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Title: Using ArchiveGrid to Promote Archival Collections
Physical Description: Slideshow Presentation
Creator: Nemmers, John
Publication Date: February 20, 2013
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Abstract: Presentation made at a meeting sponsored by LYRASIS and OCLC at the University of Florida in February 2013. The meeting title was "The Future of Collections: Creating and Managing Digital Content" and the presentation covers the use of OCLC's ArchiveGrid as a tool for the dissemination and discovery of archival finding aids and catalog records.
Acquisition: Collected for University of Florida's Institutional Repository by the UFIR Self-Submittal tool. Submitted by John Nemmers.
Publication Status: Unpublished
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Source Institution: University of Florida Institutional Repository
Holding Location: University of Florida
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System ID: IR00002775:00001


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Using ArchiveGrid to Promote Archival Collections The Future of Collections: Creating and Managing Digital Content G ainesville, FL February 20, 2013 John R. Nemmers Descriptive & Technical Services Archivist Department of Special & Area Studies Collections University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries

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Developed by OCLC Research A free discovery system used by researchers and scholars to locate primary source materials in archives, libraries,etc R esearchers can identify pertinent holdings at one or more archival repositories and ArchiveGrid provides links/contact points for more information. What is ArchiveGrid ?

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Development of ArchiveGrid 1999 EAD proving ground: Archival Resources 2006 Aggregated discovery system for subscribers: ArchiveGrid 2011 Freely available discovery system from OCLC Research 2012 Basis for more research into improving archival description and access ARCHIVE GRID

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Aggregated Descriptions Descriptions of archival collections WorldCat MARC records Finding aids harvested from websites (EAD XML, HTML, PDF, Word) Any repository can contribute (not exclusive to OCLC members)

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Harvesting Finding Aids Easiest to maintain a machine readable web page for crawlers (e.g ., http://web.uflib.ufl.edu/spec/FindingAids/findingaids.htm ) ArchiveGrid can harvest from browse/directory pages (e.g ., http://web.uflib.ufl.edu/spec/browset.htm ) with some caveats To ensure good content in ArchiveGrid follow descriptive standards to ensure that necessary elements are present Also, follow best practices when using a flexible standard like EAD (better chance of uniformity across repositories)

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Identifying MARC Records for Archival Materials One Holding No MARC Leader indicators for manuscripts, collections, realia Theses and dissertations, bibliographies Published works Reference materials

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ArchiveGrid Updates About every 6 weeks They get a fresh extract of MARC collection records from WorldCat And they completely reharvest all the finding aids from contributor websites The only way to ensure that they account for adds, updates and deletes

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MARC Records and/or Finding Aids? Common practice for repositories to routinely produce both (UF does) Some opt to have only MARC records in ArchiveGrid Others prefer finding aids only M any include both, even if they may appear in search results as near duplicates When there are links from a MARC record to a finding aid (856 field), ArchiveGrid can identify a single collection

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http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid Using ArchiveGrid

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Title Collection Creator Archives/Library Keywords in Context Scope/Content

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Who uses ArchiveGrid ? Faculty Researchers Independent Scholars Genealogists Dr. Matthew Simon Age: 49 University History Dept. Writing a book on the California Gold Rush Amy Powell Age: 27 Post graduate study in Political Science Writing her thesis on rural to urban labor migration John Stevenson Age: 35 Mechanical Engineer Studying the history of pipe organs Catherine Andrews Age: 61 Former K 12 Teacher, Retired Researching her family history

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How do users find ArchiveGrid ? Usually through search engines.

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85% of traffic comes from search engines 8% of traffic comes from referrals from other websites the URL in the browser, etc. ArchiveGrid Traffic

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ArchiveGrid Visitors

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Making ArchiveGrid Discoverable in Search Engines

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A responsive and open website maximizes access and accessibility

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The ArchiveGrid Blog

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Getting the Word Out via Twitter

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Who is working on ArchiveGrid ? Bruce Washburn Software Engineer San Mateo, CA Ellen Eckert Research Assistant Portland, OR Merrilee Proffitt Program Officer San Mateo, CA Jennifer Schaffner Program Officer San Mateo, CA Jackie Dooley Program Officer San Mateo, CA The ArchiveGrid Team in OCLC Research

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A survey conducted in April and May 2012 To learn how special collections are used by faculty, graduate students, unaffiliated scholars, and genealogists 695 survey responses A selected finding: Over 80% of survey respondents identified librarians and archivists when answering the comments, recommendations, etc. you find most More details on the blog: http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/blog/?p=631 Understanding Special Collections

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Thank you! John Nemmers jnemmers@ufl.edu http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid ARCHIVE GRID