Jodi Berkowitz, SILS Alumna, appointed to Animal Welfare and Animal Rights project

May 16, 2012

Jodi BerkowitzJodi Berkowitz, alumna of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science, has been appointed project librarian for the Animal Welfare and Animal Rights Collection Project, Special Collections Research Center, at North Carolina State University Libraries effective June 4, 2012.

"Berkowitz will manage this two-year project, funded by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), to arrange and describe large multi-format manuscript collections relating to animal welfare and animal rights," said vice provost and director of Libraries, Susan K. Nutter in a letter sent to staff at North Carolina State Libraries. "She will also conduct outreach activities to engage NC State students, faculty and alumni through the Philosophy and Animal Science departments, the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Companion Animal Club, as well as administer user studies relating to these collections.

"Managing grant-funded projects is quite familiar to Berkowitz. She has served as the archivist on two recent projects at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC at CH). As the Pruitt-Shanks Project Archivist, she arranged and described a collection of over 140,000 photographic negatives, including developing a DACS- and NC-EAD-compliant finding aid. As the Legacy Finding Aids Archivist, she managed a project to convert 1,300 finding aids from paper format to electronic, EAD-encoded documents. Before these projects, Berkowitz served as technical services archivist for the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture at Duke University.

Berkowitz is currently the treasurer of the SILS Alumni Association. She "has served on the executive board of the Society of North Carolina Archivists, is currently copy editor of the Society’s Journal, and will soon begin a term as the publications chair. She has also been an instructor for Encoded Archival Description Workshops for NC State’s Public History graduate students. Berkowitz holds the Master of Science in Library Science from UNC at CH and the Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies from Barnard College, Columbia University."