Archivist Ashley Till joins Whittaker Library staff

Sunday, April 6, 2008


Ashley Till recently joined the staff of SC State’s Miller F. Whittaker Library as the coordinator of the Historical Collection, archivist, and instructor.

As the coordinator of the Historical Collection, Till acquires and processes materials for the historical collection, cultivates relationships that encourage the donation of materials and funding, arranges and oversees the transfer of documents and collections; initiates proposals to generate funding for the preservation of collections, and promotes the public interest and support of historical documents through workshops, correspondence, flyers, and other promotional and educational activities.

“The archivist’s position is critical to documenting the history of the University and making these materials available for research,” said Mary Smalls, dean, Library and Information Sciences. “Ms. Till is here to fill that need,” she continued.

A native of Orangeburg, S.C., Till attended Felton Laboratory on the campus of SC State and graduated from Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School.

Till received her bachelor of arts degree in Anthropology and Human Ecology from Emory University in Atlanta, Ga; a master degree in Anthropology from Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, CO; and a master of arts degree in Library and Information Science (MLIS) from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C.

While completing her degree in Anthropology, Till’s research included conducting fieldwork in South Africa on natural resource use and environmental, social and political constraints in an agricultural community two years after apartheid in South Africa ended.

Till is active in the Orangeburg community. She serves on the Advocacy Committee for Orangeburg Consolidated Five and holds membership with several other civic organizations.