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Dr. Davin Helkenberg is a recent graduate of the in the Library and Information Science program at the University of Western Ontario. Her doctoral research examines fictional narratives of sexuality in Young Adult Literature and explores, through in-depth interviews, how these narratives have informed the sexual lives of young women readers.

Her research is also concerned with the role public libraries can play, as authoritative community sites, in supporting unfettered access to sexually explicit materials for youth – intended for both educational and recreational purposes. Davin’s broader interests include research methodology for sensitive topics, creative writing, and the political economy of book publishing.


You can reach me at: dhelkenb@uwo.ca


Ph.D.                     Western University, London, ON   Successfully Defended: June 2019

                              Library and Information Science

                                                Supervisor: Dr. Paulette Rothbauer

                                                Committee: Dr. Lynne McKechnie, Dr. Susan Knabe

                              Thesis: Narratives of Sexuality in the Lives of Young Women Readers

 M.L.I.S.                 Western University, London, ON   August 2011

                              Library and Information Science

 B.A.                       University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, BC   May 2010

                              English Literature; minor in First Nations Studies; Certificate in Méétis Studies

Grants and Awards

Student to CAIS/ACSI Award, $1000, May 2019

Awarded for best scholarly paper submitted by a student for the Canadian Association for Information Science Conference held at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2019.

Lightning Seed Grant, $200, Fall 2017

This small grant was awarded to me by the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing to support the mediations Workshop Series while I was Committee Chair.

Ontario Graduate Scholarship, $15,000, Fall 2016 – Summer 2017

Western University Entrance Scholarship, $2,000, Fall 2013