UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) alumna Jaycie Vos (MSLS ’13) and current MSLS student Rachel Walton were recently honored at the Society of North Carolina Archivists (SNCA) 2015 Annual Conference. The conference, “Removing Barriers: Outreach and Diversity in Action,” took place March 12-13 at the East Carolina Heart Institute.
At the conference, Vos was recognized for receiving the Michelle Francis Scholarship, which provided travel funds to help her attend the SNCA conference. The scholarship, named in honor of the SNCA’s first secretary/treasurer, is awarded to only two SNCA members each year.
Since graduating from SILS, Vos has been the Coordinator of Collections for the Southern Oral History Program (SOHP) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research interests include archival description and metadata standards in oral history collections, as well as usability and accessibility in digital collections.
Walton was honored at the SNCA conference with the Gene J. Williams Award, which annually recognizes a paper on an archival topic written for a graduate-level course by a North Carolina student. Walton’s paper, “Searching High and Low: Faceted Navigation as a Model for Archival Finding Aids,” will be published in a future issue of the Journal of the Society of North Carolina Archivists (J-SNCA).
Walton began her career in archives in the Special Collections department at the University of Florida, where she completed both her BA and MA in history. As a SILS student, Walton has interned in the records department at RTI International and worked as an assistant curator for Dryad, a digital scientific data repository. She is currently a Fellow at the Odum Institute for Social Science Research at UNC, where she is developing curriculum for a massive open online course about responsible data management. She is also the past Secretary of UNC's student chapter of the Society of American Archivists (SAA), and will be presenting a poster about her master's research this August at the 2015 SAA annual meeting in Cleveland, Ohio.
Upon graduating from SILS in May with her MSLS degree, with a concentration in archives and records management and a certificate in digital curation, Walton will join the archives and library staff at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, as the Digital Archivist and Records Management Coordinator. In this role she will be responsible for acquiring, preserving, and providing access to digital resources relating to the history of the college, and she will also develop the archive’s first centralized records management program.
Photo: Jaycie Vos and Rachel Walton at the SNCA 2015 Annual Conference.