Melde Rutledge

Melde Rutledge
Melde Rutledge
Digital Collections Librarian
Special Collections & Archives

Melde Rutledge is the Digital Collections Librarian at Z. Smith Reynolds Library. He earned a Master’s of Library and Information Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He previously worked at Z. Smith Reynolds Library as the Specialist for Digitization and Metadata where he oversaw the digital production of ZSR Library’s rare and unique collections. Rutledge has notable experience in digitization, digital collections, metadata, library instruction, reference, writing and customer service. He has over eight years of experience in journalism, where he was granted the National Newspaper Publishers Association award as a staff writer. He is a member of the American Library Association (ALA), Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), and the North Carolina Library Association (NCLA).


Book Reviews

  • Rutledge, Melde. (2017). Digital Library Programs for Libraries and Archives: Developing, Managing, and Sustaining Unique Digital Collections. TECHNICAL SERVICES QUARTERLY, 34(3), 342-343.
  • Rutledge, Melde. (2016). Digitizing flat media: Principles and practices. TECHNICAL SERVICES QUARTERLY, 33(4), 478-479.


  • Rutledge, Melde, Ashelee, Gerald, Petersen, Rebecca, Zanish-Belcher, Tanya, & Turner, Finley. (2020, August). The Kingswood K-12 Alternative School Project: Providing Additional Educational Opportunities for Students and Teachers. ARCHIVES*RECORDS 2020, online. #
  • Rutledge, Melde. (2017, October). Who's Using Your Library's Unique Online Resources?: A Qualitative Look From Z. Smith Reynolds Library. North Carolina Library Association Biennial Conference, Winston-Salem, NC.

Committees & Offices Held

  • Association of College & Research Libraries, Digital Scholarship Section (DSS) Outreach Committee member. (July 1, 2017 - Present).
  • North Carolina Library Association, 2021 NCLA Conference Planning Committee member (2020-present). (January 8, 2017 - Present).