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NC Digital Collections – Beta Redesign!

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Digital Collections, beta design
We are excited to be demoing a beta redesign for the North Carolina Digital Collections website, and we’d like to get your feedback!

Whether you are a frequent user of the Digital Collections, or this will be your first time, we’d like to invite you to head over to the beta site and explore. Love it? Hate it? You can give us feedback via the survey form linked at the top. We’d love to hear your thoughts!

The survey will be up for two weeks, today through August 13th. The old site will also still be available at its usual URL

The North Carolina Digital Collections contain over 90,000 historic and recent photographs, state government publications, manuscripts, and other resources on topics related to North Carolina. The Collections are free and full-text searchable, and bring together content from the State Archives of North Carolina and the State Library of North Carolina.

Interviews with Library Staff – Genealogical Services Assistant

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Photo of Genealogical Services Assistant

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.

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