Submitted by: Elizabeth Knight, Consulting Archivist

My two-week follow-up site visit has been split into two parts so that I will have some time with incoming University Librarian, Michael Paulus, who arrives in July. Michael’s experience as Archivist at Whitman College will be invaluable as the SPU Archives program develops.

SPU Archivist, Adrienne Meier, and I have spent the week creating NWDA-compliant finding aids using Archivists’ Toolkit, the OSU’s great AT2NWDA converter tool and the NWDA compliance checker. Adrienne’s training has been very hands -on and intensive. She is quickly mastering all the steps and is honing her skills at composing good scope and content notes, abstracts, and biographical/historical notes. In July, we will be uploading finding aids for eight manuscript collections, nine institutional record collections, one for their collection of Cascade College Records, and one for their collection of Free Methodist Church Records.

We are resolving many questions and small issues as we go and working with Jodi, Linda and our friends on the alliance-nwda-at list serve to resolve the trickier issues, but for the most part, the process is going well.

She and I met with Natalee Vick, Librarian and Technical Services Coordinator, to discuss the workflow for identifying and inputting subject terms into AT database, creating MARC records for archival collections, and options for cross-training at least one other person in the library on using AT.

I am sad to say farewell to University Librarian, Bryce Nelson, who is retiring. His input, enthusiasm and insight into moving the archives program forward here has been invaluable.

Finally, this afternoon, Adrienne and I will be meeting up with our friends from Seattle University to attend a Seattle Area Archivists brainstorming meeting on Archives Month, which is in October. It will great to have the SPU and SU folks become involved in Seattle Area Archivists and hear new outreach and publicity ideas.

Over the next couple weeks, I will be making sure the SPU, SU and University of Puget Sound finding aids are all ready to go for upload to NWDA in July. My next blog post will be a post-upload report on all three. I can’t wait to see their finding aids online!

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