Robin Desmeules

robin.desmeules [at] 514-398-1896

550 Sherbrooke West, West Tower
6th floor, suite 680
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1B9

Cataloguing Librarian

Responsible for original and enhanced cataloguing of rare books and special collections materials held in McGill University Libraries.


Selected Publications

Tummon, N. & Desmeules, R. (2022). How Open Is the U15? A Preliminary Analysis of Open Access Publishing in Canadian Academic Libraries. Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication, 10(1)

Desmeules, R., Turp, C., & Senior, A. (2020). Exploring methods for Linked Data model evaluation in practice. Journal of Library Metadata, 20(1), 65-89.

Desmeules, R. (2020). The bookbinding of Hortense P. Cantlie for McGill Library: surfacing a legacy of invisible labor in the stacks. Libraries: Culture, History, and Society, 4(2).

Desmeules, R.“Revealing the labour of legacy: Hortense P. Cantlie’s bookbinding for McGill.” Contained in Many Women, Many Voices: Stories from McGill Collections. Edited by Nathalie Cooke, et. al. Montreal: ROAAr, 2018.

Browning, J.J., Desmeules, R.E., Farnel, S., & Senior, A. (2017). "The Canadian Linked Data Summit: Developing Canada's Linked Data Future through Cooperative Alliances," Collaborative Librarianship, 9(1).

Colosimo, A., Desmeules, R., & McKinnon, D. (2017). Whole-person mentoring for every stage of careers in librarianship. Library Leadership & Management, 31(4).

Desmeules, R., Campbell, S., & Dorgan, M. (2016). Acknowledging Librarians’ Contributions to Systematic Review Searching. Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association / Journal de l'Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada, 37(2). doi:


Selected Presentations

Desmeules, R., Turp, C., Senior, A., and Trudeau, C. “Investigating linked data for student newspapers.” Short talk presented at 2019 Electronic Resources & Libraries Annual Conference, March 4, 2019. Presenter: Robin Desmeules. Duration: 15 minutes.

Desmeules, R., and Severson, S.. “Collective curation as feminist praxis.” Part of Diverse & Instructive: Digital Collections Reach Across Communities (Panel), DLF (Digital Library Federation) Forum, Las Vegas Nevada, October 15-17, 2018. Presenter: Sarah Severson. Duration: 10 minutes.

Ing, E., Dysert, A., & Desmeules, R.. “In pursuit of progress: Digitizing the North West Company papers.” Paper presented at Archives Society of Alberta Biennial Conference, Banff, AB, May 23-25, 2019. Presenter: Elis Ing. Duration: 20 minutes.

Desmeules, R. & Dysert, A.. “Folksonomic explorations and community cultivation: special collections on Instagram.” Presented at Concordia's 16th Annual Research Forum, April 26, 2018, Montreal, Canada. Duration: 20 minutes.

Desmeules, R., Dysert, A., Garland, J. & Severson, S.. “Harmony in four parts: cultivating community and creating a collective voice for @mcgill_rare.” Presented as part of the panel “Instagram and the rare books community: An insiders’ view,”presented at the Social Media & Society 2017 International Conference, Toronto, ON, July 28-30th, 2017. Presenter: Robin Desmeules. Duration: 20 minutes.

Ridolfo, L., Desmeules, R.E.. “Getting to there from here: learning linked data through the Canadian Linked Data Initiative.” (Lightning talk). Presented at the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Printing (SHARP), June 9-12, 2017. Duration: 5 minutes.

Hafner, J., Senior, A., Chellew, M., & Desmeules, R..The Canadian Linked Data Initiative: What is happening with Linked Data in Canada?” Presented as part of the plenary discussion “Canadian Music Libraries: Connecting people and collections” held at the Music Library Association 86th Annual Meeting, Orlando FL, February 25th, 2017. Presenter: Joseph Hafner. Duration: 25 minutes.

Desmeules, R., Dorgan, M. & Campbell, S.. “Acknowledging Academic Librarians’ Contributions in Research Publications (paper)”. Canadian Health Libraries Association/Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada (CHLA/ABSC) Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, June 20, 2015. Duration: 15 minutes. Presented by Sandy Campbell.

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