Cynthia Childrey, Dean and University Librarian, Cline Library, Northern Arizona University
Special and archival collections are about people, their voices and stories. Successful and sustained fundraising for archival collections requires building relationships based on a shared commitment to preserving and providing access to the power of distinctive voices, represented in photographs, oral histories, scrapbooks, journals, moving images, letters, and drawings. In building passionate communities around collections, archivists and curators are central collaborators in advancing archival collections, programs, and operations. This session will provide an overview of the role and impact of Special Collections and Archives at Northern Arizona University and examples of growth in funding, collections, and community and donor engagement.
Cynthia Childrey has served as Dean and University Librarian of the Cline Library at Northern Arizona University (NAU) since 2002. Prior to her arrival at NAU in 1990, she served as the Management and Economics Bibliographer at Boston University. She has worked closely with library development and communications directors, Special Collections and Archives personnel, and University Advancement to build and sustain the library’s development program.