The Motlow State Library unveils a major archival project Friday from 8 until 10 a.m., at the Clayton-Glass Library on the Moore County campus.
The college’s library staff collected, curated and digitized much of Motlow’s historical archives and these works. This event gives a sneak preview of the gallery before the site’s go-live date on Christmas Eve.
“When we saw the content, we knew these artifacts needed to be featured as one of our celebrated 50th Anniversary milestones,” said Terri Bryson, vice president of External Affairs. “This has been a real labor of love for our library staff. They have worked hard curating and digitizing huge portions of the college’s archival material. It’s important to note, though, this collection exists as a testimony of the faithfulness shared by 50 years of devoted historians and librarians.”
Why It Matters
Motlow is currently celebrating 50 years of service, and the institution’s heritage is evidenced in these valued artifacts. The lengthy and labor-intensive archival project preserves these documents, many of which are one-of-a-kind, and some of which are deteriorating. Digitizing them protects them from both age and catastrophe. The online galleries also make the content accessible to more library users.
Motlow’s digital archives project also has specific benefit to students. Access to this material helps current students approach history actively, creatively, and critically. As new students become aware of the site, they learn more about the creation and presentation of recent historical events, particularly regional events that influence their lives today. As historians assert, learning about the past informs the present.
Today’s students also face dramatic new levels of information accessibility and information saturation, serving to fuel new scholarly expectations for research students to seek out and ensure the use of primary source documents. As the standards for digital literacy rise, interaction with this unique digital archive fosters student learning by encouraging them to understand and become primary source users. In this way, the past, and specifically Motlow’s history, becomes a tool that supports student success for a new generation of learners.
How it impacts the community
Featured within the online archives is a social media plug-in that facilitates viewers of the digital archive to share items that have rarely been seen outside the library walls. This feature enhances Motlow’s online presence and overall digital reach. A Google analytics plug-in also allows Motlow to monitor site traffic and user statistics, giving the College more data for use in its digital platforms.
“We believe that we honor the work of those who have come before us by preserving the evidence of those accomplishments. We also believe that it is essential to understand our organizational past as we work to shape its future,” said Chris Bryant, Motlow director of libraries. “Our hope is that easy access to this collection of memorable content will help alumni reconnect with their alma mater and become champions for our next 50 years.”
The Motlow Library Digital Archive will go live Dec. 24 as a special holiday gift to the college’s social media followers. For more information and to RSVP for the event, visit motlow.com/digitalarchive. On Twitter and Instagram, follow @MotlowState. On Facebook, follow @MotlowStateCC.