HELP! I Need A Reference Librarian, An Archivist, And A Website Guru -- And I Found Them All In Belk Library!

ASU Author/Contributor (non-ASU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Andrea Leonard, Electronic Access - Metadata Librarian (Creator)
Paul T. Orkiszewski, Associate Professor, Lead Librarian for Acquisitions (Contributor)
Phoebe Ann Pollitt PhD, Associate Professor (Contributor)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: This presentation demonstrates what happened when a Nursing Professor and a Health Sciences Librarian joined forces to build a nursing history website. At Appalachian State University’s Belk Library it sparked what became an ongoing collaboration with a giant snowball research effect involving website gurus, an archivist, graduate assistants, and more librarians. Five years later, multiple research products contributing to the history of nursing and health sciences have been produced: a successful $12,500 planning grant; statewide travel to repositories, archives, libraries, and museums; an award winning (twice!) nursing history website; video and audio nurses oral history projects; an article on the founding of health institutions submitted for publication; and a nursing history digital collection. As a result of our work, several of us have presented at conferences and meetings such as at the North Carolina Public Health Association Meeting, North Carolina Nurse Association Convention, Western Carolina University, East Tennessee State University VA Medical Museum, Appalachian Studies Association, and the North Carolina Association of Historians. Many of the oral histories on the website were the result of work performed by an ASU history graduate class. The research that went into creating the website was the foundation for a recently published book, “History of professional nursing in NC 1902-2002” by Dr. Phoebe Pollitt. We shared our experiences, the ups and the downs, with project planning, lessons learned, best practices for librarians as partners in the academic research process, and our hopes for further research and collaboration.

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Andrea Leonard, Paul Orkiszewski, and Dr. Phoebe Pollitt. “HELP! I need a reference librarian, an archivist, and a website guru – and I found them all in Belk Library!,” Library Research VI Conference, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, (Urbana, IL - October 7-9, 2014). NC Docks permission granted by authors.
Language: English
Date: 2014
University Libraries, Nursing, Reference Librarians, Scholarly products, Higher Learning

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