Works in Progress Webinar: Building a National Finding Aid Network (NAFAN) research findings—Archivist focus group interviews and EAD analysis

In this webinar, members of the OCLC Research team review findings from focus group interviews with archivists and review overall project recommendations.

This event is on-demand.



  • Chela Scott Weber, Senior Program Officer, OCLC Research Library Partnership
  • Lesley A. Langa, Associate Research Scientist, OCLC Research
  • Merrilee Proffitt, Senior Manager, OCLC Research


Building a National Finding Aid Network (NAFAN) was an Institute of Museum and Library Services-funded (grant number LG-246349-OLS-20) research and demonstration project with the goal of providing inclusive, comprehensive, and persistent access to descriptions of archival collections, or "finding aids." OCLC Research led qualitative research with end users and contributors of archival description and quantitative analysis of extant aggregated archival description from state and regional aggregators.

In this final session of the series of three webinars, members of the OCLC Research NAFAN team share findings from focus group interviews with archivists. The interviews provide insight into existing description and aggregation workflows, challenges, and benefits and what possibilities a national archival finding aid aggregation might bring. This session also provides an overview of the EAD Tag Analysis conducted by OCLC Research which focused on how extant EAD data might support a future national finding aid aggregation effort.

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01 August 2023


12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Eastern Daylight Time, North America [UTC -4]

Live webinar sessions are exclusively for OCLC Research Library Partners, but the recordings are publicly available to all.