Christopher J. Prom

Christopher J. Prom is the assistant university archivist and associate professor of library administration at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he is responsible for managing digital projects, supervising archival processing, and overseeing records scheduling.

His research interests address the ways in which archival users seek information relevant to their needs and how they use electronic tools. Chris was the recipient of a 2003-04 National Historic Publications and Records Commission fellowship and a 1997-98 Fulbright fellow.

He holds a PhD in history from the University of Illinois, where he wrote a dissertation regarding mutual aid societies in late-Victorian Britain, and he also studied at the University of York (United Kingdom). He most recently authored (with Ellen Swain) "From College Democrats to the Falling Illini: Identifying, Appraising, and Capturing Student Organization Web Sites," which appeared in the fall/winter 2007 edition of American Archivist, and he is co-editor of the upcoming volume, College and University Archives: Readings in Theory and Practice. Chris is currently working on a research article concerning the use of web analytics software for understanding user behaviors.