As Associate Librarian for Literature, Rhetoric, and Digital Humanities, Patrick supports the Syracuse University English Department, the Department of Communications & Rhetorical Studies, the Linguistics Program, and the Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition through reference consultation, research instruction, and collection development in collaboration with faculty and students. He is interested in contemporary literature, digital humanities, and past, present, and future technologies of reading and writing. He is a participant in the NEH Office of Digital Humanities’ Early Modern Digital Agendas Institute at the Folger Shakespeare Library, and he is co-editor of dh+lib Review. He was a 2015 Techpaths Fellow and visiting artist at Wheaton College in Massachusetts.

Patrick joined the Syracuse University Libraries in January 2009. Prior to arriving in Syracuse, he served as Web and Instructional Design Librarian at the College of Staten Island / CUNY and Coordinator of CSI’s Center for Excellence in Learning Technology. He holds a B.A. in English from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Information Studies from the School of Information at The University of Texas at Austin.

His research and writing appears in the Journal of Academic Librarianship, Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science, Heavy Feather Review, Prelude, and elsewhere. His poetry chapbook Hygiene in Reading (Publishing Genius, 2016) was awarded the 2015 Chris Toll Memorial Prize, and he is the editor of Really System, a journal of poetry and extensible poetics.

Prior to becoming an academic librarian, Patrick worked as a graphic designer, an information architect, a community technology consultant, and a dj.


Ph.D., Information Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, 2011.
MSIS, Information Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, 2004.
BA, English, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1999.

Other Publications

View my ORCID profile at: orcid.org/0000-0002-6963-8518

Blog Posts

    Upcoming Talks and Conferences

    Humanities Research Roundtable: Archival Methods, Syracuse University Humanities Center, December 9, 2016.

    Fair Play: Re-evaluating Appropriation and Copyright in Creative Writing, Wednesday, February 8, 2017, American University, Washington, DC

    Handcrafted Rhetorics: DIY and the Public Power of Made Things, Wednesday, March 15, Conference on College Composition & Communication, Portland, Oregon.


    MLA (delegate assembly, 2014-2017)
    ACRL; membership chair, Eastern New York Chapter (2013-present)SCMS

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