Pam Mitchem

Pam Mitchem
Pam Mitchem
Phone number: 
(828) 262-7422
Fax number: 
(828) 262-6684
Office address: 
Belk Library and Information Commons, Room 353
Job title: 
Coordinator of Digital Scholarship and Initiatives
Associate Professor
Digital Scholarship and Initiatives

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


  • Disaster Response Working Group
  • Digital Projects Steering Committee
  • Internal Building Group


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


  • Society of North Carolina Archivists
  • Society of American Archivists

Scholarly Interests

  • Digital scholarship and preservation
  • Grant writing
  • Historical baseball
  • Appalachia Studies