Alex Hanam

librarian, artist, and Writer in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Alex Hanam

librarian, artist, and Writer in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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Hello! I'm Alex, an MLIS student studying at Western University. I'm currently based in Ottawa, Ontario where I'm completing a co-op placement in a government library.

Until recently I worked as an Evening & Weekend Circulation Supervisor and E-Resources Assistant at Mount Saint Vincent University (Halifax, Nova Scotia), where I also earned a BA majoring in Cultural Studies and cut my teeth on scholarship at the intersection of critical theory, social frameworks, power/authority, and popular culture and media.

As a library technician, my work revolved around my passion for delivering content and products to help others do bigger, better, happier work.
Now I'm taking that further: helping the world to identify, navigate, and dissect the frameworks of power that structure and define our everyday lives. I do this through critical information literacy, by taking the intimidation out of research, and encouraging resilient curiosity and inquiry inside and outside of the academy.

My areas of research include critical information literacy and pedagogy, libraries as rural community hubs, rural and small libraries, privacy and security within the Internet of Things, and craftivism (craft and activism).

I'm a published poet and amateur photographer. I can most often be found reading nonfiction, talking about Star Trek DS9 or my latest knitting project, or out for a walk in the woods.

Interested in working together? Let's chat!

  • Education
    • Western University
    • Mount Saint Vincent University