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Year in the Life: Elizabeth Shulman, Pt. 8

Elizabeth Shulman is one of our participants in our Year in the Life series, which follows new archivists in their first professional position. We will be following Elizabeth for a year. You can read her previous posts here.

Earlier this month, I attended a day-and-a-half Local History Librarian conference hosted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The conference was generously sponsored by the North Caroliniana Society which made it free to all attendees. As soon as I learned about the conference through the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center’s partners list-serv, I knew I had to attend. I figured this was at the very least a good way to meet colleagues doing similar work from across the state. The majority of attendees work for public library systems across North Carolina.

The vast majority of the speakers either worked at Wilson Library at UNC or worked for the state government at either the State Library or State Archives. The first two sessions were the type of work being done at Wilson Library and the state agencies. The third was an open forum for participants to discuss their collections and ask questions of other librarians in the room. The question we spent the most time discussing was “How do I get more people to learn about and use my collection?” I ended up talking about my Archival Petting Zoo as well as my efforts to promote the collection on social media. That wrapped up the morning. In the afternoon there were sessions about demographic of users in North Carolina, conservation (which is a struggle for us public librarians), state-level grant applications, and free North Carolina oriented reference resources. The last session was particularly interesting to me as I learned about several digital map resources. I have been getting a lot of map questions lately so it was definitely a helpful resource I’ve passed along to my patrons. The first day of the conference ended with a lovely dinner at the Carolina Inn and a dinner talk about the story food can tell in the archives by the head of the American Studies department at UNC.

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Year in the Life: Adriana Flores, Pt. 11

Adriana Flores is one of our participants in our Year in the Life series, which follows new archivists in their first professional position. We will be following Adriana for a year. You can read her previous posts here.

As we near the end of the semester, life in the Archives & Special Collections has (thankfully) begun to slow down. Although the students’ schedules are as busy as ever, our office is finally getting a chance to regroup and work on some new projects. With less classes and special events, we’ve been able to focus on preparing for some large projects this spring, revisiting our policies and procedures, and checking in with our students on their projects. Overall, it’s been great to have less events and more unstructured time to work on things that have had to wait on the back burner for a bit.

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Year in the Life: Adriana Flores, Pt. 10

Adriana Flores is one of our participants in our Year in the Life series, which follows new archivists in their first professional position. We will be following Adriana for a year. You can read her previous posts here.

October has brought colder weather, changing leaves, and a busy college campus! The Archives & Special Collections has been bustling with plenty of classes, new projects, and special events. One of the biggest events we had this month was Homecoming and Family Weekend. The A&SC hosted an open house as part of the weekend’s program and it was wonderful to contribute to the campus festivities as both a staff member and an alumna.

Our office was contacted by the University Relations department in August about participating in Homecoming and Family Weekend. The archives has participated for the last few years in one capacity or another, so I was excited to maintain our department’s involvement. For the open house, we decided to use our reading room and small classroom to display a variety of significant campus records, memorabilia, and rare books. Laura, our Assistant Archivist, and I wanted to make sure to align our displayed materials with the rest of the weekend. This year Homecoming and Family weekend was honoring multiple groups: the Black Student Union’s 50th anniversary, the class of 1967’s football team, and the ‘Green & Gold’ era athletics members. Focusing on these groups allowed us to narrow the scope of our display and really connect with the alums who would be visiting us.

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Year in the Life: Elizabeth Shulman, Pt. 7

Elizabeth Shulman is one of our participants in our Year in the Life series, which follows new archivists in their first professional position. We will be following Elizabeth for a year. You can read her previous posts here.

Wonder of wonders, miracle of miracles, I can officially share that the North Carolina Collection has a new head of its collection. I have been wanting to write about the process of hiring the new head but decided to wait until it was actually official. As I said in an earlier post, the North Carolina Collection has been without a head since November 2016, or two weeks after I started working there. I have been filling the shoes of a vacant head for the past year and keeping the collection afloat through its move to the mall but I am relieved that someone will soon take over the helm. The new head starts in early December.

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Year in the Life: Elizabeth Shulman, Pt. 6

Elizabeth Shulman is one of our participants in our Year in the Life series, which follows new archivists in their first professional position. We will be following Elizabeth for a year. You can read her previous posts here.

Greetings from the Mallbrary! The past several weeks have been an interesting time to be in Durham, North Carolina. As many of you are aware, on August 14th, protesters in downtown Durham toppled the Confederate monument outside the Old Courthouse which is now the County Administration building. This has led to protests around the Research Triangle and fears of reprisals from white supremacists. On the evening on the 14th, my co-workers and I were actually at work as we are open to the public every Monday night. Our adult services librarian was browsing Facebook when he saw images of the monument posted by friends at the protest. My immediate reaction to the event was shock and a lot of “HOLY [EXPLETIVE]!” After recovering from the shock and sharing the news with my friends and family, my second reaction was “how can we archive this?”

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Year in the Life: Adriana Flores, Pt. 9

Adriana Flores is one of our participants in our Year in the Life series, which follows new archivists in their first professional position. We will be following Adriana for a year. You can read her previous posts here.

We are almost at the end of September and it has been a busy month! Now that we’re in the fifth week of classes, my routine is starting to feel a bit more predictable, which is a welcome change. I’m becoming more comfortable with campus, my student workers are trained, and I’m starting to fall into a routine. A large portion of that routine has been teaching. In the last two weeks I’ve taught seven classes, which may not seem like a lot to an experienced education archivist, but it has been a lot for me to manage. On top of that, we’ve had five special events hosted by the archives and special collections department. To say the least, September has been a month of learning, balancing priorities, and testing my time management.

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Year in the Life: Adriana Flores, Pt. 8

Adriana Flores is one of our participants in our Year in the Life series, which follows new archivists in their first professional position. We will be following Adriana for a year. You can read her previous posts here.

I can’t believe summer is over! Our students had their first day of classes this week, which means the semester is officially in full swing. I’ve looked forward to students returning to campus with equal parts excitement and anxiousness. I’m thrilled to have my student workers back and to see all the students on campus, but their return means that all of my wonderful prep-time is over. Even though my prep-time is gone, I’m happy to trade it for the exciting events that have already taken place this semester.

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