2016 SNCA Conference: Workshops

Three half-day workshops will be offered as part of SNCA and SCAA's 2016 Annual Conference. The workshops will be held at the Mercy Heritage Center (720 Heritage Center Place, Belmont, NC 28012), a 20-minute drive from downtown Charlotte. Parking will be available.

Directions to Mercy Heritage Center:

From US 74/Wilkinson Blvd., turn onto the Sisters of Mercy campus (Catherine McAuley Way), go up the hill and make a left onto McAuley Circle. The parking lot for Mercy Heritage Center is marked with a large red and white sign and is on the left (just after the sign for Heritage Center Place). (View map of Sisters of Mercy campus.)

The workshop day will run from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Wednesday, March 30th. An hour, from 12:00-1:00 PM, will be provided for lunch, which will be on workshop attendees' own.

Wi-Fi will be available for workshop attendees during the workshops.

Although a room block has not been reserved for workshop attendees, the closest hotel to the Mercy Heritage Center is the Hampton Inn Charlotte-Belmont @ Montcross.

Attendees may register here for both the conference and the workshops.

Questions about the workshops should be directed to the Education Committee at education@ncarchivists.org.

Workshop Descriptions

Title: Introduction to Digital Humanities for Archivists & Librarians

Time: 9 AM-12 PM
Cost: $20
Attendance: 20 maximum  **Workshop is full!**

Description: This workshop will introduce digital humanities concepts, and provide a hands-on learning experience for archivists and librarians looking to become more engaged with digital scholarship. After completing the workshop, participants will be able to describe several digital projects that engage archival or special collections materials with a deeper understanding of how digital humanists and information professionals can collaborate. During the workshop, participants will roll up their sleeves and begin using lightweight tools to build digital timelines, create digital maps, and perform simple text analysis. Workshop attendees should bring their own laptops.


Caitlin Christian-Lamb serves as the Associate Archivist of Davidson College. Caitlin oversees the college’s institutional repository, and is taking a lead in digital projects (particularly in collaboration with Davidson’s digital studies initiative) and preservation planning. Caitlin earned a B.A. in History from Purchase College, State University of New York, and a M.A. in History and a M.S. in Library and Information Science from Simmons College.

Chelcie Juliet Rowell is the Digital Initiatives Librarian at Wake Forest University’s Z. Smith Reynolds Library. She oversees digitization of special collections and partners with members of the Wake Forest community who are building scholarly digital projects. Chelcie earned a B.A. in English from Oglethorpe University and an M.S. in Information Science from the School of Information & Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Stewart Varner is the Digital Scholarship Librarian at UNC, Chapel Hill. He works with students, faculty and staff who want to incorporate technology into their research, teaching and learning by connecting them to library resources. Stewart earned his MLIS degree from the University of North Texas and his Ph.D. in American Studies from Emory University.

Title: Using Omeka for Online Archive Development

Time: 1-4 PM
Cost: $20
Attendance: 20 maximum  **Workshop is full!**

Description: Learn how to use the Omeka online archive development tool to create digital collections of multimedia source materials using Omeka.net or your own hosted site. Create items and collections, organize them into online exhibitions, and share them with the public. Collaborate with colleagues on collection development and management. Explore plug-ins to increase administrative functionality and output options, including the Neatline time-map and Curatescape mobile device extensions. This interactive workshop will be taught with existing metadata spreadsheets, images, audio, an video from the Frank Clyde Brown collection of 1930s folk music, but users may also choose to experiment with their own materials. Workshop attendees should bring their own laptops.


Trudi Abel is a cultural historian and research services archivist at Duke University. She created the Digital Durham website (http://digitaldurham.duke.edu) in 1999. This semester she worked with Victoria Szabo to launch the NC Jukebox project, a digital humanities course/website focused on North Carolina folk music. Abel also directs the Archives Alive initiative at Rubenstein Library.

Victoria Szabo is an Associate Research Professor of Visual and Media Studies at Duke University. She has created various location-based digital cultural heritage projects based in Durham, NC and Venice, Italy, and teaches digital humanities project development for the MA in Historical and Cultural Visualization at Duke. http://vszabo.io.

Title: Making the Most of Social Media: Strategic Planning for Effective Engagement

Time: 1-4 PM
20 maximum

Description: This workshop will explore ways in which archivists can use social media to strategically advocate for and promote their work and collections. Most archivists don't have "manage social media" as part of their job description, yet many of us do just that (or, at least, recognize its current and growing importance). With an understanding of platforms available and a strategic plan in place to guide content development, archivists can engage with audiences through social media without distracting from their primary job responsibilities (or without having to resort to the unsustainable "get an intern to do it" plan). In this workshop, we'll work through the key elements of a successful social media plan, including audience identification, platform demographics, content development, promotion, and assessment. Workshop attendees are welcome—but not required—to bring laptops.

Instructor: Erin Lawrimore is the University Archivist and chair of the University Libraries' Social Media Committee at UNC Greensboro. She's also Vice Chair/Chair Elect of SAA's Committee on Public Awareness and a member of the Reference, Access and Outreach Roundtable Steering Committee. She's worked in academic archives and special collections libraries since 2001. Prior to this, she worked in Public and Media Relations at the University of Texas at Austin's Athletic Department.