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Friday, August 7 • 3:30pm - 4:15pm
6B - A Treasure Map or a Hedge Maze?: An Honest Discussion of the Traditional Finding Aid

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Finding aids are the lifeblood of archives, and their creation represents intellectual, physical, and emotional labor. Most of us present this labor in a format that has been in use for decades: a single, static document that follows a standard linear presentation. New tools and technologies, such as linked data, OAI-ORE, and renewed attempts to understand the communities that access our materials all present us with opportunities to rethink this core document.

Luftschein: Leveraging New Technologies to Enhance Archival Description
Huggard: Translating legacy, linear, paper-based finding aids to discrete data points in ArchivesSpace and other collections management systems
Rizzo: The effects of standardization and collection management systems on the presentation of finding aids, and how those standards/systems impact description and usability especially for marginalized users and how they might be improved
Sirotkin: N/A
Tang: Functional but usable? Finding aids and assistive technology

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Susan Luftschein

Head, Special Collections, USC
Sue Luftschein is the Head of Special Collections in the USC Libraries, where she oversees a department that houses rare books, manuscripts, and archives. Since joining the USC Libraries in 2009, she has played a leading role in helping to improve the care of and public access to... Read More →

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Marcella Huggard

Manuscripts Coordinator, University of Kansas
Huggard has overseen manuscripts arrangement, description, and processing at the Kenneth Spencer Research Library since 2015.
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Lydia Tang

Dr. Lydia Tang, Special Collections Archivist-Librarian, Michigan State University. She served on SAA?s Task Force to Revise Best Practices for Accessibility in Archives and spearheaded founding SAA?s Accessibility & Disability Section.
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Jennifer Sirotkin

Chick-fil-A, Inc.
I am the archivist for Chick-fil-A, Inc. I have a Master of Archival Studies degree from Clayton State University and am a Certified Archivist. Previously, I was the Archives Coordinator for Emory University's Oxford College Library.

Caitlin Rizzo

Head of Collection Services, Pennsylvania State University Libraries
Caitlin Rizzo is the Head of Collection Services as the Pennsylvania State University's Eberly Family Special Collections Library.

Friday August 7, 2020 3:30pm - 4:15pm CDT
Live (Will Be Recorded)