Imperial College London

Chris Banks

Central FacultyLibrary Services

Assistant Provost (Space), Director of Library Services



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Director's Office, Level 2 Admin OfficeCentral LibrarySouth Kensington Campus





Chris Banks, FRSA, is Director of Library Services and Assistant Provost (Space).

Chris joined Imperial College in September 2013 as Director of Library Services (a role now expanded to include a cross-College Assistant Provost role). She has over thirteen years’ experience at library director level in higher education, and over 20 years in a variety of curatorial, management and strategic roles at the British Library.

Chris is the strategic lead for Library Services at Imperial College. She is also the sponsor of the College's Space Sharing Programme.

Chris's areas of expertise include strategy, public engagement, organisational change, space, open science and scholarly communications and her original discipline, music.

Chris is a member of  the Jisc UUK Content Negotiations Strategy Group, she chairs the Jisc UUK Content Expert Group, she is an elected Board member of Research Libraries UK (RLUK), and a member of the SCONUL Content Strategy Group. She was a member of the UUK Open Access Monographs Group and the Steering Group for the Pricing Transparency work.

Chris is leading an initiative to roll out a model institutional open access rights retention policy for UK HE institutions based on the Harvard model. 

Before joining Imperial Chris served as University Librarian and Director of Library, Special Collections and Museums at the University of Aberdeen, and at the British Library where she spent over 20 years in a variety of curatorial, management and strategic roles. At Aberdeen Chris was the library lead on the award-winning £57m library project and The Sir Duncan Rice Library was opened by Her Majesty the Queen in September 2012

Chris continues her interest in music, acting as Trustee to a number of music research organisations, acting as Open Access advisor to the Royal Musical Association, and through her membership of the London Philharmonic Choir. 

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Banks C, 2016, Focusing upstream: Supporting scholarly communication by academics, Insights: the Uksg Journal, Vol:29, Pages:37-44


Banks CA, 2013, From stronghold to threshold: new Library and new opportunities, University Libraries and Space in the Digital World, Editor(s): Matthews, Walton, Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., Pages:85-100, ISBN:9781409423829

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