About

agathab

I’m an academic librarian and a bibliographer of Canadiana with a background in book history and information technology. Broadly, I’m interested in book history and bibliography, literature (especially Canadian), history, women and gender studies, urban studies, First Nations studies, and pre-World War II Polish intellectual history and cinema. I’m a graduate of library and information science, University of Toronto Faculty of Information, and the collaborative program in book history and print culture at Massey College. I live in Toronto, a city that has been my home for the last sixteen years, with a writer and three chinchillas.

I would like to acknowledge that the land on which I live is the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee, and most recently, the territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. The territory was the subject of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy and the Ojibwe and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes.

This territory is also covered by the Upper Canada Treaties.

Today, the meeting place of Toronto (from the Haudenosaunee word Tkaronto) is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and I am grateful to have the opportunity to work in the community, on this territory. 

Research Interests

I write and present research essays on the following topics:

  • history of Canadian books and publishing, with a particular interest in the Methodist Book and Publishing House, William Briggs, and the Ryerson Press
  • women in librarianship—in particular, Canadian women who served in the roles of academic librarians, library science faculty, chief librarians, and administrators
  • history of librarianship—history of the professionalization of librarianship and the effect of the process on library science education, practice, and professional identity, with special consideration regarding the role of technology in library education programs in Canada  
  • history of University of Toronto Faculty of Library Science and its predecessors and the University of Toronto libraries.

My research sources are included in a Zotero library

Publications

In Preparation

  • Barc, A. “The architecture of professionalism:  the audio-visual method in library science education, University of Toronto.” 
  • Barc, A. “The rise to responsibility: Early history and development of library science education in the Province of Ontario, Canada.” 

Print

  • Barc, A. (2015). “Print collections at the Inforum, Faculty of Information.” ELAN, 55, 7.   

Electronic

  • Barc, A. (2017).  “Canadian literature and poetry in English.” E.J. Pratt Library. 
  • Barc, A. (2017).  “David Paul Sinclair.” Biographies of Librarians and Information Professionals in Canada. Ex Libris Association. 
  • Barc, A. (2016). “Laurent G. Denis.” Biographies of Librarians and Information Professionals in Canada. Ex Libris Association. 
  • Barc, A. (2015). “Mary Silverthorn.” Biographies of Librarians and Information Professionals in Canada. Ex Libris Association. 
  • Barc, A. (2014). “Florence Murray.” Biographies of Librarians and Information Professionals in Canada. Ex Libris Association. 
  • Barc, A. (2013). “Olga Bishop.” Biographies of Librarians and Information Professionals in Canada. Ex Libris Association. 
  • Barc, A. (2012). “Bertha Bassam.” Biographies of Librarians and Information Professionals in Canada. Ex Libris Association. 
  • Barc, A. (2012). “Winifred Barnstead.” Biographies of Librarians and Information Professionals in Canada. Ex Libris Association.

Conference Presentations

Guest lectures

  • Barc, A. “What makes a book rare?” Jackman Scholars in Residence @ Victoria College. E.J. Pratt Library, Victoria University in the University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, May 27, 2016. 
  • Barc, A. “Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto: A Gothic Story, or a study in the history of readership.” VIC159H: Rare Books. E.J. Pratt Library, Victoria University in the University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, March 10, 2016. 

Creative projects

Exhibition In Preparation

Barc, A. (2017). Dominion of the North: Canadian literary heritage at Victoria University Library. E.J. Pratt Library, Victoria University in the University of Toronto, Toronto, ON. 

Exhibitions

  • Barc, A. & Deinhardt, C. (2015). History of science education at Victoria College, 1836–1892. E.J. Pratt Library, Victoria University in the University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, September 21–December 15, 2015. 

Online Exhibitions (Design Only)

Professional Involvement, Service & Committees

Questions? You can contact me at agatha.barc@gmail.com.
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