Speeding Up Archival Description with FAST

- Mackenzie Brooks

Assistant Professor & Metadata Librarian Digital Humanities Librarian // brooksm@wlu.edu // @mackymoo

 

- Washington & Lee University

Small liberal arts university with 2200 FTE

Leyburn Library: 25 employees, relevant players:

  • 1 metadata librarian
  • 1 digital scholarship librarian
  • 1 director of library technology
  • 1 cataloging assistant
  • 3 special collections assistants

The problem

Solution #1

  • Stop relying on MARC for archival description.

 

Solution #2

  • Batch load FAST topical headings into ArchivesSpace.
  • Let Special Collections staff create their own description. 

Implementation options

#1 Batch load MARC XML

Pros:

  • predictive search
  • reduces human error
  • integrates into record description interface

 

Cons:

  • too many irrelevant options
  • requires XML massaging

Implementation options

#2 ArchivesSpace Plugin

Pros:

  • predictive search
  • reduces human error
  • only adds the subjects you need

Cons:

  • plugin required
  • must create subjects separately from resource description

Credit:

Rachel Maderik, Metadata Librarian at Virginia Military Institute, https://github.com/maderikra

Credit:

Rachel Maderik, Metadata Librarian at Virginia Military Institute, https://github.com/maderikra

Speeding Up Archival Description with FAST

By Mackenzie Brooks

Speeding Up Archival Description with FAST

Lightning talk given at ALA Annual ALCTS CaMMS Faceted Subject Access IG. June 27, 2015 4:30-5:30pm.

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