NCC's James participates in grant panel


Robert James


From Contributed Reports

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Nash Community College’s Associate Library Director Robert James recently participated as a panelist at the “Share and Learn: A Gathering for Local History Professionals” program at Louis Round Wilson Library at​ the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.​

The invitation-only program was hosted by the North Carolina Collection. ​Library directors with a North Carolina or local history collection were invited to attend.

The panel, titled “Grant Opportunities for Cultural Heritage Institutions” will focus on preservation grants available from the N.C. Preservation Consortium. These grants may be used for assessments, consultations, environmental monitoring equipment, storage furniture and enclosures, conservation tools, education and training, preservation projects or outsourcing conservation treatment.

James has been involved with the N.C. Preservation Consortium for 20 years serving as an at-large member of the board of directors, then vice president, president and since 2003, executive director. the N.C. Preservation Consortium is an independent, nonprofit, nongovernmental organization dedicated to the preservation of collections in libraries, museums, archives, and historic sites; monuments, memorials, and outdoor art; archaeological sites and collections; historic and cultural architecture; and private collections of family treasures.T​A volunteer organization, ​NCPC supports proper care and handling; storage and environmental control; disaster preparedness; conservation; and collection security. NCPC is committed to preserving tangible and intangible heritage for present and future generations.​​

The Nash Community College Library has its own North Carolina Collection. James not only ​shared knowledge and experience but also ​​learned best practices for further development of the NCC North Carolina collection.

​Robert ​James holds a master’s degree in library science from N.C.Central University, a master’s degree in public history from N.C. State University, a bachelor’s degree in psychology and Certificate in Asian Studies from the University of Florida and ​an associate degree from​ Broward Community College​.

He began working at Nash Community College in ​2016.