Joshua Finnell

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Joshua Finnell

Director of Research and Scholarly Initiatives in the University Libraries

Department/Office Information

310 Case-Geyer

BA, Washington University in St. Louis, 2002; MLA, Washington University in St. Louis, 2006; MLS, University of Illinois, 2007

Book Chapters and Journal Articles

Finnell, J. (2019) “2596 Girl School Road.” Book Chapter. Reference Librarianship & Justice: History, Practice & Praxis. ed. Kate Adler, Ian Beilin, Eamon Tewell. Sacramento: Library Juice Press.  

Finnell, J. (2019) “Participatory Culture and Collaborative Democracy: The Awesome Libraries Chapter.” Public Library Quarterly 38.2: 1-4.

Finnell, J. Konkiel, S. (2017) “Building and Sustaining a Grassroots Library Organization: A Three-Year Retrospective of Library Pipeline.” International Information & Library Review. 49.4: 313–315.

Finnell, J. Cain, B. (2017) “Meeting Challenges in the Data World: RDAP 2017.” International Information & Library Review. 49.3: 1-3.

Finnell, J.  (2017) “Innovators and Maintainers: Musings on Library Competencies.” Journal of New Librarianship 1.2  59-67.

Finnell, Joshua & Konkiel, Stacy. (2017) “The Innovation in Libraries Awesome Foundation Chapter.” In the Library with the Leadpipe

Finnell, Joshua. “Open Data and the Free Access to Law Movement in the United States. “SCRIPTed: A Journal of Law, Technology & Society. (2016) 

Finnell, Joshua. “Baptists in Burma: Collaboratively Mapping Missionary Archives.” Digital Library Perspectives. 32.1 (2016): 7-21.

Finnell, Joshua and Moore, Jonathan. “Collaborative Timeline of Historical Events in Religion.” Teaching Theology & Religion. 18.3 (2015): 234.

Finnell, Joshua. “Much Obliged: Analyzing the Importance and Impact of Acknowledgements in Scholarly Communication.” Library Philosophy & Practice. December (2014).

Finnell, J. (2014) “Community Archiving and Sustainability: Denison University’s Homestead.” Book Chapter. Focus on Educating for Sustainability: Toolkit for Academic Libraries. ed. Maria A. Jankowska. Sacramento: Library Juice Press.

Finnell, Joshua. “Missionary Activity in the Victorian Era: A Selective Bibliography.” Reference Reviews 28.5 (2014): 2-5.

Finnell, Joshua. “Records Management Theory’s Dilemma: What is a Record?” Library Philosophy & Practice. June (2011)

Finnell, Joshua. “Invisible Markings and Conservation Treatment: An Exploratory Study.” Library & Archival Security 24.1 (2011)19-24

Finnell, Joshua, and Jerome Marcantel. “Understanding Resistance: An Introduction to Anarchism.” College & Research Libraries News71.3 (2010): 156-159. 

Finnell, Joshua, and Walt Fontane. “Reference Question Data Mining: A Systematic Approach to Library Outreach.” Reference & User Services Quarterly 49.3 (2010): 278-286.

Attebury, Ramirose Ilene, and Joshua Finnell. “What Do LIS Students in the United States Know About Liaison Duties?.” New Library World 110.7/8 (2009): 325-340.













Presentations (Institutional, Regional, National, International)

Finnell, J., Tijerina, B. Champieux, R., Huffine, R., Figueroa, M. (2020) An Awesome Ideas Pitch for Libraries (Symposium on the Future of Libraries). American Library Association Midwinter Meeting. Philadelphia, PA.

Finnell, J. & Cipolli, W. (2019) Colgate’s Data Science Collaboratory. Central New York Library Resources Council Annual Conference. Utica, NY.

Ziemer, H. & Finnell, J. (2019) One Desk to Rule Them All: Moving to a Single Service Point in an Academic Library. IDS Project Conference. Utica, NY.

Finnell, J. & Buell, J. (2019) CNY Vitals + BiblioConnect. MidYork Libraries Directors’ Advisory Council. Utica, NY.

Finnell, J. & Sullivan, W. (2019). Live Pitch for Libraries. OpenGov Hub. Washington, D.C.

Klein, M., Cain, B. & Finnell, J. (2019) Nucleus – Deploying Research Data Management Infrastructure At The Los Alamos National Laboratory. ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries. Champaign-Urbana, IL

Finnell, J., Yu, T. & Calnan, S. (2019) Thematic Chapters in the Awesome Foundation Ecosystem: How Do They Work, and What Can We Learn From Them? Awesome Summit. Chicago, IL

Finnell, J. & Chraskta, J. (2019) Unfunded Grants: Alternative Solutions and Opportunities. Awesome Summit. Chicago, IL

Finnell, J., Jacobson, E. & Bruner, M. (2019) Reference Services and Incarcerated People. Reference Librarianship & Justice: Critical Interventions. Metropolitan New York Library Council, New York City

Finnell, J. & Pattison, A. (2018) Environmental Justice in Upstate NY. Eastern New York Association of College & Research Libraries Spring Conference. Colgate University, NY.

Finnell, J. (2018) Research Data Services at Colgate University. UCT Libraries, University of Cape Town. Cape Town, South Africa.

Finnell, J. & Studdard, S. (2018) 3D Modeling Case-Geyer: A Pilot Project. Immersive Technology Institute. Digital Humanities Initiative, Hamilton College, NY.

Finnell, J. Worley, M., Cipolli, W. Olivera, T. (2018) Misinformation, Propaganda, or Fake News: A Discussion. Madison Chenango Call to Action. Hamilton Public Library, NY.

Finnell, J., Buell, J., Wildman, M., Klucznik, M., and Olivera, T. (2018) National Library Week: How Libraries Shape Their Communities + Film Premiere of Ex Libris: The New York Public Library. Hamilton Movie Theater, NY.

Pattison, A., & Finnell, J. (2018) Endangered Data Week: Environmental Justice in Upstate NY. Palace Theater, NY.

Finnell, J., Tijerina, B. Champieux, R., Garcia, S., Figueroa, M. (2018) An Awesome Ideas Pitch for Libraries (Symposium on the Future of Libraries). American Library Association Midwinter Conference. Denver, CO.

Finnell, J., Tijerina, B. Champieux, R. (2018) Seeding the Future: The Innovation in Libraries Awesome Foundation Chapter (Symposium on the Future of Libraries). American Library Association Midwinter Conference. Denver, CO.

Finnell, J. & Garcia, S. (2018) NCompass Live: The Innovation in Libraries Awesome Foundation Chapter. Nebraska Library Commission, NE.

Finnell, J., Cain, B., Klein, M. (2017) Nucleus: A Data Pilot Project. New Mexico Library Association. Albuquerque, NM.

Finnell, J. & Cain, B. (2017) Unclassified: Research Data Management at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Digital Library ForumPittsburgh, PA.

Sherwood, E., Finnell, J. Hartman-Caverly, S., Skallerup Bassette, L., Mitchell, M., Paddick, C., Pirmann, C., Shermeyer, K. (2017) Digital Scholarship: All of the Questions. Bucknell Digital Scholarship Conference. Lewisburg, PA.

Finnell, J. and Cain, B. (2016) Research Data Services at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Eighth Plenary Meeting, Research Data Alliance, L4RD Interest Group, Denver, CO.

Finnell, J. (2016). Data Management, Storage, and Sharing. Intelligence and Space Research Team Leaders. Los Alamos National Laboratory. Los Alamos, NM.

Finnell, J. (2016). Research Library Roadshow: Data Management. Space Data Systems Team. Los Alamos National Laboratory. Los Alamos, NM.

Finnell, J. (2015). Baptists in Burma: Collaboratively Mapping Missionary Archives (poster). 6th International Conference of Digital Archives and Digital Humanities. National Taiwan University in Taipei.

Finnell, J. (2015). Instruction, Outreach and Assessment (Webinar). Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco.

Finnell, J. (2015) Mapping American Baptist Missionary Activity in 19th Century Burma. Midwest Archives Conference, Lexington, Kentucky.

Finnell, J. Moore, J. Harlacher, S. Heil, J. Lyle, H. (2014) Digital Burma: Denison University’s Baptist Missionary Archive. Panel Presentation. Society of Ohio Archivists Annual Conference, Dublin, Ohio.

Finnell, J., Krumholz, L., and Culligan, R. (2012) The Homestead at 35: Archiving and the Future. Presented at Faculty Lunch Talk. Denison University, Granville, Ohio.

Bradner, A., Lisska, T., and Finnell, J. (2012) A
Jail Presented at MLK Day Teach-In. Denison University, Granvillle, Ohio.

Polanka, S., Gauder H., Mentch, F., Finnell, J., Feinberg, D. (2011) RPC Program: Tackling Your First Research Project: Tips and Strategies for New Library Science ResearchersPanel Presentation at Academic Library Association of Ohio Annual Conference, Constant Change, Constant Opportunity, Toledo, Ohio

Finnell, J., Oyler, C., Clemons, J. (2011)  Integrating Digital Collections into the Liberal Arts Curriculum (poster). Poster Presentation at HASTAC V Conference: Digital Scholarly Communication, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Finnell, J. Walt, S., Melrose, J., and Schutz, K. (2011) Students and Digital Projects. Panel Discussion. Ohio 5 Next Generation Library Summer Institute, Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio.

Finnell, J. (2011) Digitizing Undergraduate Journals. Lightning Talk. Presented at Digital Humanities Connections, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.

Henderson, E., and Finnell, J. (2010) Preserving Your Personal Treasures. Presented at Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio.

Finnell, J., et al. (2010). Web Usability, Next Generation Websites. Presented at American Library Association Unconference, Washington D.C.

Finnell, J. (2010). Zotero: Citation Managment. Presented at Denison University ITS Brown Bag Series, Granville, Ohio.

Finnell, J., et al. (2009) Revising the ALA/SAA/AAM Combined Committee on Archives, Libraries and Museums (CALM) Wiki. Poster Presentation at American Library Association Emerging Leader Session, Chicago, Illinois.

Finnell, J.  (2008). Simple Book Repair Workshop. Presented at McNeese State University, Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Finnell, J. (2008). Dude-ist Philosophy: Laziness as a Personal Ethos. Presented in conjunction with the McNeese State University Filmosophy Series, Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Finnell, J. (2008). Reference Question Data Mining. Presented at LOUIS Users Conference, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Book Reviews

Finnell, J. (2019). Switched On Pop: How Popular Music Works, and Why It Matters. Library Journal144(9), 100–101. 

Finnell, J. (2019). A Door in the Earth. Library Journal144(7), 92–94. 

Finnell, J. (2019). The Book of Science and Antiquities. Library Journal144(7), 88. 

Finnell, J. (2019). Passionate Spirit: The Life of Alma Mahler. Library Journal144(6), 70. 

Finnell, J. (2019). The Catholic School. Library Journal144(5), 101. 

Finnell, J. (2019). Why You Like It: The Science and Culture of Musical Taste. Library Journal144(4), 96. 

Finnell, J. (2019). Deep River. Library Journal144(4), 89. 

Finnell, J. (2019). Make Me a City. Library Journal144(2), 110. 

Finnell, J. (2018). Little. Library Journal143(17), 54–55. 

Finnell, J. (2018). Metamorphica. Library Journal143(12), 68–69. 

Finnell, J. (2018). A Terrible Country. Library Journal143(8), 59–60. 

Finnell, J. (2018). Warlight. Library Journal143(7), 64–65.  

Finnell, J. (2018). Smash! Green Day, the Offspring, Bad Religion, NOFX, and the ’90s Punk Explosion. Library Journal143(17), 62. 

Finnell, J. (2018). Gone So Long. Library Journal143(14), 52.

Finnell, J. (2018). Waiting for Eden. Library Journal143(14), 51. 

Finnell, J. (2018). Burning Down the Haus: Punk Rock, Revolution, and the Fall of the Berlin Wall. Library Journal143(13), 99. 

Finnell, J. (2018). History of Violence. Library Journal143(11), 68. 

Finnell, J. (2018). Accidentally Like a Martyr: The Tortured Art of Warren Zevon. Library Journal143(10), 94. 

Finnell, J. (2018). A Shout in the Ruins. Library Journal143(5), 88. 

Finnell, J. (2018). First Person. Library Journal143(3), 52. 

Finnell, J. (2018). The Overstory. Library Journal143(2), 96. 

Finnell, J. (2018). American Histories. Library Journal143(1), 94. 

Finnell, J. (2018). Anatomy of a Miracle. Library Journal143(1), 91.

Finnell, J. (2017). The Afterlives. Library Journal142(20), 95. 

Finnell, J. (2017). A Long Way from Home. Library Journal142(20), 86. 

Finnell, J. (2017). 4321. Library Journal142(1), 83–84. 

Finnell, J. (2017). Crimes of the Father. Library Journal142(14), 107. 

Finnell, J. (2017). Green. Library Journal142(14), 104. 

Finnell, J. (2017). Beast. Library Journal142(11), 77. 

Finnell, J. (2017). Shake It Up: Great American Writing on Rock and Pop from Elvis to Jay Z. Library Journal142(10), 113. 

Finnell, J. (2017). The Red-Haired Woman. Library Journal142(10), 95. 

Finnell, J. (2017). Spoils. Library Journal142(7), 80. 

Finnell, J. (2017). My Darling Detective. Library Journal142(4), 78. 

Finnell, J. (2017). The World To Come. Library Journal142(3), 85. 

Finnell, J. (2017). Mikhail and Margarita. Library Journal142(2), 70. 

Finnell, J. (2016). Los Angeles in the 1970s: Weird Scenes Inside the Goldmine. Library Journal141(18), 81. 

Finnell, J. (2016). Nutshell. Library Journal141(14), 100.

Finnell, J. (2016). War Porn. Library Journal141(13), 86. 

Finnell, J. (2016). The Angel of History. Library Journal141(13), 77. 

Finnell, J. (2016). The Sport of Kings. Library Journal141(9), 69. 

Finnell, J. (2016). Black Deutschland. Library Journal141(1), 98.

Finnell, J. (2015). The Folly. Library Journal140(17), 83. 

Finnell, J. (2015). John Prine: In Spite of Himself. Library Journal140(4), 91. 

Finnell, J. (2014). Shark. Library Journal139(18), 74. 

Finnell, J. (2014). No Stopping Train. Library Journal139(18), 74. 

Finnell, J. (2014). Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll. Library Journal139(16), 86. 

Finnell, J. (2014). 10:04. Library Journal139(15), 68. 

Finnell, J. (2014). The Betrayers. Library Journal139(13), 84. 

Finnell, J. (2014). The Narrow Road to the Deep North. Library Journal139(12), 73. 

Finnell, J. (2014). In the Wolf’s Mouth. Library Journal139(11), 85. 

Finnell, J. (2014). Summer House with Swimming Pool. Library Journal139(8), 67. 

Finnell, J. (2014). The Snow Queen. Library Journal139(5), 108. 

Finnell, J. (2014). Secrecy. Library Journal139(2), 69. 

Finnell, J. (2013). A Beautiful Truth. Library Journal138(10), 98. 

Finnell, J. (2013). My Education. Library Journal138(8), 67. 

Finnell, J. (2013). Middle C. Library Journal138(3), 91. 

Finnell, J. (2012). Nothing Gold Can Stay. Library Journal137(18), 65. 

Finnell, J. (2012). Will Oldham on Bonnie “Prince” Billy. Library Journal137(15), 74. 

Finnell, J. (2010). Under the Harrow. Library Journal135(19), 58–59. 

Finnell, J. (2010). The Box: Tales from the Darkroom. Library Journal135(14), 99–100. 

Grants (Institutional, Regional, National)

2020 CNY Humanities Corridor Grant: Data in the Humanities

2019 Colgate University Research Council Publication Grant: Engaging Researchers with Data Management: The Cookbook

2019 Institute of Museum and Library Services, Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program: The New York Data Carpentries Library Consortium

2019 Colgate University Research Council Discretionary Grant: Awesome Summit & American Library Association Pitch Event

2019 Central New York Libraries Resources Council New Initiatives Grant: Data Analysis & Collaboration Network (co-PI with Will Cipolli)

2018 Colgate University Lampert Global Partnership Grant: Data to Dome: Visualizing Research Data from New York to Cape Town.

2018 Colgate University Research Council Discretionary Grant: Dataverse Community Meeting at Harvard University

2018 ENY/ACRL Professional Development Grant: American Library Association 2018 Midwinter Future of Libraries Symposium

2017 LANL Foundation Educational Outreach Small Grants: Certification  Program in Digital Fabrication, Making and Manufacturing. Make Santa Fe + ¡YouthWorks!

2016 LANL Foundation Educational Outreach Small Grants: Tightly Integrated Coworker, Educational, and Entrepreneurial Space. Make Santa Fe + Meow Wolf

2015 GLCA-GLAA Expanding Collaboration Initiative Grant: Strengthening Bonds Through a Collaborative Professional Development Program with Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco

2014 Andrew W. Mellon From Projects to Pedagogy Grant: Digital Burma: Building a Cartographic Narrative of American Baptist Missionary Activity in 19th Century Burma

2011 Andrew W. Mellon Digital Collections Grant: Digital Archiving Intentional Communities: Denison University Homestead Archive

2011 Andrew W. Mellon Digital Collections Grant: Digital Archiving and Open-Access Creation in Undergraduate Literary Journals

2011 Andrew W. Mellon Digital Collections Grant: Digital Archiving and Open-Access Creation in Undergraduate Religion Journals

2011 Andrew W. Mellon Digital Collections Grant: Digital Archiving and Open-Access Creation in Undergraduate Literary Criticism Journals

2011 Andrew W. Mellon Digital Collections Grant: Digital Archiving and Open-Access Creation in Undergraduate Philosophy and Classics Journals

2011 Academic Library Association of Ohio Research Grant: Understanding the Network of Influence in Scholarly Communication and Collaboration in Open-Access Humanities.

2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 Professional Development Grant, Carolyn Craig Franklin and Dr. Carl M. Franklin Library Endowment Fund, Denison University

2008 Institute of Museum and Library Services Connecting to Collections Bookshelf Grant


2018 Library Journal Reviewer of the Year

2018 Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians, Harvard Graduate School of Education + Association of College and Research Libraries

2015 Special Guest Librarian 28th Feria Internacional del Libro de Bogotá (FILBo), ProColombia, Colombian Book Chamber, and Bogotá’s Chamber of Commerce

2013 Special Guest Librarian 27th Guadalajara International Book Festival (FIL), American Library Association and the Organizing Committee of FIL 

2012 Library Journal Movers & Shakers 

2009 Emerging Leader Class of the American Library Association

2007 Initiate into the Alpha Chapter of Beta Phi Mu International Honor Society for Library and Information Science



2017 Bibliography Fellowship, Modern Languages Association

2015 DLF+Force 11 Cross-Pollinator Award, Digital Library Federation

2014 Digital Humanities Summer Institute Scholarship, University of Victoria

2009 Frank B. Sessa Scholarship from Beta Phi Mu


American Library Association
Association of College and Research Libraries
Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory 
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Progressive Librarians Guild
Research Data Alliance