Contributed by Kenneth Marks
Sue Marks of Apex died January 14, 2016. She was the historian at Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Raleigh. She was a member of SNCA until she became unable to attend meetings 3 years ago.
Contributed by Kenneth Marks
Sue Marks of Apex died January 14, 2016. She was the historian at Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Raleigh. She was a member of SNCA until she became unable to attend meetings 3 years ago.
Contributed by Dale Sauter
Special Collections recently welcomed Andrew Rabkin in the position of Digital Archivist.
In 2014, the Special Collections Division at Joyner Library was the recipient of a National Historical Publications and Records Commission grant to process the archives from the Institute of Outdoor Theatre. The project archivist, Ashley Williams, designed a comprehensive exhibit on the records. The People’s Theatre: The Institute of Outdoor Theatre and North Carolina Productions will be on display from January 2016 through August 2016 on Joyner’s 4th floor, and digitized images from the collection can be viewed through ECU’s Digital Collections portal.
Special Collections has also made some notable recent acquisitions:
Lastly, Christine M. Shea, a beloved ECU faculty member tenured in the College of Education’s Department of Special Education, Social Foundations and Research, passed away on March 25, 2015. Dr. Shea left her extensive book collection to Joyner Library. In addition to this generous bequest, Dr. Shea’s family requested that memorial gifts be designated for Joyner Library. Recently, Dr. Shea’s six brothers and sisters, as well as several of their spouses, traveled to Greenville to present a check for $1,000 to Jan Lewis, Director of the J. Y. Joyner Library. While at the library, they viewed a display of their sister’s publications and enjoyed a tour of the Teaching Resources Center given by Teaching Resources Center head, Alan Bailey.
Contributed by Liz Skene
Until this year, Western Carolina University library users were only able to browse the manuscript collections held by Hunter Library’s Special Collections department by visiting in person or contacting them via phone or e-mail. Now, thanks to the work of three library departments, over 100 of these finding aids are available online.
The library’s Special Collections department, the cataloging department, and the Digital Initiatives unit are working collaboratively to make this material available online. The work involves migrating information from Microsoft Word documents into ArchivesSpace. Additionally, when digitized versions of the materials are available, staff are linking the description to the corresponding item in the library’s digital collections. The library is continuing work on this project and hopes to double the amount of finding aids online this year, with an eventual goal of getting nearly 600 online.
Questions about the project can be directed to Elizabeth Skene, Digital Initiatives Librarian, email@example.com.
Contributed by Erin Lawrimore
Over 200 records from the University Archives at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) can be viewed online as the result of a new partnership between the Google Cultural Institute and the UNCG University Libraries. In February, staff at the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives and the Libraries’ Electronic Resources and Information Technologies departments uploaded the records and built the online exhibit African Americans at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1892-1971, as part of the Google Cultural Institute’s Black History Month celebration.
This exhibit traces the history of African American faculty, staff, and students at UNCG from its opening as the State Normal and Industrial School in 1892 until 1971. Through digitized photographs and documents, as well as audio clips from oral history interviews conducted as part of the African American Institutional Memory Project, viewers can learn more about African American employees on campus prior to desegregation, Jim Crow-era debates over the use of facilities by African Americans, the fight to integrate the student body, student involvement in the sit-ins and protest movements of the early 1960s, the founding of the Neo-Black Society in 1968, and the hiring of the first African American faculty members.
The Google Cultural Institute and its partners are putting the world’s cultural treasures at the fingertips of Internet users and are building tools that allow the cultural sector to share more of its diverse heritage online. The Google Cultural Institute has partnered with more than 1,000 institutions, giving a platform to over 250,000 pieces of artwork and a total of 6 million photos, videos, manuscripts, and other documents representing art, culture, and history. You can learn more about the broader project in this Huffington Post article.
If you have questions about the exhibit, please contact Erin Lawrimore, University Archivist, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to the SNCA members who will be participating in the 2016 Archives Leadership Institute:
The detailed press release can be viewed here.
Contributed by Amy McDonald
The SNCA Education Committee is pleased to announce the recipients of the Gene J. Williams Student Paper Award and the C. David Jackson Memorial Student Scholarship for this year.
Holly Croft is the recipient of this year’s Gene J. Williams Student Paper Award. Croft’s paper, “We’ve Got Mail: Email Preservation at a Small, Private University,” will be published in the next issue of JSNCA.
Croft is a second-year MSLS student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science, where she is pursuing a concentration in archives and a certificate in nonprofit leadership. She works at Campbell University as the archives and records management intern.
Charmaine Bonner and Sara Maeve Whisnant are recipients of this year’s C. David Jackson Memorial Student Scholarships. Their awards will fully cover registration and expenses to attend SNCA’s upcoming annual conference.
Bonner is a second-year MLS student (Archives and Records Management Concentration) at North Carolina Central University. She is currently the SNCC Intern at the John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture at Duke University. A native Michigander, her interests include genealogy, oral history, and folklore.
Whisnant is a second-semester MLIS student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. During her undergraduate degree (also at UNC-G), she worked for the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives and decided to pursue archives as a career. She hopes to use the archives to teach information literacy and act as an advocate for the preservation of materials.
Congratulations to all three students!
Please watch the SNCA blog and listserv for announcements about next year’s awards or contact the Education Committee chair (email@example.com) for more information.
The SNCA Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the candidates for the 2016-2017 Executive Board. Please review the candidates and their bios. Elections will be held online in late March. Voting will be by secret ballot and election by simple majority of votes cast.
Kathelene Smith, Chair
Beth Ann Koelsch
2016-2017 Society of North Carolina Archivists Executive Board Nominations:
President: (1 year)
The president shall direct and coordinate the affairs of the society, shall preside at all meetings of the Society and the Executive Board, and shall perform such duties as may be directed by the Executive Board. Nominees for president shall have previously served on the board.
1. Jolie Braun, Duke University
I am Assistant Director at the Duke University Medical Center Archives, where I serve as the primary contact for reference and instruction requests, and promote the collections by curating exhibits, identifying materials for digitization, and collaborating with faculty and staff. Before coming to Duke, I worked at Washington University’s Modern Graphic History Library. I received an MLIS from San Jose State University and an MA in English from the University of California, Davis.
Vice-President: (1 year)
The vice president shall perform the duties of the president in case of the president's resignation or absence. The vice president shall serve as chair of the program committee. Nominees for vice president must have previously served on the board or on a Society committee.
1. Hannah Cox, Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
I am the Archivist for the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, where my responsibilities include processing and managing archival collections, providing access, and reference. Before moving to Charlotte, I was Archives Specialist at Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI), working with the Philanthropic Collection. I earned my Master of Library Science and Master of Arts in Public History degrees from IUPUI in 2010, and Bachelor of Science degrees in Anthropology and History from Ball State University in 2004. I am currently serving on the SNCA board as Member-at-Large, and manage our Facebook account. I would be eager and honored to continue my service on the SNCA board as Vice President/Program Chair.
Treasurer: (2 years)
The treasurer shall have custody of all funds belonging to the Society and shall disburse them in accordance with the annual budget or upon the expressed authority of the Executive Board. The treasurer shall keep accurate records of all financial transactions. Nominees for treasurer must have been a member of the Society for at least two years.
1. Stephanie Barnwell, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics
Stephanie Barnwell is a lone arranger at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, where she has established a collection related to the history of the first public, residential STEM school in the country. Before working at NCSSM, she worked with archival collections at NCSU and the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History & Culture at Duke University, on digital humanities projects with the Digital Innovation Lab at UNC-Chapel Hill, and as a film programmer at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. A recipient of the C. David Jackson Memorial SNCA Meeting Student Scholarship in 2012, she has also contributed to the work of the SNCA Program Committee and Education Committee. She received her BA from Duke University, her MA in Public History from North Carolina State University, and her MSLS with a concentration in archives & records management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
2. Sean Mulligan, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Sean Mulligan has actively been involved with SNCA since 2010, during which time he has served in a variety of roles including as a member of the 2012 SNCA Conference Local Arrangements Planning Committee. In May 2014, he was appointed Assistant Treasurer, where he worked closely with the Treasurer to oversee the financial transitions of SNCA. Sean became the SNCA Treasurer in 2015 and has continued to successfully manage the financial needs of the organization as well as maintain its annual budget through his attention to detail and knowledge of business practices. Since 2008, he has worked as an archivist at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) where he has specialized in managing the archival records of the University. He holds a Bachelor’s in history from the University of Virginia, a Master’s in Library Science from the University of Maryland, and a Master’s in Business Administration from UNCG.
Archives Month Chairman: (2 years)
The Archives Month Chairperson will coordinate the planning and promotion of Archives Month, including collaboration with the Development Committee regarding funding and marketing and communication with SNCA membership to encourage activities and awareness.
1. Caitlin Christian Lamb, Davidson College
Caitlin Christian-Lamb is the Associate Archivist of Davidson College. Her work at Davidson focuses on digital preservation and planning, coordinating outreach and collaborations, managing the web presence of the Archives & Special Collections, serving as the lead of the institutional repository working group, teaching course modules, answering reference questions, and acting as the library liaison to the college’s digital studies initiative. Caitlin currently sits on SNCA’s Education and Archives Month committees, and has previously served as a Member at Large. In addition to her involvement with SNCA, she serves on the Society of American Archivists’ Standards Committee and as a Review Editor for ACRL’s dh+lib. Caitlin earned a B.A. in History from SUNY Purchase College, and a M.A. in History and a M.S. in Library and Information Science from Simmons College.
2. Jennifer Motszko, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Jennifer Motszko holds a BA in History from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and master’s degrees in History and Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Since 2008, she has worked as the Manuscript Archivist Librarian for The University of North Carolina at Greensboro's Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives. As Manuscript Archivist, Jennifer collects materials that document the historical, political, and cultural landscape of the Piedmont Triad Region of North Carolina. Previously, she has served on the SNCA Board in the capacity of Member-at-Large, Vice-President, President, and Nominating Committee Chair. Jennifer has a particular interest in promotion and outreach which will serve her well in the position of Archives Month Chair.
Education Chairman: (2 years)
Directs and coordinates the activities of the education committee, which plans and promotes archival education opportunities. Selects the Gene Williams Award and C. David Jackson Scholarship winners.
1. Amy McDonald, Duke University
I’m the Assistant University Archivist at the Duke University Archives, focusing on reference, instruction, and outreach. I received my MSLS from the School of Information and Library Science at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2008. I’ve been serving as SNCA’s Education Chair for the past two years and I’m excited by the prospect of continuing to develop new educational opportunities for SNCA members.
Publications Chair: (2 years)
The publications chairperson shall oversee the Society’s publications.
1. Stephanie Bennett, Wake Forest University
Stephanie Bennett is the Collections Archivist for Wake Forest University and a current Member-at-Large on SNCA's Executive Board. She holds a BA in English from Wake Forest University and an MSLIS with a concentration in Archives Management from Simmons College and is a Certified Archivist. Bennett worked previously at Iowa State University's Special Collections and University Archives and Boston College's John J. Burns Library. Prior to earning her archives degree, Bennett worked as a research analyst at two corporate research firms.
2. Nikki Thomas, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Nikki Lynn Thomas is currently the Archivist for Collection Management for UNC Charlotte Special Collections and University Archives where she supervises accessioning, arrangement, description, and preservation functions for the department, including establishment of policies, procedures, workflows, and guidelines. Previously, she was Manuscripts Curator at UT San Antonio, where she managed the university’s manuscript collections from acquisition, arrangement, and description to reference, outreach, and digitization. Nikki was awarded an MSIS from UT Austin with an emphasis in archives and records management in 2006, has been a Certified Archivist since 2008, and received her DAS certification in 2013. Along with being a current member of SAA, ACA, SNCA, and the Society of Southwest Archivists, Nikki served on the SSA Publications Committee from 2010-2013 and is a member of the Local Arrangements Committee for this year's SNCA meeting in Charlotte.
Member at Large (2 positions):
The members at large shall have duties as assigned by the Executive Board.
1. Chrystal Carpenter, Elon University
Chrystal Carpenter joined Elon University as University Archivist in July 2015, my responsibilities include the administration of the Archives and Special Collections department including outreach, reference, instruction, and donor relations. Prior to Elon I served as the Lead Archivist at the J. Craig Venter Institute in San Diego and as Manuscript and Congressional Archivist at the University of Arizona. I have a M.A. in Information Resources and Library Science from the University of Arizona. In addition, I am a 2013 member of the Archives Leadership Institute and a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists. As an active participant in the archival profession and I am eager to learn from and work with SNCA colleagues in my newly adopted state.
2. Josh Hager, North Carolina State Archives
Josh Hager is a Reference Archivist at the State Archives of North Carolina. He is also the current chair of the "23 Things" Committee for Digital Outreach and Social Media Research in the Reference, Access, and Outreach Section of the Society of American Archivists. He has a B.A. in History from Duke University, an M.A. in Public History (Archival Management) from North Carolina State University, and a M.S.I.S. from UNC Chapel Hill. He has previously worked as a reference student assistant at Duke University's Rubenstein Library and North Carolina State University's Special Collections Research Center. He also has worked in the Duke Digital Production Center as a graduate assistant on the Content, Context, and Capacity Grant to Digitize the Long Civil Rights Movement. Publications include "To Like or Not to Like: Maximizing the Utility of Archival Outreach on Facebook" in The American Archivist (Spring 2015), which received the Theodore Calvin Pease Award for superior writing in graduate archival studies, as well as two articles in Archival Outlook, respectively on a State Archives exhibit in the North Carolina Museum of History and on his experience as a winning contestant on Jeopardy! He has presented his research the annual meetings of SNCA, SAA, and MARAC.
3. Matthew Peek, North Carolina State Archives
Matthew M. Peek began in November 2014 as the new Military Collection Archivist for the State Archives of North Carolina. He holds a B.A. in History, and Archaeological Studies and Near Eastern Studies minors from Kentucky Christian University; a M.A. in Public History (archival studies emphasis) from Wright State University (Dayton, OH); and is close to completion of his MLIS Digital Archival Preservation from Kent State University. Formerly the first corporate archivist for Airstream, Inc., in Ohio, Peek has worked and volunteered for numerous institutions, including the Ohio Historical Society, the Kentucky Historical Society, Wright State University Special Collections and Archives, and the U.S. Ombudsman Association. Peek came to the State Archives from the Montana Historical Society, where he worked on a CLIR Hidden Collections grant to process the U.S. Senator Lee Metcalf Photograph and Film Collections. Peek is a Certified Archivist (CA) through the Academy of Certified Archivists.
4. Andrew Rabkin, East Carolina University
I’m the Digital Archivist at East Carolina University, where I’m focused on the long-term preservation of ECU’s digital collections. I have an MSLIS with concentrations in archives and preservation management from Simmons College, a diploma in bookbinding from the North Bennet Street School, and a BA in English from Cornell University. Prior to receiving my MSLIS, I worked primarily with rare and manuscript items in conservation labs at Cornell University Library and the Schlesinger Library at Harvard. After Simmons, I moved to Utah, where I was an archivist at Weber State University in Ogden, and then at Sundance Institute in Park City. I’m interested in the role of systematic preservation in archives, especially as we transition to increasingly digital collections. As someone new to both North Carolina and SNCA, I’m excited to join the state’s vibrant archives community, and eager to support my new colleagues as a Member-at-Large on the SNCA board.
5. Kelly Wooten, Duke University
Kelly Wooten is the Research Services and Collection Development Librarian for the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture, part of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, and Librarian for Sexuality Studies for Duke University Libraries. Kelly is active in the Zine Librarians network, hosting the 2014 Zine Librarians (un)Conference at Duke University. She is a past co-chair of the Society of American Archivists Women’s Collections Roundtable (2008-2010). She co-edited with Lyz Bly the anthology Make Your Own History: Documenting Feminist and Queer History in the 21st Century (Litwin Books, 2012). Recently she was selected as a member of the 2016 cohort of the Archives Leadership Institute. Both her BA in Women’s Studies and English Literature and her MSLS are from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Nominating Chair: (1 year) *The immediate past president shall serve on the Board as chair of the nominating committee.*
1. Rebecca Peterson May, Wake Forest University
I received my MLIS from UNCG, and a BA in American Studies and Art History from The George Washington University. I have been active on the SNCA Board since 2011, when I joined the Archives Week Committee. I chaired the Archives Week Committee from 2011-2014, later moving into the position of Vice President/Programming Chair during the 2014-2015 year. I am currently the President of SNCA and look forward to using my experience on the Board to transition to Nominations Committee Chair in 2016. SNCA has a vast and talented membership, and I hope to engage more with people across the state and profession to diversify and promote archives in North Carolina.
Contributed by Bob McInnes
In addition to being a long-time member of SNCA, Bob McInnes is also a member of the Carolinas Theological Library Consortium (CTLC). At that group's spring 2015 meeting, he posed the question: “How many of your schools and libraries have their own institutional archival program?” It turns out that none of them does. Members of the CTLC became intrigued and began asking their own questions, and soon interest in the concept began to grow. McInnes was elected president of the CTLC at the fall 2015 meeting, and he will be the keynote speaker at the spring 2016 CTLC meeting, speaking on the merits of institutional archives and how to get them started. This meeting will take place on Thursday, March 3—a few weeks before the SNCA meeting. That way, CTLC members will have some time to mentally digest the contents of the presentation and then register for the spring SNCA meeting.
If you have any questions or wish to discuss this further, feel free to call or e-mail Bob McInnes:
Robert A. McInnes, CA, MLIS
Charlotte Christian College and Theological Seminary
704-334-6882 ext. 104
The 30th annual Western Archives Institute will be held at Santa Clara University from July 10 to 22, 2016. The Western Archives Institute is an intensive, two-week program that provides integrated instruction in basic archival practices to individuals with a variety of backgrounds, including those whose jobs require a fundamental understanding of archival skills but who have little or no previous archives education; those who have expanding responsibility for archival materials; those who are practicing archivists but have not received formal instruction; and those who demonstrate a commitment to an archival career.
The Institute also features site visits to historical records repositories and a diverse curriculum that includes history and development of the profession, theory and terminology, records management, appraisal, arrangement, description, manuscripts acquisition, archives and the law, photographs, preservation administration, reference and access, outreach programs, and managing archival programs and institutions.
Thomas Wilsted has agreed to serve as the 2016 Principal Faculty Member. During his career, he has worked at the Illinois State Historical Library, the National Library of New Zealand, the Salvation Army Archives and Research Center, the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming, and the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut. He is currently the principal at Wilsted Consulting. He is the author of Managing Archival and Manuscript Repositories (SAA, 1991), Planning New and Remodeled Archival Facilities (SAA, 2007), and co-editor of Archival and Special Collections Facilities: Guidelines for Archivists, Librarians, Architects, and Engineers (SAA, 2010).
Wilsted taught archives administration at the University of Wyoming and the University of Connecticut, as well as numerous workshops for the Society of American Archivists. Most recently, he developed and taught workshops and webinars on fundraising and archival management for the California State Historical Records Advisory Board. Mr. Wilsted is a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists and a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists.
Tuition for the institute is $700 and includes a selection of archival publications. Other non-negotiable fees including program transportation, facility fees, opening dinner, and luncheon at the closing program will be available in early February. Housing and meal plans are available at additional cost.
The application deadline is Friday, March 4, 2016. The application package is available on the California State Archives website at http://www.sos.ca.gov/archives/western-archives-institute and on the Society of California Archivists website at http://www.calarchivists.org/WAI. For additional program information, see http://www.calarchivists.org/WAI, or contact:
Western Archives Institute
1020 O Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Telephone: (916) 653–7715
Fax: (916) 653–7134
The Western Archives Institute is co-sponsored by the Society of California Archivists and the California State Archives.
Contributed by Amy McDonald
The SNCA Education Committee is now accepting applications for the Gene J. Williams Student Paper Award and the C. David Jackson Memorial Student Scholarship. Applications for both awards must be received by Friday, January 15, 2016. Recipients will be notified of their award by Friday, February 12, 2016.
Gene J. Williams Student Paper Award
SNCA annually recognizes a paper on an archival topic written for a graduate-level course by a North Carolina student. The recipient of the Gene J. Williams Award receives a prize of $100; free conference attendance; a one-year membership in the Society of North Carolina Archivists; and publication of their award-winning paper in SNCA’s peer-reviewed journal.
For additional details, please see http://www.ncarchivists.org/awards/gene-j-williams-award/. To apply, an application form—which must be signed by your professor—should be submitted via e-mail to the Education Committee Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “Williams Award” in the subject line. Proof of NC residency must be submitted for students attending a graduate program outside North Carolina.
C. David Jackson Memorial Student Scholarship
SNCA offers this scholarship of up to $500 to encourage 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.
For additional details, please see http://www.ncarchivists.org/awards/c-david-jackson-memorial-snca-meeting-scholarship/. To apply, an application form and a current resume/CV should be submitted via e-mail to the Education Committee Chair at email@example.com. Please include “Jackson Scholarship” in the subject line.