Kathelene McCarty Smith has been appointed Interim Head of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives following the departure of Keith Gorman in 2019. Smith is an assistant professor in University Libraries and until this appointment, served as instruction and outreach archivist.
She earned a BA in history and an MA in art history from Louisiana State University. She also holds a master’s degree in library and information studies from UNC Greensboro. Smith’s research has involved the role of academic libraries in fostering life-long learning, primary source outreach in the K-12 community, and the mobilization of North Carolina’s women’s colleges during World War I.