Report from the Field: Kansas City Regional ArchivesSpace Forum

Hello everyone,

Last month I attended the Kansas City Regional ArchivesSpace Users Forum, held at the Midwest Genealogy Center in Independence, Missouri. There was a significant number of lone arranger attendees, so the day focused on the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of juggling an ArchivesSpace implementation in the midst of doing everything else that your job entails, which is, basically, everything.

Check out my report here: https://www.atlas-sys.com/reports-from-the-field/2018/12/18/y24zce9lxhwv6gw0kqh4w7xgsh6i6e - as mentioned in the report, the presentations are available on the linked wiki page.

Some tips that came up throughout the day:

- Set recurring meetings on your calendar on a weekly basis to work on ArchivesSpace

- Create a project plan - it keeps you organized, makes your work visible, and you might even be able to turn it into a published work you can share with others

- Organize your implementation into phases. During phase 1, start with what's most requested. Aim to describe at the collection level. Phase 2 could be enhancing description with resource components, etc. Phases will also help you manage budgets and staff time.

Have you discovered helpful methods for managing your ArchivesSpace implementation or for getting your legacy data into ArchivesSpace? Please feel free to share below.

 

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