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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.

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

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