BDC Featured in "Quintessentially Lowcountry" on Saturday

Just in case you missed it, Kate Cerve, the Education reporter for the Beaufort Gazette/Island Packet, highlighted the Beaufort District Collection on Saturday. Click here for the full article.

IMNSHO the best part: Each of the persons interviewed had their own interpretation of what constitutes a "treasure" from the collection. A historical treasure is not in its monetary value (which can be considerable or negligible depending on the individual item), it is in the value of the information that can be gleaned from it in order to satisfy a customer's question.

Isn't that indeed what a good library should offer: Quality resources that help satisfy a customer's question? (The answer is "Yes!" in case you need prompting.)

PS: For those of you who might be wondering how Ms. Cerve knew whom to interview: I asked for volunteers willing to talk with her -- and had them contact Ms. Cerve directly. In other words, they more or less selected themselves. I am, however, very pleased by the number of customers, docents and library staff who apparently agreed to talk with her. There may have been (or not) others who were not cited in the text of the article.

Just for the record: Libraries take our customer's right to privacy very seriously. Beaufort County Library Board of Trustees has endorsed the Library Bill of Rights. For a discussion regarding library customer privacy issues from the American Library Association, click here.

About the Author

Grace Cordial has been responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Beaufort District Collection at the Beaufort County Library since 1999.  The Beaufort District Collection exists to acquire, preserve, maintain and make accessible a research collection of permanent value which records the history, culture, and environment of our part of the South Carolina lowcountry.  Besides the research room, Cordial manages the “Virtual BDC:” the BDC web pages, the Online Obituary Index, two digital collections, a new BDC.BCL Facebook page, and the Connections blog.  
Among her duties is to coordinate or present programs about local history, Gullah culture, and our coastal environment, including occasional instructional sessions about how to perform historical and/or genealogical research.