Meet the Candidates!

During the Business Meeting at our April 8 conference, members will be electing next year’s officers. These are the candidates selected by the Nominating Committee:

Kathelene Smith, candidate for President
I have been the Artifacts, Textiles, and Digital Projects Archivist at the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives at UNCG since 2010. I received a MA in Art History from Louisiana State University and a MLIS in Library and Information Studies from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In 2012, I served as Local Arrangements Chairman for the SNCA Conference in Greensboro and as SNCA’s Assistant Program Chair for Local Arrangements in 2013 for the Tri-State Conference.

Rebecca Petersen, candidate for Vice President/Program Chair
I have worked as Access Archivist at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library (ZSR) at Wake Forest University since November 2012. My responsibilities and interests include processing and collections management, web-archiving, outreach, and student management. 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 Access Archivist, I worked at ZSR as Visiting Librarian and at the Library of Congress on the Veteran’s History Project and the LOOK Magazine Project. Since 2011, I have served on the SNCA board in the capacity of Chair of the Archives Week Committee. Eager to continue my work with SNCA, I am honored to be a candidate for Vice President/Program Chair.

Beth Ann Koelsch, candidate for Treasurer
I have been the curator of the Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project (WVHP) at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro since 2008. Previously, I worked as a project archivist at the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture at Duke University. I received my Masters in Library Science (MSLS) degree from the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2007 and my undergraduate degree from Duke University in 1990. This will be my second term as treasurer of SNCA. Prior to my first term on SNCA’s board, I also served as treasurer for the UNC- Chapel Hill student chapter of the Society of American Archivists.

Amy McDonald, candidate for Education Chair
Amy McDonald has been the Assistant University Archivist for the Duke University Archives since 2010. She received her MSLS from the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2008. She currently maintains SNCA’s Twitter feed.

Kristen Merryman, candidate for Publications
Kristen Merryman is currently the Digital Production Manager at the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center. Previously, she served as Digital Project Librarian on several grant funded projects at North Carolina State University, including Cultivating a Revolution and Beaux Arts to Modernism. Other institutions she has worked in across the state include the State Archives, the North Carolina Museum of History, and Tannenbaum Historic Park in Greensboro. She received her MSLS from UNC-Chapel Hill with a concentration in Archives and Records Management and a MA in Public History from NCSU. She holds a BA in History and Political Science from UNC-Greensboro. Having been involved in the cultural resource field in North Carolina for over 10 years and a SNCA member since 2008, including serving as Member-at-Large last year, she is excited about the opportunity to serve her fellow archival colleagues on the board as Publications Chair and assist in helping publish the important work being done in the field in North Carolina.

Tanya Zanish-Belcher, candidate for Archives Week Chair
In March 2013, Tanya Zanish-Belcher was named Director of Special Collections and University Archivist for Wake Forest University. She received her B.A. in History from Ohio Wesleyan University and an M.A. in Historical and Archival Administration from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She worked as a Special Collections Archivist at the Alabama Dept. of Archives and History from 1989-1994. In 1995, she became the Curator for the Archives of Women in Science and Engineering at the Iowa State University Library, and in 1998 was promoted to Head of the Special Collections Department and Head of the University Archives at Iowa State. Zanish-Belcher has a special interest in advocacy and sharing archives with local communities and has given numerous presentations to local and regional groups, as well as professional organizations such as the Midwest Archives Conference (MAC) and the Society of American Archivists (SAA). She is a Past President of MAC and is currently a member of SAA Council (2012-2015).

Caitlin Christian-Lamb, candidate for Member at Large
I am the Associate Archivist for Davidson College, a newly created position that I assumed in October 2013. I received a M.S. in Library and Information Science (with a concentration in archives management) and a M.A. in History from Simmons College. Prior to joining Davidson’s staff, I held positions as the project producer/ research assistant of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University’s metaLAB (at) Harvard project, as a research associate at the Massachusetts Historical Society’s Adams Papers Editorial Project, and as the first on-staff archivist and records manager at the Nichols House Museum. You can find out more about my work at my website: www.caitlinchristianlamb.com. I have been a member of SNCA since moving to North Carolina, and am looking forward to meeting and working with my fellow North Carolina archivists!

Norma Riddle, candidate for Member at Large
Norma Myers Riddle joined the faculty of Carol Grotnes Belk Library and Information Commons and as the University Archivist and Director of Records Management in July 2010. In August 2012, she became the Coordinator for Special Collections. She came to Appalachian from East Tennessee State University where she served as the Director of the Archives of Appalachia. Norma has a Bachelor of Science degree with majors in History, Anthropology/Sociology, and Political Science, and a Master of Arts degree in history with coursework in archival administration from East Tennessee State University. In addition, she finished a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Tennessee in 1991. Her professional service has included Program Chair of the Appalachian Studies Conference, and President of Tennessee Archivists and representative on the governing committee of Southern Archivists Conference.

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Award brings conservator to UNCW Library

March 28, 2014
Story submitted by: Adina Riggins

Johnson taking light meter readings

Johnson taking light meter readings

Randall Library won a grant award from the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) allowing Special Collections and University Archives to bring a preservation specialist to UNCW to assess these unique collections. The Preservation Assistance Grant (PAG) for Smaller Institutions paid for Matthew S. (“Matt”) Johnson of Etherington Conservation Services (ECS) to spend March 17-21 in Special Collections and University Archives for the survey. Next Mr. Johnson will produce a written report of his findings and recommendations for improving collection care.

Mr. Johnson, Senior Rare Book Conservator at ECS in Browns Summit, NC, has been with the company since 1993. He is a 1991 graduate of UNC-Greensboro, where he earned a BFA degree in Design and Printmaking. He trained directly under renowned conservator Don Etherington. Mr. Johnson’s responsibilities include staff training, project management, and advanced conservation.

The NEH PAG for Smaller Institutions helps small and mid-sized institutions—such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, cultural organizations, town and county records offices, and colleges and universities—improve their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections. These may include special collections of books and journals, archives and manuscripts, prints and photographs, moving images, sound recordings, or architectural plans and maps. UNCW was awarded $6,000 in January 2014 to fund the preservation assessment.

For more information: http://library.uncw.edu/archives_special/dub_collections/NEH_PAG_at_UNCW

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2014 Conference Hotel Information

Hotel Options:

Option 1
Comfort Suites Arena
1200 Hurricane Alley Way
Raleigh, NC 27607
(919) 854-0502
http://www.comfortsuites.com/hotel-raleigh-north_carolina-NC385
$89 plus tax
10 rooms available with 2 beds in each

Reserve by phone and ask for SNCA group rate.
Reservations should be made before March 28.

Option 2
Holiday Inn Express
3741 Thistledown Dr Raleigh, NC 27606
(919) 854-0001
$95 plus tax
10 rooms available with 2 beds in each

Reserve online here or by phone 919-854-0001 or 1-800-HOLIDAY. Guest should request group code SNC or group title SNCA- Society of Archivists. Reservations should be made no later than March 24.

To register for the 2014 conference, visit the conference web page.

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Knights of Pythias Donation to ECU’s Joyner Library

February 28, 2014
Story submitted by: Dawn Wainwright

Left to Right:  Bill Spade, Jan Lewis, Joyner Library interim dean, Dale Sauter, Manuscripts and Rare Books interim head of service, and Neill Lindsay.

Left to Right: Bill Spade, Jan Lewis, Joyner Library interim dean, Dale Sauter, Manuscripts and Rare Books interim head of service, and Neill Lindsay.

Neill Lindsay, Grand Chancellor and Bill Spade, Grand Secretary, both of the Grand Lodge Knights of Pythias Domain of North Carolina donated $1,000 on behalf of the group to Joyner Library’s Manuscripts and Rare Books Department in December 2013.  The funds will assist in the processing of the Knights of Pythias Grand Lodge, Domain of North Carolina Records collection which is housed in the ECU Manuscript Collection.  The collection dates back to May 2009 and contains records (1873-2010) of the fraternal secret society Knights of Pythias Grand Lodge, Domain of North Carolina. Records include biennial and annual reports of local lodges, the Records of Proceedings for the annual sessions of the Grand Lodge, financial records, constitutions and bylaws, publications and items such as the 1909 Pythian Service Book.

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Announcing the 2014 SNCA Pre-Conference Workshop

See below for details on the 2014 SNCA Pre-Conference Workshop. Registration for the workshop and the conference will open March 1st.

On Display: Basic Exhibits for Librarians and Archivists

Description: The creation of exhibits and displays is one of the many creative tasks that librarians and archivists are called upon to do, but few have acquired this training in library school.  This workshop will provide an overview of the basics of exhibit planning, design, and fabrication.   Topics that will be covered include interpretation strategies, exhibit labels, physical layout and organization, conservation issues related to the display of original materials, and the fabrication and installation of exhibit components. Participants will have the opportunity to fabricate simple exhibit elements.   Participants are encouraged to submit questions prior to the workshop or bring photos of display areas for which they need advice.

Date: Monday, April 7, 2014

Location: State Library of North Carolina, Room 208

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Instructors: Linda Jacobson, Keeper, North Carolina Collection Gallery, UNC-CH; Rachel Reynolds,  Wilson Special Collections Library Exhibits Curator, UNC-CH; and Andrea Knowlton, Conservator, Wilson Special Collections Library, UNC-CH

Cost: $25. All materials will be provided.  Lunch on your own.

Participation is limited to 15.  

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ECU’s Joyner Library Announces Addition to the Stuart Wright Collection

February 7, 2014
Story submitted by: Dawn Wainwright

Selections from the Welty portfolio.

Selections from the Welty portfolio.

East Carolina University’s Joyner Library is pleased to announce a new treasure found in our Stuart Wright Collection recently given to us by a private donor.  Housed in the Manuscripts and Rare Books Department on the 4th floor, is a portfolio publication containing prints of twenty photographs taken by Eudora Welty in the 1930s and published by Wright’s Palaemon Press in 1980.  Our copy is number I of a total of twenty portfolios signed on each mount by Welty.

The Wright Collection consists of more than 3,000 printed works and 5,000 manuscripts. Included are portions of the private libraries of Eberhart, who taught for many years at Dartmouth College, the English poet Donald Davie, and such southern writers as Jarrell, John Crowe Ransom, Peter Hillsman Taylor, and Robert Penn Warren, as well as first editions of books they wrote. Many of the books contain significant inscriptions, annotations, and insertions that shed light on the writers’ thought processes and their relationships with their peers. The collection also contains significant manuscript material, including notebooks, letters, and literary works by Madison Smartt Bell, Eberhart, Jarrell, Ransom, Taylor, and Warren.  Other writers represented by books or manuscripts include Cleanth Brooks, Robert Lowell, Lytle, Merrill Moore, Katherine Anne Porter, William Styron, Allen Tate, and Eudora Welty.

Ralph Scott, Assistant Head of Special Collections for Public Services, with a selection of items from the Welty portfolio.

Ralph Scott, Assistant Head of Special Collections for Public Services, with a selection of items from the Welty portfolio.

For more information about the rich materials in the Stuart Wright Collection, contact Dale Sauter at 252.328.0275.

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New Associate Archivist at Davidson College

January 31, 2014
Story submitted by: Jan Blodgett

Davidson College’s new Associate Archivist is Caitlin Christian-Lamb. She previously held positions at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society’s metaLAB (at) Harvard project, the Massachusetts Historical Society’s Adams Papers, the Nichols House Museum (Boston, MA). She completed a B.A. in History at Purchase College, State University of New York in 2009, and a M.S. in Library and Information Science (with a concentration in archives management) and M.A. in History at Simmons College in 2013, where she received the Graduate History Program’s Award for Excellence in Thesis Research and Writing for “Going Down in History: The Collective Memory of the Titanic.” A former New Yorker (with stops in Boston, MA; Austin, TX; and Washington, DC), Caitlin is passionate about collective memory, the relationship(s) between history and pop culture, digital humanities, archival theory, markup languages, cross-departmental and cross-institutional collaborations, cataloging, pizza, hockey, and traveling as much as possible. You can find out more about her work at her website: www.caitlinchristianlamb.com.  As Associate Archivist, Caitlin is taking a lead in digital projects, especially ones connected to the college’s new digital studies initiative.

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2014 SNCA Conference: Call for Posters!!

January 21, 2014
Submitted by: Katie Nash

This year SNCA will be holding a day long annual conference at North Carolina State University (McKimmon Center) on April 8, 2014. Sarah Koonts, the State Archivist, will be our keynote speaker. Please save the date on your calendar if you are interested in attending the SNCA conference—we look forward to seeing you there!

The theme of this year’s conference is Connect, Create, and Celebrate: Archives in the 21st Century. The programming/planning committee is now accepting applications for conference poster proposals.

Please read the  conference poster proposal document (see below) and email your abstract to Kathelene Smith at kmsmi24@uncg.edu by Friday, February 21. You will be notified at the end of February/early March whether or not your poster has been accepted.

SNCA conference registration, schedules, and local arrangement information will be coming in the next few weeks. Please email any questions to Katie Nash (knash@elon.edu) or Kathelene Smith (kmsmi24@uncg.edu). For the link below, either click the link or press CTRL and click the link to be directed to the Word document.

SNCA_Posters_Proposal_2014

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2014 SNCA Conference: Call for Session Proposals!

January 21, 2014
Submitted by: Katie Nash

This year SNCA will be holding a day long annual conference at North Carolina State University (McKimmon Center) on April 8, 2014. Sarah Koonts, the State Archivist, will be our keynote speaker. Please save the date on your calendar if you are interested in attending the SNCA conference—we look forward to seeing you there!

The theme of this year’s conference is Connect, Create, and Celebrate: Archives in the 21st Century. The programming/planning committee is now accepting applications for conference session proposals and lightening round sessions. Please note that one lightening round session will be dedicated to graduate students—so please share this announcement with graduate students you may know or work with.

Please complete the conference session proposal application (see below) and email to Kathelene Smith at kmsmi24@uncg.edu by Friday, February 21. You will be notified at the end of February/early March whether or not your session proposal has been accepted.

SNCA conference registration, schedules, and local arrangement information will be coming in the next few weeks. Please email any questions to Katie Nash (knash@elon.edu) or Kathelene Smith (kmsmi24@uncg.edu). For the link below, either click the link or press CTRL and click the link to be directed to the Word document application.

SNCA_Session_Proposal_2014

 

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UNCG Now Houses Local Neighborhood Archives

January 10, 2014
Story submitted by: Ann Stringfield

Fisher Park neighborhood entrance sign, Greensboro, NC

A first in Greensboro, NC–the Fisher Park Neighborhood Association (FPNA) created their own neighborhood archive which recently was accepted into the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collection and University Archives at UNCG.

SNCA member and 25-year Fisher Park Neighborhood resident Ann Stringfield, M.S.L.S., received grants from the state’s Traveling Archivist program and from Building Stronger Neighborhoods of the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro.   Those resources facilitated hiring a UNCG library school student and garnered volunteerism of neighbors and archivists to organize the collection and develop a finding aid, culminating in transfer to UNCG Archives.  In cooperation with the neighborhood, UNCG staff will digitize specific portions of the collection through their “Preserving Local History:  A Field-Based Digitization Pilot Project.”  A passionate proponent of neighborhoods, Stringfield values “neighborhoods as the primary social unit between a family and their community.  Neighborhood archives provide a genuine reflection of people in their own time and place.”  Those interested in neighborhood archives are welcome to contact Ann Stringfield at InfoCrofters@triad.rr.com.

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