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Tittle graduates from archives institute

Three years of training recently culminated in graduation for one Unicoi County official.
According to a news release from the office of Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett, Unicoi County Register of Deeds Debbie Tittle has graduated from the Tennessee Archives Institute. The graduation will also assist Tittle in her role on the Unicoi County Public Records Commission-Archives.
“I was pleased to have been selected to participate in the Archives Institute,” Tittle told The Erwin Record. “Various topics were covered in the classes that were valuable to me both as the County Record’s Commission Chairman and Register of Deeds.
“The classes were small in number and allowed statewide participants to form relationships and exchange ideas and methods pertinent to record’s management and preservation. It was a one-of-a-kind learning experience and I am grateful that I was able to attend.”
According to the news release, the Tennessee State Library and Archives hosts this two-and-a-half day series of workshops on the principles and practices of archival management and records preservation annually. Three years of training is required to graduate from the program with a Certificate of Archival Management.
The 2014 institute reportedly included educational sessions on grants, confidential records, replevin, digitization and partnerships in heritage. Attendees also participated in behind-the-scenes tours of the Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) and the Metropolitan Nashville/Davidson County Archives where they learned about document preservation from TSLA conservators.
“The Tennessee Archives Institute provides valuable training to archivists across Tennessee who are charged with protecting our state's rich history,” Hargett said. “I congratulate this year's graduates on their hard work.”
Unicoi County Clerk and Master Teresa Simerly has also graduated from the program.