María R. Estorino
Originally from Miami, Florida, I've lived and worked in North Carolina for the past four years, serving as the Associate University Librarian for Special Collections with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries.
This list represents a selection of work being carried out by the staff of the Wilson Special Collections Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries. As the Associate University Librarian for Special Collections, my principle role in this work is to create conditions for its success.
Conscious Editing Initiative: ""The Conscious Editing Initiative seeks to redress historical inequities and injustices in the ways language is used in archives and special collections.
Principles for Ethical Description in Special Collections Technical Services: "We recognize the significance of the language we use and the ways we frame narratives in archival description, and we approach our descriptive work with compassion and care for the people documented in our collections and for the people who use our collections and our descriptive resources."
Inclusive Description Projects: as completed by the Special Collections Technical Services Archival Unit, 2017 to the present.
Community-Driven Archives: Mellon Foundation-funded initiative of the Southern Historical Collection at the Wilson Special Collections Library to partner with historically marginalized communities, organizations, and individuals across the American South interested in preserving their past.
We also have a number of efforts underway related to this work as funded by our Libraries' IDEA Action Fund. Later this year, the Libraries will launch an ethical description working group that will bridge across the bibliographic cataloging units for general collections and special collections. We also have efforts growing around AV transcriptions, exhibitions style guide, online exhibitions updates, and other areas.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries