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UT Dallas hires first university archivist

February 16, 2012

Of special interest to historians, library lovers, and digital archivists:

UT Dallas hires first university archivist

To preserve the pieces of UT Dallas’ past, the Eugene McDermott Library has hired the school’s first university archivist.

The new specialist, Ty Lovelady, will collect and catalog materials now housed in multiple locations across campus in work that will be crucial to the University’s preparations for its 50th anniversary in 2019.

He comes to UT Dallas from Texas Tech, where he was a key figure in the development of that university’s Vietnam Center and Archive.

“It is critical that we prepare now for the 50th anniversary by collecting material and University history before more longtime employees and associates retire,” said Director of Libraries Ellen Safley. “There is a lot of work needed to organize and preserve a central archive that provides meaning and descriptions of material that people can research in a professional manner.”

Lovelady will work with all of the University’s departments and schools to make sure essential materials are retained and collected. “I would like to involve the students and student organizations, too,” Lovelady said.

He has a strong background in archival digitization but believes that preservation of actual documents and photographs remains essential.“I favor digitizing archives to show what we have and to save space,” he said. “I also come from the school of thought that believes in preserving the physical piece. You have to decide whether or not you are keeping a document for its intrinsic value or for the information it provides.”

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