Christine D'Arpa

Christine D'Arpa

Assistant Professor

Christine D'Arpa


Christine D'Arpa joined the School of Information Sciences faculty as Assistant Professor in August 2017. Her research focuses on the history of libraries; the role of the federal government in information provision; and public libraries and community engagement. She has presented her research at regional, national, and international conferences including SHARP, Library History Seminar, i-Schools Conference, Digital Library Federation, Society of American Archivists, Midwest Archives Conference, ALISE, AERI, and ASIS&T. D'Arpa has designed and taught a range of courses in LIS including Community Archives, Digital Public History, Administration and Use of Archival Materials, Community Engagement, Administration of Cultural Heritage Organizations, Organization of Information, and Race, Gender, and Information Technology.

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Degrees and Certifications

  • Ph.D., Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Graduate Certificate in Special Collections, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.S., Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Office Hours

 Wednesdays 1-2pm Eastern and by appointment

Recent Publications

Lenstra, N., Oguz, F., D'Arpa, C., Wilson, L.S. (2022). Exercising at the Library: Small and Rural Public Libraries in the Lives of Older Adults, Library Quarterly, 92:1. (forthcoming)

Lenstra, N., & D’Arpa, C. (2021). Reimagining public library programming during a pandemic. IFLA Journal.

D’Arpa, C. (2021). ¡Si, Se Puede! The United Farm Workers (, Journal of Agricultural & Food Information, 22:1-2, 2-7, DOI: 10.1080/10496505.2021.1901182

D’Arpa, C., Lenstra, N., & Rubenstein, E. (2020) Growing food at and through the local library: An exploratory study of an emerging role.In B. St. Jean, G. Jindal, Y. Liao, & P. T. Jaeger (Eds.), Roles and Responsibilities of Libraries in Increasing Consumer Health Literacy and Reducing Health Disparities (Advances in Librarianship, Volume 47). London: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Lenstra, N. & D’Arpa, C. (2019). “Food Justice in the Public Library: Information, Resources, and Meals.” The International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion (IJIDI), 3(4), 45-67. 

D'Arpa, C., Lenstra, N., Rubenstein, E. & Burke, S. (2019). Small and rural public libraries: Supporting community health and wellness. ALISE 2019 Proceedings, Knoxville (TN), September 24-26, 2019.

D'Arpa, C., Lenstra, N., Rubenstein, E. & Burke, S. (2019). Community health and wellness: Rural library practices, perspectives, and programs. iConference, College Park (MD), March 31-April 3, 2019.

Smith, D.M. & D’Arpa, C. (2017). What’s history got to do with it? Seventy Years of Historical Dissertation Research at the School of Information Sciences of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Library Trends, 65(4).

Willliams, S.C. & D’Arpa, C. (Eds.). (2017). Collaboration in Agricultural Librarianship and Information Work. Library Trends, 65(3).

D'Arpa, C. (2014). Agricultural Information and the State in the late 19th Century: The Annual Reports of the United States Department of Agriculture. iConference, Berlin (Germany), March 4-7, 2014.

D’Arpa, C. (2013). W. Boyd Rayward: Curriculum Vitae. Library Trends 62(2), 265-281.

Searing, S. E., & D’Arpa, C. (2012). "As if we were old family at a family reunion that hadn't been held in a long time": Feminism and LIS: the unconference. [poster]. ACRL Women and Gender Studies Section meeting, annual conference of the American Library Association, Anaheim, CA.

Recent Grants

Co-Investigator. (Ellen Rubenstein, PI). Rubenstein, E., Burke, S, Lenstra, N., D’Arpa, C. Community health and wellness: Small and rural library practices, perspectives, and programs. National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), LG-18-19-0015-19. University of Oklahoma is the lead institution. Grant awarded: $475,785.00 for FY2019-2022.

Courses taught

  • INF 6010 Introduction to the Information Professions
  • INF 6210 Organization of Knowledge
  • INF 7885 Cultural Heritage Institutions
  • INF 7850 Issues in Librarianship: Community Engagement


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