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(Webinar) Genealogy Online: Navigating the State Library and State Archives’ Digital Collections

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Curious to learn more about the online genealogical materials of the Government & Heritage Library (State Library of North Carolina) and State Archives of North Carolina? Curious about how to get your library’s genealogical materials online, too?

Join us for an overview of all things family records in the North Carolina Digital Collections. This webinar is designed for North Carolina library and archives staff, and will cover materials from several digital collections of the State Library and State Archives, including Family Records, State Publications, Alien Registration and Naturalization Records, War of 1812 Pay Vouchers, and Women, Marriage, and the Law. You will learn about how these materials can be found in the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), and how you can work with DigitalNC to get your materials online and similarly discoverable through DPLA.

This webinar is presented by Ashley Yandle of the State Archives of North Carolina and Rachel Trent and Kathleen Kenney of the State Library of North Carolina.

Register here (space is limited!):

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:

This blog is a service of the State Library of North Carolina, part of the NC Department of Cultural Resources. Blog comments and posts may be subject to Public Records Law and may be disclosed to third parties.