Promotions at Wake Forest University

Contributed by Tanya Zanish-Belcher

There have been several promotions at the Special Collections & Archives at Z. Smith Reynolds (ZSR) Library at Wake Forest University.

  • Stephanie Bennett headshotStephanie Bennett is the Collections Archivist for Wake Forest University, and she was promoted to Associate Librarian. She holds a BA in English from Wake Forest University and an MSLIS with a concentration in Archives Management from Simmons College. 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. She is an active member of the Academy of Certified Archivists, the Society of American Archivists, the Society of North Carolina Archivists, and the Midwest Archives Conference.
  • Craig Fansler headshotCraig Fansler is Preservation Librarian at ZSR Library of Wake Forest University, and he was promoted to Librarian. He holds an MLIS from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a Master of Science in Management from Troy University and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from East Carolina University. Craig has restored books and built protective enclosures for archival materials for 24 years. He is currently involved professionally with the Guild of Book Workers and the North Carolina Preservation Consortium. Craig frequently teaches book repair workshops across North Carolina for the North Carolina State Library.
  • Ashelee Gerald Hill headshot

    Ashelee Gerald Hill is a Processing Archivist at Wake Forest University and was promoted to Assistant Librarian. She received her BA in Anthropology from Howard University in 2012 and most recently received her MLIS from the University of North Carolina Greensboro in May 2019. She fills her role as Processing Archivist at Wake Forst University by working primarily with accessioning university records and outside donations from affiliated organizations. Her research experience includes born-digital records management and digital oral history access and usability. She is also serving as Member-at-Large for the Students and New Archives Professionals Section of the Society of American Archivists.


Posted in Newsletter | Comments Off on Promotions at Wake Forest University

New oral histories document response to UNC Charlotte shooting

Contributed by Dawn Schmitz

Oral history interviews relating to the shooting at UNC Charlotte on April 30, 2019, are now available as the campus commemorates the first anniversary. These interviews are part of an ongoing University Archives project to document the events of that day and the response.

The Niner Nation Remembers Oral History Project interviews available to date include several with campus administrators as well as students, police officers, and other members of the campus community. A short video, Niner Nation Remembers: Voices from the Archives uses the interviews, along with images of memorial displays and events, to show how the campus community came together in the wake of the shootings.

Two students, Reed Parlier and Riley Howell, were killed when a former student entered a classroom and opened fire. Four students were injured: Rami Alramadhan, Sean DeHart, Emily Houpt, and Drew Pescaro.

The larger project to document the campus response also includes the preservation of the memorial items left at the Kennedy building, where the shooting took place, and the 49er Miner statue, a campus symbol. Additionally, members of the campus community are invited to submit digital files  such as photos, text messages, or files in any other format that help to document the events and the response. 

April 30 memorial stones

More information about the project is available on the J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives website.

Posted in Newsletter | Comments Off on New oral histories document response to UNC Charlotte shooting

Steven Cramer Awarded the 2020 BRASS Excellence in Business Librarianship

Contributed by Hollie Stevenson-Parrish

Steven (Steve) Cramer, business librarian, associate professor, and Coleman Fellow for Entrepreneurship Education for University Libraries at UNC Greensboro (UNCG), has been awarded the 2020 BRASS Excellence in Business Librarianship by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) division of the American Library Association (ALA).

Steven Cramer headshot

Sponsored by Mergent by FTSE Russell, the BRASS Excellence in Business Librarianship Award was established in 1989 and offers $4,000 and a citation to a librarian that has distinguished themselves in the field of business librarianship. The selection of a recipient is accomplished through a review of written nominations by the BRASS Award for Excellence in Business Librarianship Committee.

As a Coleman Fellow for Entrepreneurship Education, Cramer teaches, inspires, and mentors students at UNCG who are in non-business disciplines to gain self-employment skills and experience in entrepreneurial ventures.

Cramer holds a master’s degree in library and information science from UNC Chapel Hill and a bachelor of arts degree in medieval and renaissance studies from the University of Michigan. Prior to joining UNCG, he served as the digital services librarian and business specialist at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and as a librarian at Davenport College (now University) of Business in Holland, Michigan.

Posted in Newsletter | Comments Off on Steven Cramer Awarded the 2020 BRASS Excellence in Business Librarianship

ECU’s Heritage Hall digital project

Contributed by Alston Cobourn

Alston Cobourn and Amanda Hartman McLellan had a piece published in The Academic Archivist, the blog of the Society of American Archivists College and University Archives Section. They write about the university’s efforts to examine holistically ECU’s past and present through the creation of Heritage Hall as a virtual portal to the history of the campus. This digital project includes a timeline, biographies of significant people, an interactive campus map that shows development of the campus over time, and an overview of the growth of college athletics on campus.

Posted in Newsletter | Comments Off on ECU’s Heritage Hall digital project

Samantha Harlow Awarded the DLS Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award by ACRL

Contributed by Hollie Stevenson-Parrish

Samantha (Sam) Harlow, online learning librarian and assistant professor for University Libraries, has been awarded the 2020 DLS Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).

headshot of Samantha Harlow

Sponsored by Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, Harlow will receive $1,200 to attend the American Library Association’s (ALA) Annual Conference and a plaque to honor her accomplishments. The award acknowledges any individual ACRL member working in the field of, or contributing to the success of, distance learning librarianship or related library service in higher education.

The award is administrated by the ACRL Distance Learning Section (DLS). Nominees for the award must have demonstrated achievements in one or more of the following areas:

  • Support for distance learning librarianship and library services, e.g., service to students and faculty, innovation, and/or leadership
  • Participation in the creation and/or implementation of distance library programs or services of exemplary quality
  • Successful collaboration with faculty in support of information literacy and/or other aspects of library instruction or services for distance students
  • Significant research, publication, or presentations in areas of distance learning librarianship

Harlow holds a master of science in library and information science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor of arts in cinema studies from New York University. Prior to joining University Libraries, Harlow was an instructional technology consultant for the School of Education at UNC Greensboro. Prior to joining UNCG, Harlow was the media and digital resource librarian at High Point University and the digital production manager at Triangle Research Libraries Network.

Posted in Newsletter | Comments Off on Samantha Harlow Awarded the DLS Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award by ACRL

Transcribing Civil War correspondence at the New Hanover County Public Library

Contributed by Travis Souther

One of the incredible collections in the New Hanover County Public Library’s care is the Cowan-Denson Family Papers, a collection of correspondence from just before and during the Civil War.  In addition to military concerns, notably the Battles of Fort Fisher where a family member actually took part, the letters also discuss civilian life in North Carolina during the conflict.  The family had connections to both Wilmington and Pittsboro (Pittsboro being the location of a plantation).  198 pieces of correspondence from the collection were previously digitized but never transcribed.  With the library closed to the public due to the pandemic, Souther reached out to the community to assist with the transcription of the letters.  This crowdsourcing initiative has generated great interest and has already proven to be a great success.  The digital collection can be accessed at the following link:

Posted in Newsletter | Tagged | Comments Off on Transcribing Civil War correspondence at the New Hanover County Public Library

Bucknall Receives the 2019 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Efficiency and Innovation and the 2019 Distinguished Service Award from NCLA

Tim Bucknall, Assistant Dean for Electronic Resources and Information Technology and Associate Professor for University Libraries has been awarded the 2019 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Efficiency and Innovation. The Governor’s Award is the highest honor a state employee may receive for dedicated service to the state and the people of North Carolina, recognizing the accomplishments and actions of individuals that are outside of the usual scope of their job duties. He was nominated in this category for his ability to improve the efficiency of state government services while also establishing new and improved methods, practices, plans and designs that have resulted in innovation, savings, and efficiencies.

As founder and convener of the Carolina Consortium, Bucknall has organized a group of more than 180 libraries at public and private colleges, universities, community colleges, and seminaries, as well as public libraries in North Carolina and South Carolina. These libraries are able to license databases and streaming video resources, subscribe to journal packages, and provide access to additional resources for their faculty, students, and communities with a cost avoidance of $398 million in 2018. The consortium’s service population is about 750,000 users.

Tim Bucknall  photo
Chris English/UNCG Photo

Bucknall was honored again in 2019 for his service to libraries when he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the North Carolina Library Association (NCLA). The award is presented every two years, or when deemed appropriate, to a member of the Association who has made significant contributions to the profession.

Criteria for receiving the award include distinguished service to North Carolina, significant service or other professional contributions provided during either a short or long span of time, and service resulting in a regional or national impact on librarianship in general. 

With Journal Finder, Bucknall invented the very first open URL link resolver in the United States, which changed how libraries and students access journals and e-resources, significantly improving the ability to do academic research. Not only has Bucknall created and developed these tools and services, he also shares his experience and knowledge with others in the profession through writing and presenting on various topics, such as technology, online catalogs, electronic resources, serials management issues, open access, and more.

Prior to joining UNCG in 1994, Bucknall served as Electronic Services Librarian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH). He received his bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Texas-Austin and earned his MLIS and MA in Art History from UNC-CH.

Posted in Newsletter | Comments Off on Bucknall Receives the 2019 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Efficiency and Innovation and the 2019 Distinguished Service Award from NCLA

2020 Annual Meeting Update

The SNCA Executive Board held a Zoom call last Thursday to discuss the annual meeting. I am providing a few quick updates, with more information to follow soon. 

2020 Annual Meeting: Due to the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Executive Board has decided to cancel this year’s meeting instead of postponing it and trying to reschedule for later this year. We look forward to seeing everyone at the 2021 annual meeting.

***The program committee for the 2020 Annual Meeting will contact session chairs regarding options for sharing presentations in lieu of presenting at the annual meeting.***

Refunds: SNCA Treasurer Sean Mulligan is in the process of issuing refunds. Approximately half of the refunds have been processed. If you have any questions, please contact Sean at

Annual Business Meeting and Short Program: In adherence to our constitution and bylaws, we plan to hold a virtual annual business meeting and a short program for our organization in May. Stay tuned for more details.

Election Results: Thank you to everyone who voted in our recent election. The winners are:

Treasurer: Erin Gallagher, State Archives

Publications Chair: Bari Helms, Reynolda House

Vice President /Programming Chair: Nathan Saunders, UNC Wilmington

Archives Month Chair: Hope Ketcham Geeting, Duke University

Member at Large (RAAC Representative): Courtney Bailey, State Archives

Member at Large (New professional/student member): Ashley McGhee Whittle, UNC Asheville

Erin, Bari, Nathan, Hope, Courtney, and Ashley will begin their terms on May 1. Thank you to outgoing board members Sean Mulligan, Jennifer Coggins, Kelly Wooten, Colin Reeve, and Leah Kerr.

Awards:  Award winners who would have been recognized at our annual awards ceremony will be recognized during the annual business meeting and on SNCA’s website and social media channels.

Stay connected!: Please take care, stay sane and safe, and let us know if there’s anything we can do to help.  Share ideas on library/archives/museum work from home, tips you are using to balance life, or whatever else via our listserv. 

On behalf of the SNCA Executive Board,

Dawne Howard Lucas

President, Society of North Carolina Archivists

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2020 Annual Meeting Update

2020 Annual Meeting Canceled Due to COVID-19

Due to the governor's emergency declaration and a growing number of institutions prohibiting non-essential travel, I regret to inform everyone that next week's meeting and workshops are now canceled.

All meeting and workshop registrants will receive registration refunds from SNCA, but please be patient. Refunds should start being issued next week. Registrants who reserved hotel rooms should be able to recover all or most of their hotel costs. Please contact the hotels directly to discuss refund options.

The SNCA Executive Board is discussing options for how to proceed, but we do not have solid answers at this time. This is an unusual and fast-changing situation. Stay tuned.

Thank you to the 2020 Annual Meeting Program Committee and all of the scheduled participants and volunteers who worked hard to plan this year's meeting. I am confident that if not for such unforeseen circumstances, next week's meeting would have been well-organized, successful, and inspiring.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2020 Annual Meeting Canceled Due to COVID-19

Newly accessioned collections at the East Carolina Manuscript Room

Contributed by Dale Sauter

#1361 Dig and Delve Garden Club of Greenville, North Carolina Records

This collection contains minutes (1961-1970, 1999-2005, 2013-2014, 2016-2017) for the Dig and Delve Garden Club of Greenville, North Carolina.  Also included are the constitution and bylaws, correspondence, and loose minutes for one meeting in 1975 and one in 1994.

#1363 Lt. Commander Godfrey Cheshire, Jr., Papers

This collection (1942-1999) contains papers related to the World War II service of Lt. Commander Godfrey Cheshire, Jr., in the Pacific Theatre aboard the USS Harold C. Thomas (DE-21), for which he was the commander for a year. Included are photocopies of the ship’s logs for the USS Harold C. Thomas, correspondence (1990-1992) with the Destroyer Escort Commanding Officers Association about reunions, Cheshire’s military records (1942-1945, 1947), photocopies of clippings and articles about the Thomas and other DEs, photocopies of certificates, photographs, and DVDs containing oral history interviews of Cheshire by family members.

#1364 Walter B. Jones, Jr., Papers

This collection contains the congressional files for U.S. House of Representatives member Walter B. Jones, Jr., who represented the 3rd Congressional District of North Carolina from 1995 until his death in 2019.  Included are files, scrapbooks, media, and electronic files.  The electronic files were created by his staff and included speeches, correspondence, articles, promotional material, notes, and videos for the years 2005-2018.

#1365 NC Northeast Commission Records

This collection (1997-2014) contains financial documents in chronological order and marketing, client, and other files organized by subject or county related to the sixteen North Carolina counties represented by the NC Northeast Commission. In 2014, the NC Northeast Commission merged into NCEast Alliance.

#1369 Mary E. Tatum Collection

This collection contains unrelated material belonging to Mary E. Tatum. Included are 108 Chatham County, North Carolina, warrants (1804-1840); 2 Onslow County, North Carolina, grants (1788, no date); and 1897 financial receipt with 4 handwritten medicinal cures by Wyley M. Cates of Teer and Alamance County, NC, and print ads for his cures.

Posted in Newsletter | Comments Off on Newly accessioned collections at the East Carolina Manuscript Room