Madsen receives 2010 ACRL Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship award

Contact: Megan Griffin

ACRL Program Coordinator



For Immediate Release

February 2, 2010

CHICAGO – Christine Madsen, librarian and DPhil candidate, Oxford Internet Institute (OII), University of Oxford, has been awarded the 2010 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for her proposal “Library Futures: Building a New Knowledge Architecture in Academic Libraries.” The fellowship, sponsored by Thomson Reuters, fosters research in academic librarianship by encouraging and supporting dissertation research.

The award of $1,500 and a plaque will be presented during the joint ACRL / Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) Awards Program at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, June 26, at the 2010 ALA Annual Conference in Washington D.C.

“This project stood out in a very competitive field because of its originality and timeliness,” said Brian Doherty, chair of the selection committee and dean of the Jane Bancroft Cook Library at the University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee. “Madsen’s concept of examining digitization projects in the humanities from the perspective of impact on the way scholarship is done opens up a new and important field of research.”

Madsen came to OII from the Harvard University Library where, as manager of the Open Collections Program, she designed a methodology and procedures for digitizing Harvard's historical library collections and opening them to the world. Prior to her appointment at Harvard, she served at the Art and Architecture Library at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) as manager of digital image reserves and slide production manager. She also served as a technical consultant on several large-scale digitization and metadata mapping projects, including ArtSTOR. Recently, she has worked with One Laptop per Child in an effort to create a model for identifying and aggregating content for young learners in developing countries.

Madsen received her Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts with a concentration in the History of Photography from UCSD in 1995. In 2002, she earned her Master of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University.


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