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Reuther Library welcomes new director, Beth Myers

The Reuther Library recently welcomed its new director, Beth Myers, who comes to the Reuther from Loyola University, where she served as the director of the Women and Leadership Archives for five years.

Myers received both her master’s and doctorate degrees in history from Loyola University, Chicago, where she focused on 20th century American history, public history and women’s history and gender studies. After holding a series of positions at various Chicago area archives, Myers received two competing job offers following the completion of her program: a traditional academic position or an opportunity to lead the Women and Leadership Archives at her alma mater. With a “fleet of incredible assistants, students, and volunteers,” Myers worked to gain physical and intellectual control over the WLA collections, conducted extensive outreach to raise the archives’ profile, and enjoyed the privilege of establishing relationships with donors.

Myers’ research interests include women’s archives, the relevancy of archives in the digital age and exploring issues of power, access and ethics in archives and archival collections. In addition to participating in the 2010 Archives Leadership Institute, Myers is an active member of the Society of American Archivists, the Midwest Archives Conference and the Chicago Area Archivists.

When asked why she wanted to come to the Reuther, Myers responded, “Why wouldn’t I? It’s the dream job. It’s so well known and respected, such a venerable institution.” In the near term, Myers will be looking inward at the Reuther to better understand its staff, systems and ongoing projects and relationships. In addition to working with the Reuther’s existing donors and partners, she hopes to further its community outreach activities, raising the profile of the Reuther both on campus and off. She also is looking forward to engaging with the Reuther staff in inclusive and open strategic planning. “We know what the Reuther is and what it’s done,” Myers said.

(Information taken from the Reuther Library blog)

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