Updates from the Veterans History Project (VHP): VHP Director Karen Lloyd Retires

After 16 years of service with the Library, including four and a half years as the director of the Veterans History Project, Karen Lloyd retired from the Library of Congress on April 9th. Recently, she led a number of significant efforts to develop women veterans’ collections including a nascent collaborative agreement to pursue collections with the Veteran Administration’s Center for Women Veterans. During her tenure, VHP also expanded outreach to more Native/Indigenous veterans to preserve their stories as part of VHP’s collections.
The Library is enthusiastic about building on these accomplishments and other great programs developed during Karen Lloyd’s tenure at the Veterans History Project. Including Ms. Lloyd, over the 20 year history of VHP’s five directors, Ellen McCulloch Lovell, Beverly Lindsay, Diane Kresh and Bob Patrick led the development of a remarkable repository highlighting the first-person experiences of US veterans now resulting in over 111,000 individual collections housed in the American Folklife Center (AFC). The next director will be well positioned to help usher VHP into a new realm of collections stewardship and digital discovery, together with the American Folklife Center they will align practices and increase access to the collections. The Library will begin the process of announcing the position and selecting a new VHP Director in the near future. In the interim, AFC Director Betsy Peterson will serve as Acting Director for the Veterans History Project.  
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