Archivists' Toolkit™: Shortening the Path from Accession to Researcher

This course has been retired.
Certificate Eligibility: 
90 minutes
Tactical and Strategic

The Archivists’ Toolkit™ (AT) is an open-source, community-developed application designed by archivists for managing archival collections and for generating a variety of reports and metadata products. This presentation focuses on the life-cycle of a single archives collection demonstrating the following features in the AT application and how the application contributes to a culture of “More Product, Less Processing”:

Features discussed and demonstrated include:

  • Accessioning and preliminary description of a collection
  • Creating a resource record from the accession record and expanding it to a multi-level description of the collection
  • Creating a digital object record from the description of a collection component and expanding it to a multi-level description of the digital object
  • Generating an EAD.xml file, PDF and HTML versions of the collection finding aid, and a METS record for the digital object

The slide presentation concludes with a review of the customization features present in the AT for expediting data entry and processing.

Who Should Attend: 

Archivists, manuscript curators, museum specialists responsible for archival records, special collections librarians and managers, digital library managers, and staff—any information specialist interested in tools and strategies that result in more product with less processing and that help to satisfy community standards, such as EAD encoding

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