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National finding aid network that is community-driven -sustained, and -governed

Works in Progress Webinar: Building a National Finding Aid Network (NAFAN) research findings—End user survey and interviews

By Chela Scott Weber, Lesley A. Langa

Building a National Finding Aid Network (NAFAN) was an Institute of Museum and Library Services-funded research and demonstration project with the goal of providing inclusive, comprehensive, and persistent access to descriptions of archival collections, or "finding aids." Members of the OCLC Research NAFAN project shared our findings related to end users—those gleaned from survey data as well as from individual semi-structured interviews.

Topics: Works in Progress, User Research

Understanding Archivists Needs for a National Finding Aid Platform

Understanding Factors that Shape Archivists’ Needs for a New National Finding Aid Platform

By Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Lesley A. Langa, Merrilee Proffitt, Chela Scott Weber

LRRT Chair's Program: Research Forum and Awards Presentation, ALA Annual 2022
Washington, DC

The authors identify and discuss the opportunities and challenges archivists experience when describing archival materials, sharing archival description on the web, and making decisions about whether or not to participate in current finding aid aggregations.

Topics: User Research, Archives and Special Collections