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First-Person Narratives of the American South
Staff (1997-1999)

Project Director and Principal Investigator
Project Manager
Preservation Librarian
Project Cataloger
Support from Other Library Staff
Graduate Students


Project Director and Principal Investigator: Patricia Buck Dominguez

The Project Director oversees the digitization project, ensures that it is on schedule, meets quality control requirements, and spends funds cost-effectively. She confers regularly with project staff. She also works with the Editorial Board to prioritize titles for scanning and to identify supporting materials to include in the database. She is responsible for writing reports and preparing publicity for the project.

Curriculum Vitae

Business Address:
Collection Development Department
CB# 3918, Davis Library
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27514

Education:
UNC-CH, Library Science, M.S.L.S., 1978.
University of Michigan, Comparative Literature, Ph.D., 1975.
University of Michigan, Comparative Literature, M.A., 1966.
Andrews University, French, B.A., 1965.

Current Position:
Humanities Bibliographer, Collection Development Department, Academic Affairs Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, June 1978-

Fellowships, Awards and Special Honors Received:
Blackwell Award for "Cooperative Collection Development at the Research Triangle University Libraries: A Model for the Nation." (With Luke Swindler.) College & Research Libraries 53 (1993), p. 479-496.
CETH Seminar: Electronic Texts in the Humanities: Methods and Tools, August 1-13, 1994, Princeton, New Jersey.

Grants Received:
"First-Person Narratives of the American South," LC/Ameritech National Digital Library Competition Grant, for $74,782. August 1, 1997 to January 31, 1999. P. I. (With Natalia Smith)
"A Digitized Library of Southern Literature, Beginnings to 1920," Chancellor's Grant for Instructional Technology, $30,100. January 1, 1997 to June 30, 1997. P. I. (With Natalia Smith)
"Documenting the Contemporary South." A Title II-C Collection Development Grant from the U. S. Department of Education to the Triangle Research University Libraries for $286,669 to purchase materials on the American South, April 1992. Principal writer; Campus P. I. (With Luke Swindler, David Moltke-Hansen, Marcella Grendler; UNC--CH; Ginny Gilbert, Duke; Margaret Hunt, NCSU).
"Documenting the Contemporary South." A Title II-C Collection Development Grant from the U. S. Department of Education to the Triangle Research University Libraries for $267,170 to purchase materials on the American South, June 1991. Principal writer, Campus P. I. (With Luke Swindler, David Moltke-Hansen, Marcella Grendler; UNC--CH; Ginny Gilbert, Duke; Margaret Hunt, NCSU).

Special Projects:
Documenting the American South. Initiated the Library project to digitize books about the American South printed between 1600 and 1920. The library project is part of a networked multimedia Southern Americana Database supported by the Academic Affairs Library, the Library of Congress and the Ameritech Corporation, the Office of the Chancellor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and, initially, the Office of Information Technology at the University and the IBM Corporation.

Selected Publications:
"African American Resources in the Library's General Collections," Southern Research Report #6: African Americana in North Carolina and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Fall 1995), p. 51-58. (With Luke Swindler.)
"Brainstorming About the Serials Crisis." (With Luke Swindler.) Newsletter on Serials Pricing Issues [Online], no. 102 (10 January 1994).
"Cooperative Collection Development at the Research Triangle University Libraries: A Model for the Nation." (With Luke Swindler.) College & Research Libraries 53 (1993), p. 479-496.
"ALA, Librarians, Faculty, and Scholarly Organizations: Broadening the Lines of Communication." College and Research Libraries News, Vol. 51, no. 5 (May 1990), 396-397.
"Evaluating History Journals at a University Library." Editing History 6, no.2 (Fall 1989), p. 6-8. (With Luke Swindler.)
"Report on Research Projects Funded by the North Carolina Science and Technology Committee," 1977.
"A Study of Mallarmé and Grammars," Language and Style, Vol. VIII, no. 3 (Summer 1975), 163-188.


Project Manager: Natalia ("Natasha") Smith

The Digitization Librarian manages the day-to-day operation of the project and its budget. She hires and trains students to prepare texts, scan them according to current international standards or accepted library practice, proofread materials, encode texts at a basic level, and make them available on the WWW, ensuring quality control at each step. She works with Curators and Bibliographers to identify texts for scanning. She asks members of the editorial board to help prioritize among them. She also does advanced-level encoding according to SGML/TEILite and assigns the TEI header for each text. She also maintains the whole database Documenting the American South and its components.

Curriculum Vitae

Business Address:
CB# 3918, 127 Davis Library
UNC-CH, Chapel Hill 27515-8890
Phone: 919- 962-1095
Fax: 919-962-4450
Email: nsmith@email.unc.edu, nsmith@metalab.unc.edu

Education:
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, M.S.L.S., May 1995
Princeton University, CETH Seminar: Electronic Texts in the Humanities: Methods and Tools, Summer 1994
Moscow State University, Masters of Arts, Linguistics (French, Italian, Portuguese), May 1978

Current Position:
Digitization Librarian, Academic Affairs Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 10/96 to present
Develops and maintains a WWW site for the AAL digitization project, Documenting the American South: The Southern Experience in 19th-Century America; works on the project development and its future components; encodes selected materials in SGML/TEI; provides quality control and consistency of text-encoding; works with members of the Cataloging Department to catalog electronic resources and to provide access to them through the local OPAC and the OCLC; hires, trains, and supervises several graduate assistants from the School of Information and Library Science and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication; promotes AAL digitization initiatives; works with librarians, faculty, and members of the UNC Press to identify appropriate materials for digitization.

Grants Received:
Chancellor's Academic Enhancement grant, $29,991, for continuing "A Digitized Library of Southern Literature." P. I. and Project Director.
Library of Congress/Ameritech Digital Library Competition, $74.782, First-Person Narratives of the American South (Project Manager).
Chancellor's Instructional Technology Grant, $30,100, A Digitized Library of Southern Literature: Beginnings to 1920 (Project Manager).

Publications:
Natalia Smith. "UNC-CH Library Digitization Project Documenting the American South. Clips and Pointers in D-Lib Magazine, November 1997
Smith, Natalia and Helen Tibbo. "Libraries and the Creation of Electronic Texts for the Humanities", College & Research Libraries, 11, 1996: 535-553.
Smith, Natalia. An On-line Bibliography of Southern Literary Magazines, 1727-1900.


Preservation Librarian: Andrew Hart

Curriculum Vitae

Business Address:
Collection Development Department
Davis Library CB#3918
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27515-8890
Tel: (919)962-1095
Fax: (919)962-4450
Email : ashart@email.unc.edu

Education:
Certificate of Advanced Study in Preservation Management, University of Pittsburgh, 1994.
MLS, University of Pittsburgh, 1992.
BA, English and General Literature, State University of New York at Binghamton, 1987.

Employment History:
Preservation Librarian, UNC-Chapel Hill, 1996-.
NEH Project Coordinator, Columbia University, 1995.
Mellon Intern in Preservation Administration, Columbia University, 1994.
Coordinator, Preservation Intensive Institute, University of Pittsburgh, 1993.

Professional Activity:
American Library Association, Preservation and Reformatting Section (PARS):
Member, ALCTS Legislation Committee, 1997-1998.
Member, PARS Policy and Planning Committee, 1996-1997.
Intern, PARS Policy and Planning Committee, 1994-1995.
Chair, PARS Education and Outreach Discussion Group, 1994-1995.
1995 Program Planning Subcommittee: "Selection for Preservation in a Digital Universe."
Member, Task Force on Preservation Internships, 1994.

North Carolina Preservation Consortium, Board Member, 1997-2000.

New York State Conservation/Preservation Program:
NYS Education Task Force, 1995.
Reviewer for preservation grant proposals, 1995-.

National Endowment for the Humanities:
Reviewer for preservation grant proposals, 1994-.


Project Cataloger: Celine Noel

The Project cataloger reviews the TEI headers and oversees the creation of a full MARC record for each digitized text through the OCLC system. She also confers with staff about enhancements to access and coordinates the project's cataloging and metadata activities.

Curriculum Vitae

Business Address:
Catalog Department
CB# 3914, Davis Library
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27514
Tel: (919) 962-0153
Email: cnoel@unc.edu

Education:
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Library Science, M.S.L.S., 1974.
Fordham University, English, B.A., 1969.

Current Position:
Cataloger, Catalog Department, Academic Affairs Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, July 1980-

Previous Positions:
Cataloger, Boston University, 1975-1980.
Technical assistant, Automated Book Catalog Project, Dance Collection, New York Public Library, 1972-1973.

Recent Activities:
Metadata Institute, "Managing Metadata for the Digital Library," Washington D.C., May 4-5, 1998.
Library of Congress, Program for Cooperative Cataloging, BIBCO training program, April 1-2, 1998.
"Knowledge Access Management" Seminar, OCLC Institute, Dublin, Ohio, Nov. 17-19, 1997


Support from Other Library Staff:

Many individuals in the library spent considerable time helping project staff identify materials, write parts of the narrative for the grant proposal, and catalog the digitized titles. The following list includes some of the librarians who helped with this project, in addition to those already listed.

David Moltke-Hansen and Robert Anthony: Wrote narrative that provided the intellectual context for the proposals.

Tim Pyatt: Wrote sections on copyright in terms of manuscripts and bit-mapped imaging; identified first-person narratives in typescript in the Southern Historical Collection.

Eileen McGrath, Harry McKown, Alice Cotten: Helped identify first-person narratives in the North Carolina Collection.

Roberta Engleman and Libby Chenault: Helped search for first-person narratives in the Rare Book Collection.

Margaretta Yarborough: Developed the strategy and cataloged the first records for digitized texts from this library.

Carol Pekar: Suggested ways students might use the cataloging records to identify first-person narratives in Davis.

Pat Mullin: Proofread the grant, along with many others listed above.

Marcella Grendler: Helped organize, write, and revise the grant. Much of its success is due to her efforts.

Larry Alford: Provided funding for the pilot project which gave us the experience we needed to undertake this project.

Joe Hewitt: Approved this project in his capacity as Associate Provost for University Libraries.

We are grateful to all these individuals for their contributions.


Graduate Students:

Graduate Assistants (GA) from the School of Information and Library Science and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication:
GA 1 (20 hours per week) consults with the Preservation Librarian and determines the condition of materials for scanning, collates and cleans them, orders and tracks missing pages on Interlibrary Borrowing, and turns over any materials requiring special handling to the Preservation Librarian. GA 1 also scans materials using OCR scanning software and does OCR editing. He or she scans graphic materials, helps prepare the digitized text for publishing on the WWW, and helps the Digitization Librarian maintain the Website.

GA 2, 3, 4, 5 (20 hours per week each) use OCR scanning software, do OCR editing, proofread digitized text, and do preliminary SGML/TEILite encoding of these texts.