KDLA launches website to give public more access to state gov. records

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) — The Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA) launched the Kentucky State Digital Archives (KSDA) website at https://kdla.access.preservica.com/ to give Kentuckians increased online access to state government digital records from more than 240 agencies, boards and commissions.

KSDA contains public records of permanent value and includes annual reports, photographs, videos, meeting minutes, audio recordings and state publications. The robust search capabilities allow researchers to perform full-text and keyword searching within each collection or across the entire repository. KSDA also gives viewers of digital photographs, audio and video enhanced capabilities such as zooming, scanning and fast forward.

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The new Kentucky State Digital Archives allows us to permanently preserve and provide access to digital records of historic value to the Commonwealth, said Kentucky State Archivist Beth Shields. These public records can be searched, viewed, downloaded and printed for free.

The majority of records span from 2000 to present day. However, as various historic collections are digitized, they will be transferred to KSDA. These include scans of the Governors Executive Journals and Work Projects Administration (WPA) photographs.

The Kentucky State Digital Archives replaces KDLAs e-Archives. The number of resources available through KSDA will continue to grow and expand. KDLA encourages everyone to visit the site often and explore the fascinating content in this digital collection of state government records, said Kari May, Electronic Records Management Branch manager in KDLA.

KDLA provides equitable access to quality library and information resources and services, as well as helps public agencies ensure that legislatively mandated documentation of government programs is created, maintained and accessible. For more information about KDLA resources, programs and services visit https://kdla.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx or call (502) 564-1702.

Media release from the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. 

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