2013 MA Draper Program in Humanities and Social Thought
New York University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, New York, NY

2012 MLIS Library and Information Sciences, Summa Cum Laude
Long Island University, Palmer School of Library and Information Science, New York, NY

2007 BA History and Classics, Cum Laude
The University of Arizona, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and College of Humanities, Tucson, AZ

Library Experience    

2013-Humanities Librarian, Bates College

  • Serve as subject liaison for humanities disciplines, including general and specialized research services, instruction, and collection management.
  • Provide one-on-one research support to students and faculty.
  • Manage institutional repository (
  • Provide initiative, consultation, and project management skills on digital projects. Collaborate with the relevant ILS staff to plan, coordinate, and implement effective digital projects and services. Offer consultation to faculty members on digital projects to support their teaching and research (
  • Manage library social media communication and plan outreach services and events.

2010-2012 Academic Library Mentee, New York University

  • Provide reference services in person and online.
  • Evaluate practical work in the library, including bibliographic instruction and collection development.
  • Serve on library committees as needed.

2005-2007 Archival Assistant, University of Arizona, Special Collections Library.

  • Process archival collections, create and update finding aids.
  • Assess new gifts for retention, weed foreign language collections.
  • Answer research inquiries.



Berens, Kathi Inman and Christina Bell. “Metadata Challenges to Discoverability in Children’s Picture Book Publishing: The Diverse BookFinder Intervention” Digital Scholarship in the Humanities (under review).


Bell, Christina and Marisa Méndez-Brady. “The Future of Librarianship: Challenging Professional Norms.” Journal of New Librarianship (JoNL), 2, no. 2. 

Bell, Christina and Andrew White. “Libraries and IT: TheMerged Road Ahead.” Leading in the New Academic Library. Eds. Rebecca Albitz, Chris Avery, and Diane Zabel. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited.


Bell, Christina. “In Practice and Pedagogy: Digital Humanities in the SmallCollege Environment.” Digital Humanities in the Library: Challenges and Opportunities for Subject Specialists. Eds. Laura Braunstein, Liorah Golomb, and Arianne Hartsell-Gundy. Chicago: ACRL. 


Diverse Bookfinder (, Collection Manager, A database to identify diverse children’s picture books and a metadata schema to consider content and impact by translating research findings so that they are accessible and useful.


IMLS National Leadership Grant (LG-95-17-0189-17), co-Principal Investigator, Enhancing the Diverse BookFinder. 2017.

IMLS Sparks! Ignition grant (SP-02-16-0006-16), co-Principal Investigator, The Diverse Children’s Picture Book Resource Hub: An online resource for aiding in the identification and utilization of picture books featuring people of color. 2016. 



Development and Use of Open Educational Resources in Higher Education: A Regional Symposium. Co-convener. Bates College. April 26, 2019. Funded in part by the Davis Foundation.


Maine #critlib (Critical Librarianship) Unconference. Co-convener.
Bates College. August 9, 2016.

Conferences and Presentations


“The Price Isn’t Right: How Libraries Can Overcome the Invisible Cost of Education.” With Krystie Wilfong and Zane Omohundro (Bates College). ACRL New England Chapter Annual Conference. Portland, ME. May 6, 2019.


“Metadata Challenges to Discoverability in Children’s Picture Book Publishing: The Diverse BookFinder Intervention.” With Kathi Inman Barens (Portland State U). Digital Humanities 2018, Mexico City, Mexico. June 26-29, 2018. 

“You CAN Get There From Here – Not Your Mother’s Book Club.” With Krystie Wilfong, Caitlin Lampman, Laura Collard. Maine Academic Libraries Day (MALD). Colby College. May 30, 2018


“Turning Missteps into Stepping Stones: Personal and Professional Growth as an Early Career Academic Librarian.” ACRL New England. Plymouth, MA.  May 4, 2018.
2017 *“Utilizing Unique Collections: Taking Diverse Children’s Books to a National Audience” ACRL- NY Symposium. New York, NY. December 1, 2017. 

“The Future of Librarianship: Challenging Professional Norms.” with Marisa Méndez-Brady (UMaine) and Beth Hoppe (Bowdoin). Maine Academic Libraries Day (MALD). Colby College. June 15, 2017


Maine #critlib (Critical Librarianship) Unconference 2016. Co-convener. Bates College. August 9, 2016.

“It Takes a Village: Digital Scholarship and the Liberal Arts College”

  • NorthEast Regional Computing Program (NERCOMP). Providence, RI. March 21, 2016
  • Maine Academic Libraries Day (MALD). Colby College. June 1, 2016
  • American Library Association (ALA). Orlando, FL. June 25, 2016


“Critical Pedagogy and Social Justice in the Library” Maine Academic Libraries Day (MALD). Colby College. June 9, 2014


“Putting Primary Source Material Online: A Case Study from New YorkUniversity” Yale University, February 2012


“Archive Lab: Digital Humanities and Literary Archives” NYU Workshop in Archival Practice. New York University. October 2011



Cassidy, Kyle. This is What a Librarian Looks Like: A Celebration of Libraries, Communities, and Access to Information. New York: Black Dog & Leventhal.


“Interview with Christina Bell.” I Need a Library Job. by Todd Simpson. Http:// 

College Service

2014- Co-chair, Bates Digital Campus 

2014- First-Year Seminar and Writing Committee

2015- Co-convener, Bates LGBTQ+ Employee Group 

2013-2015 Faculty Commons for Teaching and Learning

2015-2016 Institutional Planning, Intellectual Life Team 

2017 Co-convener, Ladd Looking Forward Reading Group

As needed Hiring Committees for faculty, staff, and leadership positions 

Specialized Skills 

Content Management Systems: Omeka, WordPress, Digital Commons, Moodle, LibApps.
Languages: Basic reading in Latin and Italian, Intermediate Spanish

Related Experience 

2010-2013 Human Rights Watch, General Counsel Coordinator
2009-2010 Pima County Public Defender’s Office, Legal Secretary
2007-2009 Pima County Attorney’s Office, Legal Processing Clerk

Selected Professional Development

ADHO Digital Humanities Conference 

  • 2018 Mexico City, Mexico
  • 2017 Montreal, Quebec, Canada 

Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Conference 

  • 2019 Cleveland, OH
  • 2017 Baltimore, MD
  • 2015 Portland, OR

ACRL Roadshow

  • 2019 Engaging with the Framework
  • 2018 Scholarly Communication

Digital Humanities Summer Institute, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

  • 2012- Understanding the Pre-Digital Book
  • 2013- Digital Pedagogy

Digital.Humanities@Oxford Summer School, Oxford University, United Kingdom

  • 2012- An Introduction to XML and the Text Encoding Initiative

THATCamp NYC, Fordham University, October 5-6, 2012

In Re Books: Law and the Future of Reading, New York Law School, October 26-27, 2012

Digital Tools for Scholars Workshop Series, NYU Library, Fall 2012

Copyright Exceptions for Libraries in the Digital Age: Section 108 Reform, Kernochan Center, Columbia Law School, February 8, 2013

New Directions for Digital Scholarship, Yale University, March 1, 2013

THATCamp Feminisms East, Barnard College, March 16, 2013

Stewardship of Digital Assets Workshop, The Morgan Library/ NDCC, April 1-2, 2013

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: