Special Collections, Staff

Appointments: Undergraduate Teaching and Learning Librarian; Assistant Conservator for Special Collections

The University Library is pleased to announce two recent appointments, effective November 1.


Dayna Durbin, Undergraduate Teaching and Learning Librarian

Dayna Durbin is the new Undergraduate Teaching and Learning Librarian.

Dayna will lead instructional initiatives, spearhead undergraduate-centered user engagement activities, and explore technologies that impact undergraduate education. She will also lead the Library’s information literacy instruction program, schedule information literacy sessions, and train and mentor student instructors for the First Year Writing Program.

Prior to joining the Library, Dayna was a media coordinator and technology facilitator for Durham Public Schools. She will use her experience in conducting library instruction and coordinating student outreach to explore and pilot new ways of engaging students.

Dayna holds an M.S.L.S. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.A. in English from the University of Kentucky in Lexington.

Reach Dayna at ddurbin@email.unc.edu or (919) 962-4202.



Rebecca Smyrl, Undergraduate Teaching and Learning Librarian

Rebecca Smyrl, Assistant Conservator for Special Collections

Rebecca Smyrl has joined the Library staff as the new Assistant Conservator for Special Collections.

In this role, Rebecca will work closely with the Wilson Special Collections Library staff to evaluate books, manuscripts, and other collection materials. She will carry out conservation treatments and provide support for digitization projects. Rebecca’s other responsibilities include organizing and implementing conservation projects, managing workflows, and providing support for exhibition planning and installation.

Rebecca was previously a book conservator at the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she planned and performed conservation treatments for bound materials.

She holds an M.S.I.S. with a certificate in conservation from The University of Texas at Austin, a diploma in bookbinding from the North Bennet Street School, and a B.A. in English from Haverford College.

Reach Rebecca at rsmyrl@email.unc.edu or (919) 962-4250.


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