News from Special Collections & Archives at Wake Forest University

Guest post from Tanya Zanish-Belcher, Director of Special Collections & Archives, Wake Forest University.

BSCNC-award-375x500Special Collections & Archives (Z. Smith Reynolds Library), Wake Forest University recently hosted Marcia Phillips, a representative of the North Carolina Baptist State Convention and Chair of the Convention’s History Committee. The occasion was to present SCA with a resolution of appreciation at a small ceremony including Wake Forest President Nathan Hatch, Provost Rogan Kersh, Z. Smith Reynolds Library Dean Tim Pyatt, and SCA Director Tanya Zanish-Belcher. SCA was honored for its efforts in digitizing collections which are part of the North Carolina Historical Baptist Collection.

A week after receiving the resolution, SCA was notified it was one of 16 recipients of a Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Recordings at Risk Grant: https://www.clir.org/about/news/pressrelease/rar2

CLIR will provide $50,000 for “Documenting the Evangelical Movement in the United States: Digitizing Baptist State Convention of North Carolina Open-Reel Audiotapes, 1957-1980.”  George Blood LP (Philadelphia) will reformat and digitize approximately 1,500 at-risk and rare open-reel audio recordings for SCA. The open-reel tapes document the American evangelical movement and contain presentations by prominent Southern Baptist pastors and church representatives at a number of evangelical conferences and annual meetings of the Convention. The speakers and programs on the tapes document the denomination’s activities and subjects of discussion, 1957-1980, ranging from Baptist theology to broad cultural and societal issues. This project will result in the long-term preservation digital storage for these tapes, and broad access through the Wake Forest University North Carolina Baptist History Portal currently being developed. Once completed, there will be an active outreach program, focused on demonstrating how historians, researchers, and religious scholars can use these records in their research and teaching.

As primary source material, the insight this material provides for the American evangelical movement through four decades is invaluable on many levels. The speakers include prominent Southern Baptist leaders, including such notables as Kenneth Chafin, Billy Graham, Dale Moody, Wayne Oates, and Stephen Olford. The subjects range widely, from internal Baptist concerns relating to baptism and dancing at Baptist colleges, the role of the church in an increasingly liberal society, missionaries working abroad, political involvement, and the role of women. Historians, researchers, scholars, and students, whether focusing on culture, the evangelical movement, gender, or religion, will gain new perspectives and understanding by having access to these previously unavailable materials.

For further information, please contact Tanya Zanish-Belcher, Director, zanisht@wfu.edu

To update ALABI members on news from your institution, please contact Steve Jones at sjones@sebts.edu.
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Position Announcement: Special Collections Librarian, Baylor University

BaylorLogo-VerticalBaylor University Libraries seek a Special Collections Librarian to provide creative leadership for the Special Collections unit in the Central Libraries. This position will work collaboratively with the other special collections libraries on campus. Main responsibilities of the position include strategically building and promoting these unique collections, integrating their use in teaching and research.

Visit https://jobs.baylor.edu/postings/2545 for details on responsibilities, requirements, and application instructions.

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LSTA Digitizing Grant Update (Wake Forest University)

Guest post from Tanya Zanish-Belcher, Director of Special Collections & Archives, Wake Forest University.

Articles of Faith, 1861, Baptist Church (Mount Gilead, N.C.) Records (MS755)

Articles of Faith, 1861, Baptist Church (Mount Gilead, N.C.) Records (MS755)

In 2015, Z. Smith Reynolds Library received an EZ Digitization Grant-Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)/Library Services and Technology (LSTA) Grant from the State Library of North Carolina for the description and digitizing of archival material that is part of the North Carolina Baptist Historical Collection at Wake Forest University. Nearly 100 linear ft. of original archival records (dating back to the 18th century) belonging to churches throughout North Carolina are now available as part of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library’s online NC Baptist Collection:
https://wakespace.lib.wfu.edu/handle/10339/63998

Dismission letter for Frances Hart, circa 1797 (Grassy Creek Baptist Church).

Dismission letter for Frances Hart, circa 1797 (Grassy Creek Baptist Church).

The funding was used to hire a digitization technician, Kylie Bradley, and metadata specialist, Weihua Wang, who performed the majority of work on this project. In addition, Marcia Phillips, a member of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina History Committee, volunteered to assist with rehousing the physical materials within this collection prior to digitizing. Student assistants completed the remaining digitization during the Fall 2016 semester.

A total of 65,996 pages/objects were digitized for 113 churches, with 6 remaining to be added online. Metadata records were also created for each church collection. ZSR Library is excited and honored to have the opportunity to provide scholars, students, researchers, and the public with access to these Baptist collections.

For further information, please contact Tanya Zanish-Belcher, Director, zanisht@wfu.edu

To update ALABI members on news from your institution, please contact Steve Jones at sjones@sebts.edu.
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Arkansas Baptist History Collection Awarded 2017 Davis C. Woolley Award

The association is happy to announce that the ALABI and Baptist History and Heritage Society Woolly Award Committee has selected the Arkansas Baptist History Collection at Ouachita Baptist University as the recipient of this year’s Davis C. Woolley Award for Outstanding Achievement in Assessing and Preserving Baptist History.  Of special note were Ouachita’s projects to digitize and provide online access to pre-1920 association annuals and the Arkansas Baptist State Convention annuals, 1848-1900.  The committee commented that these projects are rich resources for students of Arkansas Baptist history.

To explore Arkansas Baptist History Collection resources and learn more about the work Wendy Richter and her staff are doing to preserve and promote the use of Baptist resources, visit https://www.obu.edu/library/.

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Position Announcement: Assistant Director for Central Libraries, Baylor University

Baylor University Libraries seek an innovative and collaborative professional to provide leadership for the special collections located in the Central Libraries.  The Assistant Director for Central Libraries is a new faculty position with leadership and visioning responsibilities.

For a full list of requirements and more details about the position, please visit https://jobs.baylor.edu/postings/2269

To apply, please submit a letter of application and a résumé or current curriculum vitae via email to Beth Farwell, Search Committee Chair, at Beth_Farwell@baylor.edu. To ensure full consideration, your application must be completed by June 1, 2017. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. To learn more about the Baylor University Libraries and Baylor University, please visit us online at baylor.edu/lib and baylor.edu.

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Position Announcement: Head of Technical Services and Electronic Resources Librarian, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and College seeks a Head of Technical Services and Electronic Resources Librarian with responsibilities in cataloging, maintenance of Sierra ILS through the MOBIUS Consortium, and management and processing of electronic resources.

Please see the detailed position announcement for more information on the responsibilities, qualifications, and application process.

 

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Position Announcement: University Archivist, Baylor University

Baylor University in Waco, Texas is seeking applications for a University Archivist. Information on the position is available below or at http://www.baylor.edu/lib/doc.php/271908.doc.


Baylor University

Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, consistently listed with highest honors among The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For.” Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. The university provides a vibrant campus community for over 15,000 students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Baylor is actively recruiting new faculty with a strong commitment to discovering new knowledge as we pursue our bold vision, Pro Futuris. (baylor.edu/profuturis).

Baylor seeks to fill the following Academic Professional faculty position within the University Libraries:

University Archivist

Baylor University Libraries seek an innovative and service-orientated professional who will provide leadership, vision, and direction in operating the office of the University Archives while supporting Baylor’s commitment to student success and compelling scholarship. The University Archivist will be instrumental in implementing and directing a university archival system in both print and digital formats.

Qualified candidates will possess a Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited institution with a concentration in archives. For a full list of requirements and more details about the position, please visit: http://www.baylor.edu/lib/doc.php/271908.doc .

To apply, please submit a letter of application and a résumé or current curriculum vitae via email to Amie Oliver, Chair, University Archivist Search Committee, at Amie_Oliver@baylor.edu. To ensure full consideration, your application must be completed by November 11, 2016. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

To learn more about the Baylor University Libraries and Baylor University, please visit us online at baylor.edu/lib and Baylor.edu.

Baylor University is a private not-for-profit university affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, Baylor is committed to compliance with all applicable anti-discrimination laws, including those regarding age, race, color, sex, national origin, marital status, pregnancy status, military service, genetic information, and disability. As a religious educational institution, Baylor is lawfully permitted to consider an applicant’s religion as a selection criterion. Baylor encourages women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply.

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Position Announcement: Assistant Director for Delivery Services, Baylor University

Baylor University in Waco, Texas is seeking applicants for an Assistant Director for Delivery Services. Information on the position is available below or at  http://www.baylor.edu/hr/index.php?id=81307.


Baylor University

Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, consistently listed with highest honors among The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For.” Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. The university provides a vibrant campus community for over 15,000 students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Baylor is actively recruiting new faculty with a strong commitment to discovering new knowledge as we pursue our bold vision, Pro Futuris. (baylor.edu/profuturis/).

Baylor seeks to fill the following Academic Professional faculty position within the University Libraries:

Assistant Director for Delivery Services

Baylor University Libraries seek an innovative and service-orientated professional who will actively engage in the evolving collection management, acquisitions, and delivery workflows in order to support Baylor’s commitment to student success and compelling scholarship. The Assistant Director for Delivery Services will provide leadership for the Acquire and Deliver, Stacks Management, and Continuations teams. This position will be primarily responsible for managing the electronic resources selection and acquisition processes.

Qualified candidates will possess a Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited institution and a minimum of 3 years’ professional experience in a higher education setting. For a full list of requirements and more details about the position, please visit http://www.baylor.edu/hr/index.php?id=81307 .

To apply, please submit a letter of application and a résumé or current curriculum vitae via email to Ken Carriveau, Chair, Asst. Dir. for Delivery Services Search Comm., at Kenneth_Carriveau@baylor.edu. To ensure full consideration, your application must be completed by August 15, 2016. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

To learn more about the Baylor University Libraries and Baylor University, please visit us online at baylor.edu/liband baylor.edu.

Baylor University is a private not-for-profit university affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, Baylor is committed to compliance with all applicable anti-discrimination laws, including those regarding age, race, color, sex, national origin, marital status, pregnancy status, military service, genetic information, and disability. As a religious educational institution, Baylor is lawfully permitted to consider an applicant’s religion as a selection criterion. Baylor encourages women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply.

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Position Announcement: Archivist, Mercer University

Mercer University in Macon, Georgia is seeking applicants for an entry-level archivist position. Visit https://www.mercerjobs.com/postings/1020 to apply or get additional information.

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2016 ALABI Digital Projects Grant

For the third consecutive year, ALABI is pleased to offer a $500 grant for Baptist digital projects.  Applications are open to institutional libraries and archives affiliated with Baptist colleges, universities, seminaries, historical collections, and Baptist agencies and conventions from the pan-Baptist family.  Digital projects must be a Baptist-related resource such as a periodical, book(s), pamphlets, archival collection(s), or other Baptist resource.  Projects funded through the grants must be made freely available without access restrictions to the general public and should involve a resource not already available on the web.  More information and an online application are available at, http://www.baptistheritage.com/digital-projects/.

Applications are due by April 1, 2016. We encourage you to apply.

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