Shipshape

Contributed by Kelly Spring

[This is the 5th in a series -- see also the 1st and 2nd and 3rd and 4th installments about ECU's migration to ArchivesSpace.]

Pirates aren’t normally known for their housekeeping skills. Cataloging pirates, however, are an entirely different story. In their quarters, name and subject authorities are kept as neat and tidy as possible. At ECU, authorities were added to finding aids by Special Collections Cataloging via a database external to Archivists' Toolkit. Given our move to ArchivesSpace for archival metadata with a simultaneous transition to Fedora for digital objects, the migration team needed to make some decisions about future workflow, guidelines, and storage of agents and subjects.

Initially, the team wasn’t sure if authorities would be duplicated across Fedora and ArchivesSpace, and, if so, which would be the database of record. But we’re not in the practice of raising a red flag on our own crew. Instead, we decided to create one central repository for authorities that will service both the digital objects in Fedora and the archival collections in ArchivesSpace. This repository is being developed in Fedora and will use linked data to connect with information on the Web and increase visibility of our resources by making them readable and accessible by machines. In other words, it’ll be as if we’ve gone from dancing a jig on our own vessel to participating in a pirate flash mob! 

To prepare us for our dancing debut, our Lead Programmer began by pulling subjects from the local database and organizing them in a spreadsheet by type and number of substrings. He then downloaded the Library of Congress Subject Heading (LCSH) dataset and created a trimmed down version to make loading and searching easier. Much like a game of cribbage, he created a console application to pull the local subjects from the spreadsheet and search for a match in the trimmed down authorities file. Unlike cribbage, if a match was found, the associated LCSH URI was added to the spreadsheet. If no match was found and there were multiple substrings, the last one was removed, and the new value was searched. Play proceeded through a succession of hands until all parts of the subject were searched, and, in the end, any unmatched subjects were considered locally sourced.

The finished subject mapping went to Special Collections Cataloging for review. A similar set of steps was completed for name authorities. Although the review of subject and name mapping is still underway, when completed the subjects will be added to Fedora, resulting in a newly minted, locally authoritative URL for each subject. 

Curious how the data is structured? For all you linked data pirates out there, the relevant predicates in the triple are

  • rdfs:label used for the full authoritative string value of the subject
  • owl:sameAs used to hold an LCSH URI, if it exists in the spreadsheet
  • rdf:list used to hold an ordered list of hashed URIs that each reference rdfs:label/owl:sameAs pairs that hold the substring values and any corresponding LCSH URIs.

In landlubber speak, an rdfs:label might be “Pirates.” An owl:sameAs link would point to the authority in the Library of Congress database, in this case, http://id.loc.gov/authorities/subjects/sh85102432. And the rdf:list would hold a list of references to subdivisions of “Pirates” such as "Pirates--Spanish colonies" or "Pirates--Social life and customs."

Blisterin’ barnacles, with this new structure to our data how will the cataloging team create, edit, and assign authorities? The Lead Programmer is building a web application on top of Fedora that will manage our authorities and integrate with ArchivesSpace. The application will communicate with Fedora to facilitate the creation, editing, searching and export of authority data and will communicate with ArchivesSpace to facilitate the creation of links between authorities and resources. The authoritative values for names and subjects will flow from Fedora to ArchivesSpace, but not vice versa. This gives catalogers the ability to maintain a shipshape authoritative list of names/subjects while continuing to allow archivists the ability to maintain contact information and other data not normally found in an authority.

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Laupus Library hosts Charlotte Perkins Gilman exhibit

Contributed  by Marlena Barber

Laupus Library at East Carolina University is hosting the National Library of Medicine traveling exhibit “The Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and ‘The Yellow Wall-paper’” in the Evelyn Fike Laupus gallery on the fourth floor of the library. On display June 10 through July 21, the six-banner exhibit explores a time during the late 19th century when women were challenging ideas about gender that excluded them from political and intellectual life. Artifacts from The Country Doctor Museum and books from Laupus Library’s History Collections will also be on display, including books by Dr. Weir Mitchell, Victorian era stimulants and tonics, and 19th century birthing supplies.

medical artifacts
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Story “Ark” from New Hanover County Library

Contributed by Travis Souther

From 1952 to 1961, the little floating restaurant situated at the foot of Princess Street was not well known outside of Wilmington. The 1961 arrival of the battleship changed all that.

The story of the Fergus Ark begins with its construction in the 1920s. Originally commissioned as the General Frederick C. Hodgkin, the 150-foot long vessel was built of steel-reinforced concrete and had 10,000 feet of deck space. The boat was supposedly first used as a banana boat, then a floating casino, and a floating barracks for United States Coast Guardsmen during World War II. From 1946 to 1951, it served as office space for the United States Maritime Commission. Eldridge Fergus acquired the Ark in 1951 and turned it into a floating seafood restaurant. The menu from the Ark seen here is housed in the North Carolina Room's collection.

Fergus Ark menu

1961 heralded the arrival of the USS North Carolina to the Port City. As the "The Showboat" was being moved into its permanent berth, the battleship had to swing wide in order to turn into its berth, in the process striking the Ark and severely damaging it in front of a crowd of onlookers. The damage forced the restaurant’s temporary closure. The incident caused quite the controversy as river pilots claimed that they had instructed Fergus to move the restaurant prior to the battleship’s arrival. The restaurant was able to reopen, however Fergus sued the state of North Carolina for $25,000 in damages. The lawsuit was settled out of court in 1965. That same year, the Ark closed so that a Coast Guard facility could be built in its place. The 1965 image seen here shows the Ark being moved away from its Princess Street mooring for the last time.

photo of The Ark

The Ark was eventually purchased by a series of Florida businessmen. Lee R. Bass bought the Ark for use as a seafood restaurant on the Tampa waterfront. A.P. Quails bought the boat moved it to Fort Walton Beach in 1974. James M. Tucker bought the boat in 1978. Renaming it simply “The Boat,” Tucker used the vessel for floating office space. Recent three dimensional photography by Google Maps shows the Fergus Ark still moored in Fort Walton Beach.

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Meet your Development Chair: Hugh O’Connor

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What jobs have you had in the archival realm?
I started out as a Library Associate at Hill Memorial Library Special Collections at Louisiana State University. They placed me in the microfilm department where I spent most of my day in a dark room photographing historic newspapers on an old pedal-operated Kodak microfilm camera. I would end up running the microfilm processing department and engage in a neverending battle of wills with the microfilm batch processor. After my time at Hill, I was hired to curate a comic book exhibit at the LSU Student Union Art Gallery. This turned into six years of cataloging and archive work on the gallery records along with exhibit design and curation. Designing and mounting gallery exhibits remains one of my favorite work experiences I have ever had.

My next job was as a Documents and Reference Librarian for the Louisiana Department of the State Library of Louisiana. After we moved to North Carolina, I was hired as the Archives & Special Collections Librarian for Queens University of Charlotte, a position that I have held for two years.

What is your educational background?
I received my Master's in Library & Information Science from LSU in 2009. Before that, I received my B.A. in Psychology from LSU in 2003.

What is your favorite part of your job and what do you consider to be the most important part of your job?
My absolute favorite part of the job is interacting with the students
and the community. I love walking into a classroom and helping students
understand what an archive is and how it can be a resource for their
academic career as well as their broader interests.

Tell us about something you're particularly proud of from your job or your institution.
I collaborated with English professor Sarah Creech to create the Queens
Story Oral History Project. Inspired by NPR's StoryCorps model, Sarah
brought me in to help record the institutional memory of Queens from
faculty and staff who have 20+ years of service at Queens. We were able to record over nineteen hours of interviews with fifteen individuals. Not only did this project help fill in a gap in the archival record, but it also captured the invaluable perspective of faculty and staff.

What advice would you give to someone interested in pursuing a similar career?
Don't be afraid to reach out to someone in the field and ask questions.
Putting yourself out there can be difficult and scary but we've all been there and archivists help each other, especially when its the next generation.

Who has been key to shaping your professional outlook?
I have learned something from every position and institution I have
worked at. Each place has been a learning experience for me so it's
really a culmination of people and places rather than a singular person.

What do you hope to accomplish during your time in SNCA leadership?
Well, it's kind of like what my mom always taught me to leave things better than you found them. This is a new experience for me in my career and I wanted to challenge myself to bring something to the table. Plus, I just ordered this cape and scepter that I've been dying to wear in public and this seemed like a great opportunity to do so.

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Announcing the 2019 Gene J. Williams Award recipient

Contributed by Stephanie Bennett

The Education Committee is pleased to announce Caitlin Rivas as the recipient of the 2019 Gene J. Williams Award. The awards includes a $250 prize and publication in the Journal of Society of North Carolina Archivists, as well as a one-year SNCA membership and free attendance to the following year's annual conference.

Caitlin graduated in May from the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where she concentrated in Archives and Records Management. During her time at UNC-SILS, Caitlin worked as a research assistant in the North Carolina Collection at the Wilson Special Collections Library, as well as internships for the National Park Service in Everglades National Park and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. These experiences have forged a deep interest in the portrayal of public history, particularly as it applies to current issues including the nationwide Confederate monument debate. Caitlin will be presenting her research at this summer's 2019 ARCHIVES*RECORDS joint annual meeting of the Society of American Archivists and the Council of State Archivists in Austin, Texas.

Thanks to all applicants!

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Student Spotlight: Taylor de Klerk

Taylor de Klerk photo

I’m Taylor de Klerk. I’m almost finished with my Library Science degree from UNC Chapel Hill, and I hold an MA in Public History from NC State. I have been working as the Josiah Charles Trent Intern for the History of Medicine Collections at Duke University’s David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library since August 2018.

I’m very fortunate to have had many incredible experiences through this internship, including helping with “Anatomy Day” for medical students, curating my first exhibit, and even playing a board game with a scholar as part of her research. However, I’d like to use this spotlight to share one of the more unique (and unforeseen) projects from my time at Duke: an inventory of medical substances.

workroom photo

My supervisor, the History of Medicine Collections curator Rachel Ingold, had hinted at such a project throughout the year, but I never expected to be the intern that was responsible for this task. The goal was to have a better handle on the substances in the History of Medicine Artifacts Collection. The result was a spreadsheet with about 650 rows detailing each medicine’s consistency, quantity, and container attributes for the library’s internal records and to ensure compliance with university safety standards.

containers photo

photo of medicine kits

There were some practical challenges to this work. Not all of the medicine kits were in the best condition, some of the containers were damaged or opaque so it was difficult to determine their contents, and we knew that the labels on each container were not 100% reliable. Also, each artifact listed in the finding aid was different from the next. Some medicine kits were comprised of over fifty containers with a variety of contents, while others were just one empty bottle. My task was to list each of those containers in a spreadsheet and connect them to the artifact’s centralized information from the finding aid.

spreadsheet

This level of intellectual control was new to me. Most of my previous professional experience was comprised of processing collections. Ever since Mark Greene and Dennis Meissner introduced MPLP, item-level description doesn’t happen in archives very often. I had created metadata and descriptive elements for digitized collections before, but this was very different. This project allowed me to connect my archival description skills from previous jobs to artifacts for the sake of intellectual control. Hopefully the library and its researchers will reap the benefits of this work, but in the meantime, it was definitely enjoyable for me.

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2019 Archives Month theme

Contributed by Patrick Dollar and Colin Reeve

We’re already gearing up for Archives Month 2019!

The Archives Month Committee is pleased to announce the theme of Archives Month 2019: Activism and Social Justice in North Carolina!

Although we’re still a few months away, October is closer than you think. Start thinking now about what images you have to go into our yearly poster design, and -- new this year -- button design! The Archives Month committee will be soliciting submissions for images in June, so watch the SNCA blog and social media feed.

What is Archives Month?

Archives Month is a yearly recognition of the institutions and individuals who document, preserve, and make accessible the historical and archival materials of the North Carolina, its local communities, and the broader nation.

To celebrate Archives Month, archival institutions across the country host events to raise public awareness about the archival profession. This year the event that is considered to be the best will be awarded a trophy.

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New acquisitions by the East Carolina Manuscript Collection

Contributed by Dale Sauter

Millie-Christine McCoy Photograph #1340

Circa 1900 cabinet photograph of the conjoined twins Millie-Christine McCoy (1851-1912), who were born as African-American slaves in Columbus County, North Carolina.  Photograph was taken by Frank Wendt, Boonton, New Jersey, and is autographed on verso by Millie-Christine.

Stuart Wright Collection: Stuart Wright Papers #1169-039, Addition #5

Stuart Wright manuscript materials, mostly galley pages, some with marginalia. Materials are related to his biography of Andrew Lytle and to the Colonel Heros von Bourcke Journal.  Transferred from Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Wake Forest University.

Disciples of Christ Congo Mission (DCCM) Photograph Album #1341

Photograph album documents missionary life in Bolenge, Congo Free State (now Democratic Republic of the Congo), at the Disciples of Christ Congo Mission in 1935 and 1936.  Photographs also illustrate everyday life among the Congolese natives.

Old Pitt County (N.C.) Hospital Collection #1333

Approximately 114 blueprints, architectural renderings, and site maps (1948-1967) related to the Pitt County Memorial Hospital, Greenville, North Carolina, covering the period of original construction through 1967 additions.

Caroline Brock Sutton Papers #1325
This collection contains Bible Records (from 1891 Bible) for the Daniel S. (born 1817) and Caroline (born 1823) Brock family and for the Caroline Leary Brock (b. 1895, Kinston, N.C.) and Roger Neal Sutton (born 1893, La Grange, N.C.) family. Also included is the 1913 City High School Commencement program from Kinston, N.C

Jessamine Shumate Collection #1334

Jessamine Shumate (1902-1990), a native of Henry County, Virginia, was an artist, historian, and cartographer.  She died in Greenville, North Carolina, where her daughters were living.  This collection includes works by her including three historical maps of Guilford County, NC, Henry County, VA, and of Virginia; a broadside Chronology of Henry County History, and her book My Memoirs.  Also included are two books written by Jessamine Shumate’s nephew Robert Lee Hadden, Ada Jessamine Shumate (1902-1990): Her Life and Art: A Collection of Her Paintings, Prints and Accomplishments (2011) and The Shamrock and the Fleur De Lys: The Family Histories of the William James Hadden Family and the Whitney Shumate Family (1990).

Robert and Sallie Cotten Collection #1335

Photograph of Sallie Southall Cotten and Robert Randolph Cotten taken inside their house at Cottendale Plantation, Pitt County, North Carolina, on March 14, 1928, their 62th wedding anniversary.

Pitt County and North Carolina Political Ephemera Collection #1336

This collection contains political brochures, posters, and mailings (1990s-2018) mainly related to Greenville, Pitt County, and North Carolina races although some relate to national elections.  The focus is on Democratic Party candidates but also includes some items related to Republican Party rivals.

Lorraine Hale Robinson Papers #1337

Included are an unpublished manuscript by Sir Ivor Noel Hume with corrections by Lorraine Hale Robinson titled FIRST and LOST:  In Search of America’s First English Settlement.  Discussion in 2008 to have the book published through the East Carolina University Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences fell through at some point, and it remains unpublished.

Rich Elkins Papers #1338

Rich Elkins has been active in the LGBT community in Eastern North Carolina for many years, and this collection contains materials related to his involvement.  Included are publications such as NC Pride Guides (1994-2002), Down East Pride Festival programs for Greenville (1995-1998), The Front Page newspaper issues (1996-1998), one issue of Q-Notes newspaper that covers North and South Carolina, The Front Page Directory for 1998 (a Business Directory for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community), newspaper clippings, a poster, and other documents.  Material related to the founding of B-Glad at East Carolina University has been donated to the ECU University Archives. 

William Philip Pipkin Collection #929, Addition #2

This addition includes a ledger containing handwritten copies of official military correspondence kept by Colonel Philip Pipkin of the 1st Regiment West Tennessee Militia in 1814 during the War of 1812. During this time the regiment was at camps in Alabama and Mississippi Territories. Some financial accounts for the 1820s are also in the ledger. Other items in this addition are a 1918 Pictorial Supplement Overseas Edition for The Camp Dodger published by the 88th Division of Camp Dodge, Iowa, and color photographs (and negatives) of the ledger and of a man holding a rifle and a cartridge knapsack.

Nina Whitaker Beavans Collection #1339

Included are family and historical documents such as legal records, maps, family trees, correspondence, clippings, genealogical notes, photographs, and artifacts from or pertaining to Enfield (Halifax County), North Carolina, and the Whitaker, Vinson, Harris, and Beavans families.  Also included are drawings and articles related to The Holme (ancestral home of the Whitakers in England), information about Whitaker’s Chapel, the writings of John W. McGwigan (author of weekly column “Ramblin” in the Enfield Progress), and William H. “Bill” Mann, Jr.’s work on the history of Enfield.  Approximately 7.0 cubic feet.

Roger E. Kammerer, Jr., Collection #870, Addition #5

Included is a 16mm color silent film titled “Greenville on the Screen” filmed in Greenville, North Carolina, in June 1941 by E. V. Atkinson, director and cinematographer for Reelife Motion Pictures of Indianapolis, Indiana.  The film, which needs extensive preservation work, has shots of city officials, city departments, industries, street scenes, churches, civic clubs, and beauty spots and was first shown in Greenville in November 1947 at the State Theater.  This addition also includes 2 carousels of slides documenting Pitt County, NC, taken by Connor Eagles around 1970; the slides in one carousel show tobacco fields and tobacco related shots, and the other carousel of slides documents old houses.

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Meet your Vice President/Programming Chair: Chrystal Carpenter

What jobs have you had in the archival realm?Chrystal Carpenter photo

I have been in the archival profession for 15+ years (eek, time flies) in various positions and institutions. Like many archivists I started as a non-permanent employee on a grant funded position. I started out as a metadata specialist creating EAD and MARC records and transitioned to the assistant archivist for the Arizona State Museum, a non-profit archaeological and anthropological museum focusing on the Southwest which gave me an opportunity to utilize my undergraduate Anthropology/Archaeology degree. From there I obtained my first permanent position for the State of Arizona working as the Photo Archivist for the Arizona Historical Society; from there I transitioned to the University of Arizona as the Manuscript and Congressional Archivist. Honestly, I felt I was going to spend the rest of my career at the U of AZ, but life had other plans and I decided to uproot and move to the East Coast. I wanted to try something completely different and I joined the J. Craig Venter Institute (a science non-profit) as the head of their archives first in Maryland and then in California. Ultimately, I wanted to be on this side of the Mississippi, in addition to returning to academia, and that is how I found Elon. North Carolina gave me a great network of archivists and a great archival home at Elon University as the Coordinator of Archives & Special Collections.

What is your educational background?

I have a Master’s in Information Resources and Library Science and a Bachelor’s in Anthropology both from the University of Arizona. In addition, I obtained my certification from the Academy of Certified Archivists in 2008 and had the privilege of being a member of the Archives Leadership Institute 2013 cohort.

What is your favorite part of your job and what do you consider to be the most important part of your job?

The favorite part of my job is being at an institution and department that values the Archives and the expertise that my colleagues and I bring to our respective areas. In the scheme of things, the Elon University Archives and Special Collections is a fairly recent department, and being able to help lead and support the unit and shape the future of the department alongside my archival colleagues is one of my favorite things. I also value and enjoy participating in campus-wide initiatives, such as the Elon Committee on History and Memory and the Elon Traditions Council, both of which deeply engage with the archives in meaningful and impactful ways. The most important aspect of my job includes what I just mentioned, especially as it relates to our work to build relationships with the Elon community, advocate for archives & my colleagues, and support and provide outreach to engage with our broad community.

Tell us about something you're particularly proud of from your job or your institution.

I am proud of the work the Archives does to engage our campus and build relationships to enhance discussions on Elon’s history from pop-up exhibits, to our committee work (History and Memory, Universities Studying Slavery), to instruction and teaching.

What advice would you give to someone interested in pursuing a similar career?

First, recognize the path to becoming an archivist is fraught with challenges (from an over-saturation of new graduates, expectations of new professionals, issues with equity and inclusion, for example), but I believe it is such an important, meaningful, and exciting time to be an archivist and worth pursuing. I would encourage anyone to evaluate the pros and cons and after deciding to go for it, seek out a network or peers to help you along in the process. There are so many wonderful people in the profession who can help you on your journey.

Who has been key to shaping your professional outlook?

My peers. I have been so fortunate to have amazing peers in various points in my career – some of them have become my closest friends throughout the years. People whom I can bounce ideas off of, learn from, and lean on. It has been invaluable. I would say the Archives Leadership Institute, especially the 2013-2018 group of leaders and cohorts made a significant impact in helping me to gain confidence to move forward and take risks in my career.

What do you hope to accomplish during your time in SNCA leadership?

I hope to continue the great leadership we have seen in SNCA and further the work that colleagues have done to create a robust community that engages important topics facing our profession and support the work of all those in NC. North Carolina has an amazing group of archivists, allied professionals, and graduate students in the state, and I would love to work on finding ways to bring more of these folks together to learn from one another and provide opportunities that could benefit our communities and profession.

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Meet your Education Committee Chair: Josh Hager

With our new slate of officers assuming their positions today, I'm resuming our interviews with the Executive Board. Stay tuned for more installments in the future.

What jobs have you had in the archival realm?

Josh Hager photo

For the past five years plus, I have served as Reference Archivist at the State Archives of North Carolina, where I split my time between helping visiting researchers in our Search Room and answering time-sensitive reference queries dealing with legal issues. I started at the State Archives of North Carolina in February 2014 as a Processing Assistant in the Correspondence Unit that handles all remote reference queries.

While I was attending graduate school, I worked as a Digital Production Assistant at Duke University on the Content, Context, and Capacity Project for digitizing the Long Civil Rights Movement. I also worked as a Reference Assistant at North Carolina State University's Special Collections Research Center. I got my start in archives as an undergraduate Student Assistant in Reference and Technical Services at Duke University's Rubenstein Library (then known as the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library).

What is your educational background?

I hold a BA in History and French Studies from Duke University, an MA in Public History (Archival Management concentration) from North Carolina State University, and an MS in Information Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My archival research has focused on increasing the efficacy of social media outreach. I was fortunate enough to have an abridged version of my thesis, which discussed social media outreach in archival institutions, published in American Archivist in 2015 as the winner of the Pease Award for Outstanding Writing by a Graduate Student.

What is your favorite part of your job and what do you consider to be the most important part of your job?

The most important part of my job is my role as the staff specialist for providing transcripts of defunct post-secondary schools. Under North Carolina law, the State Archives of North Carolina is the agency responsible for maintaining these crucial transcripts in the event no other agency can fulfill that role. As of April 2019, we have records for more than 80 closed schools. In a manner of speaking, I act as the de facto registrar for all of those schools' former students who need transcripts for returning to school or obtaining employment.

My favorite part of my job is any chance I get to conduct tours and instruction sessions. I occasionally have the chance to lead tour groups when they visit the Archives and it's always a joy to see people get so excited about the materials that I work with every day. When high school and college classes visit from nearby institutions, I relish the opportunity to provide hands-on training in primary sources while curating selections of materials on a wide range of historical and other academic subjects. Outreach is my professional passion, so any chance I get to help with our outreach efforts is always a most rewarding experience.

Tell us about something you're particularly proud of from your job or your institution.

I'm proud of our institutional efforts over the past several years to live up to our mission as the repository for all citizens of North Carolina. Whether it's our digitization of African-American education records, our expansion of the oral history program to include such persons as any North Carolinian who has served in the military and women who "changed the world" as part of a state government initiative, or our collaborative efforts with varied groups and institutions across the state, I'm happy to see the State Archives taking active steps towards inclusion and diverse presences in the collections and outreach efforts. I look forward to our next steps on this important journey as we continue to live up to the adage that every record tells someone's story.

What advice would you give to someone interested in pursuing a similar career?

During your education, take as many technical classes as you can as electronic records provide so many exciting and difficult challenges across their life-cycle from creation to access. On the flip side, if you want to specialize in reference, subject knowledge is critical. Don't be afraid of pursuing two Master's Degrees, one in Information Science and one in an academic subject, to round out your schooling.

More so than education, however, is to simply go "out there" and find a repository where you can get hands-on experience. Whether you process a collection, create an exhibit, or scan records, you're gaining the skills that you need to hit the ground running in your archival career.

Who has been key to shaping your professional outlook?

In archival literature, especially as a reference and outreach specialist, I've always followed Randall Jimerson's model of the Archives as a space both sacred in its mission yet by its nature accessible to all. He describes Archives as a cross between a temple of cultural memory, a "prison of control," and a diner with the most expansive menu of knowledge available. I think that mix of maintaining reverence of materials while ensuring accessibility to knowledge, along with the acknowledgment that we must challenge the "prison of control" mentality rather than enable any mindset that feels that archives are cordoned off from most people, most informs my professional outlook.

I've also been fortunate to have so many wonderful teachers and professionals from which to learn the trade. Dick Lankford, Winston Atkins, Helen Tibbo and others taught me classes which provided me with the intellectual framework to pursue my archival career. Listing every professional who has mentored me in some way would take some time. However, I should single out Elizabeth Dunn at Rubenstein Library for seeing that I was a student assistant who wanted to pursue this field as my career and helped me along that path; Jennifer Baker, formerly of NC State and now at Rubenstein, who taught me how to run a reading room and showed me the determination to answer every query as thoroughly as possible; and all of the archivists at the State Archives who have been my valued colleagues over the past five years plus and are always generous with their time and advice.

What do you hope to accomplish during your time in SNCA leadership?

I am honored to take on the role of Education Committee Chair. I will work with the Education Committee and the rest of the Executive Board to continue the great work that Stephanie Bennett and the members of the Committee have completed over the past two years. I look forward to offering new workshops on topics that span all facets of archival work. I'm also looking for innovative ways to provide educational opportunities to archivists at all types of institutions, such as webinars and smaller workshops in cities across the state. I'm always looking for new great ideas! Once again, thanks to all the members of SNCA who have provided me with this privilege to serve the archivists of North Carolina!

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