Atkins Library to Offer Free Digitization Consulting Services

Contributed by Dawn Schmitz

The J. Murrey Atkins Library at UNC Charlotte has received a third and final year of funding to complete its digitization project, Living Charlotte: The Postwar Development of a New South City. With a $100,000 grant awarded by the State Library of North Carolina, plus matching funds, project staff will digitize 55 oral history interviews and 19,000 manuscript pages documenting the enormous economic and social changes in the Charlotte region from approximately 1944 to 1987. Included will be materials from its project partner, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room.

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Detail of correspondence from the Julius L. Chambers papers

This year, the award also includes funding for the project coordinator to travel the state offering free onsite digitization consulting, advice, and training to small libraries and archives seeking to make their cultural heritage materials available online. Institutions seeking support to digitize items such as personal papers, publications, and photographs are encouraged to take advantage of this service.  This program will run through June 30, 2016, and consulting will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you would like to learn more about these consulting services, please contact Rita Johnston, Digitization Project Librarian, at 704-687-1431 or rjohn211@uncc.edu.  For more information about the grant in general, please contact Dawn Schmitz, principal investigator and Interim Head of Special Collections, at 704-687-1674 or dawn.schmitz@uncc.edu.

This grant is made possible by funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

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UNC Health Sciences Library Launches North Carolina History of Health Digital Collection

Contributed by Dawne Lucas

The Health Sciences Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is proud to announce the debut of the North Carolina History of Health Digital Collection database. This database consists of books, journals, reports, bulletins, minutes, proceedings, and histories covering topics in medicine, public health, dentistry, pharmacy, and nursing, dating from 1849 to the present.

“We’re proud to be able to document the history of health care in North Carolina and make a wealth of historical materials available online,” Special Collections Librarian Dawne Lucas said.  “This collection demonstrates the development of health care and health professions in our state and makes up a significant part of our cultural heritage.”

The database features full-text and image searching, and a full listing of PDFs is available on the Health Sciences Library website:

This project was made possible by a multi-year NC ECHO (Exploring Cultural Heritage Online) digitization grant.  NC ECHO is funded by the State Library of North Carolina through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).  The Health Sciences Library plans to continue adding appropriate materials to this collection as they become available.

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Duke Medical Center Archives Digital Exhibit Features World War II Hospital Unit

Contributed by Jolie Braun

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operation by the 65th General Hospital

The Duke University Medical Center Archives is happy to announce that a new digital exhibit, Remembering the 65th: Duke’s General Hospital Unit, is now available online. Featuring artifacts, photographs, documents, and audiovisual materials from the Medical Center Archives collections, the exhibit tells the story of the 65th General Hospital, Duke’s World War II unit.  Highlights include medical instruments used by hospital staff, an aircrew flak helmet worn by a patient treated at the hospital, original artwork depicting the unit’s doctors and nurses, excerpts from an oral history with one of the unit’s nurses, and a clip of a documentary by a 65th doctor.  The site is a digital companion to a physical exhibit currently on display at the Duke University Medical Center Library & Archives until September 29, 2015.

The idea for a Duke hospital army unit was born in October 1940 —  the brainchild of Wilburt C. Davison, then dean of the Duke University School of Medicine.  Activated in July 1942, the Army reserve unit’s original crew consisted of male and female health professionals who all had some connection to Duke University, creating a mix of faculty, alumni, and current or former house staff.  Members of the 65th General Hospital handled a constant stream of front-line casualties from heavy bomber crews, treated acute diseases and emergency cases, and acted as a specialty center for neurosurgery, thoracic and plastic surgery, burns, and hand injuries.  The unit treated more than 17,000 patients during its time in England.

To view the digital exhibit, visit: http://digitaldukemed.mc.duke.edu/sixty-fifth.  To learn more about the Duke University Medical Center Archives, visit: https://archives.mc.duke.edu.

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Council of Independent Colleges’ Consortium on Digital Resources for Teaching and Learning

Contributed by Gwen Erickson

Guilford College has been selected to participate in the Council of Independent Colleges’ Consortium on Digital Resources for Teaching and Learning.  A generous grant from the Andrew E. Mellon Foundation provides two years of full funding for Artstor’s Shared Shelf product and a portion of costs for two additional years.  The selection committee was impressed by the high quality of Guilford’s proposal describing projects the Friends Historical Collection and the Art Gallery will implement using Artstor’s Shared Shelf media management tool.

This grant opportunity comes at an ideal time for Guilford as they seek innovative and affordable ways to improve access to resources and to collaborate with others on campus.  The grant proposal specified two projects, one audio and one visual, in the Friends Historical Collection and the Art Gallery.  This two-pronged approach will serve as a pilot for other potential campus partners, improve access to unique digital materials held at Guilford, and offer opportunities for faculty and students to engage more fully with archival resources.  The Friends Historical Collection will focus on using Shared Shelf to provide access to recent oral history audio interviews that document Guilford’s integration in 1962 and the subsequent experiences of early African American faculty and students.  The Art Gallery project will present Asian and African works from the college’s permanent art collection.

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New University Archivist at Elon

Chrystal Carpenter has joined the Carol Grotnes Belk Library team at Elon University as the University Archivist.  In this position, she will lead the University Archives & Special Collections Department in all aspects of archival management including the identification, assessment, acquisition, description, storage, access, preservation, and disposal of archives in all formats.

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SNCA member to speak at SAA Congressional Papers Roundtable meeting

Matthew Peek will be the keynote speaker for the business meeting of the Society of American Archivists Congressional Papers Roundtable next month in Cleveland.  The talk will summarize his research identifying how U.S. congressmen used photographs in their work and publicity and applying this information to identify photographs.  This research was conducted while Peek was a project archivist on a Council on Library and Information Resources Hidden Collections grant to identify, describe, and organize the Senator Lee Metcalf Photograph and Film Collections for the Montana Historical Society.

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Upcoming exhibits at Special Collections & Archives of Wake Forest University

From August 17 to September 30, 2015, Special Collections & Archives (SCA) will exhibit Bags of America by Wake Forest University Art Professor Leigh Ann Hallberg.  Bags of America is a large handmade artist’s book containing a suite of twelve drawings of cereal bag liners.  Professor Hallberg created it as an extension of a series of smaller drawings of the same subject and in response to John James Audubon’s Birds of America and the heft of his double-elephant folio work.  Although Bags of America shares Audubon’s interest in careful observation, its subject — the detritus of our everyday lives — has a beauty of its own and will also remind visitors of the impact of the consumer-celebrity culture in which we all participate.

Special Collections & Archives, Z. Smith Reynolds Library is hosting Bags of America in the Research Room (Room 625, ZSR) from August 17 to September 30.  A public reception will be held September 2 from 4:00 to 5:30 pm.

Beginning on October 1, 2015, the SCA’s major fall exhibit will focus on the life, work, and many contributions of long-time university chaplain and alumnus Edgar D. Christman.  He led the Office of the Chaplain for 34 years and was affiliated with Wake Forest for most of his life, beginning with his matriculation to the college in 1947.  Christman, whose papers have recently been processed, passed away on December 24, 2014.  This exhibit will continue into spring 2016.

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Wake Forest University Special Collections & Archives receives LSTA EZ Digitization Grant

Special Collections & Archives at Wake Forest University recently received a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) EZ Digitization Grant to digitize archival material that is part of the North Carolina Baptist Historical Collection. Nearly 100 linear ft. of original archival records that date back to the 18th century and belong to 120 churches throughout North Carolina will be made available as part of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library’s online Baptist Collection.

LSTA funds awarded by the State Library of North Carolina are made possible through funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

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Archival materials from the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina have starring roles

Last April, Saint Augustine’s University and the Bicentennial Committee for the three Episcopal Dioceses in North Carolina (Diocese of North Carolina, Diocese of Eastern Carolina, and Diocese of Western North Carolina) sponsored History Day 2015 to explore “A Calculated Leap: Black Episcopal Missions, Schools and Bishops, 1865-1918.”  Details of the exhibits can be read at http://www.dionc.org/dfc/newsdetail_2/3171563.  History Day 2016 will take place in Gastonia on April 9th and will focus on the Episcopal Church’s work in the early mill communities.  The culmination of six years of events will be the bicentennial celebration on April 22, 2017, at Christ Church, New Bern (Diocese of East Carolina), where the original statewide Diocese of North Carolina was organized in 1817.

Lynn Hoke, project archivist for the Diocese of North Carolina, also began a weekly series in February of “Short Sketches of Historically Black Churches Across North Carolina.”  The latest installment of this ongoing series can be read at http://www.dionc.org/dfc/newsdetail_2/3172565.

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Grant will improve access to history collection at ECU’s Laupus Library

Contributed by Dale Sauter

A grant from the State Library of North Carolina will aid in improving accessibility to historical archives housed in an East Carolina University library.  The State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, awarded a nine-month, $59,200 grant to the Special Collections Division at J. Y. Joyner Library to process the History Collections at the William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library.  The grant is part of the Library Services and Technology Act and is made possible by LSTA grant funding from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal grant-making agency. With matching funds from Joyner Library, the total project exceeds $66,900.

“The purpose of this project is to improve accessibility of the history collections at the Laupus Health Sciences Library,” said Janice S. Lewis, director of Joyner Library.  “The Laupus history collections, which consist of over 6,200 monographs, 200 artifacts and a growing number of oral history materials, document the history of medicine and health care in eastern North Carolina.”

The history collections include two distinct categories of material: Laupus Library Archival Collection and the Country Doctor Museum Archival Collection. The Country Doctor Museum archival collection is less than half of the museum’s special collections – the majority of the artifacts are stored at the museum in Bailey, North Carolina.

“The primary focus of this project will be to convert collection guides from Word documents and Excel spreadsheets into Encoded Archival Description finding aids, thus making all collection guides and inventories available online,” said Jennifer Joyner, digital archivist and grant principal investigator.  “Currently, there are no online finding aids directing users to these rich and unique collections.”  “The lack of online access to the history collections is in stark contrast to the online accessibility of the manuscript materials at Joyner Library’s special collections division,” Lewis added.  “During the 2013-14 year, the finding aids in our East Carolina Manuscript Collection and University Archives received 135,205 page views and were searched over 30,122 times.”

The final step of the project will be to digitize key materials from the Laupus history collections that are representative of the holdings. The digitized materials will become a part of ECU Digital Collections, and item level metadata will be shared with the Digital Public Library of America. The creation of multiple access points will improve the accessibility and visibility of these valuable historical collections.

For more information, contact Dawn Wainwright at (252) 328-4090.

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