Christopher Larson is the Manager of the Health Sciences Library. He is a valuable member of the Libraries team, always looking for ways to improve library services and resources for our students, faculty, and clinicians. He is a well-respected and generous student supervisor who has spearheaded creative and rigorous ways to train staff, encourage their own professional growth, and foster a supportive and caring work environment. He was nominated by Xiaoqing Zhang, a graduate student employee at the Health Sciences Library since 2017. Her letter praises Christopher for inspiring trust and community among the student staff, motivating them to be “engaged with the work we do,” and giving them opportunities to develop their own leadership skills. She is grateful for “his mentorship and support, which enables me to continue doing a great job for the library and in my career.” Ms. Zhang also cited his important role in successfully renovating the Health Sciences Library into a 24-hour space in 2019.
He is also very active in the library profession, keeping abreast of current and emerging trends in academic libraries, and presenting at national conferences. Christopher holds a BA in History from Stony Brook University and an MLIS from Queens College. Before coming to Stony Brook University Libraries, Christopher worked at the New York Public Library.
Outside of work, Christopher is married and a devoted father of two children. In his spare time, he enjoys restoring, refinishing, and repurposing old discarded objects, giving them a new life and a new home.
Congratulations, Christopher, on your “exceptional performance” and “remarkable leadership and support for your student employees.” You are very deserving of the Stony Brook University Supervisor of the Year Award! We’re very proud to have you on our team.