FIMS Profile

Melissa Adler
Assistant Professor

FIMS & Nursing Building Room 4021
Phone: 519-661-2111 x81034

University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5B7
Fax: 519-661-3506

Teaching: I am currently teaching Research Methods & Statistics in the MLIS program.

Research: My research concerns the history of library classifications as they intersect with state and cultural discourses about race and sexuality. My book, Cruising the Library: Perversities in the Organization of Knowledge (Fordham University Press, 2017), examines the history of sexuality through the lens of Library of Congress classifications.

My next project, tentatively called "Organizing Knowledge to Save the World," is a feminist critique of knowledge organization systems that aspire to universality in reach, scope, or design. I am particularly interested in the creators of systems from the Enlightenment era to the present who claim that global security and peace may be made possible through sharing knowledge, as well as the roles that knowledge organization plays in securing national identity and memory.