Saturday, September 15, 2012

What is Going in Georgia? State Archives to Close

This is hard to believe. 

The state of Georgia has closed the Georgia State Archives.  Here is a taste of the official announcement:

To meet the required cuts, it is with great remorse that I have to announce, effective November 1, 2012, the Georgia State Archives located in Morrow, GA will be closed to the public.  The decision to reduce public access to the historical records of this state was not arrived at without great consternation.  To my knowledge, Georgia will be the only state in the country that will not have a central location in which the public can visit to research and review the historical records of their government and state.  The staff that currently works to catalog, restore, and provide reference to the state of Georgia’s permanent historical records will be reduced.  The employees that will be let go through this process are assets to the state of Georgia and will be missed.  After November 1st, the public will only be allowed to access the building by appointment; however, the number of appointments could be limited based on the schedule of the remaining employees.

Sign a petition to keep the archives open here.

Like the "Georgians Against Closing State Archives" Facebook page.

Read this post at the Unquiet Librarian.

Read Joseph Adelman's take at Publick Occurrences 2.0

What to do about the closing.