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Richard Szary, who directed manuscripts and archives for the Yale University Library, has been named director of the Louis Round Wilson Library. Szary, who started work Sept. 1, also is associate University librarian for special collections.
“He was the person behind what is called the Yale Collections Collaborative, which was a similar sort of focus in that it integrated various collections at Yale,” said Patrick Mullin, associate University librarian for technical services and systems. “He had experience in a number of different formats although he was video archives of Holocaust testimonies.”
The directorship is a new position responsible for merging the individual collections within Wilson into an integrated special collections library.
Szary said it was the prestige of Wilson’s special collections that brought him to the University.
“It’s one of the few places – there are probably a dozen or so in the country – that has special collections the level that UNC does and gets the support that UNC does,” he said. “It’s one of the few places in the world that I considered moving to from Yale.”
A search committee of 14 faculty, library curators and administration chose Szary from among 33 applicants.