Donna Nixon (MSLS '01) to Deliver Spring 2023 Alumni Lecture

January 3, 2023

The UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) will host the first Spring 2023 alumni lecture by alum Donna Nixon (MSLS '01) on Thursday, Feb. 9th at 3 p.m. ET via SILS YouTube Channel Livestream. Nixon currently serves as the Electronic Resources Librarian and Clinical Professor of Law at the UNC School of Law.

In her talk, titled "Finding My Way to the Law Library: Nurturing Potential & Uncovering History," Nixon will discuss the power we have to encourage and nurture potential in someone and how that support can plant a seed that can grow a garden. She will discuss examples from her own career as well as a larger example of this concept - one that had a profound effect on UNC and the entire country. To register for Nixon's virtual alumni lecture or to submit questions for Nixon, please visit:

In her role at The UNC School of Law, Nixon provides reference services and licenses and manages the law library’s online resources, including journals, electronic books, and media. She also teaches legal research and Introduction to Law of the U.S. Donna is curator of the digital collection Law School First – The African Americans Who Integrated UNC-Chapel Hill and author of a North Carolina Law Review essay which documents the successful legal fight by the five men who integrated UNC-Chapel Hill.

Nixon holds a degree in computer science from Brooklyn College, a J.D. degree from Stanford Law School, and a master’s in library science from UNC - Chapel Hill. She briefly practiced law in the licensing division of Pillsbury, Madison, Sutro before obtaining her MSLS. She served as a Reference/Access Services Librarian at Carolina Law, then Head of Reference Services at Duke University Law Library where she taught 1st-year legal research. Upon returning to Carolina Law, Nixon served as Assistant Director for Public Services and then as Electronic Resources & Access Services Librarian.