Departments in WCU’s Hunter Library have undergone reorganization following the recent retirement of George Frizzell, who was head of Special Collections for 34 years.
Elizabeth Skene, formerly the digital initiatives librarian, is now overseeing the merger of the Digital Initiatives unit and Special Collections into the Special and Digital Collections unit, said Mark Stoffan, head of the library’s newly renamed Technology, Access and Special Collections Department, which was formerly called Digital, Access and Technology Services.
“After 34 years of service to WCU and Hunter Library, George Frizzell has left behind some big shoes to fill,” Stoffan said. “This reorganization will enable the library to continue to provide outstanding service in Special Collections by more closely aligning the unit with the library’s growing digital collections, many of which incorporate materials housed in the Special Collections area. The unit will build upon George’s legacy while expanding its work into new and emerging areas.”
As special and digital collections librarian, Skene will further integrate and streamline and library’s digital collections and Special Collections services and continue promoting open access and data management, Stoffan said. The Special and Digital Collections team consists of Jason Brady, Kellen Carpenter, Jenny McPherson and Lucas Rogers.
In addition to Special and Digital Collections, the Technology, Access and Special Collections Department houses the library’s Access Services unit that is responsible for circulations and lending, and also the Systems unit that handles the technical needs of the library, Stoffan said.