In and Around VALL: Ashley Vavra

submitted by Gail Warren
On January 25, 2019, Ashley N. Vavra joined the Virginia State Law Library as our new librarian-archivist.
Ashley is from Gloucester, Virginia and now lives in Henrico with her husband, Dylan, who she met as an undergraduate at the University of Richmond. She enjoys indoor rock climbing, hiking, spending time near the James River, seeing new places, baking for friends, and reading novels while snuggling with her two cats.
Ashley attended the University of Richmond, graduating in 2014 with a BA in History and earning the distinction of Phi Beta Kappa.  Later that year, she began working at the University of Richmond Law School Library and, while working in various positions, pursued her Master’s Degree in Information Science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  Most recently, Ashley worked as the digital collections and archives associate at the law school library under Molly Lentz-Meyer.
In her role as librarian-archivist, Ashley will continue the good work begun by Catherine OBrion in identifying, documenting and directly the safekeeping of judicial branch archival records and other historically significant items in the Supreme Court of Virginia Archives.  She will coordinate our Oral History Program and other projects, including the creation of court’s “Judicial Learning Center” exhibit, to be opened on the first floor of the Supreme Court Building later this year, and conducting tours of the courtroom and our portrait collection for students, private individuals, and civic and charitable organizations.  Ashley is already busy reviewing our archival records and processes, and preparing her tour script.
Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Ashley and look for her at the VALL meeting in May at Hunton Andrews Kurth!

Ashley hiking Old Rag in the Shenandoah National Park

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