Maurice York named Distinguished Alumnus

Release date: 
February 20, 2008

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Maurice C. York ('78 MSLS) has been named a 2007 Distinguished Alumnus of the School of Information and Library Science (SILS). He received the School's prestigious, Distinguished Alumni Award during the school’s winter commencement ceremony on Dec. 18, 2007. The award recognizes alumni who exhibit a strong commitment to librarianship or information science and demonstrate outstanding professional achievements at the international, national, state or local level.

“Twice each year, the Alumni Association recognizes alumni who demonstrate a high degree of professionalism and outstanding service to our profession and to the School of Information and Library Science,” said Jean Ferguson, president of the SILS Alumni Association. “He (York) is not only a SILS graduate, but also holds a Bachelors and Masters in History from UNC at Chapel Hill. He has dedicated his professional life to the discovery, preservation and enhancement of the history and culture of North Carolina, with a particular emphasis on eastern North Carolina.”

York is assistant director for Special Collections at the J.Y. Joyner Library at East Carolina University. He is a published author of The Privilege to Paint: The lives of Francis Speight and Sarah Blakeslee, as well as many articles and reviews. He helped found the North Carolina Library Association Round Table on Special Collections and he was one of the leaders in the development of the North Carolina Periodicals Index, providing access to North Carolina periodicals that may otherwise be unavailable.

"It is always gratifying to be recognized by one's peers, and I deeply appreciate this award," said York. "I have always been grateful to Dean Edward Holley for his
kindness and the support he gave me while I was a student. He had a
tremendous impact on my career. I am also grateful to the Edgecombe County Memorial Library and to the J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, for giving me the
opportunity to serve the people of this region."

The Alumni Association selects the distinguished alumni from nominations submitted to the organization throughout the year. Those selected are announced during the spring and winter commencement ceremonies. To nominate an alumni who meets the criteria, please contact Jean Ferguson. Click here for a list of previous SILS Distinguished Alums.