New Hire at Forsyth Co. Public Library

Contributed by Karen Feeney

Amy RuheOn January 16th, the North Carolina Room at the Forsyth County Public Library's Central Library welcomed Amy Ruhe as special collections librarian and archivist. She is primarily responsible for managing the archive collections, supervising interns, providing reference services, and genealogy programming. Previously, she worked at High Point University as a technical services assistant and archives technician. She received her MLIS from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2009.

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CLIR Grant for NCSU Libraries

Contributed by Brian Dietz

 ASPCA inspector, undated, ASPCA Collection

ASPCA inspector, undated, ASPCA Collection

The NCSU Libraries and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) are honored to receive a major grant award from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). The Libraries will partner with the ASPCA on the three-year project "'The Animal Turn': Digitizing Animal Protection and Human-Animal Studies Collections." A $360,384 Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives award from CLIR will fund the digitization of some 239,000 pages of archival materials from the Libraries' nationally significant animal rights and welfare collections, and approximately 150,000 pages from the ASPCA's records documenting its history as a national leader in animal protection since its founding in 1866.

More information about the project is available in the Libraries' press release:

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2018 Paraprofessional Conference at ECU

Contributed by Sarah McLusky

ECU is hosting a paraprofessional conference in May.  Full details along with the call for conference session proposals can be found at  The deadline for proposals is March 16th.

2018 Paraprofessional Conference: Navigating the Path to Diversity

East Carolina University Joyner Library

Friday May 11, 2018

Greenville NC


Questions and submissions can be directed to

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New Assistant Director of Collections & Historical Collections at ECU Laupus Health Sciences Library

Marlena Barber pictureMarlena Barber has recently been appointed as Assistant Director of Collections & Historical Collections at Laupus Health Sciences Library at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. Barber manages the Collection Services and History Collections departments of the Laupus Library and the curator of the Country Doctor Museum. She also oversees the application of metadata standards for all library collections and provides guidance on collections budget and management activities. Barber began work at Laupus Library in 2013 as the Collection Services & Metadata Librarian and has also served as Assessment Coordinator for the library. She holds a Master’s of Library & Information Science degree from San Jose State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Memphis.

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ECU exhibit on WWI Medical Professionals

Contributed by Layne Carpenter

Laupus Library’s History Collections recently installed an exhibit to commemorate the service of health care workers during the First World War.  The exhibit, entitled North Carolina & The Great War:  Medical Professionals on the Western Front, explores the stories of doctors and nurses from eastern North Carolina and the 1918 influenza epidemic.

Several doctors from Pitt County served as medical officers in the American Expeditionary Forces and the Volunteer Medical Service Corps.  Doctors faced many obstacles as they treated never before seen wounds, including gas poisoning and machine gun injuries.  Medical kits, surgical equipment, and letters shed light on the stories of these men.  The nursing segment of the exhibit discusses the role of the Red Cross in the war.  Featured is a Red Cross nurse’s uniform and cap on loan from the Country Doctor Museum.

The 1918 influenza epidemic, which infected soldiers on the front and civilians at home, had an immediate impact in North Carolina.  Through public health materials found in our collection, we tell the story of how the local community handled the outbreak and lessons learned about disease control.

Also featured are quotes taken from our collection material that describe horror of war and the nature of medical care on the front.  Photographs from our collections and the National Library of Medicine provide additional visuals.

Fracture Ward at Evacuation Hospital No. 8

Fracture Ward at Evacuation Hospital No. 8

On February 6, 2018, from 4-6pm, ECU will be holding the opening reception for this exhibit.  Beginning at 4:30pm, local historians will discuss the war’s influence in Pitt County specifically, including stories about local doctors and the Influenza Epidemic.

For more information, see  The exhibit will be on display through March 18, 2018.

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UNC Greensboro University Libraries Launches Well Crafted NC Project

Contributed by Erin Lawrimore

History of beer and brewing in Downtown Greensboro celebrated with April 14 project launch event

Elm Street looking north from Depot Street

Frontmost building in this early 20th century view is a saloon

The University Libraries at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro is proud to launch the new digital project Well Crafted NC ( Well Crafted NC documents the history, business, and culture of beer and brewing in Downtown Greensboro, NC. A free, public launch event will be held at Little Brother Brewing (348 S Elm St, Greensboro) on Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 3-7 pm to celebrate the project. From the saloons of the 1890s to the craft breweries of today, Well Crafted NC features a wealth of information on the history of beer and brewing in Downtown Greensboro. Oral history interviews with local brewers, collections of images and other items illustrating development of currently-operating breweries, and historical research on the beer industry in the downtown region help tell the story of this business sector that has been an important catalyst in revitalization and community development. Current breweries represented include Gibb’s Hundred Brewing Company, Joymongers Brewing Company, Little Brother Brewing, Natty Greene’s Brewing Company, and Preyer Brewing Company.

The UNC Greensboro University Libraries in collaboration with the North Carolina Brewers Guild will host a Well Crafted NC project launch event on April 14, 2018, from 3-7 pm at Little Brother Brewing. This event will be open to the public and free of charge. An exhibit of historical photos, recipes, and other items related to beer and brewing in Greensboro will be on display. Visitors will be able to browse the digital project and speak with the project coordinators. Giveaway prizes, such as custom pint glasses, will be available in limited supplies.

Exterior of Little Brother Brewing Co.

Little Brother Brewing, which opened in 2017 in the same building that used to be a saloon

In the upcoming year, we plan to expand the project scope to document the beer industry throughout North Carolina. If your archives is interested in participating in the expanded project or if you have any questions about Well Crafted NC or the launch event, please contact Erin Lawrimore (, 336-256-4038).

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Alumni Spotlight on Ron Stafford

Ron Stafford, a library digitization technician for Mauney Memorial Library in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, was recently featured in the Alumni Spotlight for the University of South Carolina College of Information and Communications.  Check out the nice interview at

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2018 Annual Meeting Workshops

The following three workshops, one half-day and two full-day, will be offered as part of SNCA's annual meeting. All three workshops will take place on Wednesday, March 14, at Duke University's Rubenstein Library. Questions or comments? Email them to education at!

Social Media Archiving

In this half-day workshop participants will learn about various aspects of archiving social media content. We will explore community resources and discuss a variety of topics from collection development considerations to testing tools and more. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop if interested in trying out tools during the session, but a laptop is not required.
Cost: $20
Instructor: Jessica Venlet (UNC)
Limit: 20 attendees
Location: Perkins Library 218, Tarasoff Family Reading Room
Time: 1-4pm

DCRM(MSS) workshop

This full-day workshop will provide an introduction to Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (Manuscripts), also known as
DCRM(MSS), the new standard for cataloging individual manuscripts published by RBMS. The workshop will include a brief introduction to the manual’s guiding principles, discussion of how cataloging single manuscripts differs from the cataloging of manuscript or archival collections, introduction to the treatment of major elements of the catalog record in DCRM(MSS) (such as the title, place of production and date, and extent), and hands-on practice with different types of manuscripts commonly found in special collections. Participants should have experience in MARC cataloging using AACR2; familiarity with DACS will be helpful.
Instructors: Margaret Nichols (Cornell), Diane Ducharme (Yale), Elizabeth O’Keefe (Morgan Library)
Cost: $35
Limit: 26 attendees
Location: Rubenstein Library 153, The Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room
Time: 9am-4pm, with 1.5 hours for lunch

Privacy and Confidentiality Issues in Digital Archives

More information about the course
You must register on SAA's education portal - early bird registration price until February 14, 2018
Instructor: Jean E. Dryden (SAA)
Cost: $199-249 depending on some criteria - SNCA members who are not SAA members will receive a $25 discount using the code PIDA25NC
Limit: min, 15; max, 35
Location: Rubenstein Library 349, Breedlove Conference Room
Time: 9am-5pm, with 1 hour for lunch

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Meet the Candidates: SNCA 2018 Executive Board Nominees

SNCA 2017 Executive Board Elections

The 2018 SNCA Executive Board Elections are almost here! Voting will open in February and an electronic ballot will be sent to the membership at that time. You can learn more about the positions in the Constitution and Bylaws.

Meet the Candidates:


Kelly Wooten

Research Services and Collection Development Librarian for the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture at the Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, and Librarian for Sexuality Studies, Duke University Libraries. Co-editor of the anthology Make Your Own History: Documenting Feminist and Queer History in the 21st Century (Litwin Books, 2012). Archives Leadership Institute, 2016 cohort. I am active in the Zine Librarians network, hosting the 2014 Zine Librarians (un)Conference at Duke University, and have experience planning other multi-day events for the Sallie Bingham Center over the past 10 years. I served as a 2016 member-at-large on the SNCA board, as well as the 2017-2018 Vice President/Program Chair.

Vice President/Programming Chair

Dawne Howard Lucas

I have been the Special Collections Librarian at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Health Sciences Library since 2013, where I curate the rare book, manuscript, and medical instrument collections. Previously, I was the Head of Technical Services at the Duke University Medical Center Archives. I earned an MA in Public History from North Carolina State University in 2005 and an MSLS from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2006. I have been a SNCA member since 2003, have served on numerous committees and task forces throughout the years, and have served on the Executive Board (Secretary, 2006-2009; Nominating Committee Chair, 2009-2010; Education Committee Chair, 2012-2014). I am also an active member of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) and Archivists and Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences (ALHHS). I have missed having a leadership role within this organization over the past several years, and am therefore honored to be a candidate for Vice-President/Program Chair.

Archives Month Chair

Jennifer Motszko

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, Nominating Committee Chair, and Archives Month Chair. As Archives Month Chair, Jennifer helped promote SNCA and the archives profession through the creation of promotional materials and providing a centralized calendar for archives month events around the state.

Colin Reeve

Colin Reeve has worked in Special Collections and University Archives at UNC Asheville since 2010, and has special responsibility for the university archives. He was actively involved in the university’s recent 90th anniversary celebrations, including highlighting collections and historical events through exhibits and publications, in addition to providing reference services regarding the history of the university. He holds an MLIS from UNC Greensboro, has been a member of SNCA since 2013, and would like to be able to contribute more to the Society.

Member-At-Large (1st Position)

Randall Bowman

I have been an Archives Librarian at Elon University since 2015. I process and provide access to the collections of the Archives and Special Collections Department at Belk Library, particularly the collections related to Elon’s church history. Prior to working in the archives, I was an instruction librarian at Elon and at Gardner-Webb University. I received a MLIS from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1997, and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1992. As a new member of the archival profession, I am excited
about the possibility of becoming further engaged in the archival community, as well as serving my fellow archivists through SNCA.  Although I have only been an archivist for a relatively short time, I have twenty years’ professional experience as an academic librarian, and have served in leadership roles in several library organizations.  I believe I will make an effective member of the Executive Committee. Thank you for your consideration!

Ellen Show

I have been the Archivist at The Mint Museum since March 2016.  In addition to my duties pertaining to archival collections and records management, I have launched an Oral History program and am currently co-chairing a task force to recommend a digital asset management system for the museum.  I earned my MLIS from UNC-Greensboro, and my BA in Psychology from UNC-Chapel Hill.  I served on the SNCA Archives Month Committee in 2015 and 2016, and the SNCA Programming Committee in 2016.  I also served on the SAA Preservation Education Committee in 2017, and have participated in the SAA Mentoring Program as a mentor.  I am eager to play a more active role within SNCA as a member at large, and I appreciate the opportunity to run for this position.

Courtney Bailey

I currently work as a Records Analyst for the State Archives of North Carolina. In this position, I consult with state and local governmental agencies and universities on the creation, maintenance, and disposition of public records. I also work for the Traveling Archivist Program through the State Archives, serve on the publications board of SNCA, and sit on the steering committee of the Records Management Section for the Society of American Archivists. I have been a member of SNCA since I was a student at SILS, and I am interested in being able to liaise with other regional archival organizations to determine how we can learn from their successes and failures and apply those lessons to the improvement of our organization.

Patrick Dollar

I am currently working at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro's Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives as Processing Archivist. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a master’s degree in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH). I also hold a Master’s degree in English from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG).
Prior to joining the University Libraries, I served as a temporary archives assistant at UNCG, as well as various student positions and internships at libraries across the state. I am interested in born digital materials, improving access to archival materials, increasing the visibility of archives, and promoting diversity in archival collections.

Statement of Interest
I am interested in serving as SNCA’s member-at-large RAAC representative because this role would allow me to become more involved with SNCA on a local level, as well as a national/regional level. As a new professional, I am hoping to expand my involvement with SNCA and meet new people in the profession, while simultaneously giving back to the archival community. I work well on committees and in collaboration with others, and the focus of the RAAC is in line with many of my interests – particularly the ways collaboration and advocacy can improve the visibility of archives and our collections.

Leah Kerr

I’m the John Hope Franklin Research Center Project Archivist at Duke University’s Rubenstein Library, currently processing two large African American collections. I’m fairly new to the Triangle, having relocated from Los Angeles, where I earned my MA in Moving Image Archive Studies at UCLA. I then established the archive at the Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum, was a Cataloging Librarian for P. Diddy’s REVOLT TV, and became the Collections Coordinator for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Aside from my archival work at Duke University, I am also a member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council (DivE-In) tasked with strengthening relationships, skills, and analysis to promote constructive change within the Library. As a Member-at-Large on the SNCA board I would bring enthusiasm, and expertise in representing my archival colleagues.

Member-At-Large (2nd Position)

Emily Reed

I have been the Digital and Audiovisual Records Archivist for Mercy Heritage Center, the archives for the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, since 2014. I was the first archivist they’ve hired to handle their digital and audiovisual records. We work on collections from ministries and residences from over 48 states and 12 countries. My responsibilities include: establishing and managing our digital and born-digital archiving systems; assisting in managing our records management program; physical preservation, storage, and assessment of legacy audiovisual materials; exhibit production and shaping our online presence; establishing and managing our Oral History Program; and working with reference.

I graduated in 2014 with my MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh. Previously I held an intern position at Media Preserve (Cranberry Township, PA), an audio-visual laboratory, and was a project archivist at the Cathedral of Learning for the Nationality Rooms Program, a partner of the University of Pittsburgh Archives Service Center.

Currently I serve as a Charlotte area-coordinator for SNCA, and I am the vice president/president-elect for Archivists of Congregations of Women Religious. I am excited at the possibility of bringing a new perspective to SNCA from an underrepresented archives, and the opportunity to learn more about the members in this organization.

Erin Gallagher

Erin Gallagher is a graduate student pursuing her MSIS, with a concentration in Archives and Records Management at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She currently works as a Born-Digital Processor at North Carolina State University where she ensures proper storage of digital material, as well as working on appraisal projects. Erin is also an acting member of the SNCA Membership Committee. Previously, she worked as a Digital University Records Fellow through the Atkins Fellows program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, which entailed surveying departments on record keeping, and developing workflows and other materials, which she was able to present as a poster at NCLA this year. Erin also has past experience working as a Research Assistant, promoting awareness and needs in research data archiving with UNC Chapel Hill. Erin has also acted as the Vice President of SCOSAA (SAA Student Chapter), as well as the Vice President of ASIS&T Student Chapter, working to create fun and exciting events, fundraising opportunities, as well as increase both group’s outreach. She has interests in born-digital archiving, digital preservation, as well as accessibility and outreach. Erin Gallagher would greatly appreciate this opportunity to connect with the library schools across the state.

Sara Maeve Whisnant

Sara Maeve Whisnant is a recent graduate from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG)'s MLIS program and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the same institution. Sara Maeve is interested in instruction and outreach in an archival setting and currently works in UNCG's Research, Outreach and Instruction department and volunteers in Special Collections and University Archives. She currently serves on SNCA's Education and Archives Month Committees. Sara Maeve is interested in becoming more involved in SNCA as a Member-at-Large and would love to serve as an information point for new archival professionals.

Publications Chair

Kate Collins

I'm a Research Services Librarian at Duke University's David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. I've been at Duke since graduating with my Masters of Science in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2012. At Duke, I focus on connecting researchers with the Rubenstein's collections through reference, instruction, and outreach. I've served as an editor of the Journal of the Society of North Carolina Archivists since 2014, and I'm eager to continue sharing and promoting the work of SNCA and its members as Publications Chair.

Jennifer Coggins

I am the Collections Management and Engagement Archivist in the University Archives at UNC Chapel Hill, where I previously served as Records Services Archivist. I hold an MSLS from UNC Chapel Hill with a concentration in Archives and Records Management, a graduate certificate in Digital Public Humanities from George Mason University, and a BA in history from Wofford College. I have served on the J-SNCA editorial board as a copy editor since 2015, and part of my work at the UNC University Archives includes managing and developing content for our social media accounts. I would be excited to help coordinate SNCA’s publications and social media activities as Publications Chair.


Sean Mulligan

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.




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Digitization project for Arthur Bluethenthal Family Papers

Contributed by Jennifer Daugherty

New Hanover County Public Library’s Special Collections and Archives Department recently completed digitizing selected pieces from the Arthur Bluethenthal Family Papers. The project was completed by intern Taylor Wolford and supervised by Special Collections Manager Jennifer Daugherty, with funding from the Library Foundation of New Hanover County.

The Bluethenthal papers and artifacts were originally donated to the Cape Fear Museum of History and Science by a nephew, and the papers were later transferred to New Hanover County Public Library’s archives. The Museum retained the artifacts, which include the Croix de Guerre awarded by France for Arthur Bluethenthal’s heroic service in World War I, but allowed images of them to be included in the Library’s digital collection.

Sergeant Arthur Bluethenthal (1891-1918) was the first Wilmingtonian to die in World War I. A native of Wilmington and the child of German Jewish immigrants, he graduated from Princeton and coached football at his alma mater and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. School photos, Princeton newsletters, and other documents from his school years are included in the collection.

Bluethenthal joined the American Ambulance Field Service in 1916, before the United States entered the war, and received several commendations for valor. He later transferred to the Lafayette Flying Corps and became a bomber pilot. Letters to and from his parents document their close family relationship and the parents’ concern for their son’s safety during this period. Letters from friends and colleagues further document his wartime experience.

After the United States entered the war, Bluethenthal’s family urged him to leave active duty in France and reenlist in the U.S. military. Bluethenthal finally agreed but was shot down over France June 5, 1918, shortly before he was scheduled to return stateside. Telegraphs with the Red Cross office in New York and with a family friend tell the story of a frantic family trying to learn their son’s fate. It took several days for confirmation of Bluethenthal’s death.

The collection contains letters of condolence addressed to Sgt. Bluethenthal’s parents from classmates and friends met in France, including local townspeople and a family that he stayed with the first time he was shot down. Of particular note is correspondence from French and American officials regarding the disposition of his remains. Even with financial means and government connections, the family was unable to arrange for his body to be returned home for reburial until 1921.

Sgt. Arthur Bluethenthal was awarded the Croix de Guerre with Palm posthumously by France. In 1927, his hometown honored him by naming Wilmington’s new airport Bluethenthal Field. His headstone in the Hebrew Cemetery in Oakdale Cemetery in Wilmington, N.C. is a monument to his service and death in France during World War I.

The collection can be viewed at


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