The Tennessee State Library and Archives recognized Crystal Nash, Lewis County Public Library and Archives Director, as one of six recent graduates of the Tennessee Archives Institute. The Library and Archives annually hosts the institute, a two-and-a-half day series of workshops on the principles and practices of archival management and records preservation.
In order to graduate from the program as state-certified Archive Manager, archivists must complete three years of training. The institute provides participants with opportunities to interact and exchange ideas with other archivists and records keepers from around the state.
This year, the program hosted 28 participants from archives, libraries and museums from around the state. The institute included sessions on handling digitally-created records, digitization of physical items, processing collections from accession to all-access, records confidentiality, maintaining a balance between public access and preservation of materials, resources for local archives at TSLA, and new this year, a tour of the Tennessee State Capitol. Instructors included CTAS, TSLA staff, and other preservation experts.
“The Tennessee Archives Institute is an excellent resource for local government archivists who want to learn new professional skills that can help them better serve the people in their communities,” Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. “I am pleased that the Library and Archives is able to offer this program, and I congratulate this year’s graduates and their dedication to preserving history.”
The participating archivists learned about document care and preservation from Library and Archives conservators and put their instruction to use in hands-on document cleaning of Tennessee State Supreme Court records. Graduates of this year’s Institute also were given an opportunity to spend in-depth time in the TSLA conservation lab, learning tools and techniques that can be used to aid in preserving local records. Participants also benefited from behind-the-scenes tours of the Tennessee State Library and Archives, the Methodist Archives, and the Metro-Davidson County Courthouse.
“Not only do participants in the Archives Institute learn valuable tricks of the trade, but they also get opportunities to network with colleagues during their training. This program is very helpful for archivists to communicate with each other and study best practices that will help them better preserve and maintain the valuable archival records under their care,” said Assistant State Archivist Wayne Moore.