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Building and Sustaining Your Library’s Local History Collection for the Future.

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Building and Sustaining Your Library’s Local History Collection for the Future.

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  • 1. Chelsea District Library Chelsea, MI www.chelsea.lib.mi.us
  • 2. Collection
    • Define “community”
      • City of Chelsea, surrounding townships, western Washtenaw County
    • Physical holdings
      • Open and closed stacks
    • Improving organization
      • Archivist’s Toolkit, open-source
      • data management software
  • 3. Collection Development Strategies
    • Acquiring new materials
      • Leveraging our treasures to increase holdings
    • Content creation
      • Engage community in sharing stories
    • Be visible
      • Attract donations by cultivating a reputation of responsible, involved stewardship
  • 4. (Pre)Serving Our Community
    • Family History Database
      • Originally a donation
      • Online access
      • Volunteer-powered!
  • 5. (Pre)Serving Our Community
    • Historic Chelsea Interest Group
      • Involves local historians
      • Educates the community
      • Highlights our collection
  • 6. (Pre)Serving Our Community
    • Community History Project
      • Grant-funded
      • Video interviews
      • Active history
  • 7. Constant Challenges
    • Maintenance
      • Proper storage, preservation/conservation
    • Space
      • Growth opportunities limited
    • Limited funds
      • Small percentage of print budget
  • 8. Challenges Called “Goals”
    • Access
      • Improving organization of our collection will increase research opportunities
    • Digitization
      • Volunteers scanning entire collection
      • Exploring online hosting options

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