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.

"Instastacks: Promoting Collections and Community through Instagram." Inside OCULA, 5 February 2018, http://open-shelf.ca/180201-ocula-instastacks/.


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