UNC Charlotte’s Atkins Library receives LSTA digitization grant

August 1, 2014
Story submitted by: Rita Johnston

“To G. I.'s, 'welcome home' : Charlotte, North Carolina.” Published by the City of Charlotte.

“To G. I.’s, ‘welcome home’ : Charlotte, North Carolina.” Published by the City of Charlotte.

The State Library of North Carolina has awarded a second year of LSTA grant funding to Atkins Library Special Collections at UNC Charlotte to digitize and build a digital resource titled Living Charlotte: The Postwar Development of a New South City. The Project Access & Digitization Grant award is just shy of $100,000, and with matching funds from Atkins Library, the total project budget exceeds $109,000. The grant is made possible through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), funded through the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), a federal grant making agency, and administered through the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources. The project website and digitized materials can be viewed here: http://livingcharlotte.uncc.edu/. Continue reading

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Exhibit at WFU School of Medicine

July 25, 2014
Story submitted by: Dianne Johnson

Wake Forest School of Medicine/Dorothy Carpenter Medical Archives’ newest online exhibit is Katherine Davis: Miss Bowman Gray. The exhibit shares photographs of Miss Davis during her long career here at the medical school as well as memories from people that knew her well. She began as secretary to the registrar in 1942 and continued working, even after official retirement, until close to her time of death in early 2013. She was known for her quiet and kind demeanor. She was also known for her sharp memory and documentation of materials. The Archives’ other exhibits are here.

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UNCG University Archives Awarded University Libraries’ 2015 Innovation and Enrichment Grant

July 11, 2014
Story submitted by: Erin Lawrimore

University Archivist Erin Lawrimore has been awarded the UNCG University Libraries’ Innovation and Enrichment Grant for 2014-2015. Her project will focus on enhancing access to oral history recordings conducted by staff of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) as part of the UNCG Institutional Memory Project. Continue reading

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Call for Submission: Archives Month 2014 Poster and Bookmark

Dear SNCA Members,

The SNCA Archives Month Committee invites you to submit images to be used in promotional materials in support of North Carolina Archives Month, October 2014. Images should be in keeping with our theme, “North Carolina at Play: Health and Leisure in Our State.”

Potential topics for images include:

Leisure activities such as bicycling, dancing, and gardening
Physical activities, such as running or playing games
Competitive and recreational sports
Physical education
Hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation

The SNCA Archives Month Committee welcomes any kind of visual image, including photographs and postcards. Use of materials will be limited to Archives Month posters, bookmarks and other advertising materials for SNCA Archives Month 2014 only, and will not be otherwise published.

Please submit your images via the following form, url appears below. If your image is selected, we will be back in contact to obtain the image at a higher resolution:

Images must be submitted no later than July 25!

For additional information about planning an Archives Month event at your institution, please see a past planning guide:

Many thanks!

SNCA Archives Month Committee

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ECU’s Joyner Library receives grant

June 20, 2014
Story submitted by: Dale Sauter

Unto These Hills, Eagle Dance. Photo by Chris McCoy.

Unto These Hills, Eagle Dance. Photo by Chris McCoy.

The National Archives’ National Historical Publications and Records Commission has awarded a grant to the Special Collections Division at East Carolina University’s Joyner Library to process the archives of the Institute of Outdoor Theatre. With matching funds from ECU, Joyner Library, and the IOT, the total project budget exceeds $119,500, according to Dr. Michael C. Hardy, director of the IOT, which is located at the university. Continue reading

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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
$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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