Contributed by Dawn Schmitz
The J. Murrey Atkins Library at UNC Charlotte has received a third and final year of funding to complete its digitization project, Living Charlotte: The Postwar Development of a New South City. With a $100,000 grant awarded by the State Library of North Carolina, plus matching funds, project staff will digitize 55 oral history interviews and 19,000 manuscript pages documenting the enormous economic and social changes in the Charlotte region from approximately 1944 to 1987. Included will be materials from its project partner, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room.
This year, the award also includes funding for the project coordinator to travel the state offering free onsite digitization consulting, advice, and training to small libraries and archives seeking to make their cultural heritage materials available online. Institutions seeking support to digitize items such as personal papers, publications, and photographs are encouraged to take advantage of this service. This program will run through June 30, 2016, and consulting will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
If you would like to learn more about these consulting services, please contact Rita Johnston, Digitization Project Librarian, at 704-687-1431 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the grant in general, please contact Dawn Schmitz, principal investigator and Interim Head of Special Collections, at 704-687-1674 or email@example.com.
This grant is made possible by funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.