Head of Technical Services, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Meghan Lyon is the Head of Technical Services, which is the unit that receives, accessions, arranges, boxes, catalogs, describes, and barcodes all of the archival and rare materials for the Rubenstein Library. This unit includes rare book catalogers; archival processors; format specialists for audiovisual, photographs, and electronic records; and special collections metadata experts. We create and maintain the description behind the discovery platforms that researchers use to access Rubenstein collections.
Originally from Maryland, Meghan attended the University of Maryland as an undergraduate, and was introduced to archival work as a student employee at the National Archives and Records Administration at College Park. She earned an MS in Archives and Records Management from the University of Michigan's School of Information, and started working at Duke as a library assistant in 2008. She is a proud recipient of Duke's tuition assistance program, which allowed her to earn a second MA in History from North Carolina State University while working at the library.
Meghan's subject expertise lies in Southern United States history, but she enjoys working with nearly every topic that Rubenstein collects. She is especially interested in hidden histories of marginalized people and communities which are often documented in some of the library's oldest (meaning longest-held) collections.