The position of the African American Collections and Outreach Archivist in the Southern Historical Collection at the Wilson Special Collections Library was created as a bold commitment to ensuring the preservation of stories documenting the lives of African Americans in the South, as well as working with communities across the region to safeguard—and understand—their own histories. Chaitra Powell strengthens the special collections library in their quest to document and expand knowledge. Chaitra Powell is the African American collections and outreach archivist in the Southern Historical Collection, and a 2017 Library Journal “Mover & Shaker.” The Movers & Shakers award recognizes top “changemakers” who are transforming what it means to be a librarian.
- Student Support
Create Library Spaces that Support New Styles of Learning and InquiryIdeas, when nurtured, can reach further than ever imagined. Only by expanding interdisciplinary collaboration and research space can we support new methods of teaching and learning. From building design labs to accommodating additional resource materials, we will create space to foster ideas and bring them to fruition.
Build Research Capacity through Technology LeadershipResearch is what fuels us. New innovations in research touch all students, who can then touch so many lives outside our state borders. We must support and inspire new technologies—and create new spaces for ideas to flourish. Our three Research Hubs feature MakerSpaces to develop and test new ideas, and bring together interdisciplinary research groups to form strategic partnerships. Support for the Hubs will strengthen critical infrastructure to bolster our research mission.
- Faculty Support
Support and Enrich World Class CollectionsFirst and foremost, we must give students and faculty all the support, space and inspiration they will need through their academic career. To achieve this, we will put an emphasis on strengthening our global collections, digitizing collections to ensure that history is preserved and made widely accessible, enhance our holdings of the American South and anticipate new developing trends in faculty research.
- Faculty Support
Foster Professional Excellence of UNC Library StaffAs new priorities emerge, we must provide mentoring and support for future research librarians. We must administer training and secure innovation grants for the next career librarians and knowledge holders. Because here at Carolina, leaders beget leaders, and go on to impact generations to come.
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