April 12, 2017
17-99

Jordan West
Communications Specialist

VSU Archives and Special Collections Receives National Recognition

VALDOSTA — Valdosta State University’s Archives and Special Collections was recently featured on the National Endowment for the Humanities website as part of its “50 States of Preservation” series.
 
“The National Endowment for the Humanities is an important organization that works with archives, museums, and libraries all over the United States,” said Deborah Davis, director of VSU Archives and Special Collections. “They are one of the largest national funders of humanities programs.
 
“They chose VSU Archives and Special Collections to represent the state of Georgia. It is a huge honor for our digital preservation program to receive national recognition, and the National Endowment for the Humanities helped us do that.”
 
The article highlights the university’s journey to secure digital preservation. After a series of freak accidents in 2011, VSU Archives and Special Collections lost more than 80 gigabytes worth of electronic files. They received a National Endowment for the Humanities Preservation Assistance Grant in 2012 and were able to implement better hardware, more consistent policies and procedures for tracking items, and a comprehensive digital preservation strategy.
 
VSU Archives and Special Collections supports the university’s commitment to scholarly and creative work, enhances instructional effectiveness, encourages faculty scholarly pursuits, and supports research in selective areas of institutional strength focused on regional need by collecting, preserving, and providing access to records of enduring historical value documenting the history and development of VSU and the surrounding South Georgia region and in support of curriculum.
 
VSU Archives and Special Collections is located on the fourth floor of Odum Library. It is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday.
 
Contact Deborah Davis at ddavis@valdosta.edu or (229) 259-7756 to learn more.
 
On the Web:
 
https://www.valdosta.edu/academics/library/depts/archives-and-special-collections/
 
https://www.neh.gov/divisions/preservation/featured-project/50-states-preservation-valdosta-state-university-in-valdosta-georgia
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