Deirdre Joyce, university archivist and special collections librarian at The University of Texas at Tyler’s Robert R. Muntz Library, has received a national scholarship from the University of Virginia’s Rare Book School, Jeanne Pyle, UT Tyler Muntz Library director, announced.
With the awarded scholarship, Joyce will attend a workshop course of her choice, which includes 40 hours of intense study, research and learning.
“The opportunity to attend a class at the most prestigious Rare Book School is wonderful not only for Deirdre, but for the Robert Muntz Library archives and the university,” Pyle said.
Scholarships are awarded through a scholarship program in part by the school’s James Davis Scholarship Fund and a grant by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
“I am excited about bringing this information to the university and community,” Joyce said. “It’s an excellent opportunity for me.”
A UT Tyler staff member since 2006, Joyce is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She holds a master’s degree in history, a master’s degree in library and information studies, as well as an archival studies certification.
First established in 1983 at Columbia University, the Rare Book School is an independent non-profit organization based at the University of Virginia that studies the history of manuscripts, rare books and special collections.
Its courses are primarily intended for conservators, antiquarian book sellers and collectors, archivists, rare book librarians and curators.
One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 70 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.