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Courtesy of Meredith Evans

Meredith Evans is the 74th president of the Society of American Archivists and holds the director position at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum. Formerly an associate university librarian at Washington University in St. Louis and UNC Charlotte she deeply believes in supporting community collaborations to promote civic engagement and to increase the number of collections of underrepresented communities that serve as evidence for written history. Evans has written on the role and value of libraries and archives as advocacy organizations that support and document social change and help people see their role in the larger social fabric around them. In her current role she works to make a difference in the civic life of our communities by motivating people to effect change by acquiring knowledge, skills, and values through both political and non-political processes. Her leadership goes beyond managing special collections and traditional print material. She has been active in the formation and integration of digitization and digital scholarship at different institutions and in community engagement. She also has a proven record of success in fundraising and personnel management. Evans earned a master’s degree in library science from Clark Atlanta University, a master’s degree in public history from North Carolina State University and a doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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