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ERIC Number: EJ884265
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1533-2748
Metadata, Technology, and Processing a Backlog in a University Special Collections
Patty, William Jordan
Journal of Archival Organization, v6 n1-2 p102-120 2008
Writing about cataloging and reducing a backlog in the archives of a special collections department is one thing, but actually establishing a plan and executing it is another. This article describes cataloging and reducing a backlog in the archives of a special collections department as a project that involves multiple people, techniques, and perspectives. A single path to eliminating a backlog and providing access to collections does not exist, but many librarians and archivists have shared their experiences and their thoughts on best practices. The emphasis on nonproprietary formats and central databases to establish control over collection metadata has become the ultimate goal to handle backlog metadata. While this task might seem insurmountable, both university and government Web sites offer free software, locally adjustable computer programs, and guides to assist with creating a foundation for electronic administrative control. (Contains 39 notes and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Media Staff
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia