New First-Year Instruction and Social Sciences Librarian at UNC Greensboro

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University Libraries has welcomed Rachel Sanders as the new First-Year Instruction and Social Sciences Librarian in Research, Outreach and Instruction. Sanders earned her bachelor of art’s degree in History from UNC Greensboro and a master’s degree in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her primary responsibilities include working with Communication Studies’ students and being the liaison to Social Work and Community/Therapeutic Recreation departments. Sanders’ professional interests include information literacy instruction, researching library anxiety among students, educational technologies, first-year experiences, and furthering professional networks among academic librarians.

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North Carolina Digital Heritage Center

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center invite supporters to take to social media and express how the center has made a difference for you. Use the hashtags #ShareYourStory and #IMLSmedals and be sure to tag @NCDHC on Twitter, @NCDigitalHeritageCenter on Facebook.

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Civil War Medicine Exhibit at Laupus Library

Contributed by Layne Carpenter

Laupus Library’s History Collections recently installed an exhibit about Civil War Medicine.  The exhibit, entitled Fighting for their Lives: Medical Practices During the American Civil War, examines how doctors and medical staff cared for the soldiers, looking specifically at surgery, disease, infection, and the role of hospitals.

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The collections manager and exhibit curator developed a blog post that features highlights from the exhibit.  You can view the post here:


Fighting for their Lives: Medical Practices During the American Civil War will be on display in the Evelyn Fike Laupus Gallery, 4th Floor Laupus Library through June 3, 2018.

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Charlotte-Area Spring SNCA Social

Contributed by Ron Stafford

When: April 30, 2018, 6:30 PM
Where: 100 East Mountain Street, Kings Mountain NC, 28086

Please come out for a tour of Kings Mountain Historical Museum, featuring their current exhibition, "From Over Here to Over There: World War I in the Southwest Piedmont."  Parking is available in the parking lot behind the museum and is also free and plentiful on the street.

The tour will be followed by social time at 238 Cherokee Grill, starting at 7:45pm.  SNCA will provide appetizers.

Please RSVP by April 16th.  For questions, please contact Ron Stafford,

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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

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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,, 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.” 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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