Chris Young. Photograph by Ian Patterson

I am a Librarian and Head, Collections and Digital Scholarship at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) Library. In my role I provide researchers with knowledge and technical solutions to meet their digital project needs, while also processing and providing access to rare and unique materials in the Archives & Special Collections that support curricula and research. I curate the Syd Bolton Collection of video games and technologies, the Personal Computer Museum Collection of computer games and personal computers, and the EP Media Ltd. fonds of game journalism television shows along with raw footage and interviews of game industry professionals. I am also a course instructor at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto where I teach graduate-level courses on Critical Game Studies and Digital Scholarship.

As a researcher, I contribute primarily to the field of media and communication studies with knowledge in media industries, digital labour, and app economies. Some of my recent publications have focused on the contested formations of digital game labour and the production of digital games in developer tools like the Unity platform. My current projects contribute to scholarly and public debate about the increasing power and contentious politics of digital platforms through my collaborative work at the App Studies Initiative, an international network of academic experts in app-related media research. I am currently working on a special issue with colleagues for the journal Media Industries on Local Digital Game Production where we hope to gather accounts that address relational and contextual linkages of locality outside dominant centres of game production.