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Preservation Week 2014: Librarians talk about PDA

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This week is Preservation Week, a seven-day stretch where libraries, archives, and museums around the world try to catch your ear to talk about how they preserve their collections and how you can preserve yours. This year, we’re going to focus on PDA. Not to be confused with the hand-holding sort, PDA in library-lingo means “personal digital archiving.” It’s a term used to describe the technology and techniques that real people use to manage all sorts of personal digital content:

  • family photos & videos
  • social media data
  • emails
  • school work
  • digital book collections
  • old CDs, DVDs, and floppies

Look for posts this week on how tips for preserving your digital files, what to do when disaster strikes, and special advise for military families caring for digital files. You can also check out our daily Tweets from @digpres411 and explore the list of general resources below!

Digital Preservation Best Practices and Guidelines (NC Dept. of Cultural Resources)

Preservation Week @yourlibrary (American Library Association)

Preserving Your Memories (Association for Library Collections & Technical Services)

Personal Archiving: Preserving Your Digital Memories (Library of Congress)

Scanning Your Personal Collections (Library of Congress)

This poster created by the Library of Congress gives some of the basics of how to preserve your digital memories.

This poster created by the Library of Congress gives some of the basics of how to preserve your digital memories.


NC County of the Week: Wake County

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Wake County, NC

The NC County of the Week for April 27-May 3, 2-14  is Wake!

Each week, we highlight information and resources for one county in North Carolina.  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter by searching the hash tag #nccotw.  And visit the Government & Heritage Library’s Pinterest page!

Follow us this week for great information about the people, history, geography, and culture of Wake County.


Celebrate National Bookmobile Day 2014

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Post by Government and Heritage Library Intern, Mariah Davis

National Bookmobile Day (Wednesday, April 16, 2014) celebrates our nation’s bookmobiles and the dedicated library professionals who provide this valuable and essential service to their communities every day.

Iredell county bookmobile

This Iredell County Public Library bookmobile was purchased in 1961 and was driven by staff member Virginia Deaton (pictured).

It is an opportunity for bookmobiles fans to make their support known—through thanking bookmobile staff, writing a letter or e-mail to their libraries, or voicing their support to community leaders. Have you hugged your bookmobile today?

North Carolina has a long history of bookmobiles serving communities from the coast to the mountains. This image of the Iredell County Library Moroney bookmobile is from the Transforming the Tar Heel State: The Legacy of Public Libraries in North Carolina collection part of the  North Carolina Digital Collections. You can view the image with this link:

You can also check out a selection of bookmobiles on our Pinterest Board:

Tar Heel Junior Historian

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If you have a young North Carolina history buff in your family, you’re likely familiar with the Tar Heel Junior Historian magazine. Published twice yearly since 1961 by the North Carolina Museum of History, this fun, fact-filled publication is a delight to anyone interested in learning about North Carolina’s past. 

The Tar Heel Junior Historian magazine is a companion publication for the Tar Heel Junior Historian Association clubs found in schools around the state. With a different theme every issue, topics as wide ranging as Native Americans in North Carolina , the NC State Fair , and the development of public works in our state, are featured. Contests, an annual convention, and awards for history projects keep kids engaged and learning about all things North Carolina.

The issues published between 1961 and 1991 are now available in the North Carolina Digital Collection at

To learn more about the Tar Heel Junior Historian Association, visit

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