Outreach Team

Contact information

Need to contact the Outreach team? Email: vaheritageoutreach@gmail.com

Beth S. Harris

Beth Harris, Wyndham Robertson Library, Hollins University.

Lynda Kachurek

Lynda Kachurek is Head of Rare Books and Special Collections at the University of Richmond.  Her responsibilities include acquiring, preserving, and supervising access to materials in special collections and the rare book room as well as providing reference assistance and instruction with those collections.  The division also manages a Book Arts studio to support interdisciplinary projects and course work on the history and art of the book.  Additionally, she is the liaison librarian for the Department of History, supporting collection development and information literacy instruction for that area, and an adjunct instructor in Public History for UR’s School of Professional and Continuing Studies.  Prior to this position, she worked as Collections Manager for Special Collections and Archives at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, where she was also an instructor for both undergraduate information literacy courses and graduate student courses on oral history, archival processing, and archival technologies.

Margaret Turman Kidd, Chair

Margaret Kidd is the Access and Electronic Records Archivist at Virginia Commonwealth University, Tompkins-McCaw Library. Her responsibilities include processing collections, both analog and digital, maintaining the collection management system and internal documentation, creating exhibits, and providing reference assistance. Prior to her position at VCU, Kidd was a senior project archivist at the Virginia Historical Society. Kidd is a member of MARAC, serving the organization in various capacities, and SAA. She received a BA in history from Emory & Henry College, an MA in American history from the University of Richmond, and an MS in Information Science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She also completed the Digital Archives Specialist Certificate program in 2016. Kidd’s research interests include the history of Virginia, religion, and women.

Carolyn Parsons

Carolyn S. Parsons is the Special Collections Librarian/University Archivist at the University of Mary Washington where she manages the Library’s Special Collections and University Archives and oversees the Digital Archiving Lab. A member of MARAC and the Rare Books & Manuscripts Section of ACRL, Parsons teaches UMW’s undergraduate Archives and Society class for the Historic Preservation Department. Her favorite archival formats are scrapbooks and photographs, and her research interests include 19th-century women book cover designers. Prior to working at UMW, she worked for the National Park Service, Monticello, and the Library of Virginia. She received her BA in Historic Preservation from Mary Washington College and her MSLS from the University of Kentucky.

Laurie Preston

Laurie Preston, McGraw-Page Library, Randolph-Macon College.