Management system speeds up accessioning
Archivists’ Toolkit for Archivists by Archivists (AT) is a new open source data management software that provides a variety of tools in the daily administrative operation of Special Collections.
The primary goal is to streamline the accessioning process and description of collections and archival materials. The biggest advantage of the latter is that the software can export finding aids into an Encoded Archival Description (EAD) format, which in turn provides better search features on the worldwide web.
With the help of the Web Services Librarian and Software Systems Specialists and after the initial implementation process (familiarization with the software, creation of policies and procedures, training for staff and volunteers), AT now contains information of almost 800 collections in Special Collections.
Future benefits of AT may include the support of user and/or repository information, appraisals regarding historical value of materials, copyright, etc. The development of AT is based on a collaboration of the University of California San Diego Libraries, The New York University Library and the Five Colleges, Inc. Libraries, which are funded through The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Submitted by Patrizia Nava
NY Public directs researcher to McDermott
When a novelist needed help in setting a true-to-life airline flight from Washington DC to a remote location on a different continent, the writer found nothing on the internet.
Next, the writer called on New York Public Library but its representatives could not find an answer to which flights were available in the mid-1960s setting.
A reference librarian suggested calling someone at the History of Aviation Collection in McDermott Library.
Paul Oelkrug, head of Special Collections, checked in the Airline Annual Reports collection for 1960s
flight schedules and found the only scheduled route the author’s character could have taken at the time. We will not reveal the author or the route until the book is published but we appreciate the referral from such a fine institution as the New York Public Library.
Submitted by Paul Oelkrug
Unusual Library Accommodations:
- A new change machine located near the copy center on the 2nd level...
- Scantron sheets and other supplies available for purchase from the bookstore vending machine on the 1st level...
- Bean bags on the 4th level for "relaxing research"...
CAT/AA Specialist Continues Research
Professor Joe Leeker of Chemnitz, Germany revisited the Civil Air Transport (CAT)/Air America Archive in Special Collections to continue research into aircraft used by those organizations.
He was assisted by his wife Betty (both shown above). The Leekers spent a week in the archives. Joe Leeker is concentrating on CAT information from 1951 to 1959 during which time the name of the organization changed to Air America. He previously produced meticulous details about Air America aircraft that is now posted on the Special Collections archive website.