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Research Spotlight: Jennifer Hann 

MA Candidate
Department of Adult Education and Counselling Psychology


How did Toronto’s urban reform movement shape the public library system that exists today


I am interested in exploring how public libraries can strengthen their ties to neighbourhoods and communities. My research will explore the role of civic engagement in the development of a reflective and adaptive library system open to community involvement.

Toronto’s public libraries are highly visible, accessible, and dynamic public institutions that provide a unique window into the communities they serve. My research will explore how Toronto’s urban reform movement in the 1970s shaped the public library system that exists today.

Public participation in the library planning process during this period resulted in the “equalization” of library services across the city, a renewal of the local branch system, and the restructuring of programs and services to meet community needs as defined by communities themselves.

Jennifer works with Featured Research Celebration Professor Jack Quarter

Professor Quarter has encouraged me to pursue my interest in public libraries. He has also given me the opportunity to work with him on historical research into co-operative businesses in Canada


The MA program offers an enriching, rigorous, and interdisciplinary graduate experience.

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