Courtney Pyrke

Graduate Student and Librarian in Saint John, NB

Courtney Pyrke

Graduate Student and Librarian in Saint John, NB

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Courtney Pyrke (they/them) is an Interdisciplinary Studies PhD student at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) and an Atlantic Regional Advocate at the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies (CAEFS).

They are studying Information Literacy and Social Determinants of Health. Their dissertation looks at how/if high school students in New Brunswick are learning information literacy skills in preparation for university level research. They are interested in how this impacts first year UNB students' library/information anxiety and academic success.

Courtney is supervised by Dr. Julia Woodhall-Melnik and works in the Housing, Mobilization, Engagement & Resilience Lab (HOME-RL).

They have a B.A. in Information & Communication Studies from UNB and a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science (MLIS) from Western University. Courtney is a professional librarian and has worked in academic, public, and special libraries.

Outside of Courtney’s academic interests, they have a passion for abolition work. In their role as a regional advocate for the CAEFS, they advocate for the needs of prisoners in Atlantic Canada’s federal prison designated for women. They are particularly passionate about advocating for trans, non-binary, two spirit, and other gender diverse prisoners.