The Library Welcomes New Staff Members!

The Library is pleased to announce four new staff additions!

Zoe LeBlanc will join the Scholars’ Lab research and development team on October 2. She’s currently ABD in history at Vanderbilt University and holds an M.A. from Vanderbilt and a B.A. from the University of Toronto. According to Scholars’ Lab Director Alison Booth, Zoe’s analysis of global anti-colonialism in the ’50s and ’60s print media of Cairo, Egypt and other capitals brings new expertise on research in countries with non-Western archival practices and challenges. Zoe has experience in front-end web design, text and image analysis, and mapping and data visualization with React, Redux, Elixir, and Postgres. She’s fluent in French and Arabic, with a passion for making difficult DH methods accessible and enjoyable.

Robin Mitchell will begin at the Library on October 2 as the first Executive Director of Library Advancement, and comes from UVA’s Advancement team where she’s been Director of Major Gifts, Scholarships since January 2016. Before that, she worked in development at Loyola University Chicago and Northwestern University. Robin will manage the Library’s Advancement team and strategic development planning in addition to her duties as Major Gift Officer—she makes the shift as the Library embarks on its Bicentennial campaign and the renovation of Alderman Library.

Erich Purpur has been working since September 18 as a Research Librarian for Sciences & Engineering. Erich comes to the Library from the DeLaMare Science & Engineering Library at the University of Nevada, Reno, and has an M.S. in Library Science from UNC-Chapel Hill. As liaison to several science and engineering departments, Erich contributes to Library outreach and engagement with the STEM fields around the Library and data services. He has experience working with GIS, statistical, and 3D modeling technologies.

Christopher Welte (pronounced “Welty”) also joined the Library on September 18 as the Senior Design and Development Engineer for the Library User Experience Team. From print to web, exhibits to products, and art direction to brand management, Christopher has pursued a wide range of disciplines. He’s been an Industrial Design major, an Exhibit Coordinator at the Cincinnati Museum Center, a graphic/UI/UX designer at Kumho Tire, and at Crutchfield. UX Director Jill Heinze is excited that Christopher has an opportunity to “bring his beautiful design aesthetic, user interaction design experience, unique retail and cultural institution background, and delightful energy to our Library and our users.”

Welcome, Zoe, Robin, Erich, and Christopher!

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