Staff Honors

Anne Comeaux Certified as a Digital Archives Specialist


Symbol of Digital Archivies Specialist program from the Society of American ArchivistsAnne Comeaux, the Assistant Director for Special Collections at the Briscoe Library, was recently certified as a Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) after completing nine required courses within 24 months and passing the comprehensive exam in February.   The DAS curriculum and certification program was designed by the Society of American Archivists to provide archivists with the information and tools needed to manage the demands of born-digital records.


Knowledge gained in the program focuses on:

  • the fragility of electronic records due to deterioration and obsolescence of format, software, and equipment
  • the requirements, roles, and responsibilities related to digital archives
  • recommended archival formats for preserving electronic records
  • formulating policies and strategies for appraising, capturing, preserving, and providing access to digital collections

The University Archives is starting to receive born digital records, and university departments are increasingly converting or keeping records in electronic format.  This will provide many challenges in the future for the preservation of these records for future researchers.

Library Staff Honored for Years of Service

Congratulations, and a big Thank You! to our Library staff who were honored for their many years of service at a ceremony held on April 29. The ceremony, recognizing UT Health Science Center staff for their years of service to the institution and to the State of Texas, was conducted by University President William Heinrich and Vice-President for Human Resources James (Mike) Tesh.  The following Library staff received Service Awards:



5 years      Patty Goldspink, Administrative Assistant
15 years    John Weed, Head of Collection Resources
25 years   Chris Gaspard, Head of User Services
35 years    Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries
40 years   Elizabeth (Anne) Comeaux, Assistant Director and Records Management Officer