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UMD Libraries welcomes new Associate Director in Special Collections and University Archives

Catherine Mayfield brings years of experience in the archives field and joins the team on September 6.

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UMD Libraries is pleased to announce Catherine Mayfield as our new Associate Director in Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA). Mayfield comes to UMD from the Maryland Center for History and Culture in Baltimore where, as the France-Merrick Director of the H. Furlong Baldwin Library, she oversaw a large special collections program and major projects that enhanced access to collections. She has a strong interest in and experience with community archiving projects that preserve the story of underrepresented populations.  Prior to the Maryland Center for History and Culture, Mayfield spent five years as a special collections curator for the Mill Valley Public Library in Mill Valley, California

In her position with SCUA, Mayfield will be responsible for operational programs focused on preserving and improving access to special collections. This includes leading SCUA’s digitization and born-digital records initiatives, overseeing programs for archival processing and description, as well as managing planning for the physical special collections located in the Hornbake and Severn libraries.

She holds a BA from New York University and a MLIS from San Jose State University. She is a certified member of the Academy of Certified Archivists and her professional memberships include the Society of American Archivists, the Mid Atlantic Regional Archives Conference, and the Oral History Association. She is currently pursuing an MA in History at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

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