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SNCA Annual Meeting, 2023 Schedule:

  Zoom links sent to all registrants via email

Conference Day 1 (Thursday, March 30th)

Plenary Talk, Thursday, March 30th, 9:30-10:30am


Dean Jeffrey, Director of Archives and Preservation, American Dance Festival

Preserving Movement: The American Dance Festival in Durham, NC, is a 90-year-old modern dance performance series and school for dancers. Dean Jeffrey, ADF's archivist for over 15 years, discusses the hows and whys of documenting and preserving movement. 

Questions will be collected and submitted to the speaker. Answers will be published when answered.

Business Meeting, Thursday, March 30th, 11-11:50am

  • President welcome and short report

  • Election results, Nominations Chair Nathan Saunders

  • Archives Month Chair Karen Feeney report

  • Treasurer Harry Cooke report

  • Development Chair Shaunta Alvarez report

  • Education Chair Joshua Hager report

  • Electronic Resources Chair Kelly Spring report

  • Membership Chair Adreonna Bennett report

  • Publications Chair Bari Helms report

  • Member at Large Jessica Dame report

  • Member at Large Ashelee Gerald Hill report

  • Vice President Winnie Titchener report

Poster Session, Thursday, March 30th, 1-2pm

Moderator:  Stephanie Bennett 

Poster: The Care of Previously Uncared for Collections; the Maps of Rockingham County

Poster Presenter: Nicole Zamora-Wilson, Graduate Student, UNCG

Description: The Museum and Archives of Rockingham County is a small museum working to care for hundreds of previously unmanaged historic maps of Rockingham County. This poster will highlight ways that small museums can use their resources to care for previously poorly managed collections.

Poster: Archives as Sources of Inspiration for Creative Expression

Poster Presenter: Johnamarie Macias, Central Piedmont Community College

Description: "Archival Photos Reimagined," a collaborative project between the Central Piedmont Community College Archives and the Visual Arts Club, encouraged students and staff to interact with archival sources in a fresh and artistic way. This poster outlines the process and tools used to develop the project, presents examples of artworks created by participants, and provides practical information for other archival professionals looking to implement creative ideas and breathe new life into their collections.

Poster: Movement of Minority Cemeteries

Poster Presenter: Kalei Woodford, Graduate Student/Intern, UNC/Olivia Raney Local History Library, Movement of Minority Cemeteries

Description: I will go over the movement of numerous cemeteries that belong to the indigenous, Jewish, or queer communities. Indigenous and Jewish cemeteries have clear examples of movement. There are sadly a multitude of examples in both communities about cemeteries being disinterred and moved to different locations. However, that is not the case with queer cemeteries. Queer cemeteries have a surprising lack of movement but do suffer from erasure. 

Poster: Movement in the Mountains: Collections with Dance Imagery at Western Regional Archives

Poster Presenter: Sarah Downing, Western Regional Archives

Description: "Western Regional Archives (WRA) in Asheville, NC has a number of collections that relate to dance: Folkmoot USA Records, Asheville Bravo Concerts Records, Black Mountain College Records and the Black Mountain College Papers. The WRA staff proposes to create a poster highlighting these collections that feature the 2023 SNCA Annual Meeting theme, Movement. 

Lightning Round 1, Thursday, March 30th 2:15-3:15pm

Moderator: Nancy Kaiser

Title: Lights, Camera, Action: Behind the Scenes of an SCRC Livestream

Presenters: Phillip MacDonald, Special Collections Librarian, NC State University Libraries; Taylor Wolford, Special Collections Librarian, NC State University Libraries

Description: The Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) at NC State University Libraries continues to host YouTube Live “unboxings'' of archival collections. Through these events, SCRC staff and guests present exciting items from the archives to the public on topics such as pop-up books, navigating the archives, bees, comics, university maps, and more. Live streaming involves creativity and collaboration to pick engaging topics, curate archival items, and research the topic and materials.

Lightning Round 2, Thursday, March 30th, 3:30-4:45pm  Prerecorded

Moderator: Nancy Kaiser

Title: Pour Myself a Cup of Ambition: 9 to 5 Archival Job Transitions

Presenters: Meaghan O'Riordan, Archivist, Archives of the Moravian Church in America, Southern Province, It’s Just a Jump to the Left: Technology Time Warp at the Moravian Archives. Janaya Kizzie, Processing Archivist, Brown University, Just Up the Hill and Worlds Apart. Sarah Patton, Archivist, Nevada Historical Society, From Riches to Rags: A Reverse Cinderella Story; Erik R. Bauer, Archivist & Records Manager, Diocese of Olympia, Livin' on a Prayer: From Public Library to Religious Organization; Celia Emmelhainz, Program Manager, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution, Transitioning Professional Identities: From Academic Librarian to Museum Archivist; Andrew D. Kopp, Project Archivist, California State Polytechnic University, You're Muted, Turn Your Mic On: Remote vs. In-Person Employment. Katie Nash, Archivist and Head of UW Archives, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Private to Public: Navigating Change from Liberal Arts to R1; Elspeth Olson, Outreach and Public Services Archivist, University of Nevada, Reno, Sing Out, Louise: From Processing to Public Services; Katie Rojas, Head of Archival Processing, University of Virginia, Should I Stay or Should I Go?: Transitioning from Manuscript Archivist to Manager; Rose Oliveira, Accessioning Archivist, University of Virginia, From All Hats to a Single Hat: Moving Institutions and Building a New Position; Dr. Lydia Tang, Outreach and Engagement Coordinator, Lyrasis, The Other Side of the Table: An Archivist-Turned-Vendor; Kelly Kress, Accessioning Archivist, The Huntington, From Full-Time to Freelance and Back Again: A Pandemic Story.

Description: Transitioning to a new job is a challenge no matter how big or small the change, and bigger changes mean more complexities for adjustment. The speakers on this panel will discuss major shifts in their professional roles in a variety of directions and areas of work. We will discuss our experiences and how our shifts in our careers reflect the shifts in approaches to infrastructure, labor, and sustainability in the field over the last decade.

Conference Day 2 (Friday, March 31st)

Panel Sessions 1, Friday, March 31, 9:30-10:45 (Concurrent Sessions)

Panel Session 1A

Moderator: Kathelene Smith

Title: From the Mountains to the Sea: Rewards and Challenges of Establishing a Satellite Location to Increase Digitization Across North Carolina

Presenters: Ashlie Brewer, North Carolina Digital Heritage Center, Digitization Technician ; Kristen Merryman, North Carolina Digital Heritage Center, Digital Projects Librarian

Description: With over 3 million pages and growing, the newspaper collection is the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center’s largest and most popular collection. Despite the large number, there remained a substantial lack of representation of papers from the eastern part of NC. To solve this, the Center proposed a satellite location that would both increase representation and visibility of those areas. This session provides an in-depth look at the various challenges and opportunities the staff encountered.

Panel Session 1B

Moderator: Rebecca May

Title: Leveraging the Synergies between University Archives and Records Management

Presenters: Alston Cobourn, Head of University History and Records and University Archivist, East Carolina University; Amy Bright, University Records Manager, East Carolina University

Description: The functions of university archives and records management programs are inherently related and intertwined. We will discuss ways we have leveraged the synergies between them, benefits realized, and challenges faced. Main topics covered will be advocacy to administration, educational outreach, relationship building, policy and procedure development, and organizational structure.

Title: Filling the Gaps: Identifying Gender Inequity in Collegiate Athletics at Wake Forest University

Presenter: Ashelee Gerald Hill, Processing Archivist, Wake Forest University

Description: I will be discussing the landscape of women's local and intercollegiate athletics before, during, and after the implementation of Title IX.

Title: Moving With the Times: Iterative Teaching with Primary Sources

Presenters: Rebecca May, Public Services Archivist, Wake Forest University; Kathy Shields, Research and Instruction Librarian, Wake Forest University 

Description: This session outlines the development of a 1.5 credit course on archives and primary sources co-taught by a Research and Instruction Librarian and a Public Services Archivist. We will share the origins of this course and the moves we have made to improve it over 3 different iterations. Through assessment and reflection, the course has grown and changed to best meet the needs of the student, and the instructors themselves.

Panel Session 2, Friday, March 31, 11-12:15 (Concurrent Sessions)

Panel Session 2A 

Moderator: Stephanie Bennett

Title: Welcome to the Purge: Digital Records in an Era of New Limits

Presenters: Katie Howell, University Archivist, UNC Charlotte & Tyler Cline, Digital Archivist, UNC Charlotte

Description: This session will explore how archivists from UNC Charlotte's Special Collections and University Archives worked with campus IT partners to plan for upcoming changes to how Google storage limits are managed and how to handle dormant accounts and their associated files. In particular, the panelists will discuss their work managing records in Google Team Drive accounts, applying a capstone-like review to accounts pending deletion, and planning to guide a campus-wide shift in record-keeping behavior.

Panel Session 2B

Moderator: Rebecca May

Title: Yesterday's News: The Value and Challenges of Local News Moving Image Archives 

Presenters: Nathan Saunders, Director, Center for Southeast North Carolina Archives and History, William Madison Randall Library, University of North Carolina Wilmington

Description: What if the historical records themselves move? Moving image archives present many challenges, but the time and energy devoted to their long-term preservation yield tremendous benefits for understanding local history. This presentation will follow the process of acquiring, recording, digitizing, describing, and providing access to the WWAY Television News Archive, currently housed at the Center for Southeast North Carolina Archives and History at UNCW’s Randall Library.

Title: Conducting Community Based Oral History Projects

Presenters: Jennifer Daugherty, Head of the North Carolina Collection, East Carolina University

Description: Special Collections at ECU conducted a community based oral history workshop in 2022 to document the Black farmers in Eastern North Carolina. This session will talk about the project, offer advice on creating and implementing your own project, and bring attention to the need for more trauma informed work in this field.

Panel Session 3, Friday, March 31, 1:30-2:45

Moderator: Stephanie Bennett 

Title: Herding Cat(alyst)s & Making Progress in an Archival Drought: Recovering from a 7-Year Archival Silence

Presenters: Paige Hendrickson, University Archivist, ECSU; Cynthia Wise, Access Services Librarian, ECSU

Description: After the previous Archivist retired, staff kept the status quo until the pandemic halted all "business as usual." The Library & Archives’ building began major renovations & were packed & stored for two years. Another initiative would bring new life to the Archives. ECSU was selected to participate & the campus radio station transferred items to the Archives to preserve their history. This project was the catalyst needed to push the Archives into action.


SNCA is excited to announce three workshops to precede this year’s Annual Meeting. You can register for these virtual workshops here:

Please note that the workshops have a small registration fee of either $10 or $15. You will be asked for payment when you register. If the registration fee poses an undue hardship, please contact Education Chair Josh Hager at for a waiver. 

Workshop 1: A Collaborative Art: The Fundamentals of Oral History 

Tuesday, March 28 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (2 hours)

Registration Fee: $10

Maximum Attendees: 40 

State Archives of North Carolina Oral Historian, John Horan, offers guidance for conducting oral history projects. Explore oral history fundamentals, project planning, necessary forms, technology, and a primer on the art of the interview. 

Instructor: John Horan, Oral Historian, State Archives of North Carolina

Workshop 2: Using Fashion History as a Tool in Photograph Identification

Tuesday, March 28 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM (5 hours, with 1 hour lunch break)

Registration Fee: $15

Maximum Attendees: 30

Fashion history expert and Costuming Professor Alexis Howard presents an overview of fashion history from the 1840s-1980s with a focus on mainstream visual trends to aid in more closely pinpointing date ranges in photography identification. Attendees are encouraged to bring scans of their hard-to-date photographs as examples for class discussion. 

Instructor: Alexis Howard, Costume Production Coordinator and Adjunct Professor, Northwest Florida State College, and MFA, Costume Design and Dramaturgy, Trinity College Dublin 

Workshop 3: AV101

Wednesday, March from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (2 hours)

Registration Fee: $10

Maximum Attendees: 40

Let’s face it, taking care of audiovisual materials can be intimidating. It requires specialized expertise, antiquated equipment, and lots of hard-to-come-by funding. But a little knowledge goes a long way. This workshop will demystify the reels and cassettes sitting on shelves and tucked away in boxes. Participants will learn about AV formats, how to create access to materials using simple DIY techniques and will walk away from the workshop armed with resources, information, and techniques to help them care for their audiovisual collections. 

Instructor: Hannah Palin, Co-Executive Director of Moving Image Preservation of Puget Sound, a non-profit devoted to helping regional organizations convert their legacy video recordings to digital formats. Palin previously served as the Moving Image Curator at the University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections.

Spring Fling

SNCA will be hosting and supporting "Spring Fling" events this year as an opportunity for in-person gatherings. We have two to announce right now but more will be forthcoming - we hope to host something in several regions of the state to give folks across NC the opportunity to get together. If you would like to host a tour this spring or in the future, please reach out to me!

Register for the following at, and stay tuned for announcement of more tours:

Wake Forest University, Winston Salem, on Wednesday, April 5, 4pm-6pm.

Meet at Z. Smith Reynolds Library on WFU's campus, and after a tour and look at our current exhibit on first editions, we can head over to Reynolda Village for appetizers.

University of NC at Charlotte, Charlotte, on Friday, April 21 3pm-5pm

Meet at J. Murrey Atkins Library on UNC Charlotte's campus! Special collections tour and head over to Armored Cow after! Register via form

N.C. State Archives, Raleigh, on Monday, April 24, 3:30pm-6:30pm.

Meet at the State Archives and after a tour, head over to a local restaurant for appetizers.

PO Box 41001, Greensboro, NC 27404


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