Christopher Pressler is University Librarian and Director of the Irish Modern Archives Research Centre at Dublin City University. He was Chair of Digital Research in the Humanities and Arts between 2006- 2012 and is now Deputy Chair for Cultural Heritage. He has held positions in the UK’s Arts and Humanities Data Service and whilst at Jisc established Britain’s repository network through the FAIR Programme. He co-founded the European portal for doctoral e- theses, DART-Europe with Oxford, Trinity College Dublin and UCL and established the UK’s National Research Communications Centre at the University of Nottingham. He has also been a Board member of the Arts and Humanities Net ICT Network. He contributes to many national and international organisations, boards and advisory committees and has been a contributor to the Times Higher Education Supplement on Open Access issues. In 2014 he was the commissioned author of the influential National Digitisation Review for Research Libraries UK and in 2016 he wrote Ireland’s Memory. Ireland’s Discovery, the first Consortium of National and University Libraries (CONUL) strategy for all of Ireland’s research libraries. He is Chair of the national strategy implementation group. Christopher is a member of the Board of CONUL and of the Board of SCONUL and is also a member of the LIBER Open Access Working Group.
Christopher has studied at Queen’s University Belfast, Nottingham Trent University the University of Sheffield and Dublin City University He has published two monographs on the special collections of the University of London, Senate House Library and Director’s Choice and is his doctoral research is focused on the history of 20th century Irish internationalism. Christopher has written two novels, Canning Circus, and 94 Degrees in the Shade, and is writing a third commissioned novel, The Notes, which is the story of Benjamin Britten. He is a member of the Society of Authors and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.