Phillip Thomas MacDonald

Libraries

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6587-8186

archives, special collections, instruction, research, emerging technologies, metadata, folklore

Phillip MacDonald is a folklorist, librarian, archivist, photographer, and writer born, raised, and living among the long leaf pines in the beautiful piedmont region of North Carolina. Phillip holds an MS in Library Science from UNC-Chapel Hill where he completed his masters paper entitled, “Pop-Up Archive: How to Get the Public into Archives, by Taking the Archive to the Public.“ This project focused on the intersection of personal meaning and community archives. In addition to archival work, he fell in love with the DIY ethos and makerspace technologies- especially 3D modeling and printing, Augmented Reality, Microcontrollers, Drawing Machines, and Laser Cutting. Before discovering his passion of librarianship and archives, Phillip received an MA in Folklore from UNC-Chapel Hill where he completed his thesis entitled, "Birthplace of the Blues: Dockery Farms, The Mythic South, and the Erasure of the African American Lived Experience in Mississippi Blues Tourism." Phillip continues to engage with questions raised in his thesis, examining the intersectionality of identity, culture, and landscapes. Phillip's interest in the "lived experience" reaches beyond humans to non-human animals, yielding the photos and stories he tells about Music Maker Relief Foundation musicians or the residents of Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge. Whether it be through prose, photography, or a combination of the two, Phillip constructs stories about and for "folk" from all walks of life.

2021 conference paper

Virtual Reality Pivot: How Institutional Collaboration Allowed for Digitized Collections to be Exhibited During COVID-19

SAA Research Forum.

By: P. MacDonald

Source: ORCID
Added: February 1, 2022

2020 conference paper

Special Collections in the Time of COVID: How Virtual Reality Allows Special Collections to Exhibit During a Pandemic

The Digital Humanities Collaborative of North Carolina (DHC-NC) Fall 2020 Institute.

By: P. MacDonald

Source: ORCID
Added: February 1, 2022

Employment

2021 - present

NC State University Raleigh, NC, US
Special Collections Librarian Special Collections

2015 - present

NC State University Raleigh, NC, US
Digital Marketing Strategist Interdisciplinary Studies

2020 - 2021

NC State University Raleigh, NC, US
Special Collections Processing Assistant Special Collections

2018 - 2020

NC State University Raleigh, NC, US
Library Associate Special Collections

2016 - 2018

Duke University Durham, NC, US
Frank Clyde Brown Audio Preservation Intern Libraries

2015 - 2016

Duke University Durham, North Carolina, US
Folklore Consultant and Research Assistant for NC Jukebox Project Libraries

2013 - 2015

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, North Carolina, US
Graduate Teaching Assistant American Studies

Education

2018 - 2020

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, North Carolina, US
Master of Science in Library Science School of Information and Library Science

2013 - 2015

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, North Carolina, US
Master of Arts in Folklore American Studies

2008 - 2012

NC State University Raleigh, NC, US
Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in History History