Hello, I'm Jelena. I'm an early-career librarian, currently working in the Freedom of Information Office at the Ministry of the Environment & Climate Change as a Freedom of Information Analyst. I am also an operator with Scholars Portal's Ask a Librarian service where I provide virtual reference and research services to members of OCUL institutions. 

I most recently worked a term as a Chemistry Librarian at University of Toronto. In this role, I managed the library, offered reference services and instruction, and negotiated contracts to help students in their studies and research.

I am interested in how libraries can support their communities and empower them in their information needs. I am particularly interested in digital initiatives, social media, instruction, special collections, interdisciplinary education, online communities, and open culture. 

I strive to be a librarian in every workplace and to help people become confident and conscientious researchers in their professional and personal lives!







Professional development

Teaching Fundamentals Certificate (Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation, University of Toronto), completed April 2016.

Research Data Management & Sharing (The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill & The University of Edinburgh, Coursera), completed November 2016
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Copyright for Educators & Librarians (Duke University, Emory University, & The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Coursera), ongoing.



Current research interests: internet communities; open culture; instruction in academic libraries; equitable knowledge/participation

An article exploring the internet, free speech, and online harassment, especially as it pertains to gender-motivated doxing and "one-to-many" speech.

  • A. Clarkson, J.L.M. King, J. Stankovic. (2016). The Variorum Hamilton and Other Annotated Rap Editions: A Bibliographical Perspective on RapGenius, iJournal, 1(1), 1-8.
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This paper looks at the bibliographic capacity of RapGenius and the general potential of collaborative bibliography to foster broader participation and interdisciplinary perspectives.

  • Jelena Stankovic. (8 Dec. 2015). Uploading Memories: Community Engagement Guide for Digitization. Poster presented at Faculty of Information Practicum Exhibition, University of Toronto.
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Project completed for OurDigitalWorld. Guide is used by communities to help digitize local history through digitization events. Updates and Improvements include: real-world examples; assessment guide; sections on Creative Commons and crowdsourcing; design updated.



  • Jelena Stankovic and Marisa Maharaj. (30 Nov. 2018). FOI Inside Out: Librarians Working in Freedom of Information. Presentation at Government Information Day Conference. Toronto, Ontario.

  • Jelena Stankovic, Stephanie Sanger, Alison Wetheral. (31 Jan. 2018). Meandering with Purpose: Navigating Precarious Early-Career Librarianship. Presentation at the OLA Super Conference. Toronto, Ontario.

  • Jelena Stankovic. (31 Mar. 2017). The Manager? Me? Lessons from an Over-Zealous New Librarian. Lightning talk presented at the SLA Management and Leadership Conference, Toronto, Ontario.

  • Jelena Stankovic. (9 Mar. 2016). LARPing in the (Academic) Library: Engagement, Exploration, & Gaming in Higher Education. Poster presented at Defying Conventions iSchool Student Conference, Toronto, Ontario.


  • Who Do I Call for That? Experiences from Early-Career Library Management. (4 May 2017). Presented as part of the Education Institute Bright Young Minds Series.




Let's Talk!

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