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Traveling Archivist Program Now Soliciting Applications

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The Traveling Archivist Program is Now Soliciting Applications
APPLICATION DEADLINE: AUGUST 31, 2016

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Does your institution need help with the preservation of and access to your collections?

If so, the State Archives of North Carolina is now soliciting applications for its Traveling Archivist Program (TAP).

TAP provides hands-on preservation assistance to cultural and heritage institutions that house archives, papers, and records at risk of deterioration, neglect, and damage. Institutions chosen to participate in this program will receive an onsite visit, a collections assessment, recommendations for managing and caring for the collections, training and instructions, and other resources including some basic preservation supplies.

The purpose of TAP is to help improve preservation of and access to collections that document the culture and history of our state. (more…)

Library Closing: Thanksgiving 2015

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Turkey, J.J. Davis Farm, Cape Hatteras, NC, 1909. From the H. H. Brimley Photo Collection, State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC.

Turkey, J.J. Davis Farm, Cape Hatteras, NC, 1909. From the H. H. Brimley Photo Collection, State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC.

The Government and Heritage Library  will be closed Thursday, November 26th –  Saturday, November 28th for the Thanksgiving holiday.  Regular hours will resume on Monday, November 30th. Have a good holiday!

 

Getting Ready for Ancestry Day 2015

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Ancestry Day is this week (on November 6th and 7th) and lots of people are coming! I know some will come to the State Archives of North Carolina and the Government & Heritage Library,  (GHL) so here is some information to help you prepare. This post will be a bit long and a mixture of links to past posts and other online sources as well as information.

Let’s start with the difference between the State Archives of North Carolina  and the Government & Heritage Library. In summary, the Archives contains original documents such as deeds, wills, and court records. On the other hand, the GHL has published books, many of which are abstracts, indexes, and transcriptions of the original records located in the Archives. These are especially helpful with court minutes and deed books which have no easy way to go through them other than page by page. Learn more about the difference here.

You also need to know what to bring (or not bring) to the GHL and the Archives when you research. Biggest MUST is photo ID – either your driver’s license or state issued ID. You can’t get in the building without it. Also, if you plan to visit the Archives, you need ID to get in the search room. Learn more here

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Social Media for State Government Best Practices Resources

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North Carolina state government agencies have a strong social media and online presence. Social media provides a way to stay in touch and keep communities informed.

The state government of North Carolina strives for transparency and open government . Social media posts created by state government agencies fall under the public records law.  The State Archives of North Carolina has been given  a legislative mandate to preserve state government information in any format  — this includes social media posts — and make it accessible to the citizens of North Carolina.

The State of North Carolina’s Social Media Archive is one of the tools that preserve posts as part of state government’s historical record. This site is maintained by the State Archives of North Carolina and the State Library of North Carolina.

This free and open archive provides access to hundreds of thousands of social media records from selected North Carolina state agencies. Social media activity from these agencies is continually being captured and indexed, and additional agencies will be included in the future.  Visit the North Carolina State Government Social Media Archive to learn more.

Resources for Best Practices in State Government Social Media

Many North Carolina state agency social media creators may not be aware of the protocol surrounding social media posts for state government.  The State Library and State Archives provide education and training on this subject such as online tutorials and suggested guidelines.

Social Media Best Practices

These best practice documents provide information about legal and appropriate use of social media by state agencies and local government. Responsibilities of  public information officers are outlined, and a sample Social Media Policy is provided.

Social Media Usage in North Carolina State Government by State Archives of North Carolina --5 part video.

Social Media Usage in North Carolina State Government by State Archives of North Carolina –5 part video.

Video Tutorials

Best Practices for Social Media Usage in North Carolina is a 5 part video series that explains how North Carolina state government agencies can utilize social media sites to reach citizens in new ways; discusses acceptable use of social media and security concerns; and gives an overview of preservation and records retention of social media as public records.

If you need additional help locating resources or information please contact the North Carolina Government and Heritage Library.

 

 

 

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