Areas of Specialization:  LGBTQ Archives & Heritage, Queer & Feminist Social Movements, Queer Theories, Sexualities & Histories

Areas of Competence:  Archival Theories & Methodologies, Information Studies, Social Movement Theory, Sexual Diversity Studies, Social Determinants of Health & Wellbeing, Feminist Theories & Methodologies, Sociology of Gender


University of Toronto — PhD Information Studies, 2014 (expected) 

University of Toronto — Master of Information Studies (Archives & Records Management), 2009 

Centennial College — Certificate, Book + Magazine Publishing, 2001 

University of Saskatchewan — BA, Sociology, 1998


PhD Candidate, University of Toronto — 2009-present
As a doctoral student, I have engaged in original research in the area of record-keeping & archival studies. I have served as a research assistant on two SHHRC-funded projects and taught several courses in the area of records management and archival studies. My dissertation research is a multiple case study that looks at the trajectories and sustainability of four community-led lesbian and gay archives. I am particularly interested in in understanding how traditional heritage bodies might engage these community archives in partnerships and collaborations.

Teaching Assistant, University of Toronto— 2009-present

I have served as a teaching assistant for courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. These include: UNI255: Histories & Sexualities; UNI237: HIV/AIDS in Cultural Contexts; INF1330: Archives Concepts & Issues; and INF2180: Archival Access, Outreach & Advocacy.


Archivist, Canadian Lesbian & Gay Archives — 2007-present

In this volunteer position, I have served as lead on several archival exhibitions and community outreach projects. As current chair of the Community Engagement Committee, I lead a team of 20+ volunteers to offer tours of the facility, provide support for the curatorial committee, and maintain the CLGA’s external communications. I also provide instructional support for new volunteers and practicum students in the area of archival methodology, and theory. Occasional reference support is also required.

Research Assistant, Centre for Addiction & Mental Health (CAMH) — 2010-2013

Initially hired as a Fellow in the social determinants of health research program, I continued to work with CAMH as a research assistant on two CIHR-funded projects. The most recent project looked at the ways in which people who are experiencing psychosis enter care.

Information Management Consultant, Ontario Ministry of Health & LT Care — 2008-2010

As a consultant for the Public Health Surveillance Branch, I undertook an audit of the information management processes. This involved an assessment of business functions, the determination of available technological infrastructures, and a review of inter-office solutions. The final deliverable included a series of recommendations for the design and implementation of a records management system. In a second contract, I was tasked with the acquisition, classification, and assessment of records related to the 2008 Listeriosis outbreak in Ontario, including a the provision of a report outlining the ways in which the Ministry acted to mitigate the impact of the disease outbreak.

Head, English Language Research, Hackers Language Institute (Seoul, SK) — 2004-2007

As Head, I coordinated a bilingual team (English and Korean) of researchers to develop materials for the provision of course-based language instruction for TOEFL and TOEIC test preparation. My work contributed to four trade publications, each earning best-seller status in South Korea.

Communications Coordinator, Access Copyright — 2001-2004

In this role, I was responsible for the day-to-day provision of internal and external communications. This included email correspondence to affiliated members, management of the corporate website, writing and disseminating the monthly newsletter, and assisting the marketing department with advertisements and other promotional materials. I was also the lead in coordinating a national conference on digital copyright management.

Production Editor, Canadian Scholars’ Press, Inc. / Women’s Press— 2000-2001

As Production Editor, I worked with a publication team to manage the smooth transition of manuscript to published book. This involved coordination with freelance editors, proofreaders, layout designers and graphic artists, as well as negotiating print contracts for book manufacturing.


Association of Canadian Archivists

I have been a member in good standing since 2008. I have twice served as member of the annual conference program committee.

Archives Association of Ontario

I have been a member since 2010 and twice presented at the annual conference.

Archives Educators and Researchers Institute (AERI)

I have been an invited guest of the research institute in 2011, 2012 and 2013. This annual event brings together doctoral students and faculty across North America.


“From Radical Queer Politics to Sanitized Public Art: Toronto AIDS Memorial Exhibition at Queen’s Park.” Association of Canadian Archivists (ACA) annual meeting. June 14-16, 2013. 

“Citizen Archivists: Transcribing History for Future Generations.” Ontario Library and Information Technology Association (OLITA) Digital Odyssey 2012. June 8, 2012.

“Sustaining Passion and Encouraging Diversity: Community Engagement at the Canadian Lesbian & Gay Archives.” LGBT Archives-Libraries-Museums-Special Collections (ALMS) grassroots conference, West Hollywood, CA. May 13, 2011.

“Investigating the Information Seeking Behavior of LGBT Prospective Parents During the Adoption Process.” Social Aetiology of Mental Illness Training Program annual conference, CAMH, Toronto, ON. November 19, 2010.

“Rainbow Hollinger Boxes: Outreach and Advocacy at the Canadian Gay & Lesbian Archives”. American Library Association annual conference, Washington, DC. June 27, 2010.

“Confidential Pride: Balancing Access and Privacy in Queer Archives.” Association of Canadian Archivists (ACA) annual conference, Fredericton, NB. June 2008.


Rebecka Sheffield and Kate Zieman. (Forthcoming, 2014). "Privacy, Context & Pride: The Management of Digital Photographs in a Queer Archives." In Rachel Wexelbaum, ed. Queers Online: LGBT Digital Practices in Libraries, Archives, and Museums. Los Angeles, CA: Litwin. 

Rebecka Sheffield (Fall 2013). “Social Media and Heritage: Understanding Heritage in a Participatory Culture” Book Review. Archivaria 76. 

Rebecka Sheffield. (Spring 2013). “Letting Go? Sharing Historical Authority in a User-Generated World” Book Review. Archivaria 75. 

Rebecka Sheffield, Sean Kidd & Kwame McKenzie. (2011). “Trans Programming at the 519 Church Street Community Centre: A Case Study in Social Entrepreneurship.” Report for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Social Equity & Research Program. Toronto. PDF

Rebecka Sheffield & Marcel Barriault, eds. (2009). Special Section on Queer Archives. Archivaria 68. PDF

Rebecka Sheffield. (2009). "Smelly Knowledge": An Information Audit of the Sunnydale High Library in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Faculty of Information Quarterly 2(1). PDF

Rebecka Sheffield. (2008). “We’d Lose Our Shirt!”: How Canada’s Cultural Policy Has Shaped the Canadian Literary Canon. Faculty of Information Quarterly 1(3). PDF

Rebecka Sheffield & Kate Zieman, eds. (2005). We're Here, We're Queer, We're Used to It: A Collection of Writing by Young Queer Women. Toronto: homosaywhat?


Association of Canadian Archivists (ACA) Student Presenter Award, 2008

Society of American Archivists (SAA) Student Presenter Award, 2012 (declined)

University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies Conference Grant, 2010, 2013

University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies Research Travel Grant, 2013-2014

Mark S. Bonham Centre Conference Travel Grant, 2010

Mark S. Bonham Centre Research Travel Grant, 2013


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© Rebecka Sheffield 2011-2013