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Re: New Finding Aids Site at Princeton University Library

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Michele R Combs <[log in to unmask]>

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Encoded Archival Description List <[log in to unmask]>

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Thu, 6 Sep 2012 19:15:24 +0000

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Dan --

Thanks for the info.  Is that the "Available online" facet?  You're right, I didn't see that - maybe because it's at the bottom therefore "below the fold".   However, if I come at a collection beginning with the finding aid, rather than via the facets, there doesn't seem to be a quick way to locate digitized items, or even know if there are any.  For example, for the collection you linked to, if I come at it via the top level (Summary), there's no indication that there's any digitized material in the collection (that I can see)?

Sorry to ask questions on two different listservs, but have another one :)  I notice that some of the digitized items just link you to a directory on the file system where there are a bunch of PDFs; is that an oops or is that correct behavior?   For example here http://findingaids.princeton.edu/collections/MC019.09/c046 if I click on "Link: http://www.princeton.edu/~mudd/finding_aids/MC019.09/Illegible_and_Unavailable_Documents_1943-1960/" it takes me into a folder on the file system.

Michele

-----Original Message-----
From: Encoded Archival Description List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Dan Santamaria
Sent: Thursday, September 06, 2012 2:26 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: New Finding Aids Site at Princeton University Library

Hi Joyce,

Thanks for the kind words.

Michele Combs asked basically this same question on the archives listserv.  I'll paste in most of my response to her below. There actually IS a facet for digital content (though perhaps we need to make it more prominent if multiple archivists aren't finding it.
Or...we could digitize more).  For a quick link to a component with related digital content, you can go to:
http://findingaids.princeton.edu/collections/AC184/c097

We discussed a few options for communicating that material has been digitized.  For now we've settled on a facet which displays from the search results - if you do a generic search for "Princeton" or "Students" you'll see it on the left hand side along with the other facets.  Since the search results display data from components (as opposed to only entire finding aids) we also show  a button with the label "online" with each record in the search results that has associated online content.  Part of the thought behind this is that we want users to search everything, then request digitization if the material hasn't already been digitized.

Thanks,

Dan


On Thu, Sep 6, 2012 at 1:47 PM, Joyce Chapman <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> This is AWESOME! Great work. These doesn't seem to be a way to search 
> for or narrow facets to collections that have digital content, is that correct?
> Could you send a link to a collection with digital content so we can 
> see the delivery of images directly from the interface in action?
>
> Thanks,
> Joyce
>
>
> On Thu, Sep 6, 2012 at 10:56 AM, Dan Santamaria <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>
>> The Archival Description Working Group at Princeton University's 
>> Department of Rare Books and Special Collections is pleased to 
>> announce the availability of a redesigned finding aid interface.  The 
>> site is now available in production:
>>
>> http://findingaids.princeton.edu
>>
>> This work is the result of collaboration between Princeton's Archival 
>> Description Working Group and digital initiatives staff.  It also 
>> builds on descriptive data created by dozens of staff involved with 
>> aggressive processing and data conversion projects over the last seven years.
>>
>> Features of the new access system include:
>>
>> * Delivery of images directly from the finding aid interface
>>
>> * Contents lists that are sortable by title, date, or physical 
>> location in the collection
>>
>> * Direct access to EAD components from search results
>>
>> * Faceting and browsing options from search results
>>
>> * Enhanced topic features, based on linked data principles
>>
>> * Support for delivery of EAC-CPF records
>>
>> * IDs and stable URLs for every EAD component
>>
>> * Better options for users to contact the library and connect with 
>> each other, including an "Ask a Question" (for reference requests) 
>> and a commenting feature for users wishing to request an enhancement 
>> to the description or discuss the content of the collection within 
>> the finding aid itself or share information within their own social 
>> networks
>>
>> * A more modular display of the finding aids, including ?Component 
>> Records' at each level of description that are intended to meet DACS 
>> Single-Level minimum requirements.
>>
>> * Aeon integration, including requesting without leaving the 
>> interface (after authentication)
>>
>> We welcome and encourage feedback through the "site feedback" link at 
>> the top right of every page.
>>
>> The implementation team includes Maureen Callahan, John Delaney, 
>> Shaun Ellis, Regine Heberlein, Dan Santamaria, Jon Stroop, and Don Thornbury.
>> Please contact Dan Santamaria ([log in to unmask]) with any questions.
>
>
>
>
> --
> Joyce Chapman
> Triangle Research Libraries Network
> CB# 3926, Wilson Special Collections Library Chapel Hill, NC 
> 27514-8890
> Phone: (919) 962-1345
> Email: [log in to unmask]
> Website: www.trln.org/ccc
>

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