Dr. Matthew Griffis

Assistant Professor

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.

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EDUCATION

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

Bachelor of Education, Faculty of Education, Queen’s University, 2004

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

  

TEACHING

Undergraduate:

LIS 433 History of the Book
LIS 457 Information Technology in Libraries

Graduate:

LIS 533 History of the Book
LIS 557 Information Technology 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 668 Research Methods in Library and Information Science
LIS 689 Library Practicum
LIS 691 Special Topics: Digital Humanities
LIS 692 Special Problems: Library Planning and Design

For more information, see my online teaching portfolio: [forthcoming]

 

FUNDED RESEARCH

Griffis, M.R. (2016). The roots of community: Segregated Carnegie libraries as spaces for learning and community making in pre-Civil Rights America. Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program, Institute of Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS), $82,251.00.

Griffis, M.R. (2014). The place of the librarian in the deskless library: Do roving reference models create a more user-centered library? OCLC-ALISE Library and Information Science Research Grant, $13,650.00. 

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Griffis, M.R. (2015). Library science education at Southern Miss: A history of survival and growth. Mississippi Libraries, 78(3), 4-8.

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, 78(1), 4-9.

Salisbury, P. and Griffis, M.R. (2014). Academic library mission statements, web sites, and communicating purpose. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 40(6), 592-96.

Aplin, E. and Griffis, M.R. (2014). Digi days: Using the Rey papers to teach digitization to library science and archival students. The Primary Source, 33(2), 5-11.

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), 179-90.

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.

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. (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. (2013). Pillar of the community: The Peterborough Carnegie library, 1911-80. Peterborough, Canada: Peterborough Historical Society.

Griffis, M.R. (2010). Living history: The Carnegie library as place in Ontario. The Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science, 34(2), 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), 159-91.

 

SELECTED CONFERENCE PAPERS

Griffis, M.R. (2016). Roving reference service and user-centeredness: Findings from public and academic libraries. American Library Association Annual Conference: Library Research Roundtable ‘Connecting Research and Practice’ Forum, Orlando, FL, June 23-28.

Griffis, M.R. (2016). The best gift: A history of Carnegie libraries in Mississippi. Southern History of Education Society Annual Meeting, University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, Long Beach, MS, March 11-12.

Griffis, M.R. (2016). Out of place: Examining user-centeredness and roving reference service models at academic and public libraries. Association for Library and Information Science Education Annual Conference, Boston, MA, January 5-8.

Griffis, M.R. (2015). Library science education at Southern Miss: A history of survival and growth. Mississippi Library Association Annual Conference, Natchez, MS, October 20-23.

Knowlton, S., Griffis, M., and Hand, S. (2015). Southern librarianship and race in the early twentieth century. Tennessee Library Association Annual Conference, Memphis, TN, April 23-25.

Hand, S., and Griffis, M.R. (2015). Promoting your archives through social media: Strategies that work. Society of Mississippi Archivists Annual Conference, Long Beach, MS, April 15-17.

Griffis, M.R. (2015). Let there be light: Segregated Carnegie libraries as spaces for learning and community engagement in pre-Civil Rights America, 1900-1950. Southern History of Education Society Annual Meeting, Mercer University, Macon, GA, March 13-14.

Griffis, M.R., and Platt, E. (2015). Framing the new south: Promoting an image of academic enlightenment via postcard depictions of southern higher education in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Southern History of Education Society Annual Meeting, Macon, GA, March 13-14.

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

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

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

Griffis, M.R., and Johnson, C.A. (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, Washington, DC, June 24-29.

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, Chicago, IL, July 9-15.

 

INVITED LECTURES, ADDRESSES, AND SPEECHES

Griffis, M.R. (2016). Town and gown: Celebrating the Carnegie libraries of Emporia, Kansas. National Library Week Program, Emporia State University, Emporia, KS, April 14.

Griffis, M.R. (2014). Carnegie libraries across Canada, 1900-1920. Carnegie Library Centennial Celebrations, Owen Sound and North Grey Union Public Library, Owen Sound, Canada, February 8.

Griffis, M.R. (2012). Library buildings: Changing contexts, changing shapes. Public Texts Colloquium, Trent University Department of English Literature, Peterborough, Canada, February 20.

Griffis, M.R. (2010). Carnegie libraries in Canada. Carnegie Library Centennial Celebrations, Woodstock Public Library, Woodstock, Canada, November 25.

  

RECENT POSTER PRESENTATIONS

Griffis, M.R., and Platt, E. (2015). Framing the new south. University Research Awards Day 2015, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS, November 13.

Griffis, M.R. (2014). The virtual library as place: An exploratory study. ALISE Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA, January 21.

Salisbury, P., and Griffis, M.R. (2014). Academic library mission Statements, web sites, and communicating values. University Research Awards Day 2014, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS, November 21.

Griffis, M.R. (2013). Books, mortar, and control: A multicase examination of the public library as organization space. University Research Awards Day 2013, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS, November 8.

Griffis, M.R. (2013). Space, power and the public library: A multicase examination of 3 public libraries as organization spaces. ALISE Annual Conference, Seattle, WA, January 23.