SFA Materials at The Genealogy Center – Allen County Library

From: Curt Witcher <Cwitcher@acpl.lib.in.us>

Subject: Re: Sheldon Family Association

Date: August 28, 2016 at 10:57:53 PM EDT

To: Jeanne Jeffries <arnjeff@myfairpoint.net>



Thank you for your email. Please feel free to use any of the following as your report to your board regarding the SFA materials at The Genealogy Center of the Allen County Public Library.

First and foremost, please know that The Genealogy Center remains pleased and honored to be archiving the SFA archival materials in a secure, environmentally stable and controlled location.

We also remain committed to scanning and organizing for online presentation as much of the research collection as possible. That task, though, comes with formidable challenges. We have still to completely “crack the code” on how the folders are labels/identified and how to incorporate those that are (a) not labeled and/or (b) labeled in a manner that doesn’t appear to conform to the majority of the labeling.

After an initial investment of many hundreds of hours of scanning one year ago during the summer and fall of 2015, we have been able to devote precious little time to more scanning in mid 2016. There are a number of factors that contributed to this hiatus.

**Our Genealogy Center was handed some significant responsibilities for Allen County activities supporting the state of Indiana’s bicentennial efforts. More demands with less staff are encouraging all kinds of new creativity and new work processes.

**We’ve had a serious of technology upgrades (e.g. moving from 32-bit to 64-bit processors, implementing a completely new unique login protocols, and upgrading scanners that initially were not compatible with our underlying network

We look forward to more scanning in Q4 this year and a foundation web presence in early 2017.

Curt B. Witcher, MLS, FUGA, IGSF
Genealogy Center Manager
Senior Manager of Special Collections
Allen County Public Library
P. O. Box 2270, 900 Library Plaza
Fort Wayne, IN  46801-2270

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