I’m delighted to announce that the Library is about to launch its first project made possible by the recent gift from the Arcadia Fund. “Collecting Los Angeles” will gather, preserve, interpret, and make accessible collections documenting the remarkable multiplicity of cultures and at-risk hidden history of this region.
Joining us as curator of this new initiative will be Susan Anderson, an accomplished historian, author, editor, and project manager. Susan received her BA from Scripps College and an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School. She has consulted for the California State Parks Foundation and the California Endowment, taught at Pitzer College, and curated a statewide touring exhibition on the California African-American community of Allensworth. Most recently, Susan has served as the Managing Director of the “LA as Subject” program at the USC Libraries.
This new project will accomplish numerous goals, including transforming the way we engage with local communities, which not only supports our collection building but also aligns us with Chancellor Block’s goal of civic engagement; enabling us to develop multiple new connections among existing collections and attract new audiences to their use; and offering a new model of the collection development specialist as curator. Susan will join the Special Collections staff, and her first day will by July 27.
Please join me in welcoming Susan to UCLA, and look for further details of this exciting new initiative.