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Christine Fena

Christine Fena

Undergraduate Success Librarian

Liaison: 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 the liaison to the Program in Writing and Rhetoric. 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 modernist music, the player piano, information literacy, and information behavior.


  • 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:


  • Schierhorst, G., & Fena, C. (2023). "Being able to play for a larger audience": Student musician perspectives on performing in library spaces [accepted]. In Creators in the Academic Library: Library Services for Artists, Designers, Engineers, and More (Watkins, A., & Kuglitsch, R., editors). ACRL.
  • Nyitray, K., & Fena, C. (2022). More than recipes: Enriching a campus common read with historical cookbooks [accepted]. Teaching with Primary Sources (TWPS) Case Study Series. Society of American Archivists.
  • Albanese, J., & Fena, C. (2021). Bridging boundaries: Perceived roles of librarians and writing center tutors in supporting student research writing. WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship 45(9-10), 18-25.
  • Fena, C. (2021). Searching, sharing, and singing: Understanding the information behaviors of choral directors. Journal of Documentation 77(1), 199-208.
  • Julien, H., & Fena, C. (2018). Thirty-one Years of the Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science: A Content Analysis / Trente et un ans de la Revue canadienne des sciences de l'information et de bibliothéconomie : une analyse de contenu. Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science 42(1), 1-17.
  • Fena, C. (2018). ‘Soulless Machines’: the question of human expression in player piano discourse 1900-1930. Keyboard Perspectives 11, 187-205.

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.


  • "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.