OCLC (External organization)

Activity: MembershipMembership of committee


I accepted invitation to participate in the OCLC’s IMLS-funded project (LG-246349-OLS-20), Building a National Archival Finding Aid Network (NAFAN). This project will increase accessibility to primary sources, supporting researchers, catalogers, archivists, historic library and archives.

My collaboration began with OCLC on this grant funded project when I recently participated in a survey. I was next invited to participate in an online group interview on Mon June 4, 2021. I believe my involvement will continue beyond that with the submission of finding aids and likely providing input on the organization's plans.
This project will influence my future work with my finding aids. I have supported the concept of a national research hub system to make researching easier for researchers for years! DPLA is great for images or published material, but they lack the technical ability to include finding aids, so learning about or accessing large primary source collections, which are usually not digitized mostly or at all, are very hard to find and access online. This has been particularly challenging during COVID.

Building a National Finding Aid Network (NAFAN), is a two-year, Institute of Museum and Library Services-funded (grant number LG-246349-OLS-20) research and demonstration project (September 2020 to August 2022) with the goal of providing inclusive, comprehensive, and persistent access to descriptions of archival collections, or "finding aids." NAFAN is guided by the belief that the archival community can more sustainably manage and equitably provide access to the collections in their care by developing a large-scale, national finding aid network that is community driven, sustained, and governed.

OCLC will be working on the California Digital Library-led initiative—along with project partners at Shift Collective, University of Virginia, and the Chain Bridge Group—to build the foundation for a national archival finding aid network. Project partners will be conducting work in parallel across multiple focus areas, including:
For more information see https://www.oclc.org/research/areas/user-studies/national-finding-aid-network.html

PeriodJun 4 2021Aug 31 2022
Held atOCLC, United States
Degree of RecognitionInternational