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NKU archivist receives state historical publication award

Lois Hamill

NKU archivist Lois Hamill will receive a 2013 Kentucky History Award for her book, Archives for the Lay Person: a Guide to Managing Cultural Collections, during a ceremony on Friday in Frankfort.

The book offers a practical guide to the most common functions for managing historical content, including photographs, paper records, audio and video material and digital files.

"I am excited about receiving the Kentucky History Award for both the professional recognition it represents and the visibility I hope it brings to the book," Hamill said. "My goal now is to get the information in my book into the hands of the people who can benefit from it. I'm hoping more people will examine the book as a result of winning this award." 

The Kentucky History Awards are given by the Kentucky Historical Society to recognize outstanding achievements by historians, public history professionals, volunteers, business and civic leaders, communities and historical organizations throughout the state.


Hamill spent three years writing the book to share her knowledge and  experience with organizations that have historically significant records and do not have a trained archivist on staff to handle them.

"I worked many 50 to 60 hour work weeks performing my day job and then going home to write in the evening and all weekend," she said. "When I finally held a print copy of the book in my hand, suddenly this abstract text that had resided in my computer for so long became real. That helped make up for all the hard work I had put in."