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Interviews with Library Staff – Genealogical Services Assistant

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This week’s interview is with Marie Jones, the Genealogical Services Assistant. She is the “Jill of all Trades” for Genealogical Services and as you will see from the interview, she does a lot of things. She can usually be found at the Reference Desk for Genealogical Services helping patrons.

Q (Erin Bradford): How long have you been doing genealogy and how did you get started?

A (Marie Jones): I’ve been researching since 1995, over 15 years.  My interest began after losing both my mother and grandmother within 3 months of each other.  Initially, I was trying to find living relatives. (more…)

NC County of the Week: Columbus County, NC

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This week’s North Carolina County of the Week is Columbus County, North Carolina! Formed in 1808 Columbus County is named for explorer Christopher Columbus.

This week  (July 20 – 26) we’ll highlight the people, history, geography, and natural heritage of this county located in the coastal plain of North Carolina.

We’ll showcase the documentary history and collections of the Government & Heritage Library and our sister agencies in the Department of Cultural Resources and other heritage institutions throughout the state.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter and join in the conversation by using the hashtag #nccotw.  And don’t forget to visit us on Pinterest for our Columbus County board where we’ll showcase a range of historic images.


State doc pick of the week – Nursing home medication error quality initiative

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Meds2Have a loved one in a nursing home? If you don’t now, chances are at some point either you or a loved one will be a nursing home patient. For nine years (2004-2012) the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Service Research at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill surveyed North Carolina nursing homes about their medication errors. Each year the survey results were analyzed and published as part of the medication error quality initiative.

Over 400 North Carolina nursing homes participated in the surveys. Few of the reported errors resulted in injury or had an effect on the patient. Only a small number, around 9%, of reported errors were of concern. These error reports are not about the facilities but should provide heightened awareness of patient safety and indicate where interventions may be needed.

All 9 reports can be downloaded, printed, saved, and viewed by clicking here.

NCpedia announces new historical content from UNC Libraries’ Commemorative Landscapes of North Carolina

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“Clio, Muse of History”, Monument Unveiled at Guilford Battleground (Greensboro, NC), July 3, 1909. Monument is no longer standing.

“Clio, Muse of History”, Monument Unveiled at Guilford Battleground (Greensboro, NC), July 3, 1909. [Monument is no longer standing.]

The GHL is pleased to announce the publication of UNC Libraries’ Commemorative Landscapes of North Carolina in NCpedia and to bring this unique historical publication to the NCpedia audience.

Commemorative Landscapes of North Carolina presents a digital publication based on a database of monuments, shrines, and commemorative public art from across North Carolina. It’s an excellent match for the NCpedia approach, with researched North Carolina history content supported by rich historical documentation. Like NCpedia, Commemorative Landscapes of North Carolina provides source citations and links to web content and digitized historical records and images. This adds not only to the quality of the content but to the depth of the user’s experience in exploring the content. For NCpedia, partnership with Commemorative Landscapes represents the opportunity to add a substantial amount of historical content with the unique historical perspective of how North Carolinians have experienced and chosen to commemorate their history.

Supported by an IMLS grant from the State Library of North Carolina, Commemorative Landscapes of North Carolina began in 2011 as a collaborative effort between the Department of History and the University Libraries at UNC-Chapel Hill. The grant funded the development of a digital collection and web publication of monuments from the landscape of 25 central Piedmont counties. Professor Fitz Brundage brought his idea for mapping the commemorative landscape of the state into his undergraduate history classrooms. Students researched existing and removed monuments and uncovered detailed historical information, including: monument creators, sponsorship, and cost; historic accounts of planning and fundraising; dedication and post-dedication events; the history of the subjects of the monuments; and descriptions of monument landscapes and geo-coordinates.

Guided by Natasha Smith at UNC’s Wilson Library, the library brought its expertise in digital humanities publishing, database development, and metadata standards along with its treasure trove of documentary items from the Library and the North Carolina Collection. Students and project staff located and digitized a range of objects, including manuscript materials, historic newspaper accounts, and postcard images of monuments. At the same time, historic publications and periodicals from UNC and Duke collections were scanned by the Internet Archive at these schools. These digitized objects were linked to published records for users to access and explore.

The publication went live in June 2012 with the launch of 25 counties. Since then research and mapping have continued at UNC as they expanded from the central Piedmont counties to the wider Piedmont, coastal plain, and, currently, to the mountain counties. Earlier this month, NCpedia launched its collaboration with Commemorative Landscapes with publication of 338 monument entries, comprised of 57 North Carolina counties and York County, SC. (York County represented monuments at Kings Mountain Battlefield which were placed on the landscape due to their importance to North Carolina history and, significantly, through the efforts of North Carolinians.)

Please visit Commemorative Landscapes of North Carolina on NCpedia and explore the breadth of this unique view of North Carolina history!

–Kelly Agan, NCpedia Digital Media Librarian

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