Sharon Rankin

sharon.rankin [at] 514-398-6657

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


  • McGill Writing Centre

BSc Dalhousie University
MLIS McGill University

Scholarly interests

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Touch table technology & special collections

Two Innovation in Service awards from the Dean of Libraries have supported the purchase of Ideum touch tables, which are being used for special collections exhibitions created with IntuiFace.

Touch Table in the Marvin Duchow Music Library


TEI and the McGill Library Chapbook Collection

This a text encoding project in Rare Books and Special Collections involving the creation of a TEI XML file for each of the digitized chapbooks using TEI P5: Guidelines for Electronic Text Encoding and Interchange by the TEI Consortium. Level 4 coding from Best Practices for TEI in Libraries was used to enable future functionality using the encoded TEI file. The woodcuts in each chapbook were assigned a classification code from the Iconclass thesaurus. The McGill Library Chapbook Project can be viewed at


Canadian Inuit Periodicals: Past, Present and Future

Caninuit is an annotated source of information about the magazines, journals, newspapers and newsletters of Canada's Inuit peoples and communities. Hosted by Reference Press this web site was created in 2008. Caninuit can be browsed by title or category, or searched in anyword (Find) mode. Each entry in the Caninuit database refers to a periodical publication which deals predominently with Canadian Inuit and their communities.

In 2011, A Bibliography of Canadian Inuit Periodicals was published by UQAM Press. 


Saint Columba House - Library and Learning Centre Project

The Library and Learning Centre was created for the children in the Alternate School, After-School and Teen programs to promote literacy for children who are often underexposed to literature, and to empower them to develop the skills they need to appreciate and embrace the written word. An online catalogue was created for the Saint Columba House Library collection.


International Polar Year (IPY) grant entitled "Entendre et communiquer les voix du Nunavik/ Hearing and sharing the voices of Nunavik”

This project brought together three cultural communities (Inuktitut, French and English) in a unique partnership between Makivik Corporation, the Université du Québec à Montréal and McGill University in cooperation with the Avataq Cultural Institute, to provide a focus on the written heritage of Nunavik that meets the requirements of the communities in this region and that is totally in line with the education, dissemination and popularization efforts of International Polar Year. 




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