Tuesday, October 20, 2015

A Natural Partnership: Libraries & Local History

A few weeks ago I attended the 9th Annual Wisconsin Local History and Historic Preservation Conference in Middleton.  This was the third time in five years that I've attended this conference and each time, I see more folks from our Wisconsin library community.  What a wonderful trend!

Logo for the Wisconsin Council for Local History
When libraries and local history organizations work together, it's a win-win for everyone.  For the 2012 Local History and Historic Preservation Conference, I was part of a presentation (along with Chuck Adleman from the Luck Area Historical Society, Jill Glover from the Luck Public Library, and Janis Merkle formerly from the New Glarus Public Library) that Stef Morrill from WiLS coordinated: "Successful Partnerships with Public Libraries."

As part of this 2012 program, Stef surveyed Wisconsin public libraries to see how they were partnering with local history organizations.  Here's a sampling of what she discovered:

  • Sharing space (such as collection storage, meeting rooms, display cases, collections, or offices)
  • Working together on programs, events & displays
  • Developing online content together
  • Assisting in answering local history questions
  • Sharing data & research
  • Cross-promoting services, activities, etc.
  • Sharing equipment

How are you partnering with the local history organizations in your community?

Written by:
Denise Anton Wright, Public Library Development