THATCamp Community Archives at UNC March 21

THATCamp Community Archives is being held on March 21, 2015 at the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History at UNC-Chapel Hill.  It is free and open to anyone who wishes to participate.  THATCamp Community Archives will create a space for sharing tips, techniques and tools for using technology when working with cultural heritage material. In small-group, hands-on sessions, THATCamp Community Archives will highlight low/no cost, easy-to-use solutions for institutions of all sizes and users of all kinds.  The deadline to register is Friday, March 6.

To learn more, view the flyer and visit

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Registration ends on Monday, March 2nd!

Make sure you register for the 2015 SNCA Annual Conference soon! Registration for the conference and workshop is ending on Monday, March 2nd.

See the SNCA 2015 Conference Schedule, poster session information, and workshop description online.

This year’s conference will include a silent auction, a dessert and drinks reception at the Greenville Museum of Art, and optional tours of ECU’s Joyner Library Special Collections.

You can see all the details of the conference in the SNCA 2015 Conference Schedule.

SNCA is also seeking moderators for panel sessions. If you are interested in serving as a panel session moderator, please fill out this form.

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Call for Moderators- 2015 Annual Conference

SNCA is seeking moderators for the March 12-13, 2015 Annual Conference in Greenville, NC. Moderators will gather bios from presenters, introduce panel presenters, and coordinate any presentation needs for a panel. Moderators are required to register for the conference.

Please fill out this form if you are interested in serving as a panel moderator at the SNCA 2015 Annual Conference.

The SNCA 2015 Conference Schedule,  poster session descriptions, and workshop description are now available!

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SNCA Conference Schedule

The SNCA 2015 Conference Schedule  and poster session descriptions are now available! Conference registration will end March 3rd, 2015. Read more about optional tours of ECU’s Special Collections, a social at Winslow’s on the evening of  Wednesday, March 11th, and the Greenville Museum of Art Reception on the evening of Thursday, March 12th.

Workshop information can be found here.

Hotel Room Block Info: (please note the group price cut-off dates!)

Holiday Inn Express, Greenville, NC ($99 + tax) cut-off date 2/25/2015

  • Book online using this quick link:
  • Book by calling (252) 754-8300 and request Society of North Carolina Archivists

Hilton, Greenville, NC (group rate unavailable) cut-off date 2/11/2015

Register today!

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Meet the SNCA Board Candidates

During the business meeting at the March 12-13 conference in Greenville, members with be electing new officers for all open SNCA board positions.  These are the candidates selected by the Nominating Committee:

Rebecca Peterson, candidate for President
Currently the Public Services Archivst at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library (ZSR) at Wake Forest University, my responsibilities include reference, access, outreach, student managament, and instruction. I received my MLIS from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a BA in American Studies and Art History from the George Washington University. Prior to becoming Public Servives Archivist, I worked at ZSR as Access Archivist and at the Library of Congress on the Veteran’s History Project and the LOOK Magazine Project. Beginning 2011, I have served on the SNCA board in the capacity of Chair of the Archives Week Committee, and Vice President/Program Chair. Eager to continue my work with SNCA, I am honored to be a candidate for President.

Jolie Braun, candidate for Vice President/Program Chair
I am Assistant Director at the Duke University Medical Center Archives, where I serve as the primary contact for reference and instruction requests, and promote the collections by curating exhibits, identifying materials for digitization, and collaborating with faculty and staff. Before coming to Duke, I worked at Washington University’s Modern Graphic History Library. I received an MLIS from San Jose State University and an MA in English from the University of California, Davis.

Katie Howell, candidate for Secretary
I am the Archivist for Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte where I have worked since August 2011. Previously, I worked as the Reference Archivist for the Austin History Center in Austin, Texas. I received my MSIS with a specialization in archives and records enterprise from the University of Texas at Austin. I also hold a BA in art history from DePaul University in Chicago. I have been a member of SNCA since 2011 and I am looking forward to continuing my involvement in the organization as a member of the Board.

Ann Cooper, candidate for Electronic Resources Chair
I am currently the Electronic Records Research Assistant at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Wilson Special Collections Library, a position I’ve held since September of 2013. I also have an MA and a PhD in History from the University of Texas at Austin and am a former history professor. I have been serving as the interim Electronic Records chair since our previous chair moved out of North Carolina last May.

Kathy Coker, candidate for Development Chair

Winnie Titchener, candidate for Membership Chair
Winnie Titchener has been Associate Archivist at the Biltmore Company (Asheville, NC) since 2012; at Biltmore, she splits her time between manuscript processing and heading the Estate’s growing oral history program. Previously, she worked as a graduate research assistant at the Southern Oral History Program in Chapel Hill. Winnie earned a Masters in Library Science degree from the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2011, as well as Bachelors degrees in English Literature and French from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2007. She served as Treasurer for the Information and Library Science Student Association at UNC-Chapel Hill and has served in the Society of American Archivists’ mentorship program since 2012, and is enthusiastic about serving the Society of North Carolina Archivists in this role.

Matthew Shangler, candidate for Member at Large
Matt Shangler is currently Head of Technical Services at the Duke Medical Center Archives. Matt earned an MA in Public History from NC State University in 2010 and a BA in History from UNC Greensboro in 2008. As a member of SNCA for the past few years, he is excited to become actively involved in the organization.

Stephanie Bennett, candidate for Member at Large
In January 2015, I joined Wake Forest University’s Special Collections and Archives as Collections Archivist. I am currently herding our collections around, as well as supporting aspects of outreach, digital initiatives, and digital preservation. Previously, I was a Project Archivist at Iowa State University, focusing on unprocessed congressional collections, and an Archives Assistant at Boston College, where I processed Boston-area materials. I received a M.S. in Library and Information Science with a concentration in Archives Management from Simmons College and a B.A. in English from Wake Forest University. I am an enthusiastic member of New England Archivists, Midwest Archives Conference, and the Society of American Archivists and am excited to return to NC and join the robust archives community here!

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Congratulations to the 2015 Williams Award and Jackson Scholarship Recipients!

SNCA’s Education Committee is proud to announce the recipients of this year’s student awards.

Jada Jones, a second-year student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Department of Library and Information Studies, is the recipient of this year’s C. David Jackson Memorial Student Scholarship. Her award will fully cover registration and expenses for attending SNCA’s upcoming annual conference, as well as a year’s membership in SNCA.

Jones is the Real Learning Connections Project Assistant at UNC-Greensboro’s Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives, where she has created and implemented a community outreach program targeting K-12 students and teachers interested in integrating primary sources into their curriculum. She is also pursuing a post-graduate certificate in Historic Preservation from UNC-Greensboro.

Rachel Walton, a second-year student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science, is the recipient of this year’s Gene J. Williams Student Paper Award. Walton’s paper, “Searching High and Low: Faceted Navigation as a Model for Archival Finding Aids,”which was written as part of her ongoing master’s paper research, will be published in the next issue of JSNCA.

Walton has interned in the records department at RTI International and worked as an assistant curator for Dryad, a scientific data repository. She is currently a Fellow at the Odum Institute for Social Science Research at UNC where she is developing curriculum for a massive open online course about responsible data management. Upon graduation in May of this year, she will be joining the archives and library staff at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida as the Digital Archivist and Records Management Coordinator.

Congratulations to both students!

Applications for next year’s awards will be accepted in the fall. Please watch the SNCA blog and listserv for announcements or contact the Education Committee chair ( for further information.

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The UNC at Greensboro Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project Website moves to a CONTENTdm platform

Submitted by Beth Koelsch

Thanks to the hard work of the UNCG Libraries Digital Projects Team, the Women Veterans Historical Project website is now on a ContentDM platform.

One of the primary objectives of the UNCG Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project (WVHP) is to maximize user accessibility to over 575 collections. The UNCG Libraries Digital Projects Team has digitized almost 3500 objects including photographs, correspondence and posters, and full text pdf transcripts of oral history interviews.

The former website

The former website

The new website

The new website

The most recent website for the WVHP had been built on an platform developed specifically for the WVHP by the Libraries’ Electronic Resources and Information Technologies Development team. This platform had a simple interface, but it also had liabilities such as lack of full text searching.

Some highlights of the new site:

  • Advanced search options allow users to search by era, branch, original format, collection,​ and date
  • Oral history transcripts are full text searchable
  • High​​er resolution images can be zoomed in and out as well as downloaded;
  • Pdf transcripts can be downloaded​
  • Allows for multipage documents, such as scrapbooks and recruiting booklets, to be viewed and downloaded
  • WVHP materials will be added to DPLA:​
  • End users are able to search, discover, and retrieve the digital items through
  • Users can comment on and tag items.

​Future plans for the site include adding audio and video files to accompany the related oral history transcripts.

To view the site visit:

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Early Registration Ends Friday! (And Hotel Info)

Early registration for SNCA’s 2015 Annual Conference ends Friday, February 13th, 2015. Conference registration will end March 3rd, 2015. Read more about optional tours of ECU’s Special Collections, a social at Winslow’s on the evening of  Wednesday, March 11th, and the Greenville Museum of Art Reception on the evening of Thursday, March 12th.

Workshop information can be found here.

Hotel Room Block Info: (please note the cut-off dates!)

Hilton, Greenville, NC ($119 + tax) cut-off date 2/11/2015

Holiday Inn Express, Greenville, NC ($99 + tax) cut-off date 2/25/2015

  • Book online using this quick link:
  • Book by calling (252) 754-8300 and request Society of North Carolina Archivists

A full conference program will be released soon!

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Inaugural exhibit opens at Mercy Heritage Center

Mercy Heritage Center, the national archives of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas in Belmont NC, recently held an open house for the general public, unveiling the inaugural exhibit “Civil War Sisters: Healing the Wounds of a Nation.” On January 31, visitors were welcomed to Mercy Heritage Center to view the exhibit and interact with guest re-enactors, including Rex Hovey and friends from the 13th North Carolina Regiment. Archivist Sister Paula Diann Marlin donned the traditional Mercy habit and answered questions as Sister Augustine McKenna, a Sister of Mercy who served in the Union hospital at New Bern, NC during the Civil War.


In 1843 the Sisters of Mercy first arrived in the United States, settling in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Within four years they opened the first Mercy Hospital in the world. They soon established more communities across the country, operating hospitals and opening nursing schools as well. When the Civil War broke out both sides were woefully unprepared for the flood of wounded and dying from the battlefields. The only trained nurses were women religious. Of the 640 Catholic sisters that served during the Civil War, 100 were Sisters of Mercy. The sisters’ actions included nursing the wounded, organizing housekeeping, cooking, distributing food, and providing laundry services. Often they risked death by tending to patients with contagious diseases. They cared for Union and Confederate soldiers alike: officers and enlisted men, rich and poor, no matter their religion or heritage.

This exhibit will be open to the public on Thursdays from 1-5 pm and by appointment. For more information, contact Mercy Heritage Center Archivist Grant Gerlich, Be on the lookout for our upcoming online exhibit too!

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Workshops for 2015 Conference Open for Registration!

Registration for the two workshops offered during SNCA’s upcoming March 2015 conference is now open! Both workshops will be held on Wednesday, March 11th, 2015 at East Carolina University’s Joyner Library.

Coffee and snack breaks will be provided, but lunch will be on your own.

Comments or questions about the workshop offerings may be sent to the Education Committee Chair at

Artifacts Preservation Basics Workshop (co-sponsor: NC Connecting to Collections)

Date and Time: Wednesday, March 11th, 9:30 AM-3:30 PM

Location: Joyner Library, East Carolina University, room TBA

Description: The Artifact Preservation Basics Workshop introduces basic concepts of storage, handling, and exhibition for a variety of 3-dimensional materials—including textiles, ceramics & glass, wood, and metals. Break-out activities encourage discussion and networking. Possibilities for hand-on activities include: padding out costumes for boxed storage; rolling flat textiles; carving ethafoam cradle mounts for small objects; applying microcrystalline wax on finished wood and metals; adhering wood with hide glue; polishing silver; inserting mylar windows into archival boxes. The workshop will focus on low-cost, effective, preservation-appropriate materials and techniques.

Instructor: Adrienne Berney is NC Connecting to Collections’ preservation specialist. She has worked as an objects curator for a state history museum and as an interpreter at several historic houses and has a Ph.D. in American history. Berney has led collections care workshops for the C2C project since 2010.

Cost: $20

Attendance: 20 maximum

Registration for this workshop will be handled via the general conference registration process. During your registration, you will be asked to give your preferences for the hands-on activities presented during the workshop.


Digital Curation: Fundamentals for Digital Success (SAA Workshop #1597)

Date and Time: Wednesday, March 11th, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Location: Joyner Library, East Carolina University, room TBA

Description: Digital archives require professional curatorial practices just as paper archives do! In this course you’ll discover the differences and similarities between curating paper and electronic records, a system of best practices for digital curation, and review what any institution needs to implement to ensure the success of its own digital curation.


Upon completion of this course you’ll be able to:

  • Identify the components of team building and digital curation that are necessary to begin working towards a curation prototype in your institution.
  • Pinpoint areas to invest in locally to build knowledge and skills to meet the needs of a digital repository program at your institution.
  • Review existing digital repository characteristics that best illustrate roads to success.
  • Gain access to resources, guides, models, and best practices relevant to the digital curation/repository landscape.
  • Recognize and establish relationships within your organization to achieve a digital archives repository program.

This workshop is one of the Foundational Courses in the Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) Curriculum and Certificate Program.

(Description taken from the SAA course description.)

Read more about this workshop at SAA’s course site.

Instructor: Kari Smith joined the staff of the MIT Institute Archives and Special Collection in December 2011 as Digital Archivist where she is establishing process and procedures for acquiring and managing born-digital content. Previously she was the Head of the Visual Resource Collections and Media Services at the University of Michigan Department of the History of Art. Kari led the VRC through its ongoing transition from a predominantly slide library and image archives to a collection of digital image resources. She has been an instructor for the Digital Preservation Management workshops since 2008. Kari’s research interests include intellectual and long-term access to cultural material especially through interoperable metadata of digital objects. Kari earned her B.A. in International Relations from George Mason University and her M.S. in Information from the University of Michigan School of Information.

Engineering the Future, Digital Archives at MIT is her blog discussing the work and research into establishing and managing digital archives at MIT. Her professional website may be found at

Cost: Early bird registration is available through February 11th, 2015

  • SAA Member: $199 (early) / $269 (regular)
  • Employees of Member Institutions: $229 (early) / $299 (regular)
  • Nonmember: $259 (early) / $319 (regular)

Attendance: 35 maximum

Registration for this workshop will be handled via SAA’s course site.

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