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Posted on April 22, 2021 at 3:58 PM by Melissa Dalton
On Tuesday, we celebrated Volunteer Appreciation Day. Unfortunately, we haven’t had our volunteers in the office for well over a year now, but we still want to take the time this week to show our appreciation for all they have done for us over the years.
Our volunteers have been great, and have completed so many great projects over the years. They’ve scanned slides, created indexes and inventories, prepared files for imaging, processed probate files, rehoused records, removed various fasteners, helped with exhibits and special events… They do so much for us, and help us with tasks that sometimes get pushed to the backburner due to lack of time. We have been so fortunate to have such great and loyal volunteers!
After the shutdown, though, we were looking for ways to keep our volunteers active. But, we had to find projects they could do remotely, and it required us to think outside of the box. Over the last few years, we’ve been adding images of our records to Flickr as a way to provide more access. However, with the shutdown, we had time to upload even more records, but not enough time to get descriptions and tags added. We realized that this was a project our volunteers could do from home!
Over the summer, we held a virtual training session on how to add tags to Flickr. This allowed those volunteers interested in participating an opportunity to see the platform in real-time, and they could review the various record series and find one that interested them to work on. Since that time, they’ve collectively put in almost 400 volunteer hours on this virtual project!
Unfortunately, we do not have recent photos of all our volunteers, but we would like to say thank you to all of them – Karen Furcon, Kathy Haller, Sharon Wilson, Katia Clod-Svensson, Elizabeth Govan, David Pidgeon, and Andy Wood. Each of these individuals has volunteered for us, and we are so lucky to have them! We are really looking forward to the time we can have you all back in the office! Fingers crossed it isn’t too much longer!
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