Kristen Howard

Portrait of Kristen Howard in the McLennan Library

kristen.howard [at] 514-398-5550

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


  • Classical Studies
  • Government Information
  • History
  • Indigenous Studies

Liaison Librarian

I support the teaching, learning, and research needs of the students and faculty members in the department of History and Classical Studies, Indigenous Studies program, and provide support on Government Information.


Master of Information Studies, McGill University, 2022

Ph.D., History, University of Arizona, 2020

M.A., History, University of Arizona, 2014

B.A., History, Washington State University, 2012

Areas of Interest

  • Information and archival literacy
  • Creative uses of special collections
  • Humanities researchers' use of digital surrogates
  • Library ethics and principles

Selected Publications

Howard, K. (in press). Digitization and exploitation: Acknowledging and addressing the use of exploitative prison labor by libraries and archives. The Library Quarterly.

Howard, K. (forthcoming). Household and hospital: Work, social welfare, and the family in Reformation Geneva. In T. Fehler & J. Thomley (Eds.), Do good unto all: Charity and poor relief across Christian Europe, 1400-1800. Manchester University Press.

Selected Talks and Presentations

Rod, A.B., Pecoskie, C., & Howard, K. (2022, October). BiblioTECH: Building a collaborative future-oriented instruction program for information studies students. Access 2022, Virtual. Duration: 20 minutes.

Sundberg, J. & Howard, K. (2022, October). Knitting together a community with special collections. Lightning session presented at 2022 CRKN Conference, Virtual. Material prepared by K. Howard and J. Sundberg, presented by J. Sundberg. Duration: 10 minutes.

Howard, K. (2022, June). Sketching and stitching in the stacks: Driving community engagement with creative projects. Lighting talk presented at RBMS Conference, Virtual. Duration: 5 minutes.

Howard, K. (2022, May). Magnifying the Royce Gale Miniature Book Collection. Invited presentation, Rare Books & Special Collections, McGill Library, Hybrid. Recording. Duration: 30 minutes.

Howard, K. (2022, May). Highlights from the Lilly Toth Miniature Book Collection. Invited presentation, Lilly Toth Memorial Event (part of the Festival d'Histoire de Montréal), Jewish Public Library and Montreal Holocaust Museum. Duration: 25 minutes.

Howard, K., & Paul, E. (2022, May). A collection of curiosities: The Lilly Toth Miniature Book Collection. ABQLA Annual Conference, Virtual. Recording. Duration: 40 minutes.

Howard, K. (2022, April). Digitization and exploitation: Toward ending the exploitation of the incarcerated in memory work. Presented at the Concordia Library Research Forum, Virtual. Recording. Duration: 20 minutes.

Howard, K. (2022, March). Knitting in code. ROAAr event, McGill Library, Virtual. Recording. Duration: 35 minutes.

Howard, K. (2022, February). Social welfare and the hospital in Geneva. Invited presentation, Reformation Conference, Claremont McKenna College, Virtual. Duration: 30 minutes.

Howard, K. (2021, February). Rare stitches: Knitting inspired by illuminated manuscripts. ROAAr event, McGill Library, Virtual. Recording. Duration: 25 minutes.

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