ForEverythingNC Blog

This is the place to connect you, the reader, to reliable and relevant content relating to North Carolina. Our team of #everythingNC bloggers (a.k.a. Government & Heritage Library staff) will offer up posts that run the gamut from state publications, historical info, genealogy tips, new additions to our collections, and so much more!

Court records are very important to research, especially in the 1700s and 1800s as many things went through the court. Bought land? It was proved in court. Died? Will and estate records were proved in court. These are just a few examples. In North Carolina, only 32 of 100 counties have no missing records. 36 had courthouse fires and 32 more counties have missing records for unknown reasons. That means just a bit over two-thirds of North Carolina counties has missing records. Despite the fires and missing records, it is important to remember there are other types of records that may be able to help you. A courthouse fire does not equate a total loss of records for the county. It is a good idea to examine all records that do exist.

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In several recent blog posts, we highlighted some books with connections to North Carolina for middle-grade readers. Today, we’ll be spotlighting some young adult books set in NC, so even older readers can find stories set close to home. These books may be available through your local public library or the NC Kids Digital Library, so you can read from your own devices. 

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The Government & Heritage Library received permission to publish text from the Spanish translation of The Old North State Fact Book (Revised 6th Edition), called Libro de Hechos de El Viejo Estado del Norte, in NCpedia. The book provides a brief history of North Carolina as well as information on the state symbols en español. The book is divided up into 41 individual NCpedia articles. In the link above, users will find a landing page that will provide links to all associated entries in Spanish.

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More than 80,000 state employees work diligently for the State of North Carolina in 178 different state agencies. When the COVID-19 pandemic reached North Carolina, many state employees found themselves working in drastically different situations and environments, many even teleworking from home. Here at the Government & Heritage Library (GHL), we understand the importance of having accessible resources available to help you provide the best service to the public in these trying times. To assist with the research endeavors state employees across North Carolina engage in to help keep our great state running, the GHL is proud to announce the State Employee Research Guide (https://statelibrary.ncdcr.libguides.com/stateemployees)!

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NCpedia contains a lot of unique resources on the people and culture of North Carolina to enrich, educate, and inform. This free online resource is a trusted source for North Carolina information. Today, we are looking at the topic of Civil Rights in North Carolina. There are many articles on NCpedia about this topic. Below are links to different topics within the Civil Rights Movement including sit-ins, organizations, images, and more. 

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Each spring the Government Documents Roundtable of the American Library Association (ALA) names a selection of government publications from the previous year as being Notable Government Documents. Published in the May issue of Library Journal, this year’s list contains four titles from North Carolina government agencies. 

How are the Notable Documents selected? 

There are three categories of government documents considered: International, Federal, and State or Local. Librarians submit nominations to ALA and the Government Document’s Roundtable for each category. The only major requirement is that the publications must be from a government agency. Then a selection committee made up of government documents librarians from universities around the US, pick the documents they deem significant and noteworthy. For 2019, the committee selected fifteen State or Local Government publications. Of the fifteen selected, four are from North Carolina! Find the whole list on the Library Journal website

 

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During this time when so many of us are under a stay-at-home order, we are looking for things to do.  Libraries are closed, so going to the library to check out books is not an option.  Did you know that the Government & Heritage Library (GHL) provides ebooks that you can safely download from the comfort of your own home? 

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Already burned through all the titles in our last Read and Learn post? Fear not, because there are even more middle-grade books set in and about North Carolina! Now is a great time to introduce your children to new books, so what better place to start than books that relate to their own backyard? These books may be available through your local public library or the NC Kids Digital Library, so you can read from your own devices.

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North Carolinians are not planning many vacations this spring. But escapism is just what some of us need... With a little imagination and an internet connection, you can travel through time and place in the footsteps of past North Carolinians.

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Are you working from home or finally digging into some research projects of your own? The coronavirus pandemic caused North Carolina to face drastic changes in the past few months, one being your local library experiencing closures. So you might be wondering how you can get your reference questions answered in the meantime. 

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More than ever in times like this we need public health and government information from reputable sources. The State Library of North Carolina is a Federal Depository Library, making many federal government publications available.

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It is human nature to plan: grocery lists, Netflix queues, dream vacations. But recent events have made us evaluate our preparedness for the unexpected. In the past couple months, North Carolinians have experienced extreme weather, a pandemic, ever-changing social expectations, job losses, and professional challenges, and a more uncertain economic future. We can stockpile toilet paper, food, and face masks for immediate comfort, but planning is necessary to ensure the best outcomes in a variety of emergency situations.

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The State Government Publications Collection consists of thousands of born-digital and digitized, full-text documents from 32 of North Carolina’s state agencies. As state agencies publish new documents year-round, new material is added weekly to the collection, so be on the lookout for newly published materials! The collections’ holdings span from documents published in 1817 all the way to the past month in our current year.

Many of the documents in the collection are born-digital, meaning that they were originally created in a digital format. Born-digital documents have existed for about the past 15-20 years. Older documents originally published in print, often from before 20 years ago, have been digitized and added to the collection.

 

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We are excited to be launching the Government and Heritage Library Academy, a learning management system powered by Niche Academy, with many different tutorials on a wide variety of subjects. Each tutorial is a robust learning experience, complete with video lessons, activities, and quizzes, so it’s like being enrolled in an online course. With one big difference: It’s completely free to use! And you don’t even need a library card!

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While much of the United States is under a stay-at-home order and practicing social distancing due to coronavirus, Americans are receiving their 2020 Census notification letters and forms asking for their participation in the count. As we grapple with a virus that has changed our routines and movement for the foreseeable future, many may ask why they should participate. Look no further than to our current situation with the pandemic to understand why a U.S. Census count is so important.

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Did you know you can access many of the Government and Heritage Library’s (GHL) resources from the comfort of your home? The North Carolina Digital Collections, NCpedia, ANCHOR, subscription databases, and more are available.  All the resources listed here are free to users, although some may require a library card from GHL.

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The Government & Heritage Library (GHL) regularly adds new publications to the North Carolina Digital Collections (digital.ncdcr.gov). In the past six months, many of these additions have been runs of serial titles. Some of these additions include new issues of existing titles, while others comprise entirely new content now freely and digitally available.

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The North Carolina African American Heritage Commission and the North Carolina Office of Archives and History have recently published a new book—and for the first time, a children’s book—titled My N.C. from A to Z. Children, parents, and caregivers will love learning about North Carolina through this beautifully illustrated board book. It is a great book for baby or toddler, but the amazing illustrations and important contemporary and historical topics make it enjoyable for all ages.

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Marriage records are a very important vital record to family history researchers, but those enslaved ancestors who were married while enslaved often left no record of the marriage. Cohabitation records are a great resource to prove the marriages of enslaved ancestors who were freed after the Civil War.

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The State Library's partnership with NC LIVE provides GHL and its users electronic access to digital content covering careers, business, investing, health, history, and genealogy. Learn more about all the resources available to us.

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Looking for fun (and free) events to start the New Year? The GHL will be kicking off the new decade with an array of exciting events and may even be visiting a city near you soon! Check out the events that are coming over the next few months.

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At the recent 2019 North Carolina Preservation Consortium (NCPC) Conference, we were reminded of the unnatural (or man-made) disasters that can wreak havoc on collections, such as older pipes bursting and leaking toilets. As the weather turns colder and frost appears on outside surfaces, we need to think about the internal structures that house our diverse collections. Many of the state’s cultural institutions, organizations, and libraries are living in older buildings with older pipes.

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On the anniversary of Melvil Dewey’s birth, December 10th, librarians and fans everywhere take a moment to celebrate the most widely used classification system in the world: Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC). This includes the Government and Heritage Library (GHL), which has long used Dewey to catalog almost everything except state and federal publications.

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Have you ever visited a web page to read about one topic and ended up clicking a link to read about a related topic? Then, have you clicked another link to read about something else that sparks your interest? Most of us have done this at some point because that’s what the Web is good at – linking related topics to each other. However, the relationships (or links) between the data are not always consistent or structured in a helpful way. That’s where Linked Data comes in.

What is Linked Data?  Linked Data is a set of best practices for publishing structured data on the Web. It allows for large sets of data on the Web to be connected to each other in a way that search engines can easily understand and access the relationship between items.

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The Government and Heritage Library (GHL) strives to be the principal library for North Carolina state government, serve state employees, researchers, and the general public and be your go-to source for everything North Carolina. We have extensive resources about North Carolina, and we want to continue to expand our collections to support and enhance the research needs and interests of North Carolina’s diverse communities.

To accomplish this goal, patron input is crucial in developing our collections. If you are looking for something we do not currently own, and it meets our Collection Development Guidelines, we may be able to purchase it to add it to our collection.

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In honor of Native American Heritage Month, we have selected a few online resources that might useful for research on your family heritage. These resources include primary and secondary sources that should be helpful. Please know that the below list is not exhaustive, and we hope you check other credible sources not listed below.

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The Government and Heritage Library (GHL) handles a range of questions about North Carolina from all over the world. We have resources and expertise to answer questions about the state’s broad history and diverse culture; NC data, demographics, and statistics; state government information; and researching your ancestors who lived in or migrated through North Carolina. We can also answer questions about accessing and using our resources—and we can help K-12 students find resources about North Carolina topics during the school day through our chat reference service.

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Did you know that the state of North Carolina has been an advocate for visual and hearing-impaired residents for nearly 175 years? Or that it was the first state in the U.S. to open a school for blind and deaf African American students? To learn more about it, check out a recent addition to the North Carolina Digital Collections, Report of the State School for the Blind and the Deaf (1871-1873, 1877-1904 and 1904-1952).  

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It’s October, which means the N.C. State Fair is here! Creative chefs from all over the state will be introducing a variety of new food items for the cookery contests, and foodies and traditionalists will always find the usual fare, like turkey legs and roasted corn. But have you ever wondered how you can make these delightful dishes at home? Do you want to try some of the State Fair winning recipes from years past? Or are you looking for dishes to warm your family in the cooler weather? The Government and Heritage Library has a great selection of cookbooks to look through and check out.

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The Government and Heritage Library (GHL) provides onsite and remote access to several great online databases. These are invaluable resources for historians, genealogists, researchers, state employees, state agencies, teachers, and students.

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Did you party with us on Friday during the #ArchivesAncestors #ArchivesHashtagParty?

Started by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the #ArchivesHashtagParty “is a way for all types of archives to share their collections on social media around a fun topic.” NARA organizes a theme based on a specific hashtag and encourages posts to Twitter and Instagram with that month’s hashtag on or around the first Friday of each month.

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The Government and Heritage Library (GHL) has a new exhibit in our reading room containing some of our rarely displayed books. The new exhibit, Alexandre Vattemare: Father of Interlibrary Loan, helps celebrate Library Card Sign-up Month by exploring how many of our rare and unique books made their way into our collection. 

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Librarians at the North Carolina Government & Heritage Library (GHL) have developed an online quiz feature in NCpedia to give users a fun way to interact and engage with North Carolina history. Our first quiz is available now, and consists of ten questions designed to test your knowledge of women’s history in our state.

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You may have noticed that the library recently began using a new logo on our website and other publications.  We are using new branding as part of a move toward modern styling and to help create a unique identity for the State Library.

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The Government & Heritage Library (GHL) at the State Library of North Carolina has content, resources, and tools to support classroom activities. These include educational content from state agencies across many subjects, including STEM; tools to help find and use primary sources; lesson plans and learning activities; and research guides and other teacher support materials.

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Nonprofit professionals looking for tools and strategies to do a better job can now find materials online or borrow from recently added items at the State Library of North Carolina’s Government and Heritage Library. 

"The nonprofit and philanthropic sector is indispensable to the fabric of our state," says Timothy Owens, State Librarian of North Carolina. "This new collection gathers in one place an unprecedented resource for nonprofit and fundraising professionals, policymakers, government officials, regulators, scholars and others interested in the charitable world."

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ANCHOR: A North Carolina History Online Resource is set up as an online history textbook developed with a sixth to twelfth grade audience in mind -- but it’s a worthwhile resource for learners and junior historians of all ages. Each page is valuable as a standalone resource. We have been working to add historical context to primary sources and additional resources -- including related people, artifacts, lesson plans, and more -- to each ANCHOR page. This will enable students and teachers not only to readily access the wealth of historical knowledge in ANCHOR, but also extend and solidify learning opportunities in a variety of ways. 

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Each year the May 15 issue of Library Journal features the American Library Association’s list of Notable Government Documents for the previous year. Sixty documents are selected for three categories of government publications. Twenty federal government publications, twenty publications from state or local governments and twenty publications from international governments. This year the 2018 Notable Government Documents list featured five titles from North Carolina. Three of these are available online and two are print only. The publications cover a variety of topics but are all produced by North Carolina government agencies.

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Have you ever wished you could search across all of the Government and Heritage Library’s resources using a single search box—like you can with Google—rather than having to search our catalog or online databases separately? You are now in luck! The library has recently implemented a new “Search Everything” option—a single search box you can use to search for materials contained in our traditional library catalog as well as online journal articles and e-books. This combines the content from our traditional catalog with journal articles from many of our subscription databases. You no longer have to search the online catalog and each individual database separately—you can search them all at one time!

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In a new initiative to expand access to historical documents related to North Carolina higher education, the University Archives at University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) recommended digitization of 103 titles from the State Library of North Carolina’s Government and Heritage Library (GHL). At no cost to UNCW, GHL digitized the suggested titles and provided public access through the North Carolina State Government Digital Publications Collection, a searchable and robust digital collection covering a wide array of subjects.

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Although the traditional school year just ended, many North Carolina K-12 educators are already planning for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year. With curriculum development, lesson planning, and kickoff workshops all on the summer to-do list, the North Carolina Government and Heritage Library (GHL) has everything you need to prepare your upcoming year of instruction on #everythingNC.

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The Government and Heritage Library (GHL) is excited to announce its selection as a participant in the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts’ (CCAHA) Preservation Needs Assessment and Preservation Planning Program, partially funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Have you ever wished you could have a librarian with you while conducting research, suggesting sources to check out along the way?  How about wishing you had your own personal librarian at home, to guide you on starting research and finding those go-to resources on a topic?  You’re in luck!

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The Veterans Oral History Transcription Project, a joint collaboration by the State Library and State Archives of North Carolina, celebrates the contributions of women service members. Made possible with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (ILMS), the website contains biographies of North Carolina women, their service, as well as links to audio oral history interviews and “crowdsourced” transcriptions. This encourages people to hear and read the women’s experiences in their own words.

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The Government and Heritage Library (GHL) seeks to preserve, maintain, and enhance a wide ranging and scholarly collection. This allows users to obtain a complete picture of North Carolina. 

To further this mission, we accept donations of books and other materials to help grow the collection.  We are excited to announce a new “Support Our Collection” page on our site that describes the different ways the public can add to our collection.  To learn more about supporting collection or to make a donation please visit, https://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/ghl/services/support-our-collection 

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The Government and Heritage Library (GHL) is pleased to announce Francesca Evans as the new Community Engagement Librarian!

The Community Engagement Librarian is a new position at GHL. In this role, Francesca will collaborate with State Library of North Carolina team members to plan, develop, and implement the library’s outreach and community engagement program. Additionally, she will assist with traditional reference responsibilities in the GHL reading room and online through the “Chat with a Librarian” service.

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The State Library of North Carolina and the State Archives of North Carolina are responsible for long-term access to North Carolina state government digital publications and records and for helping to educate state employees and researchers about best practices in digital preservation.

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According to 2016 census estimates, there are approximately 5.2 million women in North Carolina, who make up 51% of the state’s population. Slightly more than 57% of women in North Carolina are in the labor force. A new state government publication released in 2018 examines the economic progress of women in North Carolina. The report, Status of Women in North Carolina: Employment and Earnings, was published by the North Carolina Department of Administration’s Council for Women and Youth Involvement. The Council on Women’s mission is to advise the Governor, the legislature and state agencies on the issues impacting women in North Carolina. This report is the first in a series of four planned publications from the council on the status of women in North Carolina. Though some progress has been made, the gender wage gap for women still needs improvement. 

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Check out the new book This Day in North Carolina History by Ansley Wegner and Jeff Miles.  With more than 300 pages of events and illustrations chronicling North Carolina’s history, it’s available now for you to browse or check out at the Government and Heritage Library.

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The Government and Heritage Library invites you view new additions to the Our State Collection in the North Carolina Digital Collections!  In October, patrons gained access to every issue and every story of Our State magazine from 1933 to 2015.

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The State Archives and State Library of North Carolina are seeking volunteers to help make their materials more accessible to researchers by transcribing audio files of oral history interviews of North Carolina veterans. 

The Veterans Oral History Transcription project includes 12 oral history interviews of women veterans provided by the State Archives of North Carolina’s Military Collection Veterans Oral History Program. The program records audio format interviews with military veterans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces for any military service, engagement, or war, and who were born and/or raised in North Carolina; were stationed for extended time in North Carolina military installations; or have lived in the state for an extended time. 

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We're excited to debut the new blog of the North Carolina Government & Heritage Library.  Up to this point we've been blogging over at ghlblog.org  but now we're getting a facelift and moving to our to home, https://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/blogs/ghl/foreverythingnc

This is the place to connect you, the reader to reliable and relevant content relating to North Carolina. Our team of #everythingNC bloggers (a.k.a. Government & Heritage Library staff) will offer up posts that run the gamut from state publications, historical info, genealogy tips, new additions to our collections, and so much more!

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