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This blog is maintained by the staff of the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center and features highlights from the collections at DigitalNC, an online library of primary sources from institutions across North Carolina.

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Student Handbooks & Catalogs Available from Roanoke-Chowan Community College

We’re excited to introduce one of our newest partners: Roanoke-Chowan Community College! Our first batch of materials from them is a selection of student handbooks, course catalogs, and Learning Resource Center (LRC) guides representing 50 years of the school’s history. The items range from 1968-2018 and offer a glimpse into the ways that the school has supported students over the years.

The school was founded in 1967 as Roanoke-Chowan Technical Institute. Since then, it has gone through two re-namings and has grown to offer about 20 curricular programs, including visual arts, business, nursing, and cosmetology. One notable landmark for the school was in 2001, when the Board appointed Mary C. Wyatt as President, making her the first Black woman to be a community college president in North Carolina. 

Perhaps one of the most entertaining items in this batch is a handbook called An Introduction to the LRC at Roanoke-Chowan Technical Institute. While the material covers all of the questions that you might expect students to have about the library, AV center and Learning Laboratory, what you might not expect is the absolutely delightful tour guide that walks you through those resources.

A cartoon of a cat holding up one finger   A cartoon of a cat looking around quickly   A seated cartoon cat writing with a pencil on a stack of paper

Another one of the items⁠—perhaps notable for its quaintness⁠—is a guide to using the Dynix Public Access Catalog at the library. (Note: there are actually a couple of Dynix guides in this batch). The handbook explains how to conduct searches and gives examples of how related search topics might also appear in results. There is also a sort of meta illustration of someone using a computer, which gives the handbook some extra personality.

Illustration of a person typing at a computer. Another set of hands typing at a computer is superimposed over their body.

You can see the full batch of handbooks and catalogs here. To learn more about Roanoke-Chowan Community College, visit their partner page or their website. 


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