Katherine Hanz

katherine.hanz [at] mcgill.ca 514-398-7644

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


Associate Dean, User Services 



MLIS, McGill University, 2009

MA (English & Theatre Studies), University of Guelph, 2007

BA (English & Theatre Studies), University of Guelph, 2005

Selected Publications

Hanz, K. & McKinnon, D. (2021). Business not as usual: Library study space in the pandemic. IFLA Library Building and Equipment Section Blog: https://iflalbes.wordpress.com/2021/01/18/business-not-as-usual-library-study-spaces-in-the-pandemic/

Hanz, K. & Kingsland, E. (2020). Fake or for real? A fake news workshop. Reference Services Review, 48(1). https://doi.org/10.1108/RSR-09-2019-0064

Hanz, K. & McKinnon, D. (2018). When librarians hit the books: Uses of and attitudes toward e-books. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 44(1), 1-14 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acalib.2017.12.018

Boruff, J., Hanz, K., Holder, S., Kucij, M., Lange, J., & Lannon, A. (2015). A tale of three libraries: Lessons learned from three branch mergers at McGill University. In S. Holder & A. Lannon (Eds.), Difficult decisions: Closing and merging academic libraries (pp. 145-158). Chicago, IL: Association of College & Research Libraries.

Hanz, K. & Lange, J. (2013).  Using student questions to direct information literacy workshops. Reference Services Review 41(3)532 – 546. http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?articleid=17093239

Hanz, K. & Lange, J. (2013).  Beyond the university gates: Effective methods for teaching career-oriented IL skills to students in professional programs. Proceedings of the 2013 LOEX Conference: Library Orientation Series, No. 46 “The Ultimate Information Literacy Setlist: Showcase your Greatest Hits.https://commons.emich.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1024&context=loexconf2013

Hasnain, R., Kondratowicz, D.M., Borokhovski, E., Nye, C., Balcazar, F., Portillo, N., Hanz, K., Johnson, T., & Gould, R. (2011). Do cultural competency interventions work?: A systematic review on improving rehabilitation outcomes for ethnically and linguistically diverse individuals with disabilities. FOCUS: Technical Briefs 31, 1-12.  http://www.ncddr.org/kt/products/focus/focus31/Focus31.pdf 

Abrami, P. C., Borokhovski, E., Bernard, R.M., Wade, C. A., Tamim, R., Persson, T., Bethel, E.C., Hanz, K., & Surkes, M.A. (2010).  Issues in conducting and disseminating brief reviews. Evidence and Policy 6 (3), 71-389. http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/174426410X524866


Selected Presentations

Hanz, K., & Hervieux, S. (2021, June). Blending the old and the new: Tools for re-envisioning the literature review workshop. Paper presented at the WILU conference, Online, June 23, 2021. Duration: 45 minutes.

Hanz, K. & Turp, C. (2021, February). Lending in the time of Covid. WMS Connect Series 2021. Webinar. Duration: 20 minutes.

Hanz, K. & Isuster, M. (2020, January).  If you can dream it, you can plan it: Organizing volunteer run professional development events without losing your head.  Paper presented at the Ontario Library Association (OLA) Conference, Toronto, ON, January 31, 2020

Hanz, K. & Hervieux, S. (2019, May). Braving the wilderness: Using text analysis and encoding to teach students about literature reviews. Paper presented at the LOEX (Library Orientation Exchange) Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN, May 11, 2019. Duration: 60 minutes.

Hanz, K.& Kingsland, E. (2018, June). Black, White, and Re(a)d”: How to Tell Real News from Malarkey. Paper presented at the Workshop for Instruction in Library Use (WILU) Conference, Ottawa, ON, June 6, 2018. Duration: 45 minutes.

Hanz, K. & Lange, J. (2016, May). Sprint into your library! Developing an online orientation game for students. Paper presented at the ABQLA Annual Conference, Montreal, QC, May 4, 2016. Duration: 30 minutes.

Hanz, K. & Lange, J. (2013, May). Beyond the University Gates:  Effective Methods for Teaching Career-Oriented IL Skills to Students in Professional Programs. Paper presented at the LOEX Annual Conference, Nashville, TN, May 3, 2013.  Duration: 60 minutes.

Hanz, K. & Lui, V. (2012, May). Choose Your Own Teaching Adventure: A Resourceful Way to Balance Content Consistency with Teaching Styles in a Library Orientation Program. Paper presented at the Workshop for Instruction in Library Use (WILU) Conference, Edmonton, AB, May 24, 2012.  Duration: 45 minutes. 

Hanz, K., & Lange, J. (2011, May). What they don't know can help you: Creating information sessions based on a pre-assessment of students' library knowledge. Paper presented at the LOEX Annual Conference, Fort Worth, TX, May 7, 2011.  Duration: 60 minutes.

Hanz, K., & Lange, J. (2011, April). What do university students want to know?: Re-evaluating information sessions based on an analysis of commonly-asked library questions. Paper presented at the Librarians’ Information Literacy Annual Conference (LILAC), London, England, April 18, 2011.  Duration: 30 minutes.


Selected Professional Activities

Workshop for Instruction in Library Use (WILU)

  • Co-chair of the 2023 Conference Planning Committee, 2021/present

Quebec Library Association (ABQLA)

  • Past President, 2019/2020
  • President, 2018/2019
  • Vice President, 2017/2018
  • President, College & Research Section, 2016/ 2017
  • Vice President, College & Research Section, 2012/2013; 2015/2016
  • Member of the Awards Committee, 2014/current

Special Library Association (SLA)

  • Editor-in-Chief, Education Libraries, 2015/2018
  •  Board Member, Education Division, 2015/2018

Association of College and Research Libraries

  • Member of the EBSS Instruction for Educators Committee, 2012/2014
  • Member of the EBSS Curriculum Materials Committee, 2012/2014


Google Scholar Profile


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