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August 30, 2011 / Council of State Archivists

New System Improves Public Access at Mississippi Department of Archives and History

Article originally appeared on on August 29, 2011.

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History, located in Jackson, Miss., went live in August with its installation of the Koha integrated library system in the state’s archives and historical library. ByWater Solutions will provide ongoing support for MDAH.

“MDAH is excited about our move to the Koha system,” said Julia Marks Young director of the Archives and Records Services Division. “We have already noticed that internet search engines are bringing up results from our catalog, which in turn increases public access and visibility of our collections.”

The Archives and Records Services Division collects, preserves, and provides access to the archival resources of the state of Mississippi. These resources span the days of prehistory and Native Americans to the Civil War, the Civil Rights era, and beyond. Holdings include more than 42,682 GB of electronic records, 70,000 cubic feet of state records and manuscript collections, 250,000 images, 72,000 published items, and 200 newspaper titles. [link to full article]


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