Virginia Ferris Receives NCSU Fellowship

April 28, 2014

Virginia FerrisNorth Carolina State University (NCSU) Libraries has selected Virgina Ferris as one of three new fellows for the NCSU Libraries Fellowship program. Ferris, a graduate student of the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will begin a two-year term appointment August 11, 2014.

"The NCSU Libraries Fellows Program develops future leaders for academic libraries, with a focus on science, engineering and digital librarianship, on diversity and on library management," said Susan Nutter, vice provost and director of Libraries in a letter announcing the fellowships. "For more than 15 years, the program has attracted an impressive group of talented new graduates from universities throughout North America. NCSU Libraries Fellows are appointed for a two-year term as members of the library faculty, combining an assignment on an initiative of strategic importance with an appointment in a home department."

"I'm thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to be a NCSU Libraries Fellow," said Ferris.  "I look forward to bringing everything that I've learned at SILS and in Wilson Library to my work at NCSU, and to exploring new areas of collaboration and development in an academic library and special collections environment."

Ferris is completing the Master of Science in Library Science, with a concentration in Archives and Record Management at SILS. While pursuing her graduate studies, Ferris was appointed as a Carolina Academic Libraries Associate, with an assignment in Special Collections in the Wilson Library. In this role, she arranged and described manuscripts and audiovisual materials, provided reference services and completed a digitization field experience. Ferris came to the field of library and information science with a background in ethnographic research, music licensing, Irish Studies, oral history and public history. She previously served as oral historian and archival assistant with the Glucksman Ireland House and worked for the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in New York City.

Her current research focuses on linked data and semantic Web practices for archival description, and along with her Master's degree, she is earning the Certificate in Digital Curation at UNC at Chapel Hill. She holds a Master of Arts in Irish and Irish American Studies from New York University and the Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Barnard College, Columbia University. She has published and presented on the topic of the Irish and African American interracial community in 19tth century New York.

Ferris’s home department will be in Special Collections. Her initiative assignment will be “Expanding Foundation and Corporate Support for Strategic Priorities,” as part of the Libraries’ advancement program.

She joins two other fellows, both from Indiana University, Josephine McRobbie and Heidi Tebbe. McRobbie's home assignment is in collection management with an initiative assignment in Research and Information Services, “How Do You Talk to a Building? Patron-facing tools for space and service discovery at the D.H. Hill Library.” Heidi Tebbe's home department is in Digital Library Initiatives. Her initiative assignment, “Aligning Collections with Emerging Needs in Research Informatics,” is based in Collection Management.