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Saturday, April 6 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
S903 Archival Revitalization: Transforming Technical Services with Innovative Workflows

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Technical services work is at the core of archives. Without these fundamentals, collections do not enter the archives and receive intellectual control (accessioning), are not arranged, described, and made accessible (processing), nor is applicable information about the collections retained for tracking purposes (collection management). In short, technical services processes enable collections to be discovered, accessed, and researched by our users, as well as promoted through outreach initiatives. However, these procedures and workflows do not remain static, and are constantly evolving, leading to archival revitalization.
Presenters will discuss the innovative workflows and procedures they implemented, describing how these new processes transformed their archives. Examples include Wayne State University Reuther Library’s budget-conscious addition of ArchivesSpace and Archivematica to its collections management, accessioning, and processing workflows and procedures; the effects of extensible processing on the Benson Ford Research Center’s collections, including associated outreach initiatives; Purdue Archives creation of a Campus-Archives Interactions Database, enhancing the sense of community between campus stakeholders and archives staff; the Ohio State University’s archival technical services departments transition to the allied IT professions methodology of Agile; the creation of Northwestern University’s Archival Processing unit and its innovative integration with other Distinctive Collections units; and the creation of innovative records assessment practices and accessioning workflows at the University of Michigan Bentley Historical Library. These examples of real world technical services workflows and procedures will provide audience members, both practitioners and managers, the background and details necessary to enable them to revitalize their own archives.

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Benn Joseph

Head of Collections Services, Northwestern University Libraries
Benn Joseph currently serves as Head of Collections Services for the McCormick Library of Special Collections & University Archives at Northwestern University Libraries.

Alexandra A. A. Orchard

Wayne State University
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Adriana Harmeyer

Archivist for University History, Purdue University Archives and Special Collections

Cate Putirskis

Ohio State University Libraries
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Olga Virakhovskaya

Lead Archivist for Collections Management, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan
Olga supervises archival processing and provides collection management oversight for a diverse range of collections. Her professional interests include archival description, privacy and ethics. Olga holds a MLIS from the Southern Connecticut State University and an MA from the University... Read More →

Janice Unger

The Henry Ford

Saturday April 6, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm CDT
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