Submitted by: Todd Kosmerick
The North Carolina State University Libraries has commenced an Institutional History Documentation initiative that will investigate and pilot new methods of identifying sources to explore and augment the documentary history of NC State University. This will be a collaborative project involving many interested constituencies; students, alumni, faculty, the University administration, and the local community. The initiative will focus on methodologies to collect institutional history using social media, outreach and community based feedback in physical and web based environments.
Managing the project will be NCSU Libraries Fellow Virginia Ferris, who will test new initiatives focusing on documenting history in innovative and collaborative environments. She will develop resources to identify outstanding NC State faculty and leaders, and milestones in university history to create interactive narratives and resources associated with them. A team of graduate students in the Department of History will create oral history videography of selected subjects, conducting StoryCorps-type interviews at alumni reunions, retired faculty functions, and other events. Virginia will also coordinate/facilitate the creation of departmental histories that are absent from the record and identify those that require updating.
Ferris holds a Master of Science in Library Science, with a concentration in Archives and Record Management, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH). She holds the Master of Arts in Irish and Irish American Studies from New York University and the Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Barnard College, Columbia University. She previously served as Oral Historian and Archival Assistant with the Glucksman Ireland House and worked for the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in New York City.
For more information about the Institutional History Documentation Initiative, please contact Virginia Ferris at firstname.lastname@example.org or (919) 515-2603.