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Henry Handley

Assistant Professor; Rare Books and Print Collections Librarian

Full-Time Faculty

Libraries: Marian Library


Email: Henry Handley
Phone: 937-229-1305
Roesch Library 708


Henry is responsible for the collection development and management of the Marian Library’s published materials, from early printed books to recent scholarly monographs, related to Mary, the mother of Jesus. They provide reference support, teach special collections instruction sessions, and curate Marian Library exhibits in collaboration with colleagues across the University Libraries. Henry also serves as the library collections co-liaison for Religious Studies.

Courses Taught

  • UDI 218: History of the Book


  • M.S.L.I.S., Simmons University
  • M.F.A., Boston University
  • B.A., Barnard College, Columbia University

Professional Activities

  • Member of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS), Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)/American Library Association (ALA)
    • Co-convener, RBMS Collection Development Discussion Group (2021 - present)
  • Member of the Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO)
    • Co-chair, Special Collections and Archives Interest Group (2020 - 2022)

Research Interests

  • Special collections librarianship
  • Catholic print and manuscript cultures
  • History of the book

Selected Publications

  • Handley, Henry, and Matt Rohweder. “Queering EDI: Making Strategic Changes,” in Grabbing Tea: Queer Conversations on Identity and Libraries, edited by Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz and Sara A. Howard. Sacramento: Litwin Books (forthcoming).
  • Handley, Henry. “‘Thank You, Father, for Your Grand Cooperation’: Outreach and the Founding of the Marian Library.” In Libraries without Borders: New Directions in Library History, edited by Steven A. Knowlton, Ellen M. Pozzi, Jordan S. Sly, Emily D. Spunaugle, and Renate Chancellor, 27–56. Chicago: ALA Editions, 2023.
  • Handley, Henry. “Manuscripts in the University of Dayton’s Marian Library: An Overview and Recent Activities.” Manuscript Studies 8, no. 2 (2023), 365–75.
  • Handley, Henry, Stephanie Shreffler, and Jillian Ewalt. “Holy Heroes! Catholic Comics in Special Collections.” In Comic Books, Special Collections, and Academic Libraries, edited by Brian C. Flota and Kate Morris, 285–98. Chicago: ACRL Publishing, 2023.
  • Handley, Henry, and Kayla Harris. “Retaining Opportunities, Completing Key Projects with Remote Student Employees During COVID-19.” Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals 17, no. 2 (June 2021): 128–36.