Previously Bryn Mawr's Chief Information Officer, Director of Libraries, and Professor of History, Elliott Shore is currently Executive Director of the Association for Research Libraries (ARL). He received a B.A. from Temple University in 1972, an M.A. in international history from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1974, an M.S. in library science from Drexel University in 1976, and a Ph.D. in history from Bryn Mawr in 1984. He worked at Temple's library as a curator, history bibliographer, reference librarian and director's assistant from 1974-1984. From 1985-97 he was director of the Historical Studies-Social Science Library at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, before returning to Bryn Mawr.
His current work focuses on the significance of neuroscientific research on memory to the writing of history. Related to this research is work on nostalgia, and a local micro-history of Lower Merion and Philadelphia in the 1820s and 1830s. He is the author of numerous academic publications, including the article, “Breaking the Rule of Discipline in Interdisciplinarity: The Roles of Faculty, Students, and Staff in the Production of Knowledge,” with Alison Cook-Sather,Journal of Research Practice, Volume 3, Issue 2, 2007 and the edited collection, The German-American Encounter: Conflict and Cooperation Between Two Cultures, 1800-2000 edited with Frank Trommler. New York: Berghahn Press, 2001.
Since 2008, Shore has been a Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), Presidential Fellow and leads the annual postdoctoral training program at Bryn Mawr College for new fellows. Since 2010 he has been on the Advisory Board for Archive Journal.