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Wilson Library, highlighted in Queerolina's online oral history, stands tall on Sept. 12, 2022.

Queerolina exhibit aims to preserve LGBTQ+ history at UNC

Queerolina, an online oral history exhibit in the Wilson Library Special Collections, works to tell the history of the LGBTQ+ community at UNC through stories and archives.  The name “Queerolina” was generated as a reparative label, reclaiming what was once a slur used to refer to the University’s progressive nature compared to other public schools in the Southeast.

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Elaine Westbrooks, vice provost for University Libraries and University librarian, will depart from her role at UNC on May 31 and become the Carl A. Kroch University Librarian at Cornell University.

University Librarian Elaine Westbrooks was 'right leader for the right time' at UNC

Elaine Westbrooks is the first Black University librarian since the position was created in 1901 at UNC. “I lean into that because it really changes the way I think about the world,” she said. “And so I really think I’ve been the right leader for the right time.” Westbrooks' last day at UNC will be May 31. During her five years at UNC, spearheaded University Libraries’ work in diversity, equity and inclusion, working to make the library system a better, more accessible space for underrepresented communities.

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Hogan Medlin is the current Carolina Pride Alumni Network president. He graduated from UNC in 2011 and is a former student body president. Photo courtesy of Hogan Medlin.

'All over campus, all over town': Story of Us archive preserves LGBTQ student voices

The Carolina Pride Alumni Network, Wilson Library and the Southern Oral History Program have partnered to create 'The Story of Us' – a digital archive to preserve the history of the University’s LGBTQ+ students and faculty. “I think there are direct benefits for current students both undergraduate and graduates who will, in the future, be able to access this archive, find themselves in it, find inspiration from it and hopefully see that they too fit in and they count at Carolina,” CPAN President Hogan Medlin said. “It’s incredibly important for any marginalized community, but in particular this community, given that our history has not yet been captured.”

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Wilson Library overlooks Polk Place on March 1, 2021.

University Libraries launches Reckoning Initiative to advance anti-racism work

Elaine Westbrooks, vice provost for University Libraries and University librarian, said that prior to the pandemic, the Libraries held an exhibition examining the historical role of science in creating concepts of race, as well as other exhibitions meant to demonstrate active commitment to the equity and inclusion work stated in the Libraries' framework. “You should belong,” Westbrooks said. “You’ve earned the right to be here, and we want to ensure that you belong, you’re represented and you’re treated equitably.”

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Bob Anthony, curator of the North Carolina Collection and director of the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center is retiring on May 31, 2021. Photo courtesy of Jon Gardiner.

North Carolina Collection curator Bob Anthony to retire after 40-year career

Bob Anthony, curator of the North Carolina Collection and director of the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center, is set to retire on May 31 after a 40-year career. Lisa Gregory, program coordinator at the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center, said Anthony has always been passionate about his work, and that his work has elevated UNC’s status in the minds of people who research the state.

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