In Fall 2015, local historian Yvonne Giles approached staff in the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) at the University of Kentucky Libraries about holding a basic archives workshop for clerks and secretaries of Lexington African American Baptist churches. Staff were excited to partner with Yvonne and held the first workshop for four participants in November 2015. The second workshop, given in early March 2016, attracted 15 participants from a wide variety of local organizations. A third workshop was held in June 2016. Giles and two SCRC staff (Ruth Bryan and Sarah Dorpinghaus) will discuss their individual and library-level reasons for suggesting, attending, hosting, and preparing the workshop; the content and assessment of the workshop; the successes and challenges of the workshop; and how the workshop is a win-win for both the UK Libraries and community participants.

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A presentation at the Kentucky Library Association-Kentucky School Library Association Joint Conference in Louisville, KY.