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Ali Zawoyski, W&M's new University Archivist. She has blonde-brown hair and wears a blue sweater.
November 8, 2019
Ali Zawoyski, University Archivist

Say hello to a new face at Swem Library! Alissa “Ali” Zawoyski began work as William & Mary Libraries’ new University Archivist on October 25. 

Ali comes to us from the Eberly Family Special Collections at Pennsylvania State University Libraries, where she served as the Collection Management Specialist since 2013. In this role, Ali was in charge of leading collection management projects and accessioning all new archival materials. Before her time at Penn State, she worked at the Centre County Library & Historical Museum in...

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Jul 2018

Jun 2018

  • June 28, 2018
    ​There is no doubt that the Williamsburg area is steeped in history. From the first permanent British settlement in the U.S. at Jamestown to the battlefield at Yorktown, and of course Colonial Williamsburg right next to the William & Mary campus, the area it is truly America’s Historic Triangle.  
  • June 20, 2018
    When people meet me, they often ask what I do, and when I give them my title, Digital Scholarship Librarian, they are just as unclear on my job duties as before they asked. Then, I flesh out the role a bit more. Essentially, I work to promote and support scholarship which goes on around campus.
  • June 13, 2018
    Many students are intimidated by making a research appointment because they don't know what will or can happen. I'm here to dispel the myths and rumors around the conundrum that is the Research Appointment. This blog post will be the first in a series about how we conduct our Research Appointments.

May 2018

  • May 31, 2018
    Last week, I had the opportunity to meet HRH Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester and show him some of the rich materials held in Special Collections.  I wanted to make sure to highlight the dog book collection, and I came across titles related to HRH's grandfather, King George V, as well as his first cousin, Queen Elizabeth II.  Of the ones I chose to display, the following titles are my favorites.
  • May 24, 2018
    Recently I had the opportunity to attend a conference at Radford University called The Innovative Library Classroom, or TILC. Radford University which is in, yep, you guessed it, Radford, Virginia, is about 270 miles from Williamsburg; therefore, road trip! The route from Williamsburg went along Interstate 64 and then south on Interstate 81.
  • May 18, 2018
    Did you know that May is National Photography month? Well if you didn’t, now you do! William & Mary's first art photography class was launched just a few years ago in 2015.
  • May 11, 2018
    I started working at Swem in my very first week of freshman year and fell in love with the place immediately. On my first day, I wandered the library to fill out a scavenger-hunt-esque training exercise that introduced me to the labyrinth of books that serves as the cultural capital of our campus. The building really does it all.
  • May 9, 2018
    The quotation in the title of this post is from a letter about an 1890 revolution in Buenos Aires known as The Revolution of the Park.