Sarah Severson

Sarah Severson

sarah.severson [at] 514-398-3146

Redpath Library Building, Second Floor
3459 McTavish Street
Montreal, Quebec, H3A OC9


  • Digitization

Assistant Librarian

Digital Library Services Coordinator, Digital Initiatives

Coordinates library technology services to the McGill community, including Library staff. These include planning and front-end support for web services, online user experience, technology project support and management, digitization, digital collections, and hardware and software support. 


  • Masters of Library & Information Studies, McGill University, 2009.                                                   
  • Bachelor of Arts with Distinction, Concordia University, 2007.


  • Digitization & digital libraries
  • Digital Scholarship
  • Open access and copy-left
  • New media production and preservation 

Selected publications

Severson, S. (2017) Digital Photo Archiving. The Complete Guide to Personal Digital Archiving. Ed. Brianna H. Marshall. ALA Editions.  

Lange, J., Miller-Nesbitt, A., Severson, S. (2016) Reducing noise in the academic library: The effectiveness of installing noise meters. Library Hi Tech. 34(1), 45-63

Jennings, M., Garland, J., Severson, S., Tkach, D. (2015). Wayfinding in Complex Architectural Collections: A Collaborative Approach between Creator and Curator. In IS&T 2015 Archiving Conference Proceedings. Paper presented at Archiving 2015, Los Angeles, CA, May 19-22, 2015 (pp. 35-39). Society for Imaging Science and Technology.

Hafner, J. and Kucij, M. and Severson, S. (2015, August) Issuing Scholarship: Library Involvement and the Realities of Publishing Five Years Into the Game. IFLA 2015 Cape Town, International Federation of Library Association annual conference, Cape Town, South Africa. 

Severson, S. (2014, printemps-ete). “Moving beyond the display case: Getting your (digital) collections out there.” Argus, 42(1), 15-19.


Selected talks and presentations

Banuelos, N., Huebner, D., Merriman, B. & Severson, S. (2017, November). “Libraries as Digital Repositories.” Round table discussion at Social Science History Association Conference. Montreal, Quebec

Severson, S and Vejvoda, B. (2017, August). “Learning through Use: A case study on setting up a research fellowship.” Presentation at Shaping Humanities Data workshop at Digital Humanities 2017

Severson, S. (2015). How I used Picasa, WordPress and embedded metadata to build my family archive. Personal Digital Archiving. New York, NY. April 25, 2015.

Brault, C. & Severson, S. (2014) Libre accès aux publications et dépôts institutionnels. Colloque de l’ADARUQ. Sherbrooke, Quebec. November 21, 2014.

Severson, S. (2014). Developing a personal digital archiving guide. 12th annual Concordia Research forum. Montreal, Quebec,  April 14, 2014.


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