-5920


Lisa Sloniowski is the English Literature Liaison Librarian at York University Library. In this role she builds literary collections and offers research instruction and assistance to faculty and students in the Department of English Language and Literature. She has a particular interest in Special Collections and has been instrumental in York Libraries' acquisition of several important literary collections.

Her research examines the affective labour of librarians as knowledge and memory workers, through a post-structuralist feminist lens. Through that lens, her current work explores the specific archival challenges posed by two special collections: the Barbara Godard library, and an archival collection of feminist pornography. In identifying and analysing the challenges posed by troublesome feminist collections, she makes the case that new ways of acquiring and describing feminist collections are needed in institutionally based libraries and archives, and that developing these new practices offer a form of affective resistance to patriarchal principles governing the organization, accessibility, and preservation of materials in academic libraries and also on the Web. In addition, by identifying the unrecognized labour of academic librarians in knowledge and memory work, she argues for new ways of thinking  about the overarching knowledge production culture in academe.

She peer reviews for a number of journals and is currently an editorial board member of the journal Porn Studies, as well as the Canadian Journal of Academic Librarianship.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) from Queen's University in English literature, a Masters of Arts in English Literature from York University, and a Masters of Information Studies from the University of Toronto. In 2013 she entered the Phd program in Social and Political Thought at York University where she is now a doctoral candidate, at the dissertation stage of the degree

A list of selected publications may be found here.  Recent conference presentations are listed here.