Elisa Sze

Contact Information
elisa [dot] szeatutoronto [dot] ca
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Elisa Sze
Librarian, Collections & Public Services Coordinator

Master of Information Studies, University of Toronto

Honours Bachelor of Arts (Joint Specialist in History & Political Science), University of Toronto

Administrative responsibilities: 

Elisa is responsible for a team of staff that develops, manages, organizes, and provides access to the iSchool's collection, which specializes in scholarly and professional literature in the fields of information and museum studies.


Elisa and her team are responsible for the development, management, and organization of the iSchool's information resource collections, as well as ensuring that faculty, students, and researchers have access to the resources they need.

She has taught selected workshops for the Information Services instructional workshop series, visited classes as a guest speaker, and collaborated with instructors as a course associate for INF1320, Introduction to Bibliographic Control. She provides research assistance for questions related to collection development, library technical services, cataloguing and classification, organization and arrangement of collections, and e-books. Additionally, she volunteers for the iSchool's Ask an Alum program.

Elisa's work has appeared in The Globe and Mail, Hart House Review, Faculty of Information Quarterly and Cataloging & Classification Quarterly. She holds an A.R.C.T. diploma in piano performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto.

Elisa first joined the Faculty of Information as a student in the MISt program and an information desk assistant at the Inforum, the Faculty's integrated library and laboratory. Upon graduation, she worked on contract for the Serials Automation Project, and later, as the cataloguing librarian for the Museum Studies collection. Prior to coming to the Faculty of Information, she served as library curator (2004-2005) and member of the Literary and Library Committee, Facilities Subcommittee (2002-2005) at Hart House, University of Toronto.

Honours & awards: 

Selected to participate in the Northern Exposure Leadership Institute, 2015

Research description: 

Elisa is currently collaborating on a research project that explores how cataloguers articulate their value within the broader realm of library assessment and advocacy. She recently co-presented a paper at FSR 2014: Faster, Smarter, and Richer: Reshaping the Library Catalogue, an international cataloguing conference hosted by the Associazione Italiana Biblioteche and the Vatican Library. A longer version of the paper, co-authored with Kate MacDonald (Graham Library, Trinity College) and Juliya Borie (Robarts Library), will be appearing in Cataloging & Classification Quarterly later in 2015.

Selected publications: 

Borie, J., MacDonald, K., and Sze, E. (2015). Asserting catalogers' place in the "value of libraries" conversation. Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, 53 (3/4): 352-367. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01639374.2015.1007543

Borie, J., MacDonald, K., and Sze, E. (2014). Asserting our place in the "value of libraries" conversation: The evolving role and future of cataloguing. [Conference presentation.] In Faster, Smarter and Richer. Reshaping the library catalogue, Roma (Italy), 27-28 February 2014. Retrieved at http://eprints.rclis.org/22758/

Howarth, L., Moor, L., and Sze, E. (2010). Mountains to molehills: The past, present and future of cataloguing backlogs. Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, 48 (5): 423-444. doi: 10.1080/01639371003767227

Sze, E. (2009). Early thoughts on the handheld e-book. Faculty of Information Quarterly, 2(1). Retrieved at http://fiq.ischool.utoronto.ca/index.php/fiq/article/view/69.