Director of Special Collections
Contact & Office Hours
Room 221, Young Library
Ph.D., 20th Century U.S. History with concentrations in Women's History, Gender Theory, and Public History, Loyola University Chicago
M.A., U.S. History, Loyola University Chicago
B.A., History, Northern Illinois University
Beth Myers serves Smith College Libraries as Director of Special Collections. She oversees the three primary areas of Special Collections: College Archives, Mortimer Rare Book Collection, and the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History. Special Collections consists of between fifteen and eighteen FTEs and encompasses 26,000 linear feet of unique material in a multitude of formats. Myers is responsible for personnel, budget planning and management, developing internal and external funding streams, overseeing the implementation of archives-centric technologies and updates, participating in planning for the relocation of Special Collections to its transition space (2017-2020) and for the New Neilson Library. She also serves on a number of inter-and-intra-institutional committees and working groups. Myers participates in donor relations, event planning, and outreach for Special Collections.
Beth Myers came to Smith College from Chicago by way of Detroit in 2014. She served as Director of the Women and Leadership Archives at Loyola University Chicago from 2007-2012 and then as Director of the Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs at Wayne State University from 2012-2014. A dedicated archival professional, Myers participates actively in the Society of American Archivists, Midwest Archives Conference, and the Archives Leadership Institute, through which she has held numerous committee and leadership appointments. She serves on the editorial staff of Archival Issues and has published reviews, articles, and book chapters related to the field of archives and special collections. An avid reader of most genres and longtime advocate of feminism, Myers lives in Northampton, MA, with her family.
Library Renovation Planning Design Review, Seven Sisters / Siblings NEH “College Women Portal Project” Women’s Education Portal Advisory Group, Five College Special Collections Committee
Longtime research interests include women's history, women's archives, and feminist conceptualization of information management practice.
Myers, Elizabeth. “Platform as Subversion: Creating A Feminist Archival MOOC.” presented on the panel Reaching from the Other Side: New Initiatives in Archives Teaching and Learning at the Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, 2016.
Myers, Elizabeth and Jennifer Rajchel. “What does Feminist Curation Look Like?” in Digital Humanities in the Library / Of the Library: A dh+lib Special Issue, July 29, 2016, http://acrl.ala.org/dh/2016/07/29/what-does-digital-feminist-curation-lo....
Myers, Elizabeth. “Women’s Archives / Women’s Collections: What does the Future Hold?” Panelist at the Newcomb College Institute, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, 2013.
Myers, Elizabeth. “'I am My Sisters Keeper: Women’s Archives, A Reflection' in Perspectives on Women’s Archives." Tanya Zanish-Belcher and Anke Voss, eds., Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2013.
Myers, ELizabeth. “Juggling Act: Negotiating Third Party Collaboration in the Collection Development of Second Wave Feminist Materials,” in Make Your Own History: Documenting Feminist and Queer Activism in the 21st Century. Kelly Wooten and Lyz Bly, eds., Los Angeles: Litwin Press, 2012.
New England Archivists, Midwest Archives Conference, Society of American Archivists, Archives Leadership Institute (Steering Committee Member)