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Adriana Cuervo Appointed Inaugural Head of Archival Collections and Services at Rutgers–Newark

December 20, 2018
Adriana Cuervo

Adriana Cuervo has been appointed the inaugural head of Archival Collections and Services at Rutgers–Newark. The position includes oversight of the Institute of Jazz Studies and the Dana Archives.

New position brings unified leadership to Institute of Jazz Studies and Dana Archives at Rutgers University–Newark

Rutgers University Libraries are pleased to announce that Adriana Cuervo will become the inaugural head of Archival Collections and Services at Rutgers–Newark effective January 2, 2019.

In this position, Cuervo will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Institute of Jazz Studies—the largest and most comprehensive jazz research facility in the world, located in the John Cotton Dana Library—as well as the newly established Dana Archives, a collection of materials documenting the history of Rutgers–Newark as an anchor institution in its host city. In addition to having oversight of all archival personnel, Cuervo will identify opportunities for fund development and gift acquisitions and develop programming that heightens the visibility and use of these collections.

“I’m honored to have been appointed to this position,” said Cuervo. “Our collections have long been a point of pride for Rutgers University, and I look forward to taking them to the next level—building on their strengths while ensuring that they are preserved and can be shared with as broad an audience as possible.”

Cuervo currently serves as associate director of the Institute of Jazz Studies, a position which she has held since 2013. She is a member of the editorial board for The American Archivist—the peer-reviewed journal of the Society of American Archivists and the leading publication in the archives field—and has held different leadership positions in the Society of American Archivists, the Midwest Archives Conference, and the Music Library Association. She holds a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

“Adriana’s appointment will contribute to the sustained, effective, and efficient operations of the Newark-based archives,” said Consuella Askew, director of Dana Library. “She brings a tremendous amount of creativity, passion, and expertise to her role, which I know will serve her well as she leverages our unique collections to engage local and global communities with the Rutgers–Newark story.”