The overriding mission of the Friends of theBuncombe County Special Collections is to support the activities of the BCSC staff and to enhance the historical, intellectual and literary aspects of community life in Buncombe County and Western North Carolina.
To accomplish this mission The Friends work to increase public awareness and stimulate the use of the collection's resources; provide programs that engage and enlighten the Friends members and the local community; serve as ambassadors for the collection and advise the staff of the collection as needed.
The Collections Development Committee works with BCSC staff to make decisions on current and potential collections: what should be kept, what should be discarded, and what collections might be aquired in the future. They assist in keeping the Buncombe County Special Collections educational, engaging, and relevant.
The Funding Committee works with the Treasurer of the Board to seek out and secure funding opportunities for the organization. This committee also helps to create and implement the annual budget.
The Storytelling Committee is responsible for building programming and narrative for exhibitions and other projects. They provide the historical "vision" behind the work that the Friends does to support Buncombe County Special Collections. This may include research on topics to highlight throughout the year.
The Staff Support Committee oversees the needs of Buncombe County Special Collections staff. This committee maintains a close dialogue with staff in order to ensure that their needs are being met, and their goals remain central to the work of the Friends.
The Marketing Committee supports BCSC by utilizing creative marketing strategies in order to effectively communicate with patrons and the public. This committee helps BCSC staff run marketing campaigns, social media accounts, and membership drives.
– On Doing Local History by Carol Kammen