In Memoriam: Rabia Gibbs

Rabia-GibbsRabia Gibbs, an assistant professor and librarian, passed away on June 15.

Gibbs joined the UT Libraries in 2010 as a diversity resident librarian. In 2012 she was appointed digital services and access librarian in Special Collections. Gibbs was enthusiastic about digitizing manuscript materials to create digital special collections such as the recently published Digital Civil War Collection. This year she received a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission to digitize historical records for the World War II Oral History Migration Project.

Gibbs served on the Diversity Council of the Society of American Archivists and was formerly editor of the organization’s Archives and Archivists of Color Newsletter.

Prior to receiving her master’s in library and information science from the University of Pittsburgh, she taught at several schools in Philadelphia.

Gibbs’s colleagues will miss her keen intellect, tremendous work ethic, humility, courage, and sharp wit.

Funeral services will be held this week in Gibbs’s hometown of Philadelphia.

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