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Celebrating Freedom’s Teacher, the Enhanced E-book

Two weeks ago, we announced the publication of a special enhanced e-book version of Freedom’s Teacher: The life of Septima Clark by Katherine Mellen Charron (click here). Produced in collaboration with the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture at the College of Charleston, the enhanced e-book features nearly 100 primary-source items, including photographs, documents, letters, newspaper clippings, and 60 audio excerpts from oral history interviews with 15 individuals—including Clark herself—each embedded in the narrative where it will be most meaningful. (See the bottom of this post for a video demonstration).

This week, the project team, the author, and professors and scholars of history celebrated the release of this exciting new product—a scholarly work which truly redefines the concept of the “talking book.” Here are a few informal photos from the event at The Crunkelton on West Franklin Street in Chapel Hill.

Left to right: UNC Press digital production specialist Thomas Elrod, LCRM project assistant Alison Shay, “Freedom’s Teacher” author Katherine Mellen Charron, and LCRM project director Sylvia Miller.

Adriane Lentz-Smith, Duke University’s Hunt Family Assistant Professor of History, poses with an enlarged version of the book cover.

Author Katherine Charron shows the enhanced e-book on an iPad to Duke University's Hunt Family Assistant Professor of History Adriane Lentz-Smith. Liz Lundeen, a PhD student of history at UNC Chapel Hill, watches.

A video demonstration of the enhanced e-book.


Browsable and searchable from anywhere in the text, the enhancements include transcripts, additional commentary from the author, and outbound links to online archives. The enhanced e-book is available for the Barnes & Noble Nook and the iPhone and iPad via Amazon’s Kindle app.

Check back for upcoming posts about the creation process, from the point of view of the author and project staff.

LCRM Online Experiment Ends July 18

Finally it is time for the LCRM pilot’s 15-month test period to draw to a close.  The official end date was June 30, 2011, although closing access will take us a bit of time and the site will remain open until July 18.

Since its launch on April 15, 2010, the LCRM online publishing pilot has gained 772 registered users and 607 annotations contributed by users–numbers that surpass our initial expectations.   A sincere thank you to the authors, students, professors, librarians, archivists, and interested members of the general public who contributed to this exciting online-publishing experiment!  We appreciate everyone’s participation, whether you used the commenting feature or whether you simply increased the usage statistics by browsing the 70+ the books, articles, papers, and reports in the site.

If you wish to take a look at the full experiment while access is still available, register before July 18!  A comment bubble to the right of book, chapter, and article titles shows how many comments were made by registered users on that content selection.

After that date, only the content that is open access (articles and papers, mostly) will be viewable by most users.   Registered users will still be able to use the commenting feature, but only with the open access content.  Project staff and a small number of users whom they designate will continue to have premium access to all of the content for demonstration purposes.  The UNC Library will continue to host the site as long as it continues to function without systems-department attention.

The online pilot’s “Voice” platform, built using open-source software and frameworks, was designed to be portable and scalable for use in other projects and institutions; a public distribution of the software has been finalized, and documentation for the installation and management of the software has been updated.  Interested entities may contact Tim Shearer, Director of Development, Library Systems, UNC to obtain the documentation and source code.

We continue to discuss lessons learned and plan publications based on them.   Look here for more LCRM Project news, reports, analysis, and follow-up plans over the next weeks and months.



We’re live!  You can check out the LCRM online publishing pilot at

Testing, testing . . . so far, so good.

LCRM Visiting Scholar Series: John Dittmer

John Dittmer visited Carolina to talk about his new book, The Good Doctors: The Medical Committee on Human Rights and the Struggle for Social Justice in Health Care. It’s a timely book and one packed with wonderful stories about the movement in Mississippi, where doctors were needed not only to minister to African Americans in need of health care, but to heal the feet of the marchers.

LCRM Visiting Scholars Series: Bryant Simon

Bryant Simon, Professor of History at Temple University, visited the Carolina campus earlier this month to give his talk, “Lattes in Magic Land: Starbucks and the Creative Class Appeal of Diversity.” Professor Simon’s talk was part of the LCRM Visiting Scholar Series, which has included talks by Harvard Sitkoff and Will Jones. Enjoy!

Domain Name Change

In order to clear the ground for a springtime launch of our pilot web publishing application, we will be moving the project weblog to a new domain on Wednesday, January 13th, 2010 early in the morning (Eastern Time). The new location for this weblog will be Note that link will not work until some time after we make the change on Wednesday. While this change may interfere with your ability to get updates from the LCRM team for a short while, it will make it easier for us to deliver the existing content from this weblog and the new content from the publishing application. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience that may result.

For a short period, existing inbound links to (such as bookmarks and web search results) will redirect to their new locations at, in order to give everyone a chance to update their bookmarks and web pages. Search engines will pick up the change very quickly. In general, the rule is that if you’ve bookmarked or linked to (not a real web page) then you’ll be able to find that page after the change at

For example, if you’re using an RSS reader to keep up with the project, you have either (RSS) or (Atom) as the URL for the site’s feed. Soon after we make the change on Wednesday, these will need to be changed to or, respectively.

We’ll be issuing more updates on Wednesday after the changes are made with reminders. Thanks for reading!

XML Publishing Workshop

The Digital Production Specialist whom we hired as part of the LCRM project, Kenneth Reed, is off to Ann Arbor, Michigan to give a workshop on XML work flows for scholarly publishers as part of the Conference and Members’ Meeting of the TEI Consortium.

Kenneth’s position is the first to be shared between UNC Press and the UNC Library.  With experience in electronic publishing from Oxford University Press, where he worked on Oxford Scholarship Online, he has been working to help UNC Press establish an XML work flow, and in so doing has become a resource for the scholarly publishing community.  The Association of American University Presses (AAUP) is sponsoring his trip, and his co-presenter is David Sewell of the University of Virginia Press.

XML stands for Extensible Markup Language, a way of tagging the structure of digital content that is format neutral and therefore considered future proof.   Continue reading ‘XML Publishing Workshop’

New Oral Histories Database

The Southern Historical Collection together with UNC Libraries is pleased to present the new SOHP digital collection:

Our new site allows more and better access to our interviews. It provides users with even greater search capabilities and functionality. Most importantly, the CONTENTdm platform has the ability to deliver digital content on the Web. In addition to the 500+ interviews already delivered digitally by Oral Histories of the American South, users can now access another 330 digital transcripts as well as around 290 digital audio interviews from the new CONTENTdm site. These numbers will only continue to grow!

The new site includes a number of browse pages (Interviewee, Interviewer, Project, Occupation, Subject, and Ethnicity), as well as the old site’s keyword searches (though users can now search across transcript and abstract fields as well!) A powerful advanced search is available from the main Libraries digital collections search page ( The advanced search includes the ability to search interviews by multiple Boolean operators (and, or, not) in specified fields, search by date ranges plus keyword in specific fields, and a search of multiple keywords based on their proximity to each other within a field.

Check out the new site–we hope you enjoy it!

Voting Rights Act Remains Untouched

The Supreme Court chose, 8 to 1, not to mess with the Voting Rights Act. Chief Justice John Roberts, who is able to make the blandest statements seem ominous, wrote, “Whether conditions continue to justify such legislation is a difficult constitutional question we do not answer today.”

Emphasis on today. And on do not answer. Though conservative justices “derided” Section 5 of the Act (the part of the law in question, which requires thousands of municipalities in southern states with histories of discrimination to receive Justice Department clearance before changing their voting procedures), they left it intact. Instead, they created a way for municipalities to seek exemption.

The ruling puzzled experts, who expected the Court to strike down the provision. The Court’s relative restraint might have been a signal to Congress that the law needed to change; it may have been a way to undermine the Voting Rights Act without appearing to be the dreaded “activist” judges everyone carps about. In any case, it occurs at a time when new groups of voters need protections, a need that requires looking forward as well as back.

Digital Publishing Workshop

Following the Long Civil Rights Movement Conference in April, the “Publishing the Long Civil Rights Movement” project team had the opportunity to discuss digital publishing with the conference panelists in a workshop.  Several members of the staff of the UNC Special Collections Library were also in the audience.  We deeply appreciate the participation of all those who attended—especially considering that a beautiful spring day and ongoing conversations about the conference panels beckoned!  Following are highlights of the workshop discussion.  I welcome comments, questions, and continued conversation.  This will be the first of a number of posts about the “publishing” part of the “Publishing the Long Civil Rights Movement” project.

The workshop began with a number of “what ifs” suggested by LCRM team member Mark Simpson-Vos, who is an acquisitions editor at the University of North Carolina Press and a project team member, relating to “publishing as community”:  What if works of scholarship were published online with a commenting feature allowing authors and others to link to primary sources and enrich the work on an ongoing basis?   Continue reading ‘Digital Publishing Workshop’