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Preserving Personal Archives

  • Morton-James Public Library 923 1st Corso Nebraska City, NE, 68410 United States (map)

Did you know October is American Archives month, and Family History month? Join the Morton-James Public Library in appreciation of these topics when it welcomes back Amy Schindler, the Director of the Archives & Special Collections at UNO Libraries, on Saturday, October 13. Ms. Schindler will offer a program on “Preserving Personal Archives,” a topic that addresses both archives and family history. Ms. Schindler first visited the MortonJames this past spring to share a program about caring for personal digital archives. This subsequent offering will interest anyone who would welcome expert tips and tricks to help them protect personal and family collections of documents, photos and other material.

Ms. Schindler draws on her many years of experience as a professional archivist. A native of Wisconsin, Ms. Schindler joined the UNO Libraries in 2014. She has a B.A. in History with a Certificate in Asian American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and two Masters degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, in Library & Information Science, and in History. Schindler has served in various elected and appointed positions with the Society of American Archivists.

The Morton-James Public Library is pleased to welcome Ms. Schindler back to Nebraska City, a community infused with abundant local history. Please mark Saturday, October 13, on your calendar(s) to take advantage of this opportunity to learn from an expert on how to best preserve your own pieces of history. The program is free and open to the public, and will take place from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Library’s Kimmel Gallery.

Wondering how to best protect those old scrapbooks that contain interesting family history, but are falling apart? Bring such an item to the program—Ms. Schindler has offered to assess materials brought by program attendees. Those in attendance will also learn about an exciting new initiative offered by UNO to rural communities. “Mobile Digitization for Rural Community Archives” is a grant-funded pilot project that includes a mobile digitization lab and maker space concept, supported by the Catalyst Fund. Through the creation of a mobile maker space and digitization lab, the project will have the ability to interact with rural communities and digitize their material, making it widely available yet keeping the archive local. The mobile lab could make a future visit to Nebraska City if there is sufficient community interest—come to the Morton-James Public Library on Saturday, October 13 to learn more about the mobile project from UN

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