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Kentucky Council on Archives Holds Semi-Annual Conference at SAR Genealogical Research Library

On May 20, 2011 the SAR Genealogical Research Library was buzzing with archivists. The Kentucky Council on Archives (KCA) held its semi-annual meeting in the library, where archivists, librarians, and record managers from across the state came together to discuss issues that affect Kentucky’s archivists. KCA is a state-wide organization that supports all types of archives and serves as a platform for archives professionals to share ideas. Around 50 people attended, making it one of the most successful in recent memory. Archivists from all major state universities were in attendance, as well as those from as far away as Appalshop in Whitesburg, KY and West Kentucky Community and Technical College in Paducah, KY. In past years, the conference has been held at such venues as Asbury College, Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, and Eastern Kentucky University.


The featured speaker of the day was Dennis Meissner of the Minnesota Historical Society. Meissner, with Mark A. Greene co-wrote an influential article in 2005 titled More Product, Less Process (MP-LP). It focuses on minimal processing and description in order to achieve a greater amount of collections available to the public for research. While Meissner’s approach to the processing of archives has attracted many followers, other presentations given by faculty at the University of Kentucky and University of Louisville brought up the possible ethical and cost implications of using MP-LP in an archive. Refreshments were enjoyed in the library lobby during the all-day event. Lunch was held at the Museum District Business Center across the street. The day wrapped up with a tour of the library and Craik Special Collections Room given by Rae Ann Sauer, Assistant Librarian/Archivist, and a member of the KCA. All members were excited to see the new library, many of whom had never been to the SAR before. In support of its educational mission, the NSSAR and the Center for Advancing America’s Heritage are proud to be able to serve as a venue for professionals to exchange ideas and share experiences. The SAR invites any historical, preservation, or lineage group to consider the scholarly environment of the SAR Genealogical Research Library as a future site for their meeting.