Out With the Old, in With the … ArchivesSpace

  • Laura Buchholz Reed College
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Abstract

What do you do when your cataloging infrastructure is outdated, unusable by your patrons, and creating excess work for your staff? Get new infrastructure! At Special Collections and Archives in the Reed College Library, we are in the process of implementing ArchivesSpace, a collection management tool for archives. As we go, we are professionalizing our description practices, preparing to contribute to regional aggregations (Archives West), and, most importantly, increasing access to our collections. The software is also easier to use and reduces the time we spend doing research for our patrons.

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Author Biography

Laura Buchholz, Reed College

Laura Buchholz is the Discovery and Systems Librarian at Reed College, where she previously served as the Archivist and Digital Infrastructure Librarian in Special Collections and Archives. Her research interests include user interfaces for archival materials, accessibility in library systems, and highlighting invisible labor in libraries and archives.

Published
2019-08-14
How to Cite
Buchholz, L. (2019). Out With the Old, in With the … ArchivesSpace. OLA Quarterly, 25(1), 30-33. https://doi.org/10.7710/1093-7374.1973