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Susan M Swiatosz

Head of Special Collections

Library | Academic Affairs Division

Areas of Expertise

Library and information Science

Archival Management

Archival Conservation

Collection Development


  • MLS Information and Library Science, Pratt Institute 2003
  • MS Historic Preservation, Columbia University 1983
  • BA History (minor Anthropology/Archaeology), Colorado State University 1980


Susan Swiatosz has been an archivist for over 15 years. After a career as a historic preservationist in New York City, Susan received her MLIS at Pratt Institute in 2003 with a focus in archives and records management. She was awarded both the George Simor Merit Award in Archival Management and the Pratt Circle Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement. Susan worked for several years in the Washington D.C. area with the archival consulting firm History Associates, Inc. She moved back to her home state of Florida in 2005 where she served as a children’s librarian in Broward County, as the ‘lone arranger’ at the Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, and most recently as the archivist at the Boynton Beach City Library. Susan is active in regional and state archival groups, having served as President of the Society of Florida Archivists 2017-2018. Susan relocated to Jacksonville in 2018 where she is the Head of Special Collections and University Archives at the University of North Florida. She holds a BA from Colorado State University in History and a MS in Historic Preservation from Columbia University.


  • ACA Certified Archivist (2004-2009)
  • Earned the George Simor Merit Award in Archival Management (2003) and the Pratt Circle Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement (2003)
  • Lifetime member, Theta Chapter of Beta Phi Mu, the International Library and Information Studies Honor Society (2003)
  • Member, Phi Alpha Theta, the History Honor Society (1979)


  • Society of Florida Archivists (SFA)
    • 2018-2019 Past President, Nominating Committee chair
    • 2017-2018 President
    • 2016-2017 Vice President/President elect, Florida Archives Month Committee chair, executive board liaison with the Annual Meeting Local Arrangements Committee
    • 2014-2016 Director, Executive Board
    • 2013-2014 Awards committee chair
  • Society of American Archivists (SAA)
    • 2014-2015 Mentored a new archivist as part of the SAA mentoring program

Grants and Contracts Awarded

2017 Library Services and Technology Grant (LSTA) - $35,000 grant for microfilming and digitizing The Lake Worth Herald, collaborative project between the Boynton Beach City Library, the Lake Worth Public Library, and The Lake Worth Herald, Inc.

Publications & Presentations

  • Presented poster at Society of Florida Archivists (SFA) Annual Meeting, Topic – Sparking Joy in the University of North Florida Rare Books Collection, Miami (2019)
  • Co-presented session at SFA Annual Meeting, Topic – Helping Each Other: An Overview of the Florida Connecting to Collections’ Developing Emergency Plans Program, St. Petersburg, FL (2017)
  • Presented poster at SEFLIN Regional Conference, Topic – Wrapping it Up: Partnering in Digitization Projects, Miami, FL (2015)

Contact Information

(904) 620-2615