When Archives Meets Museum

This is the third in a series of Archives Month posts around this year's theme, North Carolina Travel, Tourism, and Vacation. It was written by Ed Morris, Executive Director of the Wake Forest Historical Museum & Wake Forest College Birthplace. If you're intrigued by the following artifact and want to travel to see it in person, you can find more information on the website of the Wake Forest Historical Museum.

For the first half of my career, I was an archivist at the North Carolina State Archives. In 1998 when my wife, Cathy Jackson Morris, became State Archivist of North Carolina, my career took a shift to museums and historic sites. In the museum business like in archives, provenance is an important factor.

The Wake Forest Historical Museum has long held a small collection of the papers of Dr. Calvin Jones. The bulk of his extensive papers are housed at the Southern Historical Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At his death in 1846, Jones bequeathed his papers to UNC, where for more than thirty years he served as a trustee.  Other items came to the Wake Forest Historical Museum from various individuals but mainly from Jones Family descendants.  Among those papers held in the Wake Forest Historical Museum’s archival collection are lists of furnishings mentioning a specific bed, a bill of sale from Raleigh furniture maker David Royster dated July 1826, and an earlier memorandum from Dr. Jones to his private secretary on things to do, which included writing Mr. Royster and asking when his “desk and bed would be done.”

In the spring of 2020 on the very day word came that the Covid pandemic would close pretty much everything across North Carolina, the Museum received a phone call with an offer. Dr. Calvin N. Jones, the great-great-great-grandson of the original Dr. Jones, was offering to the Museum the very bed described in those documents. The current Joneses, then residents of Winston-Salem, were moving to New Jersey to be close to their family. Their new home would not accommodate the massive bed with its eight-foot-high post. Documentation being everything to the provenance of the bed, we of course acted quickly to make arrangements to find a rental truck and travel from the town of Wake Forest to Winston-Salem down a nearly deserted Interstate 40 to take possession of this major artifact for the Dr. Calvin Jones House, a part of the Wake Forest Historical Museum’s complex.

Calvin Jones bed

Thanks to archival documentation and the family story, the bed has concluded its nearly 200-year journey from North Carolina, to Tennessee, then Indiana, back to Tennessee and now coming back home to Wake Forest. The bed is once again in the house and bedroom where it was first used in 1826. Not only does the Museum have the artifact but the archival documentation of its very creation.

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Travel the Tar Heel State through North Carolina Postcards

This is the second in a series of Archives Month posts around this year's theme, North Carolina Travel, Tourism, and Vacation. It was written by Stephen Fletcher, Photographic Archivist in the North Carolina Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

In their heyday, picture post cards were everywhere. In our 2020s world, it may be difficult to grasp the ubiquity of the picture post card for those who lived a century before us. Perhaps the closest comparison to today would be the photographs we send via text messaging with our “smart phones,” the key difference being the immediacy of texting. We no longer need to go to a store, buy post cards, write individual messages, look in our address book and write on each card the mailing details for each recipient, find a post office, buy, lick, and adhere postage stamps, and then, finally, drop them in a mailbox. We simply make and send photographs to people in our contacts list stored on our personal devices. Indeed, we can even send the same image and words to several people at once.  Nor do we typically need to wait days for a response, receiving replies often seconds after sending.  But while we gained immediacy, we lost the joy in searching for and selecting the right post card for the right person, the tangibility of holding the physical object, the anticipation of what post card someone might pick just for us, and all the social constructs surrounding a once massive industry.

Point Lookout U.S. 70, N.C.
A “real photo” bird's-eye view of a lookout onto a valley, showing a pedestrian, a telescope, a gift shop, and several umbrella-covered tables and chairs. Today, this portion of the former highway is part of the Point Lookout Trail, a 3.6-mile paved bike greenway in the Asheville area through the Pisgah National Forest. Published by W. M. Cline Co., Chattanooga, Tennessee. https://dc.lib.unc.edu/cdm/ref/collection/nc_post/id/3123

During the late 1890s, a picture post card craze rampaged throughout Europe.  People collectively mailed multiple millions of them annually.  In August 1897, the Times Democrat of New Orleans wrote a brief article about their being “greatly in vogue in transatlantic countries,” noting, “There is an attention in such a little gift that is obvious: there is always interest and instruction given, and it bears a pleasant thought from the traveler pushing from point to point which the local swelterer appreciates.”

North Carolina Variety Vacation Land Kill Devil Hill
“North Carolina Variety Vacation Land Kill Devil Hill—Lofty Wright Memorial Beacon crowns Kill Devil Hill in Dare County, N.C., where the Wright Brothers first flew their pioneering airplane. U.S. 17 and N.C. 34.” https://dc.lib.unc.edu/cdm/ref/collection/nc_post/id/3790

Several years passed, however, before the popularity of picture post cards reached America. By 1910, the post card fad had taken hold—so much so that the syndicated newspaper column “Little Fables of the Rising Young Man,” under the headline “A Few Vacation Don’ts,” felt compelled to advise readers: “Don’t take fiendish delight in deluging the Chaps in the office with picture post cards of tossing billows, rippling lakes or cool, rugged mountains. They’re hot enough as it is and it only makes them sorer on you. Instead write that you’re surprised to read in the papers what cool weather they’re having since you left. Etc. etc.” So, just as an email and texting etiquette emerged with the adaption of new technologies, so too, did that of burgeoning post card authors.

Vacation at Jones Tourist Grill, Lake Waccamaw, N.C.
This post card caters to the traveler and serves as an advertisement for its issuer. Many post cards of this type have become categorized by today’s collectors as “boring postcards.” https://dc.lib.unc.edu/cdm/ref/collection/nc_post/id/4725

Picture post cards fulfilled many niches beyond personal travel correspondence, including advertising, specialized collecting, and daily mundane messaging. Their hallmark, however, was that postmark on cards sent and received from nearby and faraway locations. In 1914, the noted columnist and world traveler Frederic J. Haskin wrote a feature on picture post cards. “The post card industry has grown into immense proportions,” he noted. “It has throttled the cold reason of about half the human race, has insinuated its hold upon every country of the world, made immortality cheap, and robbed social correspondence of every sting.” He added, “There is not a land so lost to hope, not a hamlet or village so remote, as to be without these products.”

Main Street, Elizabeth City, N.C.
“Main Street, Elizabeth City, N.C.” https://dc.lib.unc.edu/cdm/ref/collection/nc_post/id/385

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's digital library North Carolina Postcards is a trove of “these products”—including travel, tourism, and vacation imagery and messages. It comprises more than 10,500 scans made from two collections in the North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives: the North Carolina Postcard Collection and the Durwood Barbour Collection of North Carolina Postcards. The former is an amalgamation of picture post cards acquired from innumerable sources over numerous decades; the latter, a mindful curation of a single post card collector. The digital library contains a scan of at least one post card for each of North Carolina's one hundred counties. Famous homes, historic sites, state parks, scenic drives, lighthouses, and resorts, are among the topics represented. Fishing, swimming, boating, and air travel are among the activities depicted. In fact, there are predetermined searches for more than 1,400 subjects and 750 North Carolina locations that can be initiated by a simple computer mouse click.  Keyword and advanced searches can be conducted through several metadata fields including descriptions. Many cards have messages that have been transcribed when notable. The image types are both those made on a printing press and “Real Photo” post cards made in a darkroom on photographic paper with a preprinted back designed for the address and message. The result? The immediacy and speed of the computer enables you to revisit twentieth century North Carolina at a pace of your choosing.

Seeing Raleigh, N.C.
This view of tourists on a bus depicts a man holding a megaphone speaking to the passengers. The card opens to show a man and woman driving a car, and a fold-out strip of miniature postcard views of Raleigh. This Tichnor Brothers postcard, copyrighted in 1907, uses a general design for which the name of any city could printed along the side of the bus, and to which miniature views could be adhered. https://dc.lib.unc.edu/cdm/ref/collection/nc_post/id/5066
Seeing Raleigh foldout
Seeing Raleigh right
Union Passenger Station, Kinston, N.C.
A careful eye will notice that the figures and vehicles are artistic renditions. It was not uncommon to update the people with contemporary clothing and replace the automobiles with the latest models, while retaining the same architectural view. https://dc.lib.unc.edu/cdm/ref/collection/nc_post/id/5624
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Archives Month Speaker Series

The SNCA Archives Month committee is proud to present four virtual lunchtime talks this October.  Information about the events and how to register for them is below.  We look forward to having you join us!

"Tourism in the North Carolina High Country: Highlights from the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection at Appalachian State University" 

by Greta Browning of the Rhinehart Rare Book Collection on British History at Appalachian State University’s Special Collections Research Center

October 6, 2021, 12-1pm
Abstract: Tourism is currently a major industry in northwestern North Carolina, known as the “High Country,” and it has been growing ever since the early days of the development of resort towns such as Blowing Rock in the late nineteenth century.  This talk will discuss the history of tourist attractions such as the Blue Ridge Parkway, Mast General Store, and the Land of Oz through the lens of the rich archival and rare printed collections of the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, a regional collection within the Special Collections Research Center at Appalachian State University.  Relive your childhood visits to High Country attractions, or just learn more to inform your next vacation!

Register for this talk at: https://forms.gle/XrEULQqSqBrTfEbK8

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"Preserving the Past for the Future in the North Carolina Collection of the Forsyth County Public Library" 

by Karen Feeney of the North Carolina Collection at the Forsyth County Public Library (FCPL) in Winston-Salem

October 13, 2021, 12-1pm

Abstract: The past is ever present in Forsyth County owing to the rich history of the Moravians, whose settlements are preserved, and the industrialists who have left their legacy in parks, museums, and local lore. Winston-Salem is known as the City of Arts and Innovation for its artist and entrepreneurial supporting organizations and is a tourist destination for festival goers, nature lovers, museum enthusiasts, urban foodies, and history buffs. The North Carolina Collection preserves records and photographs of our citizens and provides a unique window into the heart of our county. This talk by NC Collection supervisor Karen Feeney will introduce you to collections of interest to both citizens and visitors to Forsyth County.  

Register for this talk at: https://forms.gle/bfHKVpxTeN5YCYtv7 

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"'Do I Need a Ticket for This?' : Documenting and Supporting Tourism at the Outer Banks History Center" 

by Samantha Crisp, director of the Outer Banks History Center

October 20, 2021, 12-1pm

Abstract: The Outer Banks History Center in Manteo is deeply connected to the tourism industry in coastal North Carolina. The OBHC’s collections provide extensive documentation of the history of tourism on the NC coast from the 1830s to the present, with thousands of photographs and manuscripts either directly or indirectly related to the tourism industry. The OBHC also serves as a tourist destination itself and remains an integral part of the tourism industry currently by providing resources and support for articles, exhibits, events, displays, and other efforts on behalf of local organizations and businesses who aim to encourage tourism to the area. This talk by OBHC director Samantha Crisp will discuss all the ways in which the OBHC is integrated into North Carolina’s tourism industry, both historically and today.

Register for this talk at: https://forms.gle/wnuowCE2D628posZ6

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"Adventures in the stacks at the N.C. Government & Heritage Library: A Brief Tour of Travel and Tourism in North Carolina through State Government Publications" 

by Kelly Agan of the North Carolina Government & Heritage Library, part of the State Library of North Carolina

October 27, 2021, 12-1pm

Abstract:  Buckle-up for a fast-paced tour of the history of travel and tourism in North Carolina and related informational resources as we travel across the landscape of the state publications collection at the N.C. Government & Heritage Library (GHL). Part of the State Library of North Carolina, the GHL is the state’s official permanent depository for all North Carolina state publications. And among its collection of more than 100,000 volumes of print and digital government publications are numerous records relating to the history and development of the travel and tourism industry in the state. GHL librarian Kelly Agan will share the fascinating range of agencies and publications related to the industry, the research and informational value of the collection, as well as some of the more unique items and hidden gems. She will also share ways that the library can support researchers and how it provides access to the collection.


Register for this talk at: https://forms.gle/FpQbzKnNDGbZwxFq5

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Creating Place for Tourism

This is the first in a series of Archives Month posts around this year's theme, North Carolina Travel, Tourism, and Vacation. It was written by Jennifer Daugherty, Head of the North Carolina Collection at East Carolina University.

The North Carolina Collection at East Carolina University collects maps of all types from across North Carolina. Some of the most colorful and interesting ones in the collection are thematic maps used to promote travel and tourism within the state.  Many of these employ persuasive cartography which often does not have accuracy as a primary goal. Instead, it focuses on creating and advertising a sense of place, which in this case is used to bring tourists into the area.

The local Chambers of Commerce were a frequent publisher of thematic maps aimed at tourists. Chambers were usually responsible for promoting business growth and prosperity in their region. Bringing tourists into the area to strengthen the local economy played a large part in their success. This map was produced by the New Bern Chamber of Commerce, along with the city and Craven county. It highlights destinations to visit as well as history and other background information about the area.  Along with targeting the recreational tourist, the map could be sent out to promote business tourism.

NC Maps G 3904. N4 1959. L38, North Carolina Collection, Joyner Library, East Carolina University

This map also made a nice souvenir. A person might not pick it up until they had already arrived in the city, but it would serve as a reminder of their trip and an ongoing advertisement to return.

“The Vacationists’ Paradise” map has a very similar theme as the New Bern map. It was published by the local Chamber of Commerce in Carteret County and lists local area places to visit, as well as businesses that were most likely either members of the Chamber or paid to be included. Instead of historic information about the town, this one has a fishing theme, with illustrations of types of fish included. The bright colors and fun nature of the map would have made it a nice souvenir to take home.

Carteret County Vacation and Fishing Guide
Sanitary Fish Market & Restaurant map
NC Maps F 262. C23. N673 1962 North Carolina Collection, Joyner Library, East Carolina University
Brunswick County map
Brunswick Co. Come See Come Do
NC Maps G 3903. B6. E63 1970. W45, North Carolina Collection, Joyner Library, East Carolina University

The Brunswick County “Come See, Come Do!” map was published by the Resources Development Commission for Brunswick County, which was under the Planning Board. The map is not very detailed in its geography, but bright colorful pictures are used to highlight interests to be found in the area. There is also a chart with mileage to major cities.

Unlike the other maps, the North Carolina State Transportation map focuses on accuracy. Copies are free and are available in almost every rest area in the state. Created by the North Carolina Department of Transportation, the map promotes tourism by guiding travelers to where they need to go. These maps were invaluable before GPS was widely available for consumer use.

1940 NC Highways map
reverse 1940 NC Highways map
NC Maps G3901.P2 1940 N67, North Carolina Collection, Joyner Library, East Carolina University

On the verso of the map, the theme of promoting tourism is continued with images from around the state. The map is published every 1-2 years and contains different images each time. Only the first few editions were published without the additional content.

By including desirable photos and illustrations in addition to the geography, the examples here promote tourism through a representation of place. They are meant to persuade the tourist with imagery and context.  North Carolina’s different destinations are the product, and these types of maps work well to sell it. Maps of these kinds can usually be found in almost every state.

References:

Douglas Fleming and Richard Roth, “Place in Advertising,” Geographical Review 3, no. 81 (Jul. 1991): p.281-291, https://jstor.org/stable/215632

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New publication about SEBTS digital repository

Jonathan Lawler, Archivist and Digital Collections Manager at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS), co-wrote a chapter of a recent Atla Open Press publication. The book, Preserving the Past & Engaging the Future: Theology & Religion in American Special Collections, focuses on theological materials housed in academic libraries in North America. Lawler and co-author Shea Van Schuyver, Application Programmer at SEBTS, contributed chapter seven, "'Let Your Eyes Look Forward' Developing a Digital Repository from the Ground Up." This chapter tells the story of the seminary's development of its new digital repository based on Samvera Hyrax.

You can find the open access publication in PDF, EPUB, or Print on Demand on Atla's website: https://doi.org/10.31046/atlaopenpress.43

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Meet your Electronic Resources Chair: Kelly Spring

  • What jobs have you had in the archival realm?

I began my archival career as the Manuscripts Archivist at The Johns Hopkins University, where I worked for 10 years. My adventure-seeking self enjoyed a wonderful 3 years as the Archivist for Special Collections at the University of California, Irvine, before returning to the east coast to accept my current position as Access Archivist & Head of Digital Curation.Spring headshot

  • What is your educational background?

Non-traditional and amazing! I studied architecture at Virginia Tech before enrolling in the school of life for a number of years. When I returned to my formal education, I completed a Bachelor of Science from Towson University and then an MLA from Johns Hopkins.

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

The best part of my job is seeing others succeed. Whether it’s a library-wide collaborative project or a student assisting with data entry, experiencing and celebrating accomplishments is rewarding. The most important parts of my job are to actively listen to others, get a sense of what motivates them, understand their learning style, and try my darndest to match everything up so that they flourish in their positions.   

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

I am proud of the library’s commitment to its employees, to the university, and to the local community.

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

Don’t be afraid to try new things. Immerse yourself in the professional language, even if you don’t at first understand much. Research words and concepts you hear and ask questions. Most of all, be true to yourself.

  • Who has been key to shaping your professional outlook?

Is there a limit on entries? I’ve met so many wonderful people through the years and each has taught me something valuable! From the supervisors who asked me the hard questions, to the co-workers who took time out of their day to teach me something new, to the people we serve through our practice who provide me with opportunities to deepen my knowledge. It has been a beautiful patchwork of humanity and I’m grateful to all of them.

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

Honestly, I just hope to keep all the Electronic Resources running smoothly and keep everyone connected and informed.

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New Publication — North Carolina Triad Beer: A History

Contributed by Erin Lawrimore

Richard Cox, David Gwynn, and Erin Lawrimore – all employees in the University Libraries at UNC Greensboro – have published a new book titled North Carolina Triad Beer: A History.

From the book's description:

Now centered on Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point, the Triad was home to one of North Carolina's earliest brewery operations in the Moravian community of Bethabara. Easy access by rail and then highways attracted national breweries, and starting in the 1960s, the region began producing beer for companies like Miller and Schlitz. The passage of the "Pop the Cap" legislation led to an explosion of craft beer and brewpubs, and in 2019, three of the top five producing craft breweries in North Carolina were anchored in the area. Local beer historians Richard Cox, David Gwynn, and Erin Lawrimore narrate the history of the Triad brewing industry, from early Moravian communities to the operators of nineteenth-century saloons and from Big Beer factories to modern craft breweries.

NC Triad Beer promo poster

This book is an extension of Well Crafted NC, a research project focused on documenting this history of beer and brewing in North Carolina. North Carolina Triad Beer: A History is part of The History Press's American Palate series and will be available for purchase on July 19, 2021.

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Answering the Call: Experiences of North Carolina’s Military Veterans, 1898–1945

Contributed by Matthew Peek

The North Carolina Museum of History has opened a new exhibit about the military experiences of North Carolinians from the Spanish-American War through World War II. As part of a 2020-2021 Department of Defense World War II history grant, the Military Collection at the State Archives of North Carolina partnered with the History Museum for funding to digitize and transcribe 58 North Carolina WWII veterans' oral history interviews from the North Carolina Veterans Oral History Collection. The grant also supports the processing, description, and digitization of a set of more than 200 original WWII home front posters from two different collections produced by local businesses, wartime organizations, and school students in North Carolina.

Original poster entitled “Do You Buy Stamps?”, featuring a younger civilian wearing an Uncle Sam hat to question whether Americans were supporting the war effort by purchasing war bonds and war savings stamps during World War II. This poster was created by Elizabeth Baker, an eighth-grade student at the Waughton School in Winston-Salem, NC [1940s]

The posters were collected by the State Archives as part of their WWII records collecting project from 1942 to 1947, and the posters have been stored unseen and unused since then due to a lack of description. Of particular interest are the student posters, which present views of WWII and activities on the home front from the perspective of children from first grade through their junior year in high school. Many come from students attending schools in Forsyth County, Guilford County, and Wake County.

As part of the grant deliverables, the oral history interviews will be made available online towards the end of the summer of 2021, with full transcripts to follow. Also in the future, around 50 posters will be available online through the State Archives of North Carolina's North Carolina Digital Collections in the WWII collection. The posters and interviews are being incorporated by the Museum of History into their new military gallery as well as becoming part of their education department's programming, and there will also be a website developed on North Carolina in WWII.

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Triad COVID-19 collection

Contributed by Jessica Dame

As part of its ongoing work to document the history of University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) has been archiving campus web content using Archive-It since 2015. Following UNCG’s early announcements and response regarding the monitoring of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in March 2020, the University Archives began archiving the University’s COVID-19 related web content.

Shortly thereafter, Archive-It, a web archiving service for collecting and accessing cultural heritage on the web, presented the COVID-19 Web Archiving Special Campaign. This campaign was an opportunity for subscribers to expand their web archiving data in 2020 to archive institutional and community COVID-19 related web content.

Upon receiving the Archive-It data expansion, the Triad COVID-19 Collection was created. The Triad COVID-19 Collection aims to capture how the Triad community is using and experiencing the web during the global pandemic. The scope of the collection includes websites, web pages, born-digital documents, and videos created by county government, regional hospitals, K-12 schools, universities, non-profit organizations, community landmarks, and community initiatives. Content captured includes information about the spread of infection, regional containment efforts, modified services and closures, and mask projects.

Due to the urgent nature of the collection, selected web content was immediately evaluated for scope and archived as early as mid-May 2020. Some collection content was archived monthly, while others were archived once for an initial capture (including YouTube videos and born-digital documents). It was not until after selected content was captured that the University Archives began to reach out to site-owners regarding permissions. The University Archives employed an “opt-out” approach, notifying site-owners about the collection and the crawls with the option to not be included.

Currently the Triad COVID-19 Collection includes 150 unique pieces of web content. A highlight from the collection that captures the importance of web archiving is Project Mask WS, which was a mask sewing initiative in Winston-Salem created in response to the pandemic. According to the Project Mask WS website, they are a group of 1000+ volunteers who create masks for medical personnel and front line workers who could not obtain N95 masks. The website features an introduction to the project, images, and examples of their impact, but it expired sometime in mid-July. The group’s online presence is now exclusively on Facebook. While the initiative lives on, without web archiving, the origins of this project would have been lost.

The Triad COVID-19 Collection can be viewed at: https://archive-it.org/collections/14142.

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New role and new hire at UNC Greensboro

Contributed by Hollie Stevenson-Parrish

UNC Greensboro’s University Libraries is pleased to announce that Juanita Thacker has accepted the position of information literacy lecturer in the Department of Research, Outreach and Instruction (ROI).

Juanita Thacker photo

In this role, Thacker will provide curriculum-integrated information literacy instruction for ENG 101 and 102 courses. She will also be University Libraries’ liaison to the College Writing Program. Other responsibilities include providing reference support via one-on-one consultations and reference desk assistance.

A native of Winston Salem, Thacker received her bachelor’s degree in business education/information technologies from East Carolina University and holds a master’s degree in library and information science from UNC Greensboro.

She is a member of several professional associations, including the American Library Association (ALA), the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) and the Metrolina Library Association (MLA). She also serves as the marketing manager for Women of Color within Librarianship (WOC+Lib). In her spare time, she enjoys a wide variety of music, reading, television, and travel.

UNC Greensboro’s University Libraries is pleased to announce the hiring of Katherine Heilman as the new electronic resources librarian and assistant professor in the Department of Technical Services. For the past eight years, Heilman worked for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Library as a collections and acquisitions librarian. Prior to this position, she taught special education at the secondary level for New York City Public Schools in South Bronx, New York.

Katherine Heilman photo

In her role as electronic resources librarian, Heilman will be involved with the acquisition of e-resources and support access to the Libraries’ owned, licensed, and subscribed online collections. She will also be working to ensure the effectiveness and discoverability of these resources to meet the educational and research needs of the University.

“I am really excited to join the UNCG community,” said Heilman. “I look forward to working collaboratively across the campus with our students, faculty, and staff.” 

Heilman holds a master’s degree in library and information science from Syracuse University and a master’s degree in education from The City University of New York. She obtained her bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. When she is not working or chasing after her two young children, Heilman can be found cooking, gardening, or reading on her front porch.

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