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Association of Research Libraries features New Roots/Nuevas Raíces

Many thanks to our friends at the Association of Research Libraries for featuring New Roots/Nuevas Raíces! Read more below. 

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries Support Digital Scholarship 17th Profile in ARL Series
by Kaylyn Groves | 202-296-2296 | | on July 28, 2017

The latest installment in the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) series highlighting digital scholarship support at ARL member libraries features the work of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The University of North Carolina (UNC) profile, written by ARL visiting program officer Catherine Davidson, presents a brief history of the evolution of digital scholarship support at the university, focusing on the UNC Library Research Hub, made up of three distinct hubs, each with its own unique focus: the Hub @ Davis Library, the Hub @ Health Sciences Library, and the Hub & Makerspace @ Kenan Science Library.

This profile describes the current work of the hubs, including information about staffing, spaces, programs, collaboration, and outreach. Looking to the future, Carol Hunter, interim university librarian and vice provost for University Libraries, said: “I see the UNC Libraries and in particular the Research Hub as THE HUB for empowering digital research and scholarship at UNC in the next 5–10 years. As research becomes ever more connected and collaborative, we will provide Carolina faculty, staff, and students the space, tools, and information assistance they need to successfully conduct research and manage research results.”

Three projects are featured in the UNC profile: New Roots/Nuevas Raíces: Voices from/Voces de Carolina del Norte!, a digital archive of oral histories of Latin American migrants in North Carolina; the Dr. Oliver Smithies Research Archive, which contains digitized pages of the lab notebooks created by Smithies, a geneticist and biochemist and UNC’s first Nobel Prize winner; and Convergence of Climate-Health-Vulnerabilities, a website with interactive visuals through which users can explore climate and related health information about North Carolina counties.

To read each of the profiles in this series as they are published, watch the ARL website, follow ARL on Facebook or Twitter, or subscribe to ARL e-mail announcements or news or to the profiles RSS feed.

About the Association of Research Libraries
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 123 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at

LISTEN—2017 interviews available in the New Roots/Nuevas Raíces Archive


Eight new oral history interviews are now available in the New Roots: Voices from Carolina del Norte digital archive. The interviews were conducted in the spring of 2017 by UNC undergraduate students in Dr. Hannah Gill’s APPLES Latin American Immigrant Perspectives: Ethnography in Action course. Some of the themes covered in these stories include issues surrounding identity, family, community and social services and programs, integration and segregation, language, and education. Click on the links below to listen to the interviewees and learn about their experiences and perspective on migration in North Carolina.

·         Antonio Alanis ·         Laura Diaz Leal
·         Kristina Caltabiano ·         Laura Ornelas
·         Madison Hayes ·         Elizabeth Price
·         Olivia Joyner ·         Claire Weintraub

A special thanks to Claire Weintraub, Raina Enrique, Elsa Steiner, and Olivia Joyner for conducting these amazing interviews and to all the interviewees for sharing their story. Stay tuned for new additions to the archive coming very soon!

LMP Welcomes Professors Laura Diaz Leal and Maria Eugenia Reyes Ramos

By Laura Villa Torres

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LMP staff (center) with visiting scholars (far right and left)

The Latino Migration Project hosted visiting scholars and professors Laura Diaz Leal and Maria Eugenia Reyes Ramos, from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Unidad Xochimilco.

As part of their visit, professors Diaz Leal and Reyes Ramos presented their research at the Southern Oral History Program and Duke University using some oral histories that are part of the New Roots/Nuevas Raíces collection. They also participated in the APPLES Guanajuato Class where they interacted with students who travel to Guanajuato for their Alternative Spring Break experience.

Visiting scholars also met with local representatives from Mexico and other community leaders, to explore issues faced by the Mexican community in North Carolina. Finally, the professors explored collaborations with the Latino Migration Project to possibly replicate the New Roots Archive in Mexico, as a sister archive, to open the possibility for students exchanges in the future, and to explore the publication of a special edition of their home department´s journal for a publication of Spanish articles to disseminate the work done in NC for Spanish-speaking audiences.

Professors commented about their experience:

“Nuestra experiencia en la UNC , desde la llegada hemos estado atendidas y cuidadas en todo momento, Con un programa bien elaborado de actividades a realizar. Ha sido sorprendente conocer la Universidad de Chapell Hill, con un campues tan grande y bien distribuido y atendido.
Las actividades que han sido planeadas , han sido cubiertas en tiempo y forma y horario y las personas que hemos tenido oportunidad de entrevistar , han sido cordiales, atentas y han accedido a nuestras entrevistas, tanto población inmigrante mexicana como personas que dirigen instituciones.
Han sido un aprendizaje y una experiencia de intercambio importante para nuestro desarrollo, aprendizaje y nuevos conocimientos. Esperamos poder continuar con este intercambio, ya que han muchas cosas que podemos aportar desde Mèxico y muchos aspectos que hemos entendido y que ustedes nos aportan a nosotros.
El campus de la Universidad me ha impresionado mucho por sus dimensiones, por la organización , por la cantidad de programas que ofrece, por las áreas en que se trabaja por el número de alumnos que atiende. Nos impresionan todos los servicios con que cuentan los alumnos, es algo de llamar mucho la atención. Vemos una ciudad universitaria y eso hace muy cómoda la estancia para los alumnos. Como invitadas es conocer otro modelo de universidad, que también nos hace reflexionar en nuestras propias Universidades , en lo que nosotros tenemos en Mèxico y nos da idea de las cuestiones que podríamos implementar allá.”

We were so glad to host such wonderful guests! We hope you will come again!

LMP staff participate in 2017 annual Engagement Units Summit

From left to right: Laura Villa Torres, Jessica White, Sara Peña and Maria

From left to right: LMP team members Laura Villa Torres, Jessica White, Sara Peña and Maria Silvia Ramírez.

The Latino Migration Project (LMP) presented a poster at the annual Engagement Units Summit Feb. 10, which was hosted by the Carolina Engagement Council at the Carolina Club, George Watts Hill Alumni Center. Team members discussed LMP initiatives of Building Integrated Communities, New Roots/Nuevas Raíces, and APPLES Global Course Guanajuato.

The summit focused on engaged experiential education: to enhance student learning and support communities. The summit was for campus engagement units and community partners. Centers, institutes, schools, departments and student organizations sent teams that represented overall units or specific efforts within a unit.

The program included:
Keynote address by Dr. Tania Mitchell, nationally recognized expert in the field of experiential education from the University of Minnesota,
Presentations on successful models for undergraduate, graduate and professional student experiential education, and
Roundtable discussions on how the University could better support and enhance experiential education on campus and with communities.

New Roots Welcomes Roman Scholar Micol Drago


From left to right: Building Integrated Communities Researcher and Program Coordinator, Jessica White, Roman Scholar Micol Drago, and LMP Director Hannah Gill

As New Roots rolled out its new website in 2016 thanks to support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, we are delighted that our efforts to make the oral histories globally accessible are having some initial success. In October 2016, New Roots staff had the opportunity to meet Micol Drago, a student from the University of Roma 3 in Rome, Italy, while on a visit to North Carolina. She discovered the New Roots online resources in the course of her research on Latina and Latino identity in the United States. The New Roots Latino Oral Histories have become the primary source for her PhD thesis, which is entitled “Identity in Latinas and Latinos’ oral histories from the New Roots – Latino Migration Project.” We asked Micol some questions about her research and use of the archive in order to better understand how it is being used by foreign scholars.

Hannah Gill (HG): How did you find the New Roots Oral Histories?

Micol Drago (MD): I conducted extensive research looking for archives of oral histories of Latinos and Latinas in the United States. This is the best archive I’ve found in terms of accessibility and quality of interviews on Latino identity. Also, it’s an ongoing archive with recent materials that is well-structured.

HG: What are some of the more interesting things you have discovered using the archive for your research?IMG_3056

MD: Race and culture are important parts of the complex Latino and Latina identities in the United States. . . Anyone can be “American,” it’s an identity linked to choice. By contrast, in Italy, being “Italian” is not a choice, it’s more linked to one’s heritage and race.

HG: How has migration impacted Italian society in recent years?

MD: Europe has been impacted by the global refugee crisis,
and many migrants from the Middle East and Africa now live in Italy. Society is really changing in Italy, and Rome is an international place. What is happening in the United States with migration is relevant to Europe, and we can learn a lot from understanding the history of migration in the United States.

Thank you, Micol! We wish you the best of luck with your studies!

New Roots/Nuevas Raíces team member María Ramírez featured in SILS news


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We are so pleased to share New Roots/Nuevas Raíces team member and current Master’s student Maria Ramirez is featured in the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) news. She and SILS alumna Jaycie Vos (MSLS ’13) presented their work with New Roots/Nuevas Raíces: Voices from Carolina del Norte at the Oral History Association Annual Meeting on October 14, 2016, in Long Beach, Calif. At the meeting, Vos, Ramirez, and New Roots Director Hannah Gill accepted the OHA’s 2016 Elizabeth B. Mason Project Award, which recognizes outstanding oral history projects.


New Roots/Nuevas Raíces serves on “Migration Narratives” panel

Thank you to everyone who came out to the “Migration Narratives” panel! Special thanks to our own panelists Laura Villa Torres, Dr. Hannah Gill, and Felicia Arriaga from the New Roots/Nuevas Raíces oral history project. We enjoyed every minute!

About New Roots/Nuevas Raíces

This digital archive and information system is a joint effort between the Latino Migration Project, SOHP, and University Libraries. It’s a fully bilingual platform for sharing the oral history interviews collected as part of the New Roots: Voices from Carolina del Norte project, which focuses on stories of migration, settlement, and integration in North Carolina. Explore it now!



Felicia Arriaga (far right) spoke about her oral history on New Roots/Nuevas Raíces.


Laura Villa Torres (far left) and Dr. Hannah Gill (center) spoke about collecting narratives and disseminating stories on

New Roots/Nuevas Raíces team members recieve Elizabeth Mason Award in Long Beach, CA

Pictured left to right: Maria Silvia Ramirez, Dr. Hannah Gill, Jaycie Vos. Photo credit: Adrienne Cain, MLS, CA; Creator and Curator of Oral Histories

New Roots/Nuevas Raíces team members Maria, Hannah and Jaycie traveled to Long Beach, CA to accept the team’s Elizabeth Mason Award. In 1993, the Oral History Association established a series of awards to recognize outstanding achievement in oral history. We are so honored the New Roots/Nuevas Raíces Latino Oral History Initiative ( has received the Elizabeth B. Mason Project Award. Thank you to the selection committee, the New Roots/Nuevas Raíces team, the National Endowment for the Humanities , The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the U.S. Department of Education.
Congratulations again, team!

New Roots/Nuevas Raíces wins Oral History Association award

newrootsnuevasraicesSee the list of winners here.

In 1993, the Oral History Association established a series of awards to recognize outstanding achievement in oral history. We are so honored the New Roots/Nuevas Raíces Latino Oral History Initiative ( has received the Elizabeth B. Mason Project Award. Thank you to the selection committee, the New Roots/Nuevas Raíces team, the National Endowment for the Humanities , The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the U.S. Department of Education.


NEW interviews available, New Roots/Nuevas Raíces


newrootsNew oral history interviews are now available in the New Roots: Voices from Carolina del Norte digital archive. The interviews were conducted in the spring of 2015 by UNC undergraduate students in Dr. Hannah Gill’s APPLES Latin American Immigrant Perspectives: Ethnography in Action course. These recently added stories delve into the complex social dynamics that many immigrants navigate in the United States and include themes that explore the relationship between family and food. The interviewees, like our friend who we’ve featured before, provide first-hand accounts of their motives for migrating, their family traditions, and offer compelling perspectives on the healthcare and educational systems of this country. To learn more follow these links (below) to their individual stories.

Un nuevo grupo de entrevistas de historias orales ahora esta disponible en el archivo digital Nuevas Raíces: Voces de Carolina del Norte. Las entrevistas fueron realizadas en la primavera del 2015 por estudiantes en la Universidad de Carolina del Norte en Chapel Hill inscritos en el curso de la Dra. Hannah Gill llamado APPLES Perspectivas de Inmigrantes Latinoamericanos: Etnografía en Acción. Estas historias recién añadidas profundizan en la compleja dinámica social que muchos inmigrantes navegan en los Estados Unidos e incluyen temas que exploran la relación entre la familia y la comida. Los entrevistados, como nuestro amigo que hemos presentado antes, proveen información de primera mano sobre sus motivos para emigrar, sus tradiciones familiares, y ofrecen cautivantes perspectivas sobre los sistemas de educación y atención medica de este país. Para obtener más información siga estos enlaces (abajo) a sus historias individuales.

Special thanks to all the students who conducted the interviews and each interviewee for sharing their story.

Un agradecimiento especial a todos los estudiantes que realizaron las entrevistas y a cada entrevistado por compartir su historia.