Submitted by: Elizabeth Knight, Consulting Archivist

Time flies. I am half-way through my initial site visit here but things are progressing well.

It will not be possible to locally host Archivists’ Toolkit, so an interim workflow for creating finding aids has been developed. There are four of us in the workgroup and we are busy collecting required element data for about half of the approximately 40 collections for which finding aids will be created. We meet weekly and chip away at the list.

Here are three outreach ideas I have for Seattle University:

  • A ‘case studies in leadership’ theme for manuscripts. This can also include the records of past presidents. Leadership is a strong focus of the curriculum and the culture here.
  • Capturing SU History Project, which can focus on collecting recent (past 20 years) history and target staff, possibly with a pilot project or two; and target alumni with a photo contest.
  • A ¬†mobile campus art and architecture tour that incorporates relevant archives collections and could be developed in collaboration with the Computer Science department. It would highlight the fabulous new Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons.

Tomorrow, I return to University of Puget Sound to lead the physical re-arrangement of the archives stacks. The staff and students there are looking forward to having the collections in record group order (instead of its current, sort-of, alphabetical arrangement).

Next week, I will be attending the Northwest Archivists annual meeting in Helena, MT, but not before forging ahead here with the program plan and finding aid creation here at SU.

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