NC ECHO – a great resource for local history!

North Carolina ECHO logo with four colored circles with text underneath, "Exploring Cultural Heritage Online"Researchers and history buffs alike may now search and access local history collections across North Carolina with a single search box thanks to a collaborative project led by the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center, NC LIVE, and the State Library of North Carolina.

NC ECHO enables users to search across thousands of digitized historic materials, including a wide variety of books, photographs, maps, family histories, state documents, newspapers, and much more from cultural heritage institutions across North Carolina. The collections available through NC ECHO include a diverse array of materials by and about the people, places, and history of North Carolina.

To use NC ECHO, patrons can visit, and search based on historical interests, places, or people.  All of the collections available through the NC ECHO search are freely available online to all users, regardless of their location or affiliation.

How do recent college graduates’ research skills measure up in the workplace?

College graduates might be quite digital savvy, but many employers are finding that recent graduates lack “old-school” research skills.  Here is an article about Project Information Literacy’s (PIL’s) latest study, “Learning Curve: How College Students Solve Information Problems Once They Join the Workplace” that was recently published in The Seattle Times.

Op-ed: Old-school job skills you won’t find on Google by Alison J. Head

Project Information Literacy (PIL) is a public benefit nonprofit dedicated to conducting ongoing, large-scale research about early adults and their research habits. They are currently collecting data from early adults enrolled in community colleges and public and private colleges and universities in the U.S.