Caitlin Christian-Lamb

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Caitlin Christian-Lamb

Assistant Professor of Professional Practice

PhD: Information Studies, University of Maryland (in progress)

Master's Degree(s): MS in Library and Information Science, Simmons College, 2013; MA in History, Simmons College, 2013

Bachelor's Degree(s): BA, Purchase College, State University of New York, 2009

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Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
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Caitlin Christian-Lamb is an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in the School of Information Studies Science at Louisiana State University. She is also a doctoral candidate in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland. Her dissertation focuses on social and reparative justice initiatives in academic archival settings, particularly in terms of gaps between published theory and practice, universities as racialized organizations, and the role of the individual archivist within a larger organization. After receiving her BA in History from Purchase College, State University of New York, she earned an MS in Library and Information Science and an MA in History from Simmons College. Before joining LSU, Caitlin previously held positions as an instructor of record at the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies, as the Digital Archivist of Davidson College, as a Project Producer for the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and as a Research Associate on the Massachusetts Historical Society’s Adams Papers Editorial Project. She has served on the editorial board of dh+lib, the foremost publication on the intersection of digital humanities and libraries, since 2015.

Courses Taught

LIS 7004: Management of Information Organizations

LIS 7009: Understanding Research

LIS 7408: Introduction to Archival Theory, Principles & Practice

LIS 7505: Introduction to Digital Curation

LIS 7703: Advanced Seminar in Archival Studies

LIS 7704: Archival Arrangement and Description 

Research Areas

Archives and Archival Theory; Social Justice; Information Justice, Human Rights, and Technology Ethics; Collective Memory; Digital Humanities; Organizational Studies; Community Archives

Selected Publications

Sayed, M. F., Cox, W., Rivera, J.L., Christian-Lamb, C., Iqbal, M., Oard, D.W., and Shilton, K. (2020). A Test Collection for Relevance and Sensitivity. In SIGIR ’20: Proceedings of the 43rd International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval.

Taylor, N.G., Christian-Lamb, C., Martin, M.H., and Nardi, B. (eds.). (2019). Proceedings of Information in Contemporary Society: 14th International Conference, iConference 2019, Washington, DC, USA, March 31–April 3, 2019. Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature Switzerland AG.

Christian-Lamb, C, and Shrout, A.H. (2017) ‘Starting From Scratch’?  Workshopping New Directions in Undergraduate Digital Humanities. In Digital Humanities Quarterly: Imagining the DH Undergraduate special issue 11.3.

Potvin, S., Padilla, T., Christian-Lamb, C. (2016). Digital Humanities In the Library / Of the Library. In dh+lib 2016 Special Issue (2016).

Christian-Lamb, C. and Sikes, S. (2015). How Did They Make That?: Adams Timeline. In DHCommons Issue 1 (2015).

Selected Presentations

Christian-Lamb, Caitlin. “’It’s About Who’s Been Missing’: Investigating Gaps between Theory and Practice of Social, Reparative, and Restorative Justice Work in Academic Archives.” The Archival Education and Research Initiative (AERI) 2022 virtual conference, July 2022.

Roeschley, Ana, Caitlin Christian-Lamb, Jessica Holden, and Harvey Long, “Representing Survivors of Violence in College and University Archives.” ARCHIVES * RECORDS 2018: Joint Annual Meeting of the Council of State Archivists (CoSA), National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators (NAGARA), and the Society of American Archivists (SAA), Washington, DC, August 2018.

Oard, Doug W., Katie Shilton, and Caitlin Christian-Lamb. “Safe Search Among Sensitive Content: Investigating Archivist and Donor Conceptions of Privacy, Secrecy, and Access” . ARCHIVES * RECORDS 2018: Joint Annual Meeting of the Council of State Archivists (CoSA), National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators (NAGARA), and the Society of American Archivists (SAA), Washington, DC, August 2018.

Skallerup Bessette, Lee, Caitlin Christian-Lamb, Kristen Eshleman, Benjamin Schaeffer, Siobhan Senier, and Paul Youngman (August 2017). “Sustaining and Scaling the Digital Liberal Arts.” Digital Humanities 2017, Montréal, Canada.

Christian-Lamb, Caitlin, Jeannette Bastian, Chelsea Gunn, Aaisha Haykal, Kelly Kietur, and David Staniunas (July 2017). “I Do Not Think it Means What You Think it Means: Differing Conceptions of the Archive.” ARCHIVES 2017: alike/different, Portland, OR.

Selected Grants & Funded Projects

Principal Investigator, “Davidson College Archives and Special Collections Comprehensive Preservation Plans,” Preservation Assistance Grant for Smaller Institutions, National Endowment for the Humanities, 2016 – 2017.

Co-Principal Investigator (with Rachel Walton, Charlotte, Nunes, and Jason W. Dean), “True Stories,” Faculty Advancement Grant, Associated Colleges of the South, 2016 – 2017.

Selected Professional & Community Service

dh+lib, Review Editor, 2015-present.

iConference 2019, Proceedings Assistant Chair, 2018-2019.

Society of American Archivists Standards Committee, Co-Chair, 2016-2018; Member, 2014-2016. 

Society of American Archivists Technical Subcommittee on Guidelines for Reappraisal and Deaccessioning (TS-GRD), Ex Officio, 2014-2018. 

Awards & Honors

Dean’s Fellowship, College of Information Studies, University of Maryland, 2017 – 2018.

Bursary Award, New Scholars Seminar in Digital Humanities at DH2017, Kule Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Alberta, CHCI, and centerNet, August 2017.

ACH/HASTAC Bursary Award, HASTAC 2015, May 2015.

DLF/CLIR + ER&L Cross-Pollinator Travel Award, Electronic Resources & Libraries 10th Anniversary Conference, February 2015.

Award for Excellence in Thesis Research and Writing (for “Going Down in History: The Collective Memory of the Titanic”), Graduate Program in History, Simmons College, May 2013.