Judith C. Russell
Dean of University Libraries
University of Florida
Marjorie M. K. Hlava
Access Innovations, Inc.
Mark A. Matienzo
Collaboration and Interoperability Architect, Library
“Indexing of Special Collections for Increased Accessibility” (Russell, Hlava)
Challenge of Discovery: Recent large-scale initiatives focused the University of Florida’s Smathers Libraries on the need for significantly expanded and enhanced metadata for our digital collections, both retrospective and prospective. This requires new tools and changing roles and responsibilities for cataloging/metadata staff, including the application of automated processes, improved and consistent metadata practices, and the development of new taxonomies. Projects that are described include the new genealogical initiatives with the Internet Archive and Family Search, Portal of Florida History, the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) and the Cuban Heritage Initiatives. We have concluded the pilot project on automated indexing and metadata generation for the Portal of Florida History using 25,000 full-text records and the JSTOR thesaurus instead of the Library of Congress subject headings to automatically index the collection and create a search portal. Results of the pilot show significantly increased retrievability, greater depth of accessibility via detailed subject metadata and then explores application to the entire digital collection.
“ArcLight: Illuminating Discovery to Delivery for Archives and Special Collections” (Matienzo)
ArcLight is a community-based effort to build an open source Blacklight-based environment to support discovery and delivery of archival material, led by Stanford University. ArcLight’s community-focused design process ran from late 2014 to early 2017 and was led by Stanford with contributions from University of Michigan, the Chemical Heritage Foundation, Georgia Tech, and the National Library of Medicine. Following the design phase, Stanford built a minimum viable product in collaboration with the University of Michigan and advisory contributions from a number of other domain experts in archives, from institutions including Michigan’s Bentley Historical Library, Georgia Tech, the National Library of Medicine, and the Rockefeller Archive Center. Our project is intended to focus on improving the experience from discovery to delivery for archival material, primarily, but not exclusively digital, and addressing long-standing needs in front-end system integration for archives and special collections.