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Heidi LM Jacobs

Real name: 
Heidi LM
BA Honours (English), University of Alberta; MA (English), University of Alberta; PhD (English), University of Nebraska-Lincoln; M.L.I.S. (Western)
Phone extension: 
(519) 253-3000 ext.3856
Email Address:
106 West Building Leddy Library
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At the Centre for Digital Scholarship,  I work with students, faculty, and members of the community to help them share their research widely and creatively.  In my teaching, research, and librarianship, I am not only interested in getting information to the people who need it, I am also concerned with issues of access and preservation of information, particularly historical and literary historical information in a wide range of formats and contexts.  My most recent projects include Breaking the Colour Barrier: Wilfred “Boomer” Harding and the Chatham Coloured All-Stars (1932-1939) and The North Was Our Canaan: Exploring Sandwich Town's Underground Railroad History

It's an exciting time to be a librarian and to work with members of the university and broader communities.  You can follow me on Twitter at LitAtLeddy.


Publications and Presentations: 

Molly of the Mall: Literary Lass and Purveyor of Fine Footwear (NeWest Press, 2019)  

100 Miles of Baseball: 50 Games, One Summer. With Dale Jacobs (Biblioasis, 2021) 

Edited Books

Harris, S. M., Jacobs, H. L.M , & Putzi, J. (Eds.). (2000). American Women Prose Writers 1870-1920: Dictionary of Literary Biography. Gale.
Edited Journals
Berg, Selinda and Jacobs, Heidi LM. (2016). Valuing Librarianship: Core Values in Theory and Practice. Library Trends, 64 (3).
Book Chapters
Jacobs, Heidi. (2020). Invisible in Plain View: Libraries, Archives, Digitization, Memory, and the 1934 Chatham Coloured All-Stars. Archives and Special Collections as Sites of Contestation, 223-248.
Jacobs, Heidi LM. (2017). Finding Boomer Harding: An Autoethnography about History, Librarianship, and Reconnecting. The Self as Subject: Autoethnographic Research into Identity, Culture and Academic Librarianship, edited by Anne-Marie Deitering, Robert Schroeder, and Richard Stoddart, 89-104.
Jacobs, Heidi LM, "Falling out of Praxis: Reflection as a Pedagogical Habit of Mind," Critical Library Pedagogy Handbook, Association of College and Research Libraries, 2016, Editor(s) - McElroy, Kelly; Pagowsky, Nicole.
Jacobs, Heidi LM, "What Becomes of the Broken Hearted: Or, On Becoming a Detroit Tigers Fan," Sunday With the
Detroit Tigers, Black Moss Press, 2015.
Jacobs, Heidi LM and Schroeder, Robert. "Interview." Critical Journeys: How 12 Librarians Came to Embrace Critical Practices, Library Juice Press (2014).
Jacobs, Heidi LM (2013) "Research Questions and the Research Question: What Are We Teaching When We Teach
Research?"  In Beth Bloom and Marta Deyrup (eds) Successful Strategies for Teaching Undergraduate Student Research, Rowman and Littlefield.
Jacobs, Heidi LM. (2010). Posing the Wikipedia 'Problem': Information Literacy and the Praxis of Problem-Posing in Library Instruction. Critical Library Instruction: Theories and Methods, eds Maria T. Accardi, Emily Drabinski, and Alana Kumbier, 179-197.
Jacobs, Heidi LM (2009) 'The mere habit of learning to love is the thing': Notes on Being a Student of Bruce and Nora
Stovel." Jane Austen Sings the Blues, Ed. Nora Foster Stovel. University of Alberta Press.
Jacobs, H.L.M, Beckstead, L, Brooke, K et al. (2000). "The Thursday Night Writing Group: Crossing Institutional Lines." By Any Other Name: Writing Groups Inside and Outside the Classroom., Lawrence Earlbaum.  Eds Nels Highberg and Beverly Moss.
Peer Reviewed and Journal Articles
Jacobs, Dale and Jacobs, Heidi LM. (2020). Comics and Public History: The True Story of the 1934 Chatham Coloured All-Stars. Inks: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society, 4 (1), 101-121.
Jacobs, Heidi LM and Nelson, Robert (2017). "History, Play, and the Public: Wikipedia in the University Classroom," in History Teacher, 50 (4)
Jacobs, Heidi LM; Murgu, Cal, "Questioning the Past and Possible Futures: Digital Historiography and Critical
Librarianship," Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies, 2017.
Elmborg, James; Jacobs, Heidi LM; McElroy, Kelly; and Nelson, Robert L.. (2015). Making a Third Space for Student Voices in Two Academic Libraries. Reference & User Services Quarterly, 55 (2), 144-155.
Jacobs, Heidi. (2014). Pedagogies of Possibility Within the Disciplines: Critical Information Literacy and Literatures in English. Communications in Information Literacy, 8 (2).
Jacobs, Heidi LM (2013) "Minding the Gaps: Exploring the Space Between Vision and Assessment in Information Literacy Work" Communications in Information Literacy.  7:2 (128-138). 
Jacobs, H. L.M., & Berg, S. (2011). Reconnecting Information Literacy Policy with the Core Values of Librarianship. Library Trends , 60(2), 383-394. Retrieved from
Jacobs, H. L., & Jacobs, D. (2011). Transforming the One-Shot Library Session into Pedagogical Collaboration. Reference and User Services Quarterly, 49(1), 72-82. Retrieved from
Jacobs, H. L.M, Berg, S., & Cornwall, D. (2010). Something to Talk About: Re-thinking Conversations on Research Culture in Canadian Academic Libraries. Partnership: the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research, 5(2). Retrieved from
Jacobs, H. L .M.  (2008). Information Literacy and Reflective Pedagogical Praxis. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 34(3), 256–262. Retrieved from

Jacobs, H. L. M (2002). Maria Susanna Cummins’s London Letters: April 1860. Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers, 19(2), 241-254. Retrieved from

Jacobs, H. L.M (2000). “Well, seriously, Flora, what can we women do?” Sentimentalism, suffrage and reform in Lillie Devereux Blake’s Fettered for Life. Nineteenth-Century Prose, 27(2), 62-78.


Invited Presentations

Keynote: "Toward a Reflective Information Literacy Collaboration" at California Conference on Library Instruction. With Dale Jacobs. May 2011, Santa Cruz, CA

Closing Plenary: "Looking Outward, Looking Within: Reflections on Information Literacy Praxis" at  Workshop on Instruction in Library Use (WILU). With Selinda Berg. May 2009, Montreal, QC

Selected Presentations

"Jack Calder: Documentarian of the 1934 Chatham Coloured All-Stars," Canadian Baseball History Conference, Nov 2018, London, ON

"Toward a Critical Optimism:  Enacting Access, Diversity, Inclusion, and Democracy in Difficult Times," Libraries in the Digital Age, June 2018, Zadar, Croatia

"Critical Information Literacy and Literary History: Teaching the Conflicts in the Digital Age," at WILU, May 2013 Fredricton, NB

"What if Maria Susanna Cummins had Twitter?: Information Literacy, Literary History, Social Media and the Classroom," Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing, July 2011, Washington, DC

Engaging Theory for Reflective Information Literacy Practices," Ontario Library Association SuperConference February 2010, Toronto, ON

“Wow, we can do that?”: Using Digital Archives for Information Literacy Initiatives in History Classes" Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing, July 2007, Minneapolis, MN

"When Librarians and Professors Talk: Cross-campus Dialogues about Teaching and Learning." The Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. With Dale Jacobs. June 2007, Edmonton, AB