Emily Vinson, audiovisual archivist and curator of the KUHT Collection at University of Houston Libraries Special Collections, is the recipient of the Rooks Early Career Librarian Fellowship.
The three-year fellowship supports a UH librarian in activities related to career development, such as professional memberships, conference fees, travel costs, research assistance, specialized equipment, and technology. “I am so honored to have been awarded the Rooks Early Career Librarian Fellowship and grateful to Dean Rooks and Dr. Rooks for creating this unique opportunity at UH Libraries,” said Vinson.
Vinson holds a Master of Science in information studies from the University of Texas at Austin, with a certificate of advanced study in preservation administration, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in history and art history from Tulane University. Prior to joining UH Libraries, Vinson was an archivist at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, New York Public Radio Archives, and New York Public Library.
The fellowship endowment was established by Dana Rooks and Charles W. (Mickey) Rooks, PhD. Dana Rooks served as dean of UH Libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell chair from 1997 to 2015. Charles Rooks joined the UH Cullen College of Engineering in January 2001 and served as director of the chemical engineering undergraduate lab. He also founded the Texas Diesel Testing and Research Center.