Back in June 2008, I had an opportunity to attend the Special Libraries Association Annual Conference in Seattle, where I sat in on a session about utilizing Web 2.0 in News Libraries. One of the presenters talked about how to create useful and interactive maps with Google Maps. The SLA session gave me the idea to create a Google Map of Archives in Tennessee.
Using the Tennessee State Library and Archives' Archives Directory as a guide, I plotted out each address on the map with red thumbtack icons. Yeah, I know, digitally poking holes in a map doesn't sound like a very good archival preservation practice, but for now the thumbtacks will have to do. Maybe someone out there can suggest another icon to help identify points on this map. I'm happy to hear your ideas.
In the meantime, if you are ever in my home state of Tennessee and need to know how to get to any archive in the Volunteer State, just point your browser to this map. Happy travels...
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Gordon Belt is an information professional, archives advocate, public historian, and author of The History Press book, John Sevier: Tennessee's First Hero, which examines the life of Tennessee's first governor, John Sevier, through the lens of history and memory. On The Posterity Project, Gordon offers reflections on archives, public history, and memory from his home state of Tennessee.