Submitted by: Elizabeth Knight, Consulting Archivist

Hello everyone, I am back at the stunning Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons this week on my final follow-up visit.

Since my previous visit in July, the work team here of Mary Linden Supelveda, Rick Block and Jeff Winter have created and uploaded an additional 8 NWDA finding aids and MARC records, bringing their total to 29. Seattle University recently particpated in Washington Archives Month activities held at the downtown branch of the Seattle Public Library. The Secretary of State produced a great poster for Archives Month which features the theme: Fairs and Festivals, and a photograph from the SU Archives is front and center! They are also featured in a Passport to History, 2011-2012 booklet which is a directory of Archives and Historical Institutions in the Puget Sound Region. Good work, Seattle U, on contributing to this event and making new friends in the local archives community.

This week we have focused on implementing Archivists’ Toolkit and developing an efficient accessioning and processing workflow using AT. Seattle University is an early participant in the new Orbis Cascade NWDA-hosted Archivists’ Toolkit instance. It is working well and is now populated with copious Resource Records, Subject and Name Records, and Accession Records.

I am working closely with University Librarian John Popko to finalize the program development plan, which describes the priorities and tasks to be undertaken over the next couple years to keep the archives program here on track. An Outreach and Advocacy Plan has been completed as well.

I will be on site Monday and Tuesday next week to finish up the plan, an Archives Manual, and have a wrap-up/next steps session with the staff here involved in the grant project. So, I’ll have one more report from Seattle University for you next week.