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Christine Fena

Christine Fena

Undergraduate Success Librarian

Subject Team: Arts & Humanities

Expertise: English & Global Literature, Writing and Rhetoric | CS1-I Melville Library | 631.632.1698

How can Christine help you?

Christine is the Undergraduate Success Librarian, and on the Arts & Humanities Team. She can help you with questions related to library instruction, information literacy, reference, and research.

Christine has taught a variety of courses at Stony Brook, including in the Music Department, Program in Writing and Rhetoric, School for Professional Development, and Honors College. Her research interests include information literacy, information behavior, and modernist music.


  • MS, Information and Library Science, University at Buffalo
  • PhD, MA, Music History and Music Theory, Stony Brook University
  • BA, Music, Barnard College

Selected Publications, Projects, and Presentations:

Selected Publications 

Digital Projects and Posters

  • "Information Literacy in a New Active Learning Classroom: Successes, Challenges, & Student Reactions" (June 2020), Virtual Poster / Prezi, SUNYLA 2020 Virtual Conference.
  • "Empowering Yourself in a Post-truth World" (2019), an EdX MOOC designed in collaboration with SUNY Albany, Empire State College, and University at Buffalo,
  • “Musical Highlights from the TRC’s Digital Library” (2018), a digital humanities project that uses Timeline JS to share music-related items in Dickinson State University’s Theodore Roosevelt Center (TRC) digital library.

Selected Presentations

  • "Didn't you learn this in high school? The 'Ready for Success' collaboration between Stony Brook University Libraries and Brentwood High School," co-presented with Janet Clarke, Chris Kretz, Diane Longo, and Maureen Ryan, SUNYLA, Bronx, NY, June 15, 2023.
  • "Research as expression: An interactive virtual workshop for first-year students to support research creativity and ease anxiety," LOEX, Harrisburg, PA, May 13, 2023.
  • "Same topic, different sources," ACRL Instruction Section Virtual Engagement Committee Lightning Round, May 1, 2023.
  • "Choose your own adventure: Building confidence and easing anxiety in an online interactive research workshop for first-year students," SILC Instruction Showcase, SUNYLA, January 12, 2022.
  • "Digital privacy 101: A primer for librarians," invited presentation, co-presented with Claire Payne, Empire State Library Network, December 9, 2021.
  • "Don't dread the open web: Empowering students to be confident, effective, and inclusive information seekers," PILLARS Symposium, Empire State Library Network, July 7, 2021.
  • "Citation as empowerment: Motivating undergraduates to value their source lists," Lightning Talk, Virtual ACRL 2021 Ascending Into an Open Future, April 2021. ACRL 2021 Viewer's Choice: Lightning Talks Group #4.
  • “Thirty-one Years of the Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science: A Content Analysis,” co-presented with Heidi Julien, Canadian Association for Information Science, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2018: Gathering Diversities, Regina, Saskatchewan, May-June 2018.
  • “’Soulless Machines’: The question of ‘human expression’ in player piano discourse 1900-1930,” Ghosts in the Machine: Technology, History, and the Aesthetics of the Player Piano, a conference sponsored by the Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Studies, Cornell University, May 2017.
  • “ ‘The Sensational Ballet Mécanique:’ George Antheil, the general public, and American modernist music in the 1920s,” National Meeting of the American Musicological Society, San Francisco, CA, November 2011.
  • “The ‘Piano Technician’ and his ‘Unfortunate Piano:’ Henry Cowell in the Machine Age,” National Meeting of the Society for American Music, Denver, Colorado, March 2009.
  • “The Sounds of Shenandoah: Nature and Place in Souvenir Soundscape Music,” Music and Nature Symposium, Syracuse University, September 2006.
  • “Bosnian Sevdah: Music, Emotionality, and National Identity,” Jeunesse Musicales symposium at Groznjan Vocal Workshop, Groznjan, Croatia, June 2005.
  • “Consuming Nature: Imagery, Music, and Meaning in SUV Ads,” National Meeting of the Society for American Music, Eugene, Oregon, February 2005.