Monday, June 18, 2007

Blogging for Archivists

Sandusky & Erie County OH librarians effectively blog to get the word out

The single hardest thing for genealogy researchers to do, is to put aside our current cultural orientations, in order to place an ancestor in historical perspective. One “official” blog goes a long way to improving the odds of our understanding the history of an area.

Sandusky History - “A blog dedicated to the discussion of topics relating to the history of Sandusky and Erie County, Ohio; inspired by the collections of the Sandusky Library Archives Research Center and Follett House Museum. A service of the Sandusky Library Archives Research Center.”

Ol’ Myrt thinks this sort of informative and colorful blog is an excellent method for archiving photos and informing the public about the history of the area in Ohio. It is also logical extension of the bloggers’ original charge as archivists & librarians. Certainly our work isn’t confined to those that come into our brick and mortar research centers. Sites like this go a long way toward preserving history in one corner of the world. BRAVO!

The only thing I wish is that the blog would recognize the contributions of individual authors of the blog entries. Ol’ Myrt even went so far as to suggest that credit be given perhaps in the form of a byline. This allows researchers to zero in on a specific archivist or librarian’s common topic of interest. No one can be all things to all people. I knew during my shift at the Family History Center to refer Virginia researchers to Audrey, England researchers to Elsie and DAR researchers to Barb.

The combination of a photo of an artifact and the text in the Sandusky History blog really "tells the story" and helps us 21st century genealogists understand life 200+ years ago in Sandusky and Erie County, Ohio.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
Your friend in genealogy.

(c) 2007 Pat Richley All Rights Reserved.

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