Special Collections Research Center archivists and librarians hosted six community archivists and genealogists for a three-hour workshop on archives basics in June. The non-profit organizations represented included the Episcopal Diocese Lexington, Kentucky Genealogical Society, Henry Clay High School Archives Committee, Lincoln Foundation, and Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church.
Topics covered the historical value of organizational records, selecting records for permanent retention, inventorying and storing physical and digital records, providing access to researchers, and digitization methods and standards. There was also a tour of Special Collections to see day-to-day archival work.
SCRC staff presenters included workshop organizer and University Archivist Ruth Bryan; University Records Manager Nancy DeMarcus; Digital Archivist Sarah Dorpinghaus; Reinette Jones, Oral History librarian and African American Studies academic liaison; Education Archivist Matthew Strandmark; and Learning Lab Manager Stacie Williams.
“The records of community organizations and of individual community members are of great value to all of us,” said Ruth Bryan, who is also the director of Technical Services. “Reaching out to community members and providing support for preserving and sharing those records is an important role for Special Collections.” This is the third workshop SCRC staff has presented this year.
Photo ID: Workshop participants (left to right) Alyce Neji, Mary Brinkman, Gary Brown, Linda Lawrence, Dianne Holland Chiles, and Edith Turley.