Western University HistoryWestern Social Science

Don Spanner

- Assistant Professor
  (Joint Appointment with the Faculty of Information & Media Studies)

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PhD, The University of Western Ontario, 1994
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 83645
Email: dspanner@uwo.ca
Office: Lawson Hall 2201
Office Hours: By appointment


Research Interests

Professor Spanner's research interests include Archival Studies, Reference Services and Outreach Development, Conservation and Preservation Management and Ontario History


Professional Experience

Professor Spanner specializes in archival studies. He has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he developed graduate-level courses in archival reference services, public outreach, and archival arrangement and description. He currently teaches archival studies courses in both the Faculty of Information and Media Studies as well as the Public History program at Western.

Well versed in both American and Canadian practice, his teaching combines the former's pragamatic approach to archival management with the latter's more principled theoretical underpinnings. His passion and overarching goal as an instructor is to break the stereotype of the bookish, bespectacled, and introverted archivist and make his students aware of the increasingly dynamic world of archival programs.

In the past he has worked for the Archives of Ontario and is currently corporate archivist for the London Life Insurance Company.