The list below shows Durham University research staff who are members of IMEMS. Click the member's name to see a more detailed biography and department.
We also welcome anyone from outside the University with an interest in our work to join. Membership is free of charge. You will receive invitations to our programme of events, with a weekly emails digest about what is happening in the Insitute and further afield. To join IMEMS contact: email@example.com
Dr Christopher Skelton-Foord, MA (Cantab), MLitt, MBA, MA (LibInfStds), PhD
Before coming to Durham, Christopher worked as History Librarian at the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, as Reading Rooms and Information Services Manager at the British Library, as a Curator of Early Printed Collections also at the British Library, and as a Research Assistant for Projekt Corvey at Cardiff University and Universität Paderborn.
Christopher studied at Cambridge, and he trained both at Loughborough, where he was awarded the Dunn and Wilson Prize for Library and Information Studies, and at Durham, where he gained an MBA with Distinction and the Business School's Best Dissertation Award. He also holds an MLitt and a PhD in literary and publishing history fields. He was educated at Chetham's School of Music, Manchester as a pianist and holds a performer's recital diploma with Distinction. Most recently he performed with the Neville Ensemble in a concert of music from Germany and Austria in Durham in July 2016.
Christopher works on strategic planning and policy formulation, as well as national library benchmarking, performance measurement, and service improvement processes across the University Library and Heritage Collections, and has responsibility for performance, metrics, and evaluation. He manages the work of the Administration Team, governance and committee activities, and recruitment and selection. Christopher administered The Library Survey 2015 for the University Library, developing new strategic directions for the Library based on its findings.
He was one of the conference organisers for the conference of the Northern Collaboration in September 2015 held in Leeds, Being Digital: Opportunities for Collaboration in Academic Libraries and again for the Northern Collaboration's conference held in Liverpool in September 2016, Collaboration: Delivering Innovation, Engagement and Impact.
- Member, LIBER Research and Education Working Group (Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche) (2014- )
- Elected to Membership, Beta Gamma Sigma International Business Honour Society (2013)
- Secretary, German Studies Library Group (2009- )
- Library History Award, Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (2000)
- Secretary, Library and Information History Group (1997-1999)
- Houghton Mifflin Visiting Fellow in Publishing History, Harvard University (1994)
- Garside, Peter, Schöwerling, Rainer, Skelton-Foord, Christopher & Wünsche, Karin. (2000). The English Novel 1770 to 1829: A Bibliographical Survey of Prose Fiction Published in the British Isles: Volume II: 1800-1829. Oxford: Oxford University Press. xiv, 753 pp.
- Skelton-Foord, Christopher (2017). Hocken: Prince of Collectors. Library and Information History 33(1): 63-64.
- Skelton-Foord, Christopher (2015). A Brief History of the Bodleian Library (and) Dr Radcliffe’s Library: The Story of the Radcliffe Camera in Oxford (and) Bodleian Library Treasures. Library and Information History 31(4): 283-285.
- Skelton-Foord, Christopher (2014). Trinity College Library Dublin: A History. Library and Information History 30(4): 292-294.
- Skelton-Foord, Christopher (2013). The Book of the British Library. Library and Information History 29(2): 140-141.
- Skelton-Foord, Christopher (2010). Libraries Within the Library: The Origins of the British Library's Printed Collections. Library and Information History 26(3): 228-229.
- Skelton-Foord, Christopher (2009). Restoring Order: The Ecole des Chartes and the Organization of Archives and Libraries in France, 1820-1870. Library and Information History 25(2): 135-136.
- Skelton-Foord, Christopher (2008). Catalogue of Scandinavian Books in the British Library Printed Before 1801. Rare Books Newsletter 82: 21-22.
- Skelton-Foord, Christopher (2008). Kulturkosmos der Renaissance: Die Gründung der Bayerischen Staatsbibliothek. Rare Books Newsletter 84: 22.
- Skelton-Foord, Christopher (2007). Fleet Street: Five Hundred Years of the Press. Rare Books Newsletter 80: 32.
- Skelton-Foord, Christopher (2005). Victorian Decorated Trade Bindings 1830-1880: A Descriptive Bibliography. Rare Books Newsletter 74: 50-51.
- Skelton-Foord, Christopher (2003). Do We Want to Keep Our Newspapers?. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science 35(3): 205-207.
- Skelton-Foord, Christopher (2001). Digital Imaging: A Practical Handbook. Library Association Record 103(1): 44.
- Skelton-Foord, Christopher (1999). A New History of the English Public Library: Social and Intellectual Contexts, 1850-1914. Library History 15(1): 72-74.
- Skelton-Foord, Christopher (1995). The Book Encompassed: Studies in Twentieth-Century Bibliography. British Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies 18(1): 96-97.
Chapter in book
- Skelton-Foord, Christopher (2004). Ethics and Ideology: The Philanthropic Ethos in British Community Libraries, 1780-1840. In Mäzenatentum für Bibliotheken = Philanthropy for Libraries. Vodosek, Peter, Black, Alistair & Hoare, Peter (eds). Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz. pp. 67-88.
- Skelton-Foord, Christopher (2004). Walter Scott and the Engendering of the Popular Novel: Circulating-Library Holdings of British Fiction, 1805-1819. In The Corvey Library and Anglo-German Cultural Exchanges, 1770-1837. Huber, Werner (ed). Munich: Wilhelm Fink. pp. 101-116.
- Skelton-Foord, Christopher (2002). Economics, Expertise, Enterprise and the Literary Scene: The Commercial Management Ethos in British Circulating Libraries, 1780-1830. In Scenes of Writing, 1750-1850: Authorship, Commerce and the Public. Clery, E.J., Franklin, Caroline & Garside, Peter (eds). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillian. pp. 136-152.
- Skelton-Foord, Christopher (1999). Surveying the Circulating-Library Scene: Popular British Fiction, 1770-1830. In Bibliotheken in der literarischen Darstellung = Libraries in Literature. Vodosek, Peter and Jefcoate, Graham (eds). Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz. pp. 89-113.
- Skelton-Foord, Christopher (1996). Circulating Libraries in Britain between 1790 and 1830. In Literatur und Erfahrungswandel, 1789-1830. Schöwerling, Rainer, Steinecke, Hartmut, and Tiggesbäumker, Günter (eds). Munich: Wilhelm Fink. pp. 27-42.
- Skelton-Foord, Christopher (2015). Meissen in Durham: The Meissen Library, its Significance, and Value. German Studies Library Group Newsletter 47: 3-6.
- Skelton-Foord, Christopher (2000). Emergency News and the General Strike of May 1926. Newspaper Library News 28: 10-13.
- Miehe, Dorothea & Skelton-Foord, Christopher (1999). A Press for Natives and Immigrants: German Newspapers in the British Library. Newspaper Library News 27: 8-10.
- Skelton-Foord, Christopher (1998). To Buy or to Borrow? Circulating Libraries and Novel Reading in Britain, 1778-1828. Library Review 47(7): 348-354.
- Skelton-Foord, Christopher (1998). Universalbibliothek der Trivialliteratur', 1800-1830: Castle Corvey and the Distribution of Circulating-Library Fiction in English. Library History 14(2): 117-132.
- Skelton-Foord, Christopher (1997). Fiction Holdings and Indexing Practice in the Circulating Libraries of Late 18th- and Early 19th-Century Britain: Some Patterns and Explanations. Corvey Journal: Mitteilungen aus dem Projekt Fürstliche Bibliothek Corvey 8: 4-14.
- Skelton-Foord, Christopher (1993). Novels, Novelty, and Circulating Libraries in the Romantic Era. Corvey Journal: Mitteilungen aus dem Projekt Fürstliche Bibliothek Corvey 5: 19-24.
- Skelton-Foord, Christopher (1992). Things to Come: A New Age for Music Libraries. Audiovisual Librarian 18(3): 187-190.