New Library Technician in Preservation Services at UNC Greensboro

Contributed by Hollie Stevenson-Parrish

University Libraries welcomed Suzanne Sawyer as the new Library Technician in Preservation Services.

Sawyer earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Art Education from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Book Arts from the University of Alabama.

Prior to joining University Libraries, Sawyer was an Assistant Book and Paper Conservator for Etherington Conservation Services, a Book and Paper Conservation Technician at Emory University Libraries, an Education Director at Atlanta Printmakers Studio, an Instructor of Two Dimensional Design at the University of Alabama and a high school grade chair and art teacher at the Westminster Schools. Sawyer is also an exhibiting book artist and sculptor, as well as the proprietor of Down Home Girl Studio.

As Library Technician, Sawyer’s major categories of work include conservation for damaged materials and newly acquired materials; preservation of the University Libraries’ collections, which include the Harold Schiffman Music Library, Special Collections, University Archives, and the general Walter Clinton Jackson Library holdings; repairing rush items requested by patrons; and constructing special housing for unique items for both the general collections and holdings in Special Collections and University Archives.

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SNCA member scholarship

Contributed by Gwen Erickson

Gwen Gosney Erickson, Friends Historical Collection Librarian and College Archivist at Guilford College, has three new publications. Her book chapter, based on a presentation made in June of this year, offers a series of considerations for historians and archivists to reflect on as they study 20th century Quaker history and the history of Quaker founded institutions. Her feature article in Friends Journal, a national Quaker magazine, highlights the recent strategic planning process and transformation of Hege Library to Academic Commons with images from Guilford’s library over the past century. The online piece advocates for churches to use their designated archival repositories and to develop a understanding of collection management goals for their own libraries and history rooms. All three reflect on stereotypes, caution assumptions, and offer suggestions for deeper reflection on what we do and do not choose to value.

  • "Defining Quaker History in the Twentieth Century? Cultural Memory, Quaker Identity, and Archives," in An Early Assessment: U.S. Quakerism in the 20th Century: Papers from the Quaker History Roundtable, June 8 - 11, 2017, edited by Chuck Fager, 2017 (available in library [Quaker BX7637.F34 E27 2017] or for purchase through Amazon)
  • "Library as Metaphor: Entering a New Chapter," Friends Journal, November 2017 (online and print editions). https://www.friendsjournal.org/guilford-library/
  •  "Escaping the Dusty Bookcase," Friends Journal, November 2017 (online edition only). https://www.friendsjournal.org/dusty-bookcase/

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Western SNCA Social

Contributed by Sarah Downing

The western contingent of the Society of North Carolina Archivists met at Highland Brewing in East Asheville on November 3 for a social gathering. Represented were archivists from academic, state, and corporate settings as well as a retired archivist and two library science students.  Highland never fails to provide a relaxing setting for swapping shop stories and catching up with one another.

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Partnership between Forsyth County Public Library and Wings Over Winston

Contributed by Karen Feeney
The Forsyth County Public Library's North Carolina Collection is partnering with Wings Over Winston, an aerial photography company.  The staff of the North Carolina Collection will provide historical context for photographs taken by Wings Over Winston and posted on their Instagram account.  They have over 16,000 followers on Instagram, which gives the library lots of exposure and provides their followers with information about Winston-Salem.  This will be a great learning opportunity for the Winston-Salem community as well as for library staff who are researching the images.

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New Digital Archivist at UNC Charlotte

Contributed by Dawn Schmitz

J. Murrey Atkins Library Department of Special Collections and University Archives at UNC Charlotte is pleased and excited to welcome Tyler Cline, who started on September 1 in the position of digital archivist. He will be working with manuscript collections, university archives, and collaborating with library IT to develop standards, guidelines, and workflows for managing digital records in all formats.

Previously, Cline was the digital archivist at the American Heritage Center (AHC) at the University of Wyoming, where he developed policies and workflows for ingest and access to digital records. He also managed the AHC’s mass-digitization program. Working closely with Mark Greene, he implemented the principles of MPLP to provide access to large quantities of digital collection material in a timely manner.

Cline holds an MA in public history from California State University, Sacramento, where he worked at the California State Archives to process legislative collections.

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Well Crafted: A History of Downtown Greensboro Brewing

Contributed by Erin Lawrimore

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro University Libraries is excited to launch the new project “Well Crafted: A History of Downtown Greensboro Brewing.” This project will collect and promote the history of breweries in downtown Greensboro from the saloons of the 1890s to the craft breweries of today. We will be conducting oral history interviews with many of the key players in the downtown Greensboro brewing scene, digitizing materials related to local brewing history, and creating timelines and maps to help trace the changes in the brewing industry in Greensboro.

You can follow our progress and learn more about local beer history on our project website: http://www.wellcraftednc.com. We’re also active across a number of social media channels:

Also, stay tuned for details on a big project launch event in April 2018 (coinciding with North Carolina Beer Month)!

Image of the Cascade Saloon in Downtown Greensboro (1904-1905), taken from the pictorial promotional booklet “Southward the Sun of Progress Shines.”

Well Crafted is supported by the 2017-2018 UNCG University Libraries Innovation and Program Enrichment Grant Award. Project leaders are David Gwynn (ERIT), Richard Cox (ERIT), and Erin Lawrimore (SCUA). If you have questions, you can contact us through social media or at wellcraftednc AT gmail DOT com.

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New Processing Archivist in the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives

Contributed by Hollie Stevenson-Parrish

On August 1, University Libraries welcomed Patrick Dollar as the new Processing Archivist in the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA).

Dollar earned his bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a master’s degree in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also holds a Master’s degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG).

Prior to joining the University Libraries, Dollar served as a temporary archives assistant at UNCG as well as various student positions and internships at libraries across the state. He is interested in promoting access to archival materials and promoting diversity in archival collections.

As Processing Archivist, Dollar will assist the team at SCUA with processing collections, working with born digital materials, and promoting access to the collections through outreach and instruction.

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New Veterans Oral History Collection Online

Contributed by Matthew Peek

The Military Collection at the State Archives of North Carolina is excited to announce the launch of the digital Veterans Oral History Collection through the North Carolina Digital Collections. The Military Collection’s North Carolina Veterans Oral History Program has the goal to capture and provide access to the memories and experiences of military servicemen and servicewomen from North Carolina. The overall collection includes more than 1,100 oral history interviews, the majority of which are in analog formats and scheduled for future digitization. These 25 interviews in the digital collection—all conducted since 2015 with state-of-the-art digital audio recorders used by the State Archives—document veterans from World War II to the Iraq War as well as individuals serving during peacetime.

The interviews include:

  • a U.S. Army helicopter crew chief who flew missions in Cambodia during the Vietnam War
  • women who served during the integration of the Women’s Army Corps into the regular Army in 1978
  • a U.S. Air Force Russian language specialist conducting radio communications surveillance by aircraft of Soviet Union radio communications from the northern Arctic coast of Russia during the 1970s
  • a woman whose family farm was taken under eminent domain for the creation of Camp Butner in 1942.

There are also interviews with Vietnam War intelligence officers, U.S. Air Force communications specialists during the era around the September 11th attacks and the early days of the Iraq War, and a U.S. Army Air Force as a tail gunner with the 14th Air Force in China during WWII.  Additional interviews will be added as they are conducted in coming years.

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2017 Society of Georgia Archivists Annual Meeting

Documenting the Present: Archival Conscience and Proactive Archives

November 2-3, 2017

Documenting the Present reflects on the particular challenges archives face with contemporary material, and how archivists are preserving our present cultural environment for future generations.  How do we adapt and apply archival ethics and organizational concepts to new and emerging information and communication technology?  As advocates, how do we preserve our own work for future generations?

Documenting the Present is a demanding issue in archives, and one with which we all grapple.  The 2017 Conference Program Committee asks that you share your personal and institutional approaches to current archival procedures, and expound on the archival conscience in the face of changing technology, politics, and cultural values.

The SGA Program Committee is proud to announce Dr. Anne Gilliland as this year's keynote speaker. Dr. Gilliland is Professor and Director of the Archival Studies specialization in the Department of Information Studies, as well as Director of the Center for Information as Evidence, Graduate School of Education & Information Studies at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and Director of the Archival Education and Research Initiative.

The Committee is also delighted to announce Morna Gerrard as the plenary speaker. Ms. Gerrard is the archivist for the Women and Gender Collections at Georgia State University. She also serves as vice president of the Georgia LGBTQ Archives Project, as board member of the Georgia Archives Institute, and past president of the Society of Georgia Archivists.

Pre-conference Workshop: Access to Born-Digital Archives

This workshop is a bootcamp on how to provide access to born-digital archives based on the methods developed by the Born-Digital Access Group of the Digital Library Federation: https://www.diglib.org/groups/born-digital-access-group/ .

Registration information is not yet posted; please check back here for updates.

Date: November 1, 2017
-Member: $90
-NON member: $100

Annual meeting Registration
Early Bird Meeting Registration will run through Sept 15, 2017. Register Here.
-Member: $115
-NON member: $140
-Student: $80


Additional guest tickets may be purchased for lunch buffet and the reception. Register Here.
-Lunch buffet and Reception package: $40
-Lunch buffet only: $25
-Reception only: $20

Interested in Vendor Exhibition and Sponsorship? Our annual meeting is a great opportunity for you to share the message about your company and products to attendees. This meeting brings together professional archivists from corporate, academic, government, and private institutions in Georgia and the southeast region for an exciting two days of scholarship and networking. Vendor registration will run through Sept 18, 2017. Register Here.

Venue Information: Nestled among the North Georgia Mountains, Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa is the premier North Georgia mountain destination that quietly redefines the typical mountain getaway. Enjoy exceptional accommodations against the backdrop of breathtaking Blue Ridge splendor, as you engage in SGA activities and network with your colleagues.

Brasstown Valley Resort

6321 U.S. 76
Young Harris, GA 30582
Rate: $169/night
Resort Service Fee: $15/night (includes self-parking and other amenities)
Resort registration is now open:
-Follow the link above and click on the ‘check availability’ button at the bottom of the page.
-enter arrival/departure dates and click on the ‘click here for special rates’ arrow box.
-type in the GROUP code box: SOC1031 (SOC letters 1031 numbers).
-click on green ‘check availability’ button -select room type and make reservation.

We look forward to seeing you at our 2017 Annual Meeting!
All the best,

Andrea Richardson ( localarrangements@soga.org )
SGA 2017 Local Arrangements Chair

Angela Stanley ( program@soga.org )
SGA 2017 Program Chair

Holly Croft ( education@soga.org )
SGA 2017 Education Chair

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WRA Celebrates Five Years!

Contributed by Sarah Downing

When Heather South arrived at the Western Regional Archives (WRA) five years ago, she was quickly immersed in the history and culture of the North Carolina mountains and quick to welcome the many researchers who came seeking information.

The WRA opened its doors in 2012.  During that time, they have assisted more than 11,000 researchers from 34 states and 20 countries, added new collections, and put to good use more than 8,200 hours of volunteer time. Research traffic and donations were so overwhelming that an additional archivist, Sarah Downing, was brought on board only 30 months later.

South and Downing, along with the Special Collections Supervisor of the State Archives of North Carolina, Donna Kelly, hosted a small reception on Friday, August 11, and welcomed patrons, volunteers, friends, history buffs to mark the five-year milestone. Although the weather was on the damp and dreary side, it was all sunshine and smiles at the WRA. Fifty people attended the memorable occasion.

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