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The name CREOS is meant to evoke the Latin “Creo” which is to produce, generate, or make, and also the Spanish word “Creo”, which is “I believe.” We believe in a vision of equitable and open scholarship, and we aspire to produce scholarship that will accelerate that vision.


Advance knowledge in service of equitable and open scholarship.

Social responsibility

Equitable and open scholarship has the power to accelerate the pace of discovery and create a more robust and comprehensive knowledge base for human understanding, insight, and quality of life. The goal is to make research in every field more equitably and openly available to all who could benefit from it or contribute to it by conducting and supporting original research and sharing it openly.

CREOS team

CREOS itself consists of a small team that conducts and supports basic research and it is also a collaboration of institutional partnerships, interested faculty, visiting researchers, scholarly communication enthusiasts, and financial supporters who are willing to invest in research with a shared vision. The audience for the research includes anyone who is influencing the future of scholarly communication.

CREOS staff

Chris Bourg

Chris Bourg, PhD, is the director of libraries at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she also has oversight of the MIT Press, and is the founding director of CREOS. Previously, Bourg held leadership positions in the Stanford University Libraries, and taught leadership and sociology as a faculty member at the United States Military Academy at West Point. She is co-chair of the MIT task force on Open Access to MIT Research, and is a member of the National Academies of Science Engineering and Medicine Roundtable on Aligning Incentives for Open Science, the SocArxiv Steering Committee, and the Harvard Board of Overseers Committee to Visit the University Library.


Micah AltmanMicah Altman, PhD, is the Research Scientist at the Center for Research on Equitable and Open Scholarship (CREOS) at MIT Libraries. Previously Altman served as a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution, and at Harvard University as the associate director of the Harvard-MIT Data Center, archival director of the Henry A. Murray Archive, and senior research scientist in the Institute for Quantitative Social Sciences.


Sue KriegsmanSue Kriegsman is the deputy director for the Center for Research on Equitable and Open Scholarship (CREOS) at MIT Libraries. Prior to joining MIT she was at Harvard University in a variety of roles including as the associate director for the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, program manager for the Harvard Library Office for Scholarly Communication where she launched the Harvard Library Lab. Kriegsman was also the project manager for the Harvard-Google Book Digitization Project.

Katie Rusin

Katie Rusin is the Administrative Assistant to Center for Research on Equitable and Open Scholarship (CREOS) and the Collections Directorate at MIT Libraries. Prior to joining MIT she was a bakery manager and English language tutor.


CREOS Postdoctoral Associates

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has funded a cohort of three postdocs for academic years 2021-2023. The postdocs are jointly appointed in the MIT Libraries through CREOS and in three academic departments at MIT.

CREOS Student Workers Assisting Research

Daniel Noriega, Eva Ge, Mikaela Finlay

CREOS External Advisory Committee

The advisory committee will provide expertise and advice to help shape the research direction of CREOS, help identify potential funders and partners to support and extend the center’s work, and provide feedback on the center’s direction, project ideas, and priorities.

CREOS Funders

Current funders for CREOS include The Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Past funders include CLIR/DLF, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, IMLS, and others.

Program on Information Science at MIT Libraries

CREOS supersedes the Program on Information Science at MIT Libraries. Explore a collection of publications from the Program on Information Science at MIT Libraries.

Photo of Chris Bourg is CC-BY Sebastiaan Ter Berg.
Photo of Sue Kriegsman is by Bryce Vickmark.