Pam Mitchem

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Office: 
Belk Library: Room 453
Phone: 
828-262-7422
Fax: 
828-262-6684
Team: 
Special Collections
Title: 
Preservation and Digital Project Archivist
Rank: 
Assistant Professor

Library Responsibilities

Preservation/Conservation Component

  • Develop and implement preservation initiatives designed to meet the conservation/preservation needs of Special Collections as well as plan, prioritize, and accomplish treatment goals
  • Manage in-house conservation laboratory and perform a wide variety of conservation treatments
  • Provide condition assessment for collections and develop treatment plans
  • Manage outsourcing of conservation treatments that cannot be performed in house
  • Supervise students and staff, evaluate training needs, develop training tools, and train staff in specialized conservation procedures, quality standards, and lab protocols
  • Participate in the evaluation of preservation technologies and in assessment of their appropriateness for Special Collections
  • Maintain a current awareness of conservation principles and practices as they apply to library and archival materials, and develop and test new treatment procedures and approaches to problem solving

Digital Component

  • Work closely with the Special Collections Team and Digital Initiatives Librarian to:
    • oversee the preparation for scanning of Special Collection items chosen for digitization
    • assure that materials digitized are handled properly
    • provide quality control for metadata
    • collaborate in the design and maintenance of web pages for digital collections
  • Collaborate with Special Collections to:
    • determine priorities for digitization
    • determine sources of funding
    • write grants; obtain copyright permissions

 

Service Interest

Library:
Disaster Response Working Group
Digital Projects Steering Committee
Internal Building Group

University:
Faculty Senate
University Awards Committee Co-Chair
University Safety Council
University Campus Planning Committee

Professional:
Society of North Carolina Archivists

Society of American Archivists

 

Scholarly Interests

Grant writing for archival preservation and digitization
Historical baseball
Appalachia Studies