Jennifer Garland

Jennifer.Garland [at] 514-398-4785

Humanities and Social Sciences Library
McLennan Library Building
3459 McTavish Street
Montreal, Quebec H3A 0C9


  • Rare Books and Special Collections

Interim Director, 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 the Blackader-Lauterman Rare Collection of Architecture and Art; the Print Collection; and the John Bland Canadian Architecture Collection. 


  • Master of Library and Information Studies, McGill University
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) University

Areas of Interest

  • Architectural archives
  • Book arts; Letterpress printing
  • Print illustration
  • Special collections

Selected Publications and Presentations

Dickenson, V. and Garland, J. (2021). “Taylor White’s Paper Museum.” Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science, 75:599-626.

Cooke, N., Deskin, H., Garland, J. et al (Eds.). (2021). AMAZE: A McGill A-Z Experience. McGill University Library and Archives, 2021, Montreal.

Dysert, A., Garland, J., Holland, A.M. and L. Williams (2019). "Toward a Book Arts Laboratory at McGill Library." Book Arts Canada, 10(1).

Garland, J. and S. Severson. “Multimodal exhibitions: A case study of McGill@Expo67.” Paper presentation. ARLIS/NA Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, UT, March 28, 2019.

Cooke, N. and J. Garland. “Methodological Reflections on the Relationship Between Lived and Idealized Self and Other in Women’s Journals” In: A Space of their own: Women and the Periodical Press in China’s Long Twentieth Century, Eds. Hockx, M., Judge, J. and B. Mittler. Cambridge University Press, 2018.

Garland, J. “Sigrun Bülow-Hübe.” In: Many Women, Many Voices; Stories from McGill Collections. Edited by Nathalie Cooke, Fréderic Guiliano, Christopher Lyons, et al. McGill University Library, 2018.

Jennings, M., Garland, J., Severson, S. and D. Tkach (2015). "Wayfinding in complex architectural collections: A collaborative approach between creator and curator." Archiving Conference Proceedings (Society for Imaging Science and Technology).

Garland, J. (2014). "Locating traces of hidden visual culture in rare books and special collections: A case study in visual literacy." Art Documentation, 33(2).

Garland, J. (2014). “Lawrence Lande Blake Collection” and “Max Stern Collection” and (with A. Holland) “John Bland Canadian Architecture Collection.” In: Meetings with Books: Symposium on Special Collections in the 21st Century. With a tribute to Raymond Klibansky & an illustrated survey of McGill Library Special Collections. Edited by Jillian Tomm and Richard Virr. Published by McGill University Library.

Garland, J., Huising, R. and J. Struben (2013). “What if technology worked in harmony with nature?” Imagining climate change through Prius advertisements.” Organization, 20(5): 679-704.

“Anatomy Theaters, Legal Dramas, and Landscape Staging: Unexpected Performances in Special Collections. A. Dysert, J. Garland and S. Kochkina. ACRL Rare Books and Manuscripts Section Preconference, Minneapolis, MN, June 26, 2013.

“Curating Print Collections in the Digital Age.” J. Garland and S. Swanick. IFLA General Conference and Assembly, Rare Books and Manuscripts Section, Helsinki, Finland, August 13, 2012.

“Lacquer Illustrated Bindings: Syncretic Elements of Painting and Writing.” J. Garland and S. Swanick. 38th Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies, Saint Louis, MI, October, 14, 2011.

Cooke, N., and J. Garland (2008) “Putting Questions to Images: The Chatelaine Project.” Visual Resources Association Bulletin, 35(2): 86-93.

“Ladies, Housewives, Soldiers and Seductresses: Four Stages in the Development of Magazine Advertising Techniques in North America 1900-1950.” J. Garland and N. Cooke. Women’s Magazines, New Women and the Reconfiguration of Genres Conference, Heidelberg University, Germany, April 30, 2007.

Selected Professional Activities

  • Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA)
    • Program Co-Chair, Conference Planning Advisory Committee (2021)
    • Canadian Liaison, Executive Board (2016-2018)
    • Strategic Planning Committee (2011-2015)
  • McGill Library Tenure Committee, Chair (2019-2020)
  • McGill Library Nominating Committee (2015-2017)
  • McGill Association of University Teachers - Librarians' Section (MAUT-LS): Secretary/Treasurer (2013-2016)
  • RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage
    • Editorial Board (2024-2027)


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