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Tea Time With Katina and Leah

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Happy New Year! 2023 is over but not before we in Charleston had a hurricane-Hugo-like event! High tides happen twice a day and can get higher when the moon is full! They had predicted possible flooding this December 17, but nothing like what happened unexpectedly! There was a record-setting storm surge caused by the passing Nor’easter. The storm was strong enough to displace the Yorktown aircraft carrier about half a foot  for the first time in over  three decades. You may remember that we had the annual Charleston Conference Gala reception on the Yorktown in 2022, Thank goodness we avoided this! It’s a new year! Happy New Year!

More news about a Charleston Conference venue! Remember the book Mrs. Whaley’s and Her Charleston Garden, USC Press, 1995. Angie LeClercq, the newly-hired Director of the Citadel Library in 1995 arranged for us attendees at the Charleston Conference to tour the 58 Church Street house and see the fabulous Loutrel Briggs garden! We even interviewed Angie in that issue of Against the Grain. This is a great interview which I had forgotten about. I love her parting words after the interview: “There is a human side to all of us in the library world …” By the way, many back issues of ATG are online at docs.lib.purdue.edu

And even more – Today I saw an article in the Charleston Post & Courier. Ruth Ann McSpadden bought the property this summer and says she will protect it.
www.postandcourier.com

Another article from the Post and Courier by the outgoing CEO of the S.C. Historical Society. Faye L. Jensen  talks about Edward Ball’s book, Slaves in the Family, and is quoted frequently throughout the new International African American Museum. The book traces Ball’s search through his family records to discover the story of Priscilla, a 12-year-old girl who was torn from her home in Sierra Leone and purchased by Edward’s ancestor. Susan Millar Williams’ biography of Julia Peterkin, South Carolina’s first Pulitzer Prize winner in literature, has been described as both “hilarious and heart-wrenching,” and the book gives a wonderful account of Peterkin’s life in South Carolina after the Civil War.

In another thoroughly researched book titled The Story of Sea Island Cotton, authors Richard Porcher and Sarah Fick vividly describe the cultivation, harvesting and sale of one of our state’s most important staple crops. The authors of these three works all relied heavily on the archives of the South Carolina Historical Society. 

Just received from the marvellous Alicia Wise: CLOCKSS seeks consultancy support to help us systematically identify, assess, and document an array of collection management challenges and to resolve these in partnership with the CLOCKSS community. These challenges were rare but are growing in frequency and number now that the archive is 15 years old, and the volume of content made available for post-disappearance access grows.

CLOCKSS is a dark archive which means that we do not make content accessible until a trigger event occurs. This typically involves the closure of a journal or disappearance of the publisher. After investigation, we bring content that has disappeared from the web out of the dark archive and make it bright by making it available in perpetuity under an Open Access license (https://clockss.org/triggered-content/).

This is an exciting project that will help contribute to the preservation of human knowledge for future generations. Tenacity, ingenuity, and excellent collections management skills are essential as is experience with collections management in an academic library or digital archive context. Highly desirable would be experience with policy setting and an understanding of the spectrum of scholarly publishers and research integrity issues.

The ability to work effectively independently and in collaboration with colleagues, the broader international CLOCKSS community, and our strategic partners is essential. This project is focused on policy setting then implementation, and so requires an individual or team able to think strategically at a high level and then follow through with attention to detail.

The consultant can be based in any time zone as long as you can work effectively with global colleagues who are at present primarily located in the Americas and Europe. We anticipate an effort equivalent to .5 FTE will be required in the first instance.

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