DOTHAN - Dr. Martin Olliff, director of the Wiregrass Archives at Troy University's Dothan Campus, has recently been named a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists, a professional organization recognizing excellence and experience in the archival profession.
Olliff completed the qualifying exam last fall and was inducted into the society on Nov. 1, 2013. "I'm honored to receive this recognition and pleased to take on the Certified Archivist's enhanced responsibility to promote best practices in archival applications as well as superior archival education and training," Olliff said.
Olliff has 17 years of experience as an archivist, including serving as director of TROY's Wiregrass Archives since 2002. Before that, he was a faculty member at the Auburn University Archives.
The Academy of Certified Archivists is an independent, nonprofit certifying organization of professional archivists. Archivists can become certified only by meeting educational and experience requirements and passing the archival certification examination. Members demonstrate continuing professional commitment that goes beyond education and experience. Working throughout the United States and around the world, Certified Archivists possess expertise in and knowledge of all aspects of archival management. By demonstrating mastery of a defined body of knowledge and skills for successful archival practice, Academy members share a high level of professional attainment that has been verified by certification.
The Wiregrass Archives opened in 2002 with a mission to collect, preserve and make available the historical records of the Wiregrass regions of Alabama, Florida and Georgia. The archives house a variety of personal and institutional records dating back to the 1800s, including the R. Terry Everett Congressional Library, the complete Congressional papers from Everett's tenure in the U.S. House of the Representatives.