ACRL/NY Symposium on Money & Power

Last Friday, I attended the annual symposium of the Greater New York Metropolitan Area Chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL/NY). This year’s theme was Money and Power, and the talks covered standards, instruction, labor, and other library issues that intersect with issues of money and power.

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Technical Overview of EAD Requesting with Aeon

A while ago I wrote a post detailing how data in DIMES is imported into Aeon to populate requests. Since then, I’ve had conversations with several individuals asking about the technical details of this implementation. As a way of documenting that work, and also offering some direction for future Aeon implementers, I thought I’d pull together a post describing the interaction in technical terms, since there’s limited documentation on how to do external EAD requesting for Aeon. I pieced together this information by looking at existing implementations, particularly Princeton’s archival discovery system, with a lot of false steps along the way. I hope to help others avoid the same frustrations and pitfalls! Continue reading

Getting data from DIMES to Aeon

Among the many things that Aeon will do for us, communicating directly with DIMES to import data about our materials is among the most important, and a feature that will likely save both researchers and staff a great deal of time and frustration. Starting in February, researchers will no longer have to fill out requests for materials by hand; staff will no longer have to decipher researchers’ handwriting, correct inaccurate or missing information, or complete charge-outs by hand. In addition, we’ll be able to run much more accurate reports on use of our collections, which will help us better target digitization and preservation efforts. This post explains how that data moves from DIMES to Aeon, detailing some of the things that happen along the way with restrictions information and grouping of folders within the same box. Continue reading

Migrating ATReference data to Aeon

Since the RAC was founded in 1974, we’ve collected information about our researchers, including contact details, visit dates, topics of research, and publications. Starting in the 1980s, we captured this information in a number of different databases. Currently, this data is stored in ATReference, a customized version of the Archivists’ Toolkit that was developed by the RAC. As part of both the Aeon and ArchivesSpace implementation processes, we needed to migrate that data forward into Aeon so we can continue to access and add to the wealth of information it contains without having to support ATReference. Continue reading

SAA Report: Assessment and Change

One of the sessions I found most intriguing at this year’s SAA Annual Meeting was “How Are We Doing? Improving Access Through Assessment,” which discussed a variety of tools and methodologies for quantifying information about users, collections and discovery tools, as well as how gathering that data can help us improve our users’ experience. Continue reading

Aeon Naming Contest

As many of you know, we have already begun to start planning on implementing Aeon.

Our first project is to come up with a name, and in order to do this, we thought the best way would be to have a naming contest.

The contest will be very similar to the naming contest for XTF (which thanks to Laura – was renamed DIMES).  Once again, as incentive, we are offering a $25 gift certificate to Amazon.com to the person who suggests the winning name.

This name will be used for the URL to host Aeon, similar to DIMES’ URL being dimes.rockarch.org, so it should be short and preferably reflect Aeon’s functionality in some way. As always, extra points for anything Rockefeller-related.

We’ll be accepting suggestions for names (either via email or as comments on the blog) until Friday, June 6th.  We’ll open voting on a curated list of these names on the following Monday, June 9th until Friday, June 13th.

Names can be added as comments to this blog post, or emailed directly to Michele.

DREC Committee Meeting Notes – May 7, 2014

DREC Committee Meeting Notes – May 7, 2014

Location: Conference Room

Attendance:

Committee Members: Sibyl Schaefer, Hillel Arnold, Patrick Galligan, Suzie Irving, Mary Ann Quinn, Lucas Buresch, Meg Hogan

Observing RAC Staff member attendees: Carol Radovich, Kristin Spad

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Introducing Aeon

As most of you know by now, we’ll be implementing Aeon here at the RAC starting in a couple of months. This will be a pretty big project, and one that gives us the opportunity to reconfigure and restructure some core reference services workflows. It’s an exciting prospect, but one that will also involve a lot of change, so I thought I’d outline the three major processes that will be affected by Aeon. Continue reading