As Associate University Librarian for Collections, Brigitte Burris leads the Collections, Preservation, Acquisitions, Access, and Licensing, and Academic Engagement and Community Outreach departments of the Penn Libraries. She is responsible for overseeing the selection, acquisition, management, and preservation of the Libraries' collections to meet the diverse needs of the Penn community, as well as outreach to faculty and students at Penn, in Philadelphia, and beyond. In addition, she oversees the Humanities, Social Sciences, Area Studies, and collection analysis units of the libraries.
Externally, Brigitte also represents Penn on various committees and councils, including the Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation, Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc. (PALCI), NorthEast Research Libraries consortium (NERL), the HathiTrust, and the Center for Research Libraries. She has also been appointed to a number of advisory councils and boards representing the publishing industry, including Project MUSE, EBSCO Books, and Emerald.
Before coming to the Penn Libraries in 2008, Brigitte worked at Penn's Biddle Law Library and at Penn State University in the Center for Medieval Studies and in the Eberly Family Special Collections Library. She holds an MA in Liberal Arts, focusing in medieval studies, from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MS in Library and Information Science from Drexel University. She also holds two BAs from Penn State, where she concentrated in medieval studies and the history of art with a minor in German. Brigitte is proficient in German, Middle High German, and the Lower Palatinate and Pennsylvania German dialects.