Contributed by Hollie Stevenson-Parrish
UNC Greensboro’s University Libraries is home to more than 50,000 digitized primary source materials and other historical and archival resources — photos, books, programs, scrapbooks, yearbooks, letters, etc. — comprising more than 750,000 individual objects. You can view the collection online at https://go.uncg.edu/digitalcollections, which documents multiple projects.
This demanding work is performed by archivists who evaluate, preserve, and arrange records and documents in public sector organizations, such as schools, museums, and libraries.
For Processing Archivist Patrick Dollar and Archivist Scott Hinshaw, making information within the archives more accessible to the public is an everyday occurrence. On any given day, they are analyzing materials, preserving collections, managing information, assisting with retrieval, and promoting archival content.
Both Dollar and Hinshaw recently received their Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) Certificate from the Society of American Archivists (SAA). Founded in 1936, the SAA is North America's oldest and largest national professional association, dedicated to the needs and interests of archives and archivists. The SAA represents more than 6,200 professional archivists employed by governments, universities, businesses, libraries, and historical organizations.
"The University Libraries is proud to invest in professional development opportunities for our staff members in order to stay up-to-date on their skills and talents that ultimately benefit the end user with a higher quality of product or service,” said UNC Greensboro’s University Libraries’ Interim Dean and Associate Professor Mike Crumpton.
“The courses and programming were really great and I’ve learned so much from this program. I think it’s a great way for Archivists to gain new skills and knowledge about our constantly evolving profession,” said Hinshaw.
Hinshaw, a two-time alumnus, graduated from UNCG with dual majors in Ancient Greek and Latin Languages and Historical Archaeology and began working at the University Libraries in 1999. After receiving his bachelor of arts degree, Hinshaw obtained his master of arts degree in American History with an Historical Preservation Certificate from UNCG.
“I am the systems administrator for our Born Digital Records Management system and working with digital records is a major component of my job,” said Dollar. “The DAS Certificate has helped me learn more about best practices surrounding the preservation of born digital records and has been extremely valuable to supporting my position’s duties.”
Dollar joined University Libraries in 2017 and received his bachelor of arts degree from UNC-Chapel Hill with dual degrees in Journalism and English. He obtained his master of arts degree in English from UNCG and also holds a master’s degree in Library Science from UNC-Chapel Hill.