Music, North Carolina Collection, Rare Book Collection, Southern Folklife Collection, Special Collections, Staff

Appointments: Head of Branch Libraries; Director of Library Human Resources; Special Projects Cataloger; Rare Book Research Librarian

The University Library is pleased to announce the following recent appointments:

Phil Vandermeer is the new Head of Branch Libraries, effective Dec. 1, 2010.

In this position, Vandermeer will oversee the system’s subject-based branch libraries, and will also continue to serve in his capacity as Head of UNC’s Music Library.

Vandermeer has been Head of the Music Library since 2001, and served as Interim Associate University Librarian for Collections and Services from August 1, 2010 to November 30, 2010. He has been an adjunct Associate Professor in the UNC Department of Music since 2001 and has previously held professional librarian positions at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland, and the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Vandermeer holds a Bachelor of Music in music history and an M.S.L.S. from the University of Tennessee, in Knoxville; an M.A. in music history from Binghamton University in Binghamton, New York; and a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from the University of Maryland.

Reach Phil Vandermeer at (919) 966-1113 or

Tiffany Allen is the new Director of Library Human Resources, effective Jan. 1.

In this position, Allen will oversee the activities of the Library Personnel Office, which include recruitment and search committees, compensation, performance reviews, librarian appointment and promotion, personnel records management, student employment, and EEO/ADA compliance.

Allen will also administer the orientation program for new staff and the Carolina Academic Library Associates program, provide support for all Library employee recognition programs, oversee Library staff development and training opportunities, and will represent the University Library in various forums on the campus and beyond.

Allen was most recently Personnel Librarian in the University Library, and served as Interim Director of Library Personnel from October 1, 2010 to December 31, 2010. She was previously the Library’s Personnel Manager, and has held additional professional positions at the UNC Library and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund in Morrisville, N.C.

Allen holds a B.A. in psychology and political science, and an M.L.S., both from UNC.

Reach Tiffany Allen at (919) 962-8027 or

Elizabeth McCraw began Jan. 1 as Special Projects Cataloger.

McCraw’s work will focus on the Library’s North Carolina Collection, where she will perform retrospective cataloging of monographs, serials, and other special format materials, and the Southern Folklife Collection, for which she will create both original and adaptive cataloging of commercial recordings, and will perform catalog maintenance and authority control activities.

McCraw was most recently Senior Retrospective Conversion and Special Projects Cataloger in the Lilly Library, the rare book and manuscript library at Indiana University. She holds a Bachelor of Music in musical studies and English literature from the Crane School of Music at The State University of New York at Potsdam, an M.A. in music history from the University of Washington, in Seattle, and an M.L.S., with a specialization in music librarianship, from Indiana University.

Reach Elizabeth McCraw at (919) 962-6901 or

John Vincler began Feb. 1 as Rare Book Research Librarian.

In this position, Vincler will be responsible for on-site and remote researcher services for the Rare Book Collection, responding to requests for permission to publish and building innovative research and access tools, including digital products.

Vincler will also create and conduct instructional programs for classes and workshops, and will participate in the development of special collections-wide services, instruction, and outreach, helping to ensure a vital role in UNC academic departments and programs.

Vincler was most recently Assistant Professor of Bibliography (Special Collections Librarian) at the University of Akron. He has also held positions at the Newberry Library, in Chicago, and served at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, Ill., as both a teaching adjunct faculty member in the humanities and an adjunct librarian.

Vincler holds a B.A. in English from Loyola University Chicago, an M.A. in the history of the book from the Institute of English Studies at the University of London’s School of Advanced Study, and an M.L.I.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Reach Vincler at (919) 843-5863 or


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