Melissa Chim is the Reference Librarian and Archivist at General Theological Seminary in NYC, but will transition to the role of Scholarly Communication Librarian with Excelsior University in 2023. She has a Master’s in Modern European History from Queen Mary, the University of London, and an MLIS from St. John’s University with concentrations in academic librarianship and archives. She also serves as an adjunct instructor for courses on research and writing. Her publications include articles for Theological Librarianship and The Conversation, and she has appeared on the Shaye Ganam podcast as a historical consultant.
She first became interested in OERs as a member of the American Theological Library Association (Atla)’s Scholarly Communication and Digital Initiatives Committee. Melissa and her colleague Anne Silver won the Atla OER Invention Grant for 2021-2022, and their textbook, Living Archives: A History of the Center for Christian Spirituality, is now available on the Atla website. Her SPARC Fellowship capstone project will be a colloquy to take place at her seminary on the importance of OERs for student and faculty success.