Heritage Room Staff

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Rikki Chesley

Head of Archives & Special Collections
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Rikki's first archival job was in 2000 while she was still attending graduate school at the University of South Florida where she earned an M.A. in Library and Information Science. Rikki was a News Research Librarian for the Tampa Tribune where the librarians were charged with the care of the newspaper’s physical archive which housed the photos, negatives and clip files for the paper's full 100+ year history. A few jobs and a few thousand miles later, she found herself working in a corporate archive and transitioning into records management. By 2009, she was a Certified Records Manager. She worked as a corporate records manager with a focus on digitization for about a decade before deciding it was time to return to her roots. As the daughter of a a public genealogy librarian, Rikki was raised in libraries, archives and records halls learning the art and science of historic research and information preservation.

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Beth Whitlock

Heritage Room Libarian
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Retired school media specialist Beth Allison Whitlock earned a BS in Library Science and Education from Columbia College (South Carolina) and an MLIS from the University of South Carolina. Before moving to Athens she was a member of the Griffin-Spalding County Library Board. She currently works as an Information Services and Heritage Room Librarian at the Athens-Clarke County Library where she compiles and disseminates the newsletters and teaches classes. Beth attended the Georgia Archives Institute in June of 2015 on a scholarship from the Society of Georgia Archivists and is secretary of the Athens Historical Society Board. She enjoys taking pictures and transcribing tombstones for FindAGrave and BillionGraves. Her interests are reading, research, movies, learning and cemeteries. She is mother to University of South Florida PhD candidate Mary Catherine Whitlock and Pandora the Cat.

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Theresa Graham

Heritage Room Assistant III
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Theresa Graham began her work at the Athens-Clarke County Library in 1987 in the Circulation Department. In 1992 when the Library's Baxter Street location opened, she began working in the newly-formed historical and genealogical department, which became today's Heritage Room. Theresa's hobbies include reading, antiquing, and fishing. Her areas of speciality include local history, Ancestry Library Edition, aspects of Civil War research, advanced genealogy research.

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