Chris Palazzolo earned his BA in International Studies and French at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. He holds an MA and PhD in Political Science (with a concentration in West European politics) from Emory University.
He first began working at the Robert W. Woodruff Library in 2003 as a fellow in the Electronic Data Center where he assisted patrons with quantitative data requests and worked on an XML-based search engine for data resources. He returned to the library in 2004 as the subject liaison for political science. Since then, he has become the social sciences team leader, overseeing collections and services in said disciplines. He is also the liaison for Economics and Educational Studies. Chris assists with reviewing, assessing, developing and managing collections policies for the Woodruff Library, along with Kim Collins, Susan Bailey, and Chuck Spornick. Chris serves as the services liaison with digitization and digital curation and heads up the digitization selection committee. He also teaches in the political science department from time to time, as needed.
Chris has been involved in many cross-divisional activities across the library, including general assessment, collection evaluation and assessment, digitization and digital projects, library instruction, and electronic resource management.
He serves as the chair of the Law and Political Science Section (LPSS) of ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries) and a member of the Government Documents roundtable.
Chris’s current interests include library data assessment in all its forms (with emphasis in collections), digital collections (including ebooks), and interdisciplinary studies support and collaboration. Chris continues to be interested in European politics (and in particular, regional and minority politics in the EU) and is working on a journal submission. He also is interested in pursuing a master’s in French, as he is an avid Francophile.