Barbara Semonche, the founder of The Herald-Sun’s news library and former director of the library at the UNC School of Journalism, died Wednesday. She was 82.
Mrs. Semonche was a pioneer in the field of news libraries. In 1976, she completed her Master of Library Science degree at UNC. That same year, she approached The Herald-Sun, which did not then have a library, and created library for the newspaper that included not only reference material but indexing and archiving of photographs and news stories. She directed the library until 1990, when she became director of the Park Library at the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Good friend, mentor, SLA leader.. we will miss you Barbara.. RIP…