Professional Development

Craig at SNCA

Monday, April 9, 2012 3:18 pm

This was my first time attending the Society of North Carolina Archivists Conference as a attendee, although a few years ago, Audra and I, along with Rachel Hoff presented in Pinehurst about Protecting Forsyth’s Past.

The conference was amazingly well organized and run. The signage was great and parking was available nearby. I have already reported on the paper mending workshop I took before the start of the conference. Rebecca also did a great job of covering the conference and so I’ll try not to repeat.

On Thursday morning, I took the tour of the UNCG Special Collections hosted by UNCG Archivist, Erin Lawrimore. Keith Gorman, Assistant Head of Special Collections and Archives, led my group. They have gone with one service point, as we have at ZSR. It was interesting to talk with Keith about their outreach to faculty where they do ‘cold calls’ during office hours and reach out to departments to get faculty interested in using Special Collections. The Plenary Luncheon speaker, Kate Theimer, was great. I especially liked two sources she mentioned in her talk: Handmade Librarian is a blog by Jessica Pigza, who combines being a librarian with the sources she oversees in her work as a Rare Books Librarian at New York Public Library. Jessica also writes a Handmade blog fro NYPL. The other source mentioned by Kate Thimer was Ben Brumfield who is using crowd-sourcing to get volunteers to help with transcription and annotation on digitization projects. It has to be a challenge to work with volunteers to transcribe letters and diaries for these projects-I think this idea is innovative and inspiring.

Vicki, Rebecca and Gwen at SNCA

The other session I’d like to report on was “Keeping the Faith and Sharing it Too” presented by two of ZSR’s finest: Vicki Johnson and Rebecca Peterson. Vicki and Rebecca reported on the the now infamous Biblical Recorder project.

Vicki at SNCA

The Biblical Recorder was founded by Thomas Meredith, a Baptist minister and founder of Meredith College in Raleigh. The BR began in 1833, and ZSR has what is probably the most complete run. The BR represents a get historical look into products and events of the Civil War. Vicki’s lead into the talk was a slide from the film A River Runs Through It where she described Rev. Maclean (played by Tom Skerritt) as saying that “Methodists were Baptists who could read” got a laugh from the audience. Vicki then used the BR as a way to show Baptists could certainly read…and write! She then explained how we got permission to digitize the BR from the Editor and Board, and received a grant to digitize the papers from 1834-1970.

Rebecca at SNCA

Rebecca covered the challenges of this project: poor quality microfilm; dis-binding of all the original papers for scanning, boxing and shipping to Quebec; the time period of the grant; and personnel turnover at the vendor-Olive. For the vendor, Olive-they do not provide analytics and we cannot edit any of the material. The benefits are enormous: keyword searching of the BR for the first time and users benefit from having the ability to search without travel or looking through original papers. Vicki and Rebecca did a remarkable job and I was more than a little proud to be their colleague.

Gwen Erikson from Guilford College, reported on a collaborative project to connect four ‘Friends’ Colleges: Guilford, Bryn Mawr, Earlham and Haverford. This project attempted to find better ways to connect people and historic Quaker church records, some dating to 1680. Using conference calls with each college, they ended up partnering with Ancestry.com, who wanted to work with these Quaker schools partly because Quaker records have unique information in them. For permissions, they faced more opposition from their attorneys at Guilford than anywhere else because their attorneys wanted to protect Guilford. Guilford used the 1972 census rule of confidentiality as a guide.

LeeRae Umfleet, from the NC Department of Cultural Resources spoke about the Civil War project she has undertaken. Each day, sometimes several times a day, she posts about events that took place 150 years ago on that same day in the Civil War, via their twitter feed. UNC-CH also has a Civil War Day-by-Day blog which uses their resources to document the war. Anyone who has heard LeeRae will appreciate her enthusiasm for this work, which involves lots of transcription.

I enjoyed SNCA: hearing about the work of archivists in North Carolina, meeting new people, seeing old friends and hearing Vicki and Rebecca.

4 Responses to “Craig at SNCA”

  1. Craig: great description of Vicki and Rebecca’s talk.
    Vicki and Rebecca: sounds like you did a great job on a difficult topic!

  2. Interesting write up, Craig. It sounds like a very good conference. I love the reference to the “now infamous Biblical Recorder!”

  3. Great job Vicki and Rebecca! And thanks, Craig, for sharing it!

  4. Awesome job and great photos! Sounds like a great conference with impressive presenters, primarily those from ZSR :-)


Pages
About
Categories
Professional Development
Tags
Archives
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007

Powered by WordPress.org, protected by Akismet. Blog with WordPress.com.