Hi Michele,

We're in the preliminary stages of a similar project at Duke, so I'm
interested in this question too. We have been using GFA to manage offsite
storage of books and manuscript material for a few years now. We use Aleph
as our ILS and we have created item records and barcodes for all of our
manuscript containers (both onsite and offsite).

Patrons can initiate requests for offsite items through the OPAC (Endeca).
Basically, they click a "get this title" button, authenticate through
Shibboleth, and then select the items they want.  For circulating library
materials (not mss. or rare books), the requests are automatically
transmitted to the GFA, the items pulled, and then sent to whatever service
point the patron selected.  For special collections material, however, the
requests are mediated by reference staff through a very low-tech solution
whereby the requests are printed out and then reference staff email lists of
barcodes to our off-site stacks managers....not very efficient.  We've found
that the mediation is necessary because patrons were requesting more boxes
than our shipping and receiving staff could reasonably handle.

So where does EAD come in?  We haven't figured this out yet either.  We are
considering implementing Aeon, which allows patrons to make requests from
finding aids, but currently we do not encode barcodes in our finding aids
and I doubt we will undertake a project to insert barcodes in all of our
existing finding aids.  In short, like you, we haven't found a way to
initiate requests for material in GFA directly from EAD.

We do display our container lists in our OPAC in a seperate "Inventory" tab,
but patrons would have to find the container they want, then toggle to the
"location" tab to make a request for that container.

See the following example for the tabbed display:

At any rate, I'm very interested in this topic and curious what others are
doing. Thanks for starting the discussion,



Noah Huffman

Archivist for Metadata and Encoding

Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library

Duke University

Box 90767, Smith Warehouse

Durham, NC 27708


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