Webinar recording

When: September 1, 2021

Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET (11:00 a.m. – 12:00 pm PT)

Webinar description:

In February 2020, USF Libraries – Tampa Special Collections formally began the process to migrate to ArchivesSpace. Those discussions quickly stalled, however, when the University asked that they begin to formulate continuity of operations plans for remote work in preparations for what was then a hypothetical shutdown.

Early into lockdown, USF determined that it would actually be the perfect time to migrate to ArchivesSpace. The campus was closed, no Reading Room services could be provided, and staff wanted to engage in meaningful projects. Guiding a team consisting of librarians, staff, and student employees, Special Collections organized a multi-phase plan for preparing data for migration, undergoing migration, and cleaning records in ArchivesSpace. As staff begin to gain more physical access in 2021, they are finalizing the clean up and ready to engage with patrons using ArchivesSpace.

In this webinar, Tomaro Taylor, Amanda Boczar, and Anastasia Temkina of USF Libraries – Tampa Special Collections will illustrate how they structured their complete migration to ArchivesSpace in a remote environment, including the active incorporation of student workers with various levels of archival experience. No one on staff had prior experience with ArchivesSpace and all members of the team were trained in stages. They will also address how this project encouraged a more holistic reassessment, including systematically evaluating finding aids for missing information, conscious editing of descriptive content and subject headings, and the addition of classification headers. 

A Q&A will follow.

Presenter Information:

Tomaro Taylor is the Head of Special Collections at the University of South Florida Libraries Tampa campus. A Certified Archivist, Tomaro has nearly 20 years of experience implementing policies, procedures, guidelines, and best practices in the archival field. She currently serves as President of the Academy of Certified Archivists and Co-Manager of the Society of American Archivists’ Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) Exam.

Amanda Boczar is Special Collections Operations Manager at the University of South Florida Libraries Tampa campus. Amanda holds a Ph.D. in History with over 12 years of experience in higher education, and joined the library in 2019. She was responsible for the migration to ArchivesSpace, and supervised student and employee training through the process. 

Ana Temkina is a student assistant at USF Libraries Tampa campus, Special Collections. She received her bachelor’s degree in Library and Information Science, Children’s Literature track, from St. Petersburg State University of Culture and Arts, Russia. At USF she is doing her MA in Applied Anthropology and will soon graduate to continue her academic path at the University of Kentucky. Library work remains one of her great passions.

Who should attend:

Anyone interested in implementing ArchivesSpace, developing a migration plan or using ArchivesSpace remotely.

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