Contributed by Scott Ziegler
It’s not easy for a patron to know what to do when they enter an archives.
This simple truth is nice to keep in mind when thinking about how patrons view us. And it was the motivation behind the American Philosophical Society’s newest attempt to ease some of the burden on the researcher. Recently, the APS released a new tutorial meant to orient researchers in the sometimes-mysterious process of paging material.
See the tutorial here: http://www.amphilsoc.org/tutorials/findingaids/
Built like a product tour, the tutorial covers the basic steps from searching for collections to paging specific items. It’s build with jQuery Improptu (http://trentrichardson.com/Impromptu/); additional technical information can be found on Scott’s blog: http://www.scottlouisziegler.com/2014/04/02/finding-aid-tutorial-with-jquery-impromtu/