Christine Madsen is a librarian and academic whose research aims to re-centre libraries at the heart of all the disciplines, and re-focus the work of librarians on creating a space for the transformation of information into knowledge.
Christine Madsen is a librarian and academic whose research aims to re-centre libraries at the heart of all the disciplines, and re-focus the work of librarians on creating a space for the transformation of information into knowledge. Her current and recent projects include a survey of humanities scholars' use of online research and collaboration tools; a webmetric analysis of library digitization web sites; a collaborative project to study archived web sites in the humanities; and a theoretical grounding of the study of Internet in philosophy, society and religion. Her dissertation project is a critical analysis of the impact of digitization on scholarship and practice in the Tibetan and Himalayan region, but her larger research agenda is to recapture an integrated space in and from which to study the future of libraries.
After completing her first degree in the visual arts, Christine began her career in libraries as manager of analogue and digital image production in the Art and Architecture Library at UC San Diego. While at UCSD, she went on gain her MLIS and served as a technical consultant on several large-scale digitization and metadata mapping projects, including ArtSTOR. In 2003 she joined the Harvard University Library as the manager of the Open Collections Program where she gained expertise in the development of efficient, replicable methods for the creation of comprehensive, subject-based digital resources.
Positions held at the OII
- DPhil Alumnus, March 2011 -
- DPhil student, October 2007 - February 2011
April - August 2010
This project explores how to bridge the gap between archivists and researchers, and how preserved web content archives might be used by researchers and others to ask meaningful new questions.
February - November 2010
Many humanities scholars are enthusiastic users of digital resources, however there is a potential mismatch between what (and how) resources are offered, and how scholars might use them. How should they be designed to ensure maximum use by scholars?
June 2008 - April 2009
This project combined quantitative and qualitative indicators to measure the impact of online scholarly resources and to develop a best practices toolkit that allows assessment of the impact of digitisation projects by researchers and funding bodies.
April 2008 - March 2009
Establishing a framework for e-Humanities research using available open source tools and technologies and archived web content to create novel research interfaces to the first of many, scholarly, e-Humanities web collections.
- Madsen, C. (2009) The Importance of Marketing Digital Collections. ALISS Quarterly. Autumn 2009.
- Madsen, C. and Comstock, B. (2006) Streamlining a Book Digitization Workflow. Microform and Imaging Review.
- Meyer, E.T., Madsen, C. and Fry, J. (2010) Digital Resources and the Future of Libraries. In: W.H.Dutton and P.Jeffreys (Eds) World Wide Research: Reshaping the Sciences and Humanities. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.
- Meyer, E.T., Eccles, K. and Madsen, C. (2009) Digitisation as e-Research infrastructure: Access to materials and research capabilities in the Humanities. Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on e-Social Science, Cologne, Germany, 24-26 June 2009.
- Meyer, E.T., Schroeder, R. and Madsen, C. (2008) The World Wide Web of Humanities: Archives for Researching the Web. Paper presented at Website Histories - Theories, Methods, Analysis 2008, Aarhus, Denmark, 14 October 2008.
- Madsen, C. and Hurst, M. (2005) The Role of the Library in Open Education. The Center for Open and Sustainable Learning Conference Proceedings, September 2005.
- Meyer, E. and Madsen, C. (2009) TIDSR Survey Data. Presented at 'Humanities on the Web: Is it working?', Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, 19 March 2009.
- Madsen, C. and Meyer, E. (2009) Selecting and Analysing the WWI and WWII Collections. Presented at 'Humanities on the Web: Is it working?', Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, 19 March 2009.
- Bulger, M., Meyer, E.T., de la Flor, G., Terras, M., Wyatt, S., Jirotka, M., Eccles, K. and Madsen, C. (2011) Reinventing research? Information practices in the humanities. A report of the Research Information Network (RIN), April 2011.
- Thomas, A., Meyer, E.T., Dougherty, M., Van den Heuvel, C., Madsen, C. and Wyatt, S. (2010) Researcher Engagement with Web Archives: Challenges and Opportunities for Investment. Final Report for the JISC-funded project 'Researcher Engagement with Web Archives'.
- Meyer, E.T., Eccles, K., Thelwall, M. and Madsen, C. (2009) Final Report to JISC on the Usage and Impact Study of JISC-funded Phase 1 Digitisation Projects and the Toolkit for the Impact of Digitised Scholarly Resources (TIDSR).
Madsen, C. (2011) Communities, innovation, and critical mass: understanding the impact of digitization on scholarship in the humanities through the case of Tibetan and Himalayan studies. DPhil Thesis, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford.
Advisory Board Member and Research Associate
Recorded: 19 March 2009 Duration: 00:52:00
Results of a project that aims to establish a framework for e-Humanities research using open source tools and technologies and archived web content to create novel research interfaces to the first of many, scholarly, e-Humanities web collections.
Recorded: 19 March 2009 Duration: 01:11:16
Presenting the results of the Digitised Resources: A Usage and Impact Study project, which combines quantitative and qualitative indicators to measure the impact of online scholarly resources.
2 February 2010 American Library Association
Christine Madsen, librarian and OII DPhil candidate, is 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.'
11 February 2009 Oxford University Library Services
The Bodleian Library together with Balliol College establishes a new joint scholarship for graduate students. The first scholar to be awarded the scholarship is OII DPhil student Christine Madsen