University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science (SILS) alumna Dawne Lucas (MSLS ‘06) has accepted a new position as Special Collections Librarian at the UNC Health Sciences Library.
In her new position, Lucas leads and manages the Health Sciences Library’s special collections program. She works closely with faculty, library staff, donors and book dealers to develop special collections in the health sciences and promote historical scholarship using the collections. She also supports and encourages activities of the Bullitt History of Medicine Club and other units at UNC with an interest in the history of the health sciences.
“I’m looking forward to working with patrons and helping them to discover historical materials related to the history of the health sciences,” said Lucas. “My previous experience has been very technical services-oriented, and it will be nice to see the more public side of the profession. I am also looking forward to working with rare books, which I have not had much experience doing thus far in my career.”
Before accepting this position, Lucas served as the head of Technical Services at the Duke University Medical Center Archives, and as a research assistant in the Southern Historical Collection at the UNC Library. She was also a library associate in the Special Collections Research Center at the North Carolina State University Libraries.
Lucas feels that her time at SILS has been helpful thus far in her career path.
“My experience at SILS definitely helped to prepare me for my career,” said Lucas. “The required courses forced me to learn about things that I probably wouldn’t have sought out on my own—back then I never thought I’d say that I was looking forward to working with patrons! Working at Wilson Library during my last semester was a very positive learning experience that taught me a lot about best practices for processing manuscript collections.”