Submitted by: Elizabeth Knight, Consulting Archivist

I am back at SPU this week finishing up the final week of my six weeks of time on-site.

Adrienne Meier, the SPU Archivist, and I met twice with Michael Paulus, the new University Librarian here, to discuss the grant project and the progress made. The Archives program has made great strides this year. Here is a summary of the accomplishments:

+ SPU joined Northwest Digital Archives in July along with the other participating institutions.
+To date, 20 EAD finding aids have been uploaded to NWDA. Adrienne is fully trained on this process and documentation of the procedure is completed.
+ A workflow for creating MARC records for archival collections is being implemented with two records published and more coming soon.
+Archivists’ Toolkit was installed locally and is being used for collection data management including accessioning and finding aid/MARC record creation.
+ An Archives Manual of policies, practices, forms and worksheets covering access and use, processing, and description has been completed.
+ A program development plan and advocacy/outreach plan has been developed to guide the continued growth of the program after the grant concludes.
+Adrienne has received one-on-one training on the core aspects of archival practice.
+Plans for the construction of a new research room on the Library’s lower level is proceeding.
+ On-site collection storage space has been consolidated and slightly expanded. (Approximately 80% of collections are stored off-site.)

The SPU Archives program is well on its way! Special thanks to Adrienne for all her hard work and great ideas.