[Apologies to those of you on both lists who will get this twice...]
Our library is toying with using GFA's Library Archival System (LAS) to manage our offsite organization and retrieval requests (NB: "offsite" includes regular collection material as well as special collections material). Our cataloging folks are looking at ways to integrate it with our OPAC, so that patrons can request cataloged items stored offsite via a form. I've been asked to begin preliminary thoughts on how we might go about integrating our EAD finding aids with it -- for example, someone viewing a finding aid could click on boxes to flag the ones they want which would then connect with the LAS.
This is VERY preliminary, so bear with me if my description seems rather vague :)
Does anyone have experience putting EAD and GFA's LAS together? The big question in my mind is how you connect the EAD finding aid box listing (what the patron sees/requests) with the bar codes (what the warehouse staff need in order to retrieve). We've kicked around some ideas, such as creating item records in the OPAC for each box, but then somehow you still have to get from the EAD list to the right item record in the OPAC. We want the process to be as smooth and painless as possible for the end user, of course ;)
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Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Ave.
Syracuse, NY 13244
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