I received this information from Khadijah Matin, President of AAHGS, as well as Leona Martin, President of AAHGS-NE. Your help is needed to ensure researchers are able to continue to use digital cameras to make copies of documents at the library. The next board meeting is June 16th so time is of the essence. Emailed letters of support can be sent to: Sandra.Treadway@lva.virginia.gov.
Bill Shelton wrote: Hi Folks, I was alerted on Wednesday, (by Shirley Wilcox, President of the Virginia Genealogical Society), of a potential crisis which we as genealogists are about to experience at the Library of Virginia - unless we do something immediately. The issue is that the Library of Virginia staff is concerned about the use of digital cameras. The stated specific concern is that some of the resulting images find their way to the internet and are not representative of the quality desired by the Library of Virginia; even if credit is given to the Library of Virginia. However, the real concern might be associated with the lost of revenue. Please send your concerns to the Library. Maybe we can change their minds. The next Library of Virginia Board meeting will be June 16th. At that time, Peter Broadbent, the past president of VGS will distribute copies of the VGS letter to those in attendance. Please address your letters to: Ms. Sandra G. Treadway Librarian of Virginia The Library of Virginia 800 East Broad Street Richmond, VA 23219-1905 Folks, we all know the important of documents archived in the Library of Virginia. Therefore, this is something that really should concern us. Also, as you all are aware, we can do so much with our digital cameras while on research trips. It would be a shame to loose this capability. It should be noted that the Library of Congress and the National Archives allow the use of digital cameras and in some cases, even scanners. Well, I hope you will take the time to send a letter. Sorry, Iâ€™m just getting this to you. Because of the storm, we had no electricity for the past couple of days. Bill Shelton