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Christopher Proctor, M.L.S.



Campus Accreditation Project Manager

Library 206C
Phone: (812) 941-2486
clprocto@iu.edu

Biography

Christopher is a tenure-track member of the library faculty at Indiana University Southeast. He is the Coordinator of Access Services (encompassing Circulation Services, Course Reserves, Document Delivery & Interlibrary Loan, and stacks maintenance). Christopher regularly teaches First-Year Seminars (FYS) and standalone information literacy classes for a variety of disciplines, and he provides weekly reference services along with his colleagues. His main research interest is investigating the history and development of libraries as cultural institutions.

Christopher also serves as the Campus Accreditation Project Manager for IU Southeast and has been responsible for building and maintaining the information infrastructure used in the ongoing regional accreditation efforts with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Additionally, he serves on various committees, ranging from the campus to national levels. Highlights include:

Current

  • ALA Library History Round Table (LHRT) Executive Committee, Secretary/Treasurer-Elect
  • ALA Library History Round Table (LHRT) Membership & Outreach Committee, Chair
  • ACRL Committee on Professional Values, Member
  • ACRL Membership Committee, Member
  • ACRL Standards Committee, Member
  • Indiana Library Federation Board of Directors, President
  • Indiana Academic Library Association (IALA), Immediate Past Chair
  • IU Southeast Accreditation Steering Committee, Co-Chair
  • IU Southeast Honors Council, Member
  • IU Southeast Improvement of Learning Committee, Member

Past

  • ACRL Academic Librarians Standards & Guidelines Review Task Force, Member
  • ALA Library History Round Table (LHRT) Recruitment & Public Relations Committee, Co-Chair
  • ALA Library History Round Table (LHRT) Futures Committee, Member
  • ALA Library History Round Table (LHRT) Assessment & Advocacy Committee, Member
  • American Library Association (ALA) Awards Committee, Member
    • Paul Howard Award for Courage Jury, Chair
    • Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children Jury, Member
    • ALA Medal of Excellence Jury, Member
  • Indiana Library Federation Board of Directors, Vice President/President-Elect
  • Indiana University Faculty Council Consensual Relations Task Force, Member
  • IU Southeast 2021 – 2026 Strategic Plan Planning Committee, Member
  • IU Southeast Faculty Senate Sustainability Committee, Chair
  • IU Southeast Study Abroad & Global Awareness Committee, Member

Within his local community, Christopher volunteers with the Drepung Gomang Center for Engaging Compassion (a local Tibetan Buddhist Dharma center and temple) and is actively building its library’s infrastructure from the ground up. He is also the managing editor for Vietnamese and Global Buddhist Studies (VGBS), an up-and-coming open-source, scholarly journal hosted by IUScholarWorks. Christopher also works closely with the Floyd County Public Library (FCPL) in order to build a strong partnership between his university library and the community's public library.

Before moving to IU Southeast in 2016, Christopher was the Coordinator of Teen Services for the Charlestown-Clark County Public Library System in Southern Indiana and was responsible for collection development and maintenance; programming; and partnering with local schools to provide information literacy instruction to students in grades 7 – 12. Before that, he worked in the reference department for the same library system, where he also developed adult-oriented programs that were met with high degrees of success. Overall, Christopher has been connected to libraries in one way or another since he was 14.

Academic Background

  • Masters

    • Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), Indianapolis, United States
    • Master of Library Science, Major in Academic Librarianship
  • Bachelors

    • University of Louisville, Louisville, United States
    • Bachelor of Arts, Major in Anthropology

Professional Interests

Research

Main research interests include:

  • Library History
  • Book History
  • Medieval Libraries
  • Buddhist Libraries and Book Culture
  • Integrating Eastern Philosophy and Compassion into Library Service Models
  • Effects/Outcomes/Best Practices of Student Employment within Libraries During Matriculation

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Christopher L. Proctor. (2021). The Heart of Academia: Medieval Universities, Textbooks, and the Birth of Academic Libraries. Library Philosophy and Practice, (e-journal) (6084), https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/libphilprac/6084/.
  • Christopher L. Proctor, Courtney, M. Block, Melanie E. Hughes. (2021). Disaster Librarianship: Reflections on Teaching and Learning from the Heart of the Campus. Journal of Teaching and Learning with Technology, 10 (1), 306-320.
  • Courtney M. Block and Christopher L. Proctor. (2020). The Yoga Sutra of librarianship: Towards an understanding of holistic advocacy. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 52 (2), 549–561.
  • Christopher L. Proctor. (2020). Facilitating Career Readiness: The Responsibility of Access Services to Its Work-Study Students. InULA Notes, 33 (1), 45-49, 55-58.
  • Christopher L. Proctor. (2017). Review of Transnational Contexts of Culture, Gender, Class, and Colonialism in Play: Video Games in East Asia, by Alexis Pulos and S. Austin Lee (Eds.). International Journal of Comic Art, 19 (1), 640 – 643.

Books

  • Christopher L. Proctor and Maria T. Accardi. (2020). "Chapter 9: Information Literacy" in College Success Guide: Donna J. Dahlgren and Veronica E. Medina (eds.). Southlake: FountainHead Press.

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