Workshops for 2015 Conference Open for Registration!

Registration for the two workshops offered during SNCA’s upcoming March 2015 conference is now open! Both workshops will be held on Wednesday, March 11th, 2015 at East Carolina University’s Joyner Library.

Coffee and snack breaks will be provided, but lunch will be on your own.

Comments or questions about the workshop offerings may be sent to the Education Committee Chair at education@ncarchivists.org.

Artifacts Preservation Basics Workshop (co-sponsor: NC Connecting to Collections)

Date and Time: Wednesday, March 11th, 9:30 AM-3:30 PM

Location: Joyner Library, East Carolina University, room TBA

Description: The Artifact Preservation Basics Workshop introduces basic concepts of storage, handling, and exhibition for a variety of 3-dimensional materials—including textiles, ceramics & glass, wood, and metals. Break-out activities encourage discussion and networking. Possibilities for hand-on activities include: padding out costumes for boxed storage; rolling flat textiles; carving ethafoam cradle mounts for small objects; applying microcrystalline wax on finished wood and metals; adhering wood with hide glue; polishing silver; inserting mylar windows into archival boxes. The workshop will focus on low-cost, effective, preservation-appropriate materials and techniques.

Instructor: Adrienne Berney is NC Connecting to Collections’ preservation specialist. She has worked as an objects curator for a state history museum and as an interpreter at several historic houses and has a Ph.D. in American history. Berney has led collections care workshops for the C2C project since 2010.

Cost: $20

Attendance: 20 maximum

Registration for this workshop will be handled via the general conference registration process. During your registration, you will be asked to give your preferences for the hands-on activities presented during the workshop.

 

Digital Curation: Fundamentals for Digital Success (SAA Workshop #1597)

Date and Time: Wednesday, March 11th, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Location: Joyner Library, East Carolina University, room TBA

Description: Digital archives require professional curatorial practices just as paper archives do! In this course you’ll discover the differences and similarities between curating paper and electronic records, a system of best practices for digital curation, and review what any institution needs to implement to ensure the success of its own digital curation.

 

Upon completion of this course you’ll be able to:

  • Identify the components of team building and digital curation that are necessary to begin working towards a curation prototype in your institution.
  • Pinpoint areas to invest in locally to build knowledge and skills to meet the needs of a digital repository program at your institution.
  • Review existing digital repository characteristics that best illustrate roads to success.
  • Gain access to resources, guides, models, and best practices relevant to the digital curation/repository landscape.
  • Recognize and establish relationships within your organization to achieve a digital archives repository program.

This workshop is one of the Foundational Courses in the Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) Curriculum and Certificate Program.

(Description taken from the SAA course description.)

Read more about this workshop at SAA’s course site.

Instructor: Kari Smith joined the staff of the MIT Institute Archives and Special Collection in December 2011 as Digital Archivist where she is establishing process and procedures for acquiring and managing born-digital content. Previously she was the Head of the Visual Resource Collections and Media Services at the University of Michigan Department of the History of Art. Kari led the VRC through its ongoing transition from a predominantly slide library and image archives to a collection of digital image resources. She has been an instructor for the Digital Preservation Management workshops since 2008. Kari’s research interests include intellectual and long-term access to cultural material especially through interoperable metadata of digital objects. Kari earned her B.A. in International Relations from George Mason University and her M.S. in Information from the University of Michigan School of Information.

Engineering the Future, Digital Archives at MIT is her blog discussing the work and research into establishing and managing digital archives at MIT. Her professional website may be found at http://www.globalarchivist.com.

Cost: Early bird registration is available through February 11th, 2015

  • SAA Member: $199 (early) / $269 (regular)
  • Employees of Member Institutions: $229 (early) / $299 (regular)
  • Nonmember: $259 (early) / $319 (regular)

Attendance: 35 maximum

Registration for this workshop will be handled via SAA’s course site.

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Register Now: SNCA 2015 Annual Conference

Registration Is Open!

2015 SNCA Spring Conference in Greenville, North Carolina on March 12-13th

Please complete the registration form and payment step for both the conference and the scheduled workshops. Early Bird registration rates are available for SNCA members until February 13th, 2015. You can read more about the conference, hotel blocks, social gatherings, and workshops here.

Submit your Posters, Panel Session, and Lightning Round Ideas by Friday, January 30th!

The 2015 Program Committee invites submissions for poster proposals,  panel session proposals, lightning round proposals, and graduate student lightning round proposals for the 2015 SNCA annual conference at the East Carolina Heart Institute in Greenville, NC, on March 12 and 13, 2015.

Poster Proposal Submission Form (Please submit by January 30, 2015)

Session Proposal Submission Form (Please submit by January 30, 2015)

“Session proposals” include an individual speaker proposal interested in joining a panel, a full panel proposal, and lightning round proposals for graduate students and professionals. Each speaker will need to provide a 100 word abstract of their proposed topic. Panel sessions consist of 3-4 speakers talking for approximately 15-20 minutes on a topic. Lightning rounds include more speakers with less time for each individual, approximately 5-10 minutes to present on a topic. **Please note that one lightning round session will be dedicated to graduate students.

This year’s theme is “Removing Barriers: Outreach & Diversity in Action.”Proposals that incorporate any of the following are encouraged:

-Projects that demonstrate diversity in collection management and/or acquisitions, particularly in documenting under-represented groups
-Studies concerning the degree to which the archivist can shape a more diverse historical record
-Arrangement and description techniques that enable wider access for researchers with varied learning needs and from different backgrounds, or that utilize non-traditional staffing models
-Methods to improve access for researchers of varied ages and backgrounds
-Innovative outreach programs, particularly those designed to engage with diverse communities
-Other projects and studies which fit into the broad theme of outreach and diversity, including diversity in ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, age, culture, geography, disability, religion, political affiliation, or interests

====DEADLINE====

Proposals must be submitted no later than FRIDAY, JANUARY 30, 2015

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Poster and Panel Session Submission Deadline Extended

Due to the recent complications with the SNCA communication channels, we are extending the deadline for the poster, panel, and lightning round sessions to Friday, January 30th, 2015!

The 2015 Program Committee invites submissions for poster proposals,  panel session proposals, lightning round proposals, and graduate student lightning round proposals for the 2015 SNCA annual conference at the East Carolina Heart Institute in Greenville, NC, on March 12 and 13, 2015.

Poster Proposal Submission Form (Please submit by January 30, 2015)

Session Proposal Submission Form (Please submit by January 30, 2015)

“Session proposals” include an individual speaker proposal interested in joining a panel, a full panel proposal, and lightning round proposals for graduate students and professionals. Each speaker will need to provide a 100 word abstract of their proposed topic. Panel sessions consist of 3-4 speakers talking for approximately 15-20 minutes on a topic. Lightning rounds include more speakers with less time for each individual, approximately 5-10 minutes to present on a topic. **Please note that one lightning round session will be dedicated to graduate students.

This year’s theme is “Removing Barriers: Outreach & Diversity in Action.” Proposals that incorporate any of the following are encouraged:

-Projects that demonstrate diversity in collection management and/or acquisitions, particularly in documenting under-represented groups
-Studies concerning the degree to which the archivist can shape a more diverse historical record
-Arrangement and description techniques that enable wider access for researchers with varied learning needs and from different backgrounds, or that utilize non-traditional staffing models
-Methods to improve access for researchers of varied ages and backgrounds
-Innovative outreach programs, particularly those designed to engage with diverse communities
-Other projects and studies which fit into the broad theme of outreach and diversity, including diversity in ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, age, culture, geography, disability, religion, political affiliation, or interests

====DEADLINE====

Proposals must be submitted no later than FRIDAY, JANUARY 30, 2015

See Conference Page for location and hotel details and Session Page.

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Submit your Poster and Panel Presentation Ideas!

Be sure to submit you poster and panel session ideas for the upcoming SNCA Annual Conference in Greenville, NC March 12-13th!
The dealine for submissions is Friday, January 16th.
Please let us know if you have any questions.
-The Program Committee
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Apply Now! for the C. David Jackson Memorial SNCA Meeting Student Scholarship

As planning for our annual conference gets underway, the Education Committee invites applications for this year’s C. David Jackson Memorial SNCA Meeting Student Scholarship.

SNCA offers this scholarship of up to $500 for the purpose of allowing students to attend the society’s annual meeting and pre-conference workshops. Scholarship funds may be used for meeting registration, workshops, lodging, meals, and travel expenses. A one-year membership in SNCA will also be included with the scholarship. Applicants must be students enrolled in an archival studies program in North Carolina.

To apply, an application form and a current resume/CV should be submitted via email to the Education Committee Chair at education@ncarchivists.org. Please include “Jackson Scholarship” in the subject line.

Applications must be received by Wednesday, January 21, 2015. Recipients will be notified of their award by Wednesday, February 11, 2015.

Reimbursement will be provided based on a statement of expenses submitted with accompanying receipts. A previous SNCA scholarship recipient may not make further applications. Non-students are encouraged to apply for a Michelle Francis Scholarship.

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Institute of Outdoor Theatre Archives to be processed at ECU

Contributed by: Dale Saulter

The Special Collections Division at Joyner Library was the recipient of a 2014 National Historical Publications and Records Commission grant from the National Archives and Records Administration. This one-year grant will enable the archives from the Institute of Outdoor Theatre (recently renamed from Institute of Outdoor Drama) to be arranged, described, and made available for research. While being processed, the collection will not be available to researchers.

Processing of the Institute of Outdoor Theatre Archives is currently underway. This large collection contains over 150 boxes, or nearly 250 linear feet. It includes play scripts, correspondence, clippings, publicity material, video and audio recordings, feasibility studies, publications, reel-to-reel tapes, 35 mm slides, blueprints, and audition-related materials for more than 600 outdoor theatres. As processing continues, updates about the progress and what is being found will be shared through the processing blog, at http://blog.ecu.edu/sites/outdoortheatre/.

For more information about the project, please contact Dale Sauter, principal investigator and interim head of service, at 252.328.0275 or sauterd@ecu.edu, or Ashley Williams, project librarian, at 252.328.0276or williamsash14@ecu.edu.

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Grant to UNC Library Will Expand Digitization of Historic Materials Across North Carolina

Contributed by: Nick Graham

More North Carolina libraries, museums, and archives will soon be sharing their treasures online, thanks to a $75,000 grant to the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center, based in UNC’s Wilson Library.

The grant from the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation brings the Center into the DPLA’s Digital Hubs Pilot Project. As a digital hub, the Center will collaborate with cultural heritage institutions across the state to digitize materials from their collections, publish them online, and ensure that they become part of the DPLA.

The Center has been performing these functions as a service hub for the DPLA since October 2013. In that time, it has helped to bring a quarter-million scans and images from more than 160 North Carolina institutions into the DPLA.

“This grant is a wonderful vote of confidence in the high-quality work of the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center,” said UNC University Librarian Sarah Michalak.

Nick Graham, the Center’s program coordinator, said he routinely hears from university and public libraries, community colleges, and museums in North Carolina who would like to share their collections online.

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Tying a “Hand” of Tobacco. Undated image from the Haywood County Public Library.

Because archival-quality digitization is so costly, most of these items would never be seen beyond the local community if it were not for the partnership between participating institutions and the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center. This grant, combined with ongoing support from the State Library of North Carolina, enables the Center to provide these services at no charge to the contributing libraries.

“These are richly informative and frequently unique collections that shed light on North Carolina history and culture,” said Graham. “Adding them to the DPLA, alongside records from the Smithsonian Institution, the New York Public Library, and the Getty Institution amplifies their reach and value.”

Graham said the new grant will enable the Center to hire temporary staff, increase the volume of work it can take on, and build new partnerships. Among the projects in the pipeline thanks to the new grant are:

  • historic high school yearbooks from Caldwell, Johnston, and Richmond counties;
  • scrapbooks and photographs from the Oliver Nestus Freeman Round House Museum in Wilson, which documents the culture and contributions of the local African American community; student newspapers from Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs; and
  • mid-twentieth-century photographs that show farming practices in Rocky Mount.

North Carolina heritage materials may be viewed on the Center’s website at http://www.digitalnc.org/ or via the DPLA at http://dp.la/.

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- See more at: http://blogs.lib.unc.edu/news/index.php/2014/12/grant-to-unc-library-will-expand-digitization-of-historic-materials-across-north-carolina/#sthash.tHI9o9Bq.dpuf

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Our State Magazine Goes Digital in December

Contributed by: Dale Saulter, news release from NC Department of Cultural Resources

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Since 1933, Our State magazine has celebrated the people and places of North Carolina, and issues published from 1933 to 2011 are now available online in the North Carolina Digital Collections. With funding from the U. S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, the State Library of North Carolina, in collaboration with Our State magazine, N.C. Digital Heritage Center, East Carolina University’s Joyner Library and Caswell County Public Library, make free access to the publication available at http://digital.ncdcr.gov/cdm/home/ourstate.

In recognition of the benefits of the magazine, Gov. Pat McCrory has issued a proclamation declaring December 2014 to be “Our State Month.” It reads in part,

WHEREAS, from the outset, the magazine has heralded “What’s Right about North Carolina,” eschewing the negative and setting a positive tone, and its pages over the years amount to a chronicle of our changing state;”

“For many years, we have had hundreds of readers ask for information from our 82 years of magazine history. Now, we have a way to share this with everyone. We are so grateful for this addition to the cultural history of our great state,” said Our State publisher Bernie Mann. Mann has owned the magazine for almost twenty years.

Our State magazine has chronicled North Carolina’s history and culture for decades,” observed N.C. Department of Cultural Resources Sec. Susan Kluttz. “It is a state treasure because it allows citizens to learn about the wonderful culture and experiences available in our state. We’re delighted to again partner with Our State and their wonderful staff on this worthwhile project.”

“This is a tremendous resource for researchers looking for information about what topics were of interest or concern to North Carolinians over the decades,” said State Librarian Cal Shepard. “But, this is also a collection that is a lot of fun. Take a look at the old advertisements, find an old recipe and try it out, or look up something published from the week or month you were born. North Carolinians have enjoyed Our State for decades, and we want you to enjoy this collection as well.”

Issues may be browsed a page at a time, or in two page spreads using the page flip view. Articles and advertisements are full text searchable. The articles and images are still under copyright, so while an issue cannot be downloaded in its entirety, it can be read online cover to cover through the digital collection.

Carl Goersch began the publication in 1933 as The State. Its publisher changed several times over the decades, but its focus on highlighting the unique culture of North Carolina continued. The magazine’s name changed in 1996 under Bernie Mann of Mann Media, who remains its publisher today.

The Our State Digital Collection is one of the collections available through the North Carolina Digital Collections available online at digital.ncdcr.gov. The North Carolina Digital Collections are a joint project of the State Library of North Carolina and the State Archives of North Carolina, both divisions of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.

For over 80 years, Our State magazine has been North Carolina’s premier travel, food, and culture publication, celebrating the best of life in the state. Published by Mann Media, Inc., the award-winning magazine reaches more than 890,000 readers each month, with subscribers in every state and nearly 30 foreign countries. Learn more at ourstate.com.

For additional information, please call (919) 807-7454. The State Library is a division of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

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Historic North Carolina Newspapers Now Available on Chronicling America

Contributed by: Barbara Ilie

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North Carolina Historic Newspapers has completed digitization of over 100,000 pages of historic North Carolina newspapers from 20 newspaper titles during the first phase of its project. These pages are freely available and keyword searchable on the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America newspaper website (chroniclingamerica.loc.gov), which is 8.5 million pages and growing.

The titles cover the Mountain, Piedmont and Coastal regions of North Carolina and span the years 1836 – 1922.

The project has been granted an award for a second phase in which it will digitize an additional 100,000 historic North Carolina newspaper pages to be included on the site.

North Carolina Historic Newspapers is a partnership between the UNC-University Library, the State Archives of North Carolina, the Library of Congress, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

 

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Call for Panel, Lightning Round, and Poster Session Proposal Submissions

The 2015 Program Committee invites submissions for poster proposals,  panel session proposals, lightning round proposals, and graduate student lightning round proposals for the 2015 SNCA annual conference at the East Carolina Heart Institute in Greenville, NC, on March 12 and 13, 2015.

Poster Proposal Submission Form (Please submit by January 16, 2015)

Session Proposal Submission Form (Please submit by January 16, 2015)

“Session proposals” include an individual speaker proposal interested in joining a panel, a full panel proposal, and lightning round proposals for graduate students and professionals. Each speaker will need to provide a 100 word abstract of their proposed topic. Panel sessions consist of 3-4 speakers talking for approximately 15-20 minutes on a topic. Lightning rounds include more speakers with less time for each individual, approximately 5-10 minutes to present on a topic. **Please note that one lightning round session will be dedicated to graduate students.

This year’s theme is “Removing Barriers: Outreach & Diversity in Action.” Proposals that incorporate any of the following are encouraged:

-Projects that demonstrate diversity in collection management and/or acquisitions, particularly in documenting under-represented groups
-Studies concerning the degree to which the archivist can shape a more diverse historical record
-Arrangement and description techniques that enable wider access for researchers with varied learning needs and from different backgrounds, or that utilize non-traditional staffing models
-Methods to improve access for researchers of varied ages and backgrounds
-Innovative outreach programs, particularly those designed to engage with diverse communities
-Other projects and studies which fit into the broad theme of outreach and diversity, including diversity in ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, age, culture, geography, disability, religion, political affiliation, or interests

====DEADLINE====

Proposals must be submitted no later than FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2015

See Conference Page for location and hotel details and Session Page.

 

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