Sadie Richards

Library Technician
NSCAD University Library, Cataloguing


Office Number: Visual Resources Collection (D330)
Phone Number: 902 494 8182 (no voicemail)


Sadie is a white settler and lifelong uninvited guest of Lnu. She completed a BA at the University of King’s College, where she focussed on contemporary philosophy, art theory, and languages. She studied Library and Information Technology at the Nova Scotia Community College, and is currently studying Computer Science and Mathematics at Dalhousie University. She was a Centre for Art Tapes Media Arts Scholar in 2015-2016.

In addition to her work at NSCAD, Sadie works with Dalhousie’s HAIKU Lab to develop Linked Open Data tools to help viewers interact with artworks. She has also worked as a curatorial assistant at the Dalhousie Art Gallery.


Sadie researches bias in information systems, particularly in taxonomies and classification schemes. With colleagues across Mi’kma’ki and around the world, she is working to critique and change racist epistemologies in library metadata, especially in subject access and classification.

Sadie works closely with NSCAD’s artists’ books and special collections, and is interested in conceptual artists’ interactions with the book form. She also explores library automation using programming.

Sadie’s creative practice thrives on a playful engagement with technology. Her short video Apophenia used data from body scanners that a provincially-funded start-up had placed in malls. Sadie used the scanner technology’s migration from airport-security-enforcer to jeans-size-recommender to trace the flight Giorgio Agamben identified of the political-body into an administrative-body, and to extend that trajectory into a commercial-body.