Public health-related documents are well represented within the digital collections of the State Library of North Carolina.
To give users a convenient access point to this information, and in preparation for future digitization efforts, the library has introduced the new Web interface HealthPathNC, at http://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/digital/healthpath/index.html.
"Through this portal, users can more easily access collections such as those on eugenics in North Carolina," said Charmaine Fuller Cooper, Executive Director of the North Carolina Justice for Sterilization Victims Foundation, within the N.C. Department of Administration. "Providing digital access to Eugenics documents gives more transparency to North Carolina’s past and the work of the Foundation moving forward."
Users of HealthPathNC can also more readily find groups of topically related public health documents available from the State Library in digital form, like those related to health insurance, nursing, and health statistics.
"The State Library is a treasure trove of historical materials about North Carolina, and our Government & Heritage Library is making its rarely seen materials fully accessible through digitization and information portals like HealthPathNC," said State Librarian Mary Boone.
HealthPathNC includes multiple methods for accessing the public health collection, including keyword searching, browsing, and selecting from a variety of popular health topics. There is also a list of general resources that points users to books, original manuscripts, digital collections, and online exhibits that will provide them with more in-depth information about some of the topics they’ll see in HealthPathNC.
The State Library is part of the Department of Cultural Resources, the state agency with the mission to enrich lives and communities, and the vision to harness the state’s cultural resources to build North Carolina's social, cultural and economic future. Information is available 24/7 at www.ncculture.com.