We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Melissa Anderson, our new Systems and Discovery Librarian, to the team! In her new role, Melissa helps to shape the strategic direction for library systems and services, and ensures that library users can discover and access the library’s collections.
Melissa brings a wealth of specialized knowledge and experiences to Davidson. She is a native of western North Carolina and graduate of the MLIS program at the University of Alabama School of Library and Information Studies (UA SLIS) where she received a Certificate in Archival Studies with additional concentrations in metadata, cataloging, digital libraries, and user services. She holds additional graduate degrees in American Studies (Cal State) and Liberal Arts (Emory) and has subject expertise in American history and American studies, liberal arts and interdisciplinary studies, English language and literature, composition and rhetoric, women’s and gender studies, disability studies, and health science humanities. Prior to joining Davidson, Melissa worked as the electronic resources librarian at Birmingham-Southern College (BSC). Her professional ethics focuses on comprehensive and sustainable preservation of cultural heritage, transparency and accountability in records management, the provision of meaningful long-term access, user-centered design of search and discovery tools, inclusivity in the service of social justice. Her mission is to maximize discovery of and access to library resources via existing and emergent technologies.
The next time you’re in the library, please stop by and say hi! Melissa’s office can be found in the back area of the library, near ILL services (just ask Joe for direction). No doubt, you will also catch her out and about at campus events this fall. We’re go glad you’ve joined us, Melissa!