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Northwestern Libraries announces new hires and promotions

Northwestern University Libraries is pleased to announce two new recent hires and a significant internal promotion this summer.

Director of Preservation

Northwestern University Libraries promoted Tonia Grafakos to the position of Marie A. Quinlan Director of Preservation on July 1. Grafakos has been Chief Conservator for Northwestern Libraries since 2008. She has been serving as Acting Director of the Preservation department since September 2016. She holds a B.A. in English and history from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and her master’s in Information Science is from the University of Texas at Austin, where she also earned a Certificate of Advanced Study in Conservation.

As Director of Preservation, Tonia administere the preservation of all collections across formats, facilities, and functional areas. This includes leading the Libraries’ comprehensive program in preservation and contributing to overall collections strategies.

Archivist for the Black Experience

Charla Wilson has joined Northwestern Libraries as its Archivist for the Black Experience at Northwestern, a brand new position. Wilson’s primary focus as archivist will be to document the lives of Black students, faculty, alumni, and organizations at Northwestern University.

Wilson holds a degree in American studies, with course concentration relating to African-American history and culture, from Scripps College. Her graduate degrees are from Claremont Graduate University and from California State University San Marcos. Wilson’s served previously at the Barona Cultural Center & Museum of California and, prior to that, the Women’s Museum of California.

STEM Librarian

Becca Greenstein has joined Northwestern Libraries as its STEM Librarian and the newest addition to the Research and Learning Services team. In this position, Greenstein will provide research support to scholars at the intersection of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, an expanding field of interdisciplinary study. She will act as liaison for departments in both the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and the McCormick School of Engineering through the fields of Math, Statistics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics.

Greenstein holds a BA from Carleton College, and an MSLS from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Her prior position was an internship with the Environmental Protection Agency Library.