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Steely Library Archivist Lois Hamill Helps Drive Digital Conversation in New Book

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Lois Hamill
Lois Hamill

July 13, 2017- Northern Kentucky University Archivist Lois Hamill is helping to drive archiving into the 21st century with her book, “Archival Arrangement and Description: Analog to Digital.”

Hamill presents the basics of archival arrangement and description for analog materials then segues to digital materials incorporating the OAIS preservation model into a detailed sample workflow. She presents recent advances in description and its delivery along with concerns for the ability of smaller archives to participate in envisioned future developments that are technology reliant.

“Throughout the text, Hamill makes connections to archivists’ long-standing practices of using knowledge of their repositories’ needs to adapt to their ever-changing environment,” Meg Miner, University Archivist & Special Collections Librarian, Illinois Wesleyan University stated in an editorial review.

Hamill’s faculty peers deemed her research sufficiently worthwhile to award her both a faculty summer fellowship and a sabbatical to research and write. The Kentucky Library Association awarded her a professional development grant in support of her work.

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers is holding a national book signing at the Society of American Archivists conference In Portland, Oregon on July 27.

This is the second book Hamill has written. Her first book, “Archives for the Lay Person: A Guide to Managing Cultural Collections” won a 2013 Kentucky History Award.

Hamill is the university archivist and an associate professor at Northern Kentucky University’s Steely Library. She has been a practicing archivist for over seventeen years. Hamill is a certified archivist, holds the SAA Digital Archives Specialist certificate, speaks on archival topics at archival library, and history conferences, and is a successful grant writer. Hamill’s book can be found on