Content, Context, and Capacity (CCC) is a collaborative large-scale manuscripts digitization project undertaken by the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) university libraries at Duke University, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The project began in summer 2011 and with continued funding, renewable annually, will conclude in 2014.
Together, the four university libraries will digitize a total of thirty-eight manuscript collections and archival record groups (creating approximately 400,000 digital objects). The digitized content will be freely accessible on the open web through both Search TRLN and the four university libraries’ websites.
The Long Civil Rights Movement in North Carolina (ca. 1930s–1980s) is the thematic focus of CCC.
The main goals of CCC are:
- To promote and support educational and scholarly research uses of modern manuscripts and archival resources
- To provide a proof of concept for a collaborative approach to large-scale digitization
- To develop shared standards and practices
- To test interinstitutional workflows for use by the four libraries and other potential partners in future digitization projects
The TRLN university libraries were awarded a $150,000 grant in June 2011. The grant is made possible by funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division on the Department of Cultural Resources. Funding is renewable annually for two additional years.
The project staff
Lauren Menges, Project Librarian (January 2013-present)(view bio)
Lauren received her MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh in 2009. She gained project management experience through a Special Collections internship at Lafayette College where she spearheaded the effort of a massive overhaul of the library’s disaster plan. In her previous position as the librarian for the Ridley-Lowell Business and Technical Institute in upstate New York, she planned and created an entire library for a new campus, and successfully guided the project through a rigorous accreditation process.
Suzanne Huffman, Digital Production Manager (January 2013-present) (view bio)
Suzanne graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science in 2011. While pursuing her Master’s degree in Library Science, Suzanne worked at UNC’s Digital Production Center in multiple capacities. As a research assistant, she gained relevant experience while working on large-scale digitization projects with the Southern Historical Collection and managed the Ensuring Democracy through Digital Access LSTA-funded grant.
Jenn Riley, Interim Principal Investigator (June 2012-)
Laura Clark Brown, Principal Investigator (July 2011-May 2012)(view bio)
Laura is the coordinator of the Digital Southern Historical Collection and a research and instructional services librarian in the Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has worked with the Southern Historical Collection since 2001, and between 2007 and 2009, she served as director for Extending the Reach of Southern Sources: Proceeding to Large-Scale Digitization of Manuscript Collections, a grant project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Laura holds masters' degrees in history and library and information science. She has published several essays including "Opening Archives on the Recent American Past: A Reconciliation of the Ethics of Access and Privacy" (co-authored with Nancy Kaiser) in Doing Recent History: On Privacy, Copyright, Video Games, Institutional Review Boards, Activist Scholarship, and History That Talks Back (University of Georgia Press, Spring 2012).
Please direct questions about the grant project to:
jlriley [at] email [dot] unc [dot] edu
Reports, Publications, Presentations
- Year 1, Quarterly report 1, 2011
- Year 1, Quarterly report 2, 2012
- Year 1, Quarterly report 3, 2012
- Year 1, Quarterly report 4, 2012
- Year 2, Quarterly report 1, 2012
- Year 2, Quarterly report 2, 2013
- Year 2, Quarterly report 3, 2013
Online usage reports
Facebook page analytics reports
K-12 Educator survey final report
Undergraduate initial survey report
To view digitization milestone progress reports only, please see Digitization Milestone Progress.
To see live production updates on specific collections, please see Digitization Progress.