VALA2020 Session 1 Coates

Who needs an archival management system anyway? New approaches to the description and discovery of archival collections

Tuesday 11 February 2020, 12:00 – 12:30

Serena Coates
  • Coordinator, Digital Preservation
  • State Library of Queensland
Karen Stone
  • Lead, Metadata Services
  • State Library of Queensland

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The State Library of Queensland recently embarked on a project to improve the process for describing its archival collections and the presentation of its online finding aids. Existing options for archival description were investigated, and it was decided to ‘go it alone’ with a bespoke system powered by Drupal. This paper outlines the processes followed during the project, detailing the challenges, solutions, lessons learned, and next steps.


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