A Collaborative Work Ethic
Work collaboratively and flexibly to support people who are collecting and preserving materials documenting North Carolina’s cultural heritage. How we’ll do this:
- Continue to provide digitization of and digital access to the materials our partners select for sharing online.
- Continue to share our experiences and workflows with those who are planning for and pursuing their own digital initiatives.
- Work within 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.
- Come up with creative ways to sustain services during the upcoming Wilson Special Collections Library infrastructure project.
Inclusive and Diverse Collections
Engage with a diverse community of organizations and users to support inclusivity in digital collections. How we’ll do this:
- Prioritize projects that elevate a wide variety of North Carolina voices by putting those efforts ahead of others and/or committing more resources to them.
- Help organizations from communities that are underrepresented in digital collections in reaching their specific digital initiative goals.
- Continue to encourage our partners to select materials documenting underrepresented communities when choosing what to have scanned.
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:
- Learn from and share resources with our user audiences, including but not limited to local historians and genealogists, K-12 educators, and students of all ages.
- Responsibly maintain DigitalNC.org by advocating for accessibility improvements, monitoring costs compared to benefits, and producing transcriptions to increase access.
Expanding Newspaper Content
Meet partner and user demand for open access to more digitized newspapers. How we’ll do this:
- Continue to explore a distributed newspaper digitization model, with scanning occurring at other locations and the acceptance of born-digital newspaper content.
- Work with partners to identify non-microfilmed and at-risk print newspaper titles, particularly from underrepresented communities, for digitization and online access.