SLASC Presentation: Christine Cheng, UC Davis Archives & Special Collections Instruction and Outreach Librarian

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Join SLASC in hearing about Christine Cheng’s experience working as an instruction and outreach librarian for the Archives and Special Collections at UC Davis Library!

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Biography: Christine is a second-generation Chinese American who was born in Reno, Nevada and grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. After graduating from NWU with her BA in Global Studies and a minor in German (after a year-long exchange in Germany after high school), she taught English in Japan for four years. She later attended UNC where she earned her MS in Library Science.

Christine has been the Instruction and Outreach Librarian in UC Davis Library’s Archives and Special Collections (ASC) since 2016 where she leads the development of and is responsible for ASC’s instruction and outreach programs. She designs library services and education programs that enhance access to and understanding of rare books, manuscripts, and archival materials. Her interests are promoting and developing skills in primary source literacy.

Before moving to Davis in 2016, she worked as the Research Services Coordinator in George Mason University Libraries Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) in Northern Virginia. For four years, she managed public services including instruction and outreach, as well as provided researchers with access to archives, primary sources, and rare books at SCRC. After graduating from UNC in 2011, she served as a volunteer for the History of Medicine Collections at Duke University’s Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library where she assisted the curator with the instruction of undergraduate courses and installing exhibitions.

At UNC, she gained experience in working with public services and instruction in the Southern Historical Collection at Wilson Special Collections Library. For a summer, she worked as an archival intern at the Center for Legislative Archives at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in Washington, D.C. At NARA, she shadowed reference archivists and assisted with researcher requests and public outreach events that involved the official records and legislative material of the U.S. Congress. Highlight of NARA: assisting with a private archival vault tour for Laurence Fishburne and his friend.

Christine currently lives in Davis, is a foodie, and her favorite animal is the red panda. She has traveled to around 20 different foreign countries.

Date: Monday, March 14, 2022
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (Pacific Time)
Location: Online via Zoom