Kristen Mapes portraitI am the Digital Humanities Coordinator in the College of Arts and Letters at Michigan State University.

Prior to moving to Michigan, I completed a Masters in Library and Information Science at Rutgers University, where I focused coursework on Academic Librarianship and Archives and interned in Special Collections and Archives at Fordham University and the North Jersey History Center at Morristown Public Library. I have also completed an MA in Medieval Studies at Fordham University, with comprehensive exam specializations in late medieval social and economic history and comparative literature.

My research interests are currently focused on social media adoption by academics, especially Medievalists. I am interested in discovering how scholars interact (or don’t) online in this interdisciplinary field. On the action side of that research interest, I am looking to contribute to the field by fostering community in whatever ways seem useful.

I talk about bridging communities, breaking down institutional boundaries, and cycling fandom on Twitter @kmapesy. Please connect with me there, on Linkedin or at kmapes [at] msu [dot] edu.


  • MLIS, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • MA Medieval Studies, Fordham University
  • BA Humanistic Studies & International Affairs, John Cabot University

Leadership Activities

  • American Library Association, Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS)
    • Diversity Committee (2016-present)
    • Digital Special Collections Discussion Group Co-Convener (2016-present)
  • American Library Association, New Members Round Table (NMRT)
    • Orientation Committee (2016-present)
    • Student Chapter of the Year Award Committee (2014-present), Chair (2016-present)
    • Student and Student Chapter Outreach Committee (2014-2015)
  • Michigan Academic Library Association (MI-ALA), Conference Planning Committee (2015-present)
  • Rutgers University, University Senate (University Structure and Governance Committee), 2013-2014
  • ACRL/NY Symposium Planning Committee, 2013-2014

Membership in Professional Organizations

  • Association of Computers and the Humanities
  • Medieval Academy of America
  • American Library Association
  • Association of College and Research Libraries
    • Michigan Association of Academic Libraries (MI-ALA)
  • Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship
  • Beta Phi Mu, International Library & Information Studies Honors Society