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Anna Dysert

anna [dot] dysert [at] mcgill [dot] ca

514-398-4475 ext. 09878

Osler Library

McIntyre Medical Building
3655 Sir William Osler
Montreal, Quebec
H3G 1Y6

Osler Library of the History of Medicine

  • Social studies of medicine
  • Biomedical ethics
  • History of medicine
  • Rare books and archives

Liaison librarian

Supports teaching, learning, and research in the history and social studies of medicine, with particular emphasis on rare books and special collections. Responsible for overseeing Osler Library archival collections.


  • PhD, History, McGill, 2016 (expected)
  • MLIS, Archives, McGill, 2010
  • MA, Medieval Studies/Book History, Toronto, 2008

Areas of interest

  • Rare books and special collections
  • Digital humanities
  • Book history and manuscript studies
  • Latin codicology and paleography

Professional activities

  • Medieval Academy of America
  • Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)
  • RBMS Publications Committee
  • RBMS Membership and Professional Development Committee
  • American Association for the History of Medicine

Awards, honours, and fellowships

  • Newberry Library/Ecole nationale des chartes Exchange Fellowship (2010-2011)
  • Provost Graduate Fellowship, History Department, McGill University (2010)

Selected papers and presentations

"Revisiting the Library as Laboratory at the Osler Library," co-authored with Christopher Lyons. In Meetings with Books: Special Collections in the 21st Century, ed. by Jillian Tomm and Richard Virr. Montreal: McGill University Library and Archives, 2014.

"Specular Art and Science: Mirror Metaphor in Medieval Alchemical Texts." In Specular Reflections: The Mirror in Medieval and Early Modern Culture, ed. Nancy Frelick, Chantal Phan, and Juliet O'Brien. Turnhout: Brepols, forthcoming.

Review of Herbs and Healers from the Ancient Mediterranean through the Medieval West: Essays in Honor of John M. Riddle, ed. Anne Van Arsdall and Timothy Graham. British Journal of the History of Science 47, no. 2 (June 2014): 369-371.

"A Physical Artifact of a Lively Scientific Culture of the Late Middle Ages." Osler Library Newsletter no. 16 (Spring 2012).

"Anatomy Theaters, Legal Dramas, and Landscape Staging: Unexpected Performances in Special Collections," with Svetlana Kochkina and Jennifer Garland. Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the American College and Research Libraries Preconference, July 2013.

"In hoc antiquo libro: A Study of Osler Library MS 480 (De anima in arte alchemiae)." 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan Univ., May 2012.


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