Bob Anthony (MSLS '82) to host virtual Alumni Lecture on Jan. 18

January 18, 2022 3:00 pm
Zoom Webinar

All are invited to attend the upcoming SILS Alumni Lecture with Bob Anthony (MSLS '82) on January 18th at 3 p.m. ET via Zoom webinar. Bob Anthony served as curator of the North Carolina Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library from July 1994 through May 2021.

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Lecture Title: Carbon Paper to Cloud Storage, Staples Plucking to Social Media Postings: Some Observations from Forty Years of North Carolina Library “Stickiness” 

About the lecture: Bob Anthony will share personal experiences and thoughts about libraries and the information and library science profession more broadly drawing on his forty years work in an academic library special collection.   First as a graduate student library assistant, then as a paraprofessional, followed by appointment as a collection development librarian, and finally as a curator, he has seen and participated in many notable and exciting developments in the ever-evolving provision of library and information services to users. 

Bio: Robert G. (Bob) Anthony, Jr. served as curator of the North Carolina Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library from July 1994 through May 2021.     With more than 300,000 books and pamphlets, almost 60,000 reels of microfilm, 6,000+ printed maps, 12,000 picture postcards, and 4.1 million photographs, the Collection is the nation’s largest focused on a single state. Since 2010, he has also served as Director of the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center, which provides free digitization services to partner libraries, archives, and museums around the state.  As of July 2021, the Center has served 289 partner institutions.  The Center is supported by a major annual grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, awarded through the State Library of North Carolina.   In 2021, the Collection completed a four-year major newspaper digitization initiative funded by a National Endowment for the Humanities/Library of Congress grant as part of the United State National Digital Newspaper Program.  Anthony has also served as principal investigator and/or director for smaller grant or privately funded projects to digitize maps, selected African American church-related publications, World War I materials, and general North Caroliniana.     

Prior to joining the staff of the University Library, he held positions at the North Carolina Division of Archives and History.  From 1985-1986, he was manager of the Carolina Room at the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.  He holds the B.A. degree in history from Wake Forest University and the Masters of Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

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