A grant from the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives will allow Robertson County to upgrade equipment in the county clerk’s office, officials said.
State Librarian and Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives Commissioner Terry Manuel said Robertson County Clerk Joanie Jolly has received a grant totaling $37,593 from KDLA to preserve and manage local government records.
Fifteen grants have been awarded throughout the state for a total of $385,406 from the first round of funding from fiscal year 2019 Local Records Grant Program funds. The next round of grants will be awarded in December.
“These funds will allow local agencies to preserve, manage and provide access to records in a way that benefits both the agency and the public,” Manuel said. “It is important to ensure that citizens have access to these local records now and in the future.”
Funds for the program come from fees enacted by the Kentucky General Assembly in 1984 and 2007 to preserve and retain local public records. Any local government agency can apply for this grant.
“We are very appreciative of the grant,” said Jolly. “We are going to use it to upgrade equipment in our offices.”
These upgrades will provide public access to indexes and digital copies of permanent records.
KDLA’s Local Records Program helps to preserve, protect and make available records with continuing archival value and to assist local agencies with records management through grant support, training and direct services. KDLA is an agency of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.
With four regional administrators covering the state and working with local officials, KDLA ensures professional archival and records management assistance in county and city offices, school districts, and health departments. Grants have supported work in microfilming, preservation, equipment, automated indexing, digital imaging systems and codification of ordinances.