Next Generation Finding Aids

Interesting search/browse capabilities:

American Philosophical Society

  • Mole Catalog
  • XTF based searching – highlights keyword within results and can link to all collections by hyperlinked subjects

(Sample keyword search: hair)

Yeshiva University Library

  • XTF based searching
  • place in cart/request feature

(Sample Keyword Search: food – then see left hand menu to narrow subjects by)

University of Miami  – Finding Aids

  • neat browsing feature
  • request feature

(Sample: browse by subject – R – Receipts (financial documents) – click on “+” reveals 8 results)

North Carolina State University

  • folder list search (type word: Academic) – it shrinks the list to only show folders that pertain to that keyword
  • tabs –easy to use

Syracuse University Library – Elastic Lists -Thank you Michele Combs

  • Visual Searching
  • choose NY State – Photographs – 1940s

ArchivesZ  – Thank you Jeanne Kramer-Smyth – spellbound blog

  • Visualizing Archival Collections
  • Prototype  – not fully functional

(Sample Keyword search: education- can narrow using “select tags” feature – can view results in multiple ways – Stacked time – Heat Map, which is not working yet).

ArchivesZ is looking for collaborators on the project:

Union Catalogs:

Ohio Link

  • well over 500 repositories represented
  • “find more like this”
  • linking subjects – having a left side toolbar

(Search “Hair” – click on “correspondence” – and then choose from the left side)

Online Archive of California

  • hundreds of repositories
  • links to digital images
  • live link to the repository – if they are online;query=;style=oac4

PACSCL Finding Aids

  • cross repository searching/browsing
  • subjects/people are hyperlinked

More Visual:

Preble-Marr Historical Museum of the Great Cranberry Island Historical Society

  • Images in the finding aid (not very well done)

Historic Houses Trust

  • Use of images in finding aid (well done)

Less Traditional looking finding aids:

Northwestern University Library

  • -example of finding aids being displayed in several pages instead of just one page

(go into “F” – look at William Ferris)

(This link has been down for a few days – but hopefully will be back up soon!- it’s worth looking at)

Princeton University – Mudd Manuscript Library

  • Subjects and creator link to OPAC

University of North Carolina

  • A better example of finding aids being displayed using several pages instead of just one
  • Subject links to OPAC
  • In content lists – there is a hover feature that provides explanations

Duke University

  • interesting the way they show the hierarchy of arrangement of the collection (lists of series-scroll up a little)

Links to digital content:

University of Wisconsin – Artists’ Book Collection (only non-archival example)

  • Shows images of books connected to their MARC Records

National Radio Astronomy Observatory

  • interesting use of hyperlinks throughout
  • in scope and content notes – links to inventory and then to digital items

Jon Cohen AIDS Research Collection

  • multiple ways to link to material
  • links directly to digital items

University of Virginia -Miller Center Public Affairs

American Philosophical Society

  • Links directly to digital object- and to request an item

Smithsonian Archives of American Art

  • multiple ways to view a finding aid and connect to the materials
  • both visual and textual
  • easy to navigate and to link to the digital material

First World War Poetry Digital Archive

  • Links to a variety of different types of digital objects (audio, video, images etc.)

Go to “The Collections”

Multiple ways of viewing the collections

  • By person
  • By medium
    • The Photograph Collection
    • The Audio Collection
    • The Film Collection
  • When viewing by Person  (For Example: The Vera Brittain Collection)
    • The terms within the biography are hyperlinked
    • scroll to the bottom and can link to: Correspondence From Vera Brittain; Correspondence To Vera Brittain; Photographs of Vera Brittain and Extracts from Vera Brittain’s War Diary

EAC             (OPEN IN IE)


North Carolina State University – EAC Markup Language

Non-Finding aids with user supplied content:

BBC- WW2 People’s War Archive

A collection of World War II memories written by the public and gathered by the BBC

  • Timeline which links to stories
  • Some stories include photographs
  • The stories have also been tagged by subject/topic

(Click on “Full Archives List” – see stories broken down by topic)

(Then choose “Time line” from the left hand menu –click on any event to see stories pertaining to that event)

Pepys’ Diary

Daily updates from the digitized Gutenberg Project version of Samuel Pepys diary using blog software. Users can add annotations to the text or a background information section to help analyze and study the diary. Additional discussion forums are provided to discuss tangential information. The diary entries are also available as RSS webfeeds.

  • Entries contain user supplied annotations
  • Links to transcriptions of letters as well
  • Includes a site specific encyclopedia
  • In-depth articles related to Pepys
  • Interactive map of places mentioned in the diary
  • A hyper linked Family tree – which connects to annotations, entries etc.

(Click on annotations and then on one of the hyperlinks within the entry)

(CLICK ON Encyclopedia to get to interactive map and family tree –which are on the right hand side)

Interactive Map

Family tree

Steve: The Museum Tagging Project – Explanation Page

Project page – users can tag and comment on objects in the collection

(Choose RED – JUSTICE – STAINED GLASS – then “Drawings” from the “Type” columns)

(ALL Metadata – More like this)

Footnote – Partnership with National Archives and Library of Congress

  • Subscription based
  • Go to “Member Discoveries”
  • People can annotate documents, add notes, tags etc.

For example:  has 18 annotations

The Most Innovative:

University of Glasgow – Multidimensional Visualisation of Archival Finding Aids

Project explanation page- links to two demos (incomplete- but neat idea)

East Carolina State University

  • has collapsible/expandable finding aid
  • links to digital content
  • ability for users to supply content/leave notes/tags  (both on collection and item level)

The Polar Bear Expedition – University of Michigan

  • links to digital content
  • hyperlinks within biography and scope and content note
  • for users to supply content/leave notes/tags (both on collection and item level)
  • recommends “Those who looked at this also looked at . . .”

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