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Jessica Lacher-Feldman
Head, Special Collections

I am 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, 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 an 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

Selected Publications

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, 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, Peer-reviewed article, Encyclopedia of Alabama.
Published July, 2010.


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, Sept., 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
Rare Books and Manuscripts, ACRL/ALA
American Library Association
Society of Southwest Archivists


Certified Archivist, Academy of Certified Archivists, 2001

Selected Areas of Research

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


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