Dr. Matthew Griffis

Assistant Professor

PhD LIS
Faculty of Information and Media Studies, University of Western Ontario, 2013

MLIS
Faculty of Information and Media Studies, University of Western Ontario, 2007

BA (Hons.) in English Literature
Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Trent University, 2003

Dr. Matthew R. Griffis’ primary area of research is the library as place, a focus that includes library buildings as social architecture, rural libraries, and public libraries as community spaces. He also studies the history of library architecture, Carnegie libraries in North America, the history of postcards and postcard collecting, and qualitative methods in LIS research.

 

COURSES

LIS 457 Computer Applications in Libraries
LIS 557 Computer Applications in Libraries
LIS 580 British Studies: Studies in Librarianship
LIS 587 British Studies: Research
LIS 605 Library Management
LIS 636 Foundations of Librarianship
LIS 646 Archives and Special Collections
LIS 647 Introduction to Archival Organization
LIS 692 Library Planning and Design (forthcoming)

 

RECENT AND FORTHCOMING PUBLICATIONS

Aplin, E. and Griffis, M. R. (2015). Digi days: Using the Rey papers to teach digitization to library science and archival Students. The Primary Source, in press.

Griffis, M. R. (2015). Searching for Carnegie: a visit to the world’s oldest Carnegie library calls to mind an important chapter of Mississippi’s library history. Mississippi Libraries, in press.

Salisbury, P. and Griffis, M. R. (2015). Academic library mission statements, web sites, and communicating purpose. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, in press.

Griffis, M. R. (2014). Having a wonderful time: vintage Peterborough postcards and postcard collecting in the early 20th century. Heritage Gazette of the Trent Valley, 19(2), 32-33

Griffis, M. R. (2014). “Books, Mortar, and Control: A Multicase Examination of the Public Library as Organization Space.” Advances in Library Administration and Organization, 32(1), 1-106.

Griffis, M. R. and Johnson, C. A. (2014). Social capital and inclusion in rural public libraries. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 46(2), 96-109.

Johnson, C. A. and Griffis, M. R. (2014). The effect of public library use on the social capital of rural communities. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 46(3), 179-190.

Griffis, M. R. (2013). Pillar of the community: Peterborough’s Carnegie library 1911-80. Peterborough, ON: Occasional paper published by the Peterborough Historical Society (26p).

Griffis, M. R. (2010). Living history: the Carnegie library as place in Ontario. The Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science, 34(2), p. 185-211.

Johnson, C. A. and Griffis, M. R. (2009). A place where everybody knows your name? Investigating the relationship between public libraries and social capital. The Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science, 33(3/4), p. 159-91.

 

SELECTED CONFERENCE PAPERS

Griffis, M. R. and Hand, S. (2014). Promoting local history through social media. Mississippi Library Association Annual Conference, 14-17 Oct, Vicksburg, MS.

Griffis, M. R. (2011). Space, power and the public library. American Library Association Annual Conference: Library Research Roundtable ‘New Minds, New Approaches’ Forum, 23-28 June, New Orleans, LA.

Johnson, C. A. and Griffiis, M. R. (2010). Where all are welcome: social capital and the public library as a community meeting place. Library Research Seminar V: Integrating Practice and Research, 6-9 Oct, College Park, MD.

Johnson, C. A. and Griffiis, M. R. (2010). Public libraries and the creation of social capital in urban and rural communities. American Library Association Annual Conference: Library Research Roundtable Four-Star Research Series, 24-29 June, Washington, DC.

Griffis, M. R. (2009). Once in a lifetime: explaining the social forces shaping a central library building. American Library Association Annual Conference: Library Research Roundtable Four-Star Research Series, 9-15 July, Chicago, IL, USA.

 

SELECTED COMMUNITY TALKS, SPEECHES, AND PRESENTATIONS

 “Carnegie Libraries Across Canada, 1900-1920.” Owen Sound and North Grey Union Public Library’s Carnegie Library Centennial Celebrations, 8 Feb 2014, Owen Sound, ON.

“Remembering Peterborough’s Carnegie Library.” Peterborough Public Library 100th Anniversary celebrations, 14 May 2011, Peterborough, ON.

“Social Capital and Community Building: Comparing Urban and Rural Libraries” (with C. A. Johnson). London Public Library Speaker Series, 8 Apr 2010, London, ON.

“Carnegie Libraries in Canada.” Woodstock Carnegie Library Centennial celebrations, 25 Nov 2010, Woodstock, ON.

 

RECENT POSTER PRESENTATIONS

Salisbury, P. and Griffis, M. R. (2014). Academic library mission statements, web wites, and communicating values. 2014 University Research Awards Day Poster Session, 21 Nov, Hattiesburg, MS.

Griffis, M. R. (2014). The virtual library as place: an exploratory study. ALISE 2014 Works-in-Progress Poster Session, 21 Jan, Philadelphia, PA.

Griffis, M. R. (2013). Space, power and the public library: a multicase examination of 3 public libraries as organization spaces. ALISE 2013 Jean Tague-Sutcliffe Doctoral Student Poster Competition, 23 Jan, Seattle, WA.