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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
Virtual

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.

Evolution of the Working Environment: Visions of a New Model Library

Evolution of the Working Environment: Visions of a New Model Library

By Ixchel M. Faniel

SCONUL: Evolution of the working environment: An international perspective
Virtual

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

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, Leslie 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

Imagining a Shared Future for Archival Discovery

Imagining a Shared Future for Archival Discovery

By Adrian Turner, Merrilee Proffitt, Itza Carbajal, Lesley Langa

Rare Books and Manuscripts Conference 2022

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.

Distinguished Seminar Series: "Strategies to preserve the past and shape our collective future: The HBCU Library Alliance – A Sankofa Experience"

Distinguished Seminar Series: "Strategies to preserve the past and shape our collective future: The HBCU Library Alliance – A Sankofa Experience"

By Sandra M. Phoenix

Distinguished Seminar Series

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

Slide 6: Image of a hand cradling a bar graph with the title "How do I use research metrics responsibly."

Works in Progress Webinar: Developing Research Impact Services—Perspectives from Three OCLC Research Library Partnership Institutions

By Mei Ling Lo, Matthew R. Marsteller, William Mischo

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

Vision: Linked Data for any Library. Includes image of OCLC logo encircled by arrows indicating libraries and metadata

Linked Data as a Cooperative Effort

By Fiona Carr, Annette Dortmund

M25 Annual Conference 2022, UK
virtual

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

Mural of factory workers and large machines. An iconic work by Mexican artist Diego Rivera, depicting Detroit industry.

Opening Keynote: Workflow is the New Content

By Lorcan Dempsey

Digital Initiatives Symposium, University of San Diego
virtual

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