Pam Mayer (MSLS '11), a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science has been awarded the 2012 Theodore Calvin Pease Award from the Society of American Archivists (SAA) for her Master’s paper entitled “Like a Box of Chocolates: A Case Study of User-Contributed Content at Footnote.”
The Theodore Calvin Pease Award was created in 1987 and modified in 2007 to recognize “superior writing achievements by students of archival studies.” This competitive award is judged on innovation, scholarship, pertinence and clarity of writing.
“Pam’s paper reports on a thoughtful and well-executed study of an issue that is very relevant to contemporary archivists: user-generated information related to primary sources,” said Dr. Christopher (Cal) Lee, associate professor at SILS. “Her arguments, evidence and conclusions are well-reasoned, informative and grounded in appropriate archival literature. Her care and attention to detail is exceptional for a student paper. Members of the archival profession from a variety of institutions would benefit from reading her paper.”
Mayer will be formally presented with the Pease Award, which includes a certificate and a $100 cash prize at the 2012 Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting on August 9, 2012 during the all-attendance reception in Bayfront Park, San Diego, CA. After going through the editorial process, her paper will be published in the The American Archivist, both in print and online.