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October 27, 2016
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Pauline Dewan

Laurier/Nipissing Librarian

Contact Information
Phone: 519.756.8228 ext.5529

Office Location: Grand River Hall 108B

Personal Website:
Academic Background

PhD, English, York University

MLIS, University of Western Ontario

MA, English, McMaster University

BA, English, McMaster University


I am delighted to be working as the Laurier/Nipissing librarian at the Brantford campus. Please drop by my office on the first floor of Grand River Hall (Room 108B in the Digital Library and Learning Commons) for research and library assistance.



Dewan, Pauline. The Art of Place in Literature for Children and Young Adults: How Locale Shapes a Story. Preface by Ruth B. Bottigheimer. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 2010.

Dewan, Pauline. The House as Setting, Symbol, and Structural Motif in Children’s Literature. Preface by Jon C. Stott. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 2004.


Dewan, Pauline. "Getting Started: The Collection, the Service, and the Promotion." In The Slow Book Revolution: Creating a New Culture of Reading on College Campuses and Beyond, edited by Meagan Lacy, 33-46. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited, 2014. 

Selected Articles

Dewan, Pauline. "Economic Health and Social Justice through Pleasure Reading." New Library World 117, no. 9/10 (2016): 557-67. doi:10.1108/NLW-03-2016-0019.

Dewan, Pauline. “Perennially Popular: The Appeal of Classic Fairy Tales for Children.Children and Libraries 14, no. 2 (2016): 27-31. doi:10.5860/cal.14n2.27.

Dewan, Pauline. “Words versus Pictures: Leveraging the Research on Visual Communication. Partnership: The Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research 10, no. 1 (2015).

Dewan, Pauline. “Reading Trends and College-Age Students: The Research, the Issues, and the Role of Libraries.Against the Grain 27, no. 1 (2015): 28-31.

Dewan, Pauline. Can I Have Your Attention? Implications of the Research on Distractions and Multitasking for Reference Librarians. Reference Librarian 55, no. 2 (2014): 95-117.

Dewan, Pauline and Michael Steeleworthy. Incorporating Online Instruction in Academic Libraries: Getting Ahead of the Curve. Journal of Library and Information Services in Distance Learning 7, no. 3 (2013): 278-96.

Dewan, Pauline. Reading Matters in the Academic Library: Taking the Lead from Public Librarians. Reference & User Services Quarterly 52, no. 4 (2013): 309-319. 

Steeleworthy, Michael and Pauline Dewan. “Web-based Citation Management Systems: Which One is Best?Partnership: The Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research 8, no. 1 (2013).

Dewan, Pauline. “Are Books Becoming Extinct in Academic Libraries?” New Library World 113, no. 1/2 (2012): 27-37.

Dewan, Pauline. “Why Your Academic Library Needs a Popular Reading Collection Now More Than Ever.” College and Undergraduate Libraries 17, no. 1 (2010): 44-64.

Conference Presentations

Dewan, Pauline, Nicole Adams and Melanie Kindrachuk. Reading Is Fundamental: Exploring the Relationship between Success and Reading. OLA (Ontario Library Association) Super Conference. Toronto, Ontario. January 27, 2016.

Lacy, Meagan, Barbara Fister, Pauline Dewan, Willie Miller and Elizabeth Brookbank. “Sustaining Curiosity: Programs for Developing Lifelong Readers. ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries) 2015 Convention. Portland, Oregon. March 27, 2015.

Stephenson, Carol, Pauline Dewan, Christine Jewell, Pam Jacobs and Gohar Ashoughian. “E-books Are Here to Stay -- Are We Ready?” (Session organized by Helen Salmon, Alan Gale, Linda Graburn and Pam Jacobs). TUG (TriUniversity) Conference 2013. Waterloo, Ontario. April 19, 2013.

Tessaro, Mary Lynn Bella, Maria Cantalini-Williams and Pauline Dewan. “Teacher Candidate Development through a Family Literacy Program.” Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Waterloo, Ontario. May 30, 2012.

Dewan, Pauline and Paula Cardozo. Create an Online Presence: E-portfolios and Marketing Opportunities. OLA (Ontario Library Association) Super Conference. Toronto, Ontario. February 4, 2012.