We want to write a Local Studies Toolkit & we need your help.

Looking for advice or inspiration for your work? In recent years LSG has helped by organising training and propagating material through our journal, blog posts and tweets, but now we want to do more by putting together a local studies toolkit. Our aim is to….

To produce a freely accessible online resource that could guide and inspire local studies professionals  and para-professionals to provide an excellent local studies service within their authority.

Enough of the management talk I hear you cry, what will it look like in practice? Well, at the end of the day we would like to produce a mixture of the old local guidelines and signposts to the best online advice on local studies subjects. So if you were thinking about doing an oral history project, we’d have something like…

  • lots of links to the excellent material on the Oral History Society website,
  • examples of some projects from local studies collections across the country
  • papers printed in the Local Studies Librarian
  • blog posts
  • some reports, templates and advice from those who have done similar projects in the past.

We’d also have sections on the bread and butter of local studies work, such managing map or newspaper collections.

So what can you do to help? Well, we need your recommendations on what is hot and what is not.

  • What resources can you not do without?
  • What projects have been inspirational?
  • Can you share templates or policies?

Let us know by completing this survey:

[You can also visit the survey via this link: https://goo.gl/forms/BpE0Whsdv0HTjoQB3]

Have a bit more time and what to help a bit more? We want to have a look at each authority website in the UK and find the best projects to highlight. So we have split up the country and are looking for volunteers to spend a couple of hours going through websites and recording what they find. Interested? Send us a message via the LSG blog.

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