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 pandemic provided an opportunity to reimagine the working environment as we embraced flexible and remote working. How much has the work environment really evolved since the pandemic? And how sustainable is this evolution? What has been the impact on recruitment and retention in this evolving landscape? This session heard from international partners about the realities of changing working environments and practices at their institutions and considered what lessons we can learn from their experiences.
Topics: New Model Library
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.
In this presentation, Sandra Phoenix, Executive Director, described the organization’s Sankofa Experience in remembering and embracing the past to make positive progress in the future. Learn about collections, HBCU Library Alliance programs, and how together we can envision a future to strive toward.
Topics: Distinguished Seminar Series, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion
In this webinar, librarians from three research universities share how their institutions are taking the first steps to develop BRI services, responding to local conditions and working to build relationships and trust across campus. They share about the stakeholders they are engaging with and provide an overview of the services they are offering and relevant tools/subscriptions they are leveraging.
Topics: Works in Progress, Research Information Management, Research Support
This session discusses the initiative, its progress, and what it suggests for the future of metadata work in libraries, along with what this might mean in the context of the new agreement signed between OCLC and Jisc which provides an enhanced ability to share and reuse bibliographic metadata across UK higher education institutions.
Topics: Linked Data, Metadata
Learn about the process and interim findings from a multi-year project at Yale University to understand and mitigate issues of bias and racism in collections, metadata, and digitized content.
Topics: Works in Progress, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion
In this webinar, the presenters will share their experiences with, and lessons learned, from a series of four collaborative technical skills development initiatives at the University of Michigan’s Bentley Historical Library.
Topics: Works in Progress, Research Support
The digital environment makes workflow support more important, as activities, content, and communications are tied together on the network in various combinations. In his opening keynote, Dempsey discusses a variety of issues, in the context of changing research behaviors, metrics, the move to open, and other factors, with a library or research setting in mind.
Topics: Research Support, Research Information Management, Research Data Management