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Matthew Griffis

Dr. Matthew Griffis

Associate Professor


Dr. Matthew Griffis holds advanced degrees in LIS from the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada. He divides his research interests between the library and archival science fields, focusing on the history of library development in North America, libraries as places of community, and the history of print. Several agencies have supported Griffis’s work, among them the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) who funded his three-year historical study of segregated Carnegie libraries with an LB21 research grant from 2016 to 2019. An author of many refereed articles, Griffis has published two books about the history of postcards, the first (with Elwood Jones) in 2016 and the second in September 2020. He has presented at numerous conferences across North America and has also been invited to speak at special events related to his research interests.

  • Library and Information Science (PHD) - University of Western Ontario (2013)
  • MLIS - University of Western Ontario (2007)
  • BA - Queen's University at Kingston (2004)

Undergraduate courses:
LIS 415 Rural and Small Public Libraries
LIS 433 History of the Book

Graduate courses:
LIS 533 History of the Book/Bibliography
LIS 631 History of Libraries and Librarianship
LIS 636 Foundations of Librarianship
LIS 646 Introduction to Archival Theory and Practice
LIS 647 Introduction to Archival Organization
LIS 648 Archival Practicum/Field Placement
LIS 668 Research Methods in LIS
LIS 691 Research in Library Science
LIS 692 Special Problems: Library Design

  • Where the Users Are: Reinventing Information Provision Through Roving Models of Service, Advances in Library Administration and Organization, 2018
  • A Separate Space: Remembering Meridian’s Segregated Carnegie Library, 1913-74, Mississippi Libraries, 2017
  • Postcards from Peterborough and the Kawarthas, 2016
  • Social capital and inclusion in rural public libraries, Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 2014
  • Books, mortar, and control: A multicase examination of the public library as organization space, Advances in Library Administration and Organization, 2014
  • Common Course for USM Faculty
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Human Subjects Research - Stage 1
  • Preventing Discrimination & Harassment: Employees V2.3
  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
  • Title IX: Preventing Sexual Misconduct for Faculty and Staff – "Responsible Employee" Edition
  • English (Native or Bilingual)
  • French (Limited Working)

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Areas of Expertise

Library history and foundations, History of books and print culture, Archival theory and practice.