Staff Listing: Jessica Lacher-Feldman

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Jessica Lacher-Feldman
Head of Special Collections, Associate Librarian

As the Head of Special Collections at Hill Memorial Library, I provide leadership, vision, and strategic direction for the division, and am responsible for administrative oversight of the division’s operations, services, programs, and resources. I work cooperatively with curators to acquire by purchase and donation appropriate materials for the collections, to keep collection development policies current, and to assist donors. I play a leadership role in planning and carrying out public events and outreach endeavors, developing and coordinating publicity, providing reference service and instruction to teach and promote use of collections.  In consultation with Libraries faculty and staff and the Libraries’ user community, I promote research opportunities to students, scholars and other researchers. I also work collaboratively to seek out grant funding on the national and state level, as well as working with donors and private foundations to acquire funds to support Special Collections activities and collections.


Bachelor of Arts in French Studies/History, The University at Albany
Master of Arts in History, The University at Albany
Master of Library Science (Archives/Special Collections Concentration), The University at Albany
Graduate coursework in Book Arts and History of the Book, University of Alabama

Selected Publications

Article: Lacher-Feldman, Jessica. “Creating the Curator: Teaching Exhibit Development for Special Collections Librarians and Archivists.” Exhibitionist: The Journal of the National Association for Museum Exhibition, fall 2014

Monograph: Exhibits in Archives and Special Collections Libraries.  Society of American Archivists, 2013

Encyclopedia Entry: Alabama author, William March (with Aaron Trehub, Asst. Dean for Library Technology, Auburn University), article, Encyclopedia of Alabama. Published March, 2012.

Article: A Taste of Community: Community Cookbooks at the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, The University of Alabama, Tributaries, 2011.

Case Study: “Making Friends and Fans: Using Facebook for Outreach” in A Different Kind of Web: Case study/chapter: New Connections Between Users Archives and Our Users with Web 2.0, Kate Theimer, editor.  Society of American Archivists, August, 2011.

Encyclopedia Entry: Lionel Richie, Encyclopedia of Alabama. Published July, 2010.

Encyclopedia Entry: Lionel Hampton, Encyclopedia of Alabama. Published March, 2010.

The University of Alabama Trivia Book.  Athens Ga: Hill Street Press, 2007.

"Publishers' Bindings Online, 1815-1930: The Art of Books as a Model for Publicity, Outreach and Promotion of Digital Projects and Online Resources in Cultural Heritage Institutions and Academic Libraries" Journal of the Association for History and Computing, Ann Arbor, MI: MPublishing, University of Michigan Library
February 2007.

Faculty Collaboration in the Development of an Online Sheet Music Exhibition in Digital Scholarship in the Tenure, Promotion, and Review Process: A Primer.  M.E. Sharpe Press, 2003

Section of Book Chapter: Evaluating Web Resources in History, History Highway 3.0: A Guide to Internet Resources (3rd Ed.)  M.E. Sharpe Press, March 2002

Article: Confessions of a New York Yankee in King Cotton's Court.  Archival Outlook, 2001.

Professional Affiliations

Society of American Archivists (SAA)
Rare Books and Manuscripts, (RBMS)
Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)
American Library Association (ALA)
Society of the History of Authorship, Readership, and Publishing (SHARP)
Society of Southwest Archivists (SSA)
Louisiana Library Association
Louisiana Historical Association (LHA)
Louisiana Archives and Manuscripts Association (LAMA)


Certified Archivist, Academy of Certified Archivists, 2001- present

Selected Areas of Research

Exhibit development
Digital Exhibits
The 19th c. Book
The Book as Artifiact
Advocacy in Archives and Special Collections and Archives
Public Programs and Outreach
in Special Collections and Archives