Across three presentations, the NAFAN research team shares an update on their work and preliminary research findings from focus groups interviews with archivists and a pop-up survey of archives users. They also discuss research questions, data collection and analysis methods, and efforts to align methods with project values and principles.
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
Building a National Finding Aid Network (NAFAN) is a collaborative project rooted in the goal of providing inclusive, comprehensive, and persistent access to descriptions of archival collections by building the vision and roadmap for a national finding aid network available to a broad and diverse set of contributors and researchers. OCLC Research has conducted extensive research with archivists and archival users, in service of shaping the NAFAN vision. The project team will give an overview of NAFAN, share research findings, and discuss how these will inform the vision for a national archival discovery platform that is community-driven, -sustained, and -governed.
This presentation and paper highlights how libraries and Wikimedia can collaborate to strengthen shared information access goals and shares success stories from libraires and OCLC working with Wikimedia to connect communities of knowledge.
This ACRL presentation acknowledges outdated and harmful terminology that remain embedded in descriptive and classification practices. Also discussed is an initiative to produce a consultative agenda to inform research, learning, and other actionable steps to reimagine descriptive practices.
This presentation provides an overview of OCLC’s Membership and Research Division, focusing on how the OCLC Research Library Partnership supports the institutions it serves. Highlights include our Research and Learning Agenda for Archives, Special, and Distinctive Collections in Research Libraries; work to supporting stewardship of rare and unique AV Materials; the Collection Building and Operational Impacts working group; and research work in support of a national archival discovery infrastructure for the National Archival Finding Aid Network (NAFAN).
Topics: Archives and Special Collections, Research Library Partnership
This presentation features responses to a special set of Round Robin Questions for 2020, suggested by the Art and Architecture Group community, and a report on a forthcoming OCLC Research Project focused on art and museum libraries. The Roundtable agenda also included updates on the Art Discovery Group Catalog and on new draft protocols for sharing special collections.
Topics: Libraries, Archives and Museums, Archives and Special Collections
In this session with OCLC Research, learn how libraries have strengthened community by connecting, collaborating, and supporting each other amid a tumultuous and ever-shifting landscape.
Topics: Research Library Partnership, New Model Library
OCLC conducted a worldwide survey in 2018 that focused on libraries’ ambitions, realities, and investments in support of open content. Here we examine definitions of “open” and share preliminary findings from more than 700 responses on library investments, assessments, and planning.
Topics: Open Access
This presentation focuses on findings from the 2018's Canadian Association of Research Libraries and OCLC Research survey of research libraries in Canada as well as comparative data from complementary surveys conducted by OCLC Research in partnership with the Council of Australian University Libraries and Research Libraries UK.
Topics: Research Library Partnership, Library Trends