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NAFAN Building a Natinal Finding Aid Network

NAFAN Building a National Finding Aid Network Research Update

By Merrilee Proffitt, Lesley A. Langa, Chela Scott Weber

SAA: 2022 Research Forum Agenda

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.

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

OCLC, Archives, the Research Library Partnership, and You!

OCLC, Archives, the Research Library Partnership, and You!

By Merrilee Proffitt, Chela Scott Weber

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Assembly

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

OCLC RLP Roundtable: Art and Architecture Group

OCLC RLP Roundtable: Art and Architecture Group

By Dennis Massie, Chela Scott Weber, Merrilee Proffitt, Mercy Procaccini

OCLC RLP Roundtable: Art and Architecture Group

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