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Caitlin Ratcliffe, MLIS

Caitlin Ratcliffe
Division of Student Success

Caitlin Ratcliffe is a Subject Librarian at Red Deer Polytechnic. She completed her Master of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta and has been with Red Deer Polytechnic since 2019. 

Caitlin’s professional interests include the history of intellectual freedom as a value within LIS philosophy, as well as the relationship between intellectual freedom and social responsibility in contemporary LIS practice.

  • Master of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta
  • Bachelor of Arts (English and History), University of Lethbridge
Main Areas of Teaching

Information literacy
Open Educational Resources (OER)
Scholarly communication 

Scholarly Activity

Selected Publications

Ratcliffe, C. (2020). Why intellectual freedom? Or; your values are historically contingent. Open Information Science, 4(1), 11-28.  

Ratcliffe, C. (2017). Voices of war: The 1918 field diaries of Lieut. A. G. Virtue and Lieut. D. S. MacPherson. In A. Shaw (Ed.), HistoriCity: Essays on the history of southern Alberta (pp. 122-139). University of Lethbridge.  

Conference Presentations

Ratcliffe, C. (2019, April 25-28). Why intellectual freedom? Or; your values are historically contingent [Poster presentation]. Alberta Library Conference, Jasper, AB.

Frechette, J., Ratcliffe, C., & Schamuhn-Kirk, D. (2019). Embracing an opportunity: LIS students across the pond [Conference session]. Forum for Information Professionals, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB. 

Ratcliffe, C. (2017). Fratricide, amputation, and sex scandal: Samuel Foote, the one-legged comedian, and the development of celebrity in early modern Britain. [Conference session]. Philosophy, History, and Politics Conference, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC. 

Professional Memberships

  • Alberta Association of Academic Libraries (AAAL), Communications Committee 
  • Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians (CAPAL)

Awards and Honours

  • Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship, University of Alberta 
  • Gold Medal – Faculty of Arts and Sciences (Arts), University of Lethbridge


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