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.
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.
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.
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.