NCDHC Strategic Themes, 2020-2022

Theme 1: A Collaborative Work Ethic

Work collaboratively and flexibly with North Carolina’s cultural heritage professionals to broaden online access to their collections. How we’ll do this:

  • Continue to provide digitization of and digital access to the materials our partners select for sharing online.
  • Continue to support cultural heritage professionals planning for and pursuing their organization’s own digital initiatives.
  • Rely on our network of relationships to make connections and foster collaborations in digital initiatives throughout North Carolina.
  • Work with units within Wilson Special Collections Library as well as external institutions and organizations to increase the range of services and opportunities we offer to our partners.
  • Remain in touch with and responsive to the greatest needs of our partners, so that we use our funds in helpful and equitable ways.

Theme 2: Inclusive and Diverse Collections

Engage with a diverse community of institutions and users to support inclusivity in digital collections. How we’ll do this:

  • Offer on-site scanning days, digitizing materials for institutions for whom travel to Chapel Hill is a burden.
  • Continue to encourage our partners to select materials documenting underrepresented communities.
  • Connect with potential partners in counties and regions with little representation on DigitalNC.org.
  • Support organizations who solely document underrepresented communities in reaching their specific digital initiative goals.

Theme 3: Accessible and Engaging Content

Ensure DigitalNC.org quickly and accurately connects all users with cultural heritage materials that meet their research or recreational needs. How we’ll do this:

  • Increase the accessibility of DigitalNC.org for all users through a website redesign and by pushing external software developers to improve their products.
  • Develop creative and interactive ways for users to engage with online content, including support for crowdsourcing.
  • Learn from and share information with our user audiences, including but not limited to local historians and genealogists, K-12 educators, and students of all ages.

Theme 4: Expanded Newspaper Content

Meet partner demand for open access to more digitized newspapers. How we’ll do this:

  • Improve the infrastructure underlying our digital newspaper collection to ensure continued access.
  • Work with partners to identify non-microfilmed and at-risk print newspaper titles, particularly from underrepresented communities, for digitization and online access.
  • Incorporate digitized newspaper content from other sources (newspapers.com, Chronicling America) into DigitalNC.org to create the largest freely accessible source of North Carolina newspaper content.

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