Challenges in Representing Local Image Collections: The Case of the Titusville Historical Society

Challenges in Representing Local Image Collections: The Case of the Titusville Historical Society

Rhonda L. Clark (Clarion University of Pennsylvania, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4466-3.ch005
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Abstract

Local history and genealogical collections provide valuable information to the public, when adequate reference services and access to the collection are provided. Arranging such access presents numerous challenges for small historical societies and local public libraries that often lack the staffing, training, and resources available to larger organizations. The evolution of digitized records to represent photographic and other records presents even greater obstacles to the staff of small repositories. The Titusville Historical Society presents a useful case study of the decision-making process utilized in determining what directions are most desirable and feasible for small, local repositories. The organization’s makeup, staffing, and resources are overviewed and the digital environment described for similar organizations within its own and five surrounding counties. The Historical Society membership’s goals and abilities are utilized in making a final judgment as to the best process for providing access to collections.

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