As the first step in our local history collections project we want to convene a special working group to focus on issues relating to local history, to pin down the values and goals, and make sure we make sound decisions later.
The purpose of the group:
- Define system-wide goals and requirement for local history collections/projects - basically, why, who, what, and how
- Identify problems and concerns to address - such as copyright, physical preservation
- Outline project priorities and processes - like, why an inventory such a big deal and what exactly we need to do each step of the way
- Share information with and get feedback from peers - so we can keep everybody on the same page and prevent wasted effort and resources
There will be a lot of discussion and problem solving, but this group will be very focused and task-oriented. If you are interested in participating in this work group, the only requirement is that you are interested in improving access to local history collections and will be willing to contribute your time, imagination, and enthusiasm. Please let me know!