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Scholarly Communications Librarian



Office: Shadek-Fackenthal 6M


In the role of Scholarly Communications Librarian, Chris serves as an advocate for students and faculty on issues ranging from textbook affordability and openly licensed course materials to open access (OA) publishing and research information management.

Chris leads the College Library’s support for the use and development of open educational resources (OER), textbooks and other course materials that are free to access, customize, and share. He helps manage F&M’s OA publishing fund, the annual Celebrating Scholarship event, and the collections in Scholars Square containing research by students and faculty. As a member of Archives & Special Collections, Chris also oversees the annual Altick Prize competition for the best student research produced using those collections.

Chris comes to F&M from Gettysburg College, where he worked in a similar role since the summer of 2017. During that time, Chris was a member of the pilot cohort of SPARC's Open Education Leadership Program. Prior to Gettysburg, Chris held a fellowship at the University Library of the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, where he earned a doctorate in English Literature and a master’s in academic librarianship. He also holds master's degrees from the University of Chicago and Trinity College Dublin.

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M.S.I., Academic Librarianship, University of Michigan School of Information, 2017

Ph.D., English Language and Literature, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 2014

M.Phil., Anglo-Irish Literature, Trinity College Dublin,  2005

M.A., Comparative Literature, University of Chicago, 2003

B.A./B.A., English and Philosophy, Long Island University, 2001


Open Education Leadership Program, Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, 2017-2018

University Library Associate, Department of Learning and Teaching, University of Michigan Library, 2015-2017

Mueschke Fellowship, Department of English, University of Michigan, 2011.

Century Scholarship, Department of Comparative Literature, University of Chicago, 2001-2003.