Sonia Yaco Appointed Associate Director of Special Collections and University Archives
Rutgers University Libraries are pleased to announce that Sonia Yaco has accepted the position of associate director of Special Collections and University Archives effective August 13, 2018.
In this position, Yaco will provide vision, leadership, and direction for a team of professional archivists and conservation specialists with the goal of strengthening the visibility, accessibility, and impact of Rutgers University–New Brunswick’s nationally and internationally recognized special collections and university archives. She will develop comprehensive and mission-oriented digital and collections strategies that reflect current best practices and initiate services and programs that meet the needs of the university’s diverse stakeholders. In collaboration with the Rutgers University Foundation, the Libraries’ leadership, and other external partners, Yaco will develop a deep understanding and appreciation of Special Collections and University Archives’ holdings and identify forward-looking and synergistic opportunities and partnerships that advance the university’s mission.
“I am delighted to join the team of talented archivists and librarians at Rutgers University’s Special Collections and University Archives,” Yaco said. “I am particularly impressed by their passion for preserving and sharing their rich collections related to New Jersey history with the campus and broader community.”
Yaco comes to Rutgers from the University of Illinois at Chicago Library, where she is currently director of Social Justice Projects and Research. Prior to being tapped to lead this prestigious project, she was the head of Special Collections and University Archives at University of Illinois at Chicago and special collections librarian and university archivist at Old Dominion University. Committed to scholarship, service, and outreach, Yaco actively publishes and presents on topics including the integration of special collections into curricula while serving on university, regional, and national committees. She is a three-time nominee for the Society of American Archivists’ Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award for increased public awareness of a specific body of documents.
“I am particularly excited about the wealth of experience with emerging technology, project management, grant writing, and donor cultivation that Sonia will bring to this new role,” said Dee Magnoni, assistant vice president for information services and director of New Brunswick Libraries. “Special Collections and University Archives is a crown jewel of the New Brunswick Libraries and Rutgers–New Brunswick, and I can’t wait to see where Sonia leads her team.”
Yaco holds a master’s degree in library and information studies with a specialization in archives and records administration as well as a bachelor’s degree in sociology, both from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.