Jillian Sparks

Special Collections Librarian

Special Collections Librarian dedicated to instruction, outreach, and making special collections a welcoming place for all researchers.

MLIS and Certificate in Book Studies, University of Iowa, 2015

MA in English with a concentration in Medieval and Early Modern Studies, University of Victoria, 2012

BA in English and French & Francophone Studies, Creighton University, 2011

  • #LibrariesOfInstagram: Finding Community and a Unique Voice on Instagram. Presented at the International Conference of Social Media & Society July 29, 2017. Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, Canada.
  • Digital Humanities Projects in W.D. Jordan RareBooks and Special Collections. Presented at Matariki Digital Humanities Colloquium: Research and the Curriculum October 24, 2016. Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada.
  • Building a Special Collections Instruction Program: A Case Study at Queen's University. Presented at IFLA Information Literacy Satellite conference August 11, 2016. De Paul University, Chicago, IL, USA.
  • Regenerating the Local Catalog: An Approach for Augmenting Bibliographic Information for Early Printed Texts. Presented at the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing (SHARP) July 8, 2015. Université de Sherbrooke, Longueuil, QC, Canada.  Link to poster: ir.uiowa.edu/slis_student_pubs/1/
  • Deciphering Secret Codes in John Wilkins’s Mercury (1641) and Essay Towards a Real Character and Philosophical Language (1668). Presented at the Pacific Northwest Renaissance Conference October 19, 2012. University of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, BC, Canada.


Douglas Library, Jordan Rare Books and Special Collections
(613) 533-6000 x77693