SILS student Holly Croft wins Gene Williams Award from SNCA

March 1, 2016

Nahali (Holly) Croft, Master of Science in Library Science (MSLS) student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science (SILS), has received the 2016 Gene J. Williams Award from the Society of North Carolina Archivists (SNCA). The award, which is given annually to  recognize a paper on an archival topic written for a graduate-level course by a North Carolina student, includes a $100 prize, registration for the 2016 SNCA Annual Conference in March, a one-year membership in the SNCA, and publication in the Journal of the Society of North Carolina Archivists (J-SNCA).

Croft’s award-winning paper was written for a SILS class, Digital Forensics for the Curation of Digital Collections (INLS 561), taught by SILS Associate Professor Cal Lee and Research Scientist Kam Woods. An intern at the Campbell University archive, Croft decided to confront an emerging problem, the need to archive the papers of university presidents from the “e-mail era.”

“We don't yet have all of the papers from the two presidents’ that have served and retired since the time email was in use, but that’s coming,” Croft said. “Instead of letting Campbell deal with the monster that is email preservation when they get decades-worth of correspondence dumped on them, most likely long after I've left the internship, I decided to use my forensics paper to find the tools that would work best for them.” 

The paper's literature review looks at the importance of email preservation and curation, and the rest of the paper discusses the pros and cons of various tools, and then specifies the two that create the best workflow for Campbell’s situation. 

In addition to her internship with Campbell, where she is helping to revitalize their archive by writing policies, creating workflows, choosing software, and appraising and processing the collections, Croft also is an outreach intern for the North Carolina Collection Gallery in the Louis Round Wilson Special Collection Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She will graduate in May and hopes to end up working in a political collection as a digital archivist or an outreach archivist.

This continues SILS' strong representation in this contest, with the current streak of winners extending back to 2010.