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State Library, State Archives Praised for Preservation Efforts

A screenshot of the State Library/State Archives website highlighting digital preservation efforts

In the past week both the State Archives and the State Library have been praised by national organizations for their use of technology and for their innovative efforts in preservation. 

A joint project from the Archives and Library received a Library of Congress National Digital Stewardship Alliance Innovation Award for excellence in digital preservation outreach. They were specifically recognized for the wealth of information they provide online via their website, YouTube account and Twitter feed.

Lisa Gregory, Dean Farrell, Amy Rudersdorf, Michelle Underhill and Kathleen Kenney from the Library, and Kelly Eubank and Rachel Trent from the Archives contributed to the project.

Additionally, the State Archives was recognized by the Society of American Archivists (SAA) for a publication it produced in coordination with several other states called Best Practices for Archival Processing for Geospatial Datasets. The publication provides guidance for archivists on preserving GIS data. It was characterized by SAA as “a valuable contribution to the field of digital preservation for a common, but complex type of electronic record.”

As if that weren’t enough, the Archives and Library together are regional finalists for Innovative Technology Awards from the Council of State Governments. The awards are designed to recognize the creative use of technology to solve problems that governments face. They’re being recognized for their Social Media Archiving and Access program, in which they preserve state government social media through the Web Site Archives and provide guidance to state and local government on best practices.

Congratulations to all those who contributed to these wonderful projects! The work you’re doing is truly amazing!

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