Press Release - Detail
Ben Peterson
Department Head, Southern History and Literature
Birmingham Public Library
(205) 226-3665

“Basics of Archives” Workshop at the Birmingham Public Library

January 12, 2009, Birmingham, AL— “Basics of Archives,” a practical, one-day workshop for those who work with historical records but have little or no archival training, will be presented at the Arrington Auditorium of the Birmingham Public Library in Birmingham, AL, on February 9, 2009. The all-day workshop will run from 10:00 a.m - 3:00 p.m. and will be led by Ben Petersen and Jim Baggett, department heads of the library’s Southern History and Archives Departments.

In the workshop, participants will learn what makes historical records historical; how to take care of historical records so they are preserved and can be used in the future; how to protect historical collections from theft and destruction; where to find out more about caring for historical records, and much, much more.

The Birmingham Public Library is sponsoring the workshop in collaboration with the Mid-Gulf Coast Continuing Education for Archivists Collaborative (MGCCEAC). The MGCCEAC received a three-year grant from The Institute for Library and Museum Services, a federal funding agency, to spearhead an effort to establish a sustainable program of good, accessible, and inexpensive continuing education opportunities for keepers of the historical record in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama.

Registration for the workshop costs $30.00 which includes all materials and a box lunch. To register, send your contact information and a check to “Birmingham Basics of Archives,” c/o Shugana Williams, Treasurer, Society of Mississippi Archivists, Katrina Research Center, The University of Southern Mississippi, 730 East Beach Blvd, Long Beach, MS 39560. There is limited seating, and registration closes February 1. If you have any questions, please call 226-3665.

Important Information
Date: Monday, February 9, 2009
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Event: “Basics of Archives” workshop
Place: Auditorium at the Downtown Birmingham Public Library
Cost: $30.00
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