The Library is pleased to welcome Krystal Appiah, who began on February 13 as the new Instruction Librarian for Special Collections. Krystal was most recently the Curator of African American History and a Reference Librarian at the Library Company of Philadelphia where her responsibilities included providing reference and instruction services to fellows and visiting classes, promoting the use of the African Americana Collection, and coordinating the Mellon Scholars Program of fellowships and internships.
She previously worked at the Maryland State Archives as a research archivist in the Legacy of Slavery in Maryland program. As a graduate student, Krystal worked in a number of archival repositories, including the archives of Brown University’s Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, and the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History.
Krystal holds a Master of Library and Information Science degree from UCLA with a specialization in archival studies; and an Master’s degree in public humanities from Brown University. She’s “thrilled to join the team at the University of Virginia Library and is looking forward to helping faculty and students incorporate the stellar resources of the Small Special Collections Library into the classroom.”