October 2018 Update

We have distributed a digital copy of our ArchivesSpace Member Directory! And we’re excited to share information about a webinar hosted by our friends at Preservica, and presented by our community members from the University at Buffalo. We also have updates on the upcoming Kansas City Regional Forum, as well as an online forum to look forward to next year! Read on for more news!

Development

ArchivesSpace has released v2.5.1. You can download it at https://github.com/archivesspace/archivesspace/releases/tag/v2.5.1.

This minor release contains program-led and community pull requests that provide feature enhancements, bug fixes, infrastructure improvements, and documentation updates. A focus of this release is continuing to improve the accessibility of the public and staff interfaces.

ArchivesSpace is always interested in more development help. Depending on your interest and availability, we have lots of suggestions for projects small and big that developers and tech-savvy archivists of all experience levels could help with to make ArchivesSpace better for everyone. If you’re interested in writing code and helping with ArchivesSpace development, or if you know someone who might be, please contact Program Manager Christine Di Bella (christine.dibella@lyrasis.org) or Tech Lead Laney McGlohon (laney.mcglohon@lyrasis.org) for more details.

ArchivesSpace Member Directory – Update

We are thrilled to share we have distributed a digital copy of our first Member Directory! The information was collected through submissions from members and compiled to share information about how you are using ArchivesSpace, and any implementation or integration projects you are planning for the future. This directory was sent out to all ArchivesSpace Member Representatives.

Would you like to add information about your organization to the directory? The submission form is available here: https://tinyurl.com/aspace-directory. Most questions are optional. The information collected will be shared only with ArchivesSpace members. Aside from publicly available information about institutions like names and locations, information about the use of ArchivesSpace will be shared only for those who consent to have it included.

Please email us at ArchivesSpaceHome@lyrasis.org if you have any questions.

Open Members Call on Zoom, November 1, 2-3pm ET (11-noon PT)

Please save the date for our next informal open call, coming up on November 1 at 2-3pm ET (11-noon PT). Open calls provide an opportunity to hear updates from each other and encourage group discussion. It’s a space to surface news, ideas, and challenges. You will be able to join by either computer or phone.

In an effort to be more organized, here is a pre-survey to help generate discussion topics prior to the call. Please submit your suggestions by Wednesday, October 31.

Call in details are available at this link: http://archivesspace.org/archives/3247

Please email Christine Kim at christine.kim@lyrasis.org if you have any questions. We look forward to “seeing” you there!

Webinars

Integrating Digital Preservation with ArchivesSpace at UB (webinar hosted by Preservica)

Preservica is hosting a webinar on integrating with ArchivesSpace! Join Sarah Cogley, Processing Archivist at State University of New York at Buffalo (UB) as she discusses integrating Preservica with ArchivesSpace in an insightful webinar on November 7.

Sarah will share her experience using Preservica and ArchivesSpace to preserve, describe, and make accessible the digital content stewarded by the University at Buffalo Archives. Brief screencasts will show behind the scenes workflows and demonstrate how their community of users discover and navigate the UB digital archives.

Register for the webinar!

Webinar date and time: Wednesday November 7 @ 11am Eastern / 4pm GMT

Feedback on ArchivesSpace Webinars & Ideas for the Future

We are interested in hearing your feedback on ArchivesSpace webinars — What do you enjoy about the webinars? How can we improve them? How does the schedule work for you?  What topics and themes would you like to hear about in the future?

This will be an ongoing survey. Please share your thoughts with us when you have a chance. https://tinyurl.com/aspace-webinarsurvey

Regional Forum Updates

Planning for our Fall regional forum is underway. We are also exploring an online forum for the Winter season. Here are some of the most relevant news, dates, and links to keep you up to date on all the activity!

Upcoming: Kansas City Regional Forum: November 30, 2018

Join us at the Kansas City Regional Forum! We’ll be meeting at the Midwest Genealogy Center in Independence, MO on Friday, November 30, 2018.

Registration is now open! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/archivesspace-regional-forum-kansas-city-2018-tickets-50618209427

Call for speaker submissions:
The Kansas City Regional Forum Working Group is seeking proposals for a presentations and discussions. Presentations can be on anything related to your work using, developing, implementing, or actively contributing to the ArchivesSpace application and community. Submit a short proposal at https://goo.gl/forms/ygh5dTaww0mmdrkl2 by Friday, November 2, 2018.

The program is taking shape! Keep up to date: https://archivesspace.atlassian.net/wiki/spaces/ADC/pages/728662017/Kansas+City+Regional+Forum+-+November+2018

Upcoming: ArchivesSpace Online Forum: Winter (Feb/March) 2019

We are thrilled about all the opportunities we had to get together in person through our regional forums this past year! With this momentum, we’d like to explore new ways our community can collaborate, communicate, and engage with each other through an online forum!

All community members are welcome to participate! We would love to highlight themes that are especially relevant to our small and very small community members, including our lone arrangers. We would also love to encourage our international (non-US) community members to participate in the planning as well, as we hope to offer a schedule that accommodates across time zones.

Would you like to participate in a Working Group to help shape the program content for the online forum? Community members from institutions of all sizes are welcome, but we especially encourage our small and very small members as well as international (non-US) members to participate as we build this program. Response requested by November 15. Email Christine Kim at christine.kim@lyrasis.org.

If you have any questions (or ideas) related to the regional forums, feel free to email Christine Kim at christine.kim@lyrasis.org.

The regional forums are opportunities for our diverse ArchivesSpace members to meet up more locally to share and learn from each other through workshops, focused discussion sessions, and presentations. We look forward to having the content shaped by our community.

Association of Moving Image Archivists Hack Day

Media archivists and developers at WGBH public radio/television are planning to lead a project at AMIA/DLF Hack Day to build a plugin for PBCore support in ArchivesSpace. Hack Day takes place on November 28 and there are possibilities for in person (if you’ll be in Portland, Oregon) and remote participation. Add your information to the Hack Day page or get in touch with Christine Di Bella at christine.dibella@lyrasis.org for more details.

Membership Update

We are excited to welcome our newest members to our community! Our new members since September 28 include:

  • Durham County Library (Durham, NC)

As of October 31, we have 364 General members, 19 Educational Program members, and 3 Registered Service Providers. If you are interested in your institution becoming a member of ArchivesSpace, please email us at ArchivesSpaceHome@lyrasis.org for more information.

ArchivesSpace monthly updates provide news about ArchivesSpace community and program activities and are sent to our member listservs, the ArchivesSpace Google Group, and SAA’s Collection Management Tools Section listserv, as well as being posted on the ArchivesSpace website. Please feel free to share this update with people you know who have an interest in ArchivesSpace but may not be on one of these lists.

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