Isabella O'Neill, a familiar face in the Bertrand Library for over twenty years, is now found among rare books and university papers. She is the new Curator of Special Collections/University Archives (SC/UA),following the retirement of Doris Dysinger in Spring 2008.
With her background in public services, she naturally sees the collections of SC/UA as a rich resource for the Bucknell University community. In her new role, Isabella hopes to make these unique materials more visible, accessible and integrated into faculty and student research.
Isabella has already expanded service hours for more convenient access: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., throughout the calendar year. In Special Collections, there is a strong foundation of existing holdings, such as its library of Irish literature. Building on such holdings is one of Isabella's goals. In University Archives, materials related to institutional history are collected and preserved. Isabella sees that improved organization and cataloging would reveal this largely hidden collection to potential users. Digitizing some portions of SC/UA to provide remote access is an exciting, future challenge she welcomes.
Take one flight down the central stairs of the Bertrand Library, step into the comfortable reading room and renew your acquaintance with Isabella O'Neill.
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