Anna Dysert

anna.dysert [at]

Associate Librarian

Coordinator: Receiving & Processing; Archival materials

514 396-1173

Collection Services

Archives and special collections metadata

Digital archives

Library receiving & processing

On Instagram @mcgill_rare and Wikimedia



  • MLIS, Archives, McGill University

  • MA, Medieval Studies/Book History and Print Culture, University of Toronto

  • Certified Digital Archives Specialist, Society of American Archivists, 2022

Areas of specialization

  • Metadata for archival and heritage collections

  • Manuscript studies, book history, and paleography

  • Wikidata, linked data, and archives

  • Medieval and early modern medicine

Selected papers and presentations

Dysert, A., & Hague-Yearl, M. (2023). Medieval Medical School: A primary source critical reading activity. In H. G. Rempel & R. Hamelers (Eds.), Teaching critical reading skills: Strategies for academic librarians, Vol. 1: Reading in disciplines and for specific populations (pp. 33-43). American Library Association.

Dysert, A. (2022). William Osler and the collecting of the Middle Ages. In J. Camlot and J. A. Weingarten (Eds.), Unpacking the personal library: The public and private life of books. Waterloo: Wilfred Laurier University Press.

Cooke, N., Anna Dysert, and Merika Ramundo (2022).Edible enigmas: food riddles and enigmatical bills of fare. In J. Camlot, M. Langford, and L. M. Morra (Eds.), Collection Thinking: Within and Without Libraries, Archives and Museums. New York: Routledge.

Dysert, A., Jamieson, K., McLellan, E., and Timms, K. Is linked data the future of archival description? Panel presentation and roundtable. Association of Canadian Archivists Annual Conference. Toronto, ON, June 3-5, 2019: 90 minutes

Dysert, A., Garland, J., Holland, A. M., and Williams, L. (2019). Toward a book arts laboratory at McGill Library. Book Arts Canada, 10(1), 20-25

Desmeules, R. and Dysert A. (2019). Is it #frontispiecefriday yet?: Folksonomic explorations. MOQDOC Bulletin, 28(2). Retrieved from

Dysert, A., Rankin, S. and Wagner, D. N. (2018). Touch Tables for Special Collections Libraries: Curators Creating User ExperiencesRBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage, 19(1).

Reichman E. and Dysert, A. (2018). A tour of the Osler Library of the History of Medicine through Jewish eyes. Hakira: Flatbush Journal of Jewish Philosophy and Thought, 24, 75-89.

Chellew, M. and Dysert, A. (presenter). A tale of four archives: Implementation of AtoM at McGill Library. Panel presentation. Association of Canadian Archivists Annual Conference. Edmonton, AB, June 6-9, 2018. Duration: 20 minutes.

Dysert, A. (2016). Specular art and science: Mirror metaphor in medieval alchemical texts. In Nancy Frelick (Ed.), Specular reflections: The mirror in medieval and early modern culture. Turnhout: Brepols.

Dysert, A. (2015). Aims and approaches in special collections assessment: A case study from the Osler LibraryRBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage16(2), 101-112.

Dysert, A. (2015). La Bibliothèque publique juive et la communauté juive francophone de Montréal. In The Future of the Past: The Jewish Public Library of Montreal, 1914-2014. Montreal: Concordia University Institute for Canadian Jewish Studies.

Dysert, A. and Lyons, C. (2014). Revisiting the library as laboratory at the Osler Library. In J. Tomm and R. Virr (Eds.), Meetings with Books: Special Collections in the 21st Century, ed. by Jillian Tomm and Richard Virr. Montreal: McGill University Library and Archives.

"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.

Professional activities

  • Board of Directors (Chair), Access to Memory (AtoM) Foundation

  • Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)

  • International Council on Archives, Volunteer Translator Programme, English language coordinator

Awards, honours, and fellowships

  • ACRL ESS De Gruyter European Librarianship Study Grant (2018)

  • Newberry Library/Ecole nationale des chartes Exchange Fellowship (2010-2011)

  • Provost Graduate Fellowship, History Department, McGill University (2010)


Medieval Medical School Activity, 2013 (updated 2021) PDF icon medmedschool-activity-final_eng_rev2021_1.pdf. This is a primary source and close reading activity developed at the Osler Library for the History of Medicine. Activity packet includes background information and guide for activity leaders, visual supports, and handouts. Also available in PDF icon French.  


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