Nash Community College’s Associate Director of the Library, Robert James, is participating as a panelist at the “Share and Learn: A Gathering for Local History Professionals” program at Louis Round Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on November 6 and 7. The invitation only program is being hosted by the North Carolina Collection. Library directors with a North Carolina or local history collection were invited to attend.
The panel, titled “Grant Opportunities for Cultural Heritage Institutions” will focus on preservation grants available from the North Carolina Preservation Consortium (NCPC). These grants may be used for assessments, consultations, environmental monitoring equipment, storage furniture and enclosures, conservation tools, education and training, preservation projects, or outsourcing conservation treatment.
James has been involved with NCPC for 20 years serving as an at-large member of the board of directors, then vice president, president, and since 2003, executive director. NCPC is an independent, nonprofit, nongovernmental organization dedicated to the preservation of collections in libraries, museums, archives, and historic sites; monuments, memorials, and outdoor art; archaeological sites and collections; historic and cultural architecture; and private collections of family treasures.
A volunteer organization, NCPC supports proper care and handling; storage and environmental control; disaster preparedness; conservation; and collection security. NCPC is committed to preserving tangible and intangible heritage for present and future generations.
The Nash Community College Library has its own North Carolina Collection. James will not only share knowledge and experience, but also will learn best practices for further development of the NCC North Carolina collection.