Bryan Giemza, director of the Southern Historical Collection (SHC) at the University Libraries, is a recipient of the Robert E. Bryan Public Service Award from the Carolina Center for Public Service. The award recognizes members of the Carolina community for exemplifying outstanding engagement and service to the state.
The award is for work that Giemza and his colleagues at the Wilson Special Collections Library did on Maya from the Margins. In partnership with Carolina’s department of anthropology, this program connected Latino/a and indigenous students in Morganton, North Carolina, with peers in Mexico’s Yucatán through an exploration of archives held at Wilson Library and in the State Archives of Yucatán.
“I am grateful to Bryan for advancing this important project that increases both local and international understanding, and that provided such an extraordinary student learning experience,” said María Estorino, associate University librarian for special collections and director of the Wilson Special Collections Library, which includes the SHC.
In addition to Giemza and SHC archivist Biff Hollingsworth, the project organizers came from the department of anthropology, Carolina’s Research Laboratories of Archaeology and the State Archives of Yucatán.
Giemza accepted the award at an April 9 awards program hosted by the Carolina Center for Public Service.