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When: Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET (11:00 a.m. – noon PT)


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No registration required. The webinar will be recorded and available for viewing at a later date on the ArchivesSpace YouTube channel.

Webinar Description:
Vakil Smallen, International Brotherhood of Teamsters Labor History Archivist at George Washington University, will walk through the steps of a workflow developed at GWU for batch editing barcodes in ArchivesSpace through the API. As a person with a limited technical background, Vakil will discuss how he found a solution to a common problem using tools previously unknown to him. He’ll offer ideas for others to get confidence and learn more when wading into similarly unfamiliar waters.

Webinar Resources:
Vakil originally highlighted this workflow in a blog post for the Research Libraries Section of SAA.  There he includes all programs and resources he used in this process.

Vakil will be using Python 3.7 in Jupyter Notebook as available in the Anaconda suite and OpenRefine in this demonstration.

The Python scripts used in this webinar are posted to GitHub and available here:




Vakil Smallen is the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Labor History Archivist at George Washington University, a position he has held since April 2019. Before that, he was the National Education Association Project Archivist at George Washington University for 8 years. He received his MLS from the University of Maryland. Vakil’s undergraduate degree was in English Literature and Language.

Who should attend:
Anyone interested in seeing a demonstration of a process for batch editing barcodes through the API.  This webinar may be particularly useful for archivists who do not have a deep technical background and are looking for a simple workflow for making batch edits.

Please contact Jessica at jessica.crouch@lyrasis.org

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