New supervisor of the Outer Banks History Center

Contributed by Donna Kelly

The Special Collections Section of the State Archives of North Carolina is pleased to announce that Samantha Crisp will begin work as the new supervisor of the Outer Banks History Center in Manteo on August 1. She comes back to North Carolina (a native of Brevard) after serving as the Special Collections Librarian for the Thomas Tredway Library at Augustana College, a small liberal arts college in Rock Island, Illinois. Previously, she served as a research assistant for the Research and Instructional Services Department of the Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library at UNC-Chapel Hill and as a processing intern for the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture at Duke University and the North Carolina State University Special Collections Research Center. She received her M.S.L.S. with a concentration in archives and records management from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2014.

Crisp has presented widely on reference, access, and outreach for archives and special collections, particularly related to teaching with primary sources. She is currently wrapping up a two-year term on the SAA-ACRL/RBMS Joint Task Force on Primary Source Literacy, for which she contributed to the development of guidelines that will provide competency standards for primary source literacy. Additionally, she has led workshops on crafting active learning exercises with primary sources, designed methods and tools to assess student learning and engagement in special collections instruction, and developed collaborations with subject librarians incorporating primary sources and traditional information literacy instruction.

In her capacity as special collections librarian for Augustana College, she worked tirelessly to improve the public face of Special Collections, organizing pop-up exhibits, special collections “petting zoos,” transcribe-a-thons, community outreach events, and other public programming to generate interest in primary source research, as well as instituting standardized processing procedures, launching a digitization program, and developing social media initiatives for her department. Her research interests include primary source literacy, assessment of public services, and diversity and inclusion initiatives for archives and special collections.

We look forward to having her as part of the Special Collections team as head of the Outer Banks History Center.

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