Two important reference sources for NC information are becoming part of NCpedia. Here’s the news release. ALSO, did you know that the the NC Dictionary of Biography is an e-book through NCLIVE?
So is the NC Gazzeteer. I just searched “North Carolina” in the e-book section and found all kinds of things. Don’t know about NCLIVE? Go to the library’s Online Resources page and check it out. You can get access to thousands of articles, newspapers, e-books and videos. All free with your library card.
It’s nice to have more options for these resources.

NCPedia Adds “Dictionary of N.C. Biography,” “Encyclopedia of N.C.”

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Secretary Linda A. Carlisle today unveiled a partnership between the State Library of North Carolina and UNC Press to make the six volumes of the “Dictionary of North Carolina Biography” and the “Encyclopedia of North Carolina” available as part of the Web site NCPedia.org. The free online encyclopedia features articles and resources about North Carolina culture and history.

Joining Carlisle for the announcement were new State Librarian Caroline (Cal) Shepard, UNC Press Editorial Director Mark Simpson-Vos, and “Encyclopedia of North Carolina” Associate Editor and UNC Press staff member Jay Mazzocchi.

“The goal of NCPedia has always been to make cultural information available for a wide range of users – teachers, students, business and civic organizations, cultural groups, and decision makers,” said Carlisle. “The Department of Cultural Resources is committed to digitization, and this exciting partnership with UNC Press is a great leap forward as we continue to record and interpret North Carolina’s rich history and culture.”

“The Encyclopedia of North Carolina” and the multi-volume “Dictionary of North Carolina Biography,” were edited by William S. Powell, professor emeritus of history at UNC-Chapel Hill, and published by UNC Press. Founded in 1922, UNC Press is the oldest university press in the South and one of the oldest in the United States.

“This is a moment William Powell, all of us at UNC Press, and our many friends around the state have dreamed about for years,” said Simpson-Vos. “The Encyclopedia of North Carolina” and the “Dictionary of North Carolina Biography” are veritable treasure troves of information about our state, and UNC Press is delighted to be partnering with the State Library of North Carolina to bring these articles to the public as part of NCPedia.”

The State Library has already received the files digitally, and has begun the process of integrating content and making it available online. The project is expected to take three years. The NCpedia Expansion to include content from the Encyclopedia of North Carolina and Dictionary of North Carolina Biography is funded through a Library Services and Technology Act grant through the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


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