November 1, 2010
W. Jayson Hill, (334) 844-7439 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Greg Schmidt of Auburn Libraries Wins Gracy Award
AUBURN, Ala. - Greg Scmidt, special collections librarian at Auburn University Libraries, has been selected to receive the Gracy Award from the Society of Georgia Archivists for his article, â€œFunctional Analysis in the Reappraisal of Faculty Papersâ€ that appeared in the 2009 issue of the societyâ€™s publication, Provenance.
Schmidtâ€™s article, written in collaboration with Michael Law, a graduate student in history, lays out a case study for arranging faculty papers by university function, a methodology that has been advocated in the academic archiving community for institutional records.
Schmidtâ€™s case study used the papers of Dr. Malcolm McMillian, professor of history at Auburn University from 1948 â€“ 1978. This collection was donated to the Auburn libraries in 1990, but had not yet been fully arranged for researchers. Schmidt undertook to rearrange the collection, dividing McMillianâ€™s papers into such functional areas as research, administration, teaching and outreach. He then had the collection entered into a new electronic finding aid to make it more accessible to researchers.
The Gracy award is named for David B. Gracy II, founder and first editor of the Georgia Archive, and is awarded by the Provenance editorial board to the one superior contribution submitted to their annual publication.