Elis Ing

elis.ing [at] mcgill.ca 514-398-7172

McLennan Library Building
3459 McTavish Street
Montreal, Quebec H3A 0C9


  • Rare Books and Special Collections

Elis Ing

Liaison Librarian, Rare Books and Special Collections

Supports teaching, learning, research, and outreach activities in Rare Books and Special Collections and as the special collections liaison librarian for children’s literature; archival collections including the Masson Collection of North West Company papers; cookbooks and menus; the Joseph N. Nathanson Collection of Lincolniana; Judaica and Jewish literature; popular literature including the Western and Cowboy Fiction Collection; and the Rosalynd Stearn Puppet Collection.


  • Master of Library and Information Science, Strathclyde University, Glasgow, Scotland
  • Bachelor of Arts, Richmond International University, London, England

Areas of Interest

  • 18th and 19th century fur trade
  • Information literacy
  • Critical librarianship/archival practice

Selected Publications and Presentations

Ing, Elis. "Small wonders tell big stories at Rare Books & Special Collections." Library Matters. November, 2018. [http://news.library.mcgill.ca/small-wonders-tell-big-stories-rbsc]

Ing, Elis. "Content Warning: This Library Contains Colourful Language" Library Matters. April, 2019. [https://news.library.mcgill.ca/content-warning-this-library-contains-colourful-language/]

Ing, Elis. "Out of Harm’s Way : Second World War scrapbooks shine a light on the experience of evacuee children brought to Quebec" Library Matters. December, 2019. [https://news.library.mcgill.ca/out-of-harms-way-second-world-war-scrapbooks-shine-a-light-on-the-experience-of-evacuee-children-brought-to-quebec/]

Ing, Elis. In Pursuit of Progress. Presentation and participation in panel discussion. Mind the Gap (biennial conference of the Archives Society of Alberta), Banff, Alberta. May 24, 2019.

Ing, Elis and Lauren Williams. Activating Special Collections for Climate Change Research. Poster session. RBMS 2019 (Rare Books and Manuscript Section, American Library Association), Baltimore, Maryland. June 20, 2019.


“Books That Pop! Historical Children's Books in the Sheila Bourke Collection”. Rare Books and Special Collection, November-February, 2018. Curator, with A. Holland and J. Garland.

“Witness to a Setting Sun? Rudyard Kipling’s Traffics and Discoveries”. Rare Books and Special Collections, September 2019 – January 2020. Curator.

“Yiddish Spoken: The Yiddish Writers of Quebec”. Rare Books and Special Collections, September 2019 – January 2020.

“Into the Woods: Children’s Books and Fairy Tales”. Rare Books and Special Collections, September 2019 – January 2020. Curator, with A. Salamon.

Professional Activities

  • McGill Library Professional Issues Committee (2019-2021)


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