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    • From the Editor 

      Miles, Randall (2014-06-01)
      [Excerpt] Welcome to Issue no. 2 of Practical Technology for Archives. As with our first issue this issue has a digital focus. It is understandable that this should be the case since many archivists work extensively with ...
    • From the Editor 

      Miles, Randall (2016-06)
      Welcome to Issue no.6 of Practical Technology for Archives. With this issue we complete our third year of publication. And fittingly, this issue has three articles. And, oddly enough, all three authors have last names ...
    • Getting to Know FRED: Introducing Workflows for Born-Digital Content 

      Prael, Alice; Wickner, Amy (2015-05)
      Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) at the University of Maryland Libraries have accepted born-digital content from donors for the past ten years and these donations have grown exponentially over the last ...
    • Moving Digital Images 

      Sweetser, Michelle (2014-11)
      For over six years the Marquette University Archives managed patron-driven scanning requests using a desktop version of Extensis Portfolio while building thematically-based digital collections online using CONTENTdm. The ...
    • Outfitting a Born-Digital Archives Program 

      Goldman, Ben (2014-06-01)
      Archival repositories that intend to develop programmatic solutions for managing and preserving born-digital holdings will need to establish a dedicated computer workstation (and related devices) to support responsible ...
    • Processing Internal Hard Drives 

      Brown, Amy F.; Edwards, Chloë; Eastwood, Meg; Tenney, Martha; O'Donnell, Kevin (2013-11)
      As archives receive born digital materials more and more frequently, the challenge of dealing with a variety of hardware and formats is becoming omnipresent. This paper outlines a case study that provides a practical, ...
    • Processing Unidirectional E-Mail Memos for Preservation and Access 

      Schmidt, Lisa M. (2014-11)
      [Excerpt] As with most institutions, Michigan State University now communicates official university business through e-mail messages rather than traditional paper memos. The university’s IT Services department periodically ...
    • Python for Archivists: Breaking Down Barriers Between Systems 

      Wiedeman, Gregory (2017-01)
      [Excerpt] Working with a multitude of digital tools is now a core part of an archivist’s skillset. We work with collection management systems, digital asset management systems, public access systems, ticketing or request ...
    • Strategies for Implementing a Mass Digitization Program 

      Moore, Erik (2014-11)
      [Excerpt] In 2007, OCLC published the report Shifting Gears: Gearing Up to Get Into the Flow to bring to the forefront a much needed conversation about digitization of archival collections, and access to the rich content ...
    • Streamlining Archives Reference through Online Task Management 

      Burton, Jamie Marie; Weddington, Daniel (2017-07-01)
      [Excerpt] UK Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) serves as the largest repository of archival and manuscript collections, personal and family papers, oral histories, primary sources, and rare printed ...
    • Streamlining Delivery of Online Oral History Metadata through LibGuides 

      Fox, Heather; Holtze, Terri; Kuehn, Randy (2017-01)
      [Excerpt] Founded in 1968, the University of Louisville Oral History Center (OHC) houses over 2000 interviews of people from politicians to everyday citizens. Collectively, the oral histories represent an incredibly rich ...
    • “Swipe Aid”: Using Swipebox to Create a Side-Swipeable Image Gallery for Finding Aids 

      O'Dell, Allison Jai (2015-12)
      [Excerpt] The Swipe Aid Project provides another technical solution for the integration of digitized content with a finding aid, specifically aimed at mobile environments. This solution uses a free, open-source JavaScript ...
    • Two Open-Source Tools for Digital Asset Metadata Management 

      Duryee, Alexander; Lyons, Bertram (2014-06-01)
      In today’s world of digital information, previously disparate archival practices are converging around the need to manage collections at the item level. Media collections require a curatorial approach that demand archivists ...
    • Using Bulk Rename Utility and Photoshop to Increase Efficiency of Digital File Processing 

      Cobourn, Alston (2016-06)
      [Excerpt] The Special Collections and Archives Department at Washington and Lee University contains 2.5 FTE staff in addition to its department head. During each of the last two fiscal years these staff members created an ...
    • Using Google Analytics Data to Expand Discovery and Use of Digital Archival Content 

      Szajewski, Michael (2013-11)
      This article presents opportunities for the use of Google Analytics, a popular and freely available web analytics tool, to inform decision making for digital archivists managing online digital archives content. Emphasis ...
    • Using Google Analytics, Voyant and Other Tools to Better Understand Use of Manuscript Collections at L. Tom Perry Special Collections 

      Lee, Ryan K.; Nimer, Cory L.; Daines, J. Gordon III; Rupp, Shelise (2017-01)
      [Excerpt] Developing strategies for making data-driven, objective decisions for digitization and value-added processing. based on patron usage has been an important effort in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections (hereafter ...
    • Using LibAnswers in the Archives: A Review and Implementation Report 

      Hutchinson, Tim (2017-01)
      [Excerpt] The implementation of LibAnswers by the University of Saskatchewan represents the culmination of fundamental changes to the way reference service is delivered in University Archives & Special Collections. In 2013, ...
    • Using ReNamer for Batch Finding Aid Production from Archivists’ Toolkit 

      Schmitt, Cassandra A. (2013-11)
      This article will examine the use of the software program ReNamer to facilitate and streamline finding aid production at the University of Oregon. ReNamer was used to perform bulk renaming of EAD files exported from the ...
    • What Are We Doing with the Website: Transition, Templates, and User Experience in One Special Collections Library 

      Dreyer, Rachael (2018-05)
      [Excerpt] At the Eberly Family Special Collections Library (SCL), we have found that our website is often the first place a researcher will look to learn about our repository. Our online web presence is a business card, ...
    • Working with Legacy Media: A Lone Arranger's First Steps 

      Charlton, Elizabeth (2016-06)
      [Excerpt] In 2013, a naked hard drive from Fiji arriving in my small religious archives (an equivalent full-time staff of 2.5 – one archivist and two archives’ assistants) started me off on the path of digital preservation ...