Posted by: Laura | January 30, 2013

A Farewell to Tanya Zanish-Belcher!

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On February 1, 2013, our Special Collections Department will be just a little different.  Not only will the office across from mine be empty, but our department will have said good-bye to our Head, Tanya Zanish-Belcher.  She will be moving on to Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina where she has accepted the position as Director of Special Collections & University Archivist.  She has worked here at Iowa State for over 17 years, led our department for over 14 years, and began in the Special Collections Department in 1995 as Curator for the Archives of Women in Science and Engineering (WISE).  She has been a supervisor, manager, leader, mentor, guide, role model, fellow archivist and colleague.  To say that she will be missed is a vast understatement.

Tanya has been such an integral member of the Special Collections Department for so many years that it is hard to quickly summarize what she does for the department.  As her resume states, she “Manages the Special Collections Department through the general administration, planning, evaluation, and implementation of program goals including reference services, collection development, digital project coordination, preservation, and technical processing; promotes archival issues and the Department’s activities and holdings to campus and outside constituencies; and selects and appraises organizational archives and personal manuscript collections in a variety of formats. Responsible for the Department’s grantsmanship and development efforts; overall supervision of the departmental faculty and paraprofessional staff; and participation in divisional and library management.”  In addition to  her duties as Head of the Special Collections Department, she has maintained her position as Curator of the Archives of Women in Science and Engineering and has continued to work with donors to bring in a variety of collections documenting both women’s organizations and individuals in this area.

Tanya has worked with numerous donors to bring in rare books and archival collections.  Shown above is the Robert R. Harvey Rare Book Open House.  Professor Emeritus Robert Harvey donated over ninety volumes of his amazing landscape architecture books.

Tanya has worked with numerous donors to bring in rare books and archival collections. Shown above is the Robert R. Harvey Rare Book Open House. Professor Emeritus Robert Harvey donated over ninety volumes of his amazing landscape architecture books.

Tanya has not only lead and managed the Special Collections Department, but she has not hesitated to do the day to day work such as handle reference requests, conduct tours (in fact, she is conducting one right now as I write this post!), and when we lost staff she quickly volunteered to be the one who stayed in the department over the lunch hour to pull a rare book or archival collection when everyone but the archivist at the reference desk was out to lunch.  Not only has she conducted her work here with enthusiasm, energy, and dedication but she has also been committed to local, regional and national professional groups.  She is a founder of the Consortium of Iowa Archivists (CIA), and has been involved in a variety of professional groups such as the Midwest Archives Conference (MAC) and the Society of American Archivists (SAA).  She is a Past President of MAC and was recently elected to the Council for the Society of American Archivists.  She is also an SAA Fellow.  In addition to her work with professional organizations, she has regularly given presentations to local and regional groups.

Tanya at the Association of Moving Image Archivists conference in 2000.

Tanya at the Association of Moving Image Archivists conference in 2000.

She has contributed much to the Special Collections Department, University Library, Iowa State University, and the State of Iowa.  Even though she may be leaving us for a new opportunity, she has pointed out repeatedly that she will only be a phone call or email away.  Her dedication to Iowa State will not completely disappear, but her steadfast leadership will be missed.  We wish her all the very best in her new endeavors!

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  1. Best wishes in your new position, Tanya! Your wonderful assistance will be missed.

  2. Lucky Iowa State to have had Tanya all these years! And what a pleasure to hear more about how beloved she is. Bon voyage, Tanya!

  3. What a wonderful tribute to a lovely lady!

  4. Fiends are the greatest gift of every place I have worked over the years and I can see that you have added a bunch to your entourage of admirers. How wonderful! Good luck to Tanya in the next adventure.

  5. Congratulations, Tanya!

  6. [...] Please read Laura Sullivan’s tribute to Tanya on the Iowa State University Library, Special Collections Department’s blog: http://isuspecialcollections.wordpress.com/2013/01/30/a-farewell-and-good-luck-to-tanya-zanish-belch… [...]

  7. Congratulations, and all best wishes to you, Tanya! We will miss you tremendously, but Wake Forest presents a wonderful opportunity. Have fun and thanks so much for all you have done for the Iowa archival community.

  8. […] Engineering, and in 1998 became the Head of Special Collections.  Laura, our archivist, blogged a farewell to Tanya in January highlighting what she has done for and meant to the Department over her 17 year […]

  9. […] Collections blog to introduce ourselves. Time to remedy that! Earlier this year, having said goodbye to our Head, Tanya Zanish-Belcher, in February and anticipating the departure of Collections Archivist Michele Christian in August, […]

  10. For years I did family research, civil war history, sports’ history etc and worked with University libraries all over the nation. The best by far was Iowa State and to me that all pointed to Tanya and her leadership. Iowa State wa so lucky to have her and it seems they knew it. Thanks Tanya.


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