Bidding Welcome to A New Member of the HSSL Community

Getting to Know Dr. Kristen Howard

As we look outside the McLennan and Redpath windows, campus is buzzing with excitement as our newly-graduated students take a step into their future (congratulations to them!). But have you wondered what is going on the other side of these windows? Why we have welcomed a new member into our Humanities and Social Studies Library (HSSL) Community! 

We are pleased to present Dr. Kristen Howard, a recent McGill graduate who will be taking up the position as Liaison Librarian for History and Classical Studies, and Government Information at HSSL. 

During her Masters in Information Sciences at McGill, Kristen did a practicum at the Jewish Public Library where she curated the Lilly Toth Miniature Book Collection. This became one of her most prized projects. 

Kristen is not only a historian, and a newly-crowned Liaison Librarian, but she is also an avid knitter! Previously, she collaborated with the McGill Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections to helm a number of workshops, such as Rare Stitches: Knitting Inspired by Illuminated Manuscripts and Knitting in Code with Kristen Howard. She speaks of the workshops as:

“… fun ways to use our library resources. I’m really interested in creative uses of Rare Books and Special Collections. Not everyone may have studied the Classics or Latin, but you can still appreciate the beauty of a Latin manuscript, even if you can’t read it. These workshops were a way to bring people who might never use a Latin manuscript because they can’t read it, and show them how beautiful it is, that it can inspire something”.

During that deep time in the pandemic when everyone shied away from reading apocalyptic literature, Kristen discovered one of her favourite book collections; the Lady Astronaut Series. It eloquently puts forth an alternate account of how we might have done space travel in the 1950s if women had received equal opportunities within the industry. 

As a newly-admitted member of the HSSL community Kristen looks forward to working in collaboration with the faculty and students. 

Please join us in welcoming Kristen to our library, we are excited to get to know her more! For questions related to classical studies, government documents, and history, feel free to reach out to for help. 

Redpath Book Display: Summer Fling With A Book

Summer is all about tanning in the sweltering sun, while sipping on your margarita with some Ray Bans on. Sounds picture perfect, doesn’t it? But do you know what’s missing? A short, cool, no-strings-attached romance for the break.

At the Humanities and Social Studies Library (HSSL) we’re taking the Blind Date with A Book concept a step further. This summer is the season of online dating, and no one wishes to go through the utter surprise (we’ve had enough of those the past few years, thanks) of an unknown pick, we want eyes meeting across the club but better, blind dating but safer, happily ever after but shorter, and so we present to you our new Redpath Book Display; Summer Fling with a Book.

After hours of deliberation and a stringent system of elimination, we’ve handpicked a range of the best books from our collections as your potential dates for the summer. Whether you’re into the thrilling feels of leather jacket baddies with a mysterious past, the butterflies that come with spectacled sweeties across the driveway, or both, we’ve got just the selection for you. 

Since we don’t want to leave you too in the dark, each book has hand-drawn dating profiles to help you find your perfect match (for the summer, of course). Moreover, we have a small guessing game for you, besides the potential book dates, you’ll also find mood boards with the aesthetic of some famous novels for you to guess and win a prize!

And for all those of you who prefer online dating – oops, our bad, reading – worry not, we’ve got you covered as well. Just click here to access the Redpath Book Display guide’s virtual page on Summer Fling With a Book and find the right match for you. Mind you, the choices here are much more exclusive, so hurry before you lose a chance to meet your soulmate! 

Go swipe right on your perfect match at the Redpath Book Display today!