February 24th History of Medicine lecture at ECU

Contributed by Marlena Rose

On February 24 at 4:30PM, East Carolina University’s Laupus Library will host “Emma Dupree, Pitt County Herbalist,” a lecture given by Alex Albright, MFA, English (retired ECU professor). This lecture is part of the Ruth and John Moskop History of Medicine Lecture Series and is hosted by the Medical History Interest Group.

Albright will provide an overview of the life and work of Emma Dupree, who was the subject of the 1979 ECU film Little Medicine Thing: Emma Dupree, Herbalist. Born in 1897 along the Tar River, Dupree was known as "that little medicine thing" because of her understanding of herbs at an early age. As an elderly woman, she shared much of her knowledge of the medicinal properties of native plants with physicians and medical anthropologists. Dupree received the Brown-Hudson Award from the North Carolina Folklore Society in 1984 and the North Carolina Heritage Award in 1992. She died just shy of her 100th birthday, in 1996.

Emma Dupree lecture poster

Alex Albright retired in 2018, after 37 years teaching in the ECU English department. He and his wife, Elizabeth, are proprietors of Fountain General Store, in Fountain, North Carolina, where they have lived for nearly 20 years. Alex's 2013 book, The Forgotten First: B-1 and the Integration of the Modern Navy, was a finalist for the Montaigne Prize. Among his most recent articles is "Langston Hughes in Reno," published in Nevada History in 2019.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. The lecture will also feature a pop-up display.

For directions and parking information, visit: https://hsl.ecu.edu/about/directions/

RSVP on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/events/190849382275648/

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2020 C. David Jackson Memorial Student Scholarship Award Recipients

Contributed by Stephanie Barnwell

The Education Committee is pleased to announce Sarah-Esther Belinga and Carolyn Welker as the recipients of the 2020 C. David Jackson Memorial SNCA Student Scholarships. Their awards cover registration and expenses related to attending the 2020 SNCA Conference in Elon, NC.

Sarah-Esther Belinga is a second-semester MLIS student at UNC Greensboro. She found her place in the archival field after collaborating with several repositories in the Winston-Salem area. Presently, Sarah-Esther is a graduate instructional assistant for two undergraduate LIS classes. She also volunteers in Special Collections and University Archives at Jackson Library at UNCG. Sarah-Esther's passion lies in community-focused instruction and information literacy.

Carolyn Welker is currently pursuing her MA in Library Science at UNC Chapel Hill. She works as a graduate research assistant at the Stone Center Library, helping patrons with reference requests and curating mini-exhibits. She has previously worked for Costar, an historical clothing archive on the UNC campus, as well as Given-Tufts Memorial Archive in Pinehurst, NC. She is interested in community archiving and would love to work with minority communities in the South. In her free time, she loves to travel and read.

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New Assistant Professor and Curator of Manuscripts at UNCG

Contributed by Hollie Stevenson-Parrish

Stacey Krim photoStacey Krim has worked for UNC Greensboro’s University Libraries since 2007. Most recently, she became assistant professor and curator of manuscripts. In 2011, Krim was assigned to take over curatorial responsibilities for the Cello Music Collection in the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives, including archival processing, research support, donor relations, collection development, instruction, community outreach, and marketing.

Krim has experience working in both public and technical services in public and academic libraries. She received her MA in anthropology in 2006 from East Carolina University and her MLIS from UNCG in 2008.

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2020 SNCA Annual Meeting Details

Uncovering the Hidden Labor and Faces of the Archives

Pre-conference workshops: Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Conference programming: Thursday, March 19-Friday, March 20, 2020

Registration Rates

  • SNCA Member (Early bird: by March 1): $65
  • Non-member (Early bird: by March 1): $75
  • Student SNCA Member: $40
  • Student Non-member, Volunteers, and Retirees: $45 
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Weighing Anchor

Contributed by Kelly Spring

[This is the 7th in a series -- see also the 1st and 2nd and 3rd and 4th and 5th and 6th installments about ECU's migration to ArchivesSpace.]

Commandeering a ship can be a complex, difficult, and risky business. As pirates you’d think we’d prefer our migration to be a hit-and-run raid of data and turn-key solutions. Not us! Instead, we chose to survey our crew for their functional requirements and scout the shipping lanes for design inspiration. After months of testing the rigging, stockpiling sea biscuits, trimming out the galleries, and checking the jackstays, our new public user interface is under full sail!

ECU Libraries Collection Guides

Users will be quick to get their sea legs with new features such as the unification of all ECU Libraries archival collections, improved ease of use, highlighted search results, and even a little user-friendly humor.

About ECU Collection Guides

But we didn’t stop at keel depth. Our interface includes a custom-built request system taking our project all the way to the crow’s nest!

Earhart Collection bib record

In addition to requesting archival material, the in-house request system allows users to request Special Collection’s rare books as well as non-circulating material in the North Carolina Collection directly from the library catalog.

ECU Request for Onsite Use

Curious about the code at the helm? On the public user interface, our EAD publication looks like a standard Carolina Two-Step: Export from ArchivesSpace, publish to the interface. Don’t be fooled, though, pirate tricks are running in the background! One bit of code programmatically matches component unique identifiers against digital objects, while another bit lets the interface talk to our authorities database to pull names and subjects as linked data.

ECU Libraries Name Authority

In our request system, the program queries ArchivesSpace for the location codes of top containers to generate call slips. The system also includes the ability to request material down to the item-level using the component unique identifier. This feature is invaluable when tracking through processes such as conservation, digitization, or exhibition! For example, the material being tracked below is folder c from collection 0323, box 2b.

ECU Active Components

Have a look around, mateys, and let us know what you think! Email your comments to springk18@ecu.edu.

The address for our public user interface is https://digital.lib.ecu.edu/special/ead/.
You can pillage our code at https://github.com/ECULibraries/ead-frontend.

Arrrgh!

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New Interim Head of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives at UNC Greensboro

Contributed by Hollie Stevenson-Parrish

Kathelene McCarty Smith photoKathelene McCarty Smith has been appointed interim head of UNC Greensboro’s Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives following the departure of Keith Gorman in 2019. Smith is an assistant professor in University Libraries and, until this appointment, served as instruction and outreach archivist. She earned a BA in history and an MA in art history from Louisiana State University. She also holds a master’s degree in library and information studies from UNCG. Smith’s research has involved the role of academic libraries in fostering life-long learning, primary source outreach in the K-12 community, and the mobilization of North Carolina’s women’s colleges during World War I.

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Spring 2020 Medical History Group Lecture Series at ECU

Contributed by Marlena Rose

Laupus Health Sciences Library at East Carolina University is pleased to announce the Spring 2020 Medical History Group Lecture Series. These lectures are sponsored as part of the Ruth and John Moskop History of Medicine Lecture Series.

Spring 2020 ECU lecture series poster

Monday, January 27 @ 4:30

Accident at Compound 19: Unraveling A Cold War Medical Mystery
David Durant, MLS, Collection Development Librarian for Federal Documents and Social Sciences, Joyner Library

Monday, February 24 @ 4:30

Emma Dupree, Pitt County Herbalist
Alex Albright, MFA, English (retired)

Monday, April 13 @ 4:30 pm

The Scientific Revolution in Management Efficiency and Its Effects on American Medical Practice from the Early Twentieth Century On
William C. Wood, MD, Col. (USAFR) Ret., Cardiovascular Sciences (retired)

These events are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. The lectures will also feature pop-up displays.

For directions and parking information, visit: https://hsl.ecu.edu/about/directions/

Lectures may be video recorded. For the presentation schedule and an archive of our previous recordings, visit: https://hsl.ecu.edu/events/mhig-lectures/

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Statement about salary information in job ads

During our last meeting, the SNCA executive board approved adding a statement to our website encouraging employers to include salary information in job ads posted on the SNCA listserv:

"Although SNCA does not require that you include a salary figure in your job ad, we believe that including this information is advantageous to both the job seeker and the employer and we encourage you to include such a figure in all job ads that you may place with us."

This statement is consistent with the statement posted by the Society of American Archivists (SAA). In addition to this post, you can find this statement on our Job Resources Page and our Follow SNCA page.

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An Archivist’s Tale, SNCA style

It caught my attention that the last two episodes of An Archivist's Tale feature North Carolina archivists, so I went looking to see if other SNCA folks are represented. Here's what I found:

  • Episode 31: Things We Need to Know about Ourselves (Tanya Zanish-Belcher
  • Episode 96: That Mechanism That Can Improve People's Lives (Chrystal Carpenter)
  • Episode 97: Once the Sallie Bingham Center Got Its Hooks in Me (Kelly Wooten)
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Recruiting nominees for SNCA Board

The Nominating Committee is now accepting nominations for open positions on the Society of North Carolina Archivists Executive Board. The positions that will be open in the next election are:

  • Vice President/Programming Chair: The Vice President serves for 1 year and is responsible for coordinating the annual meeting. The VP usually moves into the role of president the following year for a 1-year term.
  • Archives Month Chair: The Archives Month chair serves for 2 years and is responsible for coordinating the state-wide theme and outreach for Archives Month (October).
  • 2 Members-at-Large (both are 2-year terms):
    • RAAC Representative: This member at-large serves as liaison to the Society of American Archivists (SAA) Regional Archival Association Consortium (RAAC) and will receive a travel stipend to attend the SAA Annual Meeting.
    • New professional/student member: This member at-large must be a graduate student or a professional in the first 5 years of professional work and serves as liaison to library schools across the state.
  • Treasurer: Responsible for managing the finances of SNCA, including a bank account, payments and donations to the organization, and issuing payments. Nominees must have 2 years of membership in SNCA to qualify. (2-year term)
  • Publications Chair: Responsible for coordinating publications including the SNCA Newsletter/Blog, J-SNCA, and social media (Facebook/Twitter). The chair serves on the editorial board of J-SNCA and participates in and delegates other communications.

More details about responsibilities of board members are included in the SNCA By-laws. Potential candidates may be suggested by others or self-nominated, and nominees must be current members of SNCA. If you have a question about your membership, please contact Thomas Flynn.

Nominations should be submitted online by January 10, 2020, at https://forms.gle/3MkggdjbwGn7rRFL8. If you have additional questions, please direct them to the Nominating Chair.

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