2018 Thornton W. Mitchell Service Award Winner

Contributed by Karen Feeney

The SNCA Development Committee is excited to announce that Aaron Smithers is the 2018 Thornton W. Mitchell Service Award recipient. The purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding service to the archive profession in North Carolina by promoting cultural institutions, preserving resources, providing leadership, training, or mentoring new members in the field.

Aaron is the Southern Folklife Collection Assistant at Wilson Library Special Collections at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In his work with the Southern Folklife Collection, he has used his extensive knowledge of the collection to lead outreach programs and exhibit initiatives that draw diverse groups of visitors. He is adept at bringing together different collections and fostering partnerships that provide a fuller understanding of exhibits and programs. One such undertaking is the Sounds of ‘68: Revolution in the Air exhibit at the Wilson Library. Bringing together materials from four separate UNC Libraries photograph collections, the Music Library, and the Southern Folklife Collection, Aaron has not only helped to tell the story of music in a pivotal year in the United States, but he has also managed to “promote public awareness and appreciation” for unique cultural institutions within the UNC Libraries.

In addition to his collaborative approach to archive exhibits, Aaron also fills the role of teacher when he supervises student assistants and provides mentorship to individuals accepted to the Southern Folklife Collection Audiovisual Research Fellowship Program. Preservation of cultural resources also plays a role in his daily work as he regularly performs conversion and preservation of audio/visual materials along with reference services and curation.

Aaron is a valuable member of the Wilson Library staff who uses his folklore discipline background to create distinctive exhibits that promote multiple collections that reach a wide variety of people. He is also able to provide new professionals with mentoring and training to assist them in their service to the profession while using his technology skills to preserve culturally significant audio and visual materials for future research and appreciation.

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2018 Michelle Francis Scholarship Awards

Contributed by Karen Feeney

The Development Committee is delighted to announce that Amanda Winfrey and Angela Heath are recipients of the Michelle Francis Scholarship. The purpose of the Michelle Francis Scholarship is to provide access to professional development opportunities for SNCA members by providing assistance with travel and conference fees.

Amanda Winfrey works as a library circulation assistant at South Piedmont Community College. She is also in charge of the library’s archives and special collections where she has created an archives website and LibGuide to showcase the school’s history in addition to organizing archive materials. Amanda is looking to gain information on stewardship and how to expand their online presence. She has been contacted by community members about the collection and is pleased at the interest shown in preserving the history of the college.

Angela Heath is in her last semester in the MLS program at East Carolina University. She holds a MS degree in Instructional Technology and is teaching two online courses while volunteering at the Mint Museum in Charlotte. She recently accepted a part-time digital archiving position at Johnson C. Smith University where she will bring her expertise to their large collection. She is looking forward attending the conference to learn more about different aspects of the archive profession.

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North Carolina Digital Heritage Center Named National Medal Finalist for Museum and Library Service

Contributed by Lisa Gregory

The North Carolina Digital Heritage Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries has been named a finalist for the 2018 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.

image of Finalist BannerThe medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). It recognizes exceptional service to the community and honors organizations that make a difference in the lives of individuals, families and communities. IMLS announced 29 finalists for the National Medal on Monday and will name the winners later this spring.

The North Carolina Digital Heritage Center provides digitization services to museums, libraries and archives across North Carolina. Established in 2009, the center has digitized more than 120,000 yearbooks, newspapers, photographs, city directories and other items. Its growing list of partners now numbers 227 institutions in 76 counties. Its website, DigitalNC.org, provides public access to the online collections at no charge.

Elaine Westbrooks, vice provost for University Libraries and University librarian at UNC-Chapel Hill, said that the center embodies the University’s highest ideals for public service. “This effort is genuinely of the public and for the public. It is an honor to work with our partners and, together, to unlock our state’s rich and complex history for discovery, exploration, teaching and enjoyment.”

The center itself is a collaborative effort between Carolina’s University Libraries and the State Library of North Carolina. The State Library supports the center with funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act. The University Libraries operates the center, contributing equipment and expertise built through more than two decades of digitization activity.

Cal Shepard, state librarian of North Carolina, said, “The Digital Heritage Center is an invaluable resource in North Carolina to institutions large and small. They combine statewide leadership with on-site guidance and assistance to ensure that one-of-a-kind resources can be accessed across the state, nation and the world.”

DigitalNC.org now welcomes some 36,000 visitors every month. Genealogists, local history researchers, K-12 students and the interested public are among the site’s most frequent users, said Lisa Gregory, program coordinator for the center.

One factor in the center’s success, said Gregory, is that she and her staff leave it to each contributing institution to select materials that will bring the most value to its local community. The center then does the work of digitizing the items, adding descriptions to make them findable, sharing them through its website and permanently preserving the scanned files.

“Being named a finalist recognizes the collaborative power and reach of North Carolina’s cultural heritage institutions,” said Gregory. “In the end, this nomination is really for every one of our partners and for their commitment to preserving and sharing our collective past.”


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New head of NC Collection at Durham Co. Library

Lauren Menges pictureLauren Menges recently took over as the new head of the North Carolina Collection with the Durham County Library in Durham. She will be leading a staff of four librarians in providing research assistance to the public as well as managing all processing, collection development, and outreach activities. The North Carolina Collection is the archives division of the county library system and is a collection focused primarily on local and state history. Lauren previously lived and worked in the Triangle area when she was the project librarian for a project called "Content, Context, and Capacity: A Collaborative Large-Scale Digitization Project on the Long Civil Rights Movement in North Carolina." The project was undertaken by the four universities of the Triangle Research Libraries Network: Duke University, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to returning to Durham she worked as the Archivist for the Leatherby Libraries at Chapman University in Southern California. She is excited to return to North Carolina and get involved with the Society of North Carolina Archivists again. She looks forward to meeting other members at the SNCA meeting at Duke University next month.

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WWI at Joyner Library

Contributed by Dale Sauter

WWI exhibits at ECU Joyner LibraryJoyner Library at ECU has opened it exhibits about North Carolina's involvement in World War One.  You can find more information about these exhibits along with directions on their website.  There is also a lecture upcoming on March 21st about U-Boat attacks.

WWI lecture at ECU Joyner Library

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2018 C. David Jackson Memorial Student Scholarship Award Winners

Contributed by Liz Adams

The Education Committee is pleased to announce Allyson Frick , Hannah Hemphill , and Caitlin Rivas as the recipients of the 2018 C. David Jackson Memorial SNCA Student Scholarships.  Their awards cover registration and expenses related to attending the 2018 SNCA conference in Durham, NC.

Allyson Frick is in her second semester in the MLIS program at UNC Greensboro. She is interested in pursuing a career in archives or special libraries, and her dream career is to become a wine librarian. She works as a library page with Buncombe County Public Libraries and currently resides in Asheville, NC, with her partner Preston.

Hannah Hemphill is a native of North Carolina, growing up in Julian beside the cows of Homeland Creamery. She is pursuing her MLIS at UNC Greensboro and plans to graduate in May 2018. She has focused her studies, internships, and extracurriculars on archives, special collections, and outreach. Hannah loves the idea of connecting communities with their history and increasing the visibility of these resources.

Caitlin Rivas is a first year graduate student at the UNC School of Information and Library Science, as well as a research assistant in the North Carolina Collection at the Wilson Special Collections Library. She is concentrating her studies on Archives and Records Management with a focus on community archives. A native of Richmond, VA, she received her B.A. in English from the University of Virginia in 2014. When she's not working or studying, Caitlin loves sampling North Carolina’s superior barbecue, exploring local breweries, and running (and occasionally doing all three at the same time).

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New Hire at Forsyth Co. Public Library

Contributed by Karen Feeney

Amy RuheOn January 16th, the North Carolina Room at the Forsyth County Public Library's Central Library welcomed Amy Ruhe as special collections librarian and archivist. She is primarily responsible for managing the archive collections, supervising interns, providing reference services, and genealogy programming. Previously, she worked at High Point University as a technical services assistant and archives technician. She received her MLIS from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2009.

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CLIR Grant for NCSU Libraries

Contributed by Brian Dietz

 ASPCA inspector, undated, ASPCA Collection

ASPCA inspector, undated, ASPCA Collection

The NCSU Libraries and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) are honored to receive a major grant award from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). The Libraries will partner with the ASPCA on the three-year project "'The Animal Turn': Digitizing Animal Protection and Human-Animal Studies Collections." A $360,384 Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives award from CLIR will fund the digitization of some 239,000 pages of archival materials from the Libraries' nationally significant animal rights and welfare collections, and approximately 150,000 pages from the ASPCA's records documenting its history as a national leader in animal protection since its founding in 1866.

More information about the project is available in the Libraries' press release:

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2018 Paraprofessional Conference at ECU

Contributed by Sarah McLusky

ECU is hosting a paraprofessional conference in May.  Full details along with the call for conference session proposals can be found at https://lib.ecu.edu/joyner/paraprofessional/2018.aspx.  The deadline for proposals is March 16th.

2018 Paraprofessional Conference: Navigating the Path to Diversity

East Carolina University Joyner Library

Friday May 11, 2018

Greenville NC


Questions and submissions can be directed to paraprofes@ecu.edu

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New Assistant Director of Collections & Historical Collections at ECU Laupus Health Sciences Library

Marlena Barber pictureMarlena Barber has recently been appointed as Assistant Director of Collections & Historical Collections at Laupus Health Sciences Library at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. Barber manages the Collection Services and History Collections departments of the Laupus Library and the curator of the Country Doctor Museum. She also oversees the application of metadata standards for all library collections and provides guidance on collections budget and management activities. Barber began work at Laupus Library in 2013 as the Collection Services & Metadata Librarian and has also served as Assessment Coordinator for the library. She holds a Master’s of Library & Information Science degree from San Jose State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Memphis.

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