Finding the Gold in the Garbage: Adventures in Re-organizing a Genealogy Room

Emily Morrison, Library Associate, Blair Public Library and Technology Center, Blair, NE (Population served: 10,000)

The Blair Public Library contains a room dedicated to genealogy/local history with many wonderful resources. However, after years of use and growth via donations from the community, the collection suffered from extreme disorganization, leaving it practically useless. Due to my background in history and interest in archives, I was tasked with re-imagining the space and turning it into a room where patrons can uncover their family history and discover the unique history of their community. In this presentation, I will discuss the re-organization process from the ground up and highlight some of the distinctive resources uncovered during the project.

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