Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan (External organization)

Activity: MembershipMembership of committee


Ongoing collaborative community engagement since May 2008. Described by Kat Hagedorn UM Hathi Trust Coordinator as "a collaboration between yourself and Chris [Powell, UM]. It sounds like it's been a fantastic, long-standing collaboration!" In 2008 at a MAA meeting I initiated discussion as to if/when the big archives in the state would host smaller archives online finding aids. At the end of the conf., a Bentley staffer announced they would. I immediately joined to get the Clarke's finding aids, which I and my students researched and created, online and Google-searchable. UM hosts our digital finding aids site on their webpage which reaches international scholars. CHL finding aids went up beginning in Nov. 2008 and continue to do so. I was the CHL person who worked w UM to get our page created, organized, and work out logisitics for data coding and sharing. After it returns to me, I link it to the original catalog records I created for each collection. As of June 2019, 528 finding aids are online, providing access and awareness of CHL's primary resource collections to a national and international audience of researchers. June 2008 I initiated a discussion with Bentley/UM to host our finding aids. I selected Bentley due to their international reputation and technical support staff. I joined as soon as their announced they would host other's finding aids. June-Nov. 2008 I worked out all technical logistics with UM/Bentley staff. I create the online finding aid templates. I selected which software we used, which template from State Archives we'd used, found a person there to advise me, created my workflow. Nov. 2008 first finding aid goes up as a trial run. When I complete each finding aid in the template, I email a link of it to a UM contact, Chris Powell. After she uploads them, I get the link from her and add it to the Alma/ExLibris bibliographic record for the CHL collection. I proof everything. If the collection grows, I process the addition, amend the finding aid, resend it to Chris, add the amended link to the bib record, and reproof.
PeriodJun 1 2008
Held atBentley Historical Library, University of Michigan
Degree of RecognitionInternational