Archivist Mona K. Vance chosen to attend the Georgia Archives Institute

Columbus-Lowndes Public Library Archivist Mona K. Vance was recently chosen to attend the 43rd annual Georgia Archives Institute in Morrow, Georgia. From June 7-18, Vance will learn practices from some of the best archival practitioners and educators in the field.

Designed for beginning archivists, manuscript curators, and librarians, the Georgia Archives Institute offers general instruction in the basic concepts and practices of archival administration and management of traditional and Modern documentary materials.

Vance said, “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to attend and incorporate the skills I develop at the Georgia Archives Institute towards preserving the history of both Lowndes County the state of Mississippi.”

The two week course is divided into two sections.  Week one of the Institute provides a comprehensive introduction to the concepts and practices of managing all formats of documentary materials in archival repositories. Topics will include starting an archives program, selection and appraisal, acquisitions and accessioning, arrangement, description, reference and access issues, electronic records, and legal and administrative issues.

Week two includes such topics as general strategies of preservation management, nature of archival materials, causes of deterioration, storage environments, disaster preparedness, security, and simple preservation maintenance procedures. Included is an in-depth look at the Georgia Archives’ spacious, state-of-the-art conservation lab, as well as a demonstration of some basic holdings maintenance techniques. The remainder of the second week will be spent as an internship in one of various local archival repositories.

The Georgia Archives Institute, Inc. is a non-profit organization founded in 1967 by Carroll Hart, former director of the Georgia Division of Archives and History.  The Institute is administered by a Board of Directors composed of professional archivists from a variety of institutions. The annual institute is co-sponsored by the Georgia Archives, The Society of Georgia Archivists, The Friends of the Georgia Archives, and the Auburn Avenue Research Library.

For more information about the Georgia Archives Institute visit

To learn about appling for next years Institute contact Anne Smith at

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