Athens, Ga. – Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal recently appointed two high-ranking University of Georgia libraries staff to the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board.
P. Toby Graham, deputy UGA librarian, and Sheryl Vogt, director of the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, join 10 other members selected by Deal. The board represents citizens, educators, local governments, historical repositories and professional organizations.
“The Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board promotes the educational use of Georgia’s documentary heritage by all its citizens,” Graham said, and “evaluates and improves the condition of records, encourages statewide planning for preservation and access to Georgia’s historical records and advises the Secretary of State and the Georgia Archives on issues concerning records.”
The Georgia General Assembly created GHRAB in 1993. Operations are funded through annual appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly and through the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The board also administers grant programs for the preservation of historical records and an awards program that recognizes outstanding efforts in archives and records work in Georgia.
Graham joined the UGA Libraries in 2003 as director of the Digital Library of Georgia. In 2010, he was named deputy university librarian and director of the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library. He also serves as director of the Digital Library of Georgia, a collaborative initiative led by GALILEO and the UGA Libraries to digitize and provide online access to resources on Georgia history and life.
Graham earned a doctorate in library science and master’s degrees in history and library science from the University of Alabama.
Vogt joined the libraries in 1974, the year the Richard B. Russell Foundation opened a library on campus to house Russell’s papers and memorabilia collected from 38 years in the U.S. Senate and a half-century in public service.
Currently, Vogt is president of the Association of Centers for the Study of Congress, a fellow of the Society of American Archivists and a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists. She also serves on the Advisory Committee on the Records of Congress. She holds a bachelor’s degree, two master’s degrees and an education specialist degree from the University of Georgia.