Thanks to science librarian Peter Fritzler, surfing at Randall Library means much more than browsing the Internet.
Fritzler, faculty advisor for the UNCW Surf Club, is documenting the history of surfing in North Carolina, with an emphasis on the sport's local history. He is cataloging and photographing donated art, music, films, images, posters, t-shirts and surfboards (of course!) for the Cape Fear Surfing Archive, a sub-collection of the library's Special Collections unit.
Fritzler, who holds a B.A. in history from Virginia Wesleyan College as well as an M.S. in information science from the University of Tennessee, sees a great value in documenting our coastal university's surfing history. An avid surfer himself, he says, “Surfing enjoys a rich legacy in coastal North Carolina. Yet its history, foundations, development, and impact on the region’s cultural fabric or economic landscape has not been comprehensively documented or understood. With extensive documentation and preservation of the region’s surfing history, William Randall Library ultimately hopes to provide a forum where current and future generations of scholars, students, and community members can study, enjoy, and actively celebrate this special aspect of life in the Cape Fear Region.”
As science librarian, Fritzler provides reference, instruction and research support to the departments of Biology and Marine Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Environmental Studies, Geography and Geology, Honors Scholars College, Mathematics and Statistics and Physics and Physical Oceanography.