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During the 2018 residency, Claire Burrows was a PhD candidate in Library and Information Science at Western University. Her doctoral research pertained to accessibility of academic libraries in Canada for students with disabilities.
By approaching this topic using critical disability theory, she hoped to develop a better understanding of the current practices in these libraries and their limitations with a view to developing strategies for improving accessibility and better supporting students with disabilities.
She built on this research in the residency, as well as explored ways to implement these strategies through conversations with Concordia librarians. She is also interested in pedagogical theory and practice, as well as in the incorporation of new research methodologies into LIS research.
Burrows presented her research at various times throughout the year, including at brown-bag lunches with staff. She presented "Ableism and access in the academic library" ( presentation slides) at the Concordia University Library Research Forum in April 2018.