UNC Greensboro Welcomes Deborah Yun Caldwell as 2018-2020 Diversity Resident

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Deborah Yun Caldwell has been appointed as the 2018-2020 Diversity Resident for UNC Greensboro’s University Libraries. Caldwell comes to UNC Greensboro from Denton, Texas. She holds a bachelor of arts in Anthropology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and received her master of Information Science from the University of North Texas in August. While in the program, Caldwell worked as a student assistant in the Department of Information Science and as a graduate library assistant in Willis Library and the Eagle Commons Library.

 

The two-year post-MLS Diversity Residency program was established to further increase the diversity of University Libraries' professional staff while fostering the growth and development of a new librarian. As the 2018-2020 diversity resident librarian, Caldwell will be participating in the University’s diversity initiatives and collaborating with University Libraries and other divisions across campus in developing programs related to diversity.

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All Hands on Deck!

Contributed by Kelly Spring

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

When dealing with over three thousand accessions, two thousand resources, and a handful of assessment records, it’s good to have a large crew. Checking the accuracy of a mere 20% of that data would require a lone pirate to evaluate at least one thousand files! So, the subgroups here at ECU have recruited a few extra hands to assist in pinpointing migration blunders.

As soon as our lead programmer began test migrations from Archivists' Toolkit (AT) to ArchivesSpace (AS) for our three repositories (manuscripts, university archives, and medical history collections), we set to work checking the data for mapping, style, and content errors. We’ve enlisted student employees, catalogers, a few department heads, technicians, a support analyst, and even an assistant director to aid in the effort.

Of course, we rigged up a Jacob’s Ladder to get our mates aboard and promised not to maroon them. Each subgroup created documentation and training material for their new recruits and walked them through the process of comparing source files in AT with the migrated files in AS. We’ve begun with accession records and hope to move on to resource records in the new year. (You can loot our ECU accession worksheet here.)

There is a scurvy dog, though: the manuscript container list database. The lead programmer is exploring how best to push this into AS. Attempts have included adding container lists to AT and pushing through the AT migration tool, using a console application to inject AS-compliant container lists into EAD and adding via AS import/export, and using the Harvard aspace-import-excel tool. We hope that the parley doesn’t drag on, but the entire crew is on hand to assist if swabbing the deck - or manually working with the database - becomes necessary.

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Announcing the 2019 Jackson Memorial SNCA Meeting Student Scholarship and Graduate Student Survey

The Education Committee is now accepting applications for C. David Jackson Memorial Student Scholarship for the annual SNCA conference at the University of North Carolina Wilmington! Pre-conference workshops will be held on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, and the conference will run Thursday and Friday, March 14-15, 2019.

This year, the committee will award two scholarships of $500 each to support student attendance at the society’s annual meeting and pre-conference workshops. Scholarship funds may be used for meeting registration, workshops, lodging, meals, travel, and other expenses. A one-year SNCA membership is also included with the scholarship.

Scholarship funds will be disbursed to recipients prior to the conference as a one-time payment. Applicants must be students enrolled in an archival studies, public history, or library science program in North Carolina.

Applications must be received by Monday, January 14, 2019. We will notify applicants of the committee’s decisions in early February. You can find the application form and additional details here.

Also: SNCA’s Education Committee would love graduate students’ feedback regarding the kinds of awards and rewards that are of interest to you. The survey will be open now until February 1. Two randomly selected survey participants will win a $25 gift card to an independent bookstore of their choice as a thank you. (Only one entry per person, please)

If you have questions about SNCA's Education Committee work or any of the above, please email committee chair Stephanie Bennett at education@ncarchivists.org.

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Meet your Membership Chair: Winnie Titchener Coyle

Coyle pictureWhat jobs have you had in the archival realm?
Since 2012, I've been working at Biltmore Estate in Asheville as an archivist and oral historian. Before, when I was a student at SILS in Chapel Hill, I worked as a liaison between the Southern Oral History Program and the Southern Historical Collection in Wilson Library. I also worked on digitization projects and did freelance transcription and editing work to make ends meet.

What is your educational background?
I earned my masters in Library and Information Science from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2011 and bachelors degrees in English Literature and French from UNC-Greensboro in 2007.

What is your favorite part of your job and what do you consider to be the most important part of your job?
My favorite part of my job is the feeling of pure satisfaction that comes with bringing order out of chaos (or legacy finding aids). I also love talking to people and learning about their lives and experiences.

The most important part of my job, in my opinion, is recording those stories with interviewees for the oral history program and adding those interviews to the historical record of Biltmore Estate and Western North Carolina more broadly. Also important is providing reference services to internal "guests" (such as curatorial staff) and external guests (often people doing research on ancestors who worked on the Estate as construction workers, farmers, dairy workers, servants, rangers, etc.)

Tell us about something you're particularly proud of from your job or your institution.
For a business archive/museum, my institution is wonderful about providing time and resources for research, professional development, and outreach that goes beyond the scope of our day-to-day jobs. There is a real sense of professionalism and cooperation among our team, and I'm really proud to work alongside the curators, conservators, and registrars who make up our department.

What advice would you give to someone interested in pursuing a similar career?
First: start looking at job postings, and keep tabs on what kinds of jobs are available and what qualifications they require. Then, if any particular area or niche appeals to you within the archives world, go for it. Keep up your skills in other areas, but don't be reluctant to dig in with work that fascinates you. When you interview with potential internships or employers, it's important to be enthusiastic -- if you can shape your career to reflect your true interests, that enthusiasm will be genuine.

And do build relationships with people outside your institution and niche. If nothing else, you'll have more people to chat with at conferences! And  you can also learn a lot about this field by looking at the work other people are doing around you.

Who has been key to shaping your professional outlook?
I can't overstate the impact that working at both Wilson Library and the Center for the Study of the American South had on me when I was a student -- the leadership, my coworkers, and other student workers were such wonderful examples of how to be archivists and oral historians with care and commitment. And the work of Kathleen Blee, Nell Irvin Painter, and Bill Chafe have been useful in learning about the uses and limitations of oral history work, and about some of the nuts-and-bolts aspects of putting projects together.

What do you hope to accomplish during your time in SNCA leadership?
The Membership Committee is working now on getting more social events on the calendar, and we are also looking at the possibility of a membership directory. Stay tuned!

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Meet your Treasurer: Sean Mulligan

Sean Mulligan photoWhat jobs have you had in the archival realm?
I was hired in November 2008 at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) to work as an archivist. In that position, I have primarily focused on processing and managing University Archives records. However, I have also had experience with processing several manuscript collections. Additionally, I have served as the Chair of the Staff Development Committee at Jackson Library at UNCG since 2012 and was the Chair of the Triad Area Library Association Paraprofessional Conference Planning Committee from 2016-2018.

What is your educational background?

  • Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (December 2018)
  • Master of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (December 2014)
  • Master of Library Science (Archival Studies) from the University of Maryland (May 2008)
  • Bachelor of Arts (History) from the University of Virginia (May 2005)

What is your favorite part of your job and what do you consider to be the most important part of your job?
What I love most about working in the University Archives is discovering unique items that have been “hidden” from the public and bringing them to light. One my favorite exhibits that I put together focused on various historical signatures we had within our collections. This included letters and documents signed by Thomas Jefferson, Helen Keller, Booker T. Washington, and many others. It was fascinating to me to see just how many "famous" people we had letters from.

I think one of the most important aspects of my job is providing reference help to patrons in answering their information needs. I want them to have a pleasant experience in the archives and hopefully they will return in the future if they ever need to. Unfortunately, sometimes the information they are seeking just isn’t within our collections, and it is never fun having to let them know that.

Tell us about something you're particularly proud of from your job or your institution.
One thing that I am particularly proud of is our effort to have all of our collections represented online in some fashion so that the public knows of their existence. When I began in 2008, we had a massive backlog of materials that were essentially hidden from the public. Utilizing MPLP, we were able to create online records for all of them. While they may only be minimally processed, I think it is more important to let others know of their existence than to have them fully processed.

What advice would you give to someone interested in pursuing a similar career?
My advice to someone looking for a career in archives, specifically in University Archives, would be to conduct informational interviews with people already in the profession to learn more. I remember how much of a shock I felt upon graduating from library school and then seeing the reality of archives. I thought everything would be nearly in order and that all collections would have nice, complete finding aids, etc. I was very eye-opening to see the reality versus literature. I think talking with other archivists will help them have a better sense of archives and allow them to build connections within the archival community.

What do you hope to accomplish during your time in SNCA leadership?
Having served at the SNCA Treasurer since 2014, my hope is to continue making sound financial decisions for SNCA and to keep the organization fiscally solvent during the year.

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New movie-making digital collection at New Hanover County Public Library

Contributed by Travis Souther

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Stunt Clean-Up (Image courtesy of New Hanover County Public Library, North Carolina Room)

The New Hanover County Public Library has started a new digital exhibit highlighting Wilmington and southeastern North Carolina’s role in the film and television industry.  The exhibit is still in its infancy with less than 70 digital artifacts, but it features images and newspaper clippings from or about multiple moving pictures.  The collection is available at: http://cdm16072.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/landingpage/collection/p16072coll3.  Stay tuned to their website for more images to come.

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New accessions at ECU Manuscript Collection

Contributed by Dale Sauter

Millie-Christine McCoy Photograph #1340

Circa 1900 cabinet photograph of the conjoined twins Millie-Christine McCoy (1851-1912), who were born as African-American slaves in Columbus County, North Carolina.  Photograph was taken by Frank Wendt, Boonton, New Jersey, and is autographed on verso by Millie-Christine.

Stuart Wright Collection: Stuart Wright Papers #1169-039, Addition #5

Stuart Wright manuscript materials, mostly galley pages, some with marginalia. Materials are related to his biography of Andrew Lytle and to the Colonel Heros von Bourcke Journal.  Transferred from Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Wake Forest University.

Disciples of Christ Congo Mission (DCCM) Photograph Album #1341

Photograph album documents missionary life in Bolenge, Congo Free State (now Democratic Republic of the Congo), at the Disciples of Christ Congo Mission in 1935 and 1936.  Photographs also illustrate everyday life among the Congolese natives.

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Meet your President: Kelly Wooten

Kelly Wooten photoWhat jobs have you had in the archival realm?
I’ve been the Research Services and Collection Development Librarian for the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture since 2006, and while it’s not the only job I’ve had in libraries, it is the only job I’ve had in archives.

What is your educational background?
I have a BA in English Literature and Women’s Studies and an MS in Library Science, both from UNC Chapel Hill.

What is your favorite part of your job and what do you consider to be the most important part of your job?
I love working with students of all levels (including Girls Rock NC campers in elementary school, Duke undergraduates and graduate students from all over the world) in the classroom and as researchers in the reading room. I lead workshops to share about my work documenting women’s, girls’ and LGBTQ+ history particularly through our zine collections. I enjoy doing this outreach work because it helps people learn about the archives as well as seeing themselves as important creators of history when they make their own zines.

Tell us about something you're particularly proud of from your job or your institution.
I was humbled to be recently honored with the the Blue Ribbon Diversity Award at Duke University in recognition of my work documenting women’s and LGBTQ+ history as well as my leadership with the Duke University Libraries’ Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council. I’m very glad to be part of an organization that values working towards creating a more inclusive and diverse historical record and environment for library workers and visitors.

What advice would you give to someone interested in pursuing a similar career?
The relationships I built with archivists, librarians, and other library workers at different institutions have been the most important part of my education while I was in graduate school and for my ongoing professional development. I have been fortunate to work with colleagues who are generous with their time, energy, and expertise and have been invested in bringing along new professionals in the field. My advice is to seek out people working in archives or related areas and build meaningful connections with them.

Who has been key to shaping your professional outlook?
My colleagues at the Rubenstein Library are too numerous to list by name, but I have learned so much from them during my time here. I am inspired by the writings of Michelle Caswell and Marika Cifor about radical empathy in archival practice and by the work of the women who participated with me on a panel on that topic at the Society of American Archivists meeting in 2016. I have also built a practice of feminist pedagogy based on the work of Maria Accardi.

What do you hope to accomplish during your time in SNCA leadership?
I’m excited to start work on developing a strategic plan with our board to help give us a longer-term view of our goals as an organization.

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Introducing the Student Spotlight Series

Contributed by Erin Gallagher

Archival students produce extensive and often integral work through their internships, field experiences, and school projects. They contribute supplemental project support, lead projects, and create and update workflows to support a variety of institutions. To highlight the work that archival students create, the Society of North Carolina Archivists is starting a Student Spotlight blog series through the SNCA newsletter.

I thought that a blog series showcasing the vital work in which archival students engage would be an interesting way to get to know and connect with the student population of the SNCA community. By showcasing the work produced by archival student workers, the entire North Carolina archives community gets to meet these future archivists.

Additionally, when we share our experiences, no matter where we are in our careers, we learn from one another and add to the profession. Personally, I find that the most informative accounts often explore the problems encountered during projects. These write-ups tend to highlight how archivists draw from their experiences and develop innovative skills to overcome those obstacles.

My goal for this series is to highlight the important work of archival students across the state of North Carolina. It is important to me in the position of Second Member at Large to provide a space for students to share the important work that they’re doing and to introduce current professionals to their soon-to-be colleagues.

NCSU SCRC blog photoI was inspired to start this blog series from the Meet the Members newsletter series, introducing the Executive Board members to the North Carolina archiving community. Also, a blog post from North Carolina State University’s Special Collection Research Center (SCRC) blog series, Space Showcase, acted as an influence for this series. The posts in the SCRC’s series highlight the digital team, including the contributions of former fellows and student interns. This photo was taken for a post, featuring me processing disks for archival storage. You can read that post here: https://www.lib.ncsu.edu/news/special-collections/space-showcase%3A-digital-collections.

Any recent work, internships, or interesting school projects are welcome additions to the Student Spotlight series. If you have any questions comments or concerns, please feel free to contact me at ep74468@gmail.com.

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Archives Month: Lake Junaluska

Contributed by Sarah Downing

Lake Junaluska, situated amidst the verdant mountains of Haywood County, hosted its first grand assembly in 1913. Its beginning can be traced five years earlier at a meeting of the Layman’s Missionary Movement held in Chattanooga, Tennessee. A resolution was passed calling for the Methodist Episcopal Church, South to create “a great assembly ground” that would be used “for the gathering together of our forces” at appropriate times, as well as being improved to allow for conferences and institutes and to allow for “the general upbuilding of the Church.”

Lake Junaluska and auditorium. Alexander Inn Collection, WRA.

A committee was appointed and locations discussed. Among those considered were Asheville, Hendersonville, Waynesville, and Lake Toxaway in North Carolina; East Tennessee; and a spot in Tidewater, Virginia near the growing resort of Virginia Beach. A group of organizers created a corporation and issued stock. A dam was created over Richland Creek to form Lake Junaluska.

By 1913, in addition to the auditorium and public services building, a dozen or so cottages were in various stages of construction, with their owners from the Carolinas and Tennessee but also as far away as Mississippi. Development was slow and there were many setbacks, but the construction of cottages and inns continued, and a tradition of summering at Lake Junaluska began.

During the Great Depression, the Assembly went bankrupt but received funding from the General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. In 1936, a successful campaign was undertaken to raise money to pay off the mortgage. The General Conference agreed to take over the property, provided it remain mortgage-free. In 1939, after the reunification of the southern and northern offshoots, the assembly became the property of the Methodist Church.

Today, visitors can stay in a variety of accommodations at Lake Junaluska, including cottages, inns, lodges, and a campground. Sojourners make their way to the historic gathering spot to attend conferences, events, or for personal respite. Lake Junaluska is headquarters of the World Methodist Council and home to the World Methodist Museum.

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